Update – Smartwool PhD Run UL Socks

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Smartwool Phd UL Socks after 100 plus miles of running

I have put over 100 miles on the Smartwool Phd Run socks in the past month, including using them for the last 40 miles of the Great Mississippi River Levee Run. The socks have performed well in cool and warm temperatures and are proving to be durable.  Click HERE for my full update.

First look – Salewa Mountain Trainer Mid Gore Tex Boots

Salewa Mountain Trainer

Salewa Mountain Trainer Mid Gore Tex Boot – photo courtesy of the Salewa website

Boots, Boots, Boots – essential for any outdoors trek.  Salewa’s Mountain Trainer Mid Gore Tex is a lightweight summer alpine trekking boot, and I am fortunate enough to be reviewing it over the next couple of months. Read my initial thoughts here and follow me as I put the boots to the test.

Kelty Cosmic 20 Sleeping Bag

Cosmic 20

Kelty Cosmic 20

A down, three-season sleeping bag with a ton of value at a great price, the Kelty Cosmic 20 has a lot to offer for a sleeping bag that costs less than $200. Click here to read my initial review on the bag.

Kaleb R.

HydraPac Stow 1L Update

I have been using the HydraPac Stow 1L while overnight backpacking as well as while day hiking for exercise.  It has worked well but I did find it more difficult to get in and out of the side water bottle pockets on my backpack and from the water bottle pockets on my waist pack or vest. To read the rest of my update please click here.  

Coy Boy

First Look Salewa Pedroc Polartec Alpha Jacket

Salewa Pedroc Polartec Alpha

Enjoying a relaxing fall afternoon on the Mississippi River

Fall and Winter seasons are challenging for me as a runner and hiker.  I am always looking for the perfect insulation piece that will keep me warm during strenuous activities but not leave me sweating profusely.  Salewa thinks they have solved this dilemma with the Salewa Pedroc Polartec Alpha Jacket featuring Polartec Alpha insulation.  Read on for my initial thoughts and be sure to follow me as I put the jacket to the test over the next couple of months.

Update – Lowa Aerox GTX Mid Hiking Boot

Lowa Aerox Mid

Lowa Aerox GTX Mid after 130 miles of use.

The Lowa GTX Aerox Mid has performed admirably over the last few months.  They have seen over 130 miles of trail from Mississippi to New Hampshire and have lived up to Lowa’s assertion that they are an “extremely breathable/waterproof, lightweight, do-it-all outdoor athletic shoe.”  Read on for my full update.