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New Balance Tactical "Abyss II" 6-Inch Utility Boot

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New Balance Tactical Mens Abyss II 6-Inch Utility Boot

Make & Model

Brand:
New Balance
Model:
Abyss II
MSRP ($):
99.99

Kayak fishermen looking for a solid tactical boot for use while in and around water should check out the New Balance Tactical “Abyss II” Utility Boot. The Abyss II has a rubber sole for superior grip on wet surfaces, perforated pu insert for water release, and air mesh upper for superior ventilation.

Features:

  • Air Mesh, Double-Coated Synthetic Urethane
  • Rubber sole
  • Synthetic upper
  • Rubber sole
  • Water-resistant
  • Sole mesh ports keep water out of shoes
  • 6" boot shaft

Specs:

  • Weight: 1401.6 grams (49.44 oz)
  • 6-15 whole sizes only
  • Manufacturer Warranty: lifetime

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Tough Boots for Tough Rivers

I have been searching for a long time for a river shoe that could do more than regular shoes. I needed something with ankle support because the rivers I fish in, and will be fishing in, have a ton of rocks and i'm out of the kayak about as much as i'm in it. I will paddle a ways, then get to the shallows and walk the yak a ways, then back to paddle, walk, paddle, and so on. I have come close nearly every trip to rolling my ankle on the slippery rocks. I finally came across these after finding a site talking about what Navy Seals use in the rough terrain and waters, and that's what they were designed for. At first I wasn't real excited about how they felt. They come with extra insoles to help, but still a little tough on this "tender foot". But I laced up these clodhoppers and off I went. I was surprised at how much grip they had on the rocks. I wasn't slipping or sliding at all. They are lighter than my regular water shoes I normally wear, but are a bit more bulky and cumbersome getting in and out on the yak because I wasn't used to "boots". These boots aren't going to be for everyone, especially those who never have to get out of the kayak for shallows or portaging. But my rivers can be brutal on your feet and ankles. They drain extremely well because of the vents on the sides and in the soles. They also dry very quickly, and after the third trip in them I realized that they were way more comfy once they were wet as opposed to how they feel when dry. Not sure why. Overall, i'm happy with them and I think my search for rugged water boots has ended for now. They have them in a 6" and 8" tops, and in tan and black, although the black is more expensive. The Abyss II is part of a line of tactical boots in the New Balance brand. Most are very similar, with minor differences. I wrote this review for the guys that have a hard time finding tough water shoes like I did. When these start to wear down, I will try some different ones in the same New Balance line. Any day without spraining your ankle is a good day.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
Used:
2-6 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Lightweight, Ankle Support, Quick Dry, Fast draining
Cons:
A bit Bulky at first
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