Trail shoes when it's wet, I just don't 'get' it.

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by SafetyThird, May 15, 2018.

  1. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    ok, let me put it a better way, assuming you are in soggy GB and not in greece where it is 30c then I don't think walking the dog then wearing them to work is the way to get the best out of trail shoes either.





    its just that i find if i am not being quite active, they are not going to dry.
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  2. Imperial Dave

    Imperial Dave Section Hiker

    with you all the way. Trail shoes for the past 35 years (ok the first pair was a fabric trainer :angelic:). Gave up on boots after a DofE expedition where I ended up with very tired feet (I'm only little). If I am walking for just a day out, wet feet even in winter doesnt bother me as I walk very warm. Over a couple of days then generally goretex shoes and gaiters in winter and unlined shoes in the other three seasons
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  3. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    Walked on Saturday and Sunday on very wet ground in trail shoes. Had i known it was going to be like that i would have took my Goretex lined boots or Mids.

    I will do next time.
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  4. sporangiophore

    sporangiophore Backpacker

    Not my experience pal. Last year I switched out my sock collection for wool and my feet are much comfier and warmer now, even when wet. Plus the magical smell-eating properties of wool is a big advantage for multi-day trips.
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  5. ColinHawke

    ColinHawke Ultralighter

    Ooh the trail shoes v boot topic still going strong. Ok so I walk on Dartmoor most weeks and always have wet feet. Doesn’t bother me in the slightest - in fact I find it very liberating as I just wade across the streams and bogs. I wear the lightest mesh inov8 trail shoes usually with smartwool socks and after getting soaked within minutes my feet are toasty warm (but wet). When it’s cold (below freezing) in winter I wear dexshell waterproof socks - these need gaiters though as there is nothing worse than water ‘inside’ waterproof socks. Only in more extreme ice & snow do I wear my only boots, my mammut nordwands (bit over the top for uk but what I have in the cupboard).

    Multi day trips - I take 2 pairs of smartwool socks. A good wring-out and air and they almost dry. The mesh trail shoes don’t take long either.
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  6. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    I've found that merino socks last about half a day longer than synthetic before they smell - might just be my feet. It might work for an overnighter, but on a multi-day trip they're not much better than synthetic, for me, and take longer to dry when rinsed out.
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  7. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    I'm sticking with boots for a little while as my legs and feet are used to them. I understand the argument that because trail shoes are much lighter, they'll be less tiring. I wear salomon quest btw, not super heavy (I think).
    Socks, mostly bridgedales.
  8. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    I'm late in from work, late to the thread...and have to go back to work...I'll give my 2 bob another time...but for now...while I'm here...
    I converted to hobo kilt and fell type trainers early last year
    ..never looked back....I welcome the cooling soak as much as I loathe it...but for the weight saving, grip, agility..lots win win...and cheap ass tog rated socks in winter work surprisingly well...worst cases....sandwich bags have worked better for me than sealskinz...ankle gaiters when I'm expecting boggy or deep mid or even dry heather....just boughyvsome not quite ultralight scott rc ultra....fantastic with more protection and longevity than innov8 speedcross etc though if I know there's more mud than rock, I'll probably buy some Solomon s lab or similar.
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  9. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    and on the 5th day god created sheep and thought, should i go coolmax or give them wool :D

    i do love Gixer on a wool rant :D
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  10. OwenM

    OwenM Section Hiker

    I sometimes wear inov8 roclite 295's great on boggy ground and for river crossings. Not so good for scrambling on rocks, it's more that the uppers just don't protect the foot enough. I generally don't bother with socks on boggy wet ground and when it's snowy I'll be in ski boots and warm socks.
  11. Stube

    Stube Summit Camper

    This year for the first time for many years I used my standard everyday wool socks as liners for my main walking socks and my feet have been much happier. with each pair lasting four days.

    I now only walk in merino wool base layers (often only the baselayer) and can confirm their excellent wicking properties. The odour destroying properties is also true - about 10 days between washes for me. They dry very quickly in any sort of a breeze. When wet (with sweat) they are much warmer than cotton or polycotton shirts. I've not worm pure synthetics for years - too sweaty.

    Merino wool is also UK grown, and does not need to be expensive. Aldi, Trespass and Mountain Warehouse are the best sources - and charity shops:)
  12. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Yeah...you and I might think we don't stink after 10 days; others might disagree....

    Agree they are warm when damp. I've not found them to dry that quickly.

    YMMV
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  13. ColinHawke

    ColinHawke Ultralighter

    Wool on my feet great. Wool as base layers .. I itch just thinking about it :eek:
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  14. SafetyThird

    SafetyThird Section Hiker

    I honestly didn't stop moving until I sat down for dinner at 7pm. I live/work on a farm/glamping site, I've spent today walking all over the place in the warm sunshine, fixing stuff, building stuff etc. Office work it is not :) My socks were still damp at 7pm when I took my shoes off.
  15. SafetyThird

    SafetyThird Section Hiker

    I'll look for some synthetics socks and try a pair to see if that makes a difference. I does seem as though you just have to put up with cold wet feet most of the time from what everyone's saying but that there are benefits if you do in certain respects. Thanks for all the comments, really interesting to hear how other people hike.
  16. Diddi

    Diddi Thru Hiker

    Paramo should do trail shoes.
    The non waterproof type :biggrin: ;)
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  17. Daymoth

    Daymoth Section Hiker

    I have 4 pairs of ( hill walking :angelic:) shoes:
    Sandals - love them when car camping.
    Fell runners - love them if I need grip, its warm and dry, or I need to cross rivers.
    Waterproof boots - love them if its cold, boggy, very rocky or very scrambly.
    Winter mountaineering boots - never love them, but I tolerate them when my limbs or my safety gear depend on them.
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  18. OwenM

    OwenM Section Hiker

    Definitely non waterproof, as much mesh as possible and much non absorbing materal as possible. That way the water flows in but it can also flow out again, it squiges out through the mesh as you walk along. Waterproof membranes take forever to dry out.
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  19. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    Paramo socks would be very expensive plastic bags.
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  20. murpharoo

    murpharoo Section Hiker

    Inov8 trail shoes with either goretex or Reed waterproof socks year round including snow. Not worn boots for >10 years now.
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  21. lentenrose

    lentenrose Trail Blazer

    -------i work at my daughters glamping site thegreenescape so that-matchs my day almost exactly but my socks are dry in the cupboard-----i don t wear socks in the summer----in fact i experimented to see how long i could go before i needed socks last winter----in the end i didn t wear any---very different day tomorrow---gum boots ---standing in a ditch making a bridge with 80kg railway sleepers
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  22. benp1

    benp1 Trail Blazer

    I find it's time of year and activity dependant
    - if I'm on a proper walk/hike - then it's trail runners or similar (unlined salomon speedcross 2s at the moment)
    - if it's properly rocky/mountainous or winter and needing winter kit then it'll be unlined leather boots (Scarpa SL)

    But I find for walking the dog in wet grass wet feet are annoying. But my dog walks aren't usually very long, I'm usually on the bike for proper ones. I prefer wellies in those situations just for convenience. I find a short dog walk with wet feet isn't so nice, my overall pace is slightly lower (as there's less purpose to it, it's just a stroll) and I'm usually in those clothes for the rest of the day (i.e. those wet socks). If it's a proper dog walk (with some distance or purpose) then I wouldn't mind wet feet

    Strange I know
  23. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    i use a chap pair of gtx terrex for the dog walk. Great in parkland and always dry tootsies. Paid 35 quid in a sportsshoes.com sale.
  24. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    Meanwhile someone actually calculated a UL hikers annual trail shoe budget :D

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  25. Nevis

    Nevis Section Hiker

    I have Rocloite 295's for summer and they are great, if my feet get wet then they dry pretty quickly whilst walking. I'd never wear them in the winter...cold wet feet in the winter...ahhh no thanks!! :)

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