Originally Posted by JCKeck1
Hey Ture, how'd the cutdown affect the stability? Mine are super uncomfortable in the boat, but for huge hikes/burly portaging they're the bomb. Think you could still hike 8 miles in yours with a boat or are they more like booties now?
Hey Joe, they are totally stable still. They would make great hiking shoes. I love them now. I hiked out of the gorge at Escalante 3 times with them. Given, that is a short hike, but they felt great. Yesterday I waded into the middle of Clear Creek on a mission to pull out some wood and it was in strong current in the typical gnarly Clear Creek blast rock creek bed and the shoes gripped good and my feet didn't get bruised at all. I like the neoprene too... my feet are staying toasty and I'm going barefoot in the shoe... I feel that it has the warmth of a bootie.
Basically all I did was convert the edges at the heel from a blocky 90 degree thing to a more rounded profile. I don't think it really changed anything structurally. It probably only gave me 1/2" to 3/4" more room in my boat but that is about all I needed. There is still no way they will fit in my river-runner... only in my creekboat.
I'm thinking about doing the outside edges of the toes too because now that I have more days in the boat I have noticed that maybe just a hair more trimming would make them fit better.
I'll post some pics if I get a chance. I was going to take before and after pics but I was too lazy to get the before pics. I'll probably send Teva the "after" pics, though, because I think the original blocky shape is ridiculous for a kayak and it is a shame because the shoes are great otherwise.