So I am by no means an UL'er, but I have made the plunge to the lighter side, and although I am embracing it and loving it, there is one particular piece of equipment I am having a hard time with (okay two, my backpack also, but that one is gonna stay the way it is for now) my boots. I am a typical lightweight-boot-wearing backpacker, currently I am using Asolo Fugitives with gortex, and I like the boots. I have weak ankles due to teenage abuse (skateboarding was tough on my ankles) and I gravitate towards a show that would protect me, I know that alot of you use the trail runners for hiking, and just the other day when I really started to really consider it.
I went on a day hike to a local trail a frequent regularly, and the water levels were elevated to the point that I could not just hop boulders to cross, so here I am knee deep, and all is great, feels refreshing envigorating, but by the 8th time and a few miles to go I realize that this boots are real heavy, now I've been in this position before, but have never thought of another option, thats when I began to think about trail runners, and how easy they woold dry and not be flooded with pounds of water.
Now for my dayhikes I guess it will not be such a big deal, since I carry very little on my back, but with my newly lighter pack, how would my body behave? I have been able to lower my pack to about 13lbs without consumables (my pack weighs 3.6lbs) so I am worlds ahead of my old 30lb base pack.
Anyone else out there with horribly weak ankles? that made the change to trailrunners? I am going to venture to this trail in the next few days with a pair of runners see how it goes...
Sorry for the rant fellas!!!