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Mark is an outdoor adventure seeker, living in the beautiful state of Michigan. He loves trekking hundreds of miles through the wilderness, whether on two feet or two wheels, always looking for the next new trail or road to see where it will take him.

Jabra Elite Sport Wireless Earbuds Review

Jabra Elite Sport

It seems like just yesterday that fitness enthusiasts had to listen to music through wired earbuds which would inevitably get tangled up or accidentally yanked out of our ears during a workout. Then there was the upgrade to wireless earphones, while no longer tethered to your phone, they still had a short wire attached to both buds and most of ...

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Nathan VaporKrar 4L Race Vest Review

Nathan VaporKrar 4L Race Vest

One essential piece of running gear for any trail runner is the hydration vest. The perfect vest needs to have a comfortable secure fit, a good hydration set up, and plenty of easily accessible pockets for fuel and gear. One company that has been perfecting the hydration vest for years is Nathan Sports and this year in collaboration with ultra runner ...

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Tifosi Dolomite 2.0 Sunglasses Review

Tifosi Dolomite 2.0

In 2003, Tifosi set out to create an eyewear brand that stood for quality, style, function, and value. With the support and passion of their partners and customers, Tifosi has grown to become a recognized, relevant, and trusted brand in cycling, running, outdoor and golf. Their mission is to provide technically advanced eyewear to enthusiasts of all sports and outdoor activities. ...

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CampMaid Outdoor Cookout Grill Set Review

Campmaid Outdoor Cookout Grill Set

Camping usually means cooking hot dogs on a stick, processed food, sandwiches and other boring camping food, that can be old news after a day or two. What if there was a way to easily take camp cooking to another level? What if you could have cinnamon rolls, baked chicken, smoked meats, mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, pizza and even peach cobbler? Or just about any ...

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Tifosi Synapse Sunglasses Review

Tifosi Synapse

Tifosi is an Italian word that translates to “Super-Fan”. Which according to their website is, “exactly who we are and who we make our eyewear for. Our mission is to provide technically advanced eyewear to enthusiasts of all sports and outdoor activities. We design, test, and torture our product to enhance your sport whether you’re running a 5k, riding your ...

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The North Face Flight Series Warp Knit Dual Shorts Review

The North Face Flight Series Warp Knit Dual Shorts

The North Face’s Flight Series was designed in collaboration with their team athletes, with the key focus idea being, “Run no matter what”. The Flight series collection incorporates FuseForm engineering, warp knit fabrication and FlashDry technology to keep runners cool, dry and focused on one thing: their run. I was giving the opportunity to test out the Warp Knit Dual Shorts from the collection. ...

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The North Face Fuseform Progressor Fleece Review

The North Face Fuseform Progressor Fleece

Fleece jackets are typically designed to function as lightweight and breathable mid-layers for outdoor activities in a range of weather conditions. Depending on the Season, they generally work best worn over a moisture-wicking base layer and under a waterproof or windproof hard shell. There are many variations of fleece jackets on the market today; synthetic vs. natural fibers, jacket weights, and ...

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The North Face Ultra Vertical Trail Running Shoe Review

The North Face Ultra Vertical

The North Face Ultra Vertical is the newest trail shoe offering added to the performance lineup of North Face trail running shoes. This shoe was built to take technical trails at breakneck speeds, maximize energy return and protect your feet while tackling steep ascents and descents. First Look The Ultra Vertical reminded me immediately of the Ultra MT, minus the waterproofing. ...

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