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Final Update on the Gregory Paragon

Final Update Gregory Paragon

Backpacking in Big Basin

Life has been hectic, but I have been able to use the Gregory Paragon pack on two more backpacking trips since my last update – a week long trip with Big City Mountaineers in California and a long weekend trip along the Alabama-Tennessee border.  The Paragon has performed spectacularly – comfort is top-notch; the pack is durable; and it can swallow all my gear including a bear canister and over a week’s worth of food.  You can read my final update HERE.

Final Update – CGear Sandlite Mat

CGear Sandlite Mat

Relaxing on Pensacola Beach

After a summer’s worth of use the CGear Sandlite Mat has become a staple in my outdoor adventure kit. I have used it while car camping, backpacking and on trips to the beach.  It is the perfect size for me to lay out camping gear or to use as a sitting pad on any surface. Click HERE for my final thoughts.

SAXX Blacksheep Boxers – Final Update

SAXX Blacksheep boxers

Crossing a bridge near the Walls of Jericho

I have worn the SAXX Blacksheep boxers for an additional 20 miles of hiking, running and backpacking since my last update. They have continued to perform well. My only negative is the sizing, I ordered the same size that I have in the Quest and Kinetic and the Blacksheep seem significantly larger than the other two which makes them not as comfortable on me.  Click HERE to read my final thoughts.

Final Update Swiftwick Aspire Compression Socks

Swiftwick Aspire Compression Socks

My daughter and I at the start of our backpacking trip to the Walls of Jericho in north Alabama.

Over 100 miles of hiking and hours of wearing the Aspire socks at work have shown me these socks are the real deal.  The socks are comfortable with a nice level of compression.  The socks have also proven to be durable even after high mileage from long summer running to backpacking in California and Alabama.  Click HERE for my final thoughts on these Swiftwick Aspire Socks.

Final Update FuelBelt Uno

Final Update FuelBelt Uno

FuelBelt Uno while hiking the beach in Bay St. Louis Mississippi

I have put over 225 miles on the FuelBelt Uno Belt and it has performed admirably.  The durability is superb and the belt has exhibited excellent breathability during the hot and sticky New Orleans summer.  It has just enough room to carry what I needed on my runs.  Click HERE to read my final thoughts on this sweet running belt.

First Look at the OLIGHT M1T Raider Flashlight

M1T Raider Flashlight

OLIGHT M1T Raider Flashlight

OLIGHT is a Chinese company that makes fine lighting products with multiple uses from everyday to hunting and tactical applications.  They state that their mission is to provide quality illumination products to everyone.  Their website is laid out well giving the user the ability to see lights based on their intended use.  I will be reviewing their newly released M1T Raider flashlight.  You can read my full review here.