Review: Ultimate Direction AK Mountain Vest 3.0

After a couple of years of trail running with my trusty Ultimate Direction Wasp I decided it was time to retire it and move on. When I purchased the Wasp I was transitioning from primarily hiking to running and was seeking something that fit more like a backpack and less like a vest. Since then, I’ve been running a lot more and have come to appreciate the form factor of the vest pack. I initially purchased a relatively inexpensive Mountain Hardwear race vest for local runs and supported routes. However, it didn’t have enough capacity for big days in the…

Gear Giveaway – Win a Katadyn BeFree 3.0L Water Filter!

Need a brand new, super light weight water filter for all of your back country needs? Here’s your chance to win a completely free Katadyn BeFree 3.0 Liter Water Filter ($59.99 Value)! I reviewed the 1.0 Liter version of this filter a few weeks ago and it’s amazing! You can read that review HERE. Good Luck! Enter To Win By Following These Three Simple Steps: (Yes, I will check to make sure all steps have been completed 😉) 1. Like Chase the Summit on Facebook Visit https://www.facebook.com/chasethesummit/ and click “Like”. 2. Follow Chase the Summit on Instagram Visit https://www.instagram.com/chasethesummit/ and click “Follow”. 3. Answer this…

Running the Pemi Loop – A Classic White Mountain Death March

September 22, 2017 I’ve been training hard on my local terrain in Massachusetts as well as hitting the White Mountains when I can. Trail running regularly with as much elevation gain and technical terrain as I can get my hands on. I wasn’t training for a race. There would be no medal or award ceremony at the end of this. There would only be personal satisfaction and growth as my prize. I’ve been doing all of this with my eyes set on one thing in particular – Running the Pemigewasset Loop in the White Mountains of New Hampshire again. It’s…

Field Tested: Altra Lone Peak 3.5 Trail Running Shoe Review

Thru Hikers, Backpacker’s and Trail Runners will be excited to see a new version of the Altra Lone Peak on the shelves! The Altra Lone Peak 3.5! For the past 2-3 years or so I’ve been trail running and hiking wearing the Altra Lone Peak trail running shoes. These shoes have evolved over the years and as mine wear out I typically run out and buy the latest Lone Peak generation of shoes. These shoes have treated me well.  I’m a huge fan of the “zero drop” platform as well as the “footshape” toe box that Altra features in all…

Field Tested: Katadyn BeFree 1.0L Water Filter

When I first got into hiking and backpacking I would carry an MSR Sweetwater pump style water filter. This type of filters uses a lever/plunger assembly and tubing to filtrate the water through a carbon filter for drinking. While they do work really well for filtering gross dirty water in a fast manner, they are relatively bulky and heavy particularly if you’re a solo hiker or trail runner with a small pack. This eventually led me to purchasing a Sawyer Mini water filter which has become EXTREMELY popular in the hiking and trail running communities. Due to it’s tiny size…