When it comes to footwear, I avoid neoprene like the plague. Feet are guaranteed to get wet, and soggy neoprene stays that way for days (or weeks). Which is why the Hiyak is my favorite new bootie—instead of neoprene, it uses 3mm quilted Airmesh insulation to trap warm air between your foot and the waterproof, super tough nylon shell. Removable foam insoles and drain holes at toe and heel make these shoes even more rapid drying. Just as important in wet environments is traction on slick surfaces, and protection for those inevitable slips. The Hiyak’s rubber outsole sticks to even the slimiest rocks, and the padded high-tops shield ankles from scrapes.
astraldesigns.com | $114.95
This review first appeared in the Fall 2015 issue of Adventure Kayak magazine. For more great gear reviews, click here and subscribe to Adventure Kayak’s print and digital editions, or click here to read the current issue.