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Footwear recommendations for the subway in Zion

Postby tonyo » Sun Sep 12, 2010 3:07 am

My wife and I are doing the Subway (technical route) next weekend and I need to know what shoes are appropriate- are light hiking boots sufficient? I've seen the 5.10 canyon shoes online and I'm real tempted, new gear being a serious weakness. But- I've waited too long. Are light mesh hikers good enough? Thanks for any advice!
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Postby tonyo » Sun Sep 12, 2010 5:29 pm

MoapaPk wrote:Get neoprene socks. Light mesh hikers or water shoes with good grippy soles will do. You can rent beat-up 5.10s and socks at ZAC (Zion Adventure Company) in Springdale if you need to.

There is a place in St George where one can buy canyoneering shoes, but the name escapes me now.

You'll have a light wet suit possibly, que no?


Thanks for the tip on the neoprene socks- that hadn't even crossed my mind. I think we'll just wear our light hikers this time, but I have a feeling this canyoneering thing's gonna stick and I'll be buying the specialized shoes eventually.

Wet suit... one more thing to consider. We're going with a friend of a friend who's experienced, so we're kind of trusting advice to trickle down. If no wet suit is available, what do you suggest?

Thanks again!
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Postby bdynkin » Mon Sep 13, 2010 3:14 pm

They say that 5.10 canyon shoes are the best for this purpose. There are a couple of shops in Zion that rent all needed equipment including those shoes. We were there last thanksgiving and easily rented shoes and dry pants.
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Postby tonyo » Mon Sep 20, 2010 12:37 am

We did the once through from top to bottom Saturday and had a wonderful time. Note to self: when MoapaPk suggests wetsuits, buy the freaking wetsuit! That water was cold! As for footwear, I wore Keen sandals with fleece-lined neoprene socks through the water parts of the hike and this system worked great.
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Postby WhitePine » Mon Sep 20, 2010 7:00 am

For footwear in canyoneering type adventures, I like to take Salomon Techamphibians and a pair of Chacos. Especially when doing multiday trips. The Techamphibians dry really quickly and have excellent tread for slickrock and rocky wading. That being said, if you are one of those people who are prone to rolling ankles and stuff the 5-10's might be better. I figure they are overkill though unless you are hiking through the river the entire time like in the Narrows. Anything where you are hiking through open desert I prefer the Salomons or the Chacos.
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