Zach Luchs

Zach Luchs

Aspen, CO (Elk Mountain Range)

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Zachary's Passions

Camping
Backpacking
Snowboarding
Trail Running
Hiking
Yoga

Zachary's Bio

Trail Runner | Snowboarder | Photographer | Mountain Dweller | Coffee Lover ///


www.zachluchsphoto.com
www.instagram.com/zachluchsphoto
www.tumblr.com/cityofmountains

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Zach Luchs wrote a review of on August 4, 2014

5 5

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

I have a few pairs of Salomon shorts and though they are light and hold up well, I've never really "loved" any of them. Until now...

I had been looking for a light pair of shorts with a nice split-side, good storage, and short inseam. These hit the mark in all categories. The two mesh pockets hold plenty of nutrition. I've successfully put 5 gels in each, went for a run, and didn't lose any and it wasn't uncomfortable. The smaller pocket (it's on the right side behind the mesh pocket) is great for some Gin-Gins, salt pills or even your car keys.

The waist band is a bit interesting at first. I expected it to be more elastic, but it isn't really and I found myself synching the drawstring quite a bit. But it is comfortable.

I just raced my first 50k in these shorts and they were comfortable all day long and I didn't suffer any chaffing. They even shrugged off a pretty hard fall so I would say they are very durable. This is certainly one of the best shorts I have in my closet and I would highly suggest these to anyone.

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Zach Luchs wrote a review of on July 28, 2014

5 5

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

During the summer in the high rockies of Colorado, the weather is pretty unpredictable. So a great shell is always a must for those long days on the trail.

In the past, I've had shells that worked to ward off the elements, but didn't regulate the body temp well. Even on cooler days in the fall, I would end up overheating. This shell has proven to be a breathe of fresh air. I have used this several times in variable temps and conditions (strong winds, light rain, cool mornings, etc.) and it has performed beyond my expectations. It breathes extremely well (largely due to the large mesh vents under the arm) to keep the body temp regulated and even keeps that clammy feeling on the lower arms at bay (this is the biggest issue I've found in other jackets and I can't stand it). The ripstop fabric does a great job at keeping the wind out and even keeps light rain out. In a down pour, the fabric does get saturated quickly, but this isn't exactly meant for those kind of conditions.

Beyond this jacket doing it's job perfectly well, here are a few smaller details that really seal the deal for me:

- Five reflective points around the jacket for extra visibility at night.
- It feels like a real jacket, not just another plastic shell. The ripstop fabric feels great and looks great. I've actually been using this as a light shell for around town during my day-to-day, as well as my running jacket.
- The side pocket that has a thought out and very functional design. It has and audio port for headphone routing, a smaller pocket for keys, credit card, etc. within the main pocket, and it is quick large. I can easily fit my iphone, extra gels, and car keys in the pocket without it feeling bulky.

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Zach Luchs wrote a review of on July 22, 2014

5 5

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

For me, these are a great pair for long days on the trail. The amount of nutrition you can carry in the three pockets is simply fantastic. They are light, breathe well, and keep you comfortable all day.

I do prefer a shorter short or a split-side short, but thats just personal preference and I knew what I was getting before I bought them. Having said that, because of the light-feel of these, I don't mind the length on them.

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Zach Luchs wrote a review of on July 17, 2014

5 5

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

I was looking for a replacement for my old North Face Fleece and stumbled upon the Patagonia Better Sweater. I couldn't be more pleased. I have had this for about 3 years now and it's still going strong. The fit is a bit roomy so it's a great casual piece for around the camp or cruising town. But even with it's casual appeal, I've even used it as an emergency base layer for skiing on some really cold days and it worked perfectly.

I don't see a replacement for this piece coming along any time soon.

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Zach Luchs wrote a review of on July 9, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Last year, I ran a lot and always found it hard to get a good recovery going and find foods that will help me bounce back after intense efforts. This year, I decided to try the Chocolate Shot Recovery and it has made a world of difference. I've been running hard miles and a lot more than last year, but my body has felt good and lively even after the toughest and longest days. Also, if you're like me, sometimes you don't really have an appetite after a 20+ mile run through the mountains. But with this, it's super easy and only an 8 oz serving to give you everything you need. And the chocolate taste like chocolate milk. No clumping or chalky/grainy feel.

Simple and delicious. Just what you when you're exhausted.

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Zach Luchs wrote a review of on July 9, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used these for a bit and the energy supply was good. They did what they are suppose to do. But a few things made me start looking for a different option.

The first being that they are quite thick. When it's hot and I'm grunting up a climb on a long run, I don't like to feel like I'm eating a thick paste. Second is that they gave me stomach cramps. It happened on a few runs and I chalked it up to dehydration or other nutrition deficiencies, but it continued to happen after every gel I took.

Good product but just not my cup of tea.

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Zach Luchs wrote a review of on July 7, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For awhile, I used energy blocks (Clif Shot Bloks or Pro-Bar chews) but on my longer runs and when I was really pushing hard, I didn't really want to sit there and chew 5 or 6 energy blocks. So I tried using Gu Gels and then Clif Shot Gels. The energy from them was great, but they both gave me stomach cramps and I found them to be a little thick for my liking. So I started reading up on Hammer Gels and had a lot of hope based on others reviews. I took a risk and set out on a 20 mile run with the Hammer Gels and I was stoked with the results.

The consistency of the gel seems easier to take, no stomach cramps, and great energy provided. I'm pretty hooked on the Tropical flavor right now which has a bit of caffeine. So try them out and try the flavors. Out of the brands I've used, this has been the best for those long, grueling runs.

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