As I recall, you were active in the discussion I had on the Delerions last year and then you decided to get them.
You must remember that I was far from totally negative. I'm not totally thrilled with Inov8 Flyrocs either, but they are my favorite shoe under many conditions. If I was canyoneering in Utah with lots of water and rock climbing, I would choose the Delerions.
I've hiked a lot in the Teva X-1s too. Last Friday, I crossed the Colorado River (got somewhat wet doing that) and then hiked about 14 miles on a day hike, and then I needed to cross back over the river. I decided to use the X-1s and they worked well. I love the extremely flexible sole and the gaiter (I don't have to deal with rattlesnakes or poisonous water snakes like you) for the Delerion Pros.
At the Zappos price, they are a bargain in my view. I put a lot of miles (couple hundred?) on my Delerions and they still rub where the gaitor attaches. However, I have never gotten blisters. I am disappointed that they appear to be discontinued.