Not bad but could be better

Reviewed by funinthesun from Montana on Saturday, October 8, 2016
Four of us (2 women 2 men) bought these for an 18-day CO River Grand Canyon self-supported raft trip. The men were happier than the women although all of us thought of improvements. Other folks, BTW, wore Chacos sandals, Tevas, tennies, boat shoes, and orienteering shoes. On this trip, our feet were wet from about 8 am-5 pm in hot sun, chilly rain (3 days running) as we ran rapids, hiked side canyons, loaded and unloaded gear, changed clothes on the boats, etc. First the kudos: Great to have an easy release for getting into and out of clothes (wetsuits, splash gear, longies, splash socks, etc.) when quarters are tight and everything is wet and getting wetter. The shoes drained pretty well and sometimes managed to be dry by morning. They did not get smelly--hooray! BUT, the women's model has slots that allow in pebbles (ouchy when carrying gear) and they lack a neoprene collar that snugs down around the shoetop (more pebbles). When hiking side/slot canyons, these need a less slippery sole--how about one like Chaco sandals (or use 5.10 rubber?!)! I didn't feel I could trust my feet 100% on the smooth limestone, Vishnu shale that was like glass and the raft surfaces when I needed to climb around getting food, gear, etc. We all had serious climbing shoes for the 5.5 and above stuff we did, but when we were doing combo wading and climbing, we used this shoe. So please use a stickier sole, get rid of the slots on the women's model and add that neoprene collar to the top.
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