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Author Archives: Mark Ranum

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.

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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Columbia Rogue F.K.T. Trail Running Shoe

Columbia Rogue F.K.T. Trail Running Shoe

In early 2016, Columbia Sportswear Company announced a realignment of the Montrail trail running footwear brand as a sub-brand of its flagship Columbia brand. This move signaled an huge increased commitment to their trail running category. Columbia’s trail running apparel, footwear and accessories will now be branded Columbia Montrail, similar to the familiar Columbia PFG sub-brand utilized in the brand’s Performance ...

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TomTom Adventurer Review

TomTom Adventurer

  Are you ready for an Adventure? The newly released TomTom Adventurer GPS outdoor watch is ready to track just about anything that you can throw at it. The new GPS outdoor watch was built to elevate your outdoor activities with dedicated sports modes for hiking, trail running, skiing and snowboarding. The TomTom Adventurer joins the TomTom Sports’ range of ...

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Groove Ring Review

Groove Ring

When you lead an active lifestyle, metal wedding bands tend to get in the way and can even cause harm in certain situations. Have you ever lifted weights with a metal band? Snagged your ring on something, and feel as if you almost lost your finger? Or accidentally touched the positive terminal when changing a car battery with your ring ...

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Winter Running Guide

Winter Running Guide

Winter running can bring solitude and beauty into your world. However, it does take some extra planning and protection to keep those polar expeditions fulfilling and enjoyable. There is no reason to stay inside, here is some excellent wear tested gear, that sets the bar exceptionally high and will help you run in those adverse weather conditions. L.L. Bean ProStretch Fleece Jacket Head out ...

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Stabil Stride Poles Review

STABIL Stride

  Trekking poles are becoming standard equipment for walkers, hikers, backpackers and trail runners. There are many advantages to using them, the main reason is that they enhance your stability and provide support during more challenging and rugged terrain, they also reduce stress on your body during both the descent and the ascent. Stabil is a company that has been manufacturing traction footwear for ...

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Scarpa Neutron Shoe Review

Scarpa Neutron

  Scarpa, whose name is an acronym (Società Calzaturiera Asolana Riunita Pedemontana Anonima, which translates to Associated Shoe Manufacturing Company of the Asolo Mountain Area) got its start in 1938, when the shoe makers of the area came together to create the best footwear. In the years following, they have become a leader in all gear related to the mountains, especially skiing and mountaineering. ...

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