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Old Feb 25, 13, 8:27 am
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travel gym sneakers

Gyms often require sneakers or trainers, and the "normal" sneakers are the bane of light travel.

There are threads here about the vibram five finger models, but I dont see myself wearing those.

Question: what "normal" looking sneakers are ultralight and pack almost flat?. I only do weight training and maybe light aerobics, but no jogging, so I can compromise on support & cushioning. The sneakers have to look like proper trainers, so I wont be turned away at the gym entrance.

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Old Feb 25, 13, 12:49 pm
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I ended up going with the Adidas Marathon 10. They are very light and can be flattened out pretty well.

The heel box doesn't completely flatten out, so you do need some room in your bag.

I usually travel with a very small bag (TravelPro Crew 9 rolling tote) and still get 2 days of clothes, very light gym clothes, and the adidas stuff along the edges.

I think if you go with any distance running shoe, then you will be OK. I chose the Adidas because the colors were not totally obnoxious

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Old Feb 25, 13, 2:51 pm
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You want one of the newer breed of ultralight running shoe. Look at something like the Brooks Pure Connect or Green Silence or the Nike Free Run. They don't pack completely flat, but they bend pretty well and you should be able to pack them in snugly.
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Old Feb 25, 13, 4:09 pm
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Check out Merrell's Barefoot line also, they pack down v small.
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Old Feb 25, 13, 8:20 pm
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Another vote for the Nike Free Run. Found a par in all black that are relatively stealth and an be worn informally with jeans. And they do fold down quite well.
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Old Feb 26, 13, 11:53 am
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Zemgear Playa. Anyone try these?

Also.....ZEMgear Traveler & Comfort Footwear
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Old Feb 26, 13, 1:18 pm
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Originally Posted by pierre mclopez View Post
Are these shoes, or glorified socks? ;-)
Amazon lists the weight of the "Playa Round Toe High Footwear" as 8.8 ounces. that's not that light, since the Nike free run are about the same, and the latter look like a proper trainer. or is the 8.8 ounces the shipping weight, and the Playas are acutally much lighter?.
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Old Feb 26, 13, 2:15 pm
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Originally Posted by mzzxx11 View Post
glorified socks? ;-)
Sheesh, I dunno, and then there's Saucony Hattori

I'm interested in something that packs flat, machine washable, slip-on, good for hotel workouts, maybe flying.
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Old Feb 26, 13, 2:16 pm
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New balance has a minimalist shoe.
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Old Feb 26, 13, 2:44 pm
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as envgeo mentions, you probably want one of the newer breed of minimalist running shoes, such as the Saucony Hattori, Adidas Adipure, New Balance Minimus, Mizuno Wave Universe, etc. All of these shoes focus on thin soles, very low to no heel drop (ie, sole is same or close-to-same thickness from forefoot to heel), and light weight. Some of the lighter shoes are <6 oz each, which is crazy compared to your average 10oz running shoe. Also, because the uppers tend to be stretchy mesh/lycra type material, they pack very low profile into your bag. Many of these shoes are designed to be worn with very thin socks, or none at all.

It's a different feeling at first wearing a shoe with little to no heel drop. You feel a little like you are rocking back on your heels, but you quickly get used to it. The Saucony Kinvara is a nice kind of transitional shoe with low heel drop, but not too extreme, and still very light weight.

Note that a lot of the new breed of minimalist shoes have some, er, bold color choices.

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Old Feb 26, 13, 7:56 pm
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Originally Posted by mzzxx11 View Post
Gyms often require sneakers or trainers, and the "normal" sneakers are the bane of light travel.

There are threads here about the vibram five finger models, but I dont see myself wearing those.

Question: what "normal" looking sneakers are ultralight and pack almost flat?. I only do weight training and maybe light aerobics, but no jogging, so I can compromise on support & cushioning. The sneakers have to look like proper trainers, so I wont be turned away at the gym entrance.

TIA
Onitsuka Tiger Ultimate 81s - the lightest and best for travel and casual wear/running - Nike's Phil Knight used to work for them back in the day and seemed to get a lot of ideas from them.
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Old Feb 26, 13, 10:40 pm
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I enjoy Nike Pegasus.
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Old Feb 27, 13, 7:07 am
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I'll chime in with a second vote for the Pegasus.
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Old Feb 27, 13, 1:47 pm
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+1 Nike Free
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Old Feb 27, 13, 9:49 pm
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Lots of unique products out there. Fun search!

Merril Trail Glove Cross

Vivobarefoot Men's Ultra Pure Running Sho

Leming Primal Origin

Vivobarefoot Men's Dharma Slip-on

Feiyue High Top Shoes (martial arts)

SKORA Men's BASE Running Shoe

Just recalling, I've got some green LLBean Converse All-Star canoe sneakers. OTW.
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