The shoe for water and slippery rocks
Used these on a five day slot canyon hike at Paria Canyon in Utah. The shoes were great, stuck to everything, drained wonderfully, were comfortable and basically took everything thrown at them. On this trip that ranged from two foot deep mud pools to chest height water wading, along with some rock climbing and uncounted stream crossings.
Only cons are that the buckles, which are wonderful at keeping the shoes on in deep mud, are tough to use when cold. I also would like a little more ankle support.
Without these shoes the hike would have been so much harder. One companion had to dig his trail shoes out of the mud after they came off. I could walk on any stable rock, wet or dry, and know it would hold. The water drains from the tops and sides with every step, even when covered with mud.
They do take time to dry, and can get heavy at times, but overall a strong recommendation for anyone that will be hiking in wet/muddy conditions.
My research in the mountainous rainforest requires a shoe that easily adapts to a constantly changing terrain and environment which is sometimes treacherous and unforgiving. This shoe is the best I have ever had for rocks, dirt, mud, steep grades, ascent and descent, and water as well as climbing trees and rope when necessary. The grip is unrivaled by anything I have ever had. True to size, but a bit wide, and more comfortable with wear. Take a while to dry out if they they get wet, but worth it. I strongly recommend these for anyone who is serious about the outdoor exploring in rough terrain and will definately own another pair in the future!
Canyons to Creeks!
The Canyoneer II is hands down the best Creekboating shoe I've ever worn. They are super grippy on wet and dry rocks, comfortable hiking to the put-in and from the take-out, and fit tight enough to stay on in a swim situation. It's nice to have gear that you don't have to think about in a rescue/safety situation. The only drawback that I found was that they are a little bulky in my boat. Great shoe, if you can afford it.
The best I ever had
I've only put about 24 miles on these, all of it in the Zion Narrows, but they outperform anything I've used before. The traction and comfort is outstanding. My only complaint would be that after 8 miles I already had some fraying. Maybe I was a little too hard on them. I have suggested these to a lot of people already and I've bought other Five Ten products because of these boots.
If you need boots like this then these are awesome and you will be so glad you got them! I did The Narrows two day hike in Zion National Park and probably would have broke my ankle without them. They really hold your ankle and heel well. If you plan to wear neoprene socks with them, you may want to get half a size larger depending on your sock thickness.
Does what they are supposed to do
The shoes are light, gives great traction, good drainage and good ankle support. Thy work great for canyoneering and I also use them with my waders when I go fishing. The only bad thing I have to say about them is that the buckles are a bit stiff and hard to use. Be careful of the sizes tough, if you want to wear them with neoprene socks they run small.
The best creek boating, whitewater shoe
This shoe has literally saved my life. Having a comfortable shoe with outstanding traction is a must for creeking in tight narrow gorges with lots of slippery rocks. In one expedition I hiked for days in them through the jungle, did technical cave climbing and kayaked a first descent. This is hands down the best shoe for a serious kayaker.
Runs small. I wear an 8.5 and in these both my big toe and pinky toes rub. I walked 5 feet before they hurt. They went back to Zappos. Can't comment on how they would perform as I never used them.
Great shoe for tripping with a canoe. Need to wear at least a 3 mm neoprene sock for comfort from stitching etc., and a larger size to accommodate this sock. I would prefer to eliminate the silver trim.
Great grippy shoe
This shoe will get you to your favorite river and will help any portaging or scouting you have to do when you're there. I use them for open canoeing and kayaking and they are worth the investment.