Another Sunday spent in Adventure Alley – Kent Street Sydney. Our goal for today was to decide on the shoes we wanted and to start looking at travel packs.
We didn’t start so well – we went to Paddy Pallins and I tried the Hi-Tec Multiterra Mid WP again, but decided to rule it out – I’m sure I would regret buying them – I’ll end up with bruised feet, unable to walk properly. However, there were some other Hi-Tec’s which I’m sure weren’t there before – the V-Lite Fasthike Mid WP. Unfortunately they didn’t have it in my size, but I tried the low cut version and it fit well. I tried a size smaller for the mid-cut and it was pretty good – not a lot of slippage. I asked the people and Paddy Pallins if they could get them in – after a few calls, they tracked a pair in my size down at one of their other stores. After paying a refundable deposit, they arranged to have them sent in and held for me. Looks like my goal of buying shoes this week is not going to happen.
Leanne decided to buy the Hi-Tec Multiterra Ultra Mid WP – it’s a nice solid waterproof shoe with a Vibram sole. A bit stiff for my liking, but seems to suit Leanne well.
I bought some tops from Paddy’s some nice lightweight quick drying t-shirts and a shirt. I’ll also need some cold weather gear- it can get very cold (high wind chill factor) where we are going. I couldn’t find any pants that fit me – hopefully the stuff I’ve ordered from REI will do the trick, otherwise I’ll be stuck with jeans and cargos – not ideal if they get wet!
We finished off the day trying on some packs. We had already tried some Mont and One Planet packs a couple of weeks ago, I quite liked the One Planet Exact Fit harness – so it was a useful benchmark for comparison. After trying packs in several stores, we gave up, neither of us could find anything that came even close to being comfortable. I seem to have a problem where regular harnesses are too short and long harnesses are too long. It’s looking like the One Planet harness might be my only choice.
We gave up near 5pm and headed back to Gloria Jeans at Darling Habour for our post-shopping sugar fix before heading home.