Re-designed for 2006, the Dunham Alcatraz is targeted for water sports and wet trail hiking. At 27 ounces per pair in my size, it’s the lightest shoe that Dunham makes. I tested it while canoe camping/hiking, wet canyon hiking, hiking on wet trails and vegetation, and hiking on steep/dry/rocky trails to see how comfortable and versatile it is. The results were mixed.
By Will Rietveld
Will Rietveld Ph.D, Senior Editor for Gear and Apparel, joined the BPL staff in April 2004. In his former career, Will was a research scientist, project manager, and R&D program administrator. Now retired, he lives in southern Colorado where he takes up a new career of backpacking year-round in the mountains and canyon country of the Southwest. During the summer months Will and his wife Janet are volunteer wilderness rangers in the Weminuche Wilderness. He has been a lightweight backpacker for 52 years and an ultralight backpacker for 13 years.