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Last minute thoughts on clothes

Discussion in 'Equipment Questions' started by kinnear, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. kinnear

    kinnear Active Member Donating Member

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    I leave from SJPdP on 24 September, flying into Paris early next week. I have my pack largely organised however I will be walking slowly and may add additional routes since my return date is 12 November so there is likely a change in weather over that time. I will be wearing light hiking trousers and have another packed. The question I am debating is whether to add a pair or two of light leggings for layering when cold or wearing if it's really hot early on ie over the Pyrennees.... Saturday week....oh that sounds close and scary. My pack is less than 5.5kg however I don't want to carry extras. The leggings would be more comfortable for sleeping and reasonably decent since I quite small though I wouldn't wear them in Paris or city rest days. I am also flying from NZ which is 24 hours flying time where additional bottom layers may help. Thoughts, anyone
     
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    Hi Kinnear,
    I would bring one pair of leggings.. The weight is negligible but it may make the difference if it is cold at night...
    Buen camino! :)
     
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    Couldn't agree more! By the end of your camino it may be very chilly. Lightweight polar gloves and a similar hat could also be useful.
    Buen camino!
     
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    And a yes from me too! Leggings won't add much extra weight, but they are useful for warmth and comfort.
     
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    I wouldn't go buying things, but lightweight merino wool leggings are perfect if you have them
    . (i have icebreaker.) one pair is enough, and they don't smell.
     
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    Like others said, do bring some leggings that are comfortable for sleeping and can be used for layering in cold weather.
     
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    We are currently walking the Camino and are Puente la Reina. This is the first day we've had any sun. The walk from Roncesvalles to Pamplona was pouring rain, gusty winds and quite chilly. I definitely recommend rain gear and some warm clothing!! Buen Camino.
     
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    I'm carrying a lightweight pair of thermal leggings Just for the same reason.Lightweight layering is really effective
     
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    Why not wait until you get there and purchase any additional items when and if you need them? On one of my walks I was nearing Santiago around the third week of October and the weather was turning a bit too cool for the clothing I had, so I bought a cheap sweater in Astoria.
     
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    I am my wife will walk Camino de Santiago from Leon to Santiago de Compostella from middle of September to early of October, 2017. air tickets done. We will fly from NY USA to Madrid Spain.
    We will walk Camino, starting at Leon next Wednesday ...... to Santiago. How's weather on the course?
     
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    I have full length Kathmandu merino leggings and a 3/4 Icebreaker pair as possibilites. I guess I was getting nervous that it would be really hot over the Pyrennees and non-wool shorter leggings rather than hiking trousers might help there. Pre-Camino nerves probably.
     
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    Yes to leggings. I took silk ones when I walked in Switzerland and needed them. Wore them under shorts and my Macabi skirt.
     
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    Take them, @kinnear , as you'll be glad of the warmth at some point on your journey. You may not need them on day 1, but who knows what you'll meet en-route. (And as you'll be inching up to winter conditions, consider merino for your hands and head. These are places that lose heat and feel the cold more than almost anywhere else on the body.)
    That won't weigh much and you already have at least the leggings. (No need to buy them elsewhere; what you can get at home is best quality merino!;))

    Yup. :D
     
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    I loved having my leggings when I walked CF the first time. In fact, I loved them so much that I started wearing them every day, taking them off at night to wash and dry them.

    BUT, I am very picky about what kind I will wear on Camino, so here they are: Adidas straight leg. They are fitted, as tights are, but they are not "boot fit" or "bell bottom"; neither are they tight to the ankle. They fit snug, but around the knee, the are a bit baggier, and actually have a nice wrinkly good baggy feel that drapes over my Vasque boots a bit.

    I won't wear any tights but these doing hiking or distance walking, but under these, you can wear another layer of wool. They also don't look as "showy" as other lycra tights do--as they are not shiny, nor do they have that super-tight fit that gets too much attention.

    I recommend them, and as I am a person who does wear tights, this is the only pair I will recommend that does not make me feel a bit indecent.
     
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    I agree that everything is available in Spain, but there is not a good selection at every town on the Camino - certainly you can find emergency substitutes, but these leggings will very likely be welcome several times when walking through October. I would take them from home and use them as regular sleepwear.
    If you have rain pants, you might even consider skipping the second pair of hiking trousers. Use your leggings in the evening and night. Wear hiking trousers in the day with the additional of rain pants if needed for rain or cold. (It is hard to insert leggings under the trousers while you are walking and finding it very cold! :p)
     
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    Yes to the leggings they could be worn with a sarong while you are washing everything else in your bag if you find a good laundry situation.

    But the thing I wanted to say . . . is wear comfortable pants with very few seams for the long flight. I sat it cargo pants from Vancouver and had welts for days on the seam lines. I wore my leggings back with a loose skirt.

    K
     
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    Kia Ora Kinnear. I can't assist as I am doing my first Camino in Oct (VdlP) from Servile. Just wanted to wish a fellow female Kiwi a 'Buen Camino'. Enjoy. Tikitour.
     
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    Buen Camino dos
     
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    Take the icebreaker leggings for sure, their 180 grade is good, also pack at least one of their lightweight tops, the merino drys quicker then a tshirt and they breathe. The ability to layer up and down is very important at this time if year, I found icebreaker no stink to be great and they stay in place so you don't have to keep hitching them, yes you will end up sleeping in them, we never travel without them and you can't guarantee that you will be able to buy them on the way. Mark of a kiwi is colourful merino and a macpac pack.
     
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    Yes. My merino leggings have been invaluable, in the cold evenings with a lightweight dress they make a perfect outfit for going out, easy to wear in the albergue for cool evenings. I'm so glad I packed mine having nearly left them out.
     
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    Thanks Nicola. I did a cull of my pack getting it down to 5.3 kg including the merino leggings. I will add back my icebreaker merino dress now.
     
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    Hello (live) from the Meseta. Many many many leggings on the Way. If you're comfy in them, bring them. Recommend those that dry quickly and are athletic in nature. The temp is COLD in the morning already this year--we are in gloves and coats every morning during recent days--temps are unusually cool so do yourself a favor and add warmer layers back into your pack. I'm wearing lightweight exofficio long johns under my shorts today --with long sleeves and a coat. Expect autumn for most of your trip, not summer. Ultreia ~~
     
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    I'll echo Suzanne...we're in Longrono and it is chilly with rain in the forecast. Layers are a must!!'
     
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    Thanks for the advice. I only packed for the heat I was warned about. Haha. Too bad I've already left NZ but thankfully I brought a jacket last minute before leaving. Lol.
     
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    Thank you I am hearing you! I leave tomorrow for Paris en route!! My bag is pruned down however the merino leggings and LS top are back in. Already I have an ultra light LS icebreaker top and SL too to layer up and down . Will still plan on walking and travelling in the hiking pants. Have a ultra light vest and light Columbia rain/wind jacket cosy together when not walking. A merino buff and gloves. And my trusty ALTUS. This time next week, God Willing, I will be leaving from Roncesvalles!!
    Burn Camino
     
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    A belated return greeting from another Kiwi. I leave from Wellington tomorrow afternoon and start from SJPdP Saturday. Thankful for op shops and an abundance of Icebreaker light gear!!
    Buen Camino
     
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    All the best. Safe travels.
    Buen Camino
     
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    Hi Suzanne,
    I will start my first camino 2 October from Tui.... any suggestions are wellcome... pretty anctious about weather and clothing.
    Biana
     
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    Hi Biana, I start my first Camino at the same time (I am doing the Via de la Plata from Serville). I will think of you.
    Buen Camino
    Tikitour
     
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