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First Look: 2018 Salomon S/Lab X-Alp Boot

By | 2017-12-05T06:10:18+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|First Look, Gear Review|

  UPDATE: I was finally able to get these boots out on snow. Unfortunately, it wasn't skiing (that's happening soon) it was ice climbing. The outing included a couple miles of road walking, some snow hiking, steep gully scrambling, low angle ice, and a short lead on some WI2-3 ice. Considering I haven't worn the boots for more than 10 minutes in my living room I'd say my first experience was a success. The boots were a little uncomfortable on the road (uneven compacted snow and some bare asphalt), but generally were quite comfortable and warm. Once off the road and on snow, and whilst climbing, they really felt like just another mountaineering boot. I used to have an old pair of Scarpa Invernos that [...]

Review: 2017 Salomon Sense Ride

By | 2017-11-20T22:01:16+00:00 October 1st, 2017|Gear Review, Shoes|

2017 Salomon Sense Ride Shoe Type: All-around Trail Weight: 275g Drop: 8mm Stack: 27mm Heel, 19mm Forefoot MSRP: $120 The Salomon Sense Ride is a new a new and exciting addition to Salomon's Sense lineup. It comes hot on the heals of the S-Lab Sense Ultra which has been one Salomon's most popular and well received shoes in some time. We reviewed it here and think it's one of our favorite trail running shoes of all time. So, how does that Sense Ride hold up? Does it really provide S-lab performance at quality at a lower more reasonable price? The Quick Version When we first learned about the Sense Ride we were super excited. It sounded like a great shoe with great features that [...]

Review: Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR

By | 2017-10-01T18:32:38+00:00 October 1st, 2017|Gear Review, Tech|

Today we are going to take a look at the newest GPS sports watch from Suunto, the Spartan Trainer Wrist HR. Now, there are plenty of other reviews out there, and if you really want to take a deep dive into all the different modes and options we'd recommend heading over to the DC Rainmaker Review of the Spartan Trainer. They go over every little thing in extreme detail including comparing GPS and HR accuracy against multiple other watches. Before picking up the Spartan Trainer I was using a Garmin Forerunner 220 with HR Strap. For the most part I was perfectly happy with the 220. It's battery easily lasted longer than my longest workouts, and it provided all of the stats I actually [...]

Review: 2017 Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra

By | 2017-10-01T03:40:04+00:00 October 1st, 2017|Gear Review|

2017 Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 2017 Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra Shoe Type: All-around Trail Weight: 275g Drop: 8mm Stack: 26mm Heel, 18mm Forefoot MSRP: $180 Before we get too far into this I just want to say that I'm not going to get into the nitty gritty details of this shoe, or babble on about how it compares to previous iterations or other models in the S-Lab lineup... Nope. I'm going to talk about what I like and don't like from the perspective of someone who's not a super competitive runner, but likes to get out on trails as much as possible and has run in a variety of shoes. If you want to read about all of that other stuff there [...]