Outdoor Discoveries

What originally was a news section for the rest of the website soon became a place for me to write about human-powered wanderings in the countryside. Photography inspires me to get out there, mostly on foot these days, though cycling got me started. Musings on the wider context of outdoor activity complete the picture, so I hope that there is something of interest in all that you find here. Thank you for coming!

If it’s too good to be true…

4th January 2009

Being the time of year that it is, I have been doing a spot of browsing of outdoor retailers on the web to see if any tempting bargains lay in waiting. One that caught my eye was Cotswold’s reductions on Raichle Mountain Trail boots of around the £60 mark. However, all may not be what it seems because a furtive wander about the web revealed durability issues. Whether these are as prevalent as they would appear to be is something that I cannot confirm but any reports that I saw certainly took the shine off the offers and I for one will be hanging onto my money. If there is a genuine problem with longevity, it does sound like something that Raichle should be addressing rather than garnering a lower rent reputation than the likes of Meindl or Scarpa while charging similar prices.

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