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.

Ultimate Direction Access 600 Running Belt

Access 600
5k Finished!

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.

Carl Touchstone Memorial Mississippi 50 Trail Race – 2017 Report

 

Mississippi 50 Trail Run
Carl Touchstone Memorial Mississippi 50 Trail Run Photo from race website

The Carl Touchstone Memorial Mississippi 50 Trail Run was this past weekend, March 4th 2017.  The race itself has three distances – 20k, 50k, and 50 miles.  I have not ran an ultra since I moved to New Orleans, and I figured it was time to break that streak.  I ran the 50k distance and finished in 6:08:31 and 31/95 runners at this distance.  Read on for my thoughts on this cool race and finally getting into the southern running community.

Ultimate Direction Marathon Vest – Update

Ultimate Direction Marathon Vest
Finishing the Gulf Coast Marathon

 

I have used the Ultimate Direction Marathon in 2 half marathons, 1 marathon, and numerous training runs putting in over 110 miles while wearing the vest. Comfort has been great with no areas of chaffing or rubbing. Durability has been good with no busted buckles or worn straps and practicality is also good with easy access to bottles and food.  I still notice that it rides a little high compared to other packs and this can be a minor annoyance and I do feel like heavier items in the pack cause it to bounce more than other packs I have used.  Read on for my full update.