hey i'm heading off to europe as well as other places in jan 06 and cos i'm backpacking i don't want to take really heavy shoes with me. So here is the question is there anyway to waterproof sneakers so that the snow and rain doesn't get in as much? And i'm not wearing plastic bags over my shoes... at least not yet. i will if i'm desperate. then i'll post the photos... :P
so yeah let me know?
two things come to mind.
waterproof trail runners such as these
or a wax waterproof fabric treatment such as this
I think you're better off with the trail runners since water might get in through the tongue of the treated shoe.
why not just wear a pair of light goretex hiking boots. If you're going to be anywhere that there's a danger of snow or lots of rain, you'd be grateful of the warmth as well as the waterproofness. And if you decided to go snowboarding or skiing when in europe these would be much better for around the resorts than trail runners/shoes.
with these light boots that you mentioned kenmc, do you know if they are expensive? cos chances are that i am going to chuck them when i leave europe cos i don't want to be lugging them around in SEA.
thanx for all your info though
I don't know of an exact make/model, but you should be able to find some for under a hundred euro i guess, if you find a sale price somewhere.
For what it's worth though, I'm planning on taking my gortex boots through SEA,china, australia and into New Zealand. I hope to do a fair bit of trekking and I like them, so I'm not planning on dumping them and getting another pair.
Or you could post them home to yourself if you wanna keep them, but not carry them.
Where abouts in Europe are you planning to go??
aussie dollar and canadian dollar's about the same. so trail runners will cost you about the same as a decent pair of runners. hiking boots will cost you about double (at least mine did). but you may run into a sale.
runners are lighter and smaller, while boots are heavier and bigger. it all depends on what you want to do with them. the trail runners are good for general mucking about while keeping your feet dry. hiking boots are better if you expect to be carrying a big load or walking long distances. if you're into heavy snow then get some real snowboots. the extra warmth is well worth it.
should go down to Kathmandu and check them out over the weekend... their spring sale starts tommorrow and for once its good timing! Today is payday!!