Re: Barefoot shoes
- I'm a huge proponent of barefoot or minimal shoes.
I have the Vibrams 5 finger Eos and Trek as well as the New Balance ones.
The Eos are strictly pavement running, the Treks are no good for hiking and I would use on light pack for running.
I like the New Balance and I find I can hike in them with the pack (roughly 20lbs) for up to 8 miles. They actually do pretty well for being a minimal sole on rocky terrain. I do find, my feet are tired at the end but these take getting used to and you need time build up the endurance in your feet. I run regularly in Vibrams so I'm not too bad.
That being said, I intend to use a light boot for hiking on the trail and the New Balance when I'm doing my water crossing. The bottom line, there is nothing a minimal shoe is going to do if you stub your toe on a rock - which we all know happens from time to time. The boot saves it every time.
If you do decide to go minimal - just remember to build a little more each day with the walking/hiking and whatever weight your carrying to build up the endurance.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Baughb" <salcedobob@...> wrote:
> I have the Merrells.
> I find that the shoes help me walk more "correctly" than any other shoe that I have and regularly wearing them during hikes and normal activities has helped my knee (ACL pain)a LOT.
> Also, I tend to roll my ankles and in these shoes, that's almost impossible for me to do.
> That said, the only criticism I would have is that there is very little cushioning under your feet (duh) and you will feel every little thing that passes underfoot. I love them for camp shoes, water crossings; the traction is great; and the fit is comfortable; they are very light and are now a part of my 3 season list.
> A 10 mile leg with weight was not the most pleasant of experiences but 5 wasn't bad. I bet the shoes would hold up better than your feet at first and like all things, your personal endurance will be the best tell and I'm sure a person would "get used to them".
> And then there is the price.... I think it was worth it for me because now I believe I am walking in better alignment (or whatever) and I can go farther with less or no pain.
> --- In email@example.com, Madmxe@ wrote:
> > Does anyone hike in these? I am looking for ways to hike multiple days
> > without my knee killing me. I have dropped 10 pounds and looking to drop 10
> > more. Doing some exercises. These shoes were suggested by a friend. I am
> > wondering how they would hold up on a rugged hike.
> > Thanks.
> > _http://www.vivobarefoot.com/us/_ (http://www.vivobarefoot.com/us/)
> > _http://www.merrell.com/US/en/Barefoot_
> > (http://www.merrell.com/US/en/Barefoot)
> > _http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/index.htm_
> > (http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/index.htm)