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Zach Luchs

Zach Luchs

Aspen, CO (Elk Mountain Range)

Zach Luchs's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Yoga

Zach Luchs's Bio

Trail Runner | Snowboarder | Photographer | Coffee Lover


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Zach Luchs

Zach Luchswrote a review of on February 8, 2015

4 5

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

I've taken the Altra Superior 2.0 on a few runs now and I'd like to give some initial thoughts.

First, I'd like to start by saying that this shoe runs a 1/2 size small. I wear a size 9 (Altra, Nike, New Balance, Salomon) and went with a 9.5 and find that it fits close to perfect. Keep this in mind before you purchase.

Here in the Colorado Rockies, we are in a bit of a spring weather pattern and have taken these out on snow, mud, dry, and short road runs. It has performed very well on all conditions so far. The large lugs bit into the snow very well and shed mud extremely well. Though it is quite lugged, it feels very comfortable on the road. A true all around shoe. The cushioning -- but still low with a 21mm stack height -- is plush and certainly a step up from previous versions on the Lone Peak and Superior. I feel that this shoe could go up to 100 mile distance for me. The fit is secure and really locks in the foot very well.

The major crux I'm finding is in the toe box. Though the toe box is wide for your toes to splay -- one of the major elements Altra is known for -- I am finding that the toe box is low. My big toe on my right foot is hitting the roof of the TPU toe cap and creating some pain. My second run felt better than the first, so I'm hopeful that it will work in a bit and become a non-issue.

I'll update when I've put between 50-100 miles on these, but right now, I'm diggin them for the most part. A large departure from the Superior 1.5 but I feel like it was a worthy update.

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Zach Luchswrote a review of on November 23, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Thank you to Backcountry.com and XSories for hand-selecting me to review this piece of gear for the benefit of the backcountry.com community.

It's a powder day, you woke up a little late and you're rushing to get to the lift before the line is frustratingly long. You're searching all over the place for your spare GoPro batteries and your XSories U-Shot to capture some powder day faceshots, but do to the unorganized chaos that is your room, you can't find either and you rush out the door. After a few runs, your battery dies and you don't have another one. I bet you wished you could organize all those GoPro accessories so this never happens again.

The Big Capxule has enough room for all your accessories to keep you organized so you are prepared to shoot all day. It has a thin profile so it can easily slip into a backpack and is well padded to keep everything safe when your on the move. I really like the webbing compartment in the Capxule as I can store my external hard drive there, the Sneaker Power Bank, or even another GoPro if I needed. The storage in the top is great for cords, extra housings, and other GoPro mounts like the chest mount. The exterior of the case is durable and keeps snow and dirt out. I'm not exactly gentle with my camera bag and I'm not different with this case and it has showed no signs of wear.

Though I like the storage this case offers and I think it does a great job, I do wish the large storage on the lid was a zippered closure. A few times, I would open the Capxule to find a few cord ends popping out. Not a deal breaker, but it would be nice to see. I would also like to see the storage amped up with more slots for SD cards and multiple slots for batteries.

Overall, I really think the Big Capxule Soft Case does a great job at keeping all your GoPro accessories in one place while allowing you to transport and protect everything at the same time.

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Zach Luchswrote a review of on November 23, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Thank you to Backcountry.com and XSories for hand-selecting me to review this piece of gear for the benefit of the backcountry.com community.

Brilliant little beings that we are, we buy cases for those devices that we want to protect, like our phones. With the Silicone Cover HD from XSories, you can now add more protection (and color pop) to your precious GoPro.

The case fits snug around the existing GoPro housing, providing a thin layer of protection without adding too much bulk or heft. There are cut-outs for the buttons, front-facing screen, and bottom mount attachment, to retain normal function. It is proving to be durable after more than a few drops and even tossing it into a boulder garden didn't result in any damage to the casing. Along with adding protection, the silicone casing also provides some insulation to assist with battery life in colder temps. I use my GoPro a lot during winter activities, so this was a feature I was excited to check out. We've been getting some good snow storms lately and the temps are into the 20's during the day and I do feel like the battery in my GoPro is lasting a bit longer when I'm putting it through normal use.

Even though it does help with battery life, your battery will die at some point during use and if you're like me, you have a pocket full of spares to not miss a moment. Taking the casing off to change the battery is more work than I'm looking to do and when I'm using a GoPro, I like to be on the go. Fast. Efficient. This is not a fast process and it was a little annoying at times.

This $20 silicone case is a no brainer for adding some protection. I think this is a great product for the user who is focused on recreational use. Maybe not for someone who is using their GoPro as a videography tool and burning up batteries all day. A two-piece re-design with a snap seam for easier access to the battery would be a great update to see in the future.

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Zach Luchswrote a review of on November 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used many a gel (Clif, Hammer, Honey Stinger, and GU) through the miles of training and these are certainly what works best for me. No GI issues, great energy, tasty flavors, and a great consistency even when it gets cold.

Just a perfect shot of energy to power all of my runs...

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