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FitTrip Bikes’ Marine Review: The Heart of an Adventurer

I rode through the heart of the monsoon season along the Konkan coast: my first bikepacking ride in India, that took me through 1000+ kms of salt, sand, gravel & country roads, not to forget the jaw-dropping vistas. My only support: a trailbike, nay, a fatbike to be precise: the Marine. Are fatbikes niche and how did mine hold up through rocky mud roads, record rainfall & floods? Here’s my take on the Marine fatbike.

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Decathlon Arpenaz 500 Fresh Blue Green – Initial Impressions

The recently launched Arpenaz 500 Fresh are top of the line Arpenaz hiking shoes from Decathlon. This means that they sit somewhere in the middle of Decathlon’s 2017 trekking shoes lineup. So do these shoes punch above their feather weight or do do they fall flat on their face? Should you even consider them for your summer/monsoon hikes? Learn more in our preview.


The best GPS for hiking in India – Garmin Etrex 20x review

Etrex is Garmin’s range of small, inexpensive, handheld GPS that run on AA batteries. The Etrex 20x sits between the monochrome Etrex10 and the Etrex 30x, which comes with more sensors. Launched in 2015, the Garmin ETrex 20x is an incremental update to Garmin’s acclaimed Etrex 20. The ‘x’ retains its predecessor’s form factor and size while improving aspects such as the display, available storage and GPS receiver. Is this the perfect GPS for the intrepid Indian hiker? Find out in the review below.


An everyday flashlight that makes excellent trekking companion – Fenix LD09 review

This year I bought a Fenix LD09 as my Every Day Carry (EDC) flashlight. However, over the past six months its also become a staple gear in my trekking bag. Find out why in our review of the Fenix LD09 flashlight.


Early Impressions: Hi-Tec Alpha Trail Mid WP

Hi-Tec’s Alpha Trail Mid WP is a mid-weight, three season, mid-cut boot with a leather upper. It’s Unique Selling Point (USP) is that it is the only boot in India with a Vibram sole that retails for under Rs. 5000. So how do these boots feel after 7 days & 150 kilometres trekking in the Dhauladhars? Find out in our short preview.


Decathlon’s Quechua Forclaz 500 / Forclaz 100 High – Long term user review – Jack of all trades

Decathlon has recently renamed their Quechua Forclaz 500 Wenge boots to Forclaz 100 High. Despite this convoluted rename these boots, now in their third iteration, remain Decathlon India’s best selling trekking boots. Extremely popular with hikers on non-technical trails we have met many Indian hikers who swear by these boots. Yet, “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence” and therefore we put these boots through our most comprehensive and gruelling gear test till date. From sea level to 3400 metres, from Himalayan winters to Ghat monsoons, and from a razor sharp rocky terrain to mud splattered trails, we have used and abused these boots over the past year to answer one simple question: “Do these boots deserve their status as India’s most popular trekking boots?” Read our comprehensive gear review to find out.


Kalenji Kapteren 200 long term user review – Abysmal when wet

It is no secret that we prefer lightweight trail running shoes over boots for three season hiking and trekking. As you may recall, last summer our go-to trekking shoes were Kalenji’s Kapteren Crossover trail running shoes. Therefore, we were thrilled when we bought our first pair of Kalenji Kapteren 200. Not only were the Kapteren 200 cheaper than the Kapteren Crossover, but they addressed the biggest flaw in the Kapteren Crossover which was the lack of a instep that would allow the use of gaiters. So do the gaiter capable Kapteren 200 have what it takes to be the ultimate three season hiking shoe? Find out in our review below

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Lifestraw – long term user review. From hiking and trekking perspective.

“Fast, good and cheap; pick any two” is a choice we are usually faced with when buying trekking gear. Seldom do we come across a piece of gear that checks all these three boxes. Lifestraw is one such piece of gear. We heartily recommend the Lifestraw for three season hiking and trekking. In winters when you have to melt snow to get potable water, the lifestraw is not usable. But for every other trekking scenario especially in the Indian Himalayas, this is a must have item in your backpack.

Our Rating 5/5. Excellent and Recommended. Candidate for inditramp’s “Gear of the Year” 2015

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