This innovative lightweight paddling boot offers the paddler a full-coverage boot that provides the necessary protection while launching your boat. Perfect for touring and canoeing, the Nomad has an adjustable volume 3mm doublelined neoprene lower shoe with a covered lacing system. The waterproof/breathable gaiter on the upper part of the boot allows for more comfort in variable temperature and weather conditions. An adjustable neoprene cuff secures just below the knee. A medium thickness outsole with stiffening insert and a vulcanized rubber toe cap and heel counter provide extra protection and support.
I'm about a size nine but I need high arch inserts and these boots don't have inserts so I went to size 10. The staff at Rutabaga let me bring my inserts in and try them out in the boots till we were sure they'd work. I tried out my first pair in the Yahara River and found a pinhole leak. Rutabaga exchanged them that day. This pair has gone through two summers of mud and rocks. I like that I can pull the gaiters up or down as I need them. I took a four day kayak camping trip down the lower Wisconsin River last September. The river was really low, sandbars everywhere. Several times a day I spent time walking my boat along in freezing cold water, ankle deep and higher, till I could find the channel again. And it rained most of one day. These boots kept me warm and dry and were good footing in the sand. I can't think of any cons. They fold up compact and they're tough as nails. No complaints.
At Rutabaga Paddlesports we have been selling kayaks and canoes online for over a decade. We are also a top SUP dealer. Rutabaga Paddlesports supplies paddlers with clothing and accessories that fit their budget, style, and meet their demands. We strive to offer a broad range of American made and sustainable paddle gear to our customers.