Ripcord 2L Reservoir Hydration Pack – Outdoor Products
Jan29

Ripcord 2L Reservoir Hydration Pack – Outdoor Products

When our faithful gear review coordinator Craig gave me the latest box of gear to ship to our testers the Ripcord 2L Pack caught my eye. I saw it’s potential not so much as a running pack but as a potential light weight pack for my winter pursuits.  It appeared to have just the right form factor, number of pockets and stash areas for all the things I need when skiing/skinning inbounds or snowshoeing. Given that, a few of the things I...

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Fatass Runs Viral – Rocky 50k
Dec12

Fatass Runs Viral – Rocky 50k

  OK…viral may be too strong a term, but in the world of ultra running, landing on page one of the Wall Street Journal, being on the ABC News website and showing up in a nationally syndicated AP news article is pretty much as viral as it gets. This is the inevitable place you land when an idea is just that stellar – and “The Rocky 50k” was just that idea. The concept, like catching magic in a bottle, all...

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Intro to Trail Running – Part 2 – Rocks, Rock
Sep19

Intro to Trail Running – Part 2 – Rocks, Rock

    In my last article I talked about what to expect when you transition from the road to the trail. Things that seem like common sense but create big ‘ah ha’ moments once you experience them. These include rocks, roots, hills, water & mud, animals, injuries, less speed and the payoff of nature’s beauty and a sense of community with fellow runners. In this article I want to tackle one of the most basic...

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Fenix HL30 Headlamp – Gear Review
Aug26

Fenix HL30 Headlamp – Gear Review

    Thanks to a quick 2 day shipping from Peter at Fenix, we were able to do a mass review on a very popular fatass 50k night race.  Each person got 6 to 10 hours of use in a single night.  This is an initial review based on 35 hours of total use from that run. A few notes about the Fenix HL30 headlamp.  The HL30 is a 200 max lumen headlamp that uses a single LED powered by 2 AA batteries.  The light throw, or distance, is...

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Intro to Trail Running – Part 1 – What to Expect
Aug21

Intro to Trail Running – Part 1 – What to Expect

  I started road running when I was 10 years old and continued to run exclusively on the road/track for the next 30 years. Since moving off-road a few years ago I’ve stuck pretty much to the trails; now 90% of my running is on dirt. Having been a road runner for so many years there are a number of observations I’ll offer for those moving to the trail. Many, if not all, are going to seem really obvious but experiencing...

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