Thursday, June 2, 2016

Merrell Capra Rapid Hiking Water Shoe

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The Merrell Capra Rapid Hiking Water Shoe gear review
The Merrell Capra Rapid Hiking Water Shoe is my new favorite river shoe. I've been a Chaco lover for years, but found that after 8-9 miles in a river, the straps would rub my sensitive feet the wrong way. I started to look for a fully enclosed water shoe, so that dirt and rocks couldn't get in. I didn't want Keens because of how bulky they are, and the little holes that allow rocks to get in. I also didn't want to have to stop every few feet to empty my shoe.

I did a lot of research, looked at several full enclosed shoes, various brands, and settled on the Merrell Capra Rapid. I read a lot of good reviews, but the one problem most people complained about was their heels getting rubbed. 
The Merrell Capra Rapid Hiking Water Shoe gear review
Since I have several trips coming up that I would need to hike in water for long distances (up to 16 miles), I tested these shoes out on an easy, after work hike up Holbrook Canyon, which was only 4 miles RT and 90% in the river.
The Merrell Capra Rapid Hiking Water Shoe gear review
From a visual standpoint, I love the bright orange and red against the black. I also really like the cord and lock lacing system. No worries about a shoelace being untied!
The Merrell Capra Rapid Hiking Water Shoe gear review
The exterior is synthetic and an upper mesh for breathabilty and water capability. Because of this, water drains pretty quickly. I noticed that sometimes the shoes would get water logged, but only for about 15 seconds, until all the water exited.
The Merrell Capra Rapid Hiking Water Shoe gear review
Grippy outsoles and tread help you hike across rocks and rivers with no slipping.
The Merrell Capra Rapid Hiking Water Shoe gear review
The interior of the Merrell Capra Rapid has a mesh lining and rubber foam for padded comfort. The shoe sits lower on the ankle, similar to the traditional aqua sock.
The Merrell Capra Rapid Hiking Water Shoe gear review
At only 1 lb 6 oz, crossing the stream in these shoes don't make my feet feel heavy or sluggish.

Pros
No dirt or socks inside my shoes
Lightweight
Feet felt well supported
Great colors and look
Lock Lace system for secure fit

Cons
Expensive at $100
My heels DID get badly rubbed but now I just apply a waterproof blister band aid with each use. 
Seems to take long to completely dry out


Overall I am really happy with the Merrell Capra Rapid Water Hiking Shoe, but I need to always remember to tape my heels before wearing these shoes for a long distance, as I did while Backpacking Coyote Gulch. For me, they are the best option for hiking through rivers for long distances.


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4 comments:

  1. They really are cute:) I saved my old Keen hiking boots. The first real water hike I did with them (when I was still wearing them daily) was nine miles with seven deep wide creek crossings and the rest dry hiking. The boots with wool sock worked so well and never really felt heavy. I was amazed. So now I just use them if I think it will be wet. They did Professor Creek and Mary Jane Canyon in lots of water. No rubbing or blisters:)

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  2. I need a pair of water shoes! These look awesome but bummed they still rubbed and took a while to dry. Thanks for the review!

    Would you recommend these over Chacos or Keens for general water shoes?


    Katie @ Katie Wanders

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    1. I'm a Chaco fan! I tried on the Keens and they felt very heave and bulky, but they do have the toe protector. However I don't think I've stubbed my toes once in my Chacos. Plus with Chacos you get cool tan lines haha. - Alicia

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