So I'm a big fan of vibrams and have been wearing my KSOs exclusively since January. I've been wearing them in a city/pavement type environment; haven't done any hiking in them.
I'm planning on going on a trip with Boulder Outdoor Survival School next August. The trip will be in the Utah desert, and the terrain will vary from sand and slick rock to thick scrub/bushwacking/cactus terrain. A lot of the trip will probably be off-trail. I'll be carrying somewhere around 20-25 pounds.
I've spoken with them about my vibrams and the course director thought that they might not hold up well under those conditions, and that I should look into getting something a little more protective, especially around the ankles.
These are there requirements for footwear:
"Your boots should have the following qualities and characteristics: 1. Good lateral stability 2. Light-impact or Vibram-type sole 3. Solid construction and durable materials 4. High breathability (no all-leather boots) 5. Proper size (critical) when worn with two pairs of socks"
Here are my questions:
Has anyone done a serious (2 week long) hiking trip in terrain like this in their vibrams? How did they/your feet hold up?
If I look into wearing something that isn't a vibram, like a light-weight sneaker/boot, does anyone have any reccomendations for a shoe in that style that won't break the bank?