FlipBelt Hydration Belt Review

FlipBelt Hydration Belt Info

  Heaving myself through the living room window, I prayed the neighbors wouldn’t call the police… My keys were laying somewhere in the city park after falling out of a running belt that didn’t have a key clip. Not a successful end to a short run. “Such are the hazards of gear testing,” I mused. […]






From farm to my table: Sun Basket (really) delivered

Sun Basket Meal Review

Whoa! This is one product review I’d like to volunteer to do over and over. Sun Basket was that good! That it included food delivered to my door…score! Eating healthy is an integral part of a comprehensive fitness plan, yet it is often the most challenging – especially when the week gets busy. The holidays […]






A menu for adventure: Staying active and well fed

Planning meals on the run.

  I like to eat. This mostly has to do with my active lifestyle; I burn calories fast when I’m running, climbing, or paddling. Because I’m on the go constantly, I have to pack healthy food to avoid eating convenience-store crap or restaurant food. The problem is keeping the food cold and yummy while I’m […]

Columbia Sportswear Men’s Loch Lomond Omni-Dry® Waterproof Jacket

Loch Lomand Review - Ventilation and Waterproof

My last two waterproof shells were not good long-term investments. Both were from popular and otherwise reputable brands. Both were sold as technical outdoor shells. Both cost a lot. One leaked at the seams right from the start. Not sure what the problem was exactly – the seams looked good and were taped. Darn thing […]






What’s in my pack: A seriously rugged camera

Filming in the Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan

I play hard, get dirty, wet, and spend full days outside in below freezing temps – usually with a camera in hand. Photography is an important part of my life, but I have no patience for a camera that slows me down or takes crappy images. I need a rugged camera that also takes killer […]






Books on my nightstand

Books on my nightstand

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” ― Oscar Wilde If can’t be outside doing it, I’m reading about it. Nighttime, bad weather days, long airplane rides… These are the times I bury myself in a good book. While not all of my […]






What’s in my pack: The Compounder II Shell

Columbia Sportswear Compounder Shell

I have a jacket fetish. Well, it’s accurate to say I have an outdoor gear fetish and jackets happen to be a big part of that. When I’m hiking during a changing season, it’s hard to pick the right jacket to keep me warm but not over-heat me. Rain resistance and a hood are big […]






The MHM Fifty-Two 80 Backpack: Bells and whistles galore

MHM harness_adjustment

For this review, I sent the MHM Fifty-Two 80 Backpack out with a tester I knew would work the pack hard over two trips. By the end of the two trips, I had a good review in my inbox, but I couldn’t pry the pack out of his hands. He was determined to use it […]