Since 2009 (when I read ‘Born to Run’), I’ve been using shoes from Vivo Barefoot. But for long distance hiking, maybe some cushioning could be a good idea? I know several ultra runners that love the Altra brand, so I thought I’d try them out. After testing a few models, I decided on the Altra Lone Peak 5.0. They have zero drop, a wide toe box with plenty of room and soles with some cushioning. I tried these shoes on my 3 day hike in the Swedish mountain trail Jämtlandstriangeln. They were perfect for the conditions there. I had no problems with the shoes and I could walk much faster than my initial plan. For the Camino, I might consider buying a size bigger if I decide to wear double socks to avoid blisters.
They are not waterproof. Opinions about waterproof boots differ: Traditionally, you are adviced to wear heavy boots that has got an outer shell that protects your feet from rain. In recent years, ultralight packers have started using trail running shoes instead of boots. The idea is that waterproof boots will get wet anyway, but from the inside when your feet start sweating. If you wear light trail shoes instead, they will get wet in the rain but on the other hand they will also dry fast. Ultralight packers argue that trail shoes are lighter which makes the hike more enjoyable, and that they are more secure because of less risk of injuries.
I have tried both traditional boots and trail shoes. I very much prefer trail shoes. I haven’t had any problems with blisters when using trail shoes, but with traditional boots it was really painful. Traditional boots require double socks, and this can become very warm if the weather is hot. The light weight of the trail shoes really makes moving much easier, it is possible to move much faster and there is much less risk of spraining or falling. Yes, they do get wet… After getting used to that fact, I see no reason to switch back to traditional boots again.
Weight: 544 g (two shoes in size 40.5)