Author Archives: Jason Boyle

Update Helle Bleja Knife

Update Helle Bleja Knife

Making breakfast in Grand Isle LA

I have carried the Helle Bleja knife daily over the past couple of months in addition to carrying it while hiking and camping across southeastern Louisiana and the Gulf Coast of Mississippi.  The knife has remained sharp and easy to use whether I am cutting line to make new guy outs for a fly or slicing cheese and venison links while making dinner. Check out my thoughts HERE.

Final Update Epson ProSense 57 GPS Watch

Epson watch

Relaxing at camp

I have used the Epson watch another couple of months with an additional 250 plus miles of usage on the watch in addition to every day usage.  I used the watch while running two marathons – and the battery life last the whole race even though I was pushing 5 hours and 30 minutes at the Oklahoma City Marathon.  The durability continues to be excellent.  Overall, I like the watch – Click HERE for my final thoughts.

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.