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Buyers Guide - Gobi Sandal

JUNE 2016 COUNTRY WALKING

Buying Guide - Summer Gear Special

SOURCE Gobi

The high price of the Gobi reflects the masses of tech it has onboard: super grippy outsole; waterproof, three-layer strapping and a cushioned, odour controlled footbed.

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Source Widepac 2l

Widepac 2l
Widepac 2l

A well-made, fairly bomb-proof reservoir that has all the features including a removable tube, a large opening for easy cleaning and a mouthpiece cover to keep it clean. It’s not perfect: the plastic clip doesn’t attach so could be lost. But for performance, convenience, reliability and value for money, it’ll take some beating.

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Source Gobi Lady

Gobi Lady
Gobi Lady

Great-looking and seriously comfortable sandals, with adjustable webbing straps that give a really secure fit and dry quickly too if they do get wet. These feel great to walk in, with grippy rubber on the footbed and stiff soles that cope well with uneven terrain. Covered by Source’s Green Dot Warranty – as long as the green dot is intact, the guarantee is valid.

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Source Widepac

Widepac 2l
Widepac 2l

As the name suggests, the Source Widepac bladder has a wide top opening that makes filling, cleaning and drying the reservoir as simple as it needs to be. This opening is closed with a chunky ‘fold and slide’ lock that is secure, reliable and convenient, even when wearing gloves. The hose attachment is of the quick-release valve type, which enables it to be removed without losing fluid from the bladder – a feature that makes refilling on the hill a much more straightforward process and also aids cleaning. At the other end of the hose is a chunky bite valve with a mouthpiece cover. The flow of water can be turned on and off by simply twisting the bite valve, and the movement is solid and definite. It’s difficult to find fault with the Widepac; a hose clip and a retaining cord for the slide-lock (neither of which is included) would be nice, but neither is essential. Water from the Widepac is completely tastefree and all its features come at a good price. TRAIL VERDICT

With all the features you’d expect from a top-quality bladder at a price that makes it great value too, the Widepac is an excellent choice for walkers.

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