Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 26
  1. #1
    Registered User
    Join Date
    05-11-2011
    Location
    Marco Island, FL
    Age
    56
    Posts
    1

    Default Best footwear for fording streams in 100 wilderness

    I'm seeking advice as to the best and lightest footwear for fording streams in the 100 mile wilderness section. This will be for a section hike in June. thank you

  2. #2
    Registered User turtle fast's Avatar
    Join Date
    11-10-2007
    Location
    Caledonia, Wisconsin
    Age
    46
    Posts
    1,015

    Default

    Tevas, Crocks, Chacos, or bare feet (sometimes ouch). Some people just slog through it knowing they will have wet feet. Most though turn to their camp shoes that are dual purpose shower, crossing streams, wear in camp or town footwear. The first three footwear mentioned is the most encountered and fairly light weight. Though I have seen flip flops, canvas tennis shoes, and diving booties.

  3. #3
    Registered User Edwardo Rodriguez's Avatar
    Join Date
    12-07-2011
    Location
    Roseville, California, United States
    Age
    67
    Posts
    65

    Default

    Got myself a pair of these to cross the creek on the JMT http://www.rei.com/product/798240/vi...ort-shoes-mens but ended up crossing the creeks in my train runners

  4. #4
    Don't let your fears stand in the way of your dreams

  5. #5
    Registered User
    Join Date
    04-28-2004
    Location
    New Brunswick
    Age
    57
    Posts
    11,116

    Default

    Trail runners. Remove socks if dry. Slows you down but its a good way to air your feet out.
    Bare feet are ok if there is less risk of falling, but trail runners are best for traction.

  6. #6

    Default

    DO NOT cross bare footed - unless you want to risk breaking a toe like I did. Those rocks are slick! I almost got across before slipping off a rock and nearly going completely into the drink.

    This was in the fall and it was cold, so it took a day or two before I noticed that toe was all swollen up and I was having trouble walking. Thankfully, I ran across a group doing trail magic at Lower Jo-Mary lake and were able to drive me out. At that point I was hobbling so bad I would have run out of food before getting out of the wilderness.

    The easiest thing to do it take your socks off, put the boots back on, cross the stream, take off the boots and dump out the water, then put your socks back on.
    The AT - It has it's ups and downs...

  7. #7
    Registered User
    Join Date
    03-20-2012
    Location
    Port St Lucie, FL
    Age
    52
    Posts
    72

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Slo-go'en View Post
    The easiest thing to do it take your socks off, put the boots back on, cross the stream, take off the boots and dump out the water, then put your socks back on.
    it is possible that I am missing something obvious, because I am new here, but please explain why would you bother taking your socks off and then putting them back on only to put your foot and dry sock back into a wet boot?

  8. #8
    Springer to Elk Park, NC/Andover to Katahdin
    Join Date
    01-04-2006
    Location
    Northport, Alabama
    Age
    72
    Posts
    1,363
    Images
    14

    Default

    As Slo-go'en said, remove your socks and your insoles, put them in your pocket, cross in your trail runners, dry off your feet with a bandana, put insoles back in and socks back on. Then just walk your shoes dry. Works best with non-Goretex lined shoes which just hold water and take forever to dry.
    I am not young enough to know everything.

  9. #9
    Registered User
    Join Date
    04-15-2011
    Location
    Lowell, MA
    Posts
    1,283

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by jcheil View Post
    it is possible that I am missing something obvious, because I am new here, but please explain why would you bother taking your socks off and then putting them back on only to put your foot and dry sock back into a wet boot?
    There is a difference between getting your socks completely saturated and having them get damp from putting them back in a wet boot. Obviously, keeping the socks and boots dry, and drying your feet before putting back them back on, is better if one is willing to carry other footwear to manage it.

  10. #10
    LT '79; AT '73-'14 in sections; Donating Member Kerosene's Avatar
    Join Date
    09-03-2002
    Location
    Minneapolis
    Age
    62
    Posts
    5,433
    Images
    558

    Default

    Those neoprene booties mentioned in Post #4 by fiddlehead are very thin. Certainly better than bare feet, but not nearly as much protection as Crocs. Personally, I'm leaning toward the trail runners with no socks option.
    GA←↕→ME: 1973 to 2014

  11. #11
    But I believe, yes I believe, I said I believe
    Join Date
    09-24-2006
    Location
    Between Kittery and Fort Kent
    Age
    28
    Posts
    2,576
    Images
    3

    Default

    Just wear trail runners and walk right through the dang things.

    --Kirby

  12. #12

    Default

    I used these for all my day hikes and backpacks last year and I am planning on buying a new set this year.

    Only thing is I had to add safety pins to the straps at the heels.

    http://www.rei.com/product/828718/sa...ter-shoes-mens

  13. #13
    The internet is calling and I must go. buff_jeff's Avatar
    Join Date
    02-06-2008
    Location
    Media, Pennsylvania
    Age
    31
    Posts
    747

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Kirby View Post
    Just wear trail runners and walk right through the dang things.

    --Kirby
    You beat me to it. No way I'm stopping to take my shoes/socks off, walking across, and then putting them back on. Turns a 30 second crossing into a 10 minute ordeal.

  14. #14
    Registered User rusty bumper's Avatar
    Join Date
    08-04-2010
    Location
    Cleveland, OH
    Age
    71
    Posts
    225
    Images
    3

    Default

    I just continued on hiking right through the streams with my Merrell Moabs and Smartwool socks. I didn't carry any camp shoes, so that wasn't an option. The thought of walking through barefoot is kinda scarey to me....the stream bottoms are generally very slippery and I felt it was essential to have a good tread on the bottom of my feet while crossing. Wet shoes and socks are really not a big deal after having been out on the trail for 4 1/2 months prior to reaching the 100 Mile Wilderness!

  15. #15
    Registered User weary's Avatar
    Join Date
    12-15-2003
    Location
    Phippsburg, Maine, United States
    Posts
    10,115
    Journal Entries
    1

    Default

    Slo-go'en has it right. Bare feet for a stream crossing are an accident waiting to happen. The best boots for crossing streams are the same as the best boots for hiking trails. If it's a warm sunny day, sometimes I just wade right on through. But if its cold and I have a stiff climb ahead I stop, remove my socks, put my boots back on, and cross the stream. On the other side I empty the water, replace socks and keep on going.















    a

  16. #16
    AT 2012
    Join Date
    09-11-2006
    Location
    Wallingford, CT
    Age
    68
    Posts
    1,728

    Default

    ...add to the equation that your socks are dirty and your trail runners are muddy... best thing in the world is to just walk on through... then savor the clean for a 1/4 mile or so. your feet will dry soon enough. you might consider using hydropel in the morning. goes a long way toward making you smile when your feet get wet.
    Lazarus

  17. #17
    Registered User
    Join Date
    09-05-2011
    Location
    Chattanooga, TN
    Age
    61
    Posts
    141

    Default

    vivobarefoot.com 3.7 oz each

  18. #18
    Not Yet 2015 GA > ME Joker4ink's Avatar
    Join Date
    04-01-2010
    Location
    Southington, Connecticut
    Age
    38
    Posts
    259

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Edwardo Rodriguez View Post
    Got myself a pair of these to cross the creek on the JMT http://www.rei.com/product/798240/vi...ort-shoes-mens but ended up crossing the creeks in my train runners

    I hope those are good on wet surfaces, because my Trek Sports and my girlfriends Multisports are absolutely terrible! We tried in rivers/streams and also to jump off rocks in a lake...They were pure ice-skates! We both had high hopes for them in water but were highly disappointing. Otherwise, nice shoes.

  19. #19

    Default

    I used Crocs but make sure you have something with an ankle strap. Strong currents can take a slip-on mule, like Crocs without the strap, right off of your foot.

  20. #20
    Registered User Danl's Avatar
    Join Date
    08-14-2011
    Location
    USA
    Age
    64
    Posts
    138
    Journal Entries
    1
    I start out the Day with nothing and by the end of the Day I still have most of it.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
++ New Posts ++

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •