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Author Archives: Niels Oomkes

I am a multi-sport endurance athlete, and love to get out into the great outdoors to push the body to its limit. Most of my weekend expeditions, adventures, trips, or vacations are planned around running, biking, snowshoeing, camping, or anything else that will allow me to enjoy nature’s exquisite beauty.

The Columbia Caldorado Beanie Review

Columbia Caldorado Beanie

Let’s Talk About the Columbia Caldorado Beanie Yep, it’s a beanie, a hat, a lid, a bowler, or a skull cap. Basically, it’s something to keep the noggin’ warm, right?  Not so fast, my friend….!  This Columbia Caldorado Beanie is a multi purpose piece of gear that will satisfy many cold weather outings. The term ‘Beanie’ got me wondering where ...

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The Giro Factor TechLace Cycling Shoes Review

Giro Factor TechLace

First thoughts on the Giro Factor TechLace I received the Giro Factor TechLace in part because the month of May is recognized as Bike to Work month. Apparently, someone somewhere is keeping track of all these national daily, weekly, and monthly honors. This one does hit home for me. I don’t actually commute to work on a daily basis, but if ...

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Funkier Bike Clothing Line Review

Funkier Bike Clothing First, a little bit of background here on Funkier Bike. They are not one of your household name-brand cycling apparel companies that you’re bound to find at your local group ride.  I say that, because I wasn’t really aware of their offerings.  Ironically though, on my first ride in my kit, a guy shows up wearing a Funkier ...

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BioLite CampStove 2 Bundle Review

BioLite CampStove

First Thoughts On The BioLite CampStove 2 Bundle More than likely, if you are reading this, you are probably a hiker or camper looking for a way to provide some food for an upcoming camping trip. The BioLite CampStove 2 Bundle provides a light weight, simple, and efficient way to provide a well rounded meal out in the backcountry. The cool ...

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The ASICS Gel-FujiEndurance are Like Bomb-Proof Nimble Trail Assassins

ASICS Gel-FujiEndurance

First Impressions Of The Asics Gel-FujiEndurance Lightweight and minimal; not so much! The Asics Gel-FujiEndurance are a serious set of trail runners. They will enable the adventurous type to tackle just about any terrain and condition mother nature can throw your way. With a solid upper, aggressive tread, and built-in rock plate, your feet will be nicely protected. That said, ...

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Running, Biking, And Hiking With Swiftwick Socks

Swiftwick Socks

And snowshoeing, skating, sledding, skiing….. well, you get the point. Initial Thoughts On Some Very Nice Swiftwick Socks Swiftwick’s moto, tagline, or catchphrase is “Chase Adventure. It Fits You.” That obviously speaks to many of our readers and reviewers.  Socks always seem to get the short end of the stick, or be treated like an afterthought.  They usually aren’t flashy, fancy, ...

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A Super Lightweight Trail Option: The Matador Backpack Review

Matador Backpack

A Lightweight Look at The Matador Backpack             Matador came up with this really small, as in pocket-sized small, lightweight blanket. They decided to see if that concept could be carried further into the outdoor adventure world. The first thing that needed to happen was a move to Boulder, Colorado. Because that’s what you do when you want to be surrounded ...

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