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TNF Hedgehog GTX XCR shoes - initial review.

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I got the opportunity to give a review of these TNF Hedgehog GTX XCR shoes via my young blogging chum BG!  He had been contacted by Adam at Fitness Footwear  of Stevenage in Hertfordshire with a request to review some TNF outdoor footwear.  The offer was a simple one, simply choose a pair from the Fitness Footwear online catalogue of the right size that were in stock, try them and then post an impartial review on my blog.
The pair I chose were The North Face Hedgehog GTX XCR lightweight Goretex-lined shoes.  This is the first time I've ever ordered footwear without trying them for fit and comfort first.  I am a UK size 9. In line with UK national podiatric characteristcs, I have wide, bony feet.  Footwear for me has always been a bit of a lottery.  Get it wrong and I can suffer blisters on the back of my heels due to having heel 'spurs'. I also have an enlarged big toe joint on my right foot, caused by an old rugby injury.  Long walks with heavy packs can cause me conside…

Sweden by canoe. The story continues....

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The planned journey followed the course of the Lillalven River, which connects a series of lakes.  It made for a varied and interesting journey with numerous portages.  This year, we were blessed by good weather for most of the trip.  We encountered only one storm on the penultimate day, we had to run for an island as the approaching storm hit us and get a tarp rigged up for shelter.  How welcome that tarp was!  Dave has become something of an expert in quickly rigging a tarp without using pegs in several different ways. The tarps have proven themselves to be potential lifesavers to us over the past few trips.  When the weather turns bad in Sweden in May, it can be bitterly cold and it's imperative to stay dry and keep out of the wind to avoid hypothermia.  A tip for anyone planning a canoe trip is to take the biggest tarp that is practical.  You need plenty of space to sort out kit, cook, relax and shelter from the wind, rain, sleet and snow.  A long distance canoe trip in Sweden…