I just moved into a small playboat (from my bigger river runner) and the outfitting is awesome, but I don’t fit in with my boat shoes on. It feels great with no shoes, but I was wondering about Spring paddling…I’ve never paddled with no shoes on before. I don’t plan on swimming… but u never know what can happen!
Any suggestions? What’s everyone else doing? Thanks for any help you can offer.
wool socks in the winter….if its overly hairy, i’ll wear river booties…i’ve seen people wear sandles, either with socks, or no….i paddle bear foot on most rivers, as long as they aren’t creek, or over my abilities…thats just me.
What ever you wear, be prepared to walk out! I’m not refering to play boaters in particular but just remmember this. If your hucking at champlein some day and you get washed down to who knows where, your neoprene sox are not going to get you far enough to hail a cab back to the put in. At the least tuck a pair of tevas in the back of your boat. That way at if worse comes to worse you won’t be barefoot in the snow on a long hike.
I must agree about the sandals.just don,t forget to clip them to yer back strap or somethin.I live in the rockies and goin any where without some soles is suicide on the dogs.neo socks are more comfy than bare feet and you don’t scratch yer feet up on the sand/mud in the bow.play safely, Jer L.
I like the kevlar booties. They are no more bulky than the neoprene socks, but they protect your feet a little more, and they have more grip on slippery rocks. Neoprene socks are good if you keep sandles in your boat though. http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_deta … 4669860383