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Wool Socks with Plastidip Soles
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Webster Jorgensen
(WebsterJ)

Locale: Kansas City
Wool Socks with Plastidip Soles on 03/18/2011 14:01:37 MDT Print View

I've been looking at various camp/stream shoe solutions and haven't seen anything that really did it for me in the 1 - 3 ounce range.

Then I saw this video:
Video
(lady puts plastidip on the bottom of her crochet slippers to make soles)

I put some on the bottom of some wool socks and they've worked well just walking outside for a little bit. I haven't been able to take them backpacking yet.

The plastic dip only adds 10 - 20 grams to the bottom of a pair of wools socks. The socks would dry fast and provide some cut and poke protection in stream crossings. They could also be used as camp shoes when dry.

I hadn't seen this applied to backpacking before.

Thoughts? Has anyone tried this? Did I just waste $10?

Edited by WebsterJ on 03/18/2011 14:08:58 MDT.

David Olsen
(oware)

Locale: Steptoe Butte
plastidip on 03/18/2011 14:36:44 MDT Print View

Very cool.

I have used plastidip for some repairs on urethane coated tarps.

Andrew Schriner
(lettheguydance) - F

Locale: Midwest
neat! on 03/18/2011 14:46:05 MDT Print View

Cool idea. I think I will try this out.

If you're looking for ideas for camp and stream crossing shoes in the sub 3 oz weight range, check this out too:
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=35043&skip_to_post=306111#306111
(a very lightweight pair of homemade sandals for exactly your purposes)

I might try plastidip on foam instead of the glued-on rubber sole for a lighter finished weight.

Cheers,
Andy