Author Archives: Jason Boyle

First look at the CGear Sandlite Mat

CGear Sandlite mat

CGear Sandlite Mat under my hammock at Buccaneer State Park

Every now and then a new product stands out and I want to learn more about it.  I first saw the CGear Sandlite sand free mat at the Winter 2018 Outdoor Retailer show and it intrigued me. It is specifically woven to allow sand to flow from the top of the mat to the bottom but it doesn’t let sand come up from the bottom.  Backpacking and Camping in the south means I have an abundance of sandy campsites to choose from and I thought the Sandlite Sand Free mat would be a good addition to my kit.  Read all of my initial thoughts HERE.

Initial thoughts on the Swiftwick Aspire Twelve Socks

Swiftwick Aspire Twelve

Swiftwick Aspire Twelve Socks – photo courtesy of the Swiftwick website

It seems like everyone makes compression socks today. However a nagging Achilles injury and perpetually tight calves means my physical therapist and doctors recommend that I wear compression while exercising. Enter Swiftwick – they make the Aspire 12, an above the calf performance compression sock.  I will be reviewing these socks over the next few months to see how they hold up with the heat and sweat of summer in the South.  Click HERE for my initial thoughts.

First look at the FuelBelt Uno

Uno Hydration Belt

FuelBelt Uno Belt

Summer is almost here and living in the south it is almost impossible to run without bringing along some water.  FuelBelt has revamped their hydration belts with the new Helium line.  I will be reviewing the Uno Hydration Belt while running and hiking as we head into the hottest part of the year.  You can read my initial thoughts HERE.

First look at the Xero Shoes TerraFlex

Xero Shoes TerraFlex

A break in hike at the Woodlands Conservancy

Xero Shoes are designed after the Huarache type of sandal that was made popular in the book “Born to Run.”  As a runner and hiker, I am always interested in new products and platforms and after talking with the charismatic Steven Sashen decided that I would try a pair of the new TerraFlex trail shoes from Xero Shoes.  Click HERE to read my initial thoughts.

Final Look at the Cotopaxi Veloz Hydration Pack

Final Look at the Cotopaxi Veloz Hydration Pack

Overlooking the beach in Grand Isle Louisiana

Even though I have been slowed with an Achilles issue, I have been able to use the Cotopaxi Veloz for an additional 80 miles of running and hiking putting my total miles on the pack over 200.  The pack continues to show excellent durability except for the front chest strap connection point which has continued to fray, but has not failed.  The pack has continued to work well for all of my hiking and running adventures, and I have remained chafe free.  Click HERE for to read my final thoughts on the Cotopaxi Veloz Hydration Pack.

Initial Thoughts on the GCI Outdoor Master Cook Station

GCI Outdoor Master Cook Station

GCI Outdoor Master Cook Station in use at Buccaneer State Park, Mississippi

One of the great things about car camping is that you can bring everything and the kitchen sink, but the problem is that most State Parks only have a picnic table which limits space to store everything.  GCI Outdoor thinks they have fixed the lack of storage space with their Master Cook Station.  The Master Cook Station is a foldable table with multiple levels of flat space to store and organize everything for a car camping adventure.  Click HERE to read my initial thoughts.