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Oboz Crest Low BDry – Final Report

 

After three days on soggy, water logged trails.

A 24 mile hike in the Nantahala Wilderness at the headwaters of the Nantahala River in the Blue Ridge Mountains provided the “perfect” final test for the Crest Low BDry shoes. I wouldn’t call the conditions perfect for backpacking, but for testing a pair of waterproof shoes made for through hikes, it couldn’t have been any better. Click here and scroll to the bottom to read my final update from this trip and draw some conclusions about the shoes.

-Kaleb R

Moji Massagers

Moji Curve PRO and Foot PRO massagers

Moji Curve PRO and Foot PRO massagers

I put in a lot of miles and would even classify myself as an ultrarunner or maybe crazy runner who puts in around 50 miles a week running and hiking.  This type of mileage along with work and life stress leads to stiff muscles. Moji is a company who creates massage tools to help relieve sore muscles.  I will be using two of their tools over the next couple months – Moji Curve PRO and the Moji Foot PRO.  Read on for my initial thoughts on these massagers.

Update – Oboz Crest Low BDry Hiking Shoe

A soggy hike in the Crest Low BDry shoes.

I’ve had the Crest Low BDry shoes for about a month now. They’ve been through about 50 miles so far and have been tested in soggy, wet conditions and even some technical terrain. See the rest of my update here.

Katadyn BeFree Water Filtration System

Katadyn BeFree

Katadyn BeFree Water Filtration System

Water Filtration has come a long way since I started backpacking in the days of iodine tablets and Polar Pure.  Even the days of pumps might be long gone.  Katadyn has introduced the hand held water filtration called the BeFree.  I am fortunate to be reviewing this cool new water filtration device over the next few months.  Read on for my initial thoughts.

Update – High Sierra Pathway 70L

High Sierra Pathway 70

Author hiking in the Black Creek Wilderness

I have used the High Sierra Pathway 70 backpack on a couple of backpacking trips and on training hikes over the past few months.  The pack’s performance has been good.  The fit of the pack has been easy to dial in, and thus far I have had no durability issues with the material, buckles, zippers or straps.  It is a traditionally designed internal frame pack and I have felt comfortable with the layout and my ability to store and access my gear.  My only nitpick at this point is that it is a hot pack that does not allow for much air flow on contact points like my back, shoulders and hips.  Read on for my full update! 

gosh! Dripo Cold Brew Coffee System

gosh! Dripo

gosh! Dripo Cold Brew Coffee System

Let me start off by saying that my husband is the gear tester in our house. I’m NOT an outdoor person, and my idea of camping out involves room service! But I do like coffee, especially iced, cold-brew coffee, so when the opportunity to review a new cold brew system occurred, I strongly encouraged him to let me review it.  I will be looking at ease of use, flavor of coffee as well as the cost of using the system. Read on for my initial thoughts on the gosh! Dripo Cold Brew Coffee System.