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Three Trail Running Must Haves for Spring 2016

Ultimate Direction PB Adventure Vest 3.0 ($170) Review by Kevin Riley Bravo to Peter Bakwin and the design team at Ultimate Direction. They raised the bar with the release of the PB Adventure Vest 3.0. At 13.3 ounces, the vest weights less than the previous model, yet boasts over 30% more carrying capacity. Great for half day runs or longer all-day adventures, you’ll …

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Top Shelf Climbing Shoes: Scarpa Techno X

Scarpa Techno X Gear Review Action in Solitude

Want to have a good day at the crag? You’ve got to have the right shoes. It sucks when your foot keeps popping because of shitty rubber or when you’re crack climbing in a flimsy pair of shoes and your toes get all chewed up. On the flip side, when you’ve got the right shoes and the conditions are good you can lose yourself in the movement, …

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Keen Men’s Utility Dura – Zone Crew Sock

Keen Dura - Zone Socks

Have you ever owned a pair of socks that you just couldn’t wait to slip on your feet? It’s not often I get excited about socks, but I just got a couple pairs of the Keen Utility Dura – Zone Crew Sock at the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City and they make me giddy like a 6-month-old golden retriever. When I …

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WoolX Explorer LS – Merino Midweight Baselayer Top: So Fresh and So Clean

Action in Solitude WoolX Base Layers Gear Review

If there’s one thing to say about WoolX it’s that they stand firmly behind their products. Wash and wear any WoolX garment for up to 30 days and don’t think it’s the softest and most itch-free merino wool you’ve ever worn, no problem. Return it no questions asked. Bold guarantee. Well, I put the Men’s Explorer LS Midweight Baselayer Top ($89.99) through …

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TarantuLace: Comfort at an Affordable Price

I needed a comfortable shoe that I could wear all day long and performed well in a wide range of situations. After trying out 5 or 6 different options at the REI in Flagstaff, AZ I settled on La Sportiva’s TarantuLace. They fit well. The Frixion RS rubber was sticky, and at $79.95 they didn’t break the bank. I was a …

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Adidas Terrex Boast: Insane Traction and Stability

When we first saw the Adidas Terrex Boost ($160; adidas.com) at Winter ’15 Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, we knew we had to test out these babies. They looked amazing on the shoe wall – sleek and stylish with a pop of color. The question was would these stylish shoes perform on the trail? The short answer to this …

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Gear Review: Circle Goddess Yoga Bag

For the yoga enthusiast (or yoga noob!) who likes to keep things cute, Circle Goddess’ Etsy line of handmade yoga bags combines form and function to make a lightweight and stylish tote for your yoga mat. It offers a little bit more than the standard yoga bag with two elastic pockets on the outside, to hold yoga blocks or other …

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