Feb 16, 2009 at 8:22 pm #1234114
Just moved back to Hawaii. Did a little known waterfall hike with LOTS of slippery moss bolders, rocks, scrambling, mud, and of course water. My "ultralight" new balance trail runners were not up to the task. Once my shoe got caught in some roots and my foot pulled right out of it! They never dried out after swimming. But worst of all, the hard rubber soles had zero traction on even dry rocks when the soles were wet. The 6 other hikers didn't have as much slipping problems. I'm thinking some keen sandels or other water shoe might be better.
Any recommendations? Basically a water draining, high traction shoe that protects my feet when submerged in a creek with lots of slippery rocks.Feb 16, 2009 at 8:24 pm #1478366
@doorknobLocale: West of what you think is west
What island you on?Feb 16, 2009 at 8:32 pm #1478369
OahuFeb 16, 2009 at 9:31 pm #1478377
I've used the Salomon Techamphibian Water Shoes (they've aparently upgraded them to version 2.0 now) for what my brothers and I call "Riversing"(traversing rivers). We rock hop, swim, walk through sandy bottoms, etc and they've been solid. Sticky soles when needed.
They're not so comfortable without socks so I can't say for hiking long distances, but I wore them for 2 months traveling around SE Asia, bare foot and socked, and never got a blister or sweaty feet.
You might wear them with thin socks like Jardine suggests.Feb 16, 2009 at 10:30 pm #1478382
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Normal footwear in the cold wet mossy NSW canyons are Dunlop Volleys. In fact, I believe they are mandatory in some bushwalking clubs.
CheersFeb 17, 2009 at 9:09 am #1478420
Gregory, I have spent many fine summers backpacking Hawaii and usually end up with a pair of Reef flipflops. If I am doing a any cliffy area's such as Napali I wear my Choco's they are a bit heavy but still great for hiking. Im considering using them on my AT hike. I did a test with them on the TRT and had no complaints. One final thought in the deep valleys I tend to go barefoot it is Hawaii afterall, go native. AliFeb 17, 2009 at 10:10 am #1478436
Jonathan RyanBPL Member
@jkrew81Locale: White Mtns
Did the Kalalau trail back in November with my Inov8 Flyroc 310's and they worked great. The high flexibility was very welcome on the unstable terrain.Feb 17, 2009 at 10:30 am #1478443
Tim CheekBPL Member
I used Montrail Vitesses on the Kalalau trail, but would have hurt myself on some of those sluice – esque sections without poles.
When dayhiking I used a Montrail amphibious shoe. I didn't use socks and the small gravel tore my feet up over the course of the day.
I'm not sure what to recommend!Apr 1, 2010 at 10:04 pm #1593429
i've done kalalau 10 times or so and my weapon of choice has been salomon xa pro 3d's. worked amazingly well.
on the days we've done off trail rock hopping, i opt for techamphibians. worn out a couple pair on kauai alone…
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