Salomon Techamphibian 3
This is a fast drying water shoe great for hiking…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $60
This is a fast drying water shoe great for hiking or cycling.
- Easy to get on
- Decent traction
- Dries fast
- Heel loosens
I originally got these for hiking the Zion Narrows trail a couple of years ago. They worked great for that purpose. They had decent traction on slick rock, dried relatively quickly and they nicely protected my toes while still being well ventilated for hot weather.
For the same reason I have worn them canoeing and on cycling tours. After being caught in a total downpour on my bike, the next morning I woke up at my campsite and the shoes were dry. The soles on the shoes are stiffer than other water shoes which gives decent support when pedaling a bike. I have also worn these running on the beach, but I feel the sole is a bit too stiff for that purpose.
I have wide feet and need a big toe box and these shoes fit me well and the length is true to size. The lacing system and strap in heel make them pretty adjustable. However, the strap in heel is also a nuisance and is the only real complaint I have about them. The straps supporting the heel cup easily loosens over time and continually needs to be retightened.
These shoes don't have as much cushioning as regular shoes and are not shoes I enjoy standing around in for lengths of time, but they are more supportive and protective than wearing sandals in wet conditions. The treads have also held up well over time.
Like other Salomon shoes, these have a quick kevlar lacing system. They are nice, but if the lace breaks you need to buy a special kit for replacement parts, which generally needs to be special ordered. I recommend ordering the lacing kit ahead and throwing it in your pack "in case." That said, I had used my laces for a couple years before one broke.
I would recommend these for anyone planning to do canyoneering, bicycling, or canoeing