Anyway, on to the main topic of my post. Huaraches seem to be out of favour at the moment. I've dabbled with them in the past, as have a couple of other WHW bloggers, but I've yet to see anyone toeing a start line in them. They're an ingenious design and undoubtedly fine for their intended purpose of protecting bare feet from cactus thorns in Copper Canyon but a smooth sole is worse than useless on Scottish mud. Yes, you could add grips but if the sole's too thin, they'll be punching holes into your feet in the first mile. I'm also not convinced that the shoe is connected to your foot snugly enough for fast hill descents or xc rapid twists and turns.
|Careful use of scissors to make holes|
|Continental Vertical - still the best bike tyre for shoe grips that I've found|
|Grips superglued to sole|
|Completed shoe - conventional criss-cross lacing using another leg of the tights - and a further leg for the rear achilles strap|
|Tying the heel strap - fan out the tights to fit securely and spread the load just below the achilles|
So there we have it. The weight of each upper is precisely three legs of tights - not sure if that would actually register on scales. The bike tyre grips make up most of the weight but even so, the all-up weight is less than 5 ounces a shoe. I took them out for a test drive yesterday round Mid-Calder woods. Just an easy effort but I really attacked all the downhills and they handled impeccably - just a minor tweak required to move a knot from too near my left arch and they'll be sorted. Not sure yet if I'll wear these at the Fling - they're so light it would be practically cheating - but I'll see how they do in the next couple of days and decide later in the week.