Footwear Field Test: Body Glove Dynamo Rapid

The Body Glove Dynamo Rapid is a minimalist water shoe for light and fast adventures

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Body Glove Dynamo; $60 (www.bodyglove.com)

Lightweight and fast, the Dynamo Rapid is all about keeping your feet protected while not slowing you down. If you're not carrying a load and prefer the lighter feel of a simple shoe with decent traction, these would be a good fit. The Dynamo can be worn barefoot or with a neoprene sock for colder water as they conform to foot contours in the tradition of a surf bootie/toe shoe, where tight fit means quicker reaction to micro-movements that favor standup paddlers. The benefit of that thin-sole sense of feel does mean, however, you’re sacrificing a bit of off-river traction as these foot gloves feature not-so-defined lugs on the sole. The more slipper-like fit also plays well sliding in tight playboat foot spaces. The drainage is good, letting water out and air in, creating a quick-drying and versatile river shoe option. This minimal profile comes with a trade-off though; those looking for solid ankle support should look elsewhere.

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