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July 7, 2017

I admit it, when I first heard of this concept, I imagined something in the vein of the Redbull Flugtag. You know, some crazy guy makes a carboard boat, unfolds it on the dock, and plummets into the sea to great applause. Had this guy somehow succeeded and decided to market his miraculous idea? In fact, that was not the…

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June 30, 2017

La Sportiva has made a name for themselves among people who spend time in the mountains, with a well rounded line of climbing shoes and approach shoes. Although lesser known for their running shoes, they’re riding a little under the radar with some nice kicks for various terrain. In my search for a shoe that would carry me 50 to…

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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 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…

Read the PostGifts for Runners, Hikers, and Backpackers 2016

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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October 14, 2016

Continuing on the “favorites” series, this post will cover a few of my favorite pieces of trail running kit. Other, more popular blogs might call a post like this “Trail Running Essentials”, but how would they know what’s essential to your running? We’re up to our necks in click bait these days, right? These are my personal favorites, maybe some…

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