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Creek Hiking

Posted: Sep 03 2015 1:40 pm
by kingsnake
When I hiked the east end of Aravaipa back in May, I was a bit put out by the amount of pebbles getting between my sandals and feet. Not only a pain in the foot, but pumpkin as well. So, I need a recommendation on footware that is best for preventing pebble infiltration ...

Re: Creek Hiking

Posted: Sep 03 2015 5:36 pm
by cactuscat
Salomon Tech Amphibians have sort of a mesh that prevents that - they work great.

Re: Creek Hiking

Posted: Sep 03 2015 5:46 pm
by The_Eagle
first, no scandals, We found that trail runners w/ 2 pair of socks seemed to work pretty well.

Re: Creek Hiking

Posted: Sep 03 2015 5:47 pm
by chumley
Previous opinions on this topic may be of interest:
viewtopic.php?f=13&t=7171

Re: Creek Hiking

Posted: Sep 08 2015 7:35 am
by autumnstars
My husband swears by his Salomon Tech Amphibians. I just wear a pair of old, trashed low-cut hikers.
Always with wool socks, of course.

Re: Creek Hiking

Posted: Sep 08 2015 8:49 am
by kingsnake
And they keep the rocks / pebbles out? I don't mind getting wet -- I waded the Gila River -- it's the pebbles betwee my foot & shoe that drive me up a walll ...

Re: Creek Hiking

Posted: Sep 08 2015 9:07 am
by Tough_Boots
I've been wearing Teva's with neoprene sandal socks this year. They've worked out very well in West Clear Creek and West Fork. Aravaipa is a pebble beast, though. They helped by adding a little padding but I would try something else next time.

Re: Creek Hiking

Posted: Sep 08 2015 10:38 am
by joebartels
The Eagle wrote:w/ 2 pair of socks seemed to work pretty well
autumnstars wrote:Always with wool socks, of course.
This works best in my experiences, keeps the pebbles from creeping in on the sides. Nothing seems perfect. Sandals are torture without neoprene. I tried wool on the outside of neoprene to keep the pebbles from creeping in. Better but prefer trail runners.

Re: Creek Hiking

Posted: Sep 08 2015 11:11 am
by CannondaleKid
@Tough_Boots Teva's and neoprene worked good for us when we last visited the Aravaipa pebble-beast by leaving the sandals a bit loose and just swishing the pebbles out on a regular basis.

Although I haven't done much wet creek hiking lately, my 6" RedHead waterproof boots have worked fine.