Trusted Gear & Nutrition

All of the “trusted gear & nutrition” listed below is currently active.  Past gear has been omitted.
Any  individual gear that is currently offered on the respective companies website is linked.   If it isn’t linked, it is likely discontinued.  But even discontinued items can be found on other sites, and quite likely on sale via Ebay, Amazon, and other websites.
(updated 5/29/2019)
Reviews coming in time for many of the products that I use.  But if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me.  I will respond as soon as I am able.  And if you’re a company that would like to send me something to test…please reach out to me at the email link below.

Luna Sandals

Mono “Winged Edition” (road/trail)

Oso Flacco (trail)

Leadville Pacer (trail)

Vernado 2.0 (road)

Mono 2.o (road/trail)


Superior 4 (trail)

Escalante Racer (road)

Vanish XC (xc/trail}



Baro 9 (multi-sport gps watch)

Ultimate Direction

Ultra Vest 4.0

Fastpack 20

Fastpack 25

Jurek Essential (belt)

Utility Belt

Grip 600 (handheld)

EDC (handheld)


Mini Water Filtration System*

*Can filter up to 100,000 gallons.  You’ll lose it before you ever filter than many gallons.  And at about $25, it’s a steal that just “works”.  Period.  Sawyer does make other water filters for third world and other conditions beyond what you would need typically outdoors as well.  I do have some issue with the hard plastic bags that they use.  But the bags work.  I just think that a softer bag would work better.  Like Cnoc Outdoors Vecto 2L Water Container or something similiar.  Plus the Cnoc bag holds more water to filter at once if you need to filter multiple bottles or a pack/vest bladder.

The North Face

Better than Naked Short Sleeve

Better than Naked Split Shorts 3.5

RKT Shorts*

*An interesting running short.  It’s a split that comes in at 5in inseam.  But what makes it different is that it’s made with nylon.  Fastest drying shorts that I’ve ever owned.  Lightest (not usually a concern).  Developed in partnership with Rob Krar.  My favorite shorts have always been the TNF BTN 3.5 splits…but these have replaced them…for now.  I don’t know if TNF will continue to make them or not.  And I’ve never seen anyone else on the trails or at a race with them on.


InReach Explorer+ (satellite communication device)*

*With 100hrs of battery life (dependent on settings), mapping, sos capability, text message satellite communication…it’s a must have in my opinion when you’re beyond cel coverage.  A mini option if you want a smaller version.  Bluetooths to phone if you want to use Earthmate App via phone or text via phone.

Pay by the month, or pay by the year.  Month is obvioiusly a bit more expensive.  Multiple plans that start off very reasonable.  Especially if you don’t plan to text much with it.  If you pay by the year, you can always upgrade or downgrade your plan during that time.  Downgrading it cost some extra change.

Hammer Nutrition

GU Energy

GU Energy Gel*

GU Energy Roctane Gel*

*Both the stardard Energy Gel and the Roctane Gel I believe are the best tasting gels on the market that are “old school” gels.



Nao (headlamp)

Goal zero

Flip 10 (powerbank)

Venture 30 (powerbank)

Venture 70 (powerbank)

Nomad 20 (solar panel)

Outdoor Research


Aptiin (shorts)


Tarah Pro (bluetooth headphones)* (Review)

*With up to 14 hours of battery life (most in this segment).  And the only bluetooth headphones that I am aware of that are “waterproof” and “sweatproof”.  As opposed to “resistant”, which is everyone else out there.  There is simply no better pair of bluetooth headphones for endurance adventures in the marketplace  At $159, they are not cheap.  I recommend an extra warranty as well through Best Buy for example for both peace of mind, and “beyond warranty” warranty.  And with the Jaybird App (if you’re using them with a phone or ipod, the additional fine tuning in sound is more than I expected.


Type C (massage roller)

New balance

Minimus 10v1*

*A shoe I love to wear when I just want to go sockless.  I replace laces with Lock Laces (like I do with all my shoes) so they can be put on with ease.



Clif BLOKS Energy Chews*

*These have become a big favorite.  I bust open the packages and toss the bloks in a ziploc bag for easy carrying and consumption to put in my vest or waistpack.


Stow 1L (flexible water bottle)*

*Bottle I like to add to my UD Fastpack 20 & 25.  Used as a large single handheld (literally as you’re not using straps), instead of carrying two handhelds.  It pretty much go’s everywhere I go outside of running etc too.  Why carry a Hydraflask?  When it’s done, it’s ready to pack away.