Comment from: Kevin Thofern [Visitor]
Kevin Thofern

Hi, do the Laces of the Elemental stretch when wet?

11/13/17 @ 03:05
Comment from: [Member]

Kevin,

Not really. They stay put! They are my favorite rain and adventure sandals

11/20/17 @ 11:38
Comment from: Vicki [Visitor]  
Vicki

I would also like to know if the laces on the Elemental versus the Hemp laces on the Circadian stretch more when wet. Also, which sole do you feel gives you more grip when submerged in water while river crossing (black rubber/hemp-grip)? Do you feel as stable in the water with Earth Runners compared to Cairn Classics or Luna Oso Flaco?

02/06/18 @ 05:08
Comment from: [Member]

Hi Vicki

I would also like to know if the laces on the Elemental versus the Hemp laces on the Circadian stretch more when wet. Also, which sole do you feel gives you more grip when submerged in water while river crossing (black rubber/hemp-grip)? Do you feel as stable in the water with Earth Runners compared to Cairn Classics or Luna Oso Flaco?

The laces do not stretch when wet. They are very secure and are excellent for rainy and wet situations.

I would say that the black rubber is best for wet use as the hemp can be a bit slippery when wet. It is actually made for looks and odor protection, not so much for anti-slip properties.

As an aside, the hemp laces on my hempies finally gave out a few months ago, so I cannot really recommend them for technical running or hiking, more for leisure.

 Both the Bedrock Cairn and Luna Oso Flaco are much more heavy duty and chunkier sandals. In my opinion, the earth runners sandal really is the best overall sandal in my closet. I use it for road running, trails, rock climbing, even the treadmill.

These other sandals are getting a bit too heavy for my tastes, and I admit this is rather subjective.

The Gumlite sole is excellent for a variety of situations, including water crossings. The flexibility of the sole is important for dexterity and confidence; you can actually wrap parts of your feet around some objects and press in specific areas, which you cannot with these thicker sandals. I can press the ball of my foot into a rock for a better handle because of how flexible the gumlite  sole is.

However, between the flaco and the cairn, I would say that the Luna sandal has the more aggressive sole and is perhaps better constructed. I have had some issues with Earthrunner sandals in the past in terms of durability.

If you have the time, I highly recommend the earth runner sandal. While they were kind enough to send me a sample pair for review, everything that I wrote is 100% my opinion and they are my go-to sandals.

03/18/18 @ 16:19


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