/ Lightweight shoes for belaying
How are they on grass and wet grass? I've been look infant the Inov8 range but these are as light and half the price.
7.7 ozs, 218gms
To hijack the thread with a blatant sales pitch I've a pair of Inov8's too many so can offer you my little used pair of Inov8 f-lite 230. 460 grams per pair and they have some tread but not quite fell running "football studs" - may be just the compromise you're after. £39 posted?
You can see 'em here: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/inov-8-f-lite-230-shoes/
> 7.7 ozs, 218gms
Is that for the pair or a single shoe? My Guide Tennies by way of comparison, are 850g the pair.
I wonder what these beauties weigh? http://www.crocs.co.uk/crocs-blitzen-ii-clog/14461,en_GB,pd.html?cid=41C&cgid=men-footwear
Pair I believe
> Pair I believe
Just checked the Evolve website. The weight quoted is for a single shoe, a pair weighs 470g, half the weight of my 5.10s.
Merrell Trail Gloves? Weigh about 170g per shoe and you can partly fold them up to stick in a backpack or big pocket. More expensive than the other options, but are a pretty long lasting running shoe and are very comfy without socks.
I still don't get the whole "approach shoe" thing. Not when £25 gets you something lighter (339g per pair):
Trail gloves are £55 at the minute in Cotswolds
> Just checked the Evolve website. The weight quoted is for a single shoe, a pair weighs 470g, half the weight of my 5.10s.
Sorry, my mistake. I was told Innov 8 quoted weights are for pair so assumed others were. Not even sure hat is right now!
> To hijack the thread with a blatant sales pitch I've a pair of Inov8's too many so can offer you my little used pair of Inov8 f-lite 230. 460 grams per pair and they have some tread but not quite fell running "football studs" - may be just the compromise you're after. £39 posted?
a pair of last season new balance minimals.
i dabbled in five fingers when they first came out (several years before they took off after getting their marketing together) and found getting crushed toes into individual slots annoying, especially when cold (i noticed you stipulated shoulder season).
with a pair of cheap minimals, you can throw some socks on too.
if you look about, some brands like merrel do minimalist shoes with stickish rubber soles, but they weigh more.
Very, very light. Very quick drying. Great grip. Tag for clipping onto harness.
I've a pair of Inov8's too many so can offer you my little used pair of Inov8 f-lite 230. 460 grams per pair and they have some tread but not quite fell running "football studs" - may be just the compromise you're after. £39 posted?
Hmm. What size?
Doh! Apologies for omitting the most vital bit of info - They're size 8.5 UK. Drop me an email if they sound right for you. Cheers.
Yep, I have the X-Talons. Ultra light and have grip. When I want to go lighter and the descent is gentle I use £5 flip flops.
Merrel Trail Gloves are great. Iv had mine over a year now and used them on loads of mountain and sea cliff multipitch for descents. You never notice them on the back of your harness like normal shoes swinging around.
> Merrell Trail Gloves? Weigh about 170g per shoe ...
Can second this. Amazingly comfortable shoe if you like walking in bare feet, but want some protection and grip.
+1 for Trail Gloves as "descent shoes".
I only wear my approach shoes if I intended to actually wear them all day and climb in them - easy alpine rock ridges etc.
Yes, I reckon Merrell barefoots are probably a good option if the descent is fairly straightforward (although sole on the trail might have reasonable grip? Mine are the pace glove) - steep grass or scree, etc, I'd chose my inov8 fell shoes, but the Merrells are much lighter for straightforward stuff.
Sports Direct sometimes has the Merrells on offer.
Iv used mine on Cloggy and Gogarth Main Cliff. The grip is really good.
Unfortunately they don't seem to do a women's version in UK (though I might fit the bottom of the men's range). OTOH, I can't recommend Vivo barefoots for descending steep muddy banks after trying to follow the kids down one in the park....
My mates got the Pace Glove and they do seem pretty slippy as well.
Another vote for new balance minimus, I picked up a last season pair for 17.99 or something. They have a loop for clipping onto your harness and weigh virtually nothing, about 175g for the pair. For such a light shoe they've lasted quite long, I used them for approaches in the alps and all summer and think they've still got a bit of a life left in them. Obviously they wont last as long as a pair of proper hill running/approach shoes but they weigh a lot less.
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