Bikepacking query – spare footwear
What about these snazzy numbers – no one will ever point and laughPosted 5 years ago13thfloormonkMember
I got carried away and bought some Salomon Cross Race fell running shoes, things of lightweight luminous beauty and were useful for climbing Suilven during my last bikepack! They’re also now covered in paint from a bothy workparty I stumbled upon en route.
I’ve fallen in love with the Merrel Barefoots (the orange ones with the vibram soles) but think the price is taking the pee a little bit, just waiting for the sales now!
Got caught by a flatmate ‘cutting down’ my flip flops to better fit in my saddlebag. I confirmed their worst suspicions by mentioned as a half joke that ‘it would also make them lighter..’ 😳Posted 5 years agodirtygirlonabikeMember
I confirmed their worst suspicions by mentioned as a half joke that ‘it would also make them lighter
LOL! I saw you on sunday btw, heading past Bruntsfield on the bike.
For our month long tour, i had my mtb shoes plus a pair of merrell sandals. Problem with going for sandals/flip flops was a) when it got a bit colder up in the mountains = cold feet and b) some camp sites had bitey insects = wanting to cover up skin completely. So Mustard picked me up some cheap pumps from decathlon one night (after we’d been looking for a decathlon for about 2 weeks during the trip!), they were super light, folded up to nothing and were purple. Not the most stylish but did the job.
PS, coffee at ours soon to catch up?Posted 5 years ago
Just wondering what folk do about additional/evening footwear when they are on longer trips? I’ve gone with lightweight trainers or sandals in the past but either option is fairly bulky.
Someone (molgrips?) posted a photo of some folding, lightweight shoes a while back, I’ve not seen anything like that again.Posted 5 years agowoody2000Subscriber
I just bought some Teva Mush for the same reason. Light, and you can, well, mush ’em up and stuff them in. Comfy too, my only gripe is that the soles seem to have some kind of fabric on them, which obviously looks tatty as soon as you go outside in them. Pulls off easily enough mind.
If you subscribe to Amazon’s clothing emails, you can get 20% off too 🙂Posted 5 years ago
Currently for on-road bike touring I take my slip-on Vans, and wear them with SealSkin socks if the ground is wet. On a tour last year I wore my waterproof walking boots and rode in. Neither option is perfect I think I’ll treat myself to some lace-up low-key mtb/touring spd shoes soon.
The latest CTC magazine (at home) has some new Teva’s in which pack down small, maybe they’re the Mush woody’s talking about^^^Posted 5 years ago
Woody, I’ve bought a pair of those you link too. They look like they are my favourite pair of shoes already!
It’s been a productive day at work today: also bought a Wallace & Grommit foska jersey at a knock-down price!
(If you see my wife, please don’t mention either of these purchases – they will be ‘phased in’ at a later date)Posted 5 years agoStonerSubscriber
indeed – wouldnt want to use one outdoors, hence flip flop.
for indoors (camper van) I like the cheap nasty cotswold outdoors shaggy slip on booty thingy.
actually that reminds me of something else I have. Bought by my sisterinlaw. A waterproof shaggy slip on booty thingy. Great for yomping around a campsite and snuggy for inside too. Its called a bivvy boot, but I cant find any web links, need to hunt…
this kid of thing, but mine was made by a man in a shedPosted 5 years ago
Either my shimano mw01s i was riding in or barefoot
That’s the spirit )
I’ve taken flip-flops before but now it’s either keep the riding shoes on, or barefoot. Flip flops are ok if you’ll spend much time indoors like a credit card tour but limited value for bivi bike trips imo.Posted 5 years agopolyMember
I’ve just used bike shoes. Anything else would mean a bigger bag which means a heavier bag, and also would let me slip more crap I don’t really need in there. A friend is still getting slagged 2 yrs later for bringing his slippers on a trip… …he did wear them between the B&B and the pub though…Posted 5 years agouser-removedMember
On a three week tour of the west coast of Scotland, I had a pair of el-cheapo folding kayaking shoes. They could basically be rolled in a ball, or folded almost flat, weighed nothing and were good on rainy days – they were mesh-topped so the water just went straight through them. Not warm and useless for midge days, but they were perfect as an emergency pair of shoes.Posted 5 years agoRRDSubscriber
Got to be Birkenstocks
I reckon you want a sandal/flip flop as youy will want to “air” your feet after a long day in riding shoes. Yes a littel bit of bulk but worth it for the comfort factor. Unfortunately if it gets chilly you will be wearing socks and sandals… Which isn’t neccessarily a look I recommend.
In terms of travelling light there are a few things that you should NEVER scrimp on: Sleeping Bag, warm kit, waterproofs and footwearPosted 5 years agozootaMember
Croc a likes too.Posted 5 years ago
they serve multiple uses for me
kneeling pad as i have a bad knee.
Quick drying on stream crossings.
Wearing around camp & they are easy to slip on when i have to jump out my hammock to go toilet in the night.
Some times i use them as protective buffers in my bags or shoulder pad when its hike a bike time
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