|AFTER THE MUDDY TREK > Left: Kg Adidas Cap Goco, Bottom: Kg Adidas Cap Bowling with shoe lace, Top & Right: Cushioned shoes.|
- Kg Adidas shoes
First, it has good grip for trekking and because of this, I only need minimal energy to push myself up or balance my body when descending on steep hike. Its thin sole also provides good reflexology for my feet when trekking on uneven terrain (the mud). A good advise for wearing Kg Adidas to avoid injury when trekking on not so muddy terrain and rocks that often comes together with muddy terrain; or even with heavy backpack while benefiting the stretching feet arch muscles, is to wear 2 pair of socks- one thick & long pair and one thin (or old) pair. Long, tight socks serves as Leech socks while you have double layer underneath again :).
I quoted point number 111 from Barefoot Walking and Living Health Benefits (And 125 Reasons To Go Barefoot):
Free from the constraints of shoes, (Dr. Irene) Davis said, musculature in the arches benefits. "When you're barefoot and you don't have any support under the arch, especially when you are hiking on uneven terrain, your feet have to work really hard to stabilize you. If you don't have something underneath it supporting it, the foot muscles are going to have to work harder. So I really think that hiking and even just walking barefoot helps to strengthen the muscles of the arch." (Darren Richardson, Barefootin', note -- Darren is a very experienced barefoot hiker and full-time barefooter and Dr. Davis is a professor of physical therapy)
Second, it only needs minimal cleaning by squirting a hose with heavy pressure water against the mud stuck in between the studs and its surface.
It also dries up fast due to its rubber material as opposed to thick cushioned shoes that would have taken one full day of hot sun to dry.
It is super light, and makes a multi-purpose shoes as sandals (without sockings) to walk around at campsite.
And lastly, it is cheap! Price ranges between RM5 ringgit to RM9 ringgit only. :)
Kg Adidas sizes ranged from size 36 to 43 in ladies and men versions. There are many brands with different material quality and comes in two design, with shoe lace or without shoe lace. Buy the ones with studs as they provide good grip on muddy trail and steep soft trail. The ones without studs are meant for waterfall trekking. Depending on number of uses, its wear and tear is the studs. They often run out of flower and once that happens you can use it for waterfall trekking or even as your Crocs to walk on wet floors (in Malaysia, it rains throughout the monsoon season from October to December).
How to purchase the right size? Purchase one size bigger but not too big as it is meant to fit around your feet! If you wear too small, your toes might end up getting blisters. The best test is to wear a pair of thick sockings on it. Or if you don't have any sockings with you, tuck your pointing finger into the gap between your back feet and shoe end - if your finger gets through the gap without difficulty, it means it is too big. Get one size smaller than this shoe. Also try the ones with shoe laces and without shoe laces. Without shoe laces suits those with broad or big feet. With laces also could fit broad feet as well.
3) Kepong: 31, Jalan Burung Tiong, Tmn Bukit Maluri. 03-62763468. Opening hours: Mon - Fri 10am to 7pm; Weekend 10am to 8pm. (Best you call the shop in advance before closing time.) Brands: Osaki, Goco
4) Serendah: shoe shop behind Police Station.
- Backpack / rucksack
To purchase your backpack, you need to try out the backpack to suit your body frame, as they comes in sizes at the padded strap and waist strap. More information on how to pack light in your backpack will be explained in next article.
- Tents & Sleeping bag + mat
Right sleeping bag+mat. Mummy shaped sleeping bag suits for thin hiker while rectangular standard sleeping bag suits for large sized hiker. Overland from Tearproof shop has this mummy sleeping bag. For camping in Malaysian jungle with altitude above 1300m, the best sleeping bag warmth level is 12 degrees and below. If you have back problem, be it shoulder, upper back or lower back, invest in light, thin air-mattress. Therma-Rest offers this type of lightweight air-mattress in different sizes and warmth level. It costs around RM300-400 for Malaysian warm temperature with cold wind while RM500 range is meant for camping at snow-capped mountains or at winter. A cheaper version would be from Taiwan or China, try searching at Pertama Complex backpack and camping shops at 1st or 2nd floor.
For those who is on tight budget or able to sleep on the hard ground with minimal cushion, buy the aluminium + blue layer mat from Ace Hardware at only RM5. This type of mat is prone to get wet; however you can buy a water resistant mat in black colour from Indonesia.
- Walking pole/ stick
- Bladder or no bladder?
1) Lafuma (Yellowstone Sdn Bhd)
16 (Ground Floor), Jalan Telawi Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan.
Tel: 603-2287 1118
2) Tearproof Sdn Bhd
3) World of Outdoors
* Lot T225B, 3rd Floor, The Gardens, Mid Valley City,
Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur
10.00am – 10.00pm
* 5th Floor, Sogo Shopping Complex, Sogo Pernas Building,
190 Jln Tuanku Abdul Rahman, 50100 Kuala Lumpur.
10.00am– 9.30pm (Mon - Thurs, Sun)
10.00am– 10.00pm (Fri,Sat,Sales period,Eve of Public Holiday)
* Lot 1-36 to 1-39A, e@Curve, Jalan PJU 7/3,
Mutiara Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
4) Evergreen Adventure Sdn Bhd
No. 46, Jalan Kilang Midah, Taman Midah Cheras, 56000 Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 603-9173 6000.
Look for shops at 1st or 2nd floor. There are wide range of designs and you can bargain there.
6) Sports Direct
MST GOLF PLAZANo. 8, Jalan SS13/5, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor. TEL : + 03-5566 8700