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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.

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.

Kelty Revol 65 Backpack Initial Review

View of side compression straps that connect with shove-it pouch

New for 2017, the Kelty Revol 65 is a backpack designed for multiday trips. Featuring a sleek, slender design, the pack comes with a few features that you won’t find from other backpack manufacturers. Check out my initial review of the Revol 65 backpack by clicking here.

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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.

Lowa Aerox Mid – First look

Lowa Aerox Mid

Lowa Aerox Mid – Photo courtesy of the Lowa website

Boots are an essential part of any outdoor kit and the innovation that continues to take place in the footwear industry almost rivals Moore’s law.  I will be reviewing the Lowa Aerox Mid which has incorporated some of the newest technology from Gore and Lowa.  Read on for my initial thoughts.