RECAP–New Gear

I am recapping our great adventure of winning a free trip to hike in the 10th Annual Fjallraven Classic which took place August 8 to 15, 2014.

Part of the winning package included free gear from Fjallraven.  We would each receive the Abisko 65 (backpack), the EcoTrail (rain) jacket and a pair of Hanwag Tatra hiking boots.

Because we lived close enough to a Fjallraven store, in New York City,

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we would be able to go and try some things on.  I can’t imagine choosing sizes through on-line ordering.  Not only might we pick the wrong size, especially with the boots, but would they arrive on-time before our plane took off to Sweden?

We contacted the store manager, Ty, 20140731_151936 and made a plan to visit the store five days before our flight left.

Both Dragonfly and I thought that the Abisko 65 backpack would be too big.  The backpacks we used on the Appalachian Trail were smaller, Dragonfly’s Osprey Kestrel 48 and my Osprey Ariel 55.  We asked for the smaller size, Abisko 55.

Dragonfly got one in red.  20140731_151845

I got one in black.  20140731_151714

Hiking boots gave Dragonfly blisters, so after 30 miles on the AT, she had switched to trail shoes.  I had switched to trail shoes somewhere in Virginia after 857 miles.  Could we get Hanwag trail shoes, instead of the boots?  Yes! We both decided to get the Hanwag Escalator.

The EcoTrail jacket looked to be ideal just the way that it was.  Dragonfly gets one in yellow (they didn’t have orange) and I get one in green.  We were both looking forward to trying out this new rain jacket, as the ones we had used on the AT didn’t work so well.

Because some of our choices of gear had been less money than they allotted for us, we were able to get a flight bag for our new backpacks.  These flight bags surround the backpack so that no straps can get caught in the conveyer belts at the airport.  Plus they double as raincovers.

Reviews of the new gear will come later.

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About prairiedog2013

Grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota, but currently lives in Metro New York. Was a day-hiker years ago, but will soon be a thru-hiker. Loves the outdoors and is looking forward to hiking the Appalachian Trail.
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