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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stayed Super Warm and Dry I bought these for a wilderness river trip is SE Alaska. Wearing a lightweight, knee-high wool sock with these kept my piggies warm the entire time, even in 33 degree glacial rivers! I wore them for 6-8 hours a day and was also very thankful for the excellent sole traction. The only reason I give these boots 4 stars instead of 5 is because of the drawstring cordlock - while boating in rafts they become very uncomfortable (and sometimes bruise my shins) when I'm positioned against the sides/thwarts. But if you're not doing that kind of paddling, you'll love these boots.
Date published: 2016-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Cold Water Footware I was on a quest for a long while before finding these boots, the best kayaking boot on the market. The sizing is a bit large. I had to go down one size to get the proper fit (from a 10 to a 9). I often paddle a very low volume / low deck kayak but these fit very well in the kayak. The soles are firm enough to offer excellent protection from the stones beneath my feet while carrying a heavy load. The extended gator is comfortable, completely waterproof, and compresses nicely when stowed. The traction is excellent and serves well in short, water-side hikes. Strongly recommended.
Date published: 2010-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Packing Saver I bought this for landing a striper at the Martha's Vineyard Striper Bass Derby Oct 6-11, 2011, Fly Fishing Division on Surf. It replaced packing my bulky Waders. I had to walk considerable distance in them on the sandy beach -- very comfortable. Not so much on the short pavement to the beach. I had water slightly deeper than the boots t one point, but no water entering the boot -- excellent seal. I think they are great. The fit was excellent with meridian wool upper calf socks. Boot was size 12. I take 11 - to 11.5 shoe, but the socks fit was perfect. I had no trouble taking them off. I do have a high in-step that may the difference. This is going to be great this Spring in Michigan for Steelheads from the bank, leaving waders behind.
Date published: 2012-02-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Have Potential But.... No local REI stores carried them but the Sacramento store shipped them to me for free, quickly. Well done REI! I got the boots and both were marked '10' but one was one or two sizes bigger. I called Kokotat and was told this was impossible. I shipped them the boots, and told them that even the smallest boot was too big. DON'T SEND ME TWO OF THEM. They agreed they were different sizes then shipped me 2 boots the same size AND still too big. The customer service person said they were 10's, ignoring what I told him twice- even the smallest is too big. I shipped them back but have not heard from them. Over a month after I payed for them I still don't have the boots, and Kokotat is not responsive. The boots will be great for keeping my feet dry when kayaking, but who knows if I will ever get them...
Date published: 2013-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good boot for winter I use this boot when paddling in the winter. I wear a dry suit with booties made into it and these boots are a little tight going over the booty to start with but after they're on, it is comfortable. Only time I have gotten water in them is when I turned over and the top bungee wasn't tight enough and the boot filled, but with the dry suit booty it didn't matter. Perfect for launching and landing. Had trouble ordering this item from REI becuase they were not in stock and it was a long wait to get them so called company and bought them direct.
Date published: 2013-02-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not quite up to expectations I tested these over a two week kayak trip in Iceland and Greenland. I found the little bungy ties provided far too little support when combined with the flexible neoprene uppers. They were hard to pull on over dry suit booties and, when thoroughly wetted by my persperation, retained the water in the rather-porous neoprene inner layer. They are "true to size" or even large, which meant mine were too large because I bought up one size, thinking this was appropriate to make room for two pairs of socks plus the drysuit Goretex booties. The weak bungies dangling between my feet was my biggest complaint. They did not do the job and were a trip hazard, requiring me to tie them up in a fancy knot each time, then untie prior to the next use. Despite my clicking "would not recommend", I would indeed recommend them for day-use without dry suit booties and with full awareness of the issues. I will find a velcro solution to the bungy problem and use them for winter Bay-area kayak trips. For my Greenland trip, my trusty old rubber boots would have worked better.
Date published: 2011-08-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from unwearable I planned on using these boots kayaking. Hoped to be able to get in and out of a kayak in relatively shallow water, up to my knees, and keep my feet dry and warm. I kayak all year round on Puget Sound and Washington lakes. A huge disappointment. I thought these boots would be ideal. I couldn't even begin to get them on even though I bought a size larger than I usually wear and without any socks. Much, mush too tight in the instep. I don't know of an alternate either.
Date published: 2012-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Get fitted before you buy and you should be OK. I'm going into my third year with these. They had them in stock at the store and when I told the salesperson I'd need to use inserts like superfeet or similar she suggested buying large. I'm normally 8.5 or 9 but ended up with a size ten to accommodate the inserts. I'm very glad I was able to try on all the sizes. Also, I had to bring back my first pair because they leaked. I strongly suggest doing this at the store rather than mail order if you can get away with it. The superfeet inserts were too thick and made my feet wobbly which is not a great thing when you're maneuvering around the riprap. I got a thinner pair with good arch support and now I'm happy. I wish they did sizing by halves instead of integer, though. And those adjusting pullstrings tend to get in the way if you don't tuck them in. Only four stars for that. Otherwise these are GREAT. I wore them paddling down the lower Wisconsin River in September and ran aground on a lot of sandbars. Spent quite a bit of time walking the kayak along in ankle deep 36 degree water till I found the channel again. With a pair of medium weight REI smartwool socks they were warm, dry, and comfortable. I spent all four days with warm dry feet. And lots of times I just stopped and stood there in the middle of the river, taking in the scenery without worrying about my feet. I couldn't leave my hand in that water for very long. It was COLD. And these boots laughed it off. But try them on first. If I'd bought a size smaller or larger they'd be unusable.
Date published: 2014-06-12
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Questions & Answers

Would these boots work well for long, rocky, slippery portages in the BWCA? How is the traction and arch support?

Asked by: Duey
​These boots offer great weather protection and solid traction, but are not designed for long distance walking.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-03

do the kokatat Nomad Paddling boots #783912 have a non-marking sole?

Asked by: Other Paul
The Nomads do not have a non-marking sole.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-31

I have very large calves, what is the inner circumference of the tops and how tall are they. Thank You, Doug Barnes

Asked by: D9er
​Unfortunately that information is not available.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-15
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