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Foxtail Grasses

While I have rarely experienced these as a problem flying in the
west, there was quite a response to my article on the almost perfect hang
gliding shoe,, which decried the mesh tops of my favorite

Wayne Michelsen writes:

When looking for hang gliding shoes, I'm specifically looking for
gusseted tongues and leather or "waterproof" uppers. Waterproof just indicates a
good foxtail barrier. Anything "ventilated" is definitely a non-starter.

Some unfortunate visiting pilots have had to throw away their running shoes
after flying here. I wish I had pictures. The shoes were so full jammed full of
foxtails, in every possible spot, it would have taken hours to pull them out.

Auto Racing shoes

Trail shoes

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