I love adventures! I love taking my little family on adventures! I have positive feelings about trusted gear and the people who make it. I have negative feelings about paid-for spam-bot reviews. These days mostly running, trail running, and hiking. Specializing in high temperatures and severely inclement weather.
Garmin Fenix 5 Smart Watch
It also tells time. And your position on the earth.
Features that justify price: This is just the sapphire and stainless steel version, and it was 700 on sale when I got it. The titanium version is around 1000. GPS : with this baby, we'll never be lost! (Especially attractive trackback mode where the watch will guide you back to the start of your run/hike/walk/swim/bike/triathlon/dunebuggy death race via the fastest trails or you can choose to retrace your steps exactly All the sports: seriously, all the sports. And if you play an obscure sport, just create your own custom activity. Like curling. I made one to time and measure the temp during my cold exposure sessions. Connectivity: connects to Garmin inReach emergency GPS units. Rad. Also connects to my dog tracking device the Alpha 100 so I can find my dig even if my dog controller is packed away. Also, your phone! Reading texts from your watch is great for work and endurance sports. Also reply with preset messages. Music: I use spotify, but there is also iheart radio and they added Deezer recently? Yup, music straight from your wrist. But also, you have the option the control your phone music if you prefer. Durability : I used to have a beloved suunto core. I loved it. It's a rad watch. I destroyed it in a few months. The Garmin fenix line is tough. My buddy accidentally got molten slag on his, (don’t ask) the watch is fine. Little slag speckles cooled on his watch face, really lends to the asthetic. Battery life: I got the fenix 5X plus vs other fenix 5 models because of the battery life. You're looking at about 24 hrs of continuous, power sucking GPS contact. In regular watch mode, it's days and ddays.even longer if you don’t have it constantly monitoring Heart Rate and spO2.Takes a little under 4 hours to charge 0-100 percent in my experience. Features that make me sad Garmin pay: works with very few banks. It's dumb. I don’t know why they didn’t just partner with paypal. If you have bank of America you're in luck, though. Cadence. It measures my running cadence lower than actual based on a metronome. Garmin sells additional devices like the HRM strap to give you more precise biometrics and running data. The watch alone is more than enough to start using HR and cadence, etc. But if you're a data junkie, maybe get more sensors later. Best feature of all time: Find your phone. I lose my phone constantly, and just hitting a button makes it ring and flash and saves me minutes to hours of searching. This feature alone will pay for itself in time saved over the lifetime of my watch. I lose everything. Except my watch because its tied to me. There are more things the watch does... more apps than I will ever be able to use available on the app store. I like the one that tells you how far away your uber is....
Mountain Hardwear Metonic Long Sleeve Hoodie - Men's
This Garment is Important
So this is a tale of Polartec Delta fabric, untapped market, and how the industry is trying to fill that market but it won't be as good without Delta. Spoiler: Get this hoodie if you can find it. If you adventure in places where it’s hot as the breath of Satan for three quarters of the year, and the sun is trying to kill you, (looking at you, Southern US), get this hoodie. Fabric: Polartec Delta came out a few years ago. It’ a cooling fabric. Unlike other moisture wicking fabrics, Delta holds moisture closer to your body for longer, so that it can absorb more heat before evaporating. Basically it makes sweating more efficient. Application: Ok, so when delta came out a couple brands made Tees and Tanks from it. Which that’s fine, But the more surface area you cover in extreme heat, the better. That’s why this hoodie configuration really lets Delta fabric shine. You get full protection from sun exposure, plus cooling effect from the fabric. Right now (2019) OR and Patagonia, and small batch companies like Triple Aught Design, have new Sun hoodies made from other fabrics. Some are using super thin wool, others just poly/nylon blends.They just aren’t quite as good as Delta. But there’s not licensing process, so they are probably cheaper to produce. Garment: Ok so the hoodie is pretty straight forward. It’s got a cool laser cut laminate nylon pocket thing that can hold cards and a wee map. It also has thumb holes which are rad. Mountain hardware quality seams, check. Be advised however that Delta fabric stretches a bit when wet, and it’s a loose weave fabric, ergo not great with severe abrasion. Like tree branches and such.
Patagonia Strider Pro Shorts 5" - Men's
Hop off that fence. The grass is greener over here.
They are in fact worth 70 dollars. They are light and comfortable. And if you like that premium fabric feel when you drop a lot of money on a usually mundane item, you will not be disapointed. Pockets. The phone pocket can be stretched to fit my galaxy note 9 with Moment case. It's not an easy fit. But it will fit. The pocket stretches, but the zipper opening is ridged. So its comfortable once it's in there, just not rapid access. The side pockets are longer than you think. I have put a full sized deodorant stick in the front side pocket with full coverage. Not a normal carry item for me, but the pockets can accommodate it. Phone wallet and keys are no problem for every day carry. And ultralight rain jacket is no problem. You can also wear these under pants and underwear.... the fabric is so light that it doesnt show bunched up lines under e en slim fitting and thing fabric pants. Weird pro tip (If you are minimalist you can ditch your exofficios and have underwaer and shorts in one garment that dries faster and has the same odor mitigation as ex officious. My ex officious are wearing out after 6 years and I'm phasing them out with strider pro shorts.)