After struggling to haul my much-loved Deuter Futuro 26 up McKee Branch Trail a few days ago, I finally listened to the advice of friends and husband and bought a smaller, MUCH lighter day pack that will be perfectly fine for spring and summer hikes. I'm one of those folks who has to "be prepared" for anything, but that means I carry a lot of stuff with me every step of the way that I simply never use.
My other purchase today was a new pair of trail runners. I'd been thinking about this for a long time, but since spring is finally here, I thought I'd go ahead and take the plunge. My tennis shoes are wearing out anyway, so I thought I'd buy trail runners to wear some for everyday wear, but also for hikes on nice spring and summer days. After trying on numerous pairs, I used my REI dividend to purchase these beauties--the Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra.
These waterproof lovelies weigh in at an amazing 1 lb. 9 oz. for the PAIR! They feel amazing on, so I'm thrilled to step out into a totally new venture for me. We will see how they do on the trail, but if I don't like them, I can always send them back to REI for a full refund. I'm not sure how they have a guarantee like that, and I've never used it before, but on something like this, it's a nice feeling of assurance.
It's a good thing Spring Break is about over. I've got to go back to work to make some money to pay for my habit! I guess if one has to have an addiction, though, hiking isn't too bad of a vice to have!