Footwear Field Test: NRS Velocity Shoe
NRS Velocity; $90 (www.nrs.com)
NRS has a long pedigree of making solid river equipment, so it was natural that we found the Velocity boot to be a performer. The sole is thick, abrasion-resistant rubber that performs admirably over slick rock and mud. The construction is lightweight and can fold into a tight compartment if need be. We recommend the Velocity for those long hikes into the put-in, portages and rescue situations. Our reviewer was impressed with the durability and ankle support he gained over many portages. We do recommend wearing a standard neoprene sock though, as the inner cushioning is marginal and may not be the most comfortable if you were thinking about wearing them barefoot.
Review by Aaron Black-Schmidt was originally published on Canoe & Kayak Magazine.