The new NRS Crush Watershoe landed at Unsponsored HQ today.
The Crush arrived in a neat little cardboard box that included a short NRS strap to hold everything together. At first glance they look like a normal pair of canvas shoes. However look a little closer and you start to see a number of technical features within the design.
Firstly the shoes are quite low profile yet still have a good sturdy sole. The sole has a pretty good tread (in the shape of Idaho) and a quick test this PM in the rain showed that they stick well to most surfaces including greasy riverside rocks. Who knew that the state of Idaho would provide so much grip. The fabric feels really tough, as it’s the real deal Cordura® this makes sense. Drainage holes are included on the sides of the shoes, a must for watershoes.
All drainage holes and lace holes have been bound with thread. There are no metal or plastic grommets to worry about failing/corroding/falling out.
The heal section of the NRS Crush watershoe can be folded in easily (Crushable) so that the shoes can be slipped on. The shoes pictured also came supplied with a second set of grey laces. Great for spares or if you want your footwear to look a little low key.
The tongue of the NRS Crush are lightly padded and are fully integrated into the rest of the shoe. This will help keep it in place and lower the number of ways grit and dirt can find there way in.
So on the face of it they look and feel pretty good. They will be getting a full test over the next couple of months.
Rugged materials, smart details and our signature Idaho style make the Crush your go-to shoe, day-in-day out, trip after trip, on and off the water.
This versatile, technically-capable shoe looks as good at the pub as it performs on the water.
The super sticky, siped rubber outsole provides a sure grip on wet rocks.
Quick-drying, DWR-coated Cordura® upper shrugs off the wear and tear of sticks and stones.
Ports in the sidewall quickly drain water away.
A removable foam insole supports and cushions the foot.
A “crushable” heel lets you also wear the shoe as a slip-on.
Includes two pairs of contrasting-color laces.
Custom-designed “launch box” includes a free NRS strap.