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Shannon, our fabulous female tester, takes gear testing to a new level for women. When not at work or school, she is most likely training for a marathon, climbing one of Colorado’s tallest peaks, riding her road bike, or skiing down a mountain slope. Like many women, Shannon gets cold easily, therefore, we try to test the best all weather gear to help her stay warm and dry during all day outdoor pursuits. In the warmer months, Shannon enjoys exploring the Colorado backcountry with her friends and dogs and attempts to escape for as many trail runs as her schedule allows. Shannon is a great women’s tester because she gives readers true insight into how a product may perform for an active woman.

Fall 2017 Women’s Guide

Toad & Co Sorel Mountain Hardwear

Mountain Khakis Shady Lady Shirt Jac Mountain Khakis Shady Lady Shirt Jac arrived at my house before the temps had even dipped to the 40s at night. However, I was instantly in love. Do you ever put on a piece of clothing or look at your wardrobe at something you have had for 10+ years and rejoice that the product ...

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Priority Continuum Onyx Bike Review

The Priority Continuum Onxy is the second Priority bicycle that I have had the pleasure to review. The Priority Classic, the original offering, is a 3 speed low maintenance work horse that I have used for the past year for around town commuting. The one area the Priority Classic lacks is the ability to brake and shift easily on the ...

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Rollga Dynasty 5 in 1 Foam Roller

I’ve used a lot of foam rollers over the years, but I have to say that I have had a hard time sticking with it due to the anticipatory pain. There are rollers with cut outs for trigger points or zones and spikes to really dig in. Prior to trying out the Rollga Dynasty, I had yet to find the ...

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Stoked Roasters Stoked Stix Review

Stoked Roasters Stoked Stix $9 Backpacking, car camping, glamping, and hut trips. Stoked Roasters Stoked Stix have been on all of these adventures and travelled to four states along the way. Stoked Roasters Stoked Stix have been my go to for instant coffee when I don’t feel like taking along extra equipment for a fresh cup of french press coffee. ...

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Ruffwear Hoopie Collar, Roamer Leash, and Beacon Light Review

Ruffwear Hoopie Collar The Ruffwear Hoopie Collar and Roamer Leash have been a great addition to our running pups arsenal. For starters, the Hoopie Collar is constructed of Ruffwears very own Tubelok™ webbing which is strong, light weight, and dries quickly. The Hoopie Collar features a side plastic buckle for easy on and off, making this a great collar for ...

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Cambelbak Circuit Vest Review

The Camelbak Circuit Vest has been my go to running vest this summer. It is a simple, light weight running pack that has very basic features, yet gets the job done for stashing food and staying hydrated. I used the Camelbak Circuit Vest on a 50 miler, 50K, trail marathon and multiple training runs. In total, I have probably worn ...

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Brooks UpLift Crossback Sports Bra Review

Brooks UpLift Crossback Sports Bra

The Brooks UpLift Crossback Sports Bra has many excellent features to help keep your mind on your exercise task and off what your sports bra is doing. The Brooks UpLift Crossback is designed for medium to high intensity activity, such as running, for women with C/D sized cups.  Here’s a breakdown by feature for the sports bra. Sizing One of ...

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Tailwind Nutrition Caffeinated Endurance Formula

Here at ActiveGearReview we have been avid Tailwind fans since our initial review of Tailwind Endurance Fuel in 2013 (full review available here). Tailwind is a Colorado based company that prides itself on being easy on the stomach, while also remaining gluten/vegan/soy/and dairy free. As an avid trail runner, I used to fall into that “crappy stomach” crowd that would ...

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Osprey Stratos 24 Backpack Review

Stratos 24

The Osprey Stratos line-up has received an update for the Spring/Summer 2017 season. Here is our take on the day-hiker, the Stratos 24. Fit & Comfort Osprey packs excel in this department, and the Stratos 24 did not disappoint. The Stratos 24 is available in one size and has an easy to adjust torso length and can be modified to ...

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