First Look

//First Look

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]