Designed for adventure racers, triathletes, canyoneers and white water enthusiasts, the Water Tennie is a synthetic mesh shoe with excellent arch support, drainage holes, and a protective rubber toe cap. The midsole is a dual-desity EVA for comfort, cush and durablity. The quick-drying Neoprene upper has an inner gaiter, plus a quick-lace system with a secure lock and protective barrel trim.
|Five Ten Water Tennie Shoe New||$119.95|
|Five Ten Water Tennie Boot||$95.96|
My main purpose for these is wading creeks/rivers for fishing with no waders, just shorts. I tried neoprene socks but they tended to let gravel in as they did not fill up the space between sock and top of the shoe. Gravel guards or short gaiters would probably work...however, I found a heavy wool sock to work well and prevents most gravel coming in.
I was wading granite Sierra streams and they performed very well on both wet and dry granite and are a pretty good shoe for hiking in....but a for super long hike ins, I used my regular hiking shoes.
I just used these shoes for some canyoneering adventures. They held up very well against the challenges of both Behunin and Srpy canyon at Zion. The rubber is super sticky and the high top helps against that Zion sand from getting in the boot. The boots are lighter weight and very comfortable. The one negative critique would be the excess space in the heel box. All and all it's a terrific shoe.
Basically, the shoe is pretty solid. I'm happy with most of its resilience and definitely with the look of it. But the insole (I guess that's the right word, the part on the inside of the shoe) slips around a lot. The ankle support is weak. Not real different than wearing a tennis shoe, but holds up against being constantly wet better. Holds a lot of water to dump into the kayak later, but does drain well...eventually.