Dec 1, 2006 at 4:22 pm #1220514
I’m wondering if anyone has some recommendations for UL wading shoes. Orvis has some travel/pack wading shoes (felt sole) that are very light and compact. Cabelas has a UL shoe at 2.5 lbs/pair – highly rated. But for UL backpacking I’m thinking the Orvis shoe is ideal, basically a polyester high top converse type sneaker with felt soles. Any comments?
SteveDec 1, 2006 at 5:21 pm #1369065
Try Crocs with a neoprene socks for wading. They are light, comfortable, and stay on your feet in the muck. They also serve as an excellent camp shoe.Dec 1, 2006 at 5:49 pm #1369068
@atomickLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
It’s nowhere near as light as Richard’s suggestion but I have a pair of Salomon Karma watershoes, the forerunners of the much-vaunted Tech Amphibians. They weigh 1.6lbs. per pair and have excellent drainage. With neoprene socks for warmth they’re great for camp and water crossings. YMMV.Dec 3, 2006 at 7:02 am #1369188
Thanks, Richard. Hydro model? What’s the weight? Here’s some images of the 32oz Orvis boots:Dec 3, 2006 at 8:38 am #1369196
My size 11 weigh 12.5 oz for a pair and they are the standard model. The hydro model was released after I purchased mine last winter.Dec 3, 2006 at 8:59 am #1369199
Has anyone tried the Nike Free 5.0? They are supposed to weigh 8.6 oz. And I would think that they could be combined with the neoprene socks others have mentioned for waders and lightweight, dry camp shoes. I haven’t tried them yet, but they look intriguing.Dec 4, 2006 at 5:00 pm #1369443
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
I’ve had a few problems researching shoes on line and with running shoes in particular. Yo have to be careful if the weight is per shoe or per pair. Any idea with the Nikes?Dec 8, 2006 at 5:16 am #1369965
I've got some LL Bean wading boots with "stealth" soles (heavy-not for backpacking). I've never had a problem with them until I tried them in a Shenandoah stream covered with aquatic moss. They were a real liability – almost busted my…I think it's felt soles from now on. It wasn't fun and I can't risk the injury, especially if I'm wading a cold stream in the backcountry.Dec 8, 2006 at 9:06 am #1369983
I noticed Miōn Footwear in my local outdoor shop the other day (along with some of those new patagonia eco-mocassin shoes, which aren't even supposed to be out yet, which were crazy comfortable though my wife didn't like the style… but I digress) anyhow, they looked like a contender for wading / camp shoes.
Anyhow, figured I'd offer them up as an option.Dec 14, 2006 at 5:32 pm #1371064
Very cool. Now I really can't decide, and won't right now anyway because it'll be few months before I need them.
I checked out the crocs at REI the other day (Richard's suggestion). Ahhh…those are possibly the most comfortable thing I've every had on my feet – very light.Dec 20, 2006 at 11:39 am #1371729
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@laurie_annLocale: Ontario, Canada
We often wear Keen sandals with a closed toe such as the Newport (or the Venus for ladies) when wading streams on paddling trips. Sometimes I wear Teva Sandals (guide style) too. Depends on the time of year. If the temps will be cold I wear MEC Swellies (a Neoprene boot) or I wear Neoprene socks with my sandals.Dec 20, 2006 at 12:43 pm #1371732
I usually just jump right in, running shoes and all. At times when really cold I have thought about my old neoprene booties from scuba diving. They have a bonded nylon outer for toughness and a semi-hard felt botton for stickiness. In my youth these were warm (enough) for 1/2 hour ice diving. Never took them along for fishing yet but I believe they're warm enough, not sure if they would protect the bottom of your foot enough. They're light, if I had to guess maybe 18 oz the pair. If you're interested I can weigh them.Jan 1, 2007 at 6:45 am #1372586
@jasonklassLocale: Parker, CO
Crocs are not great for wading–especially if you're in a rocky stream. They slip easily and since they fit loosely, aren't very stable.
I usually just use my Chacos even though they're heavy. What about buying a cheapo pair of sandals and gluing felt to the bottom for traction?Jan 2, 2007 at 1:38 pm #1372704
@mowLocale: Minnesota, USA
Simms makes a pair of wading sandals with felt bottoms. Those, in combination with wading socks, are great fishing shoes. Sans wading socks theyre great camp shoes.
Cloudveil and Patagonai both make a great pair of lightweight wading shoes. I have never had a great experience with Orvis gear – it falls apart on me.Jan 15, 2007 at 2:20 pm #1374464
@daveheissLocale: Pacific Northwest
I have just worn socks for some stream crossings, or an old pair (1970's vintage) Nike lightweight running shoes that weigh a pound and double nicely as camp shoes. The new Free 5.0's sound like a reincarnation of that lightweight design – about time too since my old pair is falling apart!
Update: In the quest for a better stream crossing solution, I just came across a lightweight 2mm neoprene sock with rubberized grip pattern on the sole that should work perfectly for wading. They are called "Sandal Sock" (the brand name is Warmers) and REI has them in the kayaking/canoeing area for only $15. Weight for a pair (large size) is 3.9 oz.
I think they will provide reasonable foot protection and a bit of traction for any streams I need to wade across, and may even do double duty as a camp slipper. It doesn't look like they will absorb much water, so unlike my socks or old Nike's they should weigh about the same after wading as they do before wading.Mar 8, 2007 at 3:27 am #1381559
i really like my keen boulders although they are heavy to bring along extra as just wading shoes. i find i can comforatably carry 25 lbs or so in them and that they are very comforatable for hiking in such situations. ill often wear socks with them and just take them off for wading or stream crossings. i like chacos too for all of the same reasons but prefer the toe protection in my keens although the tradeoff is occasional silt accumulation. i find the chacos comforatable for hiking too.
mattyMay 22, 2007 at 9:21 am #1389896
I, too, wondered whether you could hike in some of these "sandals." I thought about trying it but have decided against it. I am going to give the off road crocs a try and report back to you, probably later this summer. Here is a link to them:
I just couldn't justify spending nearly $100 on wading sandals like the Simms or on Keen's when I know that I will wear them so little. These crocs, I can see wearing a lot, and they're only $39. Probably not as sturdy as other sandals, but they will stay on because of the strap and they are lightweight. After I buy them, I will post the weight.May 22, 2007 at 10:15 am #1389901
My size 11 Off Road Crocs weigh 7 oz each. They have an adjustable heel cinch so that you can lock them on your feet. The closed toe reduces foot bruising and the amount of gravel that ends up under your foot.
By contrast my lightest size 11 conventional felt bottom wading shoes, Patagonia RiverWalkers, are double the weight of the Off Road Crocs at 13.5 oz each.
The Off Road Crocs as serve dual function as camp shoes since they are instantly dry. By contrast my wading shoes are still wet the next morning when I put them back on.May 22, 2007 at 11:07 am #1389906
And I bet that 13.5 oz. each is dry, not wet. The wading boots that I have tried to lug around seem to have problems drying, making them much heavier.Jun 2, 2007 at 8:06 am #1391006
I have fished and canoed for years in a pair of the zip up neoprene boots with felt soles made by Cabelas. They give good lightweight support and protection to my feet and the felt soles make it easy to walk slippery stream beds. I have spent days in them canoeing Northern Arkansas streams where I was in and out of the canoe all day long. For $30 you can't beat them.Jun 2, 2007 at 8:48 am #1391007
Another choice are Japanese sawatabi, literally "swamp shoes", used for canyoneering (sawanobori), and fishing. Famously, Y. Chouinard ordered a few thousand pair to sell at his company, then fell and broke a bone wearing them. Haven't sold them since.
But they sell well in Japan, and I use them also.Jun 2, 2007 at 1:30 pm #1391020
Bill and Brett,
How much do those booties weigh?Jun 14, 2007 at 4:59 pm #1392336
SIMMS Keen river sandals. The have felt bottoms!!! http://www.theflyshop.com carries them.Jul 3, 2007 at 10:36 am #1394259
@jeffcadorinLocale: paper beats rock
I dont know how durable, but they might be worth a shot
http://www.wiggys.com/moreinfo.cfm?Product_ID=5Jul 5, 2007 at 5:45 pm #1394500
@kirkolsLocale: Florida and Seattle
My Keen Boulder sandals worked perfectly as my hiking/wading/camp shoe for two weeks on Idaho rivers and peaks. I used Smartwool socks and confidently waded on slippery rocks with fast moving water all day. They worked great for boulder hopping and regular trail use too. I had to remove the sandals only once to remove a small pebble during the entire trip. I did find myself tightening the laces 3-4 times per day. They were the only shoes I brought on the trip.
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