Apr 30, 2010 at 11:26 pm #1258416
questions, questions and more questions…
I'm looking for a very light show for camp evening and river crossing (car driving eventually too).
I want to take it to iceland this summer.
I prefer shoes that look like normal running shoes rather than sandals or crocs etc..
What I came across so far is:
– adidas hydroterra shandal 277g on the heavier side
– inov-8 recolite 190g (current favorite, any comments?)
– vibram five fingers 130g
Not sure if the vibrams are suitable for this purpose… seems rather complicated in the camp? Not really for city/driving use – and are they okay in the water?
I'd be glad if anyone could give me some feedback on the choices or post alternatives.
Thanks in advance,
ChristophApr 30, 2010 at 11:50 pm #1604478
The ones other than the Flow aren't for extended cold water use, but are great for other things you mentioned. One caveat may be that you'd need to buy a larger size since you'd need some thick socks to keep you warm (no neoprene toe bootie socks yet, MLD!;)May 1, 2010 at 5:37 am #1604523
@knaightLocale: Western Massachusetts
Summer in Iceland isn't all that harsh, right? If you're hiking in trail runners already, just cross the streams in those. They'll dry out in ten minutes of hiking. This saves you weight and saves you from having to waste time changing shoes.
It was a bit of a leap of faith for me to learn to do this. In fact, I actually learned by accident. I was hiking back February and broke through ice over a huge puddle on the trail. Both feet got soaked and it had me freaked out a bit since the temps were around freezing. Fifteen minutes later, I was fine.
Boots are a different story. Cross a river in those and you might just ruin your entire trip. They'll take forever to dry out and will more than likely cause blisters. Just one more reason that I'm happy I switched to trail runners.
Trail runners also make great camp shoes. If you like, you can loosen the laces a bit, take off your socks, or do both. I rarely find myself doing either. It's like my relationship with my pack now that I've gone ultralight. I no longer bother to take it off until I'm at camp and actually need its contents. When something is so lightweight and comfortable, you barely notice it.May 1, 2010 at 9:29 am #1604582
@daveheissLocale: Pacific Northwest
The Nylon Mesh Shoe from Sprint Aquatics is something like 2.5oz for the pair, and work great for river crossing and camp shoes. I added a second layer of foam (from a 1/8 GG Thinlight pad) to mine, since the soles are very thin.
Size up, because they run small.May 1, 2010 at 9:48 am #1604596
The Mizuno Wave Universe 3 looks like a normal running shoe and weighs 3.8 oz(107.7 grams),www.mizunousa.com
Yes, thank you Greg I hope their was no confusion.The op's weights given are for one shoe also so I did the same.
They are still light though.May 1, 2010 at 10:16 am #1604606
Mizuno Wave Universe –
3.8 ounces each.
7.6 ounces for the pair.May 1, 2010 at 10:52 am #1604616
The Nike Mayfly is a 4oz. running shoe
Take a look at the Vincere boat socks too. They aren't running shoes, but are more like lycra socks with a thin rubber sole. http://www.sandsocks.org/gripsocks/blk-gripsocks.html. Mine weigh 3.2 oz for the pair.May 21, 2012 at 9:51 am #1879811
One of the most dangerous activities a backpacker deals with is fording a river. Hikers are swept away on river crossings every season. Here is a video demonstrating the basic technique for an individual in deep water and with a heavy load. While there are many ways that can be employed for a ford this video shows the most common and accepted technique as described in the book Freedom of the Hills published by The Mountaineers.May 21, 2012 at 9:58 am #1879814
@dianodaLocale: Chicago, IL
Jon Epstein appears to be a spammer…May 21, 2012 at 10:04 am #1879816
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
The Vivobarefoot Ultra Pure shoe looks promising. Reported as 3.7oz per shoe and $50/pair.May 21, 2012 at 10:24 am #1879821
@dianodaLocale: Chicago, IL
The vivobarefoot's (vivobarefeet's?) come in at 3.7oz per pair, not per shoe. They are basically crocs for runners.May 21, 2012 at 11:30 am #1879845
@adamallstarLocale: Central Texas
I picked up a pair of the ultra pure, the same style with an inner sock and they've been really comfortable wearing around work and the house. However, they'd be pretty slick against rocks in a stream, but it is a good option for foot protection.
Not quite a silver bullet, but a pretty good option.
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