Suggestions for ultralight camp shoes under 4 ounces.
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Dan Momii
(DanMomii) - F

Locale: Santa Cruz County, CA
Suggestions for ultralight camp shoes under 4 ounces. on 04/25/2011 16:42:22 MDT Print View

Hi everybody,

I have had a hard time finding good quality camp style shoes and or flip flops that are really light and compact. I have a pair of crocks that are really heavy and bulky for my style of camping. Any suggestions?

Stephen Barber
(grampa) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
Really light... on 04/25/2011 16:47:55 MDT Print View

You could just wear some light, comfortable trail runners, and ditch the camp shoes altogether. Anything you don't carry weighs nothing!

Seriously, since dropping the heavy boots, I really haven't felt the need for camp shoes.



(Sort of a quote from Mike Clelland!)

jeffrey armbruster
(book) - M

Locale: Northern California
light camp shoes on 04/25/2011 16:52:38 MDT Print View

try "pool shoes"...mine are about four ounces. They have a firm enough bottom to be serviceable for river crossings (which is why I carry them.)

Kevin Cody
(codycolor2) - F

Locale: Los Padres NF
IKEA Sandals on 04/25/2011 17:17:47 MDT Print View

I can't vouch for the durability of them yet but Ikea has some night time slippers/sandal thing and they practically weigh nothing & for $2.49 for a pair I'll give them a try. According to the website they weigh 0.1kg converted to ounces its 3.52739 oz. I just picked them up yesterday and will try them at the ADZPCTKO this weekend and if I like them I will bring them on my 4.5 day backpacking trip the following weekend. I'll give you a report a.s.a.p.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10195629

You might also try some flojo's

Edited by codycolor2 on 04/25/2011 17:19:47 MDT.

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Suggestions for ultralight camp shoes under 4 ounces. on 04/25/2011 17:29:50 MDT Print View

I picked up a pair of these on impulse a few months ago:

http://www.amazon.com/Grand-Trunk-Tent-Shoes/dp/B003C4MCAM

They are taped nylon shoes covers that are supposed to go over your shoes when you go into a tent. My idea was to glue them (gorilla glue? fabric glue?) to some flip-flop soles, but the flip-foles I bought at Target were still 4 or 5 oz with the toe straps cut off. Together, that's basically the same as a pair of crocs. So now I'm thinking about glueing them to some insoles. The cover has elastic to hold them around your ankle, but I'm not sure I'd trust them to cross a river in.

Basically, just one of those winter-doldrum projects that I don't really need to do. : )

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: Suggestions for ultralight camp shoes under 4 ounces. on 04/25/2011 18:03:06 MDT Print View

Vincere Grip Socks ... 3.4oz in size XL

Looks like they now come in a few other colors.

Edited by jcolten on 04/25/2011 18:04:22 MDT.

Chris Morgan
(ChrisMorgan) - F

Locale: Southern Oregon
Re: Suggestions for ultralight camp shoes under 4 ounces. on 04/25/2011 18:04:16 MDT Print View

Breathable trail runners for river crossings.

For camp?

The walmart foamy option is fairly durable (about 20 nights of heavy use, but a pad will make about a dozen pairs), very stable, ridiculously cheap and ultra comfortable. About 1oz for the pair.

Step 1: Buy $4 Walmart blue foamy sleeping pad

Step 2: Trace your foot and add little less than a cm all around (you can trim to fit later, though I find a little extra is kind of nice and you don't trip over it), and add wings so that when folded up together it looks like an Adidas shower sandal

Step 3: Cut foam

Step 4: Apply 1 piece of duct tape across the top - you may have to shorten the wings after trying on to get a tight fit.

Voila:

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Edited by ChrisMorgan on 04/25/2011 19:52:16 MDT.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Suggestions for ultralight camp shoes under 4 ounces. on 04/25/2011 18:06:37 MDT Print View

"About 1oz for the pair."

Check and see if they are really that light.

--B.G.--

Chris Morgan
(ChrisMorgan) - F

Locale: Southern Oregon
Re: Re: Re: Suggestions for ultralight camp shoes under 4 ounces. on 04/25/2011 18:13:20 MDT Print View

A

QED

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: Suggestions for ultralight camp shoes under 4 ounces. on 04/25/2011 18:17:06 MDT Print View

Great. What is the thickness of the blue foam?

--B.G.--

Chris Morgan
(ChrisMorgan) - F

Locale: Southern Oregon
Re: Re: Re: Re: Suggestions for ultralight camp shoes under 4 ounces. on 04/25/2011 18:18:26 MDT Print View

It's the standard walmart sleeping pad - I'd say about 5/8"

David Wills
(willspower3) - F
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Suggestions for ultralight camp shoes under 4 ounces. on 04/25/2011 18:35:39 MDT Print View

good shoes. The heel goes flat pretty quick on the blue foam though. Would heels from insoles make a good hybrid camp shoe?

Patrick S
(xpatrickxad) - F

Locale: Upper East TN
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Suggestions for ultralight camp shoes under 4 ounces. on 04/25/2011 19:02:52 MDT Print View

I don't usually do camp shoes, but I wear some insoles that I've turned into huaraches with some extra cord. Under 3 oz (~2.75 oz on what I assume is an inaccurate kitchen scale). I wear them on short day hikes and around town all the time. I used heavy paracord that I had around and thats the bulk of the weight. You could go lighter.

Vince Contreras
(pillowthread) - F

Locale: like, in my head???
Brilliant! on 04/25/2011 19:05:04 MDT Print View

I've got an old, beat-up foamy in the closet right now just waiting for this project...

Dan Momii
(DanMomii) - F

Locale: Santa Cruz County, CA
Ultralight camp shoes on 04/25/2011 19:17:41 MDT Print View

Hi everybody,

Thanks for all your feedback. Chris's use of a Walmart sleeping pad for sandals is a really good idea. I like doing MYOG projects so I probably will try that out. Anyway anymore suggestions for ultralight camp shoes. Thanks.

Chris Morgan
(ChrisMorgan) - F

Locale: Southern Oregon
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Suggestions for ultralight camp shoes under 4 ounces. on 04/25/2011 19:18:07 MDT Print View

I've found that the insole option works too, as does using a Z-lite with some cord, but the cord can be a hassle and they end up being a bit heavier. The foamies do need replacing after some use, but they are so cheap, and ultimately I think they're much more comfortable and secure (I found with the cord variety, I was walking carefully to ensure they stayed on).

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Ultralight camp shoes on 04/25/2011 19:21:14 MDT Print View

Another reason for the blue foam shoes (not blue suede shoes)...
When you purchase a rolled-up blue foam pad at the store, it is generally longer and wider than what a true BPL member would want, so it needs to be trimmed down anyway. Just plan it so that you end up with shoe-size pieces.

--B.G.--

todd harper
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: Sunshine State
Re: Suggestions for ultralight camp shoes under 4 ounces. on 04/25/2011 19:27:51 MDT Print View

Not sure how minimalist you want, but taking the insoles out of my trailrunners works great in camp (with a little limitation).

I just wrap spare cord around in a "Jesus-sandals" kind of thingy around the insole and forefoot, then around my ankle. You don't want to hike in them or explore too much - but around the campsite they're perfect.

Weight: a few grams of cord.

todd harper
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: Sunshine State
Re: Suggestions for ultralight camp shoes under 4 ounces. on 04/25/2011 19:29:19 MDT Print View

Oh - and I really like the blue foam flipflops. I recommend sizing them to fit over socks for warmth in camp. Still fit well enough when drying the socks out, too.

Dan Momii
(DanMomii) - F

Locale: Santa Cruz County, CA
Ultralight camp shoes on 04/25/2011 19:33:28 MDT Print View

Hi Todd,

Good idea with little or no weight penalty. Though I am looking for camp shoes with some padding, I like Chris's MYOG pair. Anyway thanks.