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Thunderbolt Sportswear Marly T – Final Update

Marly T

At the Bald Rock Overlook Pinhoti Trail

I have continued to use the Thunderbolt Sportswear Marly T for my outdoor adventures over the past month or so and it has performed admirably.  Comfort remains on point, durability is good and the smell factor is still nonexistent for the most part even after 4 days of backpacking in unseasonably warm temperatures in Central Alabama.  There is some minor fabric pulls in the cuffs of the sleeves and a coffee stain that won’t seem to wash out, but these are rather minor annoyances for an amazing shirt.  Read on for my final thoughts.

Mountain Khakis Cruiser Pants – First Look

Mountain Khakis Cruiser Pant

 Cruiser Pants – Courtesy of Mountain Khakis Website

Hiking pants are an essential part of any kit.  I have tried several brands over the years and find that I generally like a pair of pants that are lightweight and comfortable, can stand up to abuse, and, most important to me, have a short inseam.  I am 5’6” and have a 30 inch inseam which has meant that I end up needing to hem or roll most outdoor pants.  Enter Mountain Khakis – they have a pant that seems like it will fit the bill – the Cruiser Pant.  I will be using these pants over the next few months on my adventures and see if they earn a place in my gear closet.  In the meantime, read on for my initial impression.

Tuxachanie Trail De Soto National Forest Mississippi

Tuxachanie Trail

POW Lake

I recently moved to New Orleans from Alaska and I have taken to exploring the outdoor offerings found in the South Eastern United States.  For the Columbus Weekend Holiday in October of 2016 I decided to explore the Tuxachanie Trail in the De Soto National Forest with my daughter.  The Tuxachanie Trail runs from highway 49 to P.O.W. Lake for a total distance of 12 miles one way.  For my trip, we camped at Airey Lake about 5 miles down the trail from Highway 49 on the first night and backpacked 7 miles or so to P.O.W. Lake for an overnight before retracing our steps to Airey Lake.  Read my full review on the trail here.

Columbia Performance Stretch Boxer Briefs

Columbia Performance Stretch Boxer Briefs Front

Columbia Performance Stretch Boxer Briefs Front

Underwear – everyone, well most everyone, wears it but we don’t often talk about what we are wearing.  However, make the wrong choice in underwear and it can ruin a hike or run.  Columbia thinks they have the answer with their new performance line of underwear.  I have the good fortune to review their new line of Performance Stretch Boxer Briefs.  Read on for my initial thoughts.

Winter 2017 Outdoor Retailer Day 2 update

New Primaloft Insulation

New Primaloft Insulation

Day 2 at the 2017 Winter Outdoor Retailer Show was another busy one.  I highlight some of the trends and products I saw at the show.  Check out part one of my update.

 

Thunderbolt Sportswear Marly T – Update

Thunderbolt Sportswear Marly T

Finishing the Gulf Coast Marathon while wearing the Marly T

I have used the Thunderbolt Sportswear Marly T over the past month while hiking and camping in Southern Louisiana, and while running a marathon in Mississippi, and it has performed superbly.  It is soft and comfortable to wear, does not show any durability issues and for the most part is stink free.  Read on for my detailed update on the shirt’s performance.