FINAL UPDATE FuelBelt Ergo Hydration Running Belt

FuelBelt Ergo Hydration Running Belt

I have now had the opportunity to wear the FuelBelt Ergo Hydration Running Belt for several runs. The distances that I ran to test the belt ranged from 10 – 18 miles, and all of the runs were in hot, humid conditions.

This belt is, hands down, the most comfortable hydration belt I have ever used. The reasons that I like it so much are that it does not get hot underneath the belt, even in very hot conditions, and the bottles are held very securely in the belt. They do not bounce or jiggle as bottles tend to do in some hydration belts I have tried.

My phone was held securely in the front pouch and was easy to take out and put back in. There was also room in the pouch to hold some snacks (almonds and dried apricots) for the longer runs.

I did spot two potential problems on one of my runs that I did with a friend. I usually stop and walk when I take a drink from one of the bottles. Because my friend usually keeps running, I tried to run while I hydrated. When I slowed down to a walk, the bottles were easy to remove and replace from the belt. When I kept running, the bottles fit so snugly into the belt they were difficult to replace. I think the snugness of the bottle in the belt, however, is a good thing. It made the belt much more comfortable to wear. It does make them more difficult to replace into the belt, however.

The second problem was the difficulty my friend had drinking from the nozzle of the bottle when I shared my water with her. I tried to coach her through the process, but she eventually had to unscrew the cap to drink. I did not have any trouble drinking through the nozzle, but I usually unscrew the cap to drink too. This might be a drawback.

I enthusiastically recommend the FuelBelt Ergo Hydration Running Belt. After using it for a race and several medium-to-long runs, it is my go-to source of hydration in hot, humid weather.

To read the full review, please click here.

First Look – ROVR Colorado RollR 85 Cooler Review

ROVR Colorado RollR 85 Cooler Review

The Colorado RollR 85 fully tricked out.

The ROVR Products RollR cooler started the same way that many ideas do – because of a problem.  Tired of carrying gear from their car to their campsite they thought there had to be a better way, and the RollR cooler was born. ROVR products has an easy to navigate website with videos explaining their products.

I will be reviewing the Colorado RollR 85 in the summer heat of New Orleans and the deep south this summer.  ROVR products calls it “An 85-quart carrying, all-terrain attacking, patented design that can go anywhere you can.”  The RollR 85 retails for $449.

Read my full review here Colorado RollR 85

Initial Update: Swiftwick Flite XT Five Socks

Swiftwicks before a run.

I’ve put these socks through the ringer. Over the past month, I’ve worn the Flite XT Five socks while training for a 50k, Crossfit workouts, and even on a backpacking trip. I haven’t found them to perform exactly as advertised, but they are still my favorite pair of socks at the moment. Click here to see my initial review on the socks.

Kaleb R.

Lowa Renegade GTX® Mid Boots

lowa renegade

Lowa Renegade GTX® Mid

I recently completed a weekend backpacking trip in the southwestern corner of Virginia in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. Many know to it and refer to it as Grayson Highlands. 23 miles and two nights on the trail gave me the perfect opportunity to put the Lowa Renegade GTX Mid hiking boots to the test. Sneak peak: I didn’t break them in before the trip…

Click here to read my initial thoughts on the Lowa Renegade GTX® Mid boots.

Kaleb R.

Olight I1R EOS Flashlight

Olight I1R EOS Flashlight

Every Christmas, for the past 10 or so years, I have asked for the same thing: a flashlight and/or a pocket knife. Why? Because there is almost always a chance that every day that I will need to use one of them. My first thought when I got my hands on the flashlight was about just how small and compact it was. At half the size of a tube of lip balm, this light takes up minimal space and packs a big punch. Click here to read my initial impressions of the Olight I1R EOS Flashlight.

Kaleb R.

Showers Pass Apex Merino Wool Tech T-Shirt

Showers Pass Apex Merino Wool Tech T-Shirt

Showers Pass Apex Merino Wool Tech T-Shirt

Follow along as I review the Showers Pass Apex Merino Tech T-Shirt.  It arrived just in time for some hot and muggy Alabama summer weather.  It feels so soft and comfortable it’s hard to believe it has any wool in it.   To read my initial impressions please click here. 

Coy Boy