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tombo131
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02/13/2018 02:11PM
Hi all,

Was looking for a new pair of portaging boots for my wife, and came across the Chota Hybrid boots. They look like they would have even better drainage than the popular Quetico Trekkers. Anyone try these yet?

Chota Hybrids

Thanks,
Tom
 
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Wick
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02/13/2018 03:27PM
My wife is also looking. The Chota people will be at Canoecopia next month.
 
Jackfish
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02/13/2018 08:20PM
I've been thinking of a new pair of portaging boots for a few years now. Just couldn't decide which ones to buy. These pass the test of first impression. I'll be checking them out at Copia.
 
tombo131
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02/14/2018 09:12AM
Nice! Please let us know your thoughts if you pick up a pair. I, unfortunately, am a little too far away for Canoecopia =)
 
KarlBAndersen1
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02/14/2018 09:31AM
If I didn't already have the Trekkers - I'd buy 'em.
 
02/14/2018 10:16AM
I love that they came out with an upgrade. I have one more season left on my boots then I will shop!
 
Wick
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02/14/2018 12:25PM
I talked to Chota 3 minutes ago. The hybrids are the fastest draining shoes they have. The bad part for me,,they are very narrow shoes, running true to a D width. I wear EE at least.

They told me the trekkers and the caney forks fit wide feet. Since the trekkers are made for Piragis only,,and I will not be going to Minnesota for shoes, i guess i will try on some of the caney forks,,although he admitted they do not drain as fast as the new hybrids.
 
andym
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02/14/2018 03:55PM
Are they fully synthetic uppers? I couldn’t quite tell from the pics if some panels might be leather. I’ll be hoping for some comments after canoecopia. If they really don’t absorb water that would be nice.
 
Wick
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02/15/2018 06:18AM
andym: "Are they fully synthetic uppers? I couldn’t quite tell from the pics if some panels might be leather. I’ll be hoping for some comments after canoecopia. If they really don’t absorb water that would be nice."

the ad says,,,,
"The synthetic uppers won’t hold water keeping the boots feeling light even on the long days"
 
Birdknowsbest
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05/09/2018 01:21PM
I just bought a pair of these. I talked to someone at Chota and they said they are their fastest selling boots currently and will be out of stock soon. I bought mine for $130 from the boundary waters catalog website and also had free shipping. They are lighter and cheaper than the Caney Forks. I hope to use mine for many years. I will use mine in combo with Chota Hippies. I feel it is the ideal combo for staying dry portaging especially in colder months.

As for sizing. I wear a 12 boot and the guy said to buy a size 12 bc there are 2 inserts you can remove for more room. He said it would fit my sock from my hippies no problem.
 
pswith5
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05/09/2018 01:40PM
Wick: "I talked to Chota 3 minutes ago. The hybrids are the fastest draining shoes they have. The bad part for me,,they are very narrow shoes, running true to a D width. I wear EE at least.

They told me the trekkers and the caney forks fit wide feet. Since the trekkers are made for Piragis only,,and I will not be going to Minnesota for shoes, i guess i will try on some of the caney forks,,although he admitted they do not drain as fast as the new hybrids.
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Yeah, I can say they don't run real wide. I tried them on and they were a little disappointing. Looked like a great shoe,
 
Jackfish
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05/09/2018 01:56PM
I took a serious look at them at Canoecopia. I tried them on, walked in them a little and decided to buy them even though I had some reservations. I felt they were too light in the sole, not that supportive overall and the "ties" are actually bungee cords instead of shoe strings or solid cord.

Before we went to checkout, I took them back to the Chota booth and didn't buy them. I'm not looking for super heavyweight boots, but I just thought these were a little too light for my liking. The search goes on.
 
tombo131
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05/09/2018 02:14PM
I actually just ended up buying a pair for my wife this week. Just arrived yesterday so she hasn't had a chance to try them. They seem nice, very light, and narrow (which is good for her). Will update once she gets some time in them.
 
Birdknowsbest
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05/09/2018 02:23PM
Cliff Jacobson left a 5 star review on the bwcatalog site where I bought them. Good enough for Cliff, good enough for me.
 
old_salt
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05/09/2018 04:21PM
I bought a pair at Copia and have been wearing them in the yard doing Spring cleanup. They don’t need much breaking in and are quite comfortable. Looking forward to using them on my canoe trip next month. They might be the best portage boots I’ve ever had.
Too bad Jackfish got cold feet.
 
campnfish
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05/09/2018 05:47PM
They look more like a hiking boot then a wader, does the instep seem high or aggressive on them?
 
Birdknowsbest
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05/11/2018 01:07AM
campnfish: "They look more like a hiking boot then a wader, does the instep seem high or aggressive on them?"

It doesnt seem anymore more high than a regular hiking boot. They feel a lot like a regular hiking boot but are much lighter. The lacing system is different but once you get used to it, I think it is faster than lacing up normal boots.

They also have 2 removable liners to allow for better sizing and to allow more room for wading socks that are used with Chota Hippies.
 
Paochow
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05/11/2018 03:12PM
I’m going into my second season with the Hybrids and love them so far. They are much lighter than a typical wading boot but still offer reasonable ankle support. They drain extremely well, although I’d recommend a gaiter up top to keep out the little pebbles that always seem to work their way in. I used them wet foot with smart wool socks last year, but just bought a set of Hippies to use with them dry foot next week. I’m a 10.5 and went with the 11, fits great with socks or hippies.

The only thing I didn’t like were the inserts- they bunched up on my first trip and I ended up swapping them with Polysorb inserts.


 
09/08/2019 06:40PM
I purchased these to replace two pair of aging hikers I used for wet-footing and then camp.

I have to say I was disappointed. Yes, they drain fast and are synthetic uppers. But the tread and tread material was terrible even in dry conditions. Lots of slips and the shoe is fairly large inside causing your foot to not be absolutely secure. These are not Vibram soles of a quality hiker.

The two insoles slip loose from under your foot and work their way up your ankle. Portage or no portage, they slide loose on you.

I ditched the elastic cord prior to the trip in favor of some hiking boot laces which made things a little more secure.

The upside is I'm sure they work well with hippies or neoprene boots if you want to try to keep your feet dry. There is lots of room in the toe area. The boot seems better suited for use with waders down a trout stream. Not BWCA/Quetico portaging.

 
KarlBAndersen1
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09/09/2019 05:54AM
I got mine at 'Copia this past spring and used them on my June trip.
I am totally satisfied.
In the environments we often find ourselves in the B'dub, no equipment is going to work perfectly for every situation or every person. I have worn many different types of foot wear over the years and these beat everything I have used up to this point.
I am glad I got them.
(I had no issue with the "slipping" of the insoles mentioned above, and I actually like the laces. I wear wool socks with really think silk liners for friction reduction.)
 
mpeebles
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09/09/2019 06:55AM
I've had mine for two or three years now and I think they're a good boot. They do have some extra miles on them as I tend to triple portage :)

Some minuses....
The inserts do move around and tend to bunch up. I just took them out although I'm considering lightly gluing them in or I think I could get away with an after market insert.
The soles are not real good on slippery rocks. I'm debating whether or not to glue some felt on the soles.

Some pluses......
Easy on/off. I use the provided elastic strings as I'm OK with the way they tighten up.
Good drainage and they dry fairly fast.
Good ankle protection.
Soles are aggressive enough that you don't "feel" every rock you step on.
Nice and light.

Notes:
We also do some hiking while on canoe trips and these boots work good for that as well.
I wear smart wool socks with mine and they fit well. I bought a pair of Chota hippies this year and the boot is too tight. I would have to buy a larger size boot to accommodate the hippies which I'll do at Canoecopia next March.


Safe travels.......Mike
 
TipsyPaddler
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09/09/2019 08:30AM
I have used the Chota Hybrids on three trips this year both with Hippies in May and just wool socks in July and August. I have also noticed the issue with the inserts slipping up the side of the foot box. I feel like one needs the inserts to get a consistent fit when you shift from Hippies to socks. I will probably try some third party insoles with socks to see they stay flat better than the flimsy Chota inserts. I haven’t noticed any issues with poor traction compared to other boots but I tend to be pretty careful and deliberate on portages and even more so with wet and leaf covered rocks. I like the Chota laces. A bit of a learning curve but after a couple trips I can lace and unlace them quickly.
 
dogwoodgirl
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09/10/2019 01:52PM
I assume sizing is in mens sizes since I don't see a women's option?
 
mpeebles
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09/11/2019 07:10AM
TipsyPaddler.

Yeah, I tried the hippie without the insole and it was really tight and uncomfortable . In my 20/20 hindsight I would have bought the boot in the next larger size and put a little thicker after market insole in it.

Safe travels.......Mike
 
yknpdlr
 
09/23/2020 09:44AM
I wore my Chota Trekkers last weekend for a short time, just to get in and out of my canoe for a work project in the Adirondacks. I have never worn them for trail work or long portages, only for walking short distances in cold water to get in and out of the canoe. They have always been stored high and dry in the dark in the off season, but I discovered that the rubber soles on both boots had delaminated and crumbled, completely disintegrated. What a disappointment.

Trekkers are no longer available, so I looked at the Chota hybrids. it seems like with so many other items, it has been a busy summer, as no vendor, not even at Chota, have any of the larger sizes in stock. Since I have another work trip coming up in October, I may be forced to look for another boot manufacturer, maybe something that LLBean has available.
 
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