I'll be doing lots of cross land (Singapore to Vietnam) and I think the walking boots I own at the minute will be far too hot and heavy for SEA. Although I don't want to spend out on a pair when I have some already I think I'll regret it if I don't.
Does anyone know of decent light weight but sturdy pair that will do for this sort of trip???
Depends what sort of walker/trekker you are. Lots of people successfully travel all around SEA in flip flops, and certainly Walking sandals are fine in most places unless you are well off the beaten track (and even then, locals are liable to be in flip flops or barefooted anyway). Unless you are doing serious jungle or mountain stuff and long term (as opposed to the occasional day trek), i wouldn't even consider anything above trekking trainer type shoes. Lots of makes, I've had good experiences with both Saloman and Merrell. Waterproof is not a bad idea, though you can generally dry things out quite quickly if/when you get soaked. Proper heavy walking boats are just too much for most of SEA, and can actually cause extra problems with blisters etc in the heat.
Cheers Gelli sound advice
Been looking closely at the merrel range but still unsure about GTX or ventilator types, I think GTX might make my feet v hot as in SEA in the hot months but also think I will regret not having waterproof shoes when I get to OZ in the winter and then NZ.
Can you have the best of both worlds or do you just have to choose between hot or wet feet?
I agree with Gelli about flip-flops and SEA. In Singapore we pretty much don't wear covered shoes unless for work/school or for fashion, neither do we need them most of the time. You can have your boots, but why not pack a pair of good flip-flops too? They aren't heavy and don't take up much space. Or just buy a pair here. I can't live without my Havianas!!
Check out North Face Hedgehogs or the Hi-Tec V-Lite series as both are very light and waterproof/breathable Goretex or eVent technology.
Also they offer suprisingly good support for such a light shoe with Vibram sloes and all the usual buzz words surrounding the heavier trail shoes. I have just purchased a pair of Hedgehogs for a mid summer trip to NZ and couldn't be happier.
Hi, i've been having a similar debate as to travel with my boots or just take my merrells.
I am planning on climbing mnt Kinabalu in Borneo and doing plenty of walking/trekking in Asia, Oz and NZ so have decided to take my boots.
I will travel in them initially (and also on all other flights) so no packing issues, depending on your budget i'd recommend getting a fabric supalite pair with gortex, i have these
they are the comfiest boots i've had, i trekked in northern Vietnam last March with then and had no problems, admittedly it wasn't hot though.
At the end of the day its gonna come down to person choice.
instead of walking boots why dont you take a look at light-weight breathable walking shoes. Decathalon have a good selection some which include sandal type backs but trainer type fronts. I managed to get a pair of decent walking shoes for under £7. Also saves on weight when your not wearing them and have to carry them.