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Mark Ryan

Locale: Somewhere. Probably lost.
Camp Shoe Recommendations on 07/23/2010 17:59:27 MDT Print View

I'm a camp shoe guy; I know that it's just added weight but one of my favorite things in camp is camp shoes.

Any suggestions on light weight and hopefully inexpensive?

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Camp Shoe Recommendations on 07/23/2010 19:31:38 MDT Print View

Well if you must....

Flip flops. That is what I use when camping with our tent trailer.

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: Camp Shoe Recommendations on 07/23/2010 20:33:09 MDT Print View

I just got back from 11 days on trail at Philmont using these as camp shoes ... worked well ... size large weighs 3.6oz (including accumulated dirt).

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: Camp Shoe Recommendations on 07/23/2010 20:52:09 MDT Print View

Man, those are ugly but just might work

Jeff Jeff
(TwoFortyJeff) - F
Re: Camp Shoe Recommendations on 07/23/2010 21:49:12 MDT Print View

Salomon trail runners. Not expensive or heavy, considering they are my only footwear.

Gordon Smith
(swearingen) - MLife

Locale: Portland, Oregon
Even Uglier on 07/23/2010 21:50:21 MDT Print View

Even uglier are the Sprint Aquatics Mesh Shoes. Dirt cheap though, and only 2 oz for the pair. The sizes run small, so buy a size larger than you think you'll need.


Edited by swearingen on 07/23/2010 22:06:38 MDT.

Sean Staplin
(mtnrat) - MLife

Locale: Southern Cdn Rockies
I use insoles on 07/23/2010 21:54:16 MDT Print View

I use insoles from a pair of runners. I just fashion a strap system from some light weight cord. Super light and do a great job.

Adan Lopez
(Lopez) - F

Locale: San Gabriel Valley
Sand Socks on 07/24/2010 08:35:33 MDT Print View

I saw some sand socks at Sport Chalet yesterday, solid black so they looked alot better than those posted above. Designed for beach sports it seems. Also they looked to be quite warm so they could double as sleeping socks.

Carl Zimmerman
(CarlZ993) - MLife
Camp Shoes on 07/24/2010 12:52:02 MDT Print View

Light but not uberlight... Crocs. Very comfy after a long day of hiking.

Mark Ryan

Locale: Somewhere. Probably lost.
Knockoff Crocs on 07/24/2010 12:57:41 MDT Print View

I heard the Target and Walmart version of crocs are even lighter.

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: Camp Shoe Recommendations on 07/24/2010 13:24:59 MDT Print View

Man, those are ugly

True, but not being a form over function kinda a guy I don't particularly care about that.

but just might work

They exceeded my expectations, even to the point of walking 200 yards in the dark to our bear bag over a moderately rocky trail.

Another reply spoke of Target/Walmart crocoffs being lighter than the real Crocs. I've heard that before ... but haven't seen them in stores this year (Target, K-Mart or Walmart). The Croc craze must be fading. I used Airwalk brand Crocoffs before getting the sand socks ... 10.5oz per size 12 pair.

Jason G
(JasonG) - F

Locale: iceberg lake
huh on 07/24/2010 13:35:24 MDT Print View

you hang your bear bag 200yds from camp?? isnt that a little excessive?

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife
Camp Shoe Recommendations on 07/24/2010 15:30:03 MDT Print View

When I switched from boots to trail runners, I figured I wouldn't need camp shoes since the trail runners are so comfy--just loosen the laces. I found out, though, that the trail runner soles really tear up the ground in front of my tent during my multiple middle-of-the-night exits and entrances. I therefore went back to my Sprint Aquatics shoes (like Gordon's, and they come in women's sizes, too, which also run small).

I just got a set of Goose Feet with the waterproof shells which will now replace both the Sprint Aquatics shoes and my fleece sleeping socks for basically the same weight for either combination. The Goose Feet are both more comfy and warmer than the sleeping socks! I haven't yet tried them in the field but will do so next week.

Edited by hikinggranny on 07/24/2010 15:30:57 MDT.

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: huh on 07/24/2010 23:16:12 MDT Print View

you hang your bear bag 200yds from camp?? isnt that a little excessive?

I can't argue that. But this was Philmont, where all campgrounds on the property contain cables between trees where food is to be hung. This was the closest cable to the particular site we settled into ... not really more than a minor inconvenience.

Piper S.
(sbhikes) - F

Locale: Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
Re: Camp Shoe Recommendations on 07/25/2010 08:37:35 MDT Print View

I've started hiking in Chaco sandals, so I guess you could say I'm hiking in what some people might consider camp shoes.

Jacob D
(JacobD) - F

Locale: North Bay
Teva Mush flips on 07/25/2010 10:27:47 MDT Print View

Comfy and fairly light flip flops at 7~8 oz/pair. Good for around town too. I get about a year of regular use out of mine before they completely mush-out.

Mark Ryan

Locale: Somewhere. Probably lost.
Teva Hurricane 3 Weight?! on 07/26/2010 07:45:52 MDT Print View

I have a trip coming up and I'm looking for a lighter pair of camp shoes. This is why I started this Thread. Campmor has Teva Hurricane 3's on sale for $19.99. I just saw online that they weigh 8oz. Don't know if that's each sandal or for the pair??!

If anyone has an idea please respond. Looking to buy soon!

Ken Ross
(kross) - MLife
Teva Hurricane 3 Weight on 07/26/2010 11:00:01 MDT Print View

Teva Hurricane 3 sandals, Size 9, weigh 9 oz each, 18 oz for the pair. I use Vibram Five Fingers for combination camp shoes, stream crossings, and playing in the rocks and water on rest days. 13 oz per pair, comfy, good protection, great on rocks, but tricky to put on until you get the hang of it. Feelmax Niesa also look good at 10.5 oz per pair but I haven't tried them yet.

Jacob D
(JacobD) - F

Locale: North Bay
Teva's on 07/26/2010 11:04:15 MDT Print View

The weight on the "hurricanes" has to be per shoe... the "mush" weigh that much per pair and have only one strap and are mostly foam. Sierra Trading post has the mush on sale for $13... oops I recently paid twice that at REI!

Mark Ryan

Locale: Somewhere. Probably lost.
Crocs!! on 07/26/2010 12:36:23 MDT Print View

Has anyone out there used Crocs as camp shoes? They are light, 10oz a pair, and durable. Always used Teva Dozers but twice as heavy. How do they feel and do you usually wear socks with them while stomping around the camp?