Posted by: old_user on Aug-08-07 11:14 PM (EST)
I've done 6 BWCA trips (and numerous similar trips) and have everything figured out except for footwear for during the day!! I've tried old tennis shoes, rubber boots, hiking boots, water shoes, etc... The new type of water shoes with a real sole are nice but I seem to get lots of dirt and sand in the shoe which rubs on my feet during portaging... Wearing socks I guess would help that but then it's no different then wearing old tennis shoes. I am interest in the Chota products. I like everything about the breathable mukluk but wonder if it has enough foot support for long rocky portages. Has anyone tried these or have any other suggestions??
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Posted by: kayamedic on Aug-08-07 11:40 PM (EST)
Posted by: bryanhansel on Aug-09-07 12:01 AM (EST)
Not worth it. No support. Don't fit that great.
and I really hate the Crocs|
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-31-08 1:24 PM (EST)
I am inbetween sizes..either one is lethal. My foot will twist in one and get toe jam in the other.
ditto on the crocs--really like em|
Posted by: jonsprag1 on Apr-24-08 10:33 AM (EST)
Boots for BWCA / Quetico|
Posted by: old_user on Aug-09-07 7:44 AM (EST)
Why not just change shoes for portaging?|
Posted by: YakOfSteel on Aug-09-07 8:08 AM (EST)
Comfortable water shoes for paddling and getting in and out of the water, and dry hikers for portaging?
Posted by: KenE on Aug-09-07 10:37 AM (EST)
In spring and fall I wear Chota Mukluks. I do fine with them even on long portages. My buddy, however, wears them for paddling, entering/exiting the canoe, and for short portages. However, for portages 100 rods or more he changes into hiking boots. It only takes a minutes and it works for him.
Posted by: rblturtle on Aug-17-07 1:54 PM (EST)
I just finished a pretty rugged trip in the ADKs and wore nothing but Keen water shoes-the ones with the protected toe.Some 2= mile carries with rocks and branches.I was goung ultra light,so they were my only footware.When I got to camp I would dry them as best I could and then put on socks under them and rotate the socks to a clothsline to dry them all the way.Had dry warm feet till the next morning.I'd do it again.This is only a warm weather/water option however.
Posted by: old_user on Aug-27-07 10:39 PM (EST)
I have used Keen H20's for the last 3 years and LOVE THEM! Good traction. Dry quickly. Comfortable. I practice "wet-foot-policy" when canoeing at all times.
Chotas/NRS and Keens|
Posted by: canoe_junkie on Aug-21-07 11:44 AM (EST)
Posted by: old_user on Aug-21-07 4:19 PM (EST)
Are the way to go IMO . As the poster above said, they are thin enough so as to keep your normal shoe size - think a pair of wool socks . They also prevent any gravel from rubbing you raw . I have used them w/an older pair of Teva Guide Raptor sandals in the ADKs, Temagami, BWCA and never had a problem . Could also use them with hybrid shoes like the Keen Taos / Tech amphibian.
Posted by: MarkK on Aug-21-07 8:00 PM (EST)
I wear hiking boots. I've got a pair of Chot... I use a bbit in cold weather near home, but for the BW I wet foot portage landings and hike the portages with a lot of ankle support not worrying about rocks, sand, whatever with hiking boots and Smartwool socks. It's a freedom to just jump into it. It's worked for me a long time and many trips (1-3 a year since 1969). I don't have to worry about my feet. All the gimmicks (sandles, neo boots, etc) are nice, new and have a good sales pitch, but boots are the real answer.
Posted by: briansnat on Aug-28-07 10:03 AM (EST)
I just keep a pair of lightweight hiking boots in a small dry bag and use them for portaging.
Posted by: S.S.SelmaMermaid on Aug-29-07 1:48 PM (EST)
I HAVE BEEN IN THE SAME KAYAK .
Posted by: HORSELDY on Aug-29-07 3:47 PM (EST)
I wear Bean Boots from L.L.Bean. They're comfortable, keep my feet dry, and I can hike in them. I also take sandals or sneakers to wear around camp.
LL Bean is the solution|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-05-08 6:39 PM (EST)
I also wear the LL Bean 10" Bean Boot.
only the upper on the Bean boots|
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-05-08 10:51 PM (EST)
are "breathable". (boots do not have lungs..how one can say they breathe is beyond me)
Posted by: Jsaults on Mar-06-08 12:07 PM (EST)
Last year I wore a pair of Chota Quetico Trekker boots in teh BWCA. I planned on wet-footing it (solo canoe) and they were MOSTLY ok. Even with wool sox, having wet feet all day was a bummer. And I discovered that the cheap, thin foot bed would slide forward while portaging.
Barbour Equestrian knee boots|
Posted by: stickman on Mar-11-08 8:54 AM (EST)
Most every trip I've made into Ontario, and 1 into Saskatchewan has been in early May or late fall, and I've always worn a pair of high quality rubber Barbour Equestrain paddock knee boots. They are very form fitting, come up to right below my knees, and seem to offer great support and traction on portages, and I can load/unload in 16"+ deep H20. At first I had persperation issues, but took to using an anti-persperant dry stick on my feet, and never had another issue. I usually wore a thin liner, coolmax or thermax depending on the season, under a mid-calf Patagonia or Smartwool sock. I went to sandals once in Quetico, till a hidden stick made its way between the straps, painfully deep INTO the side of my foot, while portaging through some calf deep muck. Since that episode, I gave up on the idea of sandals on portages. I use those Barbour knee boots from fall through spring in my kayak also. They aren't cheap, but I've been getting around 6-10 years a pair out of them, using them solely for paddling. After checking out a pair pf my buds Choatas, I can assure you the Barbour boots offer MUCH more support and durability as far as canoeing/portaging goes, still entertaining the idea of the Choatas for kayak use as I usually won't be scrambling/portaging in them. My bud has chipped/torn the neoprene on his Choatas while hiking around the woods/shore looking for firewood on our winter night paddles.
Posted by: canoedancing on Mar-13-08 7:58 AM (EST)
"Has anyone tried these|
Posted by: Jsaults on Mar-13-08 2:32 PM (EST)
or have any other suggestions?"
Typical P-net answer from someone who|
Posted by: stickman on Mar-13-08 10:03 PM (EST)
didn't read the whole post we all were addressing.
Posted by: canoedancing on Mar-31-08 1:12 PM (EST)
Saturday and today I tried on these new from NRS Descent water shoes. They are ultra-light at about 1 pound and they float. They cost $65 but as shoes go that's pretty normal. The only problem I found is the heel box is wide and deep so even with the smaller size pinching my toes and the laces drawn tight the shoe slipped right off my heel, like a bedroom slipper. I'm disappointed, I really wanted them to be my summer boating shoe. Oh well, back to the NRS Attack Shoes that I wore last year.
Vibram 5 fingers|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-31-08 4:04 PM (EST)
I bought a pair of Vibram Five Fingers last year at Canoecopia in Madison, WI. They are like bodygloves for your feet. go to www.vibramfivefingers.com they are very comfy and like going barefoot with protection for your feet.
Posted by: old_user on Apr-01-08 10:25 AM (EST)
Long days of portaging and dry feet are possible with 17" Cabelas snakeboots, waterproof, light weight, good soles and reasonable in price.
Did you read how they test those boots?|
Posted by: canoedancing on Apr-02-08 9:47 PM (EST)
that guy who stood in a room of Diamondbacks and watched them strike his Snakeboots repeatedly must have had one hell of an adrenaline rush going on. He did, however, remain calm enough to note the fangs didn't hang up in the rubber.
Posted by: old_user on Apr-08-08 11:08 AM (EST)
I'm on my fourth pair of Palladium Pampas. So what if I have to rinse out a little sand every once and a while.