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Smartwool PhD Run Ultra Light Initial Review

I enjoy reviewing socks and luckily we like to review socks here at 4alloutdoors.org.  Over the next several months I will be reviewing the Men’s PhD® Run Ultra Light Low Cut Socks from Smartwool.

Smartwool socks

Smartwool PhD Run Ultra light Socks

 

I am interested to see how comfortable they are and if the thin socks can stand up to long days of running and hiking.  You can read my initial thoughts at this LINK.

Trail Running – Danimal 50k Race Report

Danimal 50k

Danimal 50k Finisher Medal

Fall is prime trail running time in the Southeastern United States.  The Danimal 50k takes place in Lake Charles, Louisiana and it is run on the rooty technical trails of Sam Houston Jones State Park.  This is my review of the race – let’s just say that I underestimated the course, but still was able to earn another finish! Race Report

Update – Injinji Compression socks

Rhone Alaska Ultimate Direction Access 600

Evaluating the next valley

I have put over 170 miles on the Injinji Ultra Compression OTC socks over the past few months and they have performed well.  The compression has worked well, I have had no cramping issues even though I ran an Ultramarathon, half marathon, and a 7 hour mountain run in them.  Read on for my full update.

Final Look Ultimate Direction Access 600 Running Belt

Ultimate Direction Access 600

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.

Final Look – RunLites Sling II

Run Lites

Short pause during a swamp run at night

I used the RunLites Sling II on two significant night trail runs since my last update, and I can say that they performed well.  Though I was skeptical, I found that they were good for running on non-technical trails and had a burn time of around 7 hours on low.  Read on for my complete final review.

First look at the Quest 2.0 by SAXX

SAXX

Quest 2.0 photo courtesy of SAXX

It seems like performance underwear is all the rage in the industry now, and the days of tighty whiteys appear to be numbered.  SAXX is one of the newer companies on the block, and they believe that their specific style of performance underwear with their proprietary ball park pouch, flat seams and technical fabrics will deliver the best experience for their wearer.  I am fortunate enough to see if this is true. I will be reviewing the Quest 2.0 over the next several months.  Click HERE for my initial thoughts.