I am heading to Brecons in Wales in few weeks and just wonder what sort of footwear would you recommend. I usualy walk in Inov8 or Mizuno harriers and GTX sock if wet and use gaiters to keep the mud away from pants mostly. I also have 280 GTX Inov8 boots but don't like them as much as they do wet out pretty fast and take to long to dry. Would the Harriers + GTX sock work or would I need more heavy boot due to terrain?
I don't mind wet feet as long as they are warm and use GTX sock mostly for camp when I change into dry pair of socks. I know footwear is personal thing (what fits one doesn't fit another) but few insights would be welcome.
Same as above. My favourite combo for the Scottish Highlands is Mizuno Wave Harriers and merino socks.
I don't imagine the Beacons are any wetter.
Beacons, not Brecons
But have a lovely trip anyway
very mixed terrain depending on where you go but mostly grass/peat combo. can be very wet in certain areas but if you dont mind that you'll be fine with what you have. good grips on the shoes will obviously help
I only ever wear standard trail shoes and apart from the odd "skating" moment works well for me
The two groups that use those hills most do have different view points.
Farmers wear wellies or toe cap boots and squaddies wear army boots of some sort.
White trainers appear very successful on PyF
I reckon you are worrying too much. There is not really rocky stuff so almost anything will do.
So to reply to all of the above. First day at Brecons I was wearing thin woolsock + GTX oversock which was fine until I fell in a bog and got water in from the top. After that I just didn't bother, so I was wearing divers neoprene sock and was fine. The conditions in Elan valley were almost like in winter (fresh snow on fell) so the warmth of neoprene was massive bonus. You guys in UK have some very nice country and not that easy terrain.
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You guys in UK have some very nice country and not that easy terrain.
I've noted how much water there is in Elan Valley so it must be wet. River damns are realy nice and worth a look. Are you from those parts?
Nice parts up there. The closest I was to Cardiff was at Merthry Dyfill. Mate and I stoped there to check it out and drove by it while checking Ponsticill reservoir..actually we spent the night there in the woods just above the reservoir . Yes wild camping. The weather on Pen y fan was so bad that I just couldn't take a photie. That marking on the top of Pen y fan was hardly visible in the mist. But still it was great day out not to mention the views when emerging out of the cloud. Realy nice!
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