David and I both love gear, well he loves it more then I do! So why not share the things we love to use with our friends. These are all things I have purchased and use on a regular basis. If at any point in time I am gifted an item to review, I will certainly disclose that.
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Hoka One One These are my go to shoes. I have tried other running shoes in the past with success but always go back to Hoka. They may not be the “prettiest” shoes around but for me they are certainly the most comfortable. They provide so much cushion but at the same time are supportive. I know the past few years they have had some changes and the toe box has become a bit more narrow. I don’t find it to be a problem. My favorite style at the moment are the Challenger ATR. Technically, they are trail shoe but I wear them on road and trail. They are not a super aggressive trail shoe so I wouldn’t recommend them for extremely rocky or technical terrain.
Ultimate Direction Hydration Packs I have 3 of them if that says anything. I love their hydration packs. I have used them for anything from a nice hike in the woods to a 10 mile trail run to a 50K road race and a 50 miler in the high desert. I have the original Jenny Ultra Vesta (7.2L capacity) which is great for shorter distance hikes/runs when you don’t need as much hydration or gear. The Jenny Adventure Vesta (11.2L capacity) which holds a bit more for those longer adventures. The Fastpack 20 is the largest of my packs, holding 15-23L (depending on the size of the pack you need). This pack is amazing. It holds so much gear and fluid, can be used for a self supported 50-100 miler or just a great day pack. I use all 3 equally and can not say enough about the quality. They are a bit on the pricey side but well worth the investment.
Rudy Project Sunglasses I am extremely picky about sunglasses. They need to fit well, not slide off with sweat or running, not pinch behind the ears and have enough coverage so that I am not looking over the lens when I am in aero position on the bike. Oh and they need to be transition lenses, riding or running during our PNW winters you need to have glasses that are not too dark but provide good protection. That is a lot of criteria and Rudy Project has it all. I purchased my first pair back in 2006 and have used those on a very regular basis until just this year. They weren’t fitting as well after 10+ years and extremely heavy compared to newer glasses. So, I splurged and purchased a brand new pair just prior to racing Kona. That was one of the best decisions I made. They were so comfortable, hugged my face, no pain behind the ears or my head and I could wear them until the sun went down.
SuperFeet Insoles I can’t say enough about this company. Now I have to say that my good friend helped start this company and still works there but I was using them prior to our friendship. I have had many issues with injuries over the years and 2 knee surgeries and finally discovered these insoles. When I first started using them there weren’t not as many options as there are now. They have branched out into sandals and shoes and custom inserts. Not everyone needs insoles but if you do, I would highly recommend them. I wear them in almost all of my shoes these days and find that my feet and legs do so much better with the support.
Hyland’s Homeopathy For full disclosure, Hyland’s is sponsoring me for the Boston Marathon. But, I really believe this company has products that work. They believe in a holistic approach to their therapies and have been around since 1903. They make great cramp relief and muscle therapy products as well as many other great products. They are also the major sponsor of the Boston Marathon.
This is just the start of my most favorite gear. I will slowly be adding to this and of course the links to purchase these things if you so desire. If there is any gear you want to know more about, just ask as I may have tried it or used it or have it in my bag of tricks.