Bennett

Bennett

Albuquerque NM USA, Davos Graubunden, Switzerland

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Bennett's Passions

Backpacking
Camping
Mountain Biking
Hiking
Trail Running
Road Cycling
Snowshoeing

Bennett's Bio

Novice hiker, runner, car camper, back packer, cyclist. Wanna be thru hiker. Avid self supported cycle tourist. Recumbent cyclist. Randonneur.

Freelance Business Consultant to small business owners and entrepreneurs. MBA, Six Sigma Black Belt Certified. Blogger at http://aretebiz.blogspot.com/.

Husband to an awesome wife. Owner of the best hiking companion named Moses - Great Pyrenees Breed Dog.

Goals: Thru Hike App. Trail, Cycle Tour Great Divide Trail, Cycle Tour Scotland, Complete Randonneur Series and Paris Brest Paris Randonne Event.

Bennett

Bennett wrote a review of on July 16, 2012

5 5

After pedaling 75 miles with forty pounds of gear in the heat, I am exhausted and starving. I am cranky and in a rush to eat, drink and rest before the sun sets. There is no time to negotiate quirky and complicated stoves. All I want is a flame for my pot to have a warm meal as ASAP. This very light, very small and very reliable little stove gets it done every time. Maybe not the most ideal stove to take with you on a trip to Mt. Everest but it definitely does the job on a 7 day self supported bike tour on the backroads while staying in campgrounds. The stove, small cup size pot and small fuel cannister combo is also great for a day hike while hunting great vistas to enjoy a "spot of tea" as my brit hiking pal would say. The cannisters were even relatively easy to find while traveling through western Europe. No mess, no fuss, hot food, very little weight, compact. If I wear this one out, I will buy another.

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Bennett

Bennett wrote a review of on July 16, 2012

5 5

Not so famous in the USA but highly respected in Europe, espeically the Alps. SALEWA - Made in Italy, Saddle And Leather Workermanscraft...or something like that. From ten feet of snow in Davos, Switzerland to the dusty high desert trails in summer of New Mexico, this boot makes it look easy. They give me dry feet in deep snow while attached to snowshoes and breathability in the high desert single digit humidity of New Mexico, my feet, knees and back never felt better. I am a famously difficult to fit hiker due to a wide forefoot and a very narrow heel. This boot gives my toes room to sing and locks my heel down like a bear trap. This is the only heavy pack carrying boot that I could wear unloaded and scrambling up to 10,000 foot peaks then run down the other side. The double stacked removeable sole makes fitting a dream. Their no blister guarantee is for real! A sockliner and mid weight wool sock and I have never had even a hint of a hotspot.

My wife and I not only own this brand of boot but we also own the shoes, pants, shirts, a backpack and a few other items. They also make outstanding sleeping bags and tents. Not available here in the USA?

These boots became my single most chosen pair of shoes while living and working in the high alpine town of Davos. Too bad they cannot be disguised as leather shoes to go with a business suit.

Finally, these boots were approximately 300CHF in Switzerland which amounts to almost 400 USD. I bought my pair and flew them home with me, in my luggage, when I was living there. The Backcountry price is a bargain!

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