Mark Kreuzer is one of the original founders of TAUR. He has been running marathon or longer distances since 2004. In his professional capacity Mark is corporate Exec from 8 to 5 for a large international organization. However, for all intents and purposes, he’s a self proclaimed dirtbag for all other hours of the day. In fact, he may still not even have a bed in his apartment…rather the bedroom is a man cave dream gear room.
Whether hiking, running, skiing or just plan exploring, wanderlust leads him around Utah, Idaho and Wyoming with a wide array of suspects in pursuit of outdoor adventure. Look for him in his custom White Sprinter Van!!
Rating 4 out of 5
The Summit County Plaid Shirt by Smartwool is a causal button down short sleeved shirt that looks good on and off the trails. The shirt fits well for both causal and athletic uses. It is constructed of midweight merino wool material for use in variety of temperatures. Although, we found it too heavy for warmer summer runs. The shirt is roomy, although the shoulder opening was a bit small for men with larger frames. Given some guys body temperature, we would say it’s a 50 degree or below shirt for exercise. Without an undershirt the sizing felt true and it was cut to give a good experience.
Mark ran multiple days with the Summit County Plaid Shirt. Including a long run of 23 miles. After washing the shirt, Mark used it as a casual shirt for walking around town as seen in the pictures. Lastly, Mark wore the shirt to work on a casual days. As a casual day work shirt, Mark felt it didn’t have the room to accommodate an undershirt given his gerthy frame. That said, this shirt can meet the demands of anything you want to do with it in terms of weight, construction and appearance. This is one piece Mark intends to keep and use for years to come.
I wore it in temps from 60 to 95 degrees and most of the time I felt it was too warm. As a casual shirt for walking around town it was perfect.
Rating: 4 out of 5
The Columbia Pilsner Peak men’s long sleeve shirt an active outdoor shirt with Omni-wick for evaporation and Omni-Shade with UPF 50 for sun protection. This multifaceted shirt is lightweight and yet loaded with features. Outside of the sun protection and wicking technology, the back is vented and it is designed with style in mind. Conversely, some of the colors are not optimal and the sizing is very large.
Mark used it multiple days while hiking and even some light running. He felt that it would work best for day & backcountry hiking and fishing. I would be washing in the backcountry and dried very quickly. It is light so mostly a summer shirt. Don’t expect it too keep you warm at all or used as a wind break. or As a running shirt it’s a little too much with the shirt pockets and the size. As with most of Columbia’s products… it’s
a US Medium. IE, Large to XL for normal sized people.
Rating 3.5 out of 5
The Columbia Flash Forward Shirt Jacket is an active outdoor insulated shirt jacket intended to bring fashion and function together. It has 650-fill down-insulated construction with snap buttons and yet looks like a casual street attire. The jacket is very lightweight and looks stylish. You could easily wear this in urban and in mountain towns a lot. The sizing is very true.
The sleeves had the same lining as the chest & back, which felt, at times, like the arms would stick to the material. We would definitely want a long sleeve shirt underneath. We knocked it a point because of the sleeve lining.
Mark wore the Columbia Flash Forward Shirt Jacket while camping in the Unitas mountains. It was great after the sun when down. This jacket was great below 65 degrees. We think it’s sweet sport is how it combines utility and fashion for an around town and camping jacket.
With a long sleeve shirt underneath and warm hat on my head I felt like I could spend all
night hanging out around the fire.
Rating 4.5 out of 5
If you are looking for a stylish bluetooth beanie for cold weather, look no further. The Caseco Blu-Toque Dual-layered Bluetooth Beanie is it. It is a cold weather beanie with bluetooth speakers, mic and status
alerts built in. The bluetooth is very easy to turn on. Audible alerts such as “Power On” are nice features. We found it extremely easy to pair with iPhone and the microphone worked very well. Music quality
was surprising good and the music controls were super easy to use from the
side of the hat. With all of these features you would expect it to not be comfortable, however that was not the case. We really liked it. It also has removable pods so the cap can be washed. No wires!
Call us old folks, but the styles just didn’t work for us. All in all the hat was somewhat heavy
in hand, but felt good on the head. Certaily not a running hat, much too heavy for running.
Mark wore the Caseco Blu-Toque Dual-layered Bluetooth Beanie while camping and felt comfortable. It is an awesome around town hat in winter towns and cities and will keep your head warm. Mark loves his jams, so the full audio with mic and no wires made his day!
I was extremely surprised by the sound quality.