Gear that I use, or wish I was using. In some cases, reviews of said gear.
- Feelmax Osma running shoes
- Vibram FiveFingers KSO – over 500 miles on these shoes!
- New Balance 790 Trail
- New Balance 100 Trail
- Huarache Running Sandals – Vibram Cherry 4mm
- Huarache Running Sandals – Vibram Neoprene 1.2cm (semi-retired)
- Feelmax Niesa (retired from running)
- Body Glove Cold Weather Distance Flats (retired)
- Nike Zoom Waffle Racer XC (semi-retired)
- Nike Air Trail Pegasus+ 3 (retired)
Wishlist: I am happy with the above! But I would like to give some Vibram FiveFingers KSO Treks a try, and any other minimalist shoes that hit the market in the future. Preferably before they hit the market.
- Garmin Forerunner 405 – nice because I can wear all day at work, have the HR monitor, and wireless syncing
- Garmin Forerunner 205 – nice because it has a map view for trail running, better battery life extension option for ultras with a USB charger
- Duracell MyPocket charger – takes AA batteries and can re-charge the 205 on the run for better ultra coverage
- Moeben arm sleeves – love these
- Race Ready LD Sixers – great for long runs, always wear these racing
- Injinji socks – no blisters during the Superior Trail 50 mile with these. Love them, but a bit spendy for the short life they have
Wishlist: better Winter gear of some sort. Any recommendations for wind/water resistant? Need to give Feelmax toe socks a try. Have some Merino wool base layers that I will be testing over the winter.
- Nathan Endurance Vest – who would have thought you could out do the #020?
- Nathan HPL #020 Race Vest – this is a fantastic piece of gear, I will be writing a more detailed review soon. You barely feel this pack compared to a Cambelbak.
- CamelBak M.U.L.E. 100 oz. hydration pack – this is a nice pack for long “adventure” style runs because it holds absolutely everything. A total pain to refill quickly during races though.
- CamelBak Rogue 70 oz. hydration pack (semi-retired) – prefer the M.U.L.E. because it holds more, but this one is far easier to re-fill and the bladder is plenty large for a few hour run. Does not hold much extra.
- Nathan QuickDraw Plus 22 oz. handheld – used 2 all day at the Superior Trail 50 mile race, and use these all the time in training. These are the best handhelds I have used – nice bite valve and soft plastic so you can easily squeeze them to up the flow rate.
Wishlist: Need to get some Outdoor Research Water Bottle Parkas so I can train for some winter ultras.
- Succeed S! Caps – I am a huge fan of these for electrolytes, though I take them in a much lower dose than suggested.
- Hammer HEED and Hammergels – HEED is awesome because you can drink it all day and not get sick of it. Hammergels are my preferred gels, but I’m not crazy about gels compared to other fueling options.
- Clif Shot Bloks – these are my preferred fuel from a manufactured source. Much easier to get down for me than gels, more “interesting” to eat.