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…
Did the Queets river trail this summer and it has a few fords -- took some cheap water socks but ended up being happier just wearing my Altra king 5s without socks for crossings and used the water socks as camp shoes while my sneakers ~dried over night. I won't bring the water socks again, but, to answer your question, I did pilfer the insoles from them for my diy slippers and they work well for that purpose.
I don't always bring it, because it weighs 20oz. But on trips where I do more camping than hiking, the Crazy Creek Hex 2.0 original camp chair is my favorite luxury item. It's versatile and I like the convenience of sitting on the ground close to my pack, stove etc. rather than up in a legged camp chair. When suppers over and its a clear night, just unclip the straps and go from sitting to lying comfy for star gazing 🙂
I love my Helinox Chair Zero. I take the weight penalty gladly for this camp comfort.
While I don’t pack extra shoes, my other camp luxury is a Therm-A-Rest Trail Pro pad. It weighs over two pounds, but wow is it comfortable!