Monday, 4 May 2009

Shangri-La 1 & Big Agnes Air Pad

I used my Golite Shangri-La 1 and Big Agnes Clearview Air Pad overnight for the first time at the weekend and I'm very pleased with the outcome.

The Shangri-La is excellent. It's lightweight of course and, packed away, doesn't occupy much room in my rucksack. Erecting it is simple. Admittedly, I put it up in bright, dry and calm conditons on a level garden lawn. Putting walking poles to a second use as tent poles is a great bonus. Inside the shelter there is plenty of space for me, my bed and rucksack. Just one slightly negative comment which is that there was quite a build up of condensation overnight. In defence of the shelter, it may be that I restricted the airflow by pegging it out close to the ground. Overall - five stars so far though.

Five stars for the Big Agnes Air Pad too. I'm a light sleeper and prefer a soft, warm bed. The Air Pad is both. I sleep better when using two or more soft pillows as well so I cheated on this first night by using a couple of pillows that won't accompany me on any walk. On this occasion they helped ensure a comfortable night.

My Weight: 28 Apr -4 May -3lbs. Since 9 Mar (8 wks) -17lbs.


Sophie Easterbrook said...

Hi there, loving your blog! Great to find someone as into new kit as I am!

I can't figure out how to "follow" you in the usual way rather than just bookmarking you, but I will enjoy watching your progress until I leave in 3 weeks time.

Good luck with it!

Unknown said...

Thanks for your good words and wishes Sophie. I enjoy reading your blog and very much look forward to following your JOGLE progress.

I've just added the Followers gadget to my blog. Perhaps you'll be the first!

Very best of luck on your adventure.



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