Kelty Grand Mesa 4 Review: The Blueprint Family Tent Nudging Perfection

Kelty Grand Mesa 4

Kelty is a brand that aims to keep parents of young children participating in outdoor activities. As a perfect example, our recap of Outdoor Retailer Summer 2017 highlighted Kelty’s insanely amazing looking new Perfect Fit Elite child carrier backpack. Another pre-release Kelty product that caught our eye was a very impressive looking family-oriented tent called the Alpine. Kelty’s reps said the Alpine would be available for spring 2018, but that another somewhat comparable model called the Grand Mesa 4 was available for review.

Eager to get our thoughts and to “keep my family outdoors”, Kelty sent us over a Grand Mesa 4. We tested it out in Jackson, Wyoming for the solar eclipse and at Strawberry Reservoir right outside of Heber, Utah. Here are our thoughts: Read more ›

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Merrell Agility Peak Flex Review: Can The Hiking Shoe Company Rule The Trail Running Space?

Merrell Agility Peak Flex Tread

When people think of hiking boots, the first name that comes to mind is likely Merrell. The company’s Ventilator is the gold standard for what an affordable hiking shoe should be, earning Merrell a top spot in the mind of most hikers. Recently, Merrell has wanted to move into a top spot in the minds of trail runners as well. Their current attempt at the trail running space is called the Agility Peak Flex. Merrell sent a pair our way to test out, and after 40 miles of Park City single track, here’s what we thought:

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Columbia Performance Boxer Brief Review: A Big Name Enters A Crowded Space

The three Columbia base layer briefs in this test. The Omni-freeze at the top, followed by the Diamond Mesh at teh bottom right and the Performance Cotton on the left.

The three Columbia base layer briefs in this test. The Omni-freeze at the top, followed by the Diamond Mesh at teh bottom right and the Performance Cotton on the left.

The performance base layer and boxer brief space is a crowded one. A significant number of brands focus solely on those products, and do a good job at it. Brands like SAXX, for example. On the other hand, it seems every major outdoor apparel manufacturer offers their own take on performance briefs and base layers. Columbia has joined that list with a trio of boxer brief products promising the best wicking and cooling performance.

After sending us a few pairs of each to test out, here are our thoughts:

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Under Armour Octane Sunglasses Review

A few months back we reviewed a pair of Under Armour Rival sunglasses. At $129, they were a great product but a little on the pricier side than we liked. Under Armour’s new Octane Sunglasses, however, start at $99 and are specifically designed for high motion activities like running.

UA sent us a pair for review and after putting the Octane’s through bike rides and trail runs, here’s what we thought: Read more ›

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GU vs Clif: The Best Energy Gels And Chews For Bikers & Runners

GU Chews and gel on the top left, Clif gel shots and chew blocks on the right

GU Energy vs Clif: Who makes the better chew and gel?

When it comes to performance nutrition there are no shortages of options for the athlete looking at a boost during a ride or a run. GU and Clif are the two most recognizable manufacturers in this space, leading to endless heated debates over one single question: which company makes the best energy gels and chews?

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