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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.

Update GSI Glacier Stainless Camper

Glacier Stainless Camper

Eggs and hot water for coffee on the stove.

I have been able to use the GSI Glacier Stainless Camper a couple of times since my initial review. I’ve used it to prepare and eat multiple meals (breakfast and supper). Click here to read my initial update and thoughts on the cook set.

Kaleb R.

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.

GSI Outdoors Microlite 720 Flip & 500 Twist Bottles

I have long been impressed with the plethora of handy products that GSI has come out with for the outdoor enthusiast, backpacker, hiker, and general fitness minded folk.  Their catalog WEBSITE ranges from cast aluminum dutch ovens (of which we own two), to backpacking stoves designed for four season use, to camp furniture and coffee brewing apparatus.  They really have it all.  I have now been provided two of their new vacuum insulated Microlite water bottles.  Full Review

GSI Outdoors Microlite 720 Flip & 500 Twist Bottles