Author Archives: Jason Boyle

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.

First look at the Quest 2.0 by SAXX

SAXX

Quest 2.0 photo courtesy of SAXX

It seems like performance underwear is all the rage in the industry now, and the days of tighty whiteys appear to be numbered.  SAXX is one of the newer companies on the block, and they believe that their specific style of performance underwear with their proprietary ball park pouch, flat seams and technical fabrics will deliver the best experience for their wearer.  I am fortunate enough to see if this is true. I will be reviewing the Quest 2.0 over the next several months.  Click HERE for my initial thoughts.

Lowa Aerox Mid – First look

Lowa Aerox Mid

Lowa Aerox Mid – Photo courtesy of the Lowa website

Boots are an essential part of any outdoor kit and the innovation that continues to take place in the footwear industry almost rivals Moore’s law.  I will be reviewing the Lowa Aerox Mid which has incorporated some of the newest technology from Gore and Lowa.  Read on for my initial thoughts.

Final Update High Sierra Pathway 70L backpack

High Sierra

Starting out on my Black Creek Trail thru hike

I have used the High Sierra Pathway 70L on one additional backpacking trip, a 40 mile trip covering the length of the Black Creek Wilderness.  The pack has performed admirably and continues to remain fairly durable.  Read on for the rest of my thoughts.

Final Update – 33Shake Chia Gels & Pre/Post Workout Shakes

33Shake

Using 33Shake Chia Gels on a Bayou Cane run

I have consumed the chia gels and Pre/Post workout shakes from 33Shake and I have been quite pleased.  I don’t want to give away all my pro tips, but the gels are the bomb.  Read on for my final thoughts.