Erik Storhiem is a master tester for Trail and Ultra Running. In addition to an impressive running resume, including Millwood100, FKTs on some very challenging routes and a rookie Barkley experience. Erik has an comprehensive sense of humor and unique ability to tester all sorts of gear. You can find him all over the recent articles on TAUR in unique ways.
He is our go to tester. Erik loves to be outside, he loves to run, and combines the two as much as possible. As a full time dentist, full-time husband and father of 4, and full time homeowner, creativity is key to spending time on the trails. Early mornings before dawn are when you’re most likely to find him on the trail, and while not always the first choice, many miles are logged in his garage, on the treadmill, while “keeping an eye” on his kids. Erik has been running on a regular basis, for one reason or another, since he was 15 years old. 28 years later, running hasn’t lost it’s appeal, and he hopes that in another 28 years, he will be able to say the same thing.
The Columbia Ridgestone Vest is a casual, water resistant vest, that features zippered hand pockets and an interior security pocket for keeping small essentials secure. The snap-shut chest pockets and snaps over the zipper, as well as comfortable flannel lining the collar add to the rugged, retro look of the vest. The Ridgestone vest proved to be perfect for cold mornings in camp and spending an evening at the park with the kids.
The Northern Comfort Insulated Hoody is a great improvement on the traditional Hoody. The lightweight duck-down insulation in the body keeps the core exceptionally warm while the water-repellent cotton-poly fleece maintains the relaxed feel you’d expect from a hoody. I’ve been wearing it every day as the temps have cooled this fall.
As someone who has a hard time keeping food and drink off the front of my shirt, the Global Adventure IV Long Sleeve shirt is perfect. It’s Omni-Sheild 4-way stretch woven fabric is Water and Stain Repellent, ensuring a comfortable wear and protection from messy kids and…. Myself.
The Pilsner Peak pants & shirt are one of the most comfortable clothes I’ve put on in a long time. Constructed of Omni-Wick fabric, they are lightweight, have a little bit of stretch, and look good. Casual, yet tough enough to wear on an all day hike, they also look and feel great all-day at the office.
The Victorinox I.N.O.X Paracord . A classic watch upholding the tradition of excellence established by Victorinox. It is engineered to be ready for anything, including drops, dives and daily usage. Water resistant to 200 meters, with Swiss made quartz movement and a scratch-resistant, triple coated anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The watch is just at home on the mountain as it is in the office.
The Ranger Knife is extremely useful in camp or on the trail. I used it to trim small twigs and branches to create an opening for my Trail Camera, to fashion makeshift tent stakes when mine were accidentally left at home and to cut construction paper for last minute weekend art projects. This knife is a little larger than some of the other options out there, but is also able to tackle the larger tasks that the more compact knives can’t handle.
One of the more functional small Swiss Army knives I’ve used in quite a while. The nail clippers clipped better than anything else in my house, the scissors are slightly serrated for a precise cut, and the included nail file smoothed off the rough edges. I gave myself the best manicure I’ve had in months. Loved this little knife.