For the versatile boater.
Slip into the NRS Women's Paddle Water Shoe no matter what boat you're riding in for the day. Its low-profile design includes a high-top for outstanding warmth and protection without the bulk. Heat-reflecting titanium helps the Terraprene neoprene upper keeps your feet nice and toasty in chilly waters, and the fleece-like VaporLoft lining repels water and dries instantly for extra comfort. NRS also added a thick sole for high-traction and a thicker insole for protection against rocks and roots. The zippered closure makes it easy to slip these shoes over your bare feet, wetsocks, or drysuit socks.
- Women-specific last
- Terraprene neoprene with heat-reflecting titanium
- Fleece-like VaporLoft lining
- Zippered closure
- 5mm neoprene insole
- 3mm high-traction sole
Fit a little snug
I’ve only just walked around the house with them to get a feel for how they fit. They fit great around the foot. I’m usually a 7.5 in most shoes so I went with an 8 so that I have room for wading socks. My issue is that it fits too tightly around my ankle and lower calf. There’s no room for even a thin pair of socks. I’m hoping that the more I wear them that they’ll break in a little bit before I take them out for a day on the water.
Winter Grand Canyon Booty!!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I bought these paddle shoes for my first 24 day winter Grand Canyon rafting trip, unsure what sort of footwear I would want that would allow me the dexterity and comfort necessary for rowing, swimming, scouting, and short hikes. Overall I was very pleased with these boots. I bought 1.5 sizes up (normally an 8.5, bought a 10) so that there would be enough room for my wool sock, dry sock, neoprene sock layering system. The fit was great! Potentially could have sized down but I didn’t feel as though they were too big. The neoprene of the boots kept my feet warm on most of the days. On the coldest days all of our shoes and dry suits were frozen into ghostly shells of our selves and on those days we poured boiling water in our shoes to get the toes working. I wore these shoes on all the short side hikes and they were comfortable and had mildly good traction on the slippery rocks. My biggest complaint about these shoes may not be a fault of the shoe itself but of the drysuit/hiking/sock&shoe combo innately, but here goes: whenever I would go for an extended scout or short hike, my dry suit pant legs would slowly get pulled down as the dry socks worked there way off my feet and shortened my pant legs. Very annoying. I would have to take off my shoes and neoprene socks several times to pull my dry socks back onto my feet and then redo the whole shoe system. Annoying, but not a deal breaker.
To conclude, these river shoes worked extremely well for my winter Grand Canyon experience. I would recommend them for a similar use. Keep the zippers clean of sand and they will hold up, probably. I’m interested to see how I like them in other whitewater scenarios and other seasons.
P.S. these shoes work great for holding beverage liquid in the tradition of the swimming rafter.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I've used these a few times now and they are holding up great. Keeps your feet warm. You may want to size down one size to make sure you have a snug fit so you foot doesn't swim in extra water.
|NRS SIZE||US MEN||US WOMEN||EU||CM|
|3||2.5 - 3||3.5 - 4||33.5 - 34||22.1 - 22.5|
|4||3.5 - 4||4.5 - 5||35 - 35.5||22.8 - 23.1|
|5||4.5 - 5||5.5 - 6||36 - 37||23.5 - 23.8|
|6||5.5 - 6||6.5 - 7||37.5 - 38||24.1 - 24.5|
|7||6.5 - 7||7.5 - 8||38.5 - 39||24.8 - 25.1|
|8||7.5 - 8||8.5 - 9||40 - 41||25.4 - 25.7|
|9||8.5 - 9||9.5 - 10||42 - 43||26 - 26.7|