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Update Cotopaxi Veloz Hydration Pack

Cotopaxi Veloz Hydration Pack

I have put over 100 miles on the Cotopaxi Veloz Hydration Pack running and hiking since my initial review.  The pack has delivered with plenty of space to hold everything I need for all day adventures and has been more comfortable than I expected.  Durability has been good with the exception of a tear beginning to grow where the front hook connects the shoulder straps.  Click HERE for my full update.

Volunteering at an Aid Station at the Holiday Lake 50k

Volunteering at an Aid Station at the Holiday Lake 50k

The crew of Aid Station 3 at the 2018 Holiday Lake 50k

Holiday Lake 50k is one of the oldest ultras in the Mid-Atlantic Region.  I planned to run it this February, but an Achilles injury sidelined me for the race, so I volunteered to help with an aid station.

I am glad I did because I got to see the race up close, and my experience made me want to run the race even more when I am healed up.  Click HERE for my full thoughts.

Initial thoughts on the Cotopaxi Veloz Hydration Pack

Cotopaxi Veloz

Cotopaxi Veloz 6L Hydration Pack

The hydration pack and vest market continues to grow, and every year there seems to be new innovations.  Cotopaxi has joined the movement with their new Veloz line of hydration packs that feature an innovative attachment system and plenty of pockets to organize all a runner’s nutrition and gear needs.  Read on for my initial thoughts.

Final Update – Injinji Compression Socks

Injinji Ultra Compression

Injinji Ultra Compression Socks – Clark Shelf, Juneau Alaska

I have put almost another 100 miles on the Injinji Ultra Compression socks while running 2 marathons and trail 50k.  The socks have remained comfortable both on short and long runs.  Meanwhile durability has been good with a few pulls in the socks, but nothing that hurt their performance at this point.  Read on for my final update.

Update Katadyn BeFree

Katadyn BeFree

Filtering water with the Katadyn BeFree while running in Alaska

The Katadyn Be Free filter has accompanied me on all of my adventures this summer – backpacking in Mississippi, local Louisiana hikes, and remote mountain running in Alaska.  The BeFree has worked well in all situations and ensured that I had a clean source of water!  Read on for my full update.

First look at the adidas Evil Eye Evo Pro Sunglasses


adidas Evil Eye Evo Pro in the mountains around Juneau

Sunglasses are an essential part of my kit.  My eyes are very sensitive to light and even in overcast conditions I wear sunglasses, or I end up squinting which leads to headaches.  adidas has become a player in the performance eyewear market and I will be reviewing their Evil Eye Evo Pro glasses over the next few months.  Read on for my initial thoughts.