At the end of September, I went camping. It was a perfect opportunity to see how much the new car can carry and to try out my new tent, the Eureka Copper Canyon 4. It has an 8’x8’ footprint, so there is plenty of room for people and dog. But, most important, it has a center height of 7’! I can finally stand up in my own tent. It was a great experience to have so much room and to be able to change my clothes standing up. And I set it up by myself in just a few minutes. My only concern is that the fabric feels very, very thin. I don’t know: the spec says the walls, floor and fly are made of 75D 190T polyester taffeta, 1200 mm coated. Maybe that is a super-polyester. We’ll see how long it lasts, how many trips I get out of it.
Next, I think I have found the greatest shoe ever: the Scarpa Zen. Again, it does not look like an off-road truck tire. It looks like a shoe. But it just keeps going and going and going. I hike and/or walk in my shoes at least 3-6 miles a day, 5-6 days a week. My current pair are a year and half old and still have plenty of tread on them. The only sign of wear is a small frayed spot in one of the collars around my ankle. The shoes are not waterproof, but, hell, I don’t care. The laces need replacing after about a year. A year! The fact that they lasted that long is pretty great, considering how many miles I put on them. And they grip like crazy. I feel very confident in these shoes, no matter where I am hiking. The only thing I don’t like about them is that they are narrow in the toe area. It would be nice if they were a little wider there. Then they would go from being the greatest shoe ever to being the perfect shoe.