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Discussion: Spinifex proof shoes

in: jennycas; jennycas > 2016-05-21

May 24, 2016 11:56 PM # 
What is the word on this from the Australians? In particular from those who like to run rather than walk. It is still a hot topic over in NZ. What were people wearing?
May 25, 2016 12:10 AM # 
Dolce and Gabbana :)
May 25, 2016 10:16 AM # 
Gore-Tex shoes mainly I think, although there were some hiking boots. Problem is that anything with a boxed-in toe, or even reinforcing around the sides of the toes, is going to lead to really hammered toenails on rocky ground, which is likely to be the entire WRC. I bought these and then tested how easy it was to stick a needle into them, but haven't tried going cross-country as yet.
May 25, 2016 11:17 AM # 
FWIW, I spent a week mapping in Alice in late July last year, did the whole week in a pair of Asics Trabucos (standard trail runners) and shorts. Didn't see a single spinifex plant.

Can't say how exactly similar the rogaine terrain is to that immediately around Alice, but I assume the climate would be similar.
May 25, 2016 11:28 AM # 
We didn't encounter vast amounts at the 2007 Aust Champs although admittedly didn't go to the corner of the map where it was worst. Also I had lined my Asics with ankle tape as a precaution and it sort of worked. But the warnings from the WRC organisers are pretty dire this time around:
May 25, 2016 12:34 PM # 
I didn't encounter any! I was almost disappointed, but it did mean I could cruise around in shorts and enjoy the perfect weather. And yeah, I'd obviously take the organisers' opinion over mine.

Their comments on the rocky terrain are dead on though, that shit was ridiculous.
May 25, 2016 4:46 PM # 
Yep plenty of spinifex at the Aus Champs, recall it driving though my Salomon boots and socks, quite painful after 24 hours.

@Juffy, maybe more rocks on the maps you made than the rogaine area and no room for the spinifex plants?
May 26, 2016 12:12 AM # 
Sounds as though in the waist-high areas of spinifex short people like me won’t need boots/gaiters so much as we'll need to wear fishing waders!
May 26, 2016 1:00 AM # 
I recall spinifex quite early on in the 2007 event and the duct tape I put on my shoes came off quite early. Got used to it though.

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