Gear review: Columbia Powerdrain water shoe

Lightweight shoe with great grip


A typical water shoe for me is a ragged, end-of-the-road pair of old sneakers. But now that I’ve cycled, canoed and swam in my ultra-lightweight, almost-instantly-dry Columbia Powerdrain water shoe, I can see why the hubbub. They drain, they breathe, they don’t stink and they stick to rocks (say, on a canoe portage) when they should. Sure, the sole follows your foot when you slide out of these toggled lightweights, but then that dries in a ridiculously quick moment. ($100)

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