Archive for the ‘Equipment Reviews’ Category

Last weekend when I tried out my GoPro camera, I learned that the head strap was probably a better option instead of the chest strap. I can’t wait to try it out during tomorrow morning’s run. I’ll post a video after I get home from my run.

Also, since I decided to take on my first 100 mile race this summer at the Run Woodstock Hallucination 100 Mile, I stopped at the book store and picked up a couple of new books to read. Running on Empty by Marshall Ulrich and Ultra Marathon Man by Dean Karnazes. I probably won’t have time to start reading either of these until my plane ride to LA next month for the La Jolla Canyon 50k Trail Race. I’ll let everyone know how they turn out.

-Tim

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I’ve wanted one for a long time, but I finally bought one today. I ended up buying a GoPro Hero 3 (White Edition), chest harness, extra battery, and a 32gb memory card. The camera features 1080p video and 30 frames per second. With a 32mb memory card, I should get approximately 4 1/2 hours of video.

I really wanted it for next month when I run my ultramarathon at the La Jolla Canyon 50k.  Instead of taking constant pictures of the beautiful landscape I can now record almost the entire race. This will also come in handy at Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, 5k Foam Fest, and all of my other fun adventures I have scheduled. I’m getting it set up now and hope to make it out to a trail today so I can test it. I’ll post a video today or tomorrow and give it a review.

-Tim

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Brooks Pure Connect (retired)

I put in a long week at work so I decided to treat myself a little. After officially retiring my 7th pair of running shoes this year (Brooks Pure Connect) I needed a replacement. I keep multiple shoes in rotation, each with their own specific use and my Pure Connects were my high mileage road shoe. I am using the New Balance Minimus MT10 for my trail shoe, and Vibram Five Fingers “See Ya” for my low mileage road shoe.

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New Balance Minimus MT10

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Over the course of the last year and a half I have been running in minimalist shoes only. Each time I have gone more and more minimal. I’m at the point now where I cannot go anymore minimal without going completely barefoot. I enjoy the connection to the ground beneath me, the light weight feel, and the increased transfer of power to the ground. Although my feet get punished for it, my body moves more efficiently and naturally. This time I decided on the VFF Bikila. My friend Jessica was kind enough to order them from her work and get a sweet deal on them. Thank you Jessica! I took them on a 9.7 mile test drive around my neighborhood tonight with my new Princeton Tec Fuel head lamp.

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Princeton Tec Fuel

My run was on mixed terrain consisting of about 70% road, 20% gravel and limestone, and 10% grass. The shoes felt great once I put them on. A snug, uniform fit around my foot made them feel almost custom made just for me. The upper has a thicker, more structured feel which gave me a little more support throughout my foot as well as a little more protection from the wind. On the concrete they felt firm and fast. Just a very slight amount of extra cushion compared to my VFF See Ya. I really enjoyed them right away. The real joy was when I made it to gravel, crushed limestone, and grass. I could feel the uneven sufaces and respond a lot better to the imperfections of it. I didn’t experience any rubbing or areas of discomfort at all. These shoes were great. I certainly have no regret with my decision to get them and look forward to all of the happy miles we will share. Now I just need to find my next road race to use them in. –Tim