Category: Gear Reviews

Gear Review: Vivobarefoot Ultra 3 Camp And Water Shoe
Footwear Reviews

Gear Review: Vivobarefoot Ultra 3 Camp And Water Shoe

The Vivobarefoot Ultra 3 is a lightweight anatomically shaped shoe that gives you a nice barefoot feel. The Ultra 3 provides impressive underfoot protection via a puncture resistant outsole. My favorite part of the shoe is the EVA upper with hexagon cutouts, that allows my feet to breathe in hot weather, drain and dry after getting wet, and still feel protected when kicking around a campsite.

Gear Review: Salomon Sense Ultra Pro Trail Shoe
Footwear Reviews

Gear Review: Salomon Sense Ultra Pro Trail Shoe

The Salomon Sense Ultra Pro has been my ‘Goldilocks’ trail shoe of the year so far. From upper to outsole, everything feels ‘just right’ for my feet. I’ve worn these on hikes and trail runs, and have yet to find something that I don’t like about them. The Sense Ultra Pro is built on the same platform as the SLAB Sense Ultra, and as much as I liked the SLAB Sense Ultra, I like the Sense Ultra Pro even more. 

Gear Review: Salomon SLAB Ultra Trail Shoe
Footwear Reviews

Gear Review: Salomon SLAB Ultra Trail Shoe

The SLAB Ultra is a maximum feature trail shoe by Salomon that is built to take on any trail and any distance. The SLAB Ultra is built on a stable platform with an 8mm drop, and provides two layers of underfoot protection with Profeel Film and a TPU insert. I have put close to 250 miles on this shoe and will share my thoughts in this review. 

Gear Review: Salewa Ultra Train 2 Hiking Shoe
Footwear Reviews

Gear Review: Salewa Ultra Train 2 Hiking Shoe

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. 

Gear Review Sony FE 50mm F/1.8 SEL50F18F
Camera and Electronics Reviews

Gear Review: Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 Lens

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.

Gear Review: Adidas Terrex Swift R2 Hiking Shoes
Footwear Reviews

Gear Review: Adidas Terrex Swift R2 Hiking Shoes

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.