Endurance

Ultra, trail running, training, and adventure racing.

Inov-8 mountain running shoes

These aren’t trail runners. They aren’t shoes you’d wear for a jog on the street, either. U.K.-based Inoveight Ltd. makes shoes for the oddball sport of mountain running. Indeed, the company’s promotional literature says the shoes are designed for the complex, undulating terrain found in the mountains. Rocks, scree, talus, streambeds, icy goats trails, slabs and mountain meadows are all fair game. Read More...

September 25, 2005

Ironman wrap-up, or The Gear Junkie gets the flu

To borrow an old line, the best-laid plans of mice and (Iron)men often go awry. Thus was my case with Ironman Wisconsin, an event for which I'd committed hundreds of hours of training over the past six months, only to be struck down with the stomach flu three days before the race. Read More...

September 24, 2005

Ironman Swim

In mid-September, the Gear Junkie is signed up to compete in Ironman Wisconsin, a full-scale Ironman triathlon event that includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike and a 26.2-mile marathon run. In addition to some serious training and mental commitment, several key pieces of gear will help me swim, pedal and limp my way through the course. Read More...

September 24, 2005

Ironman Run

The final leg of an Ironman triathlon -- a painful 26.2-mile marathon run -- is undoubtedly the most loathsome and horrific portion of the race. After the swim and several hours of biking, most athletes are beat up and physically drained at the start of the run, and the end is only then just barely in sight. Read More...

August 24, 2005

Ironman Bike section

The second leg of an Ironman triathlon is a grueling bike segment that stretches on and on for 112 miles. Top-end cycling equipment is a must, as competitors strive to finish with a good time while exerting as little energy as possible before the final running segment of the race. Read More...

August 23, 2005

Car Camping Tents (Kelty, Paha Que, Hilleberg)

A small tent really has no place at the common drive-up campsite. For car camping, you want a cavernous, feature-full, stand-up-and-stretch-out nylon lodge with pockets, vestibules and all the bells and whistles. Here's my quick review on three such outsized tent models... Read More...

August 3, 2005

Adventure racing shoes (Salomon, Nike, Adidas, Montrail)

A typical adventure race includes steep uphill climbs, river crossings, long treks off trail and miles upon miles of fast running on gravel roads and trails. As such, the footwear built for the sport must drain water quickly when submerged, protect the foot from roots and rocks, run fast when the trail opens up and offer enough comfort and support for the long haul. Read More...

July 3, 2005

Best Luxury Camping Accoutrements

Poking at coals and roasting marshmallows -- requisite campfire idleness and tomfoolery -- are as integral to the outdoors experience as any epic hike in the woods. Here's a quick look at three camp items I've been using as of late to enhance my 'round-the-fire-ring time... Read More...

July 3, 2005

Nordic Walking

Perhaps you've seen them walking through the park, striding earnestly, poles pumping at their sides, skiers without any snow. Perhaps you've snickered or offered a smart whispered aside. I have, too. Read More...

May 6, 2005

Hydropel sports ointment

My feet may never forgive me for the past two years. Three marathons, ten adventure races, a triathlon, several mountain climbs and hundreds of hours of training have left my dogs beat up, ragged and just plain ugly. Read More...

August 13, 2004

‘Squeaky Cheeks’ Powdered Body Lube Fights Chafing

The unmentionable and embarrassing bodily effects of repetitious exercise -- chafed thighs, armpit rash, butt burn -- traditionally have been managed with greasy lubricants. Petroleum-based salves or sport-specific rub-on products help eliminate the painful skin-against-skin chafing and chapping common in running, cycling, hiking and other outdoor sports. Read More...

July 12, 2004

Mandatory Gear – Adventure Racing gear

Mandatory Gear's slogan is "ounces equal minutes," meaning the lighter you are the faster you'll be on the trail. The company, which focuses on gear for adventure racing and ultra-light backpacking, has some of the lightest-weight products on the market. Read More...

April 17, 2004

Bob Ibex

Long bike trips into the backcountry are often limited by the amount of food, water and gear you can haul in panniers or a backpack. The Ibex from Bob Trailers was made to nix that dilemma, letting you tow 15 to 70 pounds of tents, tarps, granola and Gatorade over off-road terrain. Read More...

April 15, 2004

Watchful Eye Designs ALOKSAK bags

When a waterproof bag has been used by the U.S. government for Anthrax containment, you can probably trust it to keep your map dry on a canoe trip. Watchful Eye Designs' line of ALOKSAK bags were originally developed for hazardous waste storage. Only recently did athletes begin using them to keep gear dry in the woods. Read More...

January 17, 2004
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