NRS Velocity Water Shoe Review

A purpose-built boot for paddlers

NRS Velocity Review, Canoe and Kayak Magazine

NRS Velocity in Norway. (Photo by David Spiegel)

NRS Velocity

($109.95, nrs.com)

When NRS announced the Velocity, a lot of paddlers assumed it was their answer to the Astral Rassler. Don't be fooled. The Velocity is more similar to the 5.10 Canyoneer than it is to the Rassler.

The Velocity is a sturdy boot with a hightop to keep out grit, grime, and sand. NRS's rubber outsole is not on par with 5.10's traction, but the Velocity is less bulky than the Canyoneer, which makes it easier to use in some situations. The sole is a little softer, which I like. It's still sturdy enough to feel OK on longer hikes and portages, but it doesn't feel clunky like the Canyoneer.

Fit: True to size.

Bottom Line

If traction is your ultimate desire for your heavy-duty paddling boot, then the Canyoneer is still your winner. But if you want a boot that is pretty good on traction and will be easier to wear inside of a kayak then the Velocity could be the shoe for you.

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NRS Velocity Review