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Old 01-17-2005   #1
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What shoes do you wear in your boat?

I've been wearing Desperado socks for the last couple of seasons, but it's time for something new. It would be nice to get something with a little more sole this time. I've been eye-balling the Attack shoe, but thought I would check with you guys and gals to see what else might be worth looking at. Cheers!

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Old 01-17-2005   #2
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One thing you need to consider is what boat you have and how much foot room you have in it. In my playboat I wear desperado socks because it is the only shoe I can wear and still fit in my boat. Beyond that I really have no advice for you becuase I have only worn desperado socks.

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Old 01-17-2005   #3
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I wear neoprene socks with the rubber sole for playboating. Then Teva creek booties anytime I use my creekboat. Best type of shoe for each style of paddling.
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Old 01-17-2005   #4
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I need some new creeking booties, I was going to go with the Nike ones. Does anyone have an opinion on these booties or any others? What are the best booties for creeking? I had teva booties, they where ok but were blown clean of my feet during a swim. I have Gus so they don't need to be super small. Any advise?
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Old 01-17-2005   #5
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The Nike creekin shoes (toketee mid) have worked excellent for me. I have big feet, about 12 1/2 in Nikes. I often do runs where I need to portage and scout lots. I go with the Smartwool liner socks under my Nikes. It reduces abrasion, prevents blisters, stays warm, and keeps poison ivy away from my feet. I go with a size 13 creekin shoe with liner socks, fits nicely inside my LL Huck. They have a stiff sole which is good for walking on rocks. The rubber is sticky, and the adjustment system is bomber. Superior to my NRS attack creekin shoes of yesteryear.
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Old 01-18-2005   #6
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I use the toketee mid. It works well in all my boats including the kingpin.
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Old 01-19-2005   #7
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To me foot wear is one of the most important pieces of safety equipment you can take on a river. How many of you have been on a river with someone who thinks it ok to bear hoof it and then when you need them to set safety or run along the bank to a pin but they couldn't move fast enough to get the job done because of bare feet. Now what if this person had to hike out? This other wise competent boater has now become a burden/safety hazard to your group.

Sorry about the rambling Ive just had one to many bad experiences(and Ive only had that one,and will no longer paddle a run with someone who is bare hoofing it)

As for shoes, I would recommend for Play boating and river running, the Teva Onium, And for creeking Either the Teva Avator(the full on creek boot) Or The Teva Gamma Pro.

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Old 01-20-2005   #8
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teva makes a comfortable shoe (i have the gamma) but the rubber sole isn't sticky enough for boating. try five-ten as i hear thay have the best (stickiest) sole for the water.
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Old 01-21-2005   #9
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Teva has made big strides in the stickyness and durability of their shoes. As for the gamma it comes with two types of rubber... the regular gamma is not sticky enough for whitewater but the gamma pro definately is, (you can check it out at confluence and possibly REI). I have used the gamma pro for the last two years on creeks and it has never failed me. I also like the gamma because it is flexible enough to go into a boat but burly enough to portage, evac, rescue and run shuttle (literally...I did that up in Oregon 2.5 miles). Also, Teva signed on with 5.10 and has put stealth rubber on some of their new products. There is a lot out there and it all comes down to what is the most comfortable and will stand up to what you are doing but hopefully this info helps.

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