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Needs addional inserts.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 April 2021
I do a lot of hiking along our local rocky coast line and I need shoes with good grip on wet slippery rocks. Despite claims, very few hiking shoes (and no boots) have such grips and my shoe of choice is limited to the Asics GEL-FujiTrabuco 7 or 8 (a truly excellent all-round shoe). However, when my present pair started to wear out, I was a bit tight for cash and I also could not find a pair that did not have one of those headache inducing garish colour schemes. So I looked around for something cheap as a stand-in that appeared to have a similar grip type until I could afford the Asics GEL-FujiTrabuco (and find one in a toned down colour scheme).
After considerable searching I eventually came across Regatta's Men's Edgepoint. It was cheap, promised to be waterproof, and had similar looking grips to the Asics GEL-FujiTrabuco. So I took a chance on them. What I got was a mixed bag.
On the plus side, the Regatta's Men's Edgepoint has a slightly superior water saturation point than the already excellent Asics GEL-FujiTrabuco and the grip, while not as good as the Asics GEL-FujiTrabuco, were not far inferior and streets ahead of almost everything else.
On the downside, these are very uncomfortable shoes as every pebble and sharp rock edge can be felt through the soles as if you were walking in bare feet: Often a painful experience. Furthermore, after a couple of weeks it was clear that wearing the Regatta Men's Edgepoint was aggravating an old knee injury, demonstrating that these are shoes that will negatively impact the wearers physical leg/foot health. It was clear that they needed arch support inserts (and I don't typically suffer from arch issues) to be wearable. I purchased some inserts which transformed the shoes and, despite the additional cost, was well worth it. Anybody buying these shoes needs to buy arch supporting inserts for them.
Typically in my experience, hiking shoes will last about six months before I need to think about replacing them. My old Asics GEL-FujiTrabuco well exceeded this time frame (I think I was using them more or less continuously for about a year). I have only had the Regatta Men's Edgepoint for six weeks so I can't comment too much on longevity, but, what I will say, is that the seams appear to be holding up well - possibly better than the Asics GEL-FujiTrabuco - but I am noticing what I consider to be higher than desirable wear on the grip surfaces and I suspect that they won't last the six months.
Would I buy these shoes again? Possibly, but only if a similar situation arises where I can't afford or find my preferred shoe. Regatta Men's Edgepoint are an adequate cheap stand-in until I can get something better; nothing more.