Had a lovely walk on Saturday on to Seathwaite Fell and Sprinkling Tarn. A good opportunity to test some of my gear.
The indispensable thing has to be my Leki poles without them I would still be by the tarn. I love the speedlock poles, you can adjust them really quickly and easily and with gloved hands. The lower sections do sometimes creep down after I have been using them for a while, so I guess I need to tighten the mechanism a little, but I lean on them so heavily it's to be expected. I have always had the classic twist lock poles in the past which were less prone to this but I still prefer the speedlock ones, because there is less faffing around.
The Lowe pack is nice and narrow so the side pockets don't get in your way when walking and are deep enough to fit flasks and water bottles without them tipping out, and it has a nice easy place to stow your poles when you're not using them and usefull pockets on the hip belt. It's a women's specific fit with an air mesh back. I don't think we are selling the same size at the moment our nearest equivalent is Trail ND24.
The Haglofs Schist pants are lovely and robust but flexible and comfortable at the same time. They feel as if they are going to last a very long time.
A guy I walked past on the way down commented on the Hoka's and asked what they were. He said the Mountain Rescue team would have no problem finding me. I guess I need to get them through a few peat bogs. The colour we are selling at the moment is even brighter, I guess they are safer and can probably be seen from outer-space. Fantastic cushioning and lower profile than they look, so I don't feel unstable in them.
27 October 2016 by Wendy
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