Category Archives: Reviews

Desert running: Review of AR Desert Gaiters and The Rough Country Trail Running Gaiters

Desert gaiters are different in both design and function from regular trail-running gaiters. When running in the desert, fine sand can enter your shoe right through the fabric, and cause abrasions, blistering, or hot spots. This means that desert gaiters must cover the whole running shoe, not just the lace column. In this article, we’ll go through some of the things you need to know about desert running and selecting your sand gaiters, and we’ll also review two brands that

Tired of running on sugar? A review of some alternative energy bars: James Lewis Foods and UGoBars

Sure, gels and gummy bears might work for shorter races. But most of us have experienced that nauseous feeling of oops-too-much-sugar a few hours into an ultramarathon. While a lot of people still run on gels, many ultrarunners and endurance athletes are turning away from sugar for energy, and moving towards either slower-burning complex carbs (the starches) or to going low-carb and training the body to run on fats. There’s an increasing array of alternatives to the mainstream high-sugar products, and

Save your feet with these lightweight running gaiters: Montbell Stretch Short Spats gear review

I bought a pair of these spats (lightweight gaiters) a few years ago and I loved them. Snug fit, perfect for trail running. So I’m really excited about the recent improvements Montbell has made both to their design and their materials, making them even better. I used my old Montbell spats on mountain runs in British Columbia and Washington state. They are so light that you don’t even notice you’re wearing them. And they are well contoured and tight, so

Review: The Sugoi HydroLite Jacket

The first thing that struck me about the Sugoi HydroLite jacket was the fabric. It is light and translucent and has a waterproof coating. But what’s most attractive about it is the stretchiness – a seemingly impossible characteristic for a waterproof coated fabric. And that stretch is what allows for the second feature that grabbed me about this jacket: its slim, contoured fit. The Sugoi Hydrolite jacket is a lightweight, waterproof and weatherproof jacket designed for cycling or running. The