Author: Steve

Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX

Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX Review

Springtime hiking in Central Oregon presents every conceivable weather condition, often during a single outing. Snow, rain, sun and winds sweep through in waves. Terrain also can vary over short distances. Arid, high-desert volcanic...

Perfect Rip Deck

Perfect Rip Deck Review

It’s called the “competency trap.” The term comes from management science and describes a flaw in our behavioral tendencies. The competency trap happens when we continue to do things we’re good at and that...

Adidas Ultra Boost

Adidas Ultra Boost Review

The new Adidas Ultra Boost trainers are billed as “The Greatest Running Shoe Ever.” The claim likely has been made before, perhaps many times before. But it’s unlikely that such an assertion has ever...

Jawbone UP Move

Jawbone UP Move Review

Human innovation tends to reduce the physical labor needed for a desired result. When we think of the history of invention, we contemplate those things that make our lives easier while yielding more or...

Keen Uneek

Keen Uneek Review

Keen Uneek Review Aptly named Uneek sandals from Keen offer distinctive design and good performance in footwear that seems at home both at the beach and around town. The Keen Uneek sandals I’ve tested...

HumanX

Harbinger HumanX Review

For almost 20 years I’ve been a faithful adherent to the simple calculus of weightlifting: The more weight you push (or pull), the stronger your muscles become. The equation is linear and transparent. And...

Zamst RK-1

Zamst RK-1 Review

Most endeavors that promise gains also entail risk. In athletics, physical gains from training come with the prospect of injury, the most insidious of which are harms from overuse. Painful and often debilitating, overuse...

Adidas Duramo Cross X GTX

Adidas Duramo Cross X GTX Review

The Adidas Duramo Cross X GTX kicks I’ve been testing are the go-anywhere, do-anything sports utility vehicles of running shoes. Packed with technology, engineered for durable performance, and designed with good looks, I’ve found...

Adidas Hiking Hybrid Light Down Jacket

Adidas Hiking Hybrid Light Down Jacket Review

For confidence that you’ll stay warm in winter weather, it’s hard to do better than a down jacket. Great at keeping body heat intact, while offering low weight and high compressibility, the down jacket...

Howler Brothers Harkers Flannel

Howler Brothers Harkers Flannel Review

With winter weather bearing down on most of the U.S., the warmth and utility of flannel is officially back in season. Even here in Southern California, we’ve faced some cold weather over the last...