I spent some time debating between the ATR 5 and the Speedgoat, but ultimately went with the ATR 5 due to comfort, and larger toe box. The Speedgoat was a little too narrow for my foot, and the impact was a little stiffer, more like a running shoe.
On my next hike I’ve decided to trade off a little weight for convenience. I’ve decided to use a new free standing, double walled tent. I’ve used Big Agnes tents in the past, and impressed wih the weight, I decided to go with them again.
The Colorado Trail is going to be a beautiful hike, made even better by the fact that Jordan is going. It will be the classic tortoise vs hare scenario. My brother is much faster, but I have the benefits of consistency, wisdom, and delusion.