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Update Cotopaxi Veloz Hydration Pack

Cotopaxi Veloz Hydration Pack

I have put over 100 miles on the Cotopaxi Veloz Hydration Pack running and hiking since my initial review.  The pack has delivered with plenty of space to hold everything I need for all day adventures and has been more comfortable than I expected.  Durability has been good with the exception of a tear beginning to grow where the front hook connects the shoulder straps.  Click HERE for my full update.

Volunteering at an Aid Station at the Holiday Lake 50k

Volunteering at an Aid Station at the Holiday Lake 50k

The crew of Aid Station 3 at the 2018 Holiday Lake 50k

Holiday Lake 50k is one of the oldest ultras in the Mid-Atlantic Region.  I planned to run it this February, but an Achilles injury sidelined me for the race, so I volunteered to help with an aid station.

I am glad I did because I got to see the race up close, and my experience made me want to run the race even more when I am healed up.  Click HERE for my full thoughts.

Final Update: Princeton Tec Axis Headlamp

Princeton Tec Axis

At the finish of the Great Mississippi River Levee Run with my wife and daughter

I have used the Princeton Tec Axis headlamp ultra-running on the Mississippi River Levee, car camping and hiking and it has performed superbly.  The headlamp has proved to be durable and the axis lighting knob is a great feature that allowed me to customize how much light I needed for my activities.  Click HERE to read my full thoughts.

Ottolock bike lock: Final Update

Ottolock bike lock I kept waiting for something exciting to happen before submitting my last update but alas, living in a small town in rural Alabama did not afforded any such opportunity. Also, once the weather turned cold I did not ride a whole lot so there were fewer opportunities for theives to strike.  To read the rest of my final thought please click here.

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The KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System for Cameras and Binoculars by Backcountry Solutions

The KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System for Cameras and Binoculars by Backcountry Solutions

I was not familiar with Backcountry products before reviewing the KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System for Cameras and Binoculars by Backcountry Solutions. When I first read about the hands-free system for carrying binoculars, my first thought was “Yes, please!” I am a hiker and a birder. When I walk through the woods, I usually carry field glasses with me. I hate the feeling of having a binocular strap handing around my neck. It feels like I am being pulled forward and down. In fact, I usually carry my binoculars with the strap slung over my shoulder. That is not a secure method of transport, I know. I was excited to give the The KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System for Cameras and Binoculars by Backcountry Solutions a try.

The KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System for Cameras and Binoculars by Backcountry Solutions is basically a harness you wear over your shoulders. The keyhole system is where the binoculars (or camera) are attached to the harness. A bracket screws onto your binoculars at the tripod mount. One end of the bracket slips through the keyhole to secure the binoculars. The harness has two buckles in the front, which is how you take the system off and put it on.

Read the initial review here.

Update on the Salewa Mountain Trainer Boot

Salewa Mountain Trainer Boot

Salewa Mountain Trainers after 50 plus miles of use

I have put over 50 miles on the Salewa Mountain Trainer Boot in the past month exploring the swamps and forests of the Southeastern United States. The boots eat up muddy and rooty trails with ease and provide plenty of ankle protection.  Read on for my full thoughts by clicking HERE.