La Sportiva Mutant Review

The La Sportiva Mutant is my favorite trail shoe, I announce about halfway up our morning climb. Really? That’s a pretty big statement. Dan seems a bit surprised even after I’ve gushed about them on …

I Hate Running and You Can Too – A Review

I Hate Running and You Can Too: How to Get Started, Keep Going, and Make Sense of an Irrational Passion by Brendan Leonard I have never reviewed a book. There have been numerous packs and …

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The Best Map Apps for the Alps

Without a doubt, one of the most important tools in the Alps, or any mountain range, is a map. You’ll need maps for understanding the region, ideas, planning, fixing your itinerary, navigating, changing plans, getting …

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Patagonia High Endurance Kit (HEK) Review

Keeping the new, highly innovative, Patagonia High Endurance Kit (HEK) a secret was not going to be a problem thanks to the weather forecast. No other runners would be foolish enough to be out during …

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Black Diamond Distance 4 Liter Pack Review

The development of a Black Diamond 4 liter Distance pack was big news for us. Their 8 and 15 liter Distance packs (full review here) have proven themselves to be hands down the best packs …

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Patagonia Capilene Air Review

I first laid eyes on the Patagonia Capilene Air while on expedition in Nepal with Colin Haley. He had an early sample that didn’t make an appearance until we were away from the masses. It …

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Jaybird Vista Review

After finding a new favorite podcast (thanks for the psyche Enormocast), and creating our very own Elevation Running Playlist, I recently started listening to things again during big, uphill runs. One thing I was not …

Black Diamond Distance Packs Review

Packs are my thing. I spend most every day of the year with various types and sizes on my back, working from them, living out of them, and of course carrying them. I know what …

Black Diamond Pipe Dream Review

The Black Diamond Pipe Dream 45 is a newer version of what BD offered way back in the 90’s. Then, it was the Spot, and it was my sport climbing pack of choice. When it …

Patagonia Slope Runner Trail Running Pack Review

Patagonia Trail Running Packs I’m pretty sure everyone has one category of gear that they obsess over. For me, it’s packs. I love packs and I’m forever seeking the perfect design. Luckily, I get to try …

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Outdoor Gear of the Year

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Best Outdoor Gear A Gear of the Year post? Already? That can only mean…. No! But yes, for us it’s the end of the season. After seven straight months of work, record heat, and dry …