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J. Lopes
(Jay_NJ) - F
^ neoprene socks on 06/13/2011 19:20:24 MDT Print View

I got in the buy as well. I am considering adding silicone dots on the bottom to add some minor minor grip and durability.

Samuel C. Farrington
(scfhome) - M

Locale: Chocorua NH, USA
BEWARE on 06/15/2011 23:05:20 MDT Print View

Ordered Zem booties from an outfit called Steptuit recently and later found that the email address on PayPal was invalid, and got no response to calls to the telephone number. Needless to say, no booties after 3 weeks, and no help from PayPal. After 30 days will write to my credit card company, but that seldom works. Guess I will be sticking with textured sole low cut neoprene dive sox, which aren't too bad, and are under 4 oz for the pair. I've been burned a few times recently ordering on line from small unknown outfits on Google searches. No more. If I don't have a physical address and can't reach them by phone, forget it.

KEN LARSON
(KENLARSON) - MLife

Locale: Western Michigan
BEWARE on 06/16/2011 07:24:02 MDT Print View

Check out http://www.steptuit.com/

STepTuit Footwear and Accessories
4473 Holiday Drive
Chesapeake Beach , MD 20732
(301) 802-6780
customercare@steptuit.com

Brian Lindahl
(lindahlb) - MLife

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: Suggestions for ultralight camp shoes under 4 ounces. on 06/16/2011 10:30:31 MDT Print View

Goosefeet's shell booties are under 2oz.

Samuel C. Farrington
(scfhome) - M

Locale: Chocorua NH, USA
Belay BEWARE on 06/27/2011 16:02:15 MDT Print View

Those wishing to try Zem booties may be glad to know that about a week following my earlier post, a call came from Steptuit, followed by the booties, which arrived today.

They weigh 4.9 oz, compared to 3.9 oz for my Deep See ankle height dive sox with textured soles. However, they have a much more rigid sole, more comfortable to wear in camp, with projections that are not cleats, but will grip much better than the textured sole. Their only drawbacks, by comparison, are that the dive sox are about 1.5" higher at the ankle and made of much thicker neoprene. Conclusion: The Zems are probably better for camp wear over sox or thinsulate booties; the Deep Sees are probably better for very cold weather, or very cold streams during fording. Both fold to about the same size. Am leaning toward the Zems, for trekking in the summer anyway.

The Steptuit proprietor was most apologetic, and it appears, did receive my email inquiry about the order, even though it was returned with a message stating the address was invalid. Those more schooled in IT may understand how such things occur. Glad they eventually got back to me and filled the order.

Thanks to Ken Larson for posting the info about Steptuit.

patrick walsh
(apbt1976) - F
Saucony Hittory 4.4 oz on 06/27/2011 16:14:17 MDT Print View

Try these.. not much grip but i trail run in them no problem in dry conditions. They rock to be honest i just love them and cant say enough good things about them. I am nursing a few injuries but i did a barefoot/Hittory run walk routine on a rubber track in them the last two days in row. But like i said i have run trails in them up to fifteen miles at a clip.

http://www.saucony.com/store/SiteController/saucony/searchresults?pageSize=20&pageNo=1&trail=SRCH%3Ahattori&question=hattori&sort=highestPrice&changedFacetValue=&CID=google_saucony_hattori

Edited by apbt1976 on 06/27/2011 16:15:05 MDT.

Adam Kilpatrick
(oysters) - MLife

Locale: South Australia
Hattoris on 09/01/2011 06:50:37 MDT Print View

I got mine tonight in the mail. US size 9.5. They fit me like a glove, oh so nice. They are my first pair of minimalist shoes and I love them already, went for a walk and light jog, and they are so much easier to forefoot run in (I did a great course last year by some expert running physios here and they showed us correct running technique for minimising injury, but its so hard to do in my normal runners).

Weight on my scales for both shoes is 120grams. I could definitely see myself trail running in them and with a little bit of training hiking with light loads.

Diane Pinkers
(dipink) - M

Locale: Western Washington
Sockwa vs. Zem gear on 09/01/2011 20:11:01 MDT Print View

I have tried both of these for fit, and have found that the Sockwa booties fit my feet much better, and are more secure to walk on. The Zem shoes the sole is exceedingly narrow, and the ridge between the uppers and sole runs under the edge of my foot. The Sockwa booties are slightly heavier (4.9oz women's), but the sole cups my foot, provides a little protection for stubbing toes, and just is generally more comfortable.

I've done the soft overbooties over the down socks routine, and the lack of traction around here makes that a horrible option, especially when searching out a spot in the middle of the night for cat-holing.

Samuel C. Farrington
(scfhome) - M

Locale: Chocorua NH, USA
"Suggestions for ultralight camp shoes under 4 ounces." on 09/01/2011 20:59:19 MDT Print View

This summer's trek involved a lot of fording, and carrying two shelties across one at a time. The light slip-ons discussed on this thread did not provide enough protection from slipping on stream bottoms in a strong current. After a few tries in some Zems, for safety's sake, I went back to just using my regular hiking wear - in this case Keen Targhee II's, and Lorpen Coolmax Expedition sox. After wringing out the sox and swabbing the boot inners, they both dried out with continued hiking. Fortunately, the fording was on sunny days in open country in Colorado.

While a number of the slip-ons are probably fine for camp shoes, I don't think they address the need for something sturdier for fording.

Rob Ford
(rob_tampa@hotmail.com) - F

Locale: South East
Has anyone tried these? on 10/13/2011 11:48:46 MDT Print View

I saw them in a CNN Money article today...
http://www.paper-feet.com/

Hal Potts
(halpotts) - F

Locale: Middle Tennessee
Suggestions for ultralight camp shoes under 4 ounces. on 10/18/2011 08:51:55 MDT Print View

The lightest sandal you can find is the pedicure sandal mentioned above. I know this because I live in a houseful of women. You could probably stop in at a nail place and offer $5 for a pair and they would be happy to oblige since they probably pay that for 100.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Suggestions for ultralight camp shoes under 4 ounces. on 10/18/2011 09:25:10 MDT Print View

Look at my avatar. A men's size 9 weighs only 3.9 ounces. And they are multiple use too... they double as your hiking shoes.

Wizard of Oz
(wizardofoz)

Locale: New England
Re: Re: Suggestions for ultralight camp shoes under 4 ounces. on 08/29/2012 06:13:51 MDT Print View

Thanks for the idea! did mine last night. did a mock up with paper and tape first to get it right. Just traced and trimmed. Got it just right, then flipped it over and traced a mirror image to make the other one. Replaced my 8 oz flip flops with these bad boys at 1 oz for the pair! And I couldn't lose them in a hurricane...unless they blew away

1 oz

offset wings and rounded corners

foot protection

Kenneth Jacobs
(f8less) - F

Locale: Midwest
Vivobarefoot Ultras on 08/29/2012 10:26:00 MDT Print View

http://birthdayshoes.com/vivo-barefoot-ultra-pure-review

Someone else turned me on to these. I'm planning on nabbing a pair when finances allow for it.

Modular shoe with kevlar bottomed liner sock (lightweight camp shoe) and Croc-ish outer shoe (ditch the modular tongue and swap the cords for Dyneema) and you've got yourself a super light water crossing shoe that doesn't soak up water.

With the tongue, but without the liner these are supposed to weigh in at 3.5oz for size 44. I could imagine that one could get them down to 3.2 each by removing the modular tongue and replacing the cords with something lighter weight.

Edited by f8less on 08/29/2012 10:31:44 MDT.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Vivobarefoot Ultras on 08/29/2012 10:29:31 MDT Print View

"Modular shoe with kevlar bottomed liner sock (lightweight camp shoe) and Croc-ish outer shoe (ditch the modular tongue and swap the cords for Dyneema) and you've got yourself a super light water crossing shoe that doesn't soak up water."

Important to note, the Ultra has the liner sock, the Ultra Pure does not (it's the Ultra without the liner sock).

Stuart .
(lotuseater) - M

Locale: 40°N,-105°W (Near enough)
Ultra Pure on 08/29/2012 11:10:38 MDT Print View

My understanding is that the sockless Ultra Pure includes the kevlar in the sole. Seems to me this would be the most flexible option for those needing the extra protection without having to wear a sock 100% of the time.

David (Bleach)
(dtabachnick) - MLife
Re: Re: Re: Suggestions for ultralight camp shoes under 4 ounces. on 08/31/2012 12:38:41 MDT Print View

I also want to thank Chris for this idea. We've been using this design all year and it has worked brilliantly. We have gone through quite a bit of foam however, so we've been experimenting with different foam types.

diy foam camp shoes

The blue foam is el cheapo 3/8" crap. The grey stuff (from McMaster-Carr, PN#86095K44) is 1/2 thick, far more durable, and weighs 1.1oz/pair instead of the 0.7oz (size 13). But at $25/pair in foam, it's orders of magnitude more $$.

Side note: When I was first toying with using this design, I was looking at the blue foam rolls @ REI. A well-meaning employee asked if I needed help and mentioned that most people had switched to the inflatable sleeping pads. I said they don't make as good shoes. The quizzical look I got was pretty funny.

Rob Daly
(rdaly) - F - M

Locale: Midwest
Re: Re: Re: Re: Suggestions for ultralight camp shoes under 4 ounces. on 09/11/2012 08:51:40 MDT Print View

Side note: When I was first toying with using this design, I was looking at the blue foam rolls @ REI. A well-meaning employee asked if I needed help and mentioned that most people had switched to the inflatable sleeping pads. I said they don't make as good shoes. The quizzical look I got was pretty funny.

That's hilarious.

Joe L
(heyyou) - MLife

Locale: Cutting brush off of the Arizona Tr
remove insoles on 09/15/2012 08:04:02 MDT Print View

Consider removing your insoles then putting the shoes back on, loosely tied. Easy to put on for biobreaks in the night and the weight penalty is zero.

That was not on topic because the question was about camp shoes, not substitutes for dedicated camp shoes.

Andrew Weldon
(hypnolobster)
Re: Re: Re: Suggestions for ultralight camp shoes under 4 ounces. on 09/16/2012 20:13:35 MDT Print View

I just made up a pair of blue foam shoes. I'm extremely impressed. I've never carried camp shoes because I find them unnecessary for the weight. Sure, they're nice but I'd rather use up that 4-8oz with something else considerably more useful.

These, though are hilariously inexpensive, shockingly comfortable and I'm absolutely going to bring them on my next trip (and probably most of my trips period). I'm going to try and refine my pattern a little and then make a permanent pattern out of some matboard or something.

I've got size 11.5 4E feet, and my pair ended up at .9oz with about 1/8" overhang and gorilla taped loops.