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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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September 16, 2016

This is the first in a few short posts that will highlight a few of my personal favorite things. Just because they’re my favorites, doesn’t mean they’re your favorites, which by the way you can feel free to post in the comments. Remember, don’t trust people with blogs, especially if they recommend things or give you the “best of”! It’s…

Read the PostFavorites – Socks, Undies, and Tees

July 11, 2016

Saucony has introduced a few changes to the latest version of their light but tenacious trail runner, the Peregrine 6. When I first started running in the Peregrine 5 I had a few doubts about the shoe, but it turned out to be one of my favorites in terms of fit, traction, ground feel, and responsiveness. I would have liked…

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June 10, 2016

When you’re shaving ounces, or grams from your pack weight it’s easy to overlook stuff sacks. DCF stuff sacks are a good way to reduce weight, and if you use multiple stuff sacks for food, clothing, tent stakes, or other odds and ends you might be surprised how much switching to lightweight sacks can amount to in savings. Of course…

Read the PostSmall Things – ZPacks Stuff Sacks