March 8, 2017

The 2017 Sense Ultra takes this Salomon classic in a new direction; more cushion and a wider toe box re-define the shoe as an ultra-workhorse in contrast to its lean and mean ulra-trail racing predecessors. Salomon has been incorporating feedback from their elite athletes, and as a result we’re seeing some new ideas emerge. As it turns out, even super…

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March 6, 2017

When it comes to outerwear for rain protection, striking a balance between waterproofness, breathability, and weight is one of the classic struggles of the outdoors lifestyle. This is the realm of high tech fabrics that usually have a narrow window within which they function well, but it’s a window that can be hard to work within in the real world.…

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March 3, 2017

Ultimate Direction was one of the first companies to offer running vests with an emphasis on the fit and features that long distance runners appreciate. The Peter Bakwin vest is part of their Signature Series line of vests and through all of its iterations has been their largest running vest, catering to runners who are doing long training runs, ultra…

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December 28, 2016
December 21, 2016

Alright, let’s get one more of these “favorites” posts this year! Remember, these are just my favorites, they don’t have to be yours, but you can always leave a comment if there’s a favorite something you want to give a shout out to. Gadgets often translates to “electronic stuff” but that seemed rather limiting, so I have added a few…

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November 18, 2016

Hey Fam. The holidays are back already! Hopefully you’ve had a good year out on the trails, and we know you’ll be #OptingOutside on the blackest of fridays… right? Of course you are, because who the F wants to get trampled by a bunch of yokels at Wally World, clawing and fighting their way to the top of a pile…

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November 14, 2016

Get that post-election, pre-holiday angst out of the system, move forward, and enjoy the good things in life. It’s too short to always be down on yourself, or anyone else for that matter. “Peel the mask away, drop the masquerade, drop the tough guy facade. The world’s a scary place, everbody’s afraid, whether they admit or not”…

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November 9, 2016

I went for a walk in the woods. I didn’t have a map, and I didn’t make a plan. I didn’t turn my GPS on, didn’t record how far I went, how much elevation I gained, or how fast I got there. In fact, there was no “there” to get to. I did have to cross a few things off…

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November 4, 2016

I had a brief stint with an earlier version of the Speed Cross, or was it the S-Lab Speed, or the Fell Cross, maybe it was the Fellraiser!? I no longer remember, but’s it’s clear that Salomon has more than a few shoes in this class. The Speed Cross 4 is the latest iteration of that bloodline. It caught my…

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October 17, 2016

It’s been a few years since I’ve run in any shoes from Brooks. The introduction of the Mazama has brought me back. This is a shoe that bridges the gap between the Pure Grit and the Cascadia, both of which are great shoes in their area of specialization. While I loved the Pure Grit, I didn’t find that they gave…

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