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Shoes / Slippers / Sandals For Creek Crossing

Postby maverick » Mon May 02, 2016 12:48 pm

Do you carry dedicated sandals/slippers/shoes, especially during early season, for creek crossings? Do you carry tevas, water shoes, or maybe a sock and shoe insert combo to reduce weight?
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Re: Shoes / Slippers / Sandals For Creek Crossing

Postby TahoeJeff » Mon May 02, 2016 2:28 pm

Crocs for water crossings and kickin' it in camp!
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Re: Shoes / Slippers / Sandals For Creek Crossing

Postby sambieni » Mon May 02, 2016 2:55 pm

I used to carry Chacos. I love them. But realized they are close to 2 lbs a pair so this summer I am going to try VivoBarefoot Ultras. They weigh only about 8 ounces a pair. Will serve as camp shoe and water crossing shoe (if I need to do so). I was contemplating getting Arcteryx Low Liners instead of Vivobarefoots - look great, dual purpose (if desired) as goretex boot liner, plus can be a good camp shoe. But in the end was put off by the price more than anything, plus wanted something that let my feet breathe.
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Re: Shoes / Slippers / Sandals For Creek Crossing

Postby rlown » Mon May 02, 2016 4:26 pm

I take a few deep breaths and flap my arms real fast. If I can hover and move forward for the crossing, that would be preferable. When that doesn't work, I put on the Tevas..
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Re: Shoes / Slippers / Sandals For Creek Crossing

Postby maverick » Mon May 02, 2016 5:07 pm

I take a few deep breaths and flap my arms real fast. If I can hover and move forward for the crossing, that would be preferable.


Will have my camera ready for that one Russ. :lol:
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Re: Shoes / Slippers / Sandals For Creek Crossing

Postby balzaccom » Mon May 02, 2016 5:22 pm

I've used a couple of options over the years. I really liked my fake Crocs with lacing on the top,....but they eventually succumbed to old age. Now I use some very lightweight strap-on sandals that I bought in France for the beach...and they turned out to be perfect for this. I think they cost about $12.
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Re: Shoes / Slippers / Sandals For Creek Crossing

Postby rlown » Mon May 02, 2016 5:30 pm

A side-note for the fishermen out there. If you put on your smart wool socks and the tevas/crocs, It's an amazing low-tech way to wade and fish just off the banks. Or retrieve a badly thrown lure from the reasonably shallow depths. I've done this a couple times, and not just for myself. :(

I don't do this when there's ice on the water. mostly late season, but the woollies keeps the leeches from between your toes.
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Re: Shoes / Slippers / Sandals For Creek Crossing

Postby Jimr » Mon May 02, 2016 5:40 pm

Last year, I did all of my hiking in Tevas. They worked very will, even on solid talus. Even down Shepherd pass. This year, it's Tevas with Altra Lone Peak as a backup for more serious stuff.

Come to think of it, I did wear heavy boots around Ritter. That's it.
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Re: Shoes / Slippers / Sandals For Creek Crossing

Postby Tom_H » Mon May 02, 2016 5:41 pm

I have something similar to crocs, but lighter, no swivel on heel strap. I wear them alone for stream crossing and with a thin wool liner in camp.
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Re: Shoes / Slippers / Sandals For Creek Crossing

Postby The Other Tom » Mon May 02, 2016 5:46 pm

Love my chacos and have taken them a few times, but they're heavy. I use crocs now.
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