I tried the Kokatat boot, but couldn't get it on over my feet due to a high arch and the design of the boot. Anyone with high arches tried the Chota Mukluk or the Chota Chaney Fork. Am especially curious about the latter as I wear a dry suit with gortex booties and would then use my regular neo booties. I've got a pair of NRS boots so this would be trading up...
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Tall boots and drysuit|
Posted by: Marshall on Oct-04-13 3:31 PM (EST)
Chota Mukluk Lites are much more flexy|
Posted by: Yanoer on Oct-04-13 3:34 PM (EST)
than the Quicklace, so they may be your better choice of the Chota Mukluks.
Looks like a world of difference|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Oct-04-13 6:22 PM (EST)
Chota Quicklace Mukluks no longer?|
Posted by: gunney on Oct-04-13 10:33 PM (EST)
"I was looking to replace my no-longer-made Chota Quick-Lace boot"
That's not the boot I mentioned.|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Oct-05-13 8:45 AM (EST)
The boot they no longer make is the Quick-Lace model with *Gore-Tex uppers*, which can be worn any time of year, not just when it's cold. That old Gore-Tex model is great when the weather is too warm for the neoprene model (the neoprene model is the one shown in that link you posted) but yet you still want to avoid having wet feet or shoes full of sand or mud. I even wear them around camp on the Wisconsin River so that by just shedding them at the door of my tent I can immediately enter without taking a bunch of sand inside with me, and that's especially nice in rainy conditions (otherwise, whether barefoot or wearing paddling shoes, there's no easy way to get the sand off your feet). Plus, even in warm weather they never get stinky as long as you wear good socks (and with a good-quality boot, you should). You can wear socks with paddling shoes, but because they are constantly wet inside, often with dirty water, they still get pretty nasty.
chota mukluk lite better than nomad|
Posted by: paddlingpika on Oct-05-13 1:42 AM (EST)
My arches are high but tend to collapse so I need to wear arch support inserts. I have a pair of chota mukluks that look like what are now called mukluk lite. With added arch supports those are comfortable and actually work pretty well even though there is minimal structural support. More recently I bought a pair of Kokatat Nomads thinking that the breathable tops would be good. I can get my feet in them, but just barely and they are not as comfortable as the chotas. The problem isn't that they are floppy - the foot part is somewhat stiff but it doesn't conform to the foot well. If you don't need to do significant portaging I'd definitely recommend trying the chota mukluk lites, possibly with arch support inserts.