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Bought my backpack today & footwear question

I'm one step closer to my Camino in May. I purchased an Aarn Freedom Featherlite (one of last year's models, 40L size) yesterday from an Australian company I found on Ebay. I read about the Aarn back pack here & liked what I saw on the website, so I went ahead & purchased one.

As for footwear, I'm alternating between hiking boots & walking/crosstraining shoes, aka sneakers/trainers. I'm concerned about twising my ankles & think that the boots would give my ankles more support, but the ones I have are heavy. I've read here about people using the New Balance shoes. Do they provide enough support for your ankles? There isn't a New Balance store in my town, but I can visit one when I go out of town to a larger city.

Thanks for the advice!
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Just bear in mind that I never use hiking boots

I walked this April/May with more comfortable trainers The North Face Blaze Low (plus Sorbothane double strike insoles - 1.1kg) and lighter fell-running Inov8 Terroc 330s (0.8kg)

There's very little of the Camino (in terms of slope or muddiness) that needs boots so I'd certainly recommend that you try trainers - plus the insoles that will give you additional protction when walking on the roads/harder surfaces - certainly I had no problems with my ankles
Don't bother with heavy boots. I walked the via de la plata in may with columbia walking shoes-comfortable and light. There is no hiking or particularly rough parts. As for the backpack-don't be tempted to fill it. My was about 30 ltrs and weighed 6 kgs which is plenty if you have to carry it for hours on end. I don;t recommend those silly walking poles, I found two legs adequate. all the best
The one from Galicia (the round) and the one from Castilla & Leon. Individually numbered and made by the same people that make the ones you see on your walk.

hi Dg, dawn here in victoria. i'll reply to your pm soon.
hiking boots, i wore New Balance 976 hiking boots.. they are light .and go fairly high up the ankles. i am not sure about runners. i wore out the soles in mine (just in the heel) i would recommend sandals, either tivas for the nights, or get a really good pair of hiking sandals. that way you can alternate during the day if you have feet problems.
i bought a 30L pack and it was big enough!!
Down bag (90/10 duvet) of 700 fills with 180 g (6.34 ounces) of filling. Mummy-shaped structure, ideal when you are looking for lightness with great heating performance.


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