Usually at this time of year I’m on here all tears and snotters about my tax return, not this year, it’s done and paid. I don’t feel pleased myself at all, just poorer.
But, it’s nice to get boxes ticked. Busy is good, but busy makes me nervous, that’s because the only alternative and the only way to go from busy is to not-busy and that’s a bad place to be.
This time tomorrow I should be in the Lakes, I foresee shops, tea rooms and hopefully meeting up with some buddies. For all the test kit and showrooms I see, I still love the outdoor shops in the lakes, proper independents crammed with stuff. I’ll come back with something I’m sure.
Talking of test kit, some new brands are in and some exciting stuff ‘s coming up. Lowe Alpine have sent a couple of packs, and it’s great to see an old brand making kit that looks as if it’s on the money. I’ve got a Lightflite 28 which is out later this year, a super light adventure racing pack with genius water bottle pockets on the shoulder straps. The other is a Zepton which is a dyneema backpacking sack that’s got all the stuff it needs to be winter compatible, looks like a real design departure from the Lowe I used to know and I’ve got high hopes for it. It’s going on the next overnighter.
Also joining are Thorlo with some new models, and Komperdell poles. Thorlo are long term friends of my feet but Komperdell and I are meeting for the first time.
Tents have been spoken of and seen recently, and I’ll have a few new models on here too, the new Vaude Power Tokee, the 2011 Laser Photon with the new guys points etc, and Terra Nova say I’m next in line for the Ultra sample…
So, with that kit, a few days spare and full tank of diesel, maybe I can take the bare look off this old place.