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6/5/2017 3:16 PM
 

I will be going on an extended raft trip down the Colorado R. this fall and am in need for shoes/boots that will serve as both in the raft footwear and some hiking off the raft. Does anyone have any recommendations? I do not like or want sandal type things and full coverage is a must for me. Something like a canyoneering one might be what I need but I will be in the raft and wet most of the time and will wear regular hiking boots for some of the longer more organized hiking. I like the idea of a mid height boot but could settle for a good shoe also. 

 
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6/5/2017 5:06 PM
 

I think you're going to have a tough compromise between footwear that's "hikeable" but that also lets your feet dry out somewhat while you're afloat.  Several companies make pretty agile wading boots for fly fishing these days, but I would worry a lack of drainage would have them feeling pretty hot and heavy by the end of the day. These shoes from Chota might be worth checking out, though:

http://chotaoutdoorgear.com/shop/foot...ed-wading-shoe/

(Simms also makes similar shoe, the "Riprap.")  I'll be interested in what you find, since I'm always on the lookout for packable wading footwear.

 
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6/6/2017 3:48 AM
 
Maybe something from fiveten? http://www.fiveten.com/us/outdoor/water

I have some old Chaco Tedinho Bullo boots made for what you're talking about, and they work well for it, but they are no longer made unfortunately.
 
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6/6/2017 6:47 AM
 
Take a look at Astral shoes. I have the Brewers and Loyaks, both are good in and out of water. I use the Brewers a lot when I'm fishing (wading/moderate hiking). The Rassler or Hiyak are mid height options that a lot of the boaters I know use and like. FWIW I run a kayak business and am in/out of the water a lot daily. I'm in Chacos daily from May - October but use the Astrals when I want more coverage or in whitewater.
 
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6/6/2017 7:03 AM
 

You might take a look at these, as well:

http://www.nrs.com/product/2338/nrs-workboot-wetshoe


Hill People Gear Coureurs des Bois (Brand Ambassador). Victoria faveat paratam. De Oppresso Liber.
 
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6/6/2017 8:17 AM
 

Thanks for the replys. All of those look like good options. I will do my research and look at getting a pair of something. Gotta do it soon so I can test drive them and see if they work and have time for a reset if they don't. 

 
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6/14/2017 7:15 AM
 

I've been using these Salomon Cross Amphibian Swift shoes, when I am not wearing sandals, for rafting and hiking through water. If you are not going to wear a sandal, you need something with as much drainage as possible. They are light, packable, and dry fast. 

https://www.rei.com/product/113432/sa...ater-shoes-mens

 
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6/14/2017 7:37 AM
 
Thanks for that one. I like Salomons they fit me well. If I decide on a shoe as opposed to a boot those look very nice.
 
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6/14/2017 11:11 AM
 
 
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6/15/2017 3:40 AM
 
No personal use of these yet. But they keep popping up in my feed. maybe something to look into?
https://www.lalotactical.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=9044_10228&product_id=394
 
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6/15/2017 7:22 AM
 
Thanks for both of those. I will put them in the research line-up. Othermrt how do the vivobarefoots fit? I wear an 11 in Nikes 10.5 in Salomans.
 
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6/15/2017 8:35 AM
 

Depends on the width of your foot. Nikes are narrow so people usually go up a size. I used to wear size 11 salomon, but in the last 5 years my feet have widened because of barefoot shoes so I'm not sure what size I'd be now. I wear the 10.5 in Vivobarefoot and for my Belleville MiniMils (also a great near barefoot minimalist jungle boot).

 
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6/15/2017 5:25 PM
 
There's a new Chaco shoe out there but I don't recall the name. Mesh and webbing upper on what seemed to be the same sole as my newer/lighter Chacos.

But I'd just wear Chacos for your trip.
 
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7/1/2017 6:51 AM
 
After a lot of research and examination of my intended usage I settled on the NRS Velocity as my first (and only I hope) choice. If they fit and function well they should do what I need them to.
 
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