I’ll start off by saying that I yearn for a solid campsite after a long day of hiking. This is probably one of the main drivers for me to go on extended backpacking trips….getting to experience a variety of really cool set ups with my gear along with stunning atmospheres the trail can provide.
I do tend to be weight conscious when on the trail, and I can achieve a 10-12 pound base weight —depending on the weather conditions- without food and water. With this said, I tend to make some weight sacrifices for luxury items while I am at camp. One of these sacrifices is my hummingbird hammock. Although it is only 7 ounces, it does not contribute to my sleep system and only used for relaxation purposes after a long day. Another item I am looking to sacrifice some weight for is an ultralight pair of camp shoes. I do enjoy getting out of my grimy trail runners and letting my feet breath, but I haven’t found a pair of camp shoes that I am completely sold on. Below are my top 3 contenders:
Originally, I loved the idea of the Xero Genesis because of they are sum 10 ounces and their packability (they can roll up). However, I recently discovered the HeyDude shoes. Their website claims the total weight is FIVE OUNCES, but I find that hard to believe….5 ounces each is more realistic in my opinion. Although HeyDude is not an outdoors company, these are close toed shoes that I can wear socks with vs. the Xero Genesis sandal.
I am interested what other folks have to say on this topic. Do you sacrifice weight for a camp shoe? If so, what do you use and what do you wish you had? ON another topic, do you also sacrifice weight for a camp chair? I have the 7 ounce hummingbird hammock, but I have been in situations where I cannot hang it and wish I had a chair…
@REI-JohnJ Haha! Good. I knew SOMEONE would value this critical and time sensitive myth buster classic.
I think there is a lot of variables. For me sleep and resting comfortably after a good day of hiking is #1, and I’ll take the extra weight for an exceptional pad and pillow.
KEEN has some rad Sandals (hybrid for day hiking), but OOFOS are fantastic if you want to be comfy after lots of moving.
Hope this helps. Reach out to me if you ever want to take a trip, looking for good peeps to recharge with nature.
@Dtnegrete Agreed. OOFOS might just be the most comfortable slides/sandals on the planet. Feels like your walking on marshmallows. Do you happen to know how much they weigh?
I have a nice REI camp chair, but I've become more weight conscious and no longer bring it. I opt to sit on a rock/ fallen tree or my backpack. When in bear country, my BV500 bear canister is a great seat. I used to bring cheap Walmart flip flops, but got sick of getting rocks and sand under my feet. I now opt for water shoes. Close-toed, quick dry and just as light as flips:
I do love my hammock. It is comfortable in places where comfort can be fleeting. I found it at Walmart and it was pretty cheap and only 1 lb.
And always bring a little bit of junk food. I almost never eat junk food when at home, but a little decadence between MRE's is a nice treat. Dark chocolate, snickers bar, etc.
After several months of research and mulling over which backpacking camp shoe I was willing to pull the trigger on, I have narrowed it down to 2 options:
1) Mayfly Imago V2- 1.8 Ounces per sandal!!!! Holy smokes, these are definitely the lightest on the market, but probably not the most durable. They are made from Coroplast (pretty much a plastic version of corrugated cardboard) https://www.mayflyultralight.com/shop/p/ultralight-camp-shoes/the-imago-v2
2) Shamma Warriors- 3 Ounces per sandal. Definitely not as light as the Mayflys, but these are meant for barefoot running so they will most likely outlast the Mayflys from a durability perspective. I also think that shows in the cost. These Shamma's are $90 vs. the $30 Mayflys. https://shammasandals.com/collections/all-products/products/warriors-sandals
For those of you that have commented on this thread, which ones do you think you would go with? Again, I'm interested in packing these as a lightweight luxury item for camp after a long day's hike
I ended up going with the Shamma Warriors. Really enjoy them so far. I've taken them on a few liesure trips, but not backpacking yet. Comfy, secure fit and super packable.
Thanks for the update. Those look really interesting and the weight is very compelling! Please let us know more about how they hold up and how much you like them out on the trail!
I've been looking for lightweight packable sandals myself, and haven't found anything I liked...except for the one you mentioned from FitKicks! I want a sandal with somewhat of a thicker sole, and that one seems to be thicker than others I've seen, plus it must take getting wet and dry fast plus be packable. The Hey Dude on looks like it won't do water well nor looks very packable. My feet for some odd reason can't stand having a strap going between their toes, so those types of sandals are out of the question.
I bike camp, taking a chair would be nice but it's added weight and bulk, and all the chairs I've seen for backpacking are not very comfortable. I don't take anything of what I would call luxury, is carrying a GSI ultralight Java Drip pour over coffee device a luxury?
Some supposedly backpacking gear I see advertisers showing some dude pounding up a steep trail with makes me wonder if a serious backpacker or bike camper would ever take, like a cast iron pan dangling off a cord attached to the pack pack...really? I would like to know if there some one here dragging a 5 pound cast iron pan for two days or more of pack packing.
@froze what function are you looking to use the sandals for? If its just for walking around camp and doing basic camp chores, I think the Shamma Warriors would hold up better than the FitKicks....they seem more durable and the sole is made out of a hard Vibram rubber (kind of like a car tire type of rubber). You will feel it if you step on a small rock or pointy object, but it won't hurt your foot or damage the sole.