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what to pack

Discussion in 'Equipment Questions' started by irremore1, Jun 21, 2011.


  1. irremore1

    irremore1 New Member

    Jun 2, 2011
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    hello camino walkers, I would like to ask what type of footwear I need to walk from Sarria to Santiago. I have gortex boots but from reading the forum they are unsuitable and I dont want to spend another big amount of money on boots just for a weeks hiking. I would also like to ask about backpacks and sleeping bags --- what would be ideal and reasonable and would I need baselayers for travelling in the month of early September
    Thanks in advance for your help
  2. colinPeter

    colinPeter Veteran Member

    Jun 8, 2008
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    Australia (South Coast NSW)
    Camino(s) past & future:
    SJPP-SDC (2009) Somport-Jaca, Burgos-SDC, Cee-Muxia (2012) Le Puy - Aumont-Aubrac (2014) SJPP-SDC (Oct 2015)

    My wife and I both wore gortex boots (Mid ankle - reasonably light weight) from SJPP to Santiago.
    We will do the same next time.

    Buen Camino
  3. Anniesantiago

    Anniesantiago Veteran Member Donating Member Donating Member

    Nov 1, 2008
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    Portland, Oregon
    Camino(s) past & future:
    Camino Frances 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, Camino Aragones 2011, 2012,
    VDLP 2011, 2013, Lourdes 2012, Portuguese 2008, Camino Madrid 2014 (Camino Frances and Camino Madrid 2016)
    I wore New Balance trail shoes once, and their walking shoes the other time. There are pages and pages and pages of opinions on shoes here if you do a search. Some feel the trail warrants boots and some, like me, don't.
  4. Portia1

    Portia1 Active Member

    Nov 21, 2008
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    Portland, ME
    Camino(s) past & future:
    Frances 2009, Portuguese 2012
    (Frances 2016)
    This is SUCH a personal decision. If your boots are broken in, your feet love them and you have room in them for your feet to swell (due to the heat and hot pavement), use these boots. I personally think gore-tex makes boots hotter but there are those who disagree so again I say, wear what feels good on YOUR feet and have a wonderful Camino!

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