Tuesday, April 24, 2012

KEEN Gorge Boots (Product Review)

Badly needing a new pair of wading shoes, the decision was made to go with the Gorge Boots offered by Keen Footwear.

 After wearing river sandals for a few years I was getting tired of taking them off numerous times during the day to get the gravel and rocks out of them from wet wading. What drew me to these were these features.
- Abrasion resistant synthetic and 3MM neoprene upper
- AEGIS Microbe Shield treated lining
- High traction, performance water outsole
- Multi-point adjustable strap system
- Removable metatomical EVA molded footbed with AEGIS Microbe Shield
- Wrapped outsole with multi directional lug pattern

Now that the weather has warmed up I have been able to put them to the test and so far I am very pleased with my purchase. The boot fits comfortably and is snug without allowing gravel inside. They are easy to put on and easy to take off even when wet, the toe guard has helped out numerous times with the amount of rocks that I hit them up against when portaging the kayak through a set of rocky rapids and the sole offers excellent traction, even on the slippery surfaces that i've encountered.
This is a product that I would definately reccomend to anyone who asks.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

River Time

Pulling the kayak down the hill and into the river reminds me that I really need to start working out again. Once in the water and after wading fifty yards, I lifted the kayak over the dam and proceeded to paddle my way upstream against the current and into the chocolate waterway. The fishing was pretty good today with fish hitting a popper as well as a black wooly booger and the bigger fish coming from areas with current. It was also a good day to explore new areas. Today I did a lot of paddling up the current and wading through different sets of rapids going further upriver than before on this section. Still more to explore and more fish to catch on the next trip.