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Gear Review Update: La Sportiva Ultra Raptor Shoes

July 15, 2013  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , ,   |   2 Comments
La Sportiva Ultra Raptor

La Sportiva Ultra Raptor

Hiking/Trail Running Shoes
La Sportiva Ultra Raptor
$130, 1 lb. 10 oz. (men’s 9)
Sizes: Euro men’s 38-47.5, women’s 36-43
sportiva.com

For a recent 28-mile dayhike through Idaho’s spectacular White Clouds Mountains—partly off-trail, with a cumulative elevation gain and loss of nearly 8,000 feet, including a steep, very loose scramble of several hundred vertical feet over a pass—I wanted the lightest shoes possible, yet ones with plenty of support, comfort, and traction. It didn’t take me long to decide on the Ultra Raptor, which I had worn a lot and reviewed previously. Not only did they perform as I’d hoped they would throughout this long and rugged hike, but afterward, my feet felt fatigued but otherwise not like I’d just hiked 28 miles. Continue reading →

Gear Reviews: This Spring’s Top 20 (Okay, 21) Best New Outdoor Gear and Apparel

May 21, 2013  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   |   Leave a comment
Arc'teryx Altra 65

Arc’teryx Altra 65

Is it time you replaced that old backpack with something lighter and more comfortable? Do you need a rain jacket that weighs less than one of your low-cut hiking shoes, a wind shell that’s impressively breathable for trail runs or rides, or a sweet down jacket for yourself or your kid? How about putting your feet in some new hiking shoes or backpacking boots? Would you like to stop throwing away used batteries with a rechargeable headlamp that’s both ultralight and powerful?

Save yourself a lot of time researching the myriad options out there. Check out my reviews of the best new outdoor gear and apparel I’ve found and field-tested this year—so far. Continue reading →

Gear Review: La Sportiva Ultra Raptor Shoes

February 25, 2013  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , ,   |   Leave a comment
La Sportiva Ultra Raptor

La Sportiva Ultra Raptor

Hiking/Trail Running Shoes
La Sportiva Ultra Raptor
$130, 1 lb. 10 oz. (men’s 9)
Sizes: Euro men’s 38-47.5, women’s 36-43
sportiva.com

This new-and-improved rendition of Sportiva’s Raptor, one of the best trail-running and low-cut, light hiking shoes I’ve worn, lives up to its heritage. On numerous trail runs in the Boise Foothills ranging from five to 10 miles, on typically dry trails of packed dirt with some steep, gravelly sections, these non-waterproof low-cuts shined by any measure, but especially for stability and traction. Continue reading →