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Ahnu Tilden IV Sandal

I spend my summers hiking, kayaking, sailing, and camping, so I need footwear that's good on land and around water. Ahnu's Tilden IV sandal has been ideal for me.

Part sandal, part water shoe, and part hiker, the Ahnu Tilden IV Sandal is high performing and versatile.

It's super lightweight and has lots of cut-outs to allowmy feet to breathe and keep cool on hot days. IfI want to hop into my kayak for a river run, the Ahnu Tilden IV Sandal is good in the water, and has a no-slip sole to protect my feet when I'm climbing out and walking on sometimes slippery. They've been quite handy on rocky river bottoms. Because they drain well, I can pull my kayak up on the shore and immediately head off for a hike -- without needing to change shoes.

I really like the cushioned foot bed and roomy covered toe box. The Ahnu Tilden IV Sandal has a soft neoprene lining on the inside of the toge box that cushions my feet. Sometimes I'm a little clumsy when hiking, so it's nice to have some protection against stubbing my toes!

The soles of the Ahnu Tilden IV Sandal provides good support and a nice tread design that gives me great traction on the trails. I also like the way the straps are designed to make the sandal very adjustable. An adjustable nylon buckle snaps in place across the top, and a strap with Velcro runs across the back, supporting the heel. I can adjust both of these straps to get a glove-like fit.

The Ahnu Tilden IV Sandal is a women's style; Ahnu makes two similarly styled sandals for men, the Reyes and the Kentfield. (Click for men's sandals.) I was very pleased with its performance and that it's available in purple, my favorite color. I also like that this sandal is cute enough to wear out for lunch at my favorite outdoor cafe.


Sizes: W's 6-11; M's Reyes & Kentfield 7-13)

Colors: Black, Bright Chartreuse, Grape Royale, Powder Blue

Bottom Line: This hybrid sandal/shoe is very comfortable and a good choice for people who enjoy water sports, light hiking, or for just walking around town. -- C.W. (June 2012)

BUY ONLINE: $100, $84.95 for some styles at Amazon.

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When hiking or camping, always carry the "10 Essentials":

Extra clothing, extra food and water, lighter or water-proof matches and fire starter, map in waterproof envelope, compass, pocket knife, sunscreen and sunglasses, flashlight or headlamp, first aid kit, emergency shelter.

Source: Seattle Mountain Rescue and Seattle Mountaineers.