Coastline walk 2017 | Clothing
The now-legendary Coastline Walk is once more inviting everybody to challenge themselves. Its third incarnation is different though - it is even grander, bigger and a lot more fun! Put your strength to the test, discover the beautiful nature of the Curonian Spit and experience sweet fatigue after conquering a long-distance walk! Everyone will be able to choose their own challenge, as Coastline Walk 2017 proposes 5 routes: 12 ½ km in one go, 25 km in half a day, 50 km in a day, 50 km in a night, 100 km in 24 hours.
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Clothing

Shoes are undoubtedly the most important element within the entirety of your walk clothing – especially for the participants of the longest routes. Our friends from the outdoor shop ‘LUKLA‘ are offering a 25% discount on these shoes from SCARPA – if you are interested in finding out more about the discounts, you get do that here.

We recommend choosing comfortable hiking shoes – it is better if they are ankle-high. If you are going to purchase new shoes, you should try them out beforehand in at least one test walk – you will be able to make sure that the shoes are not squeezing or rubbing your feet, as well as stretch them according to the shape of your feet. Your test walk should make up around half of your chosen coastline route – only then will you be able to truly gauge your feet’s reaction to the shoes. Test your new shoes out on a variety of terrains – sand, forest pathways, the kinds of paths that you will encounter during your coastline walk. Be careful when choosing everyday leisure shoes with a flat, even sole – they are not as comfortable in a long-distance walk as they might seem to be at first glance. After conquering the first twenty kilometers, you will definitely feel your soles hurting.

Shoe types – short, mid-length, ankle-length.

 

Our partners from the outdoor shop ‘LUKLA‘ recommend choosing mid-length Scarpa Moraine Mid shoes – they are a perfect fit for the Coastline Walk’17, as well as other hikes or trips. The only difference between Scarpa Moraine Mid GTX and Scarpa Moraine Plus GTX shoes is their outer fabric – the latter is made from suede, while the former is made from textile.

You can also choose short shoes, such as Scarpa Moraine GTX or Scarpa Moraine Plus GTX (you can find the shoes here) – they will serve you well during your other trips, but there are two disadvantages you should consider if you are to choose them for the upcoming coastline walk. First of all, they might fail to protect you from sand or unexpected sea waves because of their lack of length. Secondly, if it happens to rain during the walk, the water will most likely reach the inside of your shoes while running down your trousers – and you do not want your shoes to get wet. You will face the exact same problems if you choose to wear regular short sports shoes.

Ankle-length shoes, such as Scarpa Nangpa-la, are your best choice if you want to make the walk easy on your legs. They will protect you from sand, water or unexpected leg injuries. The Scarpa Nangpa-la shoes are perfect for chillier weather conditions, but your feet might get uncomfortably hot if the temperature reaches +30 C. Nevertheless, if you are going to embark on a mountain hike later on – be it the Alps, the Tatras, the Carpathians, the Andes, the Himalayas in Nepal or Kilimanjaro in Africa – these shoes are for you.

Water protection/breathability

All of the recommended Scarpa shoes are made from Gore-Tex membrane fabric which repels liquid water, thus keeping it from reaching the inside of the shoe, yet allows water vapor to pass through. The membrane does reduce the breathability of the shoe a tiny bit – however, in the absence of a membrane and under rainy weather conditions feet are quick to get wet and swollen, and thus become prone to calluses, as well as cold. We recommend choosing shoes without a membrane – i.e., not waterproof, but quick-drying – only in exceptionally hot weather.

Size

Your walking shoes should be a size or half a size larger than the shoes you usually choose – this will allow you to wear warmer socks if need be. Feet also tend to swell while walking long distances, so a larger size will do you good. Your foot should not slide inside the shoe even when walking downhill and your toes should not touch its front. When purchasing new shoes, we recommend putting them on properly and trying them out on a special rocky stand – it mimics an uneven terrain which your feet might encounter during the walk.

This element of clothing is often unduly overlooked. We can tell you from experience that it is not uncommon to get calluses and blisters on your feet because of bad socks, rather than uncomfortable shoes. You should buy professional running or hiking socks if you want to enjoy the walk to the fullest. Those of you who have chosen to walk 50 or 100 kilometres should have an additional pair of socks, as you might want to change them halfway through the walk. They might also get wet and moisture is the arch enemy of your feet on a long-distance walk. Synthetic socks are your best choice – you should avoid socks that are made from cotton.

Our partners from the outdoor shop ‘LUKLA‘ recommend choosing Lorpen Coolmax Light Hiker socks and are offering a 50% discount – if you are interested in learning more about the discounts, you can do it here.

These socks are made using Coolmax fabric which protects your feet from unwanted moisture. The inside of the soles is lined with thick fabric loops – they improve air circulation and reduce the possibility of calluses. If you would like to find out how to purchase these socks and other equipment for your walk with a special discount, you can do it here.

You can also use sticking plaster or put Vaseline on your toes prior to starting the walk in order to avoid calluses.

When choosing your walking clothes, you should make sure that your clothing consists of a couple of layers – i.e., a short-sleeve or long-sleeve t-shirt (or thermo-clothes if the weather happens to be chilly), a relatively warm jumper and a third layer which is meant to protect you from rain and wind. Cotton fabrics are the least suitable, as cotton quickly accumulates humidity and often fails to vaporise it, while synthetic clothes do the exact opposite and thus should be favoured over other fabrics. You should consider both the weather conditions (air temperature, rainfall, wind) and your individual needs and characteristics when deciding on what clothes you are going to wear on the walk. The outdoor shop ‘LUKLA‘ is currently offering special discounts for the participants of the Coastline Walk’17 – if you are interested in finding out more, you can do that here.

 

Your first layer of clothing (namely the one which is closer to your body) should consist of synthetic underwear or moisture-resistant thermo-clothes (depending on air temperature). This layer serves the purpose of absorbing the moisture produced by the body. Synthetic briefs or boxers will come in handy as well.

You will find a variety of women‘s underwear here, or you can head over here for men‘s underwear.

You can also shop for women‘s t-shirts here, or men‘s t-shirts here. Be careful and choose t-shirts made from synthetic fabrics.

The outdoor shop ‘LUKLA‘ is offering a 40% discount on Marmot and Thermowave underwear, and a 15% discount on Brubeck underwear.

 

Choose synthetic fabrics for your second layer of clothing as well. The second layer is meant to keep you warm – light jumpers or sweaters are a good fit. Avoid tight-fitting jeans or casual trousers which are not designed for engaging in sports and active movement. Your trousers should be light, quick-drying and extremely comfortable. The majority of these trousers are wind-resistant as well.

You can shop for women‘s jumpers here, or men‘s jumpers here. Participants of the Coastline Walk’17 will receive a 25% discount off the recommended retail price.

 

Your third layer of clothing protects you from rainfall and sharp seaside winds – waterproof and wind-resistant jackets and trousers without additional warm lining serve the purpose. Both your jacket and trousers should be thin and light, so that you can conveniently carry them in your backpack in good weather conditions. Our friends from the outdoor shop ‘LUKLA‘ recommend considering your future needs when choosing a jacket. If you need a thin and light jacket or trousers for the upcoming coastline walk, as well as bicycling, kayaking or short mountain or forest hikes, choose a jacket and trousers from Marmot Precip or Montane Atomic.

If you are planning a trip to Iceland, the Scandinavian fjords, or the Andes of Chile or Argentina, you should shop for jackets and trousers from Marmot Red Star, Montane Air, Marmot Speed Light and the like.

You will find a variety of wind-resistant and waterproof women‘s jackets here, as well as men‘s jackets here.

You can also shop for wind-resistant and waterproof women‘s trousers here, or men‘s trousers here. Participants of the Coastline Walk’17 will receive a 25% discount off the recommended retail price when purchasing wind-resistant or waterproof jackets or trousers. The discounts are not cumulative; if a different discount is offered, the bigger discount applies.

 

Keep in mind that you will feel warmer than usual while walking, but you will get cold when you stop to take a rest or decide to cut your walk short – this is especially relevant to the participants walking longer routes, as well as those taking part in the overnight walk. This is due to the fact that the body, once exhausted, becomes more sensitive to temperature fluctuations. We recommend dressing in layers and taking additional clothing – a warm jacket, a fleece sweater and a second pair of trousers – with you, as you will have to keep warm during rest breaks or in the case of deciding to cut your walk short. Having an additional set of first-layer clothing is recommended as well – if your clothes get wet, you might want to change. You must also have some additional clothes to wear once the walk is over.