Week Four has seen a few purchases (and quite a few near-purchases!) but they are mainly sensible and necessary ones. First of all I went to try my lovely pink and brand new Salomons before my departure for Spain later this month – hurrah! – but they didn’t feel anything like my fond memories of X-Ultra … More Shop Stop Week Four
OK, I confess! I kept getting newsletters from Icebreaker with their new collection and that dress and wrap combo just looks sooo good – not just for Camino use, you understand, but for travel in general. Sadly the set costs a small fortune (it would cover my albergue + food and drinks expenses for a week) … More Shop Stop Week Three … #fail
When getting rain gear for something like a Camino and not just a quick walk in the park, most people will go with what they know: rain jacket and ditto trousers, and a rain cover for their pack – it often comes with the pack these days. So far, so good. In most cases it … More Why a poncho?
Bet you’ve been wondering how my Shop Stop is working out! Well, here’s a quick summary: At the weekend I went for a trial walk in the torrential rain with my Camino companion, and found that my Altus Rainlight poncho (an emergency buy from the Peregrinoteca in Sarria some years ago) was too short for me. … More Shop Stop Week Two
Lately* it seems I have been trying to quell the pangs of PCB by way of retail therapy and kit research. The other day I discovered that Cotswold Outdoors, where I have a Ramblers’ discount, were exclusively selling the new Osprey Mira 26, a smaller version of the same AG (anti gravity) back system as the new … More Shop Stop!
Did I mention I over ordered a tiny bit? When I get my research head on I just won’t let go. Also of course it benefits you! When I found the Gelert X-treme range I ordered – and promptly returned – the 800 version for weighing a lot more than the advertised 800 grams. What … More (Actually) Lightweight sleeping bags
Of course there is no such thing as a specific Camino sleeping bag. The only right one is the one that’s right for you, your chosen route, the time of year and the way you want to do it. In other words you have some questions to ask yourself: Do you normally sleep warm or … More Camino sleeping bags