Showing posts with label ats laces. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ats laces. Show all posts

Luna Sandals Mono Hiking Review

My first thoughts when looking at the new 'Mono' on my feet were, 'These are way too thick for my liking'.
Shortly after that I told myself to clear all negative thoughts out of my mind and give these a real chance. After properly adjusting the laces for my foot and taking a few steps. I was pleasantly surprised how light weight they felt on my foot.

Luna sandals mono
First time wearing Luna Sandals Mono - originally shared on Facebook

Luna Leadville Backpacking Review

  During my trail series '30+ Days in the Olympic National Park' I upgraded my footwear. I started the adventure with a wilderness modified version of the now discontinued ATS Sandals.  Even tho they were fully broke in and comfortable as hell.  My foot tended to slide around on the well used footbed; so an upgrade was needed.

  The Luna Craft Monkeys that handed me this product, personally assured me that the upgrade well worth it.  Monkey Grip Technology (MGT) would be used on-top the Leadville sole that I already loved.

  They made this change to help with the annoying sliding around of the foot issue when ascending or descending on the trail.  Traditional Huarache designs have trouble holding your foot to the surface on the sandals when fully saturated with water or mud.  This problem may be annoying to some; such as myself.

  My upgrade would also include the newest version of the ATS Lacing System.  Luna is always making small tweaks to their designs based on customer feedback.  That is what I love about most Cottage Manufactures.

  I put on around 200 backpacking trail miles on various terrains wearing this product.  Including rocky trials, mud, scree and even snow.

luna sandals in mud
During a rain storm; this sloppy trail will put the MGT Footbed to the test.

Luna Sandals ATS Lacing Review

Disclaimer:  I am not a gear reviewer. My review will be based on a Backpacking and Trail Running point of view only. I do have a lot of people asking me about various models of Minimalist Footwear for Backpacking. So I thought I would put in my two cents.

  I planned on doing a review of the Luna ATS Sandals to use during Backpacking Trips.  Shortly after receiving my Pair in the Mail to my dismay.  I was informed via Facebook and Newsletter that they were no longer offering the ATS Sole package as the Leadville.  They would however still be offering the ATS Lacing System, so not all was lost.  So in this review I will be primarily focusing on the ATS Lacing, Leadville Sole Pattern and not the Foot-Bed.

8" of Fresh Snow

  What I was looking for as a User:

  • Breathable option to VFF
  • Protection vs Skin to Ground Bare
  • Camp Footwear
  • Post Trail Footwear
  • Everyday in Urban Environment

  Above is my expectations of a piece of Footwear I was looking to add to my Hiking Arsenal.