The Treksport made by Vibram Fivefingers is my only go-to shoe when I’m out and about having adventures on the river. A riverbed tends to be an ever-changing topographical nightmare so I need a shoe that can take a beating over and over without giving out on me.
Because of the Treksports flexible properties and small size it takes up virtually no space so you can cart your shoes with you wherever you go. They can fit in the outer pouch of your backpack, be stored in your fishing vest, or even roll up nice and neat in your cargo pants pocket.
Separately, each Trek can weigh between 4.8-6.5 ounces depending on gender and shoe size. Less shoe means you’re not going to be weighed down as your slogging through a creek. And when you’re done with your trip it’s easy to strip off your wet treks and toss them in the washing machine along with your other soiled river clothes. Just don’t put them in the dryer, they will delaminate!
The upper portion of the Trek is made from a Coconut Carbon Fiber, which is quite a mouthful to say but is really not that difficult to explain. Coconut fiber is durable and lightweight making this river shoe one of the lightest models out there that can still take a hefty beating. And the closed top that secures around your ankle does a pretty good job at keeping gravelly bits from working their way into your shoe.
Now some might ask “How can you trust a shoe that has no sole”? Technically the Treksport is pretty much all-sole without all of the extra bells and whistles that come with your typical river shoe. The Trek’s base is comprised of an EVA midsole, which acts as a shock plate that keeps the wearer from getting stone bruises. The outer sole is 4mm of aggressively lugged tred that offers added traction when walking on gravelly/rocky situations; like your typical riverbed.
In short not all shoes are meant to be river shoes, but this one certainly takes home the gold!