Gear Closet
The gear addiction is real...
We share our opinion on the things we use to make adventure happen
Petzl Reactik + Headlamp
Train running in the early morning - or overnight when it comes to ultras - calls for a dependable headlamp. The Reactik  + Headlamp is not only a steady light source, it's also pretty damn smart.

Why they like it:
The configuration of the elastic holds the headlamp in place while running which is huge when you're following the light for hours on end. The reactive technology brightens or dims the light as you get closer or further away from objects which  helps visibility and saves on power. The rechargable battery inside the lamp  saves on costs and also hooks up to your phone to tell you how much of a charge you have left if there's concern or desire to monitor. Finally, 300 lumens makes this a great choice for running or ski touring in variable terrain.

What could be better:
The reality of a rechargable battery is that if you aren't around a power source, it will eventually die. This could become an issue for multi-day adventures.

Click here to check it out on backcountry.com​

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Nike Air Zoom Wild Horse 4
This running season surfaced a new favorite trail shoe for both of us! The Nike Air Wild Horse 4 surprised us to be honest. This 8mm drop shoe isn't what we expected to gravitate towards, but it's fantastic on the trail and even the road making it a versital training and racing shoe.

Why they like it
The wide toe box eliminates hot spots for us considering we both have bunion issues, this was a key factor in decision making when it comes to how many miles we are putting in. The rock plate makes it an excellent shoe for moderately rocky terrain and variable trails. 

What could be better
This shoe probably isn't the best for super agressive trails or scree considering the tred on the bottom does not provide the most reliable grip.

Click here to check them out on the Running Warehouse website
    

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Salomon Adv Skin 5 Set Running Vest
After a good hard beating on our old running packs, we were due for an upgrade - so naturally we were looking for something light and fast. The criteria became centered around a pack that felt minimalist, yet could hold all of the necessary gear for ultras and
didn't bounce around and cause irritation. The solution: Salomon's Adv Skin 5 Set.

Why they like it
The mesh is extremely comfortable and takes the bulk out of the pack. When the pack empties as you drink down water or eat through snacks, it snugs around your body. The pockets hold a surprising amount of gear and the lower back pockets in particular are easy to reach into with our having to take the vest off. The option to use just two bottles in the front or a bladder in the back makes it extremely versatile.

What could be better
While the bladder sleeve keeps water cold and prevents it from sloshing around, getting it filled up and hooked up becomes a bit clunky. Running without the sleeve is not a good idea as the bladder bounces around in the mesh, therefore makes sure you use it and that you fill the bladder up inside the sleeve to avoid battling to suff it in afterwards!

Click here to check it out on the Salomon website
    


Patagonia Men's Houdini Jacket
High alpine running brings variable temps and windy conditions - making a good wind coat a must for long runs. Michael was in search of a light, yet durable option for the summer months.

Why he likes it
This coat is super light weight, yet wind resistant and folds into it's own tiny stuff sack for easy transport in a running pack or shorts pockets. The hood is clutch and simple to put up rather than digging through your pack for a hat. Finally the Patagonia ironclad guarantee eliminated the concern around durability.

What could be better
The sizing is a little bit off from the normal Patagonia attire, running smaller across the shoulders, causing Michael to go with a medium rather than a small. Also, the sleeves are rather long. The coat is built for "slender" runners, yet we hear they've revised the cut in the most recent version.

Click here to check it out on the Patagonia website
    

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Tailwind Endurance Fuel
Finding the right nutrition to keep you fueled yet keep your stomach happy during a long run can be tricky. After trying solutions from Hammer Perpetuem to homemade concoctions we finally tried Tailwind Nutrition powder. Four scoops per bladder of water provides a good foundation for running nutrition.

Why we like it:
Our favorite flavor is the mandrine orange because it adds just a hint of orange flavor without being over-powering, making it pretty easy to get down for hours on end. The mix has a good amount of sodium and electrolites to aid in hydration and sodium to prevent cramping. 

What could be better:
While the product claims that it can completely replace gels, chews and pills, this just isn't the case on longer runs. If you are sweating a lot, inevitably you need more salt and electrolites than the mix can provide. *You will also need to eat additional solid foods for calories.

  Click here to check it out on the Tailwind Nutrition website  ​​

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Nathan Vaporshadow Hydration Vest
A hydration backpacks comes in handy for more than just running - biking for example - but this pack is particulaly equipped to handle long mountain runs. 

Why she likes it:
This pack holds 2L of water for long days, which is clutch. The bungie straps on the outside of the pack allow you to easily strap on clothing layers that might need to go on or off as the temperature changes. The small front pockets are perfect for a gel or an ipod.

What could be better:
The material that lines the back of the pack most close to the body can be a bit scratchy against bare skin. It's a key to wear a shirt that protects against rubbing.

Click here to check it out on the REI website

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Patagonia Men's Strider Pro Shorts 5" Inseam

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