best in every way
i hike, canoe, kayak the northwoods...and i wear the whisper from early spring thru the fall all the time for everthing. i like that they are lightweight and move with my feet unlike the newports. i have an old break in my big toe and can't wear most shoes but these have a roomy toe box but still fit tight around the rest of the foot to not rub loose while hiking. they cover enough of my feet to handle all sorts of hiking terrain, great grip for jumping creek boulders, and lots of open space for draining while walking in water. plus they dry quickly. last year's pair i wore thru the whole time and they are still sturdy but now a little loose, great for wearing with socks. just ordered my third pair just so i've got a grubby pair, a clean pair and a pair with warm socks.