Yes, you are right. I am finding stores (as opposed to internet) very ill-equipped here in my city, and was wondering if Spain was better, I have almost everything. Have trained in everything I have, and have found some things to change out.Yes, there are stores enroute where you can buy things that you need as well as stores in major cities you may pass through on your way to your starting point. As for the items being plentiful and cheaper - depends on the item. Madrid, Lisbon, etc. are cities with all the stores you'd expect to find in a city.
For me, I like to have the basics that I need - clothing, shoes, pack poles, basic meds and first-aid. Then replace consumables as needed, or replace a piece of gear if what I brought turns out not to work well or breaks. I wouldn't want to get to Madrid or where ever and try to find hiking pants that fit right, a light weight jacket that I like, etc. Unless you have really good luck or are 5'-8" with an athletic build, it can take a while to track that stuff down, and things may need to be altered to fit anyway. And shoes - you definitely want to have your shoe-sock-insole combo sorted out ahead of time. A bad combo can ruin your Camino.
Hi. Help please about to enter Estella and need to buy shoes any ideas? Thank you!There are indeed a number of stores catering to hikers along the Camino Frances. I bought hiking poles, a technical shirt, and innumerable replacements for the rubber pole tips at stores along the way. That said, some things you will definitely want to buy in advance, like your shoes and backpack. An advantage to buying before, as has been pointed out, is that you can train for the walk ahead of time wearing and carrying what you will have with you on the trail.
I am 5'8" with an "athletic" build, and I have trouble finding things I like at home, let alone finding them in a foreign country. I agree that you should bring the basics and replenish consumables as needed.Unless you have really good luck or are 5'-8" with an athletic build, it can take a while to track that stuff down,
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