La Sportiva Exum River
Materials: man made materials
Use: hiking, light - middle weight bagpacking
Break-in Period: no
Price Paid: $105
a superb water shoe. Great traction, which is most important for canyoneering. And the strap just places my feet securely in the shoes. And the shoes are very comfortable when hiking and bacpacking off trails. I used a Teva Sunkosi before Exum River. Sunkosi is better looking and superb in ventilating water (cause it has holes on the soles), however, very poor traction.
The only downside for a water shoe is they dry slowly. It may take 20 hours to completely dry, while Sunkosi may take like several hours.
Overall, a very good shoe for both hiking, backpacking, canyoneering or both of them mixed. For the problem of ventilating, I will bring a pair of sandals to be used when in camping area.
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Rip along riverside trails laden with roots and rocks in La Sportiva's Exum River trail running shoes that accommodate slippery feet in fast-moving water and deep canyon mud. With removable TPU strap that keeps the shoe in place on your foot and a FriXion XF and Dot Rubber Trail Tread Hybrid sole, you'll never be left slipping and sliding on riverstones.
- Mountain Gear
Make sure you're wearing the La Sportiva Exum River Canyoneering Shoes for trips where an "easy stretch" means waist-deep water and, luckily, all your gear is in dry bags. These burly shoes are built from the ground up to offer you excellent support and traction whether you're hiking along a dry river bottom or crossing a strong current with spotters at the ready. Exum River Canyoneering Shoes have FriXion XF soles to provide supreme traction on wet rock and a removable TPU instep to assure that they don't get ripped off when the current is pulling hard.
- Backcountry Outlet
On Sale. Free Shipping. La Sportiva Men's Exum River Shoe (Fall 2008) The Men's Exum River Shoe by La Sportiva is a technical canyoneering shoe designed for wet abusive conditions.Canyoneering is wet, muddy business, but the Exum River will put you on stable ground. These custom rigs are chock full of features to anchor your foot to slick rocks and shifting sands even in moving water.Features:UPPER: Rubber/Synthetic Leather/MeshCONSTRUCTION: Slip Lasted StrobelLAST: TempoLINING: Hydrophobic MeshSOLE: FriXion XF/Dot Rubber Trail Tread HybridMIDSOLE: Dual-density MEMlex/RockShock with E.S.P. polypropylene full-length protection plateWEIGHT: 1 lbs 14 ozRemovable TPU strap keeps the Exum River securely latched to your foot in the strongest of currents FriXion XF/Dot Rubber Trail Tread Hybrid soles grip wet stones, dry stones ... all stones Full-length polypropylene midsole provides support for tricky terrain and all-day outings Molded rubber reinforcements protect the front uppers from the gnarliest textures known to man