alewa’s Ultra Train 2 is a trail shoe specifically designed for speed hiking, fastpacking, and high alpine mountain training. The low-profile upper has a precise fit with a durable and protective outer shell. The protective 8mm drop midsole and aggressive Michelin compound outsole are carryovers from the original Ultra Train, which will be welcome news to those that enjoyed the original. I’ve been wear testing the Salewa’s Ultra Train 2 since they were released a few months ago, and will share my experience in this review.
The Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 is the most affordable Sony lens available for full frame e-mount cameras. The Sony FE 50mm isn’t going to win any awards for build quality with it’s plastic construction, but I was pretty impressed with its performance and the images I was able to get during my months of testing. In this review I’ll provide my opinion of this lens as well as images samples.
The Adidas Terrex Swift R2 is a burly, rugged, and sturdy trail shoe that’s made to tackle long hikes and backpacking trips. The Swift R2 is built on a stable 10mm drop platform with a sturdy board lasted midsole. The aggressive full coverage outsole uses a super sticky Continental rubber compound for a sure footed stride on wet and dry trails.
The Lycan is a brand new mountain running trail shoe from La Sportiva. The Lycan is nimble and light, combining a highly responsive midsole with a sticky and low profile outsole. I’ve been using the Lycan as a light hiker and as my go-to trail running shoe since their release, and will share my thoughts in this review.
After purchasing the Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8, it quickly became my favorite and most used lens. I loved the Batis 18mm so much that I started looking at the Batis 25mm f/2. The only issue was that I already owned the Sony 28mm f/2. Is the Batis 25mm good enough to justify the $850 price premium over the Sony 28mm? Find out in this review.
The XA Elevate is Salomon’s newest entry into their “On & Off Trail” shoe line-up. These shoes are designed for high alpine pursuits and are perfectly suited for steep terrain and challenging underfoot conditions. The XA Elevate is built on a highly stable 8mm-drop midsole, and has a Premium Wet-Traction Contragrip outsole that clings on to anything and everything.
The Access Knit is an approach shoe from Five Ten that looks, feels, and rides like a running shoe, yet provides the ultimate in underfoot security with a sticky dot rubber outsole. The one-piece knit upper on the Access Knit makes this shoe amazingly comfortable on long trail days and in hot weather.
Finding the right tent, backpack, clothes, and trekking poles can be tough, but nothing seems to give prospective hikers more issues than footwear. I hope to simplify things with this post. Here are the best 14 pairs of trail shoes for the John Muir Trail and Pacific Crest Trail in 2018!
The iconic Julbo Explorer has been updated to version 2.0 and I’ve been wear testing them since last year. The major updates come to the frame, and I couldn’t be more impressed with their performance. If you need a pair of sunglasses for long day hikes, alpine outings, or mountaineering, these could be the shades for you. See why in this review.