K Maul

K Maul

North of Hell, A little south of Heaven

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Kevin's Passions

Road Running
Camping
Backpacking
Trail Running
Hiking

Kevin's Bio

Spent a majority of life living in Michigan, moved to Florida for that ocean/beach/Salt Life, and then out to the desert in Las Vegas. Now, residing in western Colorado to experience life in the mountains.

Avid runner (completed 4 marathons, and about 16 half marys), soccer player, hiker with a few 14ers.

Life is good.

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K Maul wrote a review of on July 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My first experience with Shot Blox was horrible - a Walt Disney World half marathon at night. They passed them out at mile 9 - how in the heck do you scramble to open a pack while running?!? Ended up tossing them into the trash...

Fast forward to hiking... these are great! Awesome to slide into a cargo pocket or pouch on your pack - eat a couple, move on. I wish that there was a multi flavor pack, instead of having to visit a local store for flavors - but that's just me.

These do the trick - and I prefer the caffeine laced ones. Like a gummi bear molded into a cube, they do the trick!

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K Maul wrote a review of on June 30, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great pillow - definitely better than some jackets in a stuff sack, and compresses down. I've used it on many of camps, and just ordered a replacement - returning one of those that self inflates with foam (that quite frankly, could've best been used as a serving tray).

I love this pillow!

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K Maul wrote a review of on June 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

My wife loves this jacket - in fact, this order was a replacement for one that she tore a hole in the arm during our last hike. The product is durable - but didn't fully survive the slide down a trail we were traversing down in the snow when she fell and slid on a rock.

The jacket is awesome - light, water repelling, and all around a great fit. She loves it, and needed a replacement (sans holes...)

Highly recommend - first Marmot equipment and I'm thoroughly impressed by its quality!

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K Maul wrote a review of on June 3, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I ordered a S/M and wear a New Era fitted 7 1/4 baseball hat. It fits well - not excessively loose and not so tight that it leaves marks on my forehead.

My concern echoes the below comment - and I keep wondering if wearing it on a breezy day might cause me to run down a hill after it, or just sacrifice it to the mountain gods.

It's a great little bucket hat - and I'll risk it on hikes because it does the job of keeping sun out of my eyes. However, it won't replace my standard Nike Detroit Tigers hat that I normally hike in just yet...

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K Maul wrote a review of on June 2, 2014

Great fit - thankful for it!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Started out hiking this weekend and was glad I had made this a last minute order from BC. Worked well, soft, non restrictive, and overall a great cover.

User error didn't have it positioned well and at the end of the day had a nice tan line - but that's on me.

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K Maul wrote a review of on June 1, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I used these as a back-up glove this weekend hiking in CO. The waterproof and durability held up as a backup to my fiancee's alleged water proof North Face gloves that failed.

Warm, durable during our post-holing trek up towards Grays and Torreys peaks - and I'm thankful that I thought to grab them as a last resort should my gloves give out.

I'm very happy that I had these - well, I know my fiancee is really happy that I had them!

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K Maul wrote a review of on May 29, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've tried these as an alternative to taking Tylenol PM or shots of NyQuil to sleep. Personally, the results were inconsistent - and I tried them over several weeks. I still have a couple bottles that I'll bring out, but I haven't had the success that I hoped for.

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K Maul wrote a review of on May 29, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been a loyal Hammer supporter, and the Tissue Rejuvenator caps are a great addition to the post-training regimen.

I've been able to recover faster, and push a little harder... knowing that post workout, I'll be repairing my body a little differently with the caps.

I've read some interesting articles that compare these to dropping the equivalent of Elmer's Glue into your body to repair, but for me, personally, I've not had any disadvantages with these.

My post race cap 'meal' is 3-4 Tissue caps, some A/O caps, and Mito Caps - along with a Xobaline tablet. Helps me feel better and ready to roll again!

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K Maul wrote a review of on May 29, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I'm 5'10" and 163, and this medium size fit me like a 2nd skin. I debated over it, and it's going back - not because it won't do the job, but I'm worried if I gain any weight, it's going to turn from slim fit to sausage skin fit - just too tight for my taste.

The inner waffle weave and deep zip really had me considering to hold on to it - but I don't want to eat like a dieting ninny just to wear a zip.

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K Maul wrote a review of on May 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

OK - so I've been a LOYAL Hammer Nutrition supporter for years. After my first half mary about 10 years ago, and then lagging performance after - I thought I needed to review my fuel strategy. I don't recall where I stumbled on Hammer, but their products are first rate! I've been using them for over 10+ years.

I've found their gels to not be pasty like Gu, and the flavors are very tasty.

While it may contain Maltodextrin, I believe after reading up on the ups/downs of it that it's included because of the ease of absorption into the body and easy energy. The intent is not to make a constant meal out of gel, but to get it into your body for energy and burn. (I found this to be a nice article: http://fitnessfortravel.com/is-maltodextrin-bad-for-you/)

I love the huckleberry and vanilla flavors...

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K Maul wrote a review of on May 28, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been a loyal Hammer supporter for years - and these bars are a great addition to my pantry.

I love the Apple one - and haven't tried the others yet. It's moist and dense, so it fills you up... but not so much that you feel like a bloated oaf.

These go with me to my races and hikes, and haven't let me down yet!

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K Maul wrote a review of on May 28, 2014

Great energy supply in a cap
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

OK - so I've been a LOYAL Hammer Nutrition supporter for years. After my first half mary about 10 years ago, and then lagging performance after - I thought I needed to review my fuel strategy. I don't recall where I stumbled on Hammer, but their products are first rate! I've been using them for over 10+ years.

I pop these (an hour ish before per the directions) to get an additional energy supply into my system. By the time they're absorbed and released, I do not feel fatigue as great as before. My typical routine for a long 90+ minute run or a long hike is to stack these, anti fatigue caps, enduralytes, and the anti-oxidant caps.

Definitely able to be stacked with other supplements, I don't go for a run or a long hike without these in reserve.

HAMMER ON!

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K Maul wrote a review of on May 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

OK - so I've been a LOYAL Hammer Nutrition supporter for years. After my first half mary about 10 years ago, and then lagging performance after - I thought I needed to review my fuel strategy. I don't recall where I stumbled on Hammer, but their products are first rate! I've been using them for over 10+ years.

Anti-fatigue caps help to offset the bi-product that your muscles give off when burning O2. I definitely notice a difference - especially AFTER a run or hike because I'm not cramping up. Since I found these, I've never done a long run or hike without them.

Definitely able to be stacked with other supplements, I don't go for a run or a long hike without these in reserve.

HAMMER ON!

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K Maul wrote a review of on May 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

OK - so I've been a LOYAL Hammer Nutrition supporter for years. After my first half mary about 10 years ago, and then lagging performance after - I thought I needed to review my fuel strategy. I don't recall where I stumbled on Hammer, but their products are first rate! I've been using them for over 10+ years.

All the greatness in capsule form, Enduralytes are like powdered Electrolytes - which means you can help fuel your body to go further.

Definitely able to be stacked with other supplements, I don't go for a run or a long hike without these in reserve.

HAMMER ON!

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K Maul wrote a review of on May 12, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share

My fiancee saw these, and fell in love with them. Slowly, but surely, I've been converting her over to the cult of the Oakley - and now that she's found a pair of big framed, tortoise color - with a brush of purple on the interior... she's now converted.

Great for those women that like the large eye protection from dust and junk that blows around - my finacee gives these two thumbs up, and was a very happy girl to open them up as a gift.

Sturdier frame build than her last pair of Oaks, I'm impressed...

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K Maul wrote a review of on April 24, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

These are a great short - nice weight, pockets, and a good fit. Better fit than the TNF shorts I just ordered, and on sale, too!

My one interesting 'thing that makes me go hmmm' is why the 2 back pockets would not be zippered. Both are open to the world and not that I would expect to put valuables immediately back in the rear pocket, but for some reason feel that zippers - or even velcro - fasteners would keep things more stable.

I love Mountain Hardwear gear - and look forward to putting these through some more hikes

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K Maul wrote a review of on April 24, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

I've been wearing a 32 waist for years, but these shorts fit awkwardly in the crotch. The waist was about right on - maybe a smidge too tight, but the crotch and thigh area are awkardly fitting too tight. I'll try going up a size to see if the quads fit better - and no, I'm definitely not a hulking weight lifter with mega quads.

Seems to be a great short - nice pockets, mesh to air out and aid circulation, but definitely not the relaxed look that I thought I was buying.

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