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Zach Luchs

Zach Luchs

Aspen, CO (Elk Mountain Range)

Zach Luchs's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Yoga
Biking

Zach Luchs's Bio

Trail Runner | Snowboarder | Photographer | Coffee Lover


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Zach Luchs

Zach Luchswrote a review of on June 15, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First and foremost, I'd like to say thank you to Backcountry.com and Nathan for hand-selecting me to review this piece of gear for the benefit of the backcountry.com community.

Nathan Hydration products have always been my go to for handhelds. Their SpeedDraw Plus has served me for hundreds of miles. With having such a great experience with their handhelds, I was really excited to but the Vapor Air vest to work on some long runs. In the larger scheme of things, it got the job done, but there were certainly areas for improvement.

PROS:
-Storage: The two "bottle pockets" can hold several gels and the two rib pockets keep my bars and other solid, on-the-go foods. You can really store a lot on the back pocket as well.
-No chaffing: All the seams seem to be taken care of by a soft material and I experienced zero chaffing issues.
-Large bladder: This is really nice for the long days on the trail where you know water sources will be few and far between.

CONS:
-Weight: The weight could certainly be reduced and is surprising given the price point. Other packs with similar storage are lighter and some are even cheaper.
-Storage: This was part of my pros but is also a con. I feel some of the pockets could be redesigned for better access, larger volume, etc. For example, making the rib pockets front accessible instead of top accessible and making them wider to hold larger/more items.
-Fit: I could never seem to get this pack to hold like my other hydration vests. I found that the back/hydration bladder would continually migrate down and the upper chest strap would be at my neck. I tried a size smaller and it seemed to do the same thing.

In the end, the pack does its job. I've taken it with me on 4-6 hour runs and it held my nutrition and water just fine and in a comfortable manor. I can't help but feel that if a few things were redesigned and tinkered with, this pack would be a favorite of mine. Unfortunately, I have two other packs that perform a little better in the fit, comfort, and weight area and get me through my 6 hour training runs just fine so it's hard for me to take this pack over the others. However, the amount of storage I can work into this pack is a huge plus when it comes to early season high alpine outings. I can carry poles, crampons, and extra layers far easier in this pack than the rest. I really hope to see a redesign of this pack soon and hopefully it can tighten up on the few flaws I found.

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Zach Luchswrote a review of on May 30, 2015

5 5

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

Today was my first ride in the Bern Morrison and I must say, this thing is a delight. With any type of helmet, it should be so comfortable that it feels like it disappears when you put it on - the Morrison certainly fits that bill for me.

The adjustment in the back is quick and easy to get the perfect fit. It has just the right amount of padding to feel comfortable but not overdone. I feel that the helmet fits true to size. I checked with my ski helmet size (size medium Smith helmet) and compared it with the Bern fit guild to make my choice in size - went with L-XL it fits great. Just make sure to check measurements and not just the alpha size.

I look forward to this thing protecting my dome on some long rides.

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Zach Luchswrote a review of on May 3, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

A good pair of running shorts is easy to find, but a great pair of running shorts - ones that you can live in - are very rare. These shorts are by far the best I have ever had.

Recently, I spent 4 days camping and running in the Grand Canyon and Moab, including the double-crossing of the GC - a 46 mile run between to the North and South rim. In those 4 days, I never took these off. Sure, a little disgusting, but these shorts are just that comfortable.

They breathe extremely well to keep you comfortable in the warmest of environments and the liner keeps everything in place without causing any chaffing - even after 8+ hours of running. On the right hip, you have two stretch pockets for gels. On the left, there is a longer stretch pocket that I've found can hold my phone or solid foods and on the back, there is a larger zipper pocket. I have found that I can hold two gel flasks (5 gels in each), a few honey waffles/bars, and powdered drink mix. In other words, enough storage for a very long day.

After 350-400 miles on these shorts, I am seeing no wear and tear. I have no doubt that these will last a long time and continue to be my hands-down favorite.

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Zach Luchswrote a review of on April 28, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: small

First and foremost, I'd like to say thank you to Backcountry.com and CW-X for hand-selecting me to review this piece of gear for the benefit of the backcountry.com community.

Upon first receiving the Pro Short from CW-X, I was pretty excited to try them out. I had never had compression ANYTHING and and never worn short tights. This was a completely new experience for me - I was eager to see what the hype was all about with compression wear.

After about 80-100 miles of running in the CW-X Pro Short in temps ranging from 35-60, I can't say that I'll be leaving behind my 3" split shorts.

Pros:
- Build quality is very good and feels like these will last plenty of seasons
- The fit is great.
- Reflective elements are a nice touch for those late night or early morning runs.

Cons:
- The materials are very thick as well as the seams.
- Due to the thick materials, I found them to be pretty warm. Even for shorts, I found that I could only run in these in temps around 35-45 degrees. Maybe the addition of mesh panels would help with this.
- No significant storage. There is one small pocket on the waste band, but it is not enough for gels for anything. A zippered pocket on the back would be a great addition.

To test to compression properties of the shorts to see if it would reduce muscle soreness, I did back-to-back 20 mile runs. I didn't notice any measurable difference from when I did the same in non-compression shorts. I do think that these would help if you have a history of muscle strains as it does support the muscle and that can be felt.

Overall, a great pair of shorts with excellent build and a great fit. I really feel that these come down to personal preference and for me, I like a lot of breeze on the legs during my runs. I you're looking to try out some compression gear to see if you like it or if it will help with muscle fatigue after long runs, I really think these shorts are a great option because the quality is very good and you can be sure that you'll get your moneys worth.

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Zach Luchswrote a review of on April 28, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

First and foremost, I'd like to say thank you to Backcountry.com and CW-X for hand-selecting me to review this piece of gear for the benefit of the backcountry.com community.

This is a first-impressions review as I have only had these for a week or so.

Right away, I noticed the quality was very high and the tights felt like they will last for a very very long time. As someone who runs year round on trails, this is a huge factor for me. Aside from the quality, the fit and feel impressed me very much. Some of my other tights that I own, the fit never seemed like it worked for me and I would have to roll the bottoms up a bit. The Pro Tights fall right above the ankle perfect.

I have always been a skeptic when it comes to compression clothing, so I was curious to see if these would help with any leg fatigue on my back-to-back long run days. I can't say that I felt any measurable difference. However, because of the comfort and fit of these tights, I didn't really care that much. These are simply a joy to wear and I think they look pretty rad -- always a bonus.

After just a few runs in these, I'm already reaching for these over my other running tights. I'm excited to continue to put these through the paces.

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Zach Luchswrote a review of on April 1, 2015

4 5

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

I've been a Pearl Izumi hold-out for awhile. I don't know why but it probably falls somewhere between liking a more "reduced" (not minimal) running shoe, liking a lighter shoe, and not understanding the marketing and technology behind PI's "Dynamic Offset". But I finally took the plunge and I have been quite impressed.

Likes:
-Feels at home on any surface - Buffed trails, talus scrambling, to road miles - it does it all.
-The fit is spot-on, feels secure from heel to toe, and has a pretty comfy toe-box to keep the toes happy.
-The upper is super-simple and very breathable.
- Sausage laces (think of sausage links) are amazing and stay tight.
- A perfect amount of cushion for me on the long days.

Dislikes (More or less just update wishes):
- I'm starting to grind through the upper on the medial side of my forefoot. I think the durability and protection could improve around the toebox/forefoot by extending the toe-cap further along the edge of the forefoot (just like the EM Trail N1). Or using the black, flexiable overlay marerial that is on the outer areas of the heel, paired with the existing toecap as an extension onto the lateral and medial forefoot areas, that would be perfect.
- Adding a flex groove or two on the outsole could really improve an already incredible ride.

I have around 200 miles on this shoe and I have loved every one of them. Even in the snow/slush/mud conditions that the spring season gives way to here in Colorado, I have found that it just keeps performing. A very solid shoe that I am glad I finally made the jump on.

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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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