Before my 1 year trip around South America, I was looking for the perfect pair of travel shoes to bring along with. I needed to keep my bag light, so I'll just bring one pair.
I wanted one that is lightweight and waterproof.
I wanted one that could protect my toes and prevent me from slipping.
I wanted a shoe that looks great with jeans, shorts or trekking attire. I was planning to hike and party my way across South America.
I couldn't find one. I settled with a pair of hiking shoes from Decathlon and I couldn't even remember the make and model.
Imagine my glee when I saw the ad for the Ultimate Travel Shoe 2.0. I watched the video and I got super interested.
But I didn't back the campaign immediately. I waited for my impulse to wear off, I did my research and read reviews of the previous version (Monsoon) and then finally, backed the shoe a week before the Kickstarter campaign ended.
If only the Tropicfeel Canyon existed back then...
If you're looking for an honest review of the Tropicfeel Canyon, you've come to the right place. I was NOT sponsored. I paid for the shoes because I loved the concept.
I was pleasantly surprised on August 22nd when I came home to find the shoes delivered - one day before my trip to Kyrgyzstan.
You see, I was getting worried I wouldn't receive the shoes in time for the trip. I received an email on August 16 that my shoes were packed, but didn't receive one which says it was shipped or delivered. When I pressed 'track my order', there was an error.
The Tropicfeel Facebook group is filled with posts of people asking when they will receive their shoes, even now on the 10th of September. Apparently, they ship out the shoes based on when they arrived at the warehouse. In other words, based on colours.
Thank God I wasn't picky and chose a simple blue.
Tropicfeel Canyon Review
The Canyon felt so comfortable the first time I put them on. I instantly fell in love with the laces because I didn't need to tie them at all!
Simply squeeze the 'knot' and pull! What a time-saver and genius invention!
I gotta admit: it took my some time to get used to the untied look of the laces. You can simply tuck them under the criss-crossed section though.
So, off I went on a 12-day trip to Kyrgyzstan with my new pair of Tropicfeel Canyon - totally unseasoned.
Kyrgyzstan is a mountainous area with lots of trekking opportunities. I was contemplating if I should bring my old trekking shoes along 'just in case'. But I decided not to.
After all, the Canyon is touted as the Ultimate Travel Shoe - and the only one you ever needed.
So after almost 2 weeks of wearing these shoes everyday, here is my honest review of the Tropicfeel Canyon:
What I didn't like about these shoes:
I admit: this can be a deal-breaker for some.
Having said that, I understand that these are meant to be travel shoes - not trekking shoes. There bound to be some compromise in construction.
I would recommend the Tropicfeel Canyon if you are a long term traveller, a backpacker who keeps things light and someone who does light hiking.
I wouldn't recommend it for super tough multi-day treks with ultra steep descents. Better stick to a proper pair of trekking shoes!
Personally, I will be wearing these for my upcoming trip to Yogyakarta and possibly the Middle East. These are the closest to the perfect travel shoes I can find.