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Old 08-29-2011   #11
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I really like my Stohlquist Cavemans... even for playboating.

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Old 08-29-2011   #12
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Originally Posted by Anchorless View Post
I really like my Stohlquist Cavemans... even for playboating.
The Cavemans are really comfortable for playboating, but seemed to fall apart quickly. They probably don't provide enough foot protection for tramping through the shit.

After breaking my foot walking down to the putin a month ago, I'm a strong advocate of sturdy footwear. The Teva Avators are comfortable, seem well-put-together and are as stiff as a hiking boot.

In other news, Sperry Top Sider now makes creekin' shoes:
Sperry Top-Sider Men's SON-R Bearing Bootie Mid

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Old 08-29-2011   #13
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Petition to bring back the Nike ACG booties,bomber!Another kind i liked that got discontinued or went out of business was Okespor. Both far outlived most other booties,eventually the neoprene parts got some holes but the sole and other components really help up well. Both designs were low profile but still had good ankle support. Why stop making stuff that kicks ass,Nike?
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Old 08-29-2011   #14
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These look boss! Would be interested to see what the durability was like as a creeking shoe.

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Old 08-30-2011   #15
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I have to say that I've had many different river shoes... the Keen Gorge Boot seems to hold up the best so far for me. I can even fit it in my playboat. What I really like it the tough sole that doesn't let sharp rocks hurt my feet. Most of the thin soles aren't tough enough.
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Old 08-30-2011   #16
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...Seems like Teva switches up almost their entire line of shoes every year so something's always on sale cheap at the end of the year. I know it's hearsay, but I've found their stickiest rubber to have better traction than fiveten and that's my # one priority because I hate slipping. I've found the shoe wear to be reasonable. The soft rubber means the sole has a shorter life, but whatever, next year they'll be selling their previous year model for $50.
I'm with you.

I think it is a mistake to put much priority on durability for a river shoe. Soft rubber is the best grip on wet rocks. Soft rubber doesn't last.

My Tevas just exploded this season. Complete annihilation. But they stuck to wet rocks like glue.

I've slowly come to realize that creeking shoes are disposable salamander/spiderman grip tools. Creekers go into too many spots where slipping and falling in would mess stuff up bad. I'd gladly pay $50 or $100 or whatever to not fall into a class V rapid.
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Old 08-30-2011   #17
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You'll need to add your own drain holes, probably keep well mink-oiled, and you might have to take out your bulk-head, but they should last you a while.
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Old 09-01-2011   #18
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Just as I predicted, "The Clymb" has the Teva Avator on sale for $45. That's $15 bucks more than Chris's Walmart shoe and is actually functional.
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Does "Clymbing" require membership?

Not really relevant, as I already got from for 67+ shipping, Doh!

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5.10 Savants...totally rip

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