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Decathlon Arpenaz 500 Fresh Blue Green – Initial Impressions

The recently launched Arpenaz 500 Fresh are top of the line Arpenaz hiking shoes from Decathlon. This means that they sit somewhere in the middle of Decathlon’s 2017 trekking shoes lineup. So do these shoes punch above their feather weight or do do they fall flat on their face? Should you even consider them for your summer/monsoon hikes? Learn more in our preview.


Decathlon’s Quechua Forclaz 500 / Forclaz 100 High – Long term user review – Jack of all trades

Decathlon has recently renamed their Quechua Forclaz 500 Wenge boots to Forclaz 100 High. Despite this convoluted rename these boots, now in their third iteration, remain Decathlon India’s best selling trekking boots. Extremely popular with hikers on non-technical trails we have met many Indian hikers who swear by these boots. Yet, “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence” and therefore we put these boots through our most comprehensive and gruelling gear test till date. From sea level to 3400 metres, from Himalayan winters to Ghat monsoons, and from a razor sharp rocky terrain to mud splattered trails, we have used and abused these boots over the past year to answer one simple question: “Do these boots deserve their status as India’s most popular trekking boots?” Read our comprehensive gear review to find out.


Kalenji Kapteren 200 long term user review – Abysmal when wet

It is no secret that we prefer lightweight trail running shoes over boots for three season hiking and trekking. As you may recall, last summer our go-to trekking shoes were Kalenji’s Kapteren Crossover trail running shoes. Therefore, we were thrilled when we bought our first pair of Kalenji Kapteren 200. Not only were the Kapteren 200 cheaper than the Kapteren Crossover, but they addressed the biggest flaw in the Kapteren Crossover which was the lack of a instep that would allow the use of gaiters. So do the gaiter capable Kapteren 200 have what it takes to be the ultimate three season hiking shoe? Find out in our review below

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