I have been using the HydraPac Stow 1L while overnight backpacking as well as while day hiking for exercise. It has worked well but I did find it more difficult to get in and out of the side water bottle pockets on my backpack and from the water bottle pockets on my waist pack or vest. To read the rest of my update please click here.
Follow along as I put the new HydraPak Stow 1L bottle through the paces. It is not listed on the Hydrapak website yet and it came without instructions but it’s basically a collapsible water bottle . If I needed instructions on how to use something like this I probably should just stay out of the woods…. to read my Initial Thoughts please click here.
Follow along as I see how I like Tailwind Nutrition. It was developed by ultra endurance racer Jeff Vierling as an all-in-one formula to combine hydration, caloric and electrolyte replacement during ultra race events. He was frustrated with the available drinks, gels, and bars that caused stomach issues to the point of hurling in a trash can at the end of his first Leadville 100. After testing several combinations he came up with the current formula with the intention of using it as his secret weapon, only other athletes saw his results and wanted in on the action. To read the rest of my first impressions please click here.
Summit view from Little Si in North Bend WA
After 400 miles of running and hiking, the Ultimate Direction Access 600 has become an extension of me. I don’t leave the house without it – I have run every distance from a two mile training run, a half marathon, even a 50k, and the Access 600 has performed well. There is plenty of room for snacks, a phone and usually enough hydration to get me to the next aid station. Read on for my final thoughts on this handy running belt.
I am always looking for new ways to carry gear and stay hydrated while running. For most of my runs, a vest is overkill, but I still need something to carry my phone, a few snacks, and some water. Ultimate Direction has a new line up of running belts called the Access 600 that I think will fill this need in my running gear quiver. I will be reviewing this running belt over the next few months. Read on for my initial thoughts.
I have thorougly enjoyed using the Mazama Windigo 3L bladder. It really shinned on a recent hiking trip on the Pinhoti Trail. I found it not only easy to drink from but keeping it clean was a breeze. To read the rest of my thoughts please click here.