NRS Velocity; $90 (www.nrs.com)
NRS has a long pedigree of making solid river equipment, so it was natural that we found the Velocity boot to be a performer. The sole is thick, abrasion-resistant rubber that performs admirably over slick rock and mud. The construction is lightweight and can fold into a tight compartment if need be. We recommend the Velocity for those long hikes into the put-in, portages and rescue situations. Our reviewer recently came out of the Boundary Waters and was impressed with the durability and ankle support he gained over the many portages. We do recommend wearing a standard neoprene sock though, as the inner cushioning is marginal and might not be the most comfortable if you were thinking about wearing them barefoot.
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