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Writer. Reader of good books. Rock Climber. Desert lover.

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Pace wrote a review of on September 5, 2014

Nostalgia you can Wear
5 5

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

If you were an outdoor-loving kid in late ‘80s and early ‘90s like I was, chances are high that a pair of Teva Originals will stir up the same memories for you as they did for me—a nostalgic blend of running through sprinklers, riding bikes, building forts, and the summer vacations that seemed to never end. The Original Flips are super simple just like they should be. The Durabrasion rubber lent ample traction for exploring slot canyons and ancient Navajo stone dwellings, and the EVA footbed has a Microban treatment to keep the stink down. I chose a women’s pair because I liked the teal and purple color, but there are great colors for men as well. To be completely honest, these flips haven’t left my feet since I’ve been home from the trip. For the full throwback effect, check out the Teva Universals that give you the ultra-classic dual strap look, also available for men and women.

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Pace wrote a review of on September 5, 2014

Everyone can Play DJ
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Even though the houseboat was wired with enough speakers to make you think they were ornaments on a Christmas tree, we still found ourselves reaching for Sol Republic Bluetooth Speaker again and again. Despite its go-anywhere 4 x 7 -inch size, the volume and sound quality are surprisingly robust thanks to the internal R2 Sound Engines. We even put it to good use during the drive down for lack of an audio input cable. The Bluetooth connection will pair with your device from up to 300 feet away and it can pair with up to five devices at any time—so everyone on board got a chance to play DJ.

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Pace wrote a review of on September 5, 2014

Brighter Colors for Real
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Smith claims its Chromapop technology can make your brain recognize true color faster, resulting in brighter colors wherever you turn your gaze. Now, this sounds like a marketing trick akin to tennis shoes that are guaranteed to make a kid run faster and jump higher, but let me bear witness, it works exactly like they say it does—no joke. The water is bluer, the rocks redder, and the clouds are whiter; it’s like turning up the saturation and clarity in your photo-editing suite. If you don’t want your mother, sisters, and brother-in-law constantly bugging you for a turn wearing your shades, you might not want a pair of these. Sure, the world’s largest natural stone arch (Rainbow Bridge) looks great with the naked eye—but it’s even greater with a pair of these puppies on. If you’d written off ever buying a pair of $200 sunglasses again like I had, think again—these are actually worth every penny.

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Pace wrote a review of on September 5, 2014

Vacation Memories Made Easy
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Once upon a time, folks relied on a 8mm Kodak Brownie to capture family vacation memories, now all you need to do is be a hero, so to speak. The latest edition of the GoPro is remarkably powerful for both video and photos. It goes under water, on land, snow, in the air, and it’s even been to the edge of outer space. It does ultra-high res, slow motion, time lapses, ultra-wide angles, can take 10 photos per second...the list goes on. Every time my sister showed me the images she was getting with it I was absolutely blown away. And let me remind you, it fits in your pocket and is practically idiot-proof.

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Pace wrote a review of on September 5, 2014

Effortless Movement
5 5

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

A new brand for the Backcountry family, Hippy Tree is committed to surf, stone, and being “pioneers of aimless wandering.” I like these guys already. Turns out they are also committed to pioneering environmentally friendly fabrics and dialing in the perfect fit, and the Terrain Board Short is a great example. Made entirely from recycled polyester with a touch of spandex for stretch, the shorts have a gusseted crotch and no outseam for effortless movement—in the water or out. Perfect for wake surfing the endless wave behind the boat, climbing chossy sandstone over the water, or simply reading a book in the sun. The horizontal stripes even have a highly detailed topography print underneath that I spent way too much time looking at.

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Pace wrote a review of on September 5, 2014

Does it All
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Made from military-grade rubber with an extra-wide deck, the Shubu Wide SUP is tough enough for rock-strewn rivers and stable enough for navigating choppy shoreline. That being said, our trip was focused more on relaxation than rapids, and the two Shubu boards we took with us were an absolute blast. Sure they’re great for paddling, but we also used them as floating tanning beds, aquatic yoga mats, and even for portaging our crew across icy cold potholes in a slot canyon (pictured). Plus, you can deflate the boards for easy transport in the trunk or backseat of your car.

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Pace wrote a review of on September 5, 2014

Delivers Big on Fit and Fabric
5 5

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

The two most important things I look for in pants are fit and fabric, and the KUHL Rydr pant delivers big on both. The Euro twill fabric reminds me of a really nice waxed canvas; it feels slightly stiff, durable, and it gets better with age. A touch of spandex combines with the gusseted crotch and articulated knees for complete freedom of movement. I was also pleased to discover that mosquitoes can’t bite through the fabric, which was a huge plus on this trip.

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Pace wrote a review of on September 5, 2014

One Shoe Quiver
5 5

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

The hike to Priord Lake involved spongy bogs, sketchy log crossings over swollen streams, rocky talus fields, and double-digit mileage. The Boulder X Approach shoe took it all in stride. I like the Boulder X for backpacking because it blends the light and agile feel you get in a trail runner with some of the support and protection you’d get in a traditional hiking boot. Plus, you get climbing-shoe-inspired elements like the sticky rubber sole and a super precise lacing system. In short, it’s a true one-shoe quiver.

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Pace wrote a review of on September 5, 2014

Side Sleep Comfortably
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I’m a side sleeper, always have been, always will be—and this is why I’m in love with the NeoAir XLite. Not only does the pad pack up smaller than a Nalgene and weigh less than a pound, it also inflates to a plush 2.5 inches thick. When combined with the triangular core matrix that prevents air from shifting around, you can comfortably side sleep without bottoming out. I slept great, felt rested the next day, and I’m completely sold on this thing.

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Pace wrote a review of on September 5, 2014

Light Body, Burly Fly
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The thing that really impressed me with the Stormlight is how Marmot combined an all-mesh tent body that’s super light and breathable, with a fly that’s sonically welded and PU coated for maximum burliness. The mesh body was perfect for taking a bug-free afternoon nap, and the fly shrugged off the screaming winds and heavy rains that came calling during the night. Plus, the three-pole design is simple to pitch and really does maximize livable space inside the tent.

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Pace wrote a review of on September 5, 2014

Stays Lofty 10-Times Longer
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Marmot Helium weighs just over two pounds, packs down small, has a silky smooth shell fabric, and all of that is great for backpacking, but my favorite thing about this bag is the Down Defender treatment. The treatment makes the down water-resistant, and that means it will maintain its loft for 10-times longer than untreated down. Remember that loft is practically synonymous with warmth, so this is a big deal, especially on multi-day trips.

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Pace wrote a review of on September 5, 2014

Envy of the Crew
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When you encounter prehistoric sized mosquito swarms like we did, you only have a few options. You can cover your face and skin in high-strength (read ‘high-poison’) DEET, you can wear the Sea to Summit Bug Jacket, or you can retreat back to civilization. Not willing to leave our alpine paradise, we gladly went with the second choice. Yes you will look foolish and your friends will mock you in the beginning, but by the end of the trip it’s guaranteed to be the envy of the crew. Plus, it packs up tiny and weighs nothing, so you can always bring it along just in case.

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Pace wrote a review of on September 5, 2014

Almost as Good as a Pack Goat
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Osprey packs we took to Priord Lake definitely have a “high tech” look, but after hiking 25 miles over three days with the packs, I’m convinced that all the tech is for function, not just for show. Osprey has a reputation for the best suspension systems out there, and the AirSpeed system didn’t disappoint. I could actually feel the air flow on my back when we were on the trail. With water and booze my kit weighed in at 29 pounds, and the Atmos carried it like a champ. I was also a big fan of the molded rubber pulls on the zippers that you can loop your finger through, and that’s just one example of the well-designed details these packs are loaded with. The women’s Aura 50 is the same pack as the Atmos, just fitted with a gender-specific hipbelt and harness.

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Pace wrote a review of on September 5, 2014

Tech for Function, Not just for Show
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Osprey packs we took to Priord Lake definitely have a “high tech” look, but after hiking 25 miles over three days with the packs, I’m convinced that all the tech is for function, not just for show. Osprey has a reputation for the best suspension systems out there, and the AirSpeed system didn’t disappoint. I could actually feel the air flow on my back when we were on the trail. With water and booze my kit weighed in at 29 pounds, and the Atmos carried it like a champ. I was also a big fan of the molded rubber pulls on the zippers that you can loop your finger through, and that’s just one example of the well-designed details these packs are loaded with. The women’s Aura 50 is the same pack as the Atmos, just fitted with a gender-specific hipbelt and harness.

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Pace wrote a review of on September 5, 2014

Keep Drinking
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you like to keep things classy when you’re outside, these are a must have for your kit. The stem unscrews and can be snapped into the flute for super compact storage, and you’ll be helping to keep disposable cups out of the landfill. The only downside I noticed with these is that they won’t stand up on their own unless you have a very smooth and level surface. All that means is that you need to finish each glass before setting it down, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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Pace wrote a review of on September 5, 2014

Holds More than a Six-Pack
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I’m pleased to report that the Mountainsmith Six Pack Cooler will hold a good deal more than a six pack. We filled it with six beers, two frozen margaritas, two different cheeses, one avocado, and a summer sausage—and we still had a little room to spare. The seam-taped lining kept it leak free and it even comes with its own bottle opener, which we definitely needed.

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Pace wrote a review of on September 5, 2014

Simple and Comfy
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you show up and plop down in a standard height camp chair, don’t plan on making friends with any of the folks sitting behind you. If you like making friends, but you still want a comfy spot to sit, you need a low-profile chair like the CB from Lafuma. Not only did the CB keep us low to the ground, I was able to extend my legs straight out in front of me, like I would in a deluxe chair that has a footrest. Plus, it folds up flat and has a shoulder strap for easy transport.

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Pace wrote a review of on September 5, 2014

Strap it Behind Your Saddle
5 5

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

Pendleton has a tradition of weaving fine wool blankets that stretches back to the 19th century, and their Camp Blanket is exactly what I would imagine an old west cowboy to have strapped behind his saddle. The wool weave is soft and warm yet still feels hearty and durable. At the end of the last song, as if on cue, dark clouds blew in and it started raining. The damp blanket smelled a bit like a wet horse, but in a good nostalgic sort of way, and that’s how you know it’s authentic.

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Pace wrote a review of on September 5, 2014

Ice Cream on the Go
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Klean Kanteen is on a mission to replace “a lifetime of throw-away plastic/paper containers.” With smart gear like their insulated Food Canister, they’ve made me a believer. It’s leak-proof, shatter-proof, made of sleek food-grade stainless steel, and it will keep hot or cold foods just the way you like them. Two hours before the show, I packed mine with vanilla ice cream and fresh raspberries. When the band started to play, it was still frozen and tasty, and lots of folks were looking at us with jealous eyes.

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Pace wrote a review of on September 5, 2014

well crafted
5 5

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

I’m a sucker for mid-century and Scandinavian design, and Fjallraven’s Medium Rucksack speaks straight to that sensibility. The design is simple, well crafted, and infuses a sense of authenticity and history by maintaining elements from the first Fjallraven packs that were stitched-up over 50 years ago. The classic G-1000 waxed canvas feels exactly the way good outdoor fabric should feel. It’s durable, water resistant, and my favorite part is that it breaks-in and takes on more character with age.

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