I'm an avid hiker and backpacker and have recently gotten back into climbing as well.
When not on the trails, you can find me helping to run the company 52 Hike Challenege!
Altra Lone Peak 3.5 Trail Running Shoes
Best Shoe Ever!
I was skeptical of this show at first. But after hiking some sections on the PCT in 2018, I noticed a majority of my fellow hiker trash wearing them. First of all, they are super lightweight. Which is always nice when you're doing long days in trail. They're also very breathable, making water crossings easy. Because they breathe, you can wade through the water with your shoes on and they will dry in no time! They also feature a zero drop sole. This is where I was skeptical. I have scoliosis and have had a hard time finding the right combination of shoe and backpack that wouldn't leave me in pain at the end of the day. The zero drop helps align my hips as much as humanly possible considering my spine looks like a "?" The first time I took these puppies out for a spin, I was pleasantly surprised I ended the day mostly pain free!! Big box store employees always tell me I need to add insoles to them, but I would steer clear. These shoes are perfect just the way they are! The only con is that they don't last long. The tread wears out pretty quickly and you'll be lucky if you can get 500 miles out of them.
Osprey Hydraulics Reservoir 3L Water Bottle
Great, but will mold at flap.
I actually really love this product despite the fact that it molds at the flap. The wide, bag like opening makes it super easy to fill and to clean (the two most important aspects for me). But, buyer beware, if water gets trapped in the flap portion at the top, it can start to accumulate mold. The reservoir bag also turns yellow where it touches the tube, but I have no idea what causes that. 🤣 Pros: easy to fill, easy to clean Cons: molds on top flap, discolored easily