Field Tested: Garmin inReach Explorer+ Satellite Communicator Review

Overview When you’re off the grid or in the back country having a reliable means of communication is crucial. There are a few options on the market that can achieve this but its hard to decide what features you really need. Are you buying something to casually communicate with family and friends? Or is this primarily for emergency use? The Garmin InReach Explorer+ tries to cover all the bases with a unique set of features that can help with navigation as well as emergency communication. This device is basically a clone of the original Delorme InReach Explorer with some added…

Garmin Fenix 5x – A Trail Runner’s Review

Overview These little gadgets we call “Wearables” are a hot market right now. Fitbit, Garmin, Suunto, Wahoo, Casio, Polar, Mio… this list goes on. It seems like a flooded market with options just about anyone. This list becomes a lot leaner when you start running ultra long distances and require so much more from your wearable device than simply step counting. Advanced metrics, performance analysis, navigation, maps, heart rate sensors, and an extremely long battery life become important. This is where the Garmin Fenix 5x comes in! The Garmin Fenix 5x was rolled out in June of 2017 as part…

43 Mile Victory, 50 Mile Failure – The Wapack and Back Trail Race

Back in December of 2017 I decided to sign up for my first Ultra Marathon after only previously ever running a local 5K as an “organized race”. This was the TARC (www.trailanimals.com) Winter Ultra at the Middlesex Fells Reservation in Massachusetts. This race was 32 miles of rugged, knee crunching terrain and 6000-ish feet of elevation gain. I felt strong at this race and I finished with a time I was proud of. After this I was hooked and I knew I’d be doing more. It was a lot of fun with a healthy dose of suffering too! After that…

The “Dad Bod” Battle – 9 Tips for Fit Outdoorsy Parents

Lets face it, dedicating time to your own health, passion, and well being can be difficult when you have a family to take care of. I’m a 34 year dad to three beautiful young boys. A 2 month old, a 1 year old, and a 5 year old. All three of them have different needs, schedules, and capabilities. I’m also married to an amazing woman and own a house in the suburbs.  Cute dog, big family, white fence… the American dream is real! I love all of them with every fiber of my being. I also work a 9-5 desk…

Field Tested: Optimus Crux Lite Solo Cook System

Awe Yeah! Optimus has sent us some goodies to test, play with, and review! The Optimus Crux Lite Solo Cook System entered the market in 2012 as an Ultralight Camping Cook System that wouldn’t break the bank. This is a flooded market with brands like MSR, and Jetboil taking their share there’s a lot to choose from! Over the past 7 years the Optimus Crux Lite Solo Camp Cook System has stood the test of time while Optimus has made some refinements to their already robust design its vision remained the same. Optimus is marketing this system to solo backpackers,…