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Columbia Drainmakers

As fellow YakAngler's you probably realize how important a good pair of shoes are.  While kayak fishing we often get in and out of our kayaks to fish eddys, walk up on the banks, or just loading and unloading our kayaks.

I received my Columbia Drainmakers this past summer and was pretty excited when Mark dropped them off.   Right off the bat I put them on and walked around the house in them.  They were cool, comfortable, and looked like a pair of shoes that I could wear for everyday use.

My first outing with these shoes was a 3.5-mile downstream fishing trip on Floyds fork.  We launched (Coach Joe and myself) at the Fisherville Canoe Launch and worked our way down to the temporary Cane Run Canoe Launch.

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The creek was running very low around 5-10 cfs so needless to say that there was a lot of portaging.  Looking back this was probably a great first test for the Drainmakers because I was in and out of the water non-stop for hours that day.

As I mentioned, before, when I first put these shoes on, I loved them.  They are lightweight, looked cool, and most importantly were comfortable in and out of the water.   After about 5 hours on the water though, my feet just above the heal where your Achilles is located were beginning to get very sore, to the point that I would look forward to the cold water on my feet to help alleviate some of the pain.   By the time that we made it to the take out, the back of my foot was bleeding.  I had Scabs there for the next week or so.

I think that the fairly stiff Achilles notch rubbing against the bare skin on my foot caused this issue.   

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But, I wanted to write a fair review, so I manned up and continued to wear them on my next several outings.  Honestly, once I broke them in, they got more and more comfortable.    I don’t really notice that Achilles notch causing me any issues.

I now wear them on about half of my warm weather fishing trips.

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The water does drain well but sand and small rocks will get caught in there.  But that’s going to happen with any closed shoe other a type of sandal.  

Overall I would say that I recommend these shoes but will certainly advise to break them in a few times before spending hours in them.

First time wearing comfort - 3
Overall Comfort – 7
Style – 9
Ability to drain water – 10
Keeps small gravel and sand out – 6
Price – 7

Adam’s overall rating – 7.5

 


About the Author: Adam Hayes is an avid kayak angler and the Co. Founder of YakAngler.com He is addicted to fishing tackle and gear and is dedicated to growing the sport of kayak fishing.
Adam considers himself a pretty poor writer and "crappy" photographer but still loves to share his stories and findings with the readers of YakAngler.

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4.0

Great warm water shoe

For someone with Fred Flintstone feet (big and flat), these shoes fit great. They are comfortable to wear in the water as well as to and from the water, and even around town.

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Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
Used:
7-15 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Great fit, big feet sizes
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5.0

Great Kayaking Shoes

The Drainmakers are awesome for kayaking. I have learned that when standing in a kayak having some extra padding can make standing even easier and will give the ability to stand longer that being barefoot or wearing flip flops. The Drainmakers also make the idea of jumping out of the kayak and wade fishing a safer option than going bare foot due to not having to worry about what is down there that could be stepped on. Once it’s time to hop back in the yak these shoes drain water fast and then also dry out quickly.
I highly recommend Columbia products due to the quality and performance that come from them.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
  • Offshore
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Fast Drying, Well Made, Comfortable
Cons:
Not for Running
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5.0

Great Shoe, Forget Sandals

I've been wanting to get away form the 100.00 sandals that hold pebbles and rocks and don't seem to be very comfortable. What I found was the Drainmaker. This has been a fantastic shoe. It drains incredibly well, its comfortable while wet, and is insanely lightweight. I would be more of these in a heartbeat. I'm not going back to those expensive sandals again.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
Used:
7-15 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Drains well, lightweight, comfortable all day
Cons:
Laces are the only con, they fisxed this with the newer models. The laces still hold and don't come untied though
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