Friday, July 28, 2006

Barefoot Nude Hiking?

A reader asks, 'I note you wear shoes while hiking. Can you really be hiking nude if you wear shoes?'

Good question and I really do have a good answer. If it were only the beach or a short, easy stroll I could easily go totally nude and be perfectly happy. But I get into some pretty rough terrain and my feet need the support for not only endurance . . . but safety.

But, I've looked at the link the reader suggested and I am intrigued. I have a pair of AquaSocks that cost me $40 and lasted the whole of one season before they fell apart. But $70 for a pair of FiveFingers? If they're half as good at support and protection as the literature suggests I just may go in for a pair.

From the website:

FiveFingers™ is the first and only footwear to offer the exhilarating freedom of going barefoot—with the protection and surefooted grip of a Vibram® sole.

And that makes it ideal for a wide range activities you'd probably rather do barefoot—boating, kayaking, canoeing, canyoneering, coastal approach, even after-sport recovery.

FiveFingers gives you a gecko-like grip on slippery surfaces. They protect your tender feet from scorching sand and sharp rocks. FiveFingers helps to promote a more natural walking motion. They gently separate each toe, while stimulating and exercising the muscles of the feet.

Go barefoot—without leaving yourself exposed.


Kayak Shed,
6 Oak St,
Hood River, OR 97031 (Google Map)
phone: 541-386-4286

MEC - Vancouver Location,
130 West Broadway,
Vancouver, V5Y 1P3, Canada (Google Map)
phone: 604-872-7858

No dealers in Washington yet.

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