Canyoneering shoes need to be hardy, waterproof, lightweight, sticky, grippy, comfortable, offer ankle support and drain freely and easily. Though if you can handle sand in your boots, theres nothing else they arent great for. And we would have to agree. The upper of the shoe is made of a hydrophobic, quick-dry canvas with water-resistant laces and a velcro over flap.
They're durable, free-draining and extremely light to swim and walk-in. Theyre cheap, comfy, lightweight and have excellent grip for scrambling and non-technical climbing and rappelling, even on sandstone. The Rassler is also one of the best water shoes for canyoneering due to their difficulty to get on and off.
However, the Techamphibian 4 has had way too many durability complaints to make the list. The Rassler.0 is a stylish mid-top shoe, offering ankle support for long hikes and difficult approaches, whilst providing protection from ankle bashing canyons. Our picks Astral Rassler.0 Best for grip, wet canyons, water and long hikes. Theres also the option to melt holes into the front and back of the shoe for drainage. If you do most of your canyoneering in wet canyons or you lived for the Canyoneers, this will probably be the case. The Hiyak is marketed as a water and boat shoe.