Five Ten goes urban with updated Approach, offers budget rock climbing shoes & more

18 July '16


As the sport progressed and styles carried over from the rocks to the streets, Five Ten’s approach shoes become more like trail running shoes than pure approach shoes. Now, they’re moving closer to their roots in terms of functionality, but bringing it to market with a streetwise fashion sense.

The new line comes out in January and has a strong urban influence. They’re made for folks that aren’t just hardcore climbers, but for those who might only ever climb indoors. They look the part but are a little more “user friendly” for folks that don’t want a toe crushing hardcore climbing shoe for casual climbs.


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Tenkara USA brings Japanese fly fishing anywhere you go

08 July '16


This summer, we attended Outdoor PressCamp, where we get one on one time with brands that make killer outdoor, active lifestyle gear. With brands in the hiking, running, camping and related spaces showing off their goods, we’ll have plenty to show off over the next few weeks. Fly fishing has always seemed like a mystery to me, but founder Daniel Galhardo simplified it just the way we like. And thanks to his telescoping carbon fiber rods, you can bring the experience along anywhere you go…


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SlingFin reinvents the tent with modular, easy to use designs

08 July '16


Founded by a couple of ex-Mountain Hardwear folks, they first popped up with a Kickstarter campaign for their unique Honey Badger backpack/pannier bag waaaaaay back in 2012. While that bag is still wrapping up development, they’ve been busy making tents.

Starting with expedition level shelters for base camp, they’ve also added a couple of smaller camping tents that use a unique WebTruss design that makes them modular to suit your needs. It also makes them able to be set up with the rainfly first, so you can crawl under and put the rest up without getting poured on.

Zip (or crawl) in to see how they’re changing the way you use tents…


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Tough Mudder wants your creativity (and crazy) for their Extreme Obstacle Design Challenge

07 July '16


Think Tough Mudder’s obstacles are crazy? Or too tame? Think you can come up with something better? Now’s your chance. Through July 20th, 2016, they’re taking submissions through their Extreme Obstacle Design Challenge.

Sketch your best (worst?) obstacle and send it in. If they like it best, you and a friend will win an all expenses paid trip to New York to meet the team that builds these things…and they may just build your obstacle for the 2017 season! Once all the entries are in, they’ll let all of you vote to determine the 10 most popular, after which their own team will pick the winner. Video and a few entries below…


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Found: MudGear compression socks for obstacle course racing

19 June '16

MudGear OCR compression socks for obstacle course racing like Spartan Warrior Dash and Tough Mudder

Image: MudGear

After searching for a while (and even considering developing my own), these OCR-specific socks from MudGear popped up. Designed specifically for the challenges presented by rope traverses and climbs, wet slogs and long distances, they’re the first and possibly only sock out there for such things.

They’re a full over-the-calf length, which not only provides muscle support, but also protects against rope burn and cuts and scrapes from brush. They reinforced the areas that are typically dragged across a rope (either when crawling along one or sliding back down after the climb), and made them tight to keep debris out. Pull up the details below…


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Found: Tasty new energy, recovery treats from Picky Bars, SmashPack & BeetElite

18 June '16


Picky Bars are among our favorites thanks to their whole food ingredients and awesome flavors. While covering Sea Otter’s smorgasbord of new energy foods for our sister site Bikerumor, this one wasn’t quite ready, but we did get to sample it’s unique take on a bar flavor. Blending a little bit of savory and spicy in with the usual sweet, the Picky Bar Moroccan Your World mixes turmeric with cardamom, ginger and pistachios to give it a Moroccan inspired flavor. Other main ingredients are dates, almond butter, sprouted rice protein, agave nectar, honey, brown rice crisps and sunflower butter. Most are organic, all are gluten, dairy, soy and GMO free.

Check out more good eats below…


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Updated Reebok All Terrain Super obstacle course racing shoes get speedier, cushier

17 June '16

2017 Reebok All Terrain Super OR obstacle course racing shoes for spartan and tough mudder

Reebok has updated their “in a class by themselves” obstacle course racing shoes with two new versions. The All Terrain Super OR, shown above, switches traditional laces for a speed lacing system and adds an external heel cup, among other changes. There’s also a new All Terrain Thrill, which takes most of the OR’s features and puts them atop a fully cushioned outsole.

Step through for the tech details…


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Review: Kid-friendly Parkour lessons at Primal Fitness in Washington, D.C.

25 May '16


Last summer while passing through D.C., we broke up the long drive home with a stop at Primal Fitness to introduce our kids, then 7 and 10, to parkour. While gyms and classes have been popping up in more places, at the time, this was the closest spot to our home in NC. That, and they were also the home of the regional APK (American Parkour Academy) certification, where most instructors in a multistate area go to get certified and do continuing education. So, what better place to start our journey into Parkour?

Primal Fitness is housed in an old fire station, which lends a cool aesthetic and layout. Outside were a few wooden features for practice, and immediately inside was their Crossfit box. Head to the back, walk up the stairs, and head down the hall and you’ll find the Parkour room…


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Found: ElevenPine women’s athletic skirt converts from bike, run to casual

24 May '16


ElevenPine launched this spring with a collection of cycling-inspired baggies that zip up the leg to make them form fitting, making it easy to go from riding to hanging out with friends without having to go change or, worse, standing around in Spandex. But it’s the women’s Kickitup athletic skirt that caught our eye as an even more versatile piece.

Rather than zippers, it uses an elastic drawcord to cinch the sides up while riding, running or whatever (tennis, anyone?), then drops down for more more coverage after playtime. It’s designed to go over tights, padding cycling shorts, boy shorts, or other base layers and uses a wide, low cut waist band in a soft 4-way stretch fabric. Video, pics and pricing below…


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Airport Sbarro surprises w/ baked chicken & vegetable entree for $9

23 May '16


In the unfortunate event that my airport staple of a burrito bowl can’t be found, I usually succumb to the lure of a big, fat burger and fries. Fortunately on my last trip, where BOS’s international terminal’s construction forced a closure of the only burrito counter, I passed by S’barro and noticed something other than pizza, calzones and other bread-and-cheese heavy items.

The Baked Chicken dish was just $8.99 and came with a pile of green beans, carrots and roasted potatoes. According to Under Armor’s MyFitnessPal online calculator, the chicken quarter provides about 39g protein, 13g fat and no carbs…with the skin. While the seasonings on the skin (and potatoes) is are delicious, it peels off easily to cut back on the fat. The meat of the dish comes in at about 290 calories, so I’m guessing the entire plate comes in well under 600. And at nine bucks, it’s a bargain for healthy eating that’s substantial enough to fill a belly before a long flight. It also gave me a great idea – slice the chicken before roasting it so the marinade and seasonings get deeper into the meat!

Oddly, this menu item isn’t listed on their website, so it might not be available everywhere.

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Review: Gold’s Gym Suspended Bodyweight Trainer straps are budget alternative to TRX

20 May '16

Golds Gym suspension bodyweight trainer straps are an affordable TRX alternative

TRX Suspension training straps are great, but with a retail price over $200, they’re a hard pill to swallow for the home gym. While strolling through Wal-Mart a while back, I saw a similar looking set from Gold’s Gym on the shelf at about $40. They’ve since updated it a bit, and online retail is just $38 as of this post.

But are they any good? Well, after more than a year of use and being left out in the rain more than once, I’d say yes. They’re not perfect, and I’ve had to fix the handles and ultimately replace them, but the quality is there where it counts…


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Nab a sampler pack of Endurox, Accelerade & more for just $3.99

16 May '16


If you’ve been an endurance athlete for more than six years, you’ll likely remember when Endurox R4 stormed the scene with their 4:1 carb-to-protein recovery drink. Now, after remaining fairly quiet for years, I spotted some new products from parent company Pacific Health Labs at Interbike last fall (link goes to my cycling website, Bikerumor). Now, they’re giving you the chance to try the full suite of sports nutrition products they offer for just $3.99, including shipping.

Hit this link to give it a whirl and you’ll get two servings each of Accelerade (during) and Endurox R4 (after), plus one each of the Accel Gel and 2nd Surge caffeinated energy gel. They’ll also throw in their Performance Nutrition Handbook for a little light reading. Limit two per customer, flavors are randomly selected.

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