Author Archives: Jason Boyle

First Update – LOWA Seattle GTX Lo

First Update LOWA Seattle GTX Lo
Snow Lake, Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, WA

It’s been an exciting couple of months putting the LOWA Seattle GTX Lo through the paces.  Found a better fit by going up a size and challenged the shoe’s outdoor cred with hikes in Washington State and Shenandoah National Park. They performed well in both urban and outdoor environments.  Read on for my full update.

First look – LOWA Seattle GTX Lo lifestyle shoes

LOWA Seattle GTX Lo
LOWA Seattle GTX Lo

LOWA is bringing their ingenuity and craftsmanship to a new lineup of casual shoes that look great for wear in the front country, while having the chops to take on the backcountry.  I will be reviewing the Seattle GTX Lo over the next couple months. Click HERE to read my full initial report.

Final Update: Montane Viper Hoodie

final update on the Montane Viper Hoodie
At the start of the Western States Endurance Run in Squaw Valley

50 plus miles of hiking and months of constant wear have made the Montane Viper Hoodie one of my favorite fleeces. It is perfect for lounging around the house or running errands, but it also has the technical chops to perform well in the backcountry.  Click HERE for my complete final update on the Montane Viper Hoodie.

Final Update – Sisu Sleeping Bag by Sakari Gear

I was skeptical on how the Sisu Sleeping Bag by Sakari Gear would perform but after 13 nights of use with multiple nights in the upper 30s I can say with certainty that this bag kept me warm and toasty.  It is heavy but has proved to durable, and at $70, has a price that is hard to beat.  You can read my final thoughts HERE.

First Update on the Montane Viper Hoodie

First Update on the Montane Viper Hoodie

Montane Viper Hoodie

I have worn the Montane Viper Hoodie almost constantly for the past month, and I have to say that it is as good as advertised.  It is super soft and breathable that I almost forget I am wearing it.  Durability appears to be superb and the jacket is an excellent mid-layer for a variety of activities.  Click HERE for my first update on the Montane Viper Hoodie.

Final Update – PATH projects Base Liner and Shorts

PATH Projects Base liner and Shorts

Enjoying a laugh during a rest break with Big City Mountaineers in Redwoods SP.

I have used and abused the PATH projects base liner and shorts for the past 5 months, and I am impressed.  They have seen hot and humid days running on the Mississippi River Levee in New Orleans and goldilocks weather in Greece as I ran the Authentic Athens Marathon.  Their system is comfortable, durable and functional whether hiking or running.  Read my final thoughts HERE.