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RunLites Sling II – Initial Thoughts

RunLites Sling II

RunLites Sling II

I am always interested in new technology and as an ultrarunner, I am looking for new ways to brighten the trail while running at night.  RunLites is a new company I recently found.  They make an assortment of gloves with a built in LED light.  I will be reviewing the RunLites Sling II model over the next several months.  Read on for my initial thoughts.

Moxie Gear Gaiter Combo – Final Update

Moxie Gear Gaiter Combo

Moxie Gear Gaiter Combo

Over the past several months, I have put the Moxie Gear gaiter combo to the test hiking, backpacking and running throughout Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, and they have performed well.  The ankle gaiter keeps trail debris out of my footwear, and the Shin gaiter has protected my shins from thorns, insects, and various overgrown trail vegetation.  I recommend giving this company and gear combo a look for all of your lower leg protection needs.  Read on for my full thoughts on this combo.

Rhone Mako Short – Initial thoughts

Rhone Mako Short

Rhone Mako Short – photo from the Rhone website

I honestly don’t think much about the fashion sense of the gear that I use to run, hike or hit the gym in.  I grab what has functioned in the past and use that.  Rhone is a company that wants to change that. They advertise that they make “men’s premium activewear engineered with principle, performance and progress for the modern man.”  I will be reviewing the Rhone Mako Short over the next several months to see if they truly bridge the gap between performance and fashion. Read on for my initial thoughts.

Carl Touchstone Memorial Mississippi 50 Trail Race – 2017 Report

 

Mississippi 50 Trail Run

Carl Touchstone Memorial Mississippi 50 Trail Run Photo from race website

The Carl Touchstone Memorial Mississippi 50 Trail Run was this past weekend, March 4th 2017.  The race itself has three distances – 20k, 50k, and 50 miles.  I have not ran an ultra since I moved to New Orleans, and I figured it was time to break that streak.  I ran the 50k distance and finished in 6:08:31 and 31/95 runners at this distance.  Read on for my thoughts on this cool race and finally getting into the southern running community.

High Sierra Pathway 70L Pack – Initial Thoughts

High Sierra Pathway 70L

High Sierra Pathway 70L – photo courtesy of High Sierra

One of the most essential pieces of any backpacking kit is the actual backpack that I am using.  This is a make or break piece of equipment. I was fortunate enough to be selected to review High Sierra’s new Pathway 70L pack over the next several months. I plan on using it backpacking in the Southeastern United States including trails in Mississippi and Alabama as the seasons change from spring into summer.  Read on for my initial thoughts on the Pathway 70L backpack.

Hillsound Trail Crampon Pro

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Charlie -walking across the frozen snow.

Maine in the winter is cold, snowy and long.  Sometimes getting outdoors isn’t very easy to do.  I enjoy snowshoeing, and don’t mind the snow.  I’m not crazy about bitter cold and ice though.  Hillsound may have provided some relief from the ice – now if they could do something about the cold.   The Trail Crampon Pro’s offer some very aggressive ice crampons that make being outdoors less slippery and much more enjoyable.  Follow along for my initial thoughts, and then check back next month for a follow up.  Click Here to read on.