Mion Tide Scramble
Source: bought it new
Excellent work shoes, seen as weird by others.
I bought these as cheap work shoes (clearance nobody wanted in local store). I got strange looks and laughs from other people. I found I could wear these all day, no sweat not tired feet, only single pair socks in winter up to -12. other shoes i used to wear three pairs.
I wore them out after four years everyday wear. I am longing to find another pair. My children call them multipla shoes (ugly- like family Fiat Multipla).
Materials: Neoprene and other synthetics
Use: Short hikes, fastpacking, daily use,
Break-in Period: None
Weight: 12 oz
Price Paid: $40
Immensely comfortable, breathable and light, despite their bulky appearance, the Mion Tide Scramble takes on streets, trails, and streams with ease. My feet are well protected in the neoprene booty which is caged by puffy foam ribs.
The Gripstick sole is siped and very grippy on every surface I've encountered outdoors. I don't go running up painted walls and bounding on metal poles and such, so I wouldn't know about that. Siping means there are thin slits cut into the rubber which open up only when traction is needed most. This makes it more durable than a lug sole and superior on smooth surfaces, but you won't get the same traction on dirt and grass. The rubber is no Stealth (thank God, these are non-marking), but it definitely outclasses most others.
Cushioning is much better than a typical water shoe. The molding insoles that come with every Mion shoe are very pleasant to the feet. Once I figured out the laces, my feet felt supported and stable. The wide, rounded base should minimize danger to the ankles.
As for the appearance, they are not some sleek fashion-friendly shoe, but I like the way they look. It just takes some getting used to.
Materials: Foam & cord
Use: All walking. Could run, if so inspired.
Break-in Period: None.
Weight: About 1 pound each foot.
Price Paid: $50 +/-
Previously written review of the MION Current sandal; love 'em!
This Tide Scramble sandal may be an older model; insert is sewn in. Would like to be able to exchange with other shoes. Anyway, these are very large, compared to the Current. Still, they allow me to walk without the brace my shredded posterior tibial tendon would otherwise require.
Took Current and Tide Scramble on tour from San Francisco - Nevada - Oregon - Washington, then up the Inside Passage NCL lines thru Ketchikan; Juneau; Skagway; Prince Rupert, B.C. Best for the deck and side trips. Wore Tide Scrambles on Salmon trip out of Clover Pass, north of Ketchikan. Rainy & fishy; just GREAT!!
Still so sad these are being phased out. Only hope someone picks up on the superior foot bed and sole system; I'll keep buying.
One problem with the last statement; these things LAST!! Wore Current every day since Christmas of 2007. Planning on taking same thru Montana next week. Maybe I'll wear out first. Buy 'em while they got 'em...
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The Men's Mion Tide Scramble Amphibian Shoe is at home on land or in the water. These versatile water shoes give you incredible protection, comfort, and durability when you're hiking burly trails or screaming through class III rapids. Pronounced My-Own, these Mion booty-style river shoes feature an anatomically-shaped Ergomorphic Footbed, which molds to your foot after about 12 hours of use to give you a personalized, custom-fit. Slip your feet into the Waterproof Super Structure, pull on the Super Structure cord and enjoy the Tide Scramble Shoe's secure fit. This climbing-grade cord tightens around your foot in critical areas to give you incredible stability with no pressure points. On land or in the water, the neoprene/fabric upper protects, sheds water quickly, and is highly breathable to keep your feet comfortable in all conditions. Whether dropping your kayak in the river or hiking along dried-up riverbeds, the Gripstick rubber outsole has four-way siping to give you bomber traction over wet and dry terrain.
- Backcountry Outlet refers to the men's version
Technically its a sandal but really its in a class of its own, the Mion Tide Scramble sandal handles the water like the best of the sport sandals and scrambles like a highly regarded trail shoe. Some would say it's not really a sandal because of the protective perforated neoprene and fabric sock that completely wraps the foot, shielding the skin from wind and debris. However, it still offers the airy, lightweight feeling of a sandal, coveted on a hot day of canyoneering or river rafting. A key component to the Mion Tide Scramble sandal's amphibious nature is the Super-Structure, a molded refuge-like cage consisting of a series of ribs and a toecap. The Super-Structure is incredibly light and does not absorb water, just like the durable water repellency coated fabric sock attached to the inside of the Super-Structure ribs. As the conditions change, so do the fit requirements. The Mion Tide Scramble water shoe incorporates a continuous Super-Structure Cord that traces all the ribs and travels underfoot to connect ribs, forming a giant loop that adjusts depending on foot width and fit preference. The underfoot support of the Mion Tide Scramble mens sandal is trail ready, providing a foam footbed that molds to the shape of the user's foot and outsole traction to rival the best trail running shoes.
- Altrec Outdoors refers to the men's version