The Ultimate Guide to Hiking Boots:

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An interesting infographic. Sometimes it is the basics we are a little unclear on… The Ultimate Guide To Hiking Boots Over the past decade, the variety of hiking boots and shoes has exploded, as designs become increasingly specialised. Here’s a … Continued

Toughened Foam Flip Flop 30 grams:

This foam which is toughened on one side making it suitable for quieting and insulating concrete workshop floors makes a more durable foam flip-flop which also has some grip. You can cut it out in a minute with a pair … Continued

Cold Weather Hut Booties 36 grams:

I made two pairs of these (one also for my friend Steve Hutcheson who I am going with) for my upcoming Everest Base Camp and Three Passes Nepal Walk. They weigh 78 grams per pair (as you can see). They … Continued

No Sew Sandals 80 grams:

I made this pair as an experiment as I know there are lots of folk who don’t sew. This pair can be made with a pair of scissors, some blue hiking mat foam, a car inner tube, some Velcro and … Continued

Earthquake Sandals: Spare Shoes for River Crossings

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These new sandals/thongs look like the ‘go’ for folks wishing to have a spare pair of ‘shoes’ around camp, for river crossings or in case their hiking shoes die etc. Definitely on MY birthday list. At 4.2 oz each (120g) … Continued

Tight Shoes:

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With age, gravity tends to give us a larger foot size. Our feet expand under our weight. Solid, well-made leather shoes can be stretched between a half-size to a whole size.  Poor quality shoes can not take the stress of … Continued

Boot Chains:

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If you don’t need a permanent traction solution (like this: http://www.theultralighthiker.com/4wd-boots/), you can carry some boot traction aids such as these. The Yaktrax Pro pictured above weighs 4.7 oz (145 grams). Those steel coils should bite into ice and snow … Continued

4WD Boots:

These tungsten carbide tipped studs provide huge levels of confidence in all slippery conditions underfoot whether that is due to ice, grass slopes, moss, seaweed or wet timber. Once installed they become part of the boot and the enhanced grip … Continued

The Ideal Camp Shoe:

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A recent entry to this tough competition are Skinners Socks http://www.gizmag.com/skinners-sock-shoes/43742/ They look interesting, but a Skinners sock weighs 80 grams ea. For comparison a Croc Thong weighs 131ea, a standard Croc weighs 160ea and Sealskin Socks weigh 88 per … Continued

Keen Shoes:

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Photo: Voyageur. Keen make some excellent comfy shoes, particularly if you have wide feet like me in which case you pretty much have no other choice anyway. I have had a number of Keen shoes: Targhee 2, Gypsum, Marshall and … Continued

Ultralight Gaiters:

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I admit I had not just realised how much mud (and grass seeds) a pair of lightweight ankle gaiters would keep out of your shoes/socks. Della wore a pair of Sea to Summit ones on our recent South Coast Track … Continued

Spare Shoes – Great for River Crossings

The importance of that piece of string: in this case it is for making ultralight thongs/sandals from shoe inserts (these are ‘Redbacks’): 58 grams the pair in Size 8. Great for camp shoes, river crossings, etc. Also: the Gossamer Gear … Continued

Hiking Gear

Some great new hiking gear HERE: I particularly like the Berghaus VapourLight HyperSmock 2.0, Adidas Boost Technology, the Bungee laces, & the Cubic Tech breathable 50,000 JIS laminate: http://gossamergear.com/wp/gear-love/winter-2015-outdoor-retailer-trade-show-gear-interest-lightweight-backpackers-new-technologies-new-products

Shoe Laces

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I know many of us wear pull-on boots (perhaps because we can’t tie our laces), but there have been some advances in shoe laces: eg. Aramid Shoe Laces http://www.moontrail.com/accessrs/a-misc/aramid_laces.html and Dyneema: https://www.rhinolaces.com/ And, if you need help tying them: http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/tying.htm

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