Aye, summer is on it’s way. So this is some of the kit that’ll be getting a doing shortly.
The Aquagear bottle looks like the simplest and lightest way of tackling hydration anywhere. The spec is outstanding and it’s a pity I didn’t have it in time for the WHW. In Scotland the water is good and I never carry any water treatment stuff for trips in the mountains. But being below 300m in farmland the water is crap and this would have been handy. I’m off to the Lakes next week and no doubt it’ll be a welcome addition to the kitlist. All the info is right here.
The Haglöfs Kazoo pants are ultra light softshell pants for trekking, running and biking. They’re very soft and stretchy with a single rear pocket and a drawcorded elastic waist.
The ankles have zipped gussets which allow ventilation when you’re taking it easy and they cinch in the lower leg for fast moving, trips through the heather or for the bike section in a race.
There’s relective patches for road sections and for being seen by your chinas when haring down the hillside in the dark.
The new La Sportiva Crosslite’s are a very grippy and very light trail/ mountain running shoe. The fit is good, maybe slightly asymetric in shape. I’ll know more after some more miles in them if they really do suit my feet. The soles are outstanding, soft compound rubber and very well shaped lugs for grip in all conditions. There’s a nice wee stretch mesh cover over the laces to stop grit and mud getting in about your foot and getting the laces all sticky and frustrating the next time you put them on.
They remind me of my Montrail Highlanders a bit, same steadying heel counter and cup, flexible and dextrous forefoot.