Thursday, July 25, 2013
A few weeks ago I got some new running gear. My North Face Hat is living up to par. It is a great hat that keeps me cool on hot days and moves sweat off my head. The smart wool socks got a real chance to work on a recent trail run. The early morning dew soaked my feet after 2 miles. 4 miles into the run I took off my shoes to ring out my socks. 14 more miles with wet feet and no blisters. Smart wool really works! The other piece of gear I got was a CamelBak FlashFlo running bladder. It worked great to have water on the run at all times. What didn't work is the way the pack rides. It doesn't! I tried it out for 9 miles on the road and was able to make it work by really tightening the belt, but it hurt my intestines it was cinched so tight. I took it out for a spin on the trails and after one mile if that I wanted to throw it in the woods. It would bounce so bad and I couldn't get it tight against my back. I tried to wear it over one shoulder, didn't work. I ended up taking it off and carrying it by hand till I was able to ditch it in the car. Since it once contained water and doesn't have the original tags on it I cannot return the idem. So I am stuck with it for now.