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  1. Jo Jo

    Wet feet

    I have walked in Keen Arroyo II sandals. They dry very fast because they are basically just a sole with webbing on top. I can no longer use them (not enough cushioning for the big Km days that my wife likes to walk, and not stiff enough for my arthritic big toe), but in the rain they are great.
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    How light is too light? Backpack question

    For Camino weights, I think ultralight packs are fine--but I do not like the frameless versions. Too much weight on my shoulders. Those may be fine for a weekend trip, but not for month walking across Spain. If I were you, I'd look at a Zpacks Arc Blast, or a KS pack with the frame set option...
  3. Jo Jo

    Trail runners on the Salvador?

    Thank you all for your advice. I took trail shoes (Topo brand, which I liked a lot) on the Salvador, and I do not regret the decision. I found even more need for them on the Primitivo, especially the day it rained--the old tree and stone wall paths in Austurias are plentiful, but they get very...
  4. Jo Jo

    Post-Camino Gear Review. 5 kilo (11 pound) pack base weight.

    Here is the continuation of the list: Albergue Gear Towel REI micro towel 15 I saw some really big towels being carried by other pilgrims. They must have weighted over a pound, and took up half the clothes lines. Trust me on this, you do not need that. These little small towels...
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    Post-Camino Gear Review. 5 kilo (11 pound) pack base weight.

    I always see pre-Camino gear requests, but rarely post-Camino gear reviews. I did one years ago after my first Camino (Frances), but now, after my fourth Camino (San Salvador and Primitivo), I thought it was a good time to update the list. This list is for a recent pilgrimage, Sept. 4-14...
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    Trail runners on the Salvador?

    Yes, because the trail runners are usually designed for "softer" dirt and do not protect the feet enough from the harder surfaces (concrete/asphalt). I appreciate your solution, and I hope it can work for others. I have pretty much maxed out the "go one size up" option--I'm about two sizes up...
  7. Jo Jo

    Trail runners on the Salvador?

    Thank you, thank you.
  8. Jo Jo

    Trail runners on the Salvador?

    Thank you. Yes, will will continue on the Primitivo (I posted a version of this question on thread in that forum). Just to clarify why I ask: I do not find trail runners adequate for the concrete/asphalt. I use running shoes designed for such surfaces on them (currently, Hoka Arahi...
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    Boots or shoes on the primitivo

    I have a similar question, but rather than create a new thread, I'll ask it here: Do I need trail runners on the Primitivo? I know shoes are personal, so I'll try to describe when I would like trail runners. My wife and I have walked three times to Santiago. The only place I thought I really...
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    Trail runners on the Salvador?

    I know shoes are personal, so I'll try to describe when I would like trail runners. My wife and I have walked three times to Santiago. The only place I thought I really needed trail runners on the CF was the day before and after Roncevalles. Dirt paths, loose gravel, slick rocks, all make me...
  11. Jo Jo

    The Five Pound Camino Pack

    I had very similar thoughts when I first started walking with her. But I had her to show me a different way. First aid supplies (if needed) are bought at the farmacias along the way. Sure the plastic bottles get cracked--she just buys another bottle of water and replaces it (usually to use a...
  12. Jo Jo

    The Five Pound Camino Pack

    My wife is mightily resistant to such things. Despite my entreaties to the contrary. I think part of why she likes to walk Caminos is to get away from such devices.
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    The Five Pound Camino Pack

    With the Injini Toe socks and the Hoka's my wife (annoyingly) does not really get foot issues. I do, and carry paper tape and small pair of titanium sewing scissors (8g) I got off Amazon. I'll post my list later. It's a bit heavier (if for no other reason than I usually carry a second pair of...
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    The Five Pound Camino Pack

    One of the spiritual lessons my wife really learned on her first Camino was how little she needed to carry. We've been on four Caminos now, and heading off for a fifth (Salvador to Primitivo) this September. At this point, her packing list is pretty dialed in, and we thought we'd share it in...
  15. Jo Jo

    Which accessories for Sony RX100 V?

    I have the similar Sony Nex3. The only accessory I took was a polarizing filter. Everything else was too heavy or unnecessary, at least for my uses. I could get several days out of the battery, so no need for a spare. Just a charging chord and EU plug with USB ports (which also works to...

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