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Kerry Irwin

Kerry Irwin

The Blue Ridge Mountains, the Bluegrass, the barn, the cross country trail

Kerry Irwin's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Snowshoeing

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Kerry Irwin

Kerry Irwin wrote a review of on July 2, 2012

5 5

My husband and I had been looking for a versatile kayak that we can use in the lakes and rivers in Kentucky. We found the perfect kayaks in the Tsunami 120 for me and the Tsunami 125 for him.
The seat is comfortable and easy to adjust, and the Tsunami 120 is a great size for someone with a small to medium frame (I'm 5'6'', 130 lbs). Measuring 12 feet, the Tsunami tracks great in the water, but also isn't difficult to maneuver. The fact that it can float in just a few inches of water makes put-in/take-out really easy regardless of where you're accessing the water. I have a little trouble securing the aft hatch cover; that's really the only issue I can come up with on a mostly perfect kayak. We look forward to using these for years to come.

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Kerry Irwin wrote a question about on June 7, 2012

I have the regular Mountain Masochists and love them. I just had a pretty bad ankle injury, and it'll be a while before I can hit the trails again, but I'm wondering if, when the time comes, this shoe would be a good option that provides more ankle support than lower running shoes. Is it still light and comfortable enough to run in, or does it feel more like a hiking boot? How much ankle support does it provide? Thanks!

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Kerry Irwin wrote a review of on June 3, 2012

4 5

I loved the Mountain Masochist I, and this update is still a solid trail running shoe. There is a good balance of stability and cushioning that leads to comfort both on the trails and on the half mile of pavement I run to get to the trails. Like the prior version, this still a good shoe for a runner with a narrower, high-arched, low volume foot, but I've had to work a little harder getting the upper nice and snug without getting it too tight. This may get better as they break in. Overall, this model still has the grippy sole, reliable tread, tough exterior, and blend of cushion and stability that makes the Mountain Masochist my go-to trail running shoe.

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Kerry Irwin wrote a review of on August 12, 2010

5 5

This shoe is cush! The first time I wore these shoes was on a super rocky, boulder-strewn trail - the kind of trail that usually hurts my feet. Not in these shoes - comfy out of the box, and they really protected my feet and kept them happy. I've hiked in the Blue Ridge and in the Rockies, and at the end of each day, my feet are never tired or achy. I guess if I could change one thing about them, I'd make them water resistant, but I have other shoes to wear in those conditions. These are great in the summer heat - my feet never get too hot. I'm a big fan.

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Kerry Irwin wrote a review of on April 22, 2010

4 5

Probably my favorite tasting of the energy chews - I can't stand gu/gel, just grosses me out. These are no-nonsense, taste great, pretty easy to chew (chase with water, as all energy chews). My only bone to pick is about the packaging. It's kind of hard to mess with and open when I'm running. At a half marathon a couple of weeks ago I actually couldn't get that side opening to rip open because my hands were numb. But that's really my only problem with them. They're a staple in my long distance training.

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Kerry Irwin wrote a review of on April 22, 2010

5 5

I'm a big fan of these for my long-distance runs - especially the packaging. I like to cut a package in half so that there are three shots in the pack with no excess wrapping. The three-pack fits easily into my shorts or shirt pocket, or the pocket on my water bottle, and it's super easy to grab it, and bite off one shot. They taste pretty good, too. I consider these a staple in my long-distance training.

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