Choosing Shoes for GORUCK Challenge

Columbia Drainmakers GORUCK Challenge

I get asked at least once a week for advice on the best shoes to wear for doing a GORUCK Challenge. I’ve worn and tested a lot of different shoes and boots for trail running and backpacking over the years and have discovered what works for my feet and my way of hiking, running, and […]

Rhino Laces – Guaranteed Unbreakable Boot Laces

Rhino Laces Guaranteed Unbreakable

It may not happen all that often, but a broken lace on your hiking boots or shoes can be a real problem especially if you don’t have some suitable cord to make a hasty repair. Enter Rhino Laces the 100% made in the USA, fire, abrasion, cut, and zombie proof laces that will never break […]

Earth Runner Minimalist Sandals

earth runner feat

Okay, so I am a “barefoot” guy. I’ve been doing the “barefoot” thing for a little over 3 years now and cannot imagine re-joining the ranks of the shod. As such, I am always eager to try out new products aimed at my demographic. Enter Earth Runners–one of the latest entries into the huarache-style sandal […]

Getting My Flat Feet Ready to Hike 2,650 Miles


Guest post by Kelly Ellzey: It all started when we made the decision last year to check off one of our “Bucket List” items and hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). For those of you who don’t know, the PCT starts at the Mexican/Californian border, follows the crests of the Sierras and then the Cascades, ending up at the […]

Salomon XR Crossmax Neutral CS Trail Shoe

Salomon XR Crossmax Neutral CS Trail Shoe

The Salomon XR Crossmax Neutral CS is the latest iteration of their highly respected line of trail running shoes. Salomon is well known for building on top of the most popular features of their previous models. The predecessor of the CS, the Salomon XR Crossmax Neutral, won the Runner’s World best debut award in 2011. […]

Altra Lone Peaks | Long Term Review

Altra Lone Peak review

I’ve deliberately held off writing a review of the Altra Lone Peaks until such a time as I felt I had been able to test them thoroughly in just about every condition and season possible. After a little over nine months of hard use I’m ready to share my thoughts on these crazy looking shoes. […]

Flat Foot Rehabilitation | Four Months Later

Back in December I was asked by my friend Damien Tougas of if I would be interested in testing an insole system designed to help rehabilitate feet with the types of conditions I have. Before that Damien had been instrumental in encouraging me to take a different approach to dealing with the shin splints that had […]

Patagonia Forerunner Quick Look | Win a Pair!

I’m currently test driving a pair of Patagonia Forerunner trail running shoes as a potential candidate for an upcoming GORUCK Challenge that I am doing in June – more on that another time – so I thought I’d share some of my initial thoughts and impressions. After just a few weeks of wearing the Forerunners […]

Hydropel vs. BodyGlide LP | The Results!

It was recently brought to my attention that I did not report back on the results of my ‘Hydropel vs. BodyGlide Blister Challenge‘ post from Aug 2011, just prior to my trip to Mt. Whitney – shout out and thanks to ‘dkramalc’ on the BPL forums for keeping me honest. For those that are new […]

Kigo Flit | Women’s Minimalist Shoe

Some of you noticed my remark on my previous post about the Kigo shoes I’ve been wearing, regarding my wife snagging my Drives to wear around because they are so comfortable. That resulted in me getting her a pair of Kigo Drive shoes in her size so that I could get mine back! Now I’m thinking […]