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Diane Pinkers

I like the Neoshells for hiking the rainy PNW too. I took Sugru, and adhered a loop of 2mm cord to the toe caps for gaiter hooks, so that the laces are fully covered. 1 pack black mixed with 1 pack white matches the grey perfectly!

Liz "Snorkel" Thomas

Great suggestion, Diane! Covering the laces fully attached with knee high waterproof gaiters turns the Neoshell essentially into a super light weight breathable wader. Sounds perfect for this time of year in the PNW.


Like The Alta Neoshell WP Lone Peaks coupled with highly water repellent/resistant VERY light wt INNOV Race Gaiters in just above ankle height or a Schoeller Dryskin Nanosphere Shortie Height Gaiter in light shallow snow and on sloppy trails in cool/cold spring weather that are mainly firm underfoot(granite, like the SHR, JMT,Wind River Range/ CO CDT traverses, etc) or in mixed day to day conditions rather than taller WP gaiters. I like the idea of a component foot/ankle/lower leg system that can be tweaked on the fly or from day to day.

Like those Thin Sealskinz Mid Height WP socks. Like that Sealskinz makes them in a thin, mid, and heavy wt so you can tweak the sock characteristics to the hike and NOT requiring considering extrr unnecessary bulk in added shoe size. Have you checked out similar WP socks from Hanz, like the Lightweight WP Crew Height, or Dexshell’s Mid Calf Height Coolvent socks. I have all three as well as a pr of NRS Wetsocks of 2 mm Neoprene to use with sandals on cool mixed condition outings .