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John S.
(jshann) - F
Pocket Slipper Camp Shoes on 02/11/2008 03:40:14 MST Print View

Zinetic Pocket Slipper, 7.5 oz avg weight

Edited by jshann on 02/11/2008 04:03:08 MST.

Ross Bleakney
(rossbleakney) - MLife

Locale: Cascades
Kinda Heavy on 02/12/2008 15:34:11 MST Print View

Those are quite pretty but rather heavy at 7.5 ounces. I have shoes like this:
that I think weigh about an ounce a piece (I would have to check my notes at home, I forget if they are an ounce a piece or an ounce for the pair). They work fairly well. I would like to replace the thin, hard bottoms with some thick sleeping pad foam. I think that would reduce the weight a bit and be warmer (and more comfortable).

Edited by rossbleakney on 02/12/2008 15:35:03 MST.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Kinda Heavy on 02/12/2008 15:38:28 MST Print View

You are right. Those slippers are only a few oz. lighter than crocs. They do have a tougher bottom though from the looks.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
camp slippers on 02/12/2008 17:13:43 MST Print View

Integral Designs make a great camp slipper, the Hotsocks. They weigh ~5 oz/pr, size large. Worth a look.

NYC Hiker
(NYCHiker) - F

Locale: NYC
Re: Pocket Slipper Camp Shoes on 02/22/2008 13:26:34 MST Print View


I just purchased the Zinetic slippers and wanted to give you some weights. When you buy a pair, you'll get the shoes, a small bag and a set of velcro bands to secure the shoes when you roll them up for storage. These weights were taken on my scale.

Weight without velcro:
XL - 8.8 oz
L - 7.7 oz

Velcro: ~.1 oz

Bag: .4 oz

When I try them, I'll report back.

Al Shaver
(Al_T.Tude) - F - M

Locale: High Sierra and CA Central Coast
Insoles on 02/29/2008 00:32:59 MST Print View

I passed cordlace through holes in a standard thin boot insole and backed the knots with load distributing washers to make camp thongs. 1.5oz/pair less than $1

Insole Camp Thongs - 1.5oz

Edited by Al_T.Tude on 02/29/2008 00:36:12 MST.

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: Pocket Slipper Camp Shoes on 02/29/2008 06:03:35 MST Print View

Very nice Al - I've also made some 1.5 oz sandals. They obviously have limitations, but you would be surprised how comfy and durable they are.
UL Sandals

Bill B
(bill123) - MLife
camp shoes on 02/29/2008 06:39:02 MST Print View

Awesome idea. I can't wait to make a pair. Finally a use for the closet full of insoles that I can't bring myself to throw out.

Jaiden .
(jaiden) - F
camp shoe insoles - attachment mechanism? on 02/29/2008 08:02:56 MST Print View

I like the washer idea, but I'm wondering if there is a way to punch holes in your boot insoles, and use them rather than carrying a second set. The problem would be attaching them easily without fooling around with tying cords each evening. I don't have any ideas yet, but perhaps someone will think of something?

Kenneth Puentes
(pue397) - F

Locale: Southern California
Pocket Slipper Camp Shoes on 02/29/2008 08:23:44 MST Print View

These are light and cheap, but of limited durability

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: camp shoe insoles - attachment mechanism? on 02/29/2008 09:33:08 MST Print View

The person who recommended I make my own camp slippers used to just remove his insoles and feed some string through some holes in them and tie it off. For me, my primary reasons for the camp shoe is to dry/air my shoes and feet out. So I would personally want to leave my daily insole at rest - but too each his own!

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Insoles on 02/29/2008 14:37:07 MST Print View

Interesting idea, but ... they aren't going to be all that strong, and they aren't going to keep you out of any mud. What's the matter with going barefoot?

Al Shaver
(Al_T.Tude) - F - M

Locale: High Sierra and CA Central Coast
Multi-use on 02/29/2008 17:17:19 MST Print View

Jaiden - Stock insoles are useless to me. I need the support of Superfeet. But if you can actually use these things in your boots then you could potentially save the 34gm/1.2oz weight of the insoles. Just punch the 3 holes (or melt them with a hot nail as I do) in your insole, insert the melted pointy tip of the 8gm/.3oz/pr. cordlace through the holes and fix with a knot (or to save time untying 6 knots in the morning, fix the end of the cord on the underside with safety pins. This would also allow for quick cordlace length adjustments to allow for foot swelling, or adding Injinji socks in the evening.) I'll bet either technique will work. This suggests: could I do the same with my Superfeet and have a lighter, more puncture resistant camp thong??

Steve - I see your point. However, almost all of the moisture is in the sock and boot, not the insole. I think that wearing the insole in camp will not slow the drying of the system. BTW - cool ankle tat. You've inspired me to start a muti-use gear thread on the subject.

Roger - Correct. These will not protect you from mud, allow you to sprint or climb 5.10b. They're just camp thongs that allow you to relax, dry feet, boots and socks while providing modest abrasion and puncture resistance. They also help to keep feet clean after washing which is generally nice and when nursing open wounds/blisters on the feet quite important.

Brett Peugh
(bpeugh) - F - M

Locale: Midwest
Teva on 02/29/2008 20:50:59 MST Print View

I know Teva makes pairs of really light thick sandals that usually go for $20. I think they are around 5-6oz but they stand up really well and are nice for river crossings and just lounging about on really hot days.

Al Shaver
(Al_T.Tude) - F - M

Locale: High Sierra and CA Central Coast
Wally World on 02/29/2008 21:30:58 MST Print View

The light end of WallMart thongs (much more substantial and thicker than my insole thongs) run 4.1oz/pair.
That is, of course, combing through the bin of 200, weighing each one and pairing the lightest left foot with the lightest right.

Roleigh Martin
(marti124) - MLife

Locale: Moderator-JohnMuirTrail Yahoo Group
ultralight water-trekking shoes (under 6.42 oz apiece) on 03/06/2008 22:00:47 MST Print View

Speedo has EVA material "buoy watershoe" that is $35 (with shipping) and weighs 6.42 oz apiece (men's size 9--for one sandal). See

Weight is not given at any web pages but the price was right so I ordered and received mine and weighed one of the pair of sandals to get the weight. The bottoms of the sandals look/feel like they will grab fine on rocks underwater. One thing nice about the sandals, is that when wet, after taken out of water, they will instantly dry--the only thing that will absorb some water will be the velcro-strap to tighten the sandals down on top which is only about a 3/4" by 1.4" length of material to worry about per sandal.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: ultralight water-trekking shoes (under 6.42 oz apiece) on 03/06/2008 22:28:24 MST Print View

The airwalks have a similar does family dollar store, which are a bit lighter.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Hey Roger on 03/06/2008 23:11:12 MST Print View

Why don't you ask Mike Clelland's opinion of going barefoot in the backcountry? I don't take camp shoes myself. Loosen the laces and no socks around camp.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Hey Roger on 03/07/2008 00:55:09 MST Print View

Yeah, well, actually, I don't go barefoot very often myself either. The Australian bush sometimes discourages that.

All things being equal, we take our light joggers and thick socks off in the evening, have a bit of a wash (all over) in whatever creek we have, then walk back to the tent wearing just the joggers. After that, we are cooking dinner in the tent, sitting down, relaxing.

Works for us.

Roleigh Martin
(marti124) - MLife

Locale: Moderator-JohnMuirTrail Yahoo Group
Re: Re: ultralight water-trekking shoes (under 6.42 oz apiece) on 03/07/2008 07:34:29 MST Print View

Do you have links for either item? Weights? thanks.

[ The airwalks have a similar does family dollar store, which are a bit lighter. - John P. ]

Edited by marti124 on 03/07/2008 09:40:03 MST.