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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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Forclaz 900 men’s trekking trousers – long term user review. Expensive but durable.

Quechua Forclaz 900 (Bionassay Pant 500 in India) are a pair of lightweight trekking trousers for men. At Rs. 3,999 they may seem expensive, but we reckon these trousers will last a casual hiker over five years. This durability makes them exceptional value for money. These trousers resist wind, snow and rain fairly well. Forclaz 900 do not feature convertible legs or vents and this makes it unsuitable for temperatures over 35 degrees C. Although not waterproof, they dry off quickly which is a bonus for monsoon trekkers.

Our Rating (4/5): Very good and recommended.


Quechua Forclaz 50 Speed backpack – long term user review. Almost perfect.

Decathlon’s Quechua Forclaz 50 Speed is a lightweight backpack with an internal frame and a fixed suspension. The backpack weighs 1080 grams, that is 700 grams less as compared with backpacks of similar capacity. Despite the lightweight construction the backpack is robust and comfortable over long distances. We have tested this backpack for 7 months and its comfort and robust build quality is impressive. This is one of the best backpack available in India for a multi day trek with a pack weight of under 15 kilos.

Our Rating (5/5): Excellent and Recommended. A candidate for inditramp’s “Gear of the Year 2015”