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Black Diamond Distance Z Carbon Poles

Gear Review: Black Diamond Distance Z Carbon Running Poles European runners, perhaps encouraged by wider experience with skiing, have long been believers in running poles… but now more North American runners, especially at the longer distances, are coming to the party. With this, there has been more discussion about technique, access to a wider range of products, and a faster …

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Altra Escalante

I’ve been running in Altra shoes for about a year and a half, and they have revolutionized my running. You can read my other Altra gear reviews to read about what makes Altra special and why I think they are the bomb! The Escalante is one of the completely new shoes from Altra for 2017, the other being the King …

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Calvus Visor

The only thing more distinctive of ultra runners than bushy beards is our proliferation of hats – trucker hats, baseball caps, buffs, visors, kepis… I’ve even seen a fedora! Our choice of hat is as much a fashion statement of ourselves as a practical solution to the challenges we face on the trail. I’ve been running with an Arcteryx visor …

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Norvan Jacket

My trusty MEC Outtathere jacket, purchased on clearance sale using my annual dividend in preparation for Fat Dog 120 ’16, has seen me through a lot of adventures. Its cheerful orange is highly visible, and it packs down into a tiny package. However, its fit is not very sleek, and the Pertex fabric is quite delicate – the lumbar region …

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MSR Pocket Rocket

There are few things better at the end of a solid day of fast-packing than to cook up a hot meal… and then brew a strong cup of coffee to get going the next day. There are few things worse about fast-packing than trying to fit a stove and pots into your pack. Two products which really help with this …

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Sea to Summit X-Pots

One of the things I enjoy most about the mountains is moving quickly and efficiently. For over-nighters and fast-packs, one of the barriers to moving fast is the bulk and weight of the cooking equipment. Once you put a stove, gas canister and a couple stainless steel pots, your pack is already quite bulky and heavy. The Sea to Summit …

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Altra Olympus 2.0

I’ve been running in Altra shoes for about a year and a half, and they have revolutionized my running. There are two characteristics which set Altra apart from other shoe brands: The Altra range is split, broadly, into road and trail ranges, each with low, medium and high stack-heights (degree of cushioning). I started running with the Lone Peak (trail, …

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Altra Lone Peak 3.0

I’ve been running in Altra shoes for about a year and a half, and they have revolutionized my running. There are two characteristics which set Altra apart from other shoe brands: The Altra range is split, broadly, into road and trail ranges, each with low, medium and high stack-heights (degree of cushioning). My very first pair of Altras were second-hand …

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SOL Emergency Bivvy

SOL (“Survive Outside Longer”) has a pretty clear mission – provide modest-cost items to improve safety in the backcountry for recreational and light-and-fast users; emergency blankets and bivvy bags, along with first aid kits, are their bread-and-butter. They don’t provide the bomb-proof bivvy bags alpinists would want, but that isn’t their target segment. Their blankets range from $7 heavy duty …

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Black Diamond Storm 2017

The Storm has filled an important niche in the Black Diamond line-up for several years now: reasonably powerful, pretty small, and reasonably long battery life – the Goldilocks option between the light-weights like the Ion and the heavy-hitting Icon. I wrote favourably about it in my original headtorch review, suggesting it might be the best option for almost all runners …