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PostSat Jul 07, 2018 5:38 am 
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I use the fake crocs from Bartell's. They are super light and I believe cost 6 bucks. In the fall they usually have them on sale for even less.  smile.gif

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HitTheTrail wrote:
Barerun Barefoot are $15 and weigh 6.5 oz per pair.

I had shoes sorta like those 15 or so years ago. They worked okay, although properly fitted ones lacked sufficient room for sox at camp.

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The Vivobarefoot Ultra Pure dried out faster than my feet did sitting on a gravel bar in 80 F weather.

Yep, that's my experience.

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Converse Hi-tops = 2 days to dry
New Balance Minimus = day-and-a-half
Tevas = several hours for the Velcro to dry thoroughly

Sounds about right, although IME saturated nylon Teva straps might be closer to day to fully dry. (Moot point because Tevas are too heavy.) I'll put the Salomon Crossamphibian Swifts at 1-2 hours (insoles removed -- see prior post re using orthotics inside for camp).

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My only complaint with Crocs is that they do not pack small.

That's why I quit Crocs
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PostSat Jul 07, 2018 2:00 pm 
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RichP wrote:
I use the fake crocs from Bartell's. They are super light and I believe cost 6 bucks. In the fall they usually have them on sale for even less.  smile.gif

+1...but don't try to walk on sharp gravel with them. Another option are the lightest model of Teva sandals, which are also sturdy and supportive enough to hike with on smooth, not too rocky trails.

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PostMon Jul 09, 2018 10:12 am 
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RumiDude wrote:
Wow, I use my Crocs and they work very well. I have used them in all sorts of river crossings and they have never come off.

I use Crocs too, because they are fast drying and light.
I just wish I could find an actual closed toe shoe made of the same stuff. Something to keep the dew off the toes on those early morning trips to the privy spot, and dust off the socks/feet when in camp.

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PostMon Jul 09, 2018 11:21 am 
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I use Keen CNX sandals, 18.3 ounces. I wish they would dry faster though.
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PostFri Jul 13, 2018 12:56 pm 
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Cheap aqua socks from Freddy's or Walmart.
I can get about two years out of them.
They dry fast and I use them for camp shoes as well.
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PostFri Jul 13, 2018 11:22 pm 
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Schenk wrote:
I just wish I could find an actual closed toe shoe made of the same stuff. Something to keep the dew off the toes on those early morning trips to the privy spot, and dust off the socks/feet when in camp.

Crocs Bistro?

Crocs Specialist II Clogs?


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PostSat Jul 21, 2018 9:47 pm 
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I just take my sox off and put my boots or shoes back on and cross the stream.
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PostSun Jul 22, 2018 7:43 am 
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cheap pair of nylon sneakers from Walmart for off trail following a river/creek. Need tight laces so no ankle twisting and actual soles for foot protection and traction. Find the right pair and they are incredibly light (11-13 oz) and drain and dry fast. Every year I go up river for 3 miles and keep a pair just for that. wink.gif
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PostSun Jul 22, 2018 9:39 am 
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Nylon sneaker/runner uppers have knit fabric and foam. Water shoe uppers don't have either, thus they dry considerably faster.
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PostSun Jul 22, 2018 11:15 am 
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Right. For occasional crossings these are good. For mileage hiking up river I've tried crocs, water shoes, etc. Unless you take the time to go on and off with boots, following streams with lightweight sneakers and just go for it. Different application than the op I guess.
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PostSun Jul 22, 2018 1:14 pm 
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I prioritize drying time because my stream crossing shoes double as my camp shoes, and I don't like damp shoes at camp. I avoid anything with knit or foam in the upper if I expect to get my feet soaked at a stream crossing.
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PostMon Jul 23, 2018 2:02 pm 
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I use  generic crocks.  I strap them to the outside of my pack since they are bulky.
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PostWed Jul 25, 2018 4:09 pm 
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If the creek-bed is fairly level crocs work well for me for stream crossings. But if it is not, if the footbed is tilted to left or right, my foot has popped-out. I really gouged my foot pretty good at Cub Lake. My foot slipped out and smashed into a sharp rock. I had to hike out 14 miles wounded, in some considerable pain and I have been wary of crocs ever since. I have the standard crocs, and that heel strap is quite loose, does not reliably keep my heel in the shoe. That added to the fact that the footbed is really slippery wet wet makes them iffy for me.
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PostWed Jul 25, 2018 4:26 pm 
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That ^ is a good reason to wear Teva lightweight sandals, they are pretty stable and comfortable and don't retain water.

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