These reviews are of the clothes I used during the 25,000km Take On Africa bike ride to Cape Town.

Keen shoes – Targhee II

I just loveĀ Keen shoes! These lasted the duration of the trip – that’s over 24,000km of cycling and walking when the roads were too bad to ride. Through torrential downpours, river crossings, muddy tracks and sandy paths. Ok, so they’re very worn now and I’ll need a new pair for another trip. But couldn’t be happier.

My Keen shoes lasted through many killometres walking as well as cycling
My Keen shoes lasted through many killometres walking as well as cycling

Marmot Waterproof Jacket – Crystalline

This Marmot jacket is lightweight and packs down tiny. Perfect considering I didn’t need a waterproof for the majority of my time in Africa. Unfortunately the heavy rains I encountered in Africa were just too much for this jacket and often I ended up drenched – if not from the rain, then by sweating. This jacket was great when it rained in the UK and France – where it’s cooler and the rain is less heavy.
So although this didn’t work out for conditions in Africa, I don’t think any waterproof jacket could have done better.

Mountain Equipment Fleece

A great fleece. Didn’t get used much, but love wearing it on those colder nights.

Icebreaker Clothing

I’m now a big fan of Ice-breaker clothing. The long-sleeved top has been excellent and was usually perfect for those slightly cooler evenings. I rarely needed something warmer.

Icebreaker top - great for those cooler evenings
Icebreaker top – great for those cooler evenings

The tops I used for cycling in were great while they lasted – they never smell, no matter how much I sweat or how many days I wear them without washing them! The material however is not tough enough for real endurance and after 6 months continual use I sadly had to bin them – there were just too many holes in them.

Icebreaker top - great even after several days without washing!
Icebreaker top – great even after several days without washing!
Icebreaker t-shirt - great casual clothing
Icebreaker t-shirt – great casual clothing

So – for general travel wear, they are ideal. For day-in day-out all-day exercising, they won’t last the distance.