[pct-l] Thru hiker questions
brooklynkayak at gmail.com
Sun Jan 17 19:23:55 CST 2010
I may be wrong, but I had thought about Chuck Taylors.
The high top version of Converse should provide ankle support, are
light and very breathable.
They may not hold up so well, but that is the price we pay for light,
They are lacking in arch support, but if that is needed, it could be
added with reusable arch supports.
White is good and they are light.
On Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 8:55 PM, Eugene <atetuna at hotmail.com> wrote:
> The Grandma Gatewood thing makes me wonder if I should try hiking in
> Converse Chuck Taylors. The canvas sides should breathe well. They're
> light. The thin soles should be fairly close barefooting. Lots of really
> big powerlifters swear by these shoes, so they can certainly take the weight
> of any hiker with any pack. Oh, and they're around $50 at Zappos. I also
> like that you can get them in white, which should help keep feet cool in the
> desert. I may get myself a pair to test out. If it doesn't work, they'll
> still make great shoes to lift weights in.
> I doubt that labor has much to do with the price of footwear.
>> From: brooklynkayak at gmail.com
>> Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2010 20:03:29 -0500
>> To: pct-l at backcountry.net
>> Subject: Re: [pct-l] Thru hiker questions
>> The number of shoes required depends on the the shoes. As a general
>> rule, heavier shoes last longer than lighter shoes.
>> That doesn't mean you shouldn't hike in light shoes.
>> So if light shoes have less life and less materials are used to make
>> them, why do they cost as much as heavier shoes?
>> I suspect because the labor is the big expense and the labor is the
>> same for light shoes and heavy shoes.
>> I don't remember the figures, but I think Grandma Gatewood went
>> through 6 or 7 of her ultralight canvas tennis shoes when she thru'd
>> the AT.
>> On Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 4:32 PM, Ernie Castillo <erniec01 at hotmail.com>
>> > Part of my issues in 1980 were the weight I was carrying (about 45
>> > pounds, on average) and the fact that I have weak ankles.
>> > When I got back on the trail after a break to take care of several case
>> > of shin splints (nerf-ball sized swelling) that nearly turned into
>> > thrombophlebitis, I was able to walk through deep snow in the Desolation
>> > Wilderness area in my heavy leather boots. They were perpetually
>> > water-logged and frozen; they acted like a soft cast. They eventually shaped
>> > around my feet and fit like gloves. Gloves that weighed several pounds.
>> > I still have a problem with swollen ankles / shins today but it tends to
>> > get worse the longer I sit at my office desk.
>> > On weekends, I like to wear a pair of lighter hiking boots that I bought
>> > for a day hike when I visited family in California. My wife hates them; she
>> > says they look nerdy. She bought me -- you guessed it -- a pair of brown
>> > leather boots. I wear them occassionally, mainly in recognition of their
>> > being a birthday gift, but after wearing the real thing for half a year,
>> > they just don't cut it.
>> > Ernie Castillo
>> > erniec01 at hotmail.com
>> > 248 884 5201
>> > Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2010 13:19:07 -0800
>> > Subject: Re: [pct-l] Thru hiker questions
>> > From: austinwilliams123 at gmail.com
>> > To: erniec01 at hotmail.com; pct-l at backcountry.net
>> > Hi,
>> > I've seen hikers wearing "ultralight hiking boots" on the trail. They'd
>> > have the ankle support you're used to and not weigh a ton. But I think they
>> > need to be replaced every 500 miles as well... I don't think they can be
>> > resoled.
>> > I suspect the amount of ankle support ankle support a hiker needs is
>> > proportional to their packweight. Out of curiosity, do you think running
>> > shoes would work for you if you didn't have to carry any pack or gear at
>> > all?
>> > -Austin
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