Aarn Peak Aspiration Bodypack

Soon after we arrived in New Zealand we laid eyes on the first hiker using an Aarn bodypack. We did not dare to ask him, Graeme/Graham he was called, if it wasn't very awkward and uncomfortable walking with those pockets in the front of the body. How could he manage all the scrambling without stumbling … Continue reading Aarn Peak Aspiration Bodypack


Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Large and ProLite Plus Regular

NeoAir X-Lite Large After spending approximately 7 months sleeping in a tent I have gained a new appreciation for beds, to quote Eef, " I love beds and sheets and pillows". Nonetheless, I must say that if I can't sleep in a bed my second choice would definitely be the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite sleeping mattress. … Continue reading Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Large and ProLite Plus Regular

Norrøna Bitihorn dri1 jacket

As New Zealand is notorious for its heavy and consistent rainfall we thought that not even the sturdiest of rain gear would keep us dry. Nonetheless, with the promise of excellent waterproofness, breathability combined with its low weight and small pack size we went for the Norrøna Bitihorn dri1 jackets. Specs The Bitihorn dri1 is … Continue reading Norrøna Bitihorn dri1 jacket

Ahnu Coburn hiking boots

These boots were purchased in Palmerston North. There I found myself in dire need of new boots before entering the first serious mountain range - the Tararuas. I read a few reviews praising their grip, support, protection etc. After having tried them on I felt that they would do the job well. Boot Specs. Upper: … Continue reading Ahnu Coburn hiking boots

Salewa Men’s Mtn Trainer Mid GTX Boots

After having destroyed my feet in the Ahnu Coburn boots I was determined to find a boot that would give my feet the support, love and care that they desperately needed. What I found was the Salewa Mtn Trainer Mid GTX. Boot Specs Upper: 1.6 - 1.8 mm suede leather Insole: nylon, mid - stiff … Continue reading Salewa Men’s Mtn Trainer Mid GTX Boots

Crispi Skarven hiking boots

What is it that turns a hiker into a happy hiker? Perhaps it's that special kind of chocolate, powerbar, that one tune that always gets you going or those delicious Trident noodles for dinner. We all have our own yearnings, but I do think every hiker agrees that having happy feet is one of the … Continue reading Crispi Skarven hiking boots