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Go-to amphibious footwear.
- Synthetic mesh and neoprene upper resists water saturation while encouraging ventilation
- Drainage holes allow for quick release of water so you don't slog around extra weight
- AquaStealth rubber offers superior traction while reducing the risk of trench foot
- Rubber toecap protects from rocks and debris
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Nothing can compare
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
Simply put - if you are a kayaker or doing any kind of hiking on slippery rock surfaces, nothing will ever compare to the grip of these shoes. More people hurt themselves scouting rapids rather than the running the rapid itself.
At first I was really put off by the price, so I tried many different styles and brands, but in the end I went with FiveTens. Save yourself the time and this is one piece of equipment that is well worth the investment. The high tops won't come off your foot like other water shoes and will hold up while hiking / bushwhacking.
[One tip] - I would get a half size larger than normal and wear a water sock underneath for warmth and blisters (if hiking a lot)
Five Ten Water Tennie Shoe - Men's
Would these make a good SCUBA diving shoe?...
Would these make a good SCUBA diving shoe? That being: used with a neoprene sock insert, possibly a wool sock, and dive fins (specifically hog fins or jet fins).
My only concern would be that you may not have enough flex in the ankle to properly use fins, but it's a pretty low rise so you should be ok there. Other than that, it's certainly durable and water-friendly enough to be a dive shoe, and if you do get out somewhere and walk around it'll grip wet rock like a champ.
I just used these shoes for some canyoneering adventures. They held up very well against the challenges of both Behunin and Srpy canyon at Zion. The rubber is super sticky and the high top helps against that Zion sand from getting in the boot. The boots are lighter weight and very comfortable. The one negative critique would be the excess space in the heel box. All and all it's a terrific shoe.
Good shoe, not for burly adventures
Basically, the shoe is pretty solid. I'm happy with most of its resilience and definitely with the look of it. But the insole (I guess that's the right word, the part on the inside of the shoe) slips around a lot. The ankle support is weak. Not real different than wearing a tennis shoe, but holds up against being constantly wet better. Holds a lot of water to dump into the kayak later, but does drain well...eventually.
Use with wool socks
My main purpose for these is wading creeks/rivers for fishing with no waders, just shorts. I tried neoprene socks but they tended to let gravel in as they did not fill up the space between sock and top of the shoe. Gravel guards or short gaiters would probably work...however, I found a heavy wool sock to work well and prevents most gravel coming in.
I was wading granite Sierra streams and they performed very well on both wet and dry granite and are a pretty good shoe for hiking in....but a for super long hike ins, I used my regular hiking shoes.