Product: MEC Swellies
Purchased at: Mountain Equipment Co-op
How much: $35.00 Cdn (as of Mar 20, 2005)
After a few very cold entries into my kayak last autumn wearing water shoes, I decided in October to try a pair of MEC Swellies. After using them several times over the winter months, I can say with complete confidence that these are probably the most comfort inducing bit of gear that I've purchased in some time. No more cold, wet feet getting in and out of my boat. You can step in the water and not feel a bit of cold (even in the glacier fed water of Pitt Lake).
The boots are made from 5mm thick nylon neoprene while the inner sole is made from 7mm thick neoprene. The semi-hard rubber soles grip well on slippery surfaces when walking on land and have proven to be quite durable. The top cuff of the boots are made of a very sticky neoprene that creates an excellent seal when used with the adjustable nylon strap (on two occasions I stepped in water that was higher than the boots and no water entered the boot).
No more cold shock when stepping in the water!
Feet do get warm in these puppies -- I usually wear a pair of socks to absorb perspiration.
After washing the boots, the insides take a long time to completely dry. If I'm paddling in the next few days after wearing them, I only rinse off the outsides.
I highly recommend these reasonably priced, warm and dry boots for anyone who paddles during cooler times of the year.