33Shake Energy Gels and Shakes

33Shake

33Shake Pre/Post Workout Shakes – Photo Courtesy of the 33Shake website

I have been running marathons and ultra-marathons since 1998 and I have refined my nutrition so that I understand what works for me.  This is a blessing and a curse because there are so many new products that launch each year to help runners achieve their best.  33Shake is one such company.  They make Chia Energy Gels and Pre/Post workout shakes.  I will be reviewing both of their products.  Read on for my initial thoughts.

Final Update on the Black Diamond Iota Headlamp

The Black Diamond Iota LED Headlamp has been used over the past two months and it is a durable and good light for the value.

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Jenn K.

Update on the Merrell Agility Peak Flex Shoes

During the past month I wore the Merrell Agility Peak Flex Shoes on two 4-mile hikes at Torrey Pines State Park, on the local trails close to home, Borrego Springs for wild flower viewing, fast walking with some jogging on the coast trail in La Jolla (mixed pavement and dirt), scrambling the rocks on the La Jolla coast, and on a 3-mile hike in Cabrillo National Monument.

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Jenn K.

Update – High Sierra Pathway 70L

High Sierra Pathway 70

Author hiking in the Black Creek Wilderness

I have used the High Sierra Pathway 70 backpack on a couple of backpacking trips and on training hikes over the past few months.  The pack’s performance has been good.  The fit of the pack has been easy to dial in, and thus far I have had no durability issues with the material, buckles, zippers or straps.  It is a traditionally designed internal frame pack and I have felt comfortable with the layout and my ability to store and access my gear.  My only nitpick at this point is that it is a hot pack that does not allow for much air flow on contact points like my back, shoulders and hips.  Read on for my full update! 

Ottolock bike lock

Ottolock bike lock Unfortunately, bike locks are needed in this day and age.  Perhaps they were needed early on in the history of bikes but were not readily available.   The only problem, most bike locks are either heavy and bulky or small but not very effective.  Which is where the Ottolock enters the game.  A lock designed by cyclists who demand a lightweight but effective theft deterrent.  I’ll be testing one for the next few months.  To read my initial thoughts please click here.

Coy Boy

gosh! Dripo Cold Brew Coffee System

gosh! Dripo

gosh! Dripo Cold Brew Coffee System

Let me start off by saying that my husband is the gear tester in our house. I’m NOT an outdoor person, and my idea of camping out involves room service! But I do like coffee, especially iced, cold-brew coffee, so when the opportunity to review a new cold brew system occurred, I strongly encouraged him to let me review it.  I will be looking at ease of use, flavor of coffee as well as the cost of using the system. Read on for my initial thoughts on the gosh! Dripo Cold Brew Coffee System.