|I got a wet foot from taking this pic over the weekend!|
Quite a contrast in gear, eh? Shoes and shelter. Both to be given thought when out hiking and camping, for sure.
So, first of all the Keen Targhee II shoes – these babies arrived in the post when I was out in the Peaks last week but the wife brought them along when she met me for me to re-supply.
Initial impressions? Light, comfortable with exceptional torsion. The latter somewhat of a mystery to me – they feel tough tough as old boots – so on the easy going you can feel like you’re stomping about like Robocop. Not ideal by any means considering their ‘shoes for the trail’.
But on rough tracks and bog that I danced upon the torsion came into it’s own. So, jury’s out on this aspect as I do like to feel ‘a little’ as to where I’m placing my feet.
|Decent toe protection and great grip – so far….|
The grip is deep and firm, too. Brilliant, in fact and one of the best I’ve come across which surprised me. They needed no wearing in to get rid of that ‘greasy’ effect you sometimes get on new trail shoes.
The laces tie up OK but not as tight as I’d prefer – and the Keen.Dry membrane appears up to the job, though my feet felt somewhat hot on occasion.
In all, I like them and we’ll see how we get on over the next couple of months – I’ve got plenty of hiking to do.
|One man, 4 season shelter weighing little over a kilo|
And then there is the Terra Solar Competition 1 tent….
Weighs bugger all for a solo shelter – it uses the same materials as their Laser Competition, for example – and you soon notice it.
Once you ditch the poles and pegs (these being the Titanium toothpicks) the tent packs down bloody small. About the size of two MSR Titan kettles
as the pic below shows.
The poles folded up are a little bulky, mind and won’t be slot in my hydration bladder pocket in my rucksack easily.
|Maybe not a tent for meths stove users?|
Space wise, it’s roomy for a solo shelter but the porch is tiny. You won’t be able to do much in there – there’s barely enough room to cook if you’re sitting out rough weather – and there’s no ability as far as I can tell to fold back the inner groundsheet to accommodate this shortcoming. More so, given I use a meths stove (Trail Designs Caldera cone).
Furthermore, the tent fly sits quite high off the ground – not ideal for spindrift or side wind driven rain. But there is a generous bathtub height to the groundsheet and most of the inner tent is nylon.
|Poles and pegs gone – it packs down bloody small|
The tent is easy to pitch (inner first) and is very stable and strong if you give it a good kicking as I’ve done in the back garden.
Looking in detail I can’t foresee any wear and tear issues if used regularly in stormy weather – but again, we’ll see over the coming months about that aspect.
All in all an impressive shelter on first pitching/inspection but with perhaps too small a porch….