Welcome to Outdoor Web Bites Number 3.
A series of outdoor related web posts and tit bits from around the web.
The Best Outdoor Adventure Films according to Alastair Humphreys
(PC: Alastair Humphreys)
Alastair Humphreys has put together a few of the best outdoor adventure and expedition films. All the best stuff on one page, well worth a look HERE.
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Chris Townsend (and Eddie McCoy) on the Altra Lone Peak 2.0 – The Adidas AX2 GTX and the Hoka One One
You know my thoughts on trail shoes now. If they’re not called Brooks Cascadias then I don’t wear ’em. However, during my limited spell on the Continental Divide Trail last year I spied a few new offerings which a lot of hikers were raving about. The first was Hokas, in particular the Hoka One One, and a brand called Altra.
The first aspect you notice on both shoes is the thickness of the sole. A mate of mine, Nick Levy, had a pair of Hokas on his CDT hike two years ago and raved about the comfort (no doubt down to the sole sickness). However, he slated them for one good reason – they lasted a mere 200 miles before the sole squished down to nothing. This is what has put me off buying a pair.
The Hoka One One. Check out the thickness of those soles! (PC & a brief review by Eddie McCoy HERE)
Having slathered my love for Cascadias over cyberspace during the last four years, I admit that I did wear another brand over the winter. I feel almost ashamed to admit it. However, Cascadias are not a winter shoe unless you’re out for a brief walk and can get back to some form of warmth before your pinkies surrender and die of frostbite, because they’re not waterproof. So I went shopping for a pair of waterproof boots for the colder months and decided on a brand I’d never worn before, and are more synonomous with running – Adidas. I splurged on a pair of AX2 Mid GTX’s. Not only did they perform flawlessly (the grip alone was exceptional), they look great which is always a bonus because people think you know what you’re doing. You can also get them in a low cut version and other funky colours, and the price (£60 to £90 depending on sources) is excellent.
I’ll try and get a review up.
Adidas AX2 GTX Mid. So cool people think you know what you’re doing . . .
The Altra Lone Peak 2.0’s that Chris reviewed HERE share similarities with the Hokas in terms of the sole thickness. Chris used them for 300 kms on the TGO Challenge this year and the feedback is good, apart from, you guessed it, the sole wearing out too quick. Gilad Nachmani also had a pair on his Cape Wrath Trail attempt. He didn’t like the wear on the sole and loss of grip either – HERE.
This months edition of The Great Outdoors Magazine is out
And it’s a great one. Chris Townsend talks about the Altra 2.0 (you know this ’cause I already told you above), and Daniel Neilson takes a wander over the Langdale Pikes. Alex Roddie shares the joy of touring the Monte Rosa, Alan Rowan has the best seat in the house and Ronald Turnbull gives the Yorkshire Dales a shot.
Oh, and some bloke called Keith Foskett extolls the benefits of hanging around in a hammock and talks about going light . . .