Hackensack River Canoe & Kayak Club

NRS Workboot Wetshoe

Date purchased: June 29, 2001
Price: $69.95
Manufacturer/retailer web link: http://www.nrs.com 
Date of review: April 14, 2004
Would I buy them again?  Yes

Essentially a 5 mm neoprene wetshoe beefed up with a lugged sole, protective rubber & synthetic leather, and a closure system combining laces and a Velcro strap.

The boot-like lugged sole provides support, comfort and protection for portages and walking about on any terrain.  Protective rubber & synthetic leather on the upper prevent damage to the neoprene from rocks & sticks as well as from kneeling in a canoe.

After wearing these you'll never go back to those ballerina slipper type wetshoes where every stone presses into the sole of your foot, the unprotected neoprene tears when brushed against rocks & sticks, and your toes wear through from kneeling in a canoe.

These boots are really for canoeists and rafters.  Kayakers in modern playboats (who frequently go barefoot or wear ballerina slippers) probably won't be able to accommodate these inside cramped yaks.

I have a size 10 foot, but got the Workboots in size 13 to fit over the neoprene booties on my Kokatat drysuit (nice n' toasty in the Winter.)
The Workboots completely cover and protect the drysuit booties.
Even those with Gore-Tex or latex booties should order larger than usual to accommodate extra winter layers.
The largest size available is 14.
In wetsuit weather, I wear the Workboots over bare feet with no problem - so they have dual purpose function.

A cheaper version ($59.95) is the "NRS ATB Wetshoe" (All Terrain Bootie.)
These feature a side zipper closure (which many may prefer) in lieu of lacing.
But to accommodate the zipper, most of the rubber & synthetic leather protective covering have been removed - exposing the underlying neoprene.
Those having bad luck with zippers may want to think twice about these.

After almost three years of use, and abuse, on daytrips and Arctic expeditions, my Workboots haven't suffered any damage.  I definitely recommend them and would purchase them again.

Contributed by HRCKC member George S.