Author Archives: Jason Boyle

Country Archer Jerky Company – Initial Impressions

Country Archer Jerky Company

Country Archer Jerky Company

I am Jerky aficionado!  I like it in all forms, and to say I was excited to have the opportunity to review some jerky from the Country Archer Jerky Company is an understatement.  Country Archer Jerky Company is a small business that focuses on providing high quality artisanal jerky’s made in California.  Read on for my initial impressions on their products.

Mountain Khakis Cruiser Pants – First Look

Mountain Khakis Cruiser Pant

 Cruiser Pants – Courtesy of Mountain Khakis Website

Hiking pants are an essential part of any kit.  I have tried several brands over the years and find that I generally like a pair of pants that are lightweight and comfortable, can stand up to abuse, and, most important to me, have a short inseam.  I am 5’6” and have a 30 inch inseam which has meant that I end up needing to hem or roll most outdoor pants.  Enter Mountain Khakis – they have a pant that seems like it will fit the bill – the Cruiser Pant.  I will be using these pants over the next few months on my adventures and see if they earn a place in my gear closet.  In the meantime, read on for my initial impression.

Tuxachanie Trail De Soto National Forest Mississippi

Tuxachanie Trail

POW Lake

I recently moved to New Orleans from Alaska and I have taken to exploring the outdoor offerings found in the South Eastern United States.  For the Columbus Weekend Holiday in October of 2016 I decided to explore the Tuxachanie Trail in the De Soto National Forest with my daughter.  The Tuxachanie Trail runs from highway 49 to P.O.W. Lake for a total distance of 12 miles one way.  For my trip, we camped at Airey Lake about 5 miles down the trail from Highway 49 on the first night and backpacked 7 miles or so to P.O.W. Lake for an overnight before retracing our steps to Airey Lake.  Read my full review on the trail here.

Columbia Performance Stretch Boxer Briefs

Columbia Performance Stretch Boxer Briefs Front

Columbia Performance Stretch Boxer Briefs Front

Underwear – everyone, well most everyone, wears it but we don’t often talk about what we are wearing.  However, make the wrong choice in underwear and it can ruin a hike or run.  Columbia thinks they have the answer with their new performance line of underwear.  I have the good fortune to review their new line of Performance Stretch Boxer Briefs.  Read on for my initial thoughts.

2017 Winter Outdoor Retailer Show update 2

FA Design Hard Shell

FA Design Hard Shell

Check out my final thoughts from the 2017 Winter Outdoor Retailer Show.  Lots of great gear from GSI Outdoors, SOL, Adventure Medical Kits, High Sierra, FA design and Serius.

Ultimate Direction Marathon Vest – Update

Ultimate Direction Marathon Vest

Finishing the Gulf Coast Marathon

 

I have used the Ultimate Direction Marathon in 2 half marathons, 1 marathon, and numerous training runs putting in over 110 miles while wearing the vest. Comfort has been great with no areas of chaffing or rubbing. Durability has been good with no busted buckles or worn straps and practicality is also good with easy access to bottles and food.  I still notice that it rides a little high compared to other packs and this can be a minor annoyance and I do feel like heavier items in the pack cause it to bounce more than other packs I have used.  Read on for my full update.