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Trail runners on the Salvador?

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Jo Jo

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF, July '14 & Sep-Oct '16
Via di Francesco, July '15,
CP Oct. '17, Salvador & Primitivo Sep '19
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 want trail runners (over shoes designed for asphalt/concrete) for increased traction. On the CP, the only day I really wanted them was the 17km day over the mountain after Ponte do Lima, again for the same types of walking surfaces. Am I going to encounter similar walking surfaces on the Camino Salvador? (planning to leave early September 2019, if that makes a difference). Not trying to ignite boots v. trail shoes controversey. Even in the highest, toughest mountains of America I do not use boots (again, personal preference). Just looking for information on the walking surfaces. Thanks in advance for your assistance.
 

Davey Boyd

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Again, soon as possible!
Hi Jo Jo. I have very weak ankles so always need boots. Unless you are like me I don't see why not. I think trail runners would be fine on the Salvador, especially if you are used to them.

You will love the Salvador!
Buen Camino
Davey
 

peregrina2000

Moderator
Staff member
If you can look at a map of the Salvador, the places where I think trail runners would be highly preferable to regular running shoes would be from Buiza to the town of Pajares. Traction may be an issue getting up from Puente Fiero to the ridge. Maybe down from Pajares to San Miguel though this is a trail that ATVs can navigate. There are some other short stretches like you describe after Labañiego. Will you carry on to the Primitivo?
 

Jo Jo

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF, July '14 & Sep-Oct '16
Via di Francesco, July '15,
CP Oct. '17, Salvador & Primitivo Sep '19
Will you carry on to the Primitivo?
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, although in the past Brooks Ghost). I've often carried a second pair of shoes (Altras or Keens) for the more rugged trails where I wanted more traction (my pack is light enough that this extravagance still leaves me with about a 10lb. pack). The question in my mind is: is there enough rough trail to make it worth the weight.

Thanks again for any insights,
Jo Jo
 

peregrina2000

Moderator
Staff member
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, although in the past Brooks Ghost). I've often carried a second pair of shoes (Altras or Keens) for the more rugged trails where I wanted more traction (my pack is light enough that this extravagance still leaves me with about a 10lb. pack). The question in my mind is: is there enough rough trail to make it worth the weight.

Thanks again for any insights,
Jo Jo
My response was written with that question in mind. The places I have talked about are all places where I think trail runners would be preferable to regular running shoes. On the primitivo, the trail once you get in Galicia is all crushed rock thanks to the Xunta (except for a forest road after Cadavo), so no trail runners needed there. I think there are, though, several places where you would need more traction than regular running shoes, like going up after Tineo, or going up after Salas, or the descent from the mountain pass at Puerto de Palo.
 

Jo Jo

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF, July '14 & Sep-Oct '16
Via di Francesco, July '15,
CP Oct. '17, Salvador & Primitivo Sep '19
My response was written with that question in mind. The places I have talked about are all places where I think trail runners would be preferable to regular running shoes. On the primitivo, the trail once you get in Galicia is all crushed rock thanks to the Xunta (except for a forest road after Cadavo), so no trail runners needed there. I think there are, though, several places where you would need more traction than regular running shoes, like going up after Tineo, or going up after Salas, or the descent from the mountain pass at Puerto de Palo.
Thank you, thank you.
 

calmeg

Member
We both wore trail runners exclusively on El Norte and the San Salvador earlier this year, and switched to sandals in the evenings. These served us well in the rain and cool weather we saw. I think runners would be fine on day 1 of San Salvador to La Robla, but from La Robla-Buiza-Poladura, and on to Pajares, and on to Pola de Lena, trail runners or light hiking shoes would be better! But whatever is on your feet, keep your eyes up looking at he beautiful views!
 

Kiwi-family

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)-Frances, Baztan, San Salvador, Primitivo, Fisterra,VdlP, Madrid
I've walked both routes in trail runners and in sandals. Both were fine.
 

Felice

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP to Santiago Sept 2014
I have walked both the Salvador and the Primitivo in what I call trainers, but which I think are now called running shoes. No problems at all, but then, I am very confident about going up and down slopes. There are plenty of stretches with gravel slopes on the Salvador but I had no problem with them. For me, it's all about my balance rather than the traction on my shoes.

You say that you do not find trail runners adequate on concrete. Is that because you need more padding under your soles, or is it the lug pattern on the sole? If it is the former, then do as I do - buy the next size up and add another cushioned insole. In my case, it is my customised thick foam sports orthotic which gives me so much cushioning when walking on concrete.
 

Jo Jo

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF, July '14 & Sep-Oct '16
Via di Francesco, July '15,
CP Oct. '17, Salvador & Primitivo Sep '19
You say that you do not find trail runners adequate on concrete. Is that because you need more padding under your soles, or is it the lug pattern on the sole? If it is the former, then do as I do - buy the next size up and add another cushioned insole. In my case, it is my customised thick foam sports orthotic which gives me so much cushioning when walking on concrete.
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 just to get my splaying feet enough room, and adding insoles is just not an option for me. But thank you for the idea (it would be nice not to have to carry the second pair of shoes, which are by far the heaviest items in my pack).

Jo Jo
 

Felice

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP to Santiago Sept 2014
Best of luck Jo Jo. Getting your footwear correct when you have non standard feet is no joke.
 

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