Gear Review: Outdoor Research Whirlwind Hoody

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I’ve been searching for a lightweight, practical layer that feels good on the skin, and sheds wind and light precipitation. The Outdoor Research Whirlwind is something http://www.laviagraes.com/magnum-drink-viagra I stumbled upon,  and immediately wanted. It is a simply designed lightweight soft shell designed with many uses in mind. I’ve worn it around town, and for a few windy casual bike rides. I will definitely be wearing it climbing year round. Build: It is made from a stretch woven fabric that is a mix of 87% recycled polyester and 13% spandex. As I mentioned it is soft and feels great on the skin over a t-shirt. The stretch allows for excellent range of motion. It is a half-zip pullover soft shell with a hood that’s stretchy enough http://www.viagragenericoes24.com/viagras-naturales to pull over any sized head, and could go over a helmet, but would https://www.acheterviagrafr24.com/prix-viagra-pharmacie/ cause the jacket not to fit properly because it will be pulled up. Fit: Labeled as a Trim Fit, I would agree. I ordered a small which fits me perfectly (~6′, 165lbs, narrow shoulders). The lower half of the jacket fits snug around the waist, which makes it interesting to put on and take off as it gets slightly caught on my upper torso and I have to roll it down. That snug fit will definitely come in handy when wearing a pack or harness, and while lifting arms above your head.  The overall fit is trim, but not restrictive. As soon as you put in on you can https://www.acheterviagrafr24.com/generic-viagra/ just tell that you’ll have full freedom of movement. Features: Two awesome features with the OR Whirlwind. First, is the classic napoleon pocket stuff sack. While wearing the jacket this pocket us the perfect size for a phone and granola bar or two. What is nice about the small size of the pocket is that you know it’ll stuff down nice and small, about the size of a tennis ball, with room to make it even smaller when stuffing into a pack. It also has a loop on it to attach to a harness or backpack for quick weather changes. Second favorite feature is the cuffs at the wrist. Overall the wrist is the perfect fit. Not too tight, but tight enough that it doesn’t move around on you, and they also stay on your arms if you push your sleeves up. Here’s where it gets magical: There is an extra piece of fabric folded over the cuff, that will unfold and become a hand warmer cave of delight on  morning or http://www.viagragenericoes24.com/que-es-diagrama-de-flujo day hikes that are just a bit colder. (See video below for another example) Performance: OR labels this as water and wind resistant. I have not tested this in light rain yet, but it feels and looks water resistant enough to shed light weather. I mostly bought this for the wind-blocking. Even though they say its only wind http://www.viagragenericoes24.com resistant,...

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Gear Review: Outdoor Research Advanced Bivy Review

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For those looking to go fast-and-light, the bivy sack is a classic…also, the easiest way to feel like you’re sleeping in a damp nylon coffin. Being claustrophobic, my few tests with other bivies always led to me waking up with a flap of nylon trying to suffocate me in my sleep. Your average smart person would give up on the bivy, but that ain’t how I roll. [Puts on sunglasses dramatically] After doing a lot of research, I eventually decided to go with OR’s Advanced Bivy, and after a few months of testing at both ends of the weather spectrum, I can say I’m thoroughly happy with this sleep system. Specs and https://www.acheterviagrafr24.com/viagra-pour-homme/ Design  The Advanced is constructed from a super durable, 30D Nylon ripstop and 3-layer Goretex Respiration Positive; while I do not have the exact stats on hand, it is a highly durable and highly breathable Goretex material that many of us know and love. The floor is constructed from a durable 70D nylon. What makes the Advanced Bivy obviously stand out from others is its hoops. While not necessary for use, the user can place two hoops easily into snap-attached joints: one hoop will keep the hood off your face, raising it 20″ from the ground, while the other gives the hood some structural rigidity, letting you leave it open to vent while still protecting you from above. Now, other companies have hoops, but I found OR’s derlin poles to be light and easy to use; they don’t feel like the strongest poles out there, but truth be told they are luxuries rather buy levitra 5mg daily than necessities. Also, most people won’t be abusing them too much, as they only come out of the pack during sleep time. The bivy is mummy cut (as it should be), starting at 20″ wide at the feet and expanding to 26″ at the hood. At 87″ long (7’4″), you have to be pretty tall to fill this thing up. At 6’1″, I often toe the line of being too tall for some products, but I can only describe this bivy as exceedingly roomy. The bivy is just wide enough to slide your boots and a few accessories next to your pad on either side, which can be strapped down with the included velcro-closure straps. Broader folks may not be able to squeeze accessories next to them, but they should be able to fit in decently (albeit it might get a little cramped). The Advanced also includes a removable no-see-sum mesh netting at the hood, and mesh vent in the footbox that can be unzipped to let air flow and prevent condensation. There are also guy-out and stake loops on the bivy; while I thought this seemed kind of strange at first, I found that staking out the floor of the bivy really keeps it from crumpling up, creating a neater, roomier feel. All...

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Race Report: Thom B Trail Races

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This past Saturday was the annual Thom B. Trail Race, the opening race of the Finger Lakes Running Club‘s trail series. Fittingly, this race embodied most FLRC trail races I’ve encountered: simple, supportive, and fun. While the Finger Lake’s races aren’t glamorous, they take you through beautiful and technical terrain; there are no cheering crowds or loud music, but the runners themselves are an inspiration to run with. For those who may be jaded with running’s recent turn to gimmicky color runs/mud runs,  the acheter cialis sur internet FLRC races offer a return to simple origins. This year’s Thom B race had an understated excitement, as it was the inaugural addition of the 52k addition to the usual 13k and 26k. While there were only 14 of us running the longer distance, the 120+ racers running the 13/26k were amazingly supportive, as were the various check point workers and the occasional surprise volunteers at the “un-staffed” aid stations. Conditions were hot–mid 70’s and up–and humid like you could not believe, leaving many racers feeling they couldn’t stay hydrated no matter how hard they tried. For me, it took guzzling 3-4 full water bottles per lap to stay even remotely hydrated. With the 52k distance starting earlier in the day, the trails were 50% mud, letting my Inov8 Bare-Grips do what they do best. By the time the 13/26K started, it was sunny any dry (dry being a subjective term here) enough to switch to my Vivobarefoot Breathos. The trail is up-and-down consistently, with a few flat runs to give your some hope and to let you get some steam. The running got a little technical (read: crazy) on some sections of the notoriously half-track Finger Lakes Trail, but this is definitely a race doable http://www.cialispharmaciefr24.com/cialis-hypertrophie-prostate/ by any runner–for experienced trail runners, it’s a http://www.laviagraes.com/viagra-en-tiendas-naturistas fun mix between tough and doable, and for newer runners, it’ll be a great race to test your skills. I bonked hard partway through my http://www.viagragenericoes24.com/nombres-de-viagras third lap, feeling the combined effects of the humidity, mild dehydration, and an IT-Band that decided it didn’t want to run down hills anymore. This race was a particularly lonely one: once the director yelled “Go!” us ultra runners were by ourselves for a solid 2 laps, spreading ourselves all through Hammond.  What killed me was when the 13/26K runners came onto the course: their encouragement was much needed, but I foolishly got caught up in staying with them, forgetting that not only had I just run double their distance, but would continue running after they’re done. The moral of the story: keep your pace.  My saving grace was a runner named Tania, who was running the shorter 26K distance. After her first lap in (my third), she was having a tough time, so we paired up together, chatting to take our minds off of the discomfort. We told each other funny race stories and funny life http://www.laviagraes.com/magnum-drink-viagra stories;...

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Gear Review: Inov8 Baregrip 200

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Living in Ithaca, NY, a solid 3/4 of my trail runs occur (1) In the rain, (2) In snow, or (3) In the mud (due to #1 and #2). After experimenting with lots of shoes–and slipping around a lot–I decided to try out Inov8’s Baregrip shoes, a wonky specialty piece of gear for minimalist runners looking for maximum traction. Don’t like the bright green fool you: These things will always be the color of mud if you’re using them right. First off, the Baregrips are amazingly light-weight for being such a durable shoe–weighing in at 7oz’s, these could almost be used as camp shoes when backpacking (haven’t tried it yet!). These shoes are likely so light in part due to their super-breathable mesh upper. While many folks who are likely to encounter mud/water may want a Goretex liner in a shoe, Inov8 was smart in aiming for fast draining-and-drying over waterproofing, which would only be less breathable and an equally futile line of defense against wetness. From my experience, after full submersion in a creek they drained out in about a minute. While the mesh is excellent in warm temperatures, be careful if you opt for these in the winter–wet feet and cold temperatures may be a recipe for disaster. Speaking of which, wear socks with these guys: while I love running sockless, there is a seam between the heel-cup and the mesh upper that might be bothersome. Honestly though, conditions that warrant wearing Baregrips will also warrant socks and possibly gaiters to manage debris anyway. Continuing to look at the upper, the metatarsal cage gives this shoe a perfect fit when the laces are snugged up tight, which is an added bonus when you’re tramping through shoe-sucking mud. Look at that mud!…I really, really hope that’s mud… Now, it’s the sole that makes this shoe really stand out: the super aggressive lugs dig amazingly into mud, loose dirt, snow, and slush. On dry sections/hard rock, the lugs may cause pressure points on your feet (one user I know actually grinded a particularly bothersome down with a Dremel), but I found it manageable on short stretches. And that’s the key: these shoes should only be worn when your run will be 80% muddy/wet/loose. If you know you’ll be on more than a mile or two of dry stuff, odds are there might be a better shoe for that day’s run. The fit is the only place I had an issue. I noticed that the shoes are on the narrow side, and that the toe-box is not as typically wide as the average zero-drop shoes. Now, none of this bothered me, as I have slim feet and like a snug shoe. What does drive me absolutely nuts is the tip of the shoe, which another equally frustrated runner described as an “elf shoe point.”  Here’s the thing: the shoes fit me in a 10.5, which is pretty universally my shoe...

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Recipe: No Bake “Mud o’ Heaven” Cookies

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Note: A recent Harvard study proved all things look classier in square-shaped bowls Inspired by an insane sugar-craving in the Adirondacks Great Range, I dreamed up these cookies with my hiking partner, Scott. They’re easy to make, and most (if not all) of the ingredients can be used for other backcountry meals. I’m sure something like this exists already, so feel free to share your ideas, variations, and other https://www.viagrasansordonnancefr.com/viagra-en-ligne/ recipes in the comments. [All measurements are approximates; serves one hungry camper who “would seriously kill someone for a damn cookie right now”]   Ingredients: 1/3 cup Instant https://www.acheterviagrafr24.com/acheter-viagra-en-ligne/ Oatmeal (unflavored) 1 tbsp Powdered Milk A fist-full of Chocolate Chips (seriously, what unit of measurement do you use for these things?) 1 tbsp Brown Sugar 1 tbsp Peanut Butter Optional: Vanilla Extract, Instant Coffee (for you caffeine-fiends), Dried Banana Chips  Note: You could easily substitute his site the chocolate chips for other snacks you may have on hand (granola bars, protein bars,  trail mix, etc) Directions: Put all ingredients in bowl, add hot water and stir until thick, sticky mass (or, boil small amount of water, add ingredients into pot). Shove in your face, raise your hands up, and scream jubilance to the gods. You could probably do it with cold water too if you needed. By the way, it’ll look like mud. Delicious, delicious mud. This meal is in no way a part of a balanced diet, but if you’re sitting on the side of a bear-infested, humid mountain in the middle of black-fly season, you’re likely not a balanced person. Written by Chris, who is a pretty awful...

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Gear Review: Black Diamond Bolt Pack

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I was in the market for a while for a pack, a smaller one with a lid closure, and some other things in mind. This was a pack cialis hypertrophie prostate that I was picky about in the search process. When I found the bolt pack, it seemed to have everything I wanted; good size that could be a day hike pack or a cragging pack, lid closure which I feel gives more weather protection to the things inside as well as capable of overstuffing a bit, and BDs new reACTIV suspension was a bonus that I was eager to try. Construction This 24 Liter pack is build with many things in mind. The top loading aspect of this pack is a huge plus because it gives you basically a bucket to dump in sport climbing gear, layers, crampons, and food with no problem at all. The internal drawstring flap has about 4 or 5 inches of height if you need to overstuff. The lid however is fixed on the end which means there is no adjusting it to get it to fit on top of an http://www.laviagraes.com/venta-de-viagra-en-cordoba overstuffed pack, and the lid closing strap is not long enough to cialis generique accommodate a lid that isn’t closed all the way. There is a slightly adjustable front stash pocket to throw a layer in once the heat of the day sets in. I was able to stuff my crampons in it on an alpine climb, but luckily I never ended up using them because it could have been tough to unpack/pack them into the front viagra spain pocket while the pack was full. It does come with two ice axe/trekking pole loops at the bottom and a very nice feature up http://www.viagragenericoes24.com/nombres-de-viagras top to attach them. If you look at the side sinch straps, you’ll notice a little tab the strap runs through. Between that tab and the front stash pocket, the axe fits perfectly and stays put if you need to unbuckle or adjust that strap. The pack weight itself is a little more than you’d expect coming in at 2lbs. The back panel holds most of the weight and I have since taken it out to save weight. It’s kind of a pain in the butt to take out which is why I haven’t put it back in yet. It might be tougher. reACTIV Suspension This is a newer feature that is going into all BD packs now, or at least a good chuck of them. At least they should do all of them since their packs are ski and climbing specific, this feature is perfect for that clientele. What it is basically is a uniform strap connecting both shoulder straps at the bottom, and a connected hip belt, all that can move back and forth with you as you move. Overall I have been very impressed...

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