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First Look: Black Diamond Distance 15 Pack

By |2019-09-01T07:01:07+00:00September 1st, 2019|First Look, Gear Review|

Black Diamond Distance 15 Pack: First Look Weight: 394g/14oz Volume: 15 Liters Material: UHMWPE 100d Nylon 4mm Ripstop MSRP: $150 More Info: The Black Diamond Distance 15 Backpack is supposedly what you get when you take the utility and no-nonsense design of the best alpine packs and combine it with the body-hugging profile of a running vest, and on paper it all looks pretty good. I had been looking for a new pack for run commuting. Previously, I had been using an older Salomon Peak 20. I really liked this pack, but Salomon has a knack for using zippers that don't hold up well when exposed to moisture and salt, and the pack's main zipper ceased to function a while ago. All of [...]

Review: Enerskin E75 Compression Shorts

By |2019-03-03T03:42:08+00:00March 3rd, 2019|Gear Review|

Review: Enerskin E75 Compression Shorts What: A compression short with integrated silicone support tape Cost: $150 Manufacturer: Enerskin Lately we've been running in an interesting product from the team over at Enerskin - The E75 Compression Shorts. Enerskin compression gear isn't your typical compression clothing. Their clothing combines graduated compression with silicone support strips meant to mimic the effects of kinesio tape.  Compression gear is said to improve performance by holding the muscles in place and improve blood flow. Kinesio Tape is said to alleviate pain, reduce swelling and inflammation, accelerate recovery, prevent muscle cramping, and support injured muscles and joints without affecting range of motion.  So together, a short that combines compression and kinesio tape should be pretty amazing right?  Well, I'm not [...]

Review: MSR TrailShot Microfilter

By |2019-02-21T17:23:03+00:00February 21st, 2019|Gear Review|

  MSR Trailshot Compact Water Filter Review Weight: 142g/5oz Flow Rate: 1 Liter/Min Filter Life: 2000 Liters (replaceable) Filter Pore Size: 0.2 Microns MSRP: $49 More Info: The MSR Trailshot is a very compact water filter that works well for individuals, and is great option for small groups. There are quite a few other reviews out there that dig into the details. A couple of options are here, and here.  I picked up the MSR Trailshot last year to carry with me on long days here in the Green Mountains and as a lightweight and compact water filtration option for fastpacking. Overall it's been a great addition to my kit. It fits easily in the rear stretch pocket of my running vest and allows me to [...]

GoPro Stabilization Options While Running

By |2018-07-20T03:30:12+00:00July 20th, 2018|Gear Review, Tech|

Since 2009 GoPro has sold more than 30,000,000... that's million with an "M"... Hero cameras. Think about that for a minute. That is a lot of action cameras, but have you seen typical GoPro footage? Most of it isn't worth sharing with your mother. It's shaky, and jittery, and likely to make you motion sick just sitting on your couch. And filming while trail running... That has to be one of the worst case scenarios. But today we're here to help. The video above was shot on a GoPro Hero5, and while we don't claim to be expert videographers, we have spent quite a bit of time running around with GoPros attached to various things. During that time we have stumbled upon a few [...]

Favorite Trail Running Gear: 2018

By |2018-05-13T15:02:29+00:00May 13th, 2018|Gear Review|

As I write this it’s mud season here in Vermont. Despite the warm temperatures, our trails are still quite vulnerable as the ground thaws out and the melting snow at higher elevations creates a persistent state of sloppiness lower down. But, what better time is there to talk about trail running than while we’re all eagerly awaiting the reopening of our beloved trails! Also, please remember that gear recommendations only provide a starting point. One person can’t possibly speak for the masses, and as always comfort and fit trump everything else. Also, if you’re relatively new to trail running try not to get too caught up in gear specifics. Just get out there! Grab any old shirt you have laying around… clean or not. [...]

Review: 2017 Salomon Speedspike CS

By |2018-03-15T04:21:42+00:00March 15th, 2018|Gear Review, Shoes|

2017 Salomon Speed Spike CS Shoe Type: Studded Winter Trail Weight: 305g Drop: 6mm Stack: 24mm Heel, 18mm Forefoot MSRP: $170 Here in Vermont maintaining mileage throughout the winter months can be challenging. We're located such that we receive systems of brutally cold air that sweep down from Canada, and warm/wet systems that curl up from the Gulf. One day it might be -8°F with -30°F windchill, then flip to 61°F and raining, then immediately swing back to 4°F and sunny! Because of these extreme swings in temperature and the associated variable precipitation, our road surfaces and trails are constantly changing. From one run to the next you could encounter packed snow, then slush, followed by water ice. When I first started winter running I used whatever trail shoe [...]

First Look: 2018 Salomon S/Lab Ultra Review… aka S/Lab Sense Ultra 2 Review

By |2018-06-16T02:20:36+00:00March 1st, 2018|First Look, Gear Review, Shoes|

2018 Salomon S/Lab Ultra (S/Lab Sense Ultra 2) Update 6/15/18: Ok, so I've gotten to spend some more time in the S/Lab Ultras and I have a few more thoughts. I had to make some modifications, but I think I'm going to be able to use them. Please see the end of this post to read the long-form version of this update.  Update 4/21/18: Road Trail Run just published their full official review. Read it in it's full glory HERE.  Update 3/14/18: Road Trail Run just published a piece written by Estelle-Marie Kieffer sharing her initial impressions of the 2018 S/Lab Ultra. She too isn't feeling the new design and had issues with comfort. Also, her impression was that V2 fits shorter and narrower than [...]

Review: 2018 Skechers GoRun 6

By |2018-02-12T05:40:38+00:00February 12th, 2018|Gear Review, Shoes|

2018 Sketchers GoRun 6 Shoe Type: Road shoe - Neutral Trainer Weight: 6.7 oz Drop: 4mm Stack: 20 mm (Heel), 16 mm (Forefoot) MSRP: $100 Like many runners out there, there is a lot about Skechers producing performance running shoes that seems a bit off. Being an 80's baby, I remember Skechers as the skate shoe, goofy platform shoe company that became really obnoxious with the advent of the Shape-ups. But here I am, writing a review about a Skechers Performance running shoe, and I can tell you unequivocally, "I like this shoe!". Now there are certainly things that I think can improve. Its by no means my favorite shoe out there, but the GoRun 6 is a lightweight, comfortable, fast feeling shoe that is certainly on my [...]

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

By |2017-12-24T04:02:26+00:00October 23rd, 2017|First Look, Gear Review|

  UPDATE TWO: Alrighty, I finally feel like I can start to weigh in on how the X-Alp Boot ski. I've had them our on a variety of tours and skied them in a variety of snow conditions. For the most part they're great. They're surprisingly supportive and have performed quite well paired up with the Salomon X-Alp Ski in the 170 length. In touring mode I have never worn a more comfortable boot. These things really are like slippers. I've found that I prefer to keep all of the buckles closed when touring. It doesn't seem to hinder your mobility and it helps keep the boot from sliding around on my foot. As good as these boots are they do have limits. I [...]

Review: 2017 Salomon Sense Ride

By |2017-11-20T22:01:16+00:00October 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 [...]

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