|Both Yampa bags are in this compression sack|
One of the big shames of the developing world is bottled water. Wherever we went in SE Asia we were saddened by the piles of water bottles stacked or floating everywhere. We attempted to not be part of the problem on our last trip by taking Nalgene bottles and an MSR Sweetwater water purification system. The MSR worked great for the first TWO WEEKS of our trip when the pump handle snapped. What a piece of junk that we ended up carrying around for the next 9 months until we could return it. Gotta love REI's return policy! This time we are trying the First Need XL water purifier, it's an all mechanical purification system (no bad tasting drops!) that removes everything. The drawback to the system seems to be that the filter is only supposed to be good for 150 gallons, so we are taking a second filter. We hope that this purifier, Nalgene bottles and two MSR 4L Dromedary bags will give us the ability to avoid bottled water as much as possible.
|All of our clothes for a year!|
|Looking and feeling sexy in her new gear!|
For riding footwear we looked at all kinds of waterproof motorcycle boots but couldn't find a pair that was comfortable for walking and hiking. We decided to sacrifice a little protection at the altar of multipurposeness and comfort and went with Vasque Breeze GTX Goretex hiking boots. They are waterproof, breathable, and will (hopefully) be good on and off the bikes.
When we do the final packing I will be sure to snap a few pictures of all of our gear and how it packs. I also plan to do a post soon about what spares and tools we are packing (this one may just be for the bike nerds or if you're truly bored at work).