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Re: Footwear for river crossings

Postby Caberfeidh » Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:33 am

How about stilts?
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Re: Footwear for river crossings

Postby nick70 » Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:10 am

bydand_loon wrote:Used these for the last 5 or 6 years, i think they were originally meant as barefoot runners, very, very light, also very secure in fast water, you can roll them up, hang them off, or just ram them inside your bergan, they dont need drying out either.

Looks like they've changed the design a wee bit since I got them, mine came with a neoprene removable sock (which can be worn independently if desired, I don't really use them), they work ok as a camp shoe too. I wouldn't pay full price mind, i paid 20/25 quid in the sales

https://www.vivobarefoot.com/uk/mens/off-road/ultra-3-plus-mens?colour=Navy


Thanks for the suggestion, also another excellent item for me to consider. Aargh, decisions, decisions.
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Re: Footwear for river crossings

Postby nick70 » Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:12 am

Caberfeidh wrote:How about stilts?


Absolutely priceless. Caberfeidh are you a stand up in your spare time? If not you should be.

Love it :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Footwear for river crossings

Postby dibs » Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:33 am

Try these "Feetz" they are brilliant and have a non slip sole on them, weigh very little and take up little room in your pack.

https://www.purpleturtle.co.uk/feetz-pocket-festival-wellies-10439.html?gclid=CjwKCAjw8uLcBRACEiwAaL6MSTqc9AZpP8ltZhlAssXNIgYYTo92gzJAo8AqDq8YuSbeN4ZQWnu37BoCpyQQAvD_BwE
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Re: Footwear for river crossings

Postby abbruce » Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:41 pm

I carry these if I have a river crossing to do

https://www.feetz.co.uk/

Fold flat in their own small pack, are lightweight & fit easily over walking boots (if you go up a size).

Oh, & they're only a tenner
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Re: Footwear for river crossings

Postby rockhopper » Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:50 pm

Cheap pair of flip flops - very lightweight, dry very quickly and thick soles mean the feet don't feel any sharp rocks. Just take care that feet don't slip out of them and best to use two poles to aid balance.
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Re: Footwear for river crossings

Postby gaffr » Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:45 am

Remove socks from dry boots cross over then pour out water replace socks and then continue with damp boots....not recommended if going up high in winter. :)
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Re: Footwear for river crossings

Postby willsdad » Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:49 pm

I'll second croc style jelly shoes.
Dry quickly and also work for bothy shoes.

If you invest in a good pair that are comfortable, they'll also be ideal for the short road /track sections to give your feet a bit of a breather.

I took rubble bags - never used them.
I made my own lightweight bothy sandals - ended up buying cheap jelly shoes in the hardware shop in Ullapool.
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Re: Footwear for river crossings

Postby mluiesp » Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:14 pm

What about the good old-fashioned air shoes? aka going barefoot?
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Re: Footwear for river crossings

Postby AHillTooFar » Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:17 pm

abbruce wrote:I carry these if I have a river crossing to do

https://www.feetz.co.uk/

Fold flat in their own small pack, are lightweight & fit easily over walking boots (if you go up a size).

Oh, & they're only a tenner


Will give these a look, twice I have been stopped recently due to a stream being too deep and fast flowing to try with just my boots. I personally do not like having to take off boots and socks to ford water.
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Re: Footwear for river crossings

Postby mrssanta » Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:35 pm

mluiesp wrote:What about the good old-fashioned air shoes? aka going barefoot?

sharp/slippy rocks, stubbed toes, piranhas
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