Ultralight shoes for river crossing and camp

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by PhilHo, Nov 23, 2019.

  1. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

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  2. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    I have VG 4 3D and TG 4 Knit. I prefer VG 4 over the TG. It's more minimal, TG has more cushioning. The sizing can vary quite a bit between the different Glove models. I also have a pair of Hydro Glove water shoes. The whole Glove line is minimal cushioning, zero drop (afaik). The width is medium, but it has more toe space (to splay) compared to your average trail runners. I've yet to put any serious miles on any of them, as I've quite a few pairs that I use. They're great shoes as long as you're use to minimalist shoes, although not the most minimalist ones out there.
  3. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I'm not at all used to minimalist but I'm only thinking about them for river crossings and camp. I'm at the stage of over thinking my TGO route and once I get into the Cairngorms there's quite a few river crossings. In one glen there are a few in quick succession. I'm a boot wearer and naively like to try and keep them dry. For camp I would open the laces right up and use the dry socks in plastic bag trick if they were wet and I fancied a change from boots.

    I guess you take quite a large size. What weight are yours?
  4. Lempo

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  6. PhilHo

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    That's a bit disappointing, the Merrel website claims 122g but doesn't state what size that is for.
  7. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    https://bedrocksandals.com/ has light weight shoes, my Cairn Adventure Pro 3D Sz13 weighs only 150g each and I walked most of Milford Sound track in them.

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  8. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    I think somebody found some copies somewhere, possibly on AE

    My Vivos have done me well for rivers crossing and camp duties on longer trips
  9. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I want AE copies, repeat ...

    It is difficult to appreciate just how tight living in Yorkshire makes you.
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  11. Charlie83

    Charlie83 Section Hiker

    The wife and I both have vivo's (an early model) got them in the vivo sale years ago for 25 quid, cant fault them for river crossings, nice and secure with a decent grip.

    I've kinda gone off them, preferring an ali Express slip on thing that are probably 20 odd grams heavier, I prefer the slip on as I like to chuck them straight on when I've pitched and they're ideal for that and 0100, 0300 & 0500 strolls, no fafing with laces etc. They've crossed a fair few burns but there probably not as secure as the vivo's.

    The wife still prefers her vivo's, she even walked from newtonmore to feshie in hers once when she was suffering with her feet, (I wont mention who carried her boots)
  12. Shewie

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  13. Nigelp

    Nigelp Ultralighter

    I got these from AliExpress. Not used them for river crossings as yet. Look a bit odd but are surprisingly comfortable. 9C2D6514-4DC4-4CF9-B4F1-A9917FC8F89A.jpeg
  14. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    Thanks for that @Nigelp . I'm belly aching about whether to go with something with a single purpose like those or some like the Merrels in the original post.
  15. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    These are 120g each size 8.
  16. Nigelp

    Nigelp Ultralighter

    Makes sense to have something multipurpose.
  17. Nigelp

    Nigelp Ultralighter

  18. Nigelp

    Nigelp Ultralighter

    I’m waiting for these to arrive as camp shoes. I wasn’t sure about sizing so got a large. Intend to wear them over socks around camp rather than over trainers but if they are floppy I’ll try a medium size which should be snug enough to wear for short river crossings and as camp shoes. Hope they are very light but may be total rubbish!
    £1.86 28% Off | Elino Waterproof Shoe Cover for Men Women Shoes Elasticity Latex Rain Covers Easy Carry Overshoes Tear Resistant Boot Protector https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/AbBvX49jN
  19. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    That link doesn't work for me @Nigelp
  20. Nigelp

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    Nigelp Ultralighter

  22. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

  23. Nigelp

    Nigelp Ultralighter

    Apologies. It’s the AliExpress app that generated the rubbish link.
  24. Nigelp

    Nigelp Ultralighter

    They are in country so should get them any day now. Will report back.
  25. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    Amazon has these in sale as well starting from £36 https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07DYMC5WT/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_4?smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&th=1

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