I blame Robin for this latest burst of super-ultralight spending binges. It's just that he was skipping along the Llyn Cowlyd Reservoir in his new plimsolls as I was clattering along in my Scarpa Nepals back in March in the Carneddau.
Now, I have been clattering along quite wonderfully for about three thousand miles now in my Scarpa Nepals. I am currently mid way through my second pair of these wonderful boots. In all those miles I have had only one tiny blister that lasted about two days on my LEJOG, due to a fold in the heel of my liner sock.
They have never let me down. This year, when it was absolutely bucketing down with rain on the Challenge I had dry feet, all the way across Scotland. They are sensationally well made, comfortable boots. Their only downside is that each boot weighs in at 970 grams. That is quite a lot. The rest of my kit has always been specifically selected for performance (first) and then, almost importantly weight, second.
It does not look like I carried this through with my selection of footwear.
So, I had a good look at Robin's bootie / plimsolls. He was delighted with them and they did look very light yet also very supportive. So I went with them.
So - A "Crackerjack!" Pencil to Martin Rye for guessing the new plimsolls - spot on, fella! They are jauntily known as "Salomon 3D Fastpacker Mid GTX". "Plimsolls" for short. Each plimsoll (size 10) weighs in at 498 grams - that's a massive saving of 468 grams per foot over my Scarpa Nepals! They are half the weight. They are comfortable straight from the box and have a wonderfully slim heel cup that grips my girly heels really well.
They come in a wonderful shade of dark grey (with those dashing golden flashes!) so sartorial elegance is maintained. My dainty ankles will be protected from those nasty sharp rocks. They don't "sing and dance", Gayle, but I am sure I can cover for their inadequacies.
We shall see how they do. I shall let you know.
As for the 'thong' suggestion "Anon", you can ask the real "super ultralight-weighters" about that! I am sure Ibbo will be along shortly with his dental floss shreddies!