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Final Update: Montane Viper Hoodie

final update on the Montane Viper Hoodie
At the start of the Western States Endurance Run in Squaw Valley

50 plus miles of hiking and months of constant wear have made the Montane Viper Hoodie one of my favorite fleeces. It is perfect for lounging around the house or running errands, but it also has the technical chops to perform well in the backcountry.  Click HERE for my complete final update on the Montane Viper Hoodie.

First Update on the Montane Viper Hoodie

First Update on the Montane Viper Hoodie

Montane Viper Hoodie

I have worn the Montane Viper Hoodie almost constantly for the past month, and I have to say that it is as good as advertised.  It is super soft and breathable that I almost forget I am wearing it.  Durability appears to be superb and the jacket is an excellent mid-layer for a variety of activities.  Click HERE for my first update on the Montane Viper Hoodie.

First look at the Montane Viper Hoodie

First look at the Montane Viper Hoodie

Montane Viper Hoodie

Fall and winter are my favorite seasons. I like the crisp temperatures, blue skies, and the opportunity to try out new fleeces. This year I will be using the Montane Viper Hoodie – a lightweight hoodie with POLARTEC Thermal Pro Fabric.  You can read my initial thoughts HERE.

First look at the Lander Cairn Lantern + Power Bank

First look at the Lander Cairn Lantern

Lander Cairn Lantern + Power Bank

Lights are essential to our daily lives.  We need portable lights during emergencies to light the way or while camping to see who is going to win the next hand of UNO. Lander has invented the Cairn Lantern + Power Bank to help make portable lighting accessible no matter where you are.  I will be reviewing the Cairn Lantern + Power Bank over the next couple of months.  You can read my initial thoughts HERE.

Final Update – Xero Shoes TerraFlex

Final Update - Xero Shoes TerraFlex

Climbing up the Walls of Jericho to find the source of the waterfalls

I have continued to use the Xero Shoes TerraFlex on my hiking adventures since my last update.  They have been used while hiking rocky hill trails in the Bay Area of California and back here in the Southern parts of the United States.  I have put over 200 miles on the shoes and they continue to look great with just some wear on the triangle shaped lugs on the sole.  For my final thoughts please click HERE.

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.