Author Archives: Jason Boyle

Final Update – Best Night’s Sleep ever

Aeros Pillow

Sea to Summit Aeros Ultralight Deluxe pillow inflated and ready for bed

I have put this pillow to the test over the past several months including letting my daughter use it for a week long camping trip in Alaska, and I can say it unequivocally meets Sea to Summit’s promise that it is “light, compact and comfortable.” Read on for my final update.

Gregory Paragon 68L – Initial thoughts

Gregory Paragon

Gregory Paragon 68L – Photo courtesy of the Gregory website

New for 2017 Gregory has introduced a lightweight pack series to their lineup.  The Paragon (Men’s) and Maven (Women’s) are fully featured packs that feature the new Aerolon suspension system.  I will be taking the Paragon 68 for a spin this fall as my daughter and I continue to search out new trails in the Southeastern United States.  Read on for my initial thoughts.

Update – Injinji Compression socks

Rhone Alaska Ultimate Direction Access 600

Evaluating the next valley

I have put over 170 miles on the Injinji Ultra Compression OTC socks over the past few months and they have performed well.  The compression has worked well, I have had no cramping issues even though I ran an Ultramarathon, half marathon, and a 7 hour mountain run in them.  Read on for my full update.

Update Katadyn BeFree

Katadyn BeFree

Filtering water with the Katadyn BeFree while running in Alaska

The Katadyn Be Free filter has accompanied me on all of my adventures this summer – backpacking in Mississippi, local Louisiana hikes, and remote mountain running in Alaska.  The BeFree has worked well in all situations and ensured that I had a clean source of water!  Read on for my full update.

Final Look Ultimate Direction Access 600 Running Belt

Ultimate Direction Access 600

Summit view from Little Si in North Bend WA

After 400 miles of running and hiking, the Ultimate Direction Access 600 has become an extension of me.  I don’t leave the house without it – I have run every distance from a two mile training run, a half marathon, even a 50k, and the Access 600 has performed well.  There is plenty of room for snacks, a phone and usually enough hydration to get me to the next aid station. Read on for my final thoughts on this handy running belt.

Final Look – RunLites Sling II

Run Lites

Short pause during a swamp run at night

I used the RunLites Sling II on two significant night trail runs since my last update, and I can say that they performed well.  Though I was skeptical, I found that they were good for running on non-technical trails and had a burn time of around 7 hours on low.  Read on for my complete final review.