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Correct Footwear for the river...

Postby Nic1234 » Tue Oct 25, 2011 5:25 pm

Something that often crops up as a problem on beginner trips (I realise I'm currently styling gripless flowery primark pumps on trips, but my good shoes floated off down the Nile)

http://jacksonkayak.com/blog/2011/10/25/safety-is-no-accident-part-2-proper-footwear/
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Postby Pyro » Tue Oct 25, 2011 6:34 pm

Good call, Nic. I paddle in a knackered pair of Salomons (but only because Keen Gorge boots are too damn expensive!). Could really do with updating on those.
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Postby Jamie » Tue Oct 25, 2011 8:32 pm

the Palm/Merrel shoes are absolutely bangin!
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Postby Dárragh » Tue Oct 25, 2011 8:40 pm

One good point mentioned by Tom Parker at the student safety weekends is that many people buy wetsuit boots by Palm or other companies when its probably a much better idea to buy river boots/shoes from companies who predominately make footwear.
Hence why Palm teamed with Merrell to makes their news boots...

Tk Maxx can sell some good trainers with good soles foe cheaper than you buy a pair of terribly expensive ' kayaking' boots...
Makes sense now since my kayak boots are falling to pieces haha
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Postby TomC » Tue Oct 25, 2011 8:45 pm

I can likewise vouch for Palm/Merrell boots, but make sure they fit in your boat :P
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Postby Jamie » Tue Oct 25, 2011 8:56 pm

no make sure your boat fits your shoes
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Postby Beth » Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:53 pm

Dárragh wrote:One good point mentioned by Tom Parker at the student safety weekends is that many people buy wetsuit boots by Palm or other companies when its probably a much better idea to buy river boots/shoes from companies who predominately make footwear.




Yep he was talking about my wetsuit boots when he brought that up. That was nice. At least I avoided the helmet slating!
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Postby Paddy F » Wed Apr 04, 2012 10:37 am

Looking to get new footwear pre scotland.

Everyone seems to like the Palm/Merrell Gradients, but from what I've heard they're quite narrow, my feet are really wide so they might not be a comfy feet, can anybody recommend any other good boots.

On the RoHo website, a couple of the boots in their scuba section look like they might be alright for kayaking with, I won't be surprised if I'm thinking wrong there so anyone who disagrees, sorry in advance.
But it seemed like such a good idea at 4 in the morning...
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Postby Pyro » Wed Apr 04, 2012 11:27 am

Check what the sole on the scuba boots is like, Paddy. Often they're designed just to be something to slot fins over and for a bit of protection walking out rather than as a decent grippy unit for portaging over wet rock!

There's basically 3 top-end boots, depending on fit and availability:
- Palm Gradient
- Keen Gorge
- 5.10 Canyoneer
There's also a couple of variants from other companies, I know NRS.and Artistic both do decent boots, but tter availability is lower. But, as most people have said, a pair of half-decent outdoors trainers/water shoes will do just fine.
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