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Kit Focus – 361 Degrees Taroko 2 Trail Running Shoes

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The Taroko 2 Trail Running Shoes from Chinese brand 361 Degrees are the latest innovative all-terrain running shoes to come out of their highly acclaimed research lab. I had a positive experience with the 361 Yushan trail shoes, so I was keen to test out this new release…


Last year, I ran my first off-road marathon in a pair of 361 Degrees Yushan Trail Shoes—they did well… I took line honours, without a single blister or injury, despite having never run further than 25 kilometres before. Since then those shoes have done many runs and races, including last year's Original Mountain Marathon.

The OMM was what finally killed the Yushans. Scotland's bogs give shoes a real beating. Since then, I have been lusting after another pair. Then, earlier this year 361 Degrees released the new Taroko 2 trail shoes. I could not resist…

361° was founded in 2003 and has quickly grown to become one of the biggest sports brands in China. Their philosophy is to deliver high-quality running shoes …

Kit Focus – SPOT X Bluetooth 2-Way Mobile Satellite Phone and Tracker

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The SPOT X Bluetooth 2-Way Sat Phone is a lifeline for expedition adventurers. It offers two-way communication through text and email, position tracking, a quick 'check-in' facility, and an SOS distress functionality. All these things can add comfort and safety to your adventures and travels.

When I plan and execute an expedition, I stick to a 4C's plan – Care, Comfort, Communication, and Contingency.

Care – This starts with careful and thorough planning of an expedition and continues with a careful and sensible approach to all aspects of its execution.Comfort – This does not mean opting for luxury, but considering comfort over potential discomfort or distress. For example, if you are wild camping in sub-zero temperatures, take the right season sleeping bag rather than opting for a summer season one to save weight—it could save you from hypothermia.Communication – Aim to keep communication as constant and flowing as possible at all times. This supplies reassurance to famil…