Suppose that humanity has spread out through space. Humans are exploring all kinds of environments, including some with gravity much weaker than our Moon's:
- Ceres (surface gravity = 0.28 m/s2)
- Enceladus (surface gravity = 0.113 m/s2)
- Phobos (surface gravity = 0.0057m/s2)
- Atlas (surface gravity = 0.0002m/s2)
Bases are built on such places, and they get populated.
Regular walking in such gravity ranges becomes impractical. Kerbal Space Program has a body with a surface gravity of 0.049m/s2 (which is close to Enceladus's), and the wiki has this to say about it:
It is very impractical to walk on Gilly; each step will launch a Kerbal several meters into the air. A Kerbal can jump over 200 meters on this moon and will usually take more than 4 minutes to return to the surface. This makes jetpacks a necessity to move around the moon practically.
I find the constant use of jetpacks on a daily basis awesome but wasteful. You would also be in trouble once you ran out of fuel.
I also know that magnetic shoes could be a solution while inside a building, but I'd like my space civilization to walk outdoors too.
What would be a practical solution if people wanted to go for a low gravity hike?
I am aware of Alternative for magnetic boots, but I am open to alternatives that do not involve gripping boots. I think that if someone depended on gripping for that, stepping on a loose rock would be quite troublesome.