Footwear

Down Socks

If it is going to be particularly cold (winter camping say) I always carry a pair of these. I have a pair of Goosefeet Gear’s which I have found more than satisfactory for well over ten years. Mine are Size: Medium and weigh 2.2 0z the pair. They cost US$65 (July 2019) but you can …

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The Ultimate Camp Shoe

Just like practically everyone I guess I had an ad from the ‘hellosunny’ shop (see below) for Waterproof Shoe Covers. I had spent a lot of time on this idea before coming up with my own 13 gram DIY version (https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2017/04/14/19-gram-dyneema-camp-shoes/) which have proven very serviceable and durable on many trips now. I guess that …

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Neat Feat

  Sore feet will sure slow you down. You need to take good care of them. Before I started using this stuff I had cracked heels which were often very painful and would bleed. After a couple of weeks’ use I had heels (feet) like a baby’s. I use it every day now and have …

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DIY Crampons

I bought a pair of Yaktrax Pros for my Everest Base Camp walk. You need some extra traction when you are going to be crossing glaciers like the Khumbu where a fall can be decidedly fatal. I have since seen even lighter ones such as Vargos but I need such things so little I doubt …

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Guaranteed for Life

These ‘Darn Tough’ socks are just beaut! You can see on the packet that they are ‘guaranteed for life’. I don’t suppose they will last forever really, but at least they will definitely last through a very long hike which many socks will not so that you can omit carrying a spare pair – which …

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Topo Terraventure Shoes:

We bought a pair each of these remarkable shoes about six weeks ago. I guess we have by now worn them a few hundred kilometres including in our ascent of Mt Bartle Frere in Qld back on 1st September, and of course we have been wearing them around the farm on our steep wet slippery …

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Ultralight Shoes

I have been trying out a pair of Topo brand trail shoes. The ones I wanted were the Terraventure but the shop did not have them in my size so I bought a pair of Athletic Mountain MT2s for A$130. The Terraventures would have been 290 grams. These guys are 230 grams which sounds like …

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Multiple Use:

There is no doubt that one of the best ways to achieve ultralight hiking weight savings is if gear you carry serves several purposes. Thus for example,the Poncho tent I am working on (http://www.theultralighthiker.com/ultralight-poncho-tent/ and likewise the bathtub floor groundsheet/chair I am also working on below (coming soon). However, I finished these 12 gram (ea) …

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Shoelace Reinvented:

I went to this site looking for a new pair of shoes. The Men’s Topo Terradventure has been recommended to me as a wide-fit ultralight shoe with superior grip and wear characteristics weighing 294 grams. I am keen to try out a pair, but I need to see whether they fit first. However I was …

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Vargo Titanium Pocket Cleats:

Vargo has this lighter traction device for snow and ice slippery clay, etc:  They weigh 2.3 oz 66 grams nearly 1/3rd the weight of the competition so they might find a place in your pack if you are going somewhere slippery. Cost is US$59.95 Ultralight Traction Device ‘Improve speed and traction on winter runs or …

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19 Gram Dyneema Camp Shoes

(Correction: 17!) I just finished making this pair of US Size 9 ultralight camp shoes for my Dusky track walk which I start on Monday. They are made from 3.6oz/yd2 Dyneema fabric. Together with a pair of  down socks from https://goosefeetgear.com/products/down-socks/ (approx 50 grams per pair), I should have nice dry, warm feet at the …

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The Ultimate Guide to Hiking Boots:

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 guide that outlines your choices and will help you narrow down what you’ll need to …

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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 of scissors. All you need is a little contact adhesive and some Velcro to finish …

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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 are a bit rough as I was in a hurry and they are prototypes really, …

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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 some contact adhesive (eg Selley’s Gel Grip) Should take you less than half an hour. …

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Fifteen Gram Blue Foam Flip-Flop Camp Shoe:

A work of pure genius. Can there be a better camp shoe than this? Chris Morgan writes: ‘The Walmart foamy option is fairly durable (about 20 nights of heavy use, but a pad will make about a dozen pairs), very stable, ridiculously cheap and ultra comfortable. About 1oz for the pair: Step 1: Buy a …

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Earthquake Sandals: Spare Shoes for River Crossings

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) they are a little heavier than my home-made pair I posted about on 20/12/2012 which …

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Tight Shoes:

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 stretching – either the leather itself, or the stitching, will break. Things to try: Shoe …

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Boot Chains:

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 and get you across a glacier or two without weighing you down in the meantime. …

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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 is available at all times. http://www.gripstuds.com/Boots.php & http://www.supatracks.com/best-grip-boot-studs-buy-online-uk.html See also: http://www.theultralighthiker.com/keen-shoes/  http://www.theultralighthiker.com/foot-care/ http://www.theultralighthiker.com/boot-chains/ https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2017/05/12/vargo-titanium-pocket-cleats/ A …

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