I have a gripe about an article
Parky Again wrote (see)
forgive me for being potentially dim derek. so the weight of the front pouches on aarn packs is transferred to the hip belt? i.e. i could do the hip belt up and completely loosen the shoulder straps and all the weight would be on my hips? if so they sound inetresting.
Yes you and the others following your comment have got it. I only have the shoulder straps done up gently just to stop the pack flopping about, so for stability only. If the hip belt got uncomfortable I could transfer the weight to my shoulders by tightening the straps but I dont need to.
The hip belt is widely adjustable so It can be comfortable for everyone. I do think that it is difficult to get all the adjustments right however. I fitted my rucksack to someone else and it took about an hour to get it perfect. I had done it before so a lot of people will not get it right
Going back to insoles (if I dare. ) I find Spenco far better than any other that I've tried including Superfeet. Very supportive in the right places and with deep heel cups. Also far more comfortable than Superfeet.
Re walking pole(s). I starting using same mainly as a deterrent to savage dogs when I used to walk in Greece. Much better than the ridiculous 'Dog -Dazer' thing that only the dog was supposed to hear. I ended up throwing that at a particular brute that used to lay in wait near my studio. (St Bernard? Don't talk ridiculous, Horace!)
Thats the difference between the two mags. Not that either one is bad overall, just that they are aimed at different readers.
Trail is more aimed at beginners, more stuff thats light hearted, TGO is more serious, more discussion articles, and aimed at a different readership.
I dont buy either to be honest allthough I will read them if left lying around by others.
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