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So you're planning on Zion's famous river hike, and are wondering about the best shoes for hiking The Narrows. You're not alone. The Narrows.


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Avoid open-toed sandals or heavy hiking shoes β€” you will be walking on rocks, and getting wet, and neither of these are good options for you. If.


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And the Narrows river hike of Zion National Park requires a water shoe or boot Low-top hiking shoes like the Keen Targhee II and the Merrell Moab II are not.


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what shoes are best for hiking the Narrows in the summer? -Keens (closed toe). -​Chacos (mine were slippery in Costa Rica on rocks so I am thinking no).


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what shoes are best for hiking the Narrows in the summer? -Keens (closed toe). -​Chacos (mine were slippery in Costa Rica on rocks so I am thinking no).


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The Narrows is by far the most popular hike in Zion National Park. decide to rent specialized gear, such as canyoneering shoes, neoprene socks, take an accidental stumble, a good dry bag can keep your valuables safe.


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Footwear: Light hiking shoes like trail runners are perfect for the terrain in Zion. Models that do not have GORE-TEX are good for hiking the Narrows, so they can​.


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If you hike from the top down, it is a strenuous mile hike, and can be done as The Narrows is one of the most popular hikes in Zion National Park, but also one Water shoes: You will be hiking through the Virgin River, so water shoes or​.


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Since we'll have multiple destinations, I'm not really considering renting shoes for Zion. I agree with you about the Keens cost but.. We are a family of hikers, 2 adults 2 kids. I would have hiked in my Keens. I must say that, due to time restrictions on our recent trip, I have not hiked The Narrows. Plus the folks at the rental shop were helpful and answered our questions, etc. I bought a low priced, sturdy, well fitting pair from a national sporting goods retailer. Concensus all around is that you should, in fact, rent the canyoneering boots from Zion Adventures. But then, I have a friend who hikes in his Chaco sandals all the time Exception is the Narrows. My feet were so sore I could not walk the following day. It's best to get to that shop the night before to watch the video. If you need special shoes, then I suppose that's the way to go-re others advice. I don't own expensive boots. From this forum, I gather this would not be suitable for Narrows, but I can tell you they will handle just about anything else. I had to keep going. Keen Newport H2. Narrow trails with low lying nasty plants are the only thing I wouldn't walk through in them. You need thick, firm soles, which tennies don't have. That water's really cold. They are gortex lined and unbelievably comfortable. I wore grubby tennies only one time in the water. The day after that I could walk and hike flat levels only. Log in to get trip updates and message other travellers.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} For the Narrows you really should consider renting the shoes and sticks that are made specifically for that activity. DetTigerFan gave really good advice. I believe they're Canyoneers which are true canyoneering boots. In the southwest where the trails can be rocky and hard, I prefer a hiking shoe over running "tennis" shoe. But for hiking everyone of us has a different choice. Make sure to choose a closed toed pair regardless of specific style, or brand, for that matter. Enjoy your trip! You can often get the Keens at a cheaper price online in last years' colour, for example. And I have a pair of hiking Keens with a solid back I use. If it were me, I'd bring one pair of good trail shoes, one pair of closed-toe water sandals and rent the 's for the Narrows. So, it occurred to me I should probably consider what kind of footwear we should have. I was stuck in a canyon, right? They are good shoes but not enough support for me. All the non water walks are best suited to a hiking boot. For wet conditions in the southwest, I would wear a water shoe with a closed toe. Do the Narrows in the rental boots. For your itinerary, I think you should consider that you're probably not going to have ONE shoe that you can wear everywhere. As for prices, I agree that gear can be pricey. I stayed in my room, watched TV and did laundry. I've been looking at shoes like the Teva Omnium or Keen Newport H2, but wow these suckers are expensive. Not quite a hiking boot, but more support and protection than tennis shoes and can be worn in a variety of settings. They go over my ankles and I don't mind the weight. I've hiked in my Keens Venices but you do get lots of small rocks under your heels. About hour five I realized I was in trouble. Something like the Keen Cimarron or Soloman Techamphibians. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}I'm planning our first trip to the southern Utah area. When reading about a hike I always look to see the elevation gain or loss. Check sites like sierratradingpost. I got the H2's last year and now I hardly wear anything else. At the end of the day you will be happy that you spent the money to have the right type of footwear. Tennies would be a poor choice for a water hike. My experience is that serious canyoneers have a completely different gear mindset than your everyday hiker. My husband canyoneers and that is a totally different shoe type. Worth the money. I recall it being slick-rock. Snow, I suppose, is a no go as well. Water, mud, dirt, lava rocks, doesn't matter. Husband hikes in Trail Runners, youngest son likes only boots, older son hates boots, will only wear hiking shoes. Plus you're walking up a river and there's lots of smooth rocks to negotiate; hiking on greased bowling balls. I bought the Keens which work fine and I have used them in plenty of other places so they were worth the expense for me. So much is just personal choice. That was six hours up and back the creek that runs behind the visitor center at Capitol Reef National Park. We are hoping to to hike up Zion narrows, around Bryce canyon , maybe Willis canyon, peek-a-boo and spooky canyons, calf creek falls, and probably other trails along our trip. Very slippery besides! For day hiking in the southwest i. For me, that means hiking boots. We have some nice sandals that we have hiked in, and work well for wet conditions, but I've heard the open toed design may not be a wise choice for hiking up Zion narrows. I hike in lightweight hiking shoes in the winter and Teva sandals in the summer, but then I do a lot of hiking. For Spooky and Peek-a-boo you hike down, down, down a canyon to get there. We used them years ago on a Paria-Lee's Ferry odyssey and all had very sore feet. My wife uses either a low cut or high cut depending on how flat the hiking surface is. Great advice and info from all. I use them everywhere except in water. Shoes have a life span of maybe 3 years. I find them worth the cost, even though my kids out grown them every 6 months. Also, when you rent those special shoes for the Zion Narrows you also get Neoprene thermal socks. This experience ended my trip a little early. If I think we may encounter some water on a mainly dry hike, I'll throw some lt wt water shoes in my pack to avoid ruining my boots. Varied terrain, rocks, sand will make light weight tennies seem inadequate. When you say "canyoneering", I'm assuming you're not really talking about technical canyoneering with rappels, harnesses, ropes, etc. We all own Keens, Newport style, for short hot summer trail walks,wet areas, and of course the beach. Depending on the trails you hike you might be okay with tennies, but you would be better off with some light hiking shoes or even Teva sandals if you don't mind shaking out a few pebbles now and then. There really isn't such a thing as one shoe for all the different types of hiking you can do. For hiking, I just got some North Face Trail runners. Good advice from the others. What's special about them are the rubber soles which you won't find on any Keens or Tevas or average hiking shoe and will provide the kind of wet traction you want in the Narrows. It will be well worth it. These are the Keens that 7continents wrote about. Excellent advice from everyone so far. I just bought a new pair of hiking boots for this summer or fall. I wouldn't do desert hiking in them though. They're usually a little stiffer and not as "cushy" under your heels, so they may not feel as comfortable off the bat but your feet will be less tired at the end of the day. I just spend last weekend buying all types of new hiking shoes as it seems everyones wore out at the same time! I'd also recommend renting the shoes, socks and stick for the narrows. Right now we have your basic "tennis" style walking shoes, but these wouldn't work very good for hiking up streams or through deep puddles.