This vlog features commentary by Backpackinglight.com Founder & Publisher Ryan Jordan about the applicability of minimalist footwear for backpacking.
- Minimalist footwear is not for backpacking.
- Defined: minimalist footwear lacks structure and stack height / cushioning.
- Structure is needed as a hedge against fatigue resistance on long mileage days.
- Cushioning is needed for protection on rough terrain.
- A minimalist shoe may be light, but a light shoe isn’t necessarily a minimalist one.
- A minimalist shoe may be useful in training when you want to maximize foot muscle fatigue.
- A high-stack (cushioning) shoe is useful in training for recovery or when you want to maximize whole body fatigue.
- A high-stack shoe may not be the best choice for backpacking due to a loss of stability.
- A shoe that offers cushioning, enough structure to resist fatigue = a good choice for lightweight backpacking.
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