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Blitzkrieg: An Assault on 4 High Sierra Peaks in One Day

Friday, December 5th, 2014

This post comes from Chris Cloyd, a TMS Ambassador and lover of endurance sports. When Chris isn’t training for his next big race or out exploring the Eastern Sierra on foot or bike, he’s managing the Performance Training Center by Julia Mancuso. Watch for more race reports, gear reviews and fun reading from Chris and other Ambassadors of Tahoe Mountain Sports.

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A perfect day to bag four peaks!

I’ll always remember this past summer fondly, and with great reverence. This was the season that redefined sport and what is possible (for me) in the mountains. It was an exciting season, and one that I look forward to building on in 2015 and beyond. By far the most ambitious day on my calendar was October 19th, 2014 – a planned single-push assault on Mt. Carrillon, Mt. Russell, Mt. Whitney, and Mt. Muir in one day.

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Deuter Backpacks Shine in Yosemite

Monday, November 24th, 2014

The following trip report and gear review is brought to you by Kevin Snow of Tahoe Mountain Sports:

“I should have bought another banana,” I thought as I turned onto Highway 140, entering the Merced River Valley. I wasn’t sure how long the drive was going to take me, and I’d hastily misjudged my morning hunger level as I flew through the gas station just outside of Lee Vinning hours earlier. “I heard there’s a pizza place down there somewhere,” I remember thinking, when all of a sudden, I realized what was happening, my car slowed, and a tear came to my eye. I had just entered the Yosemite Valley and what had just come into view was one of natures’ most awe inspiring, grand, and massive gifts of beauty, towering three thousand feet above the valley floor. I stood before El Capitan, in all of its majesty, in pure astonishment, as I contemplated not only the massive geologic events it would have taken to make this gargantuan monolith, but the amount of monumental historic events for the climbing world that have taken place on its walls and in its shadow. I felt like an ant. All of a sudden the world had been pulled into perspective for me, I felt small in it, and another tear came to my eye.

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The gang at the trailhead in Camp 4 in front of Midnight Lighting. The iconic bouldering problem is defined by the chalk lightning bolt in the background, and has been kept up by climbers outlining it in chalk for 3 and a half decades.

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Review: La Sportiva Bushido, Trail-Mountain-Sky Running Shoe

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Adam Broderick manages the web content at Tahoe Mountain Sports. When he is not in the office, he tries his best to be in the field doing something awesome.

La Sportiva Bushido

“Incredibly flexible, with phenomenal support and traction.
I was surprised how well it flexes underfoot considering how robust it feels in-hand.”

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Designed in the Dolomites, so you know they’re good.

I’ve put just over 100 miles on these badhawks, and by now it’s safe to admit they’re my favorite trail shoe to-date. In the past year, I’ve run in Salomon’s, Inov-8’s, Altra’s and The North Face’s. My Salomon S-Lab’s fit like a glove and perform great in technical terrain, plus use a simply genius lacing system, but they lack the protection underfoot and the 4WD capabilities the Bushido offers. My TNF’s provide the cushion and support I desire, especially on rocky terrain, but they’re not quite breathable or flexible enough. My Inov-8’s protect underfoot and have good traction, breathe well, and flex great, but don’t provide the lateral support I need. Same goes for my Altra’s. Although they boast the wide toe-box I appreciate so much, and until I tried the Bushido were my go-to’s, they also lack lateral support. It’s funny because after I’d modified my Altra shoes by adding Salomon’s quick-laces, I swore they were the ultimate trail running shoe. Then I got the Sportiva’s, and I’ve gone back and forth, alternating through the aforementioned pairs, but keep finding myself coming back to the Italians.

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When I first got them I was hardly running due to a knee injury. I was afraid to get back into my Inov-8’s or Altra’s because my right foot was dramatically pronating and each time I ran I felt like I reversed any recent rehab. But on July 3 I laced up the Bushido’s and headed up the hill behind my house in North Lake Tahoe. I couldn’t believe that I was able to go four miles before my leg started talking to me, and even then it was more of a whisper to “chill a little” than a command to “stop running”. They offered everything I looked for in a shoe, plus the lateral support I had never experienced in something so lightweight and flexible. At just 11 ounces per shoe (size 42.5), it’s amazing how robust and responsive they are. They even have a semi-wide toe-box so my lil’ guys can stretch out. (more…)

Gear Review: Manduka Pro Yoga Mat – Eco-Friendly, Most Comfortable

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Truckee-Tahoe local Coral Taylor loves riding bikes, exercising, and exploring the Sierras with friends and family. She is a licensed civil engineer who works for the Tahoe City Public Utility District, a passionate yoga practitioner and recently certified instructor, as well as an ambassador for the Team LUNAChix Tahoe Mountain Bike Team. Tahoe Mountain Sports is proud to have Coral representing us as one of our elite TMS Ambassadors!

“This is the mat I would buy for a friend or family member, which means a lot, because I try to spend my money mindfully on quality products.”

manduka-pro-yoga-matWhatManduka Yoga Black Mat PRO, 71”

Where – I got myself a new yoga mat as a gift for completing my 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training this spring. Since then, I have rolled this mat out at home, on my deck, at various studios in Truckee, Kings Beach and Squaw, and even on the lawn at West End Beach of Donner Lake.

Pros – I really appreciate the thickness of this mat; with my bony knees and elbows, it makes kneeling or elbow-based poses much more comfortable than other mats I’ve used, especially on uneven surfaces such as grass or sand. During a recent outdoor class, I was very glad to have this mat, which stayed put while other mats were tossed about in the wind.

I also appreciate Manduka’s commitment to the environment and to its customers; this mat has a lifetime guarantee, which minimizes waste. As a lover of nature and a citizen of planet Earth, Manduka’s sustainability practices such as zero waste and emission-free manufacturing make me feel good about purchasing a new consumer product.

This cool video explains Manduka’s recycling efforts behind manufacturing:

 

Cons – The Manduka PRO Mat is relatively heavy, so if you’re carrying it for a ways or bike commuting, it would weigh you down after a while. Initially, this mat was very slippery, which is pretty common with most new yoga mats. However, the “Break-In” technique recommended by Manduka, which involved sprinkling sea salt then scrubbing the mat with a little water and air drying in the sun, seemed to help. The more I use this mat, the stickier it gets. This mat also has a hefty price tag, but if you look at the return on investment, and plan to buy just one mat the rest of your life, it is well worth it.

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Suggestions – I like how Manduka offers some additional color options in their PRO limited edition. It would be nice if this mat was less slippery when first using it, and if the mat could weigh a little less while still retaining the lifetime guarantee and all the aforementioned  cushion, that would be nice as well.

 

Summary – So far… so great!  I love my new Manduka yoga mat and look forward to using it for this lifetime of practice. This is the mat I would buy for a friend or family member, which means a lot, because I try to spend my money mindfully on quality products.

 

 

 

Tahoe Mountain Sports also carries the Manduka eKO Lite and the PROlite mats for those looking for something on the thinner side:

Manduka Yoga eKO Lite Mat - 4mm
Manduka Yoga eKO Lite Mat – 4mm
MSRP: $63.95
Manduka Yoga PROlite Mat 71
Manduka Yoga PROlite Mat 71″
MSRP: $77.95

 

Gear Review: Inov-8 TrailRoc 255 Mountain Running Shoes

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Formerly a collegiate miler and cross-country runner, Danny Jenkins has run ultras for the past eight years. He is a freelance adventure writer/photographer, fundraiser for youth services and addiction recovery programs, and past community addictions counselor based in Truckee, California. He lives to run free in the Sierra every chance he gets, regularly uses his running to raise money for local charities, and is a founding member of the Donner Party Mountain Runners.

“No matter where I’m running, it will perform well and definitely get the job done.”

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Ready for anything the trail throws your way. Click image for more info.

I’m liking the Inov-8 255‘s. More support than I’ve had in a long time and my legs are appreciating it. Incredible traction, as you might expect from Inov-8, and performs well in just about all conditions and all trail surfaces. It’s slightly heavier than I like, but it’s almost an insignificant factor. The fit is a little wide (for my taste) because I do a lot of technical running (my strength), but this is a shoe I like to call my “rover” – which means no matter where I’m running, it will perform well and definitely get the job done.

 

I am totally confident with these trail runners underfoot on hard-packed dirt, steep ascents, sandstone, granite, fire trails, sharp rocks, smooth single track, and managing technical terrain. Rates okay in the mud, but there are probably better choices if it’s raining and crud is the call.

 

Trail and mountain runners who thrive on good shoe flex will like the 255. It “gives” in technical mountain terrain, yet won’t lend enough freedom to “twist.” The lightweight toe-guard makes for pretty minimal protection in front, but I didn’t have any issues with Superman-type aerials, even on runs at places like Mt. Tallac in S. Lake Tahoe (which brings every type of terrain imaginable).

 

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Danny flies downhill with confidence.

Comfort factor rates a 9 out of 10, right out of the box. Break-in period was short; maybe 9-10 hours of running and you’re gaining every benefit the 255 has to offer.

 

The TrailRoc 255 is a flexible trail runner (with meta-flex near the toes) that excels in technical mountain terrain. The soft, flexible heal counter helps in lending the shoe a slipper-like feel, while the anatomic last provides a wider toe box than those found on other Inov-8 models. This roomy upper has accommodated thicker socks and some foot swelling on longer runs.

 

The 255 represents the most protective end of the spectrum for Inov-8’s Trailroc lineup, designed with the most cushioning of any TrailRoc running shoe. An ideal shoe for high-mileage training and racing, the 255 blends awesome durability with grip and is capable at a wide range, from 10K trail races to 100-mile mountain ultras.

 

I wore these mountain running shoes on every training run (mountain and trail only) for two months, and I am currently training for the Headlands 100 in Sausalito, Ca., on Sept. 13th. The training territory is North Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Tahoe Donner, Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) and any other initial on our local Tahoe trail map. Nothing but trail stoke…..Cheers!     -Danny Jenkins

 

Gluten-Free Camping & Backpacking Foods – They’re Grrreat!

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

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Eating gluten-free can be a pain in the butt. I know this not because I am without gluten, but because my day job is waiting tables. That’s right folks, this glamorous, blog-writing lifestyle is just a side gig. Sorry to disappoint you. Fortunately, I have some good news to lift you back up from your dismay over my underwhelming existence. Ready? The backcountry might be one of the easiest places to eat gluten free.

AlpineAire and Natural High sound like a couple of Colorado-based ‘recreation’ facilities, but they’re actually producers of some of the most gourmet, gluten and weed-free backpacking foods you can get your healthy little hands on. AlpineAire foods are actually made in Rocklin, near Sacramento, so we’ve got some local love for them. They’re ultralight, resealable and self-standing pouches have a shelf-life of 5+ years and (most of their 85+ recipes) are ready just a few minutes after adding boiling water and mixing.

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Scooping some Santa Fe Black Beans & Rice during an educational in-store clinic.

I’m talking about dishes like Cheese Enchilada Ranchero, Pineapple Orange Chicken, Three Berry Cobbler and Bananas Foster. Is your mouth watering yet? Mine is, and I practically mainline gluten. If it were this easy everywhere to eat well without gluten, however, I might stop. Why not, right? I mean, given the choice, who’d say, “No thanks, I prefer to be chronically bloated and inflamed.” Tea Party republicans, okay, perhaps you’ve got me there. But I have enough experience with gluten-free foods to know they don’t have to taste bad. My restaurant has this flour-less chocolate cake that’s so soft and lovely, I sometimes make myself a bed of it and jump right in.

If that last line didn’t scare you off, not only do I recommend seeking psychiatric help, but I have a couple last suggestions: Bandito Scramble and Strawberry Granola with Milk, because you deserve a gluten-free breakfast more fulfilling than two packets of GU Energy Gel. So, go to the AlpineAire and Natural High pages at tahoemountainsports.com (linked above), treat yourself to some gluten and guilt-free goodness and go bag yourself some peaks with a happy tummy and taste buds.

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Example Directions & Nutrition Info

 

Until next time,

SJ

-No preservatives
-No artificial flavors
-No artificial colors
-No MSG
(in the foods, not SJ)

 

 


Scott Johns is an adventure cinematographer, mountain biker and snowboarder living in Incline Village on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. When he’s not creating beautiful imagery for video, he’s out ripping singletrack or shredding big lines in his backyard that we call the Eastern Sierra Nevada.

 

AlpineAire Chicken/Almond Salad
AlpineAire Chicken/Almond Salad
MSRP: $9.95
Natural High Organic Mango
Natural High Organic Mango
MSRP: $5.95

Travel Gear Guide: Tips for Adventurers Caught Playing Tourist

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

This review comes from Scott Johns, an adventure cinematographer, mountain biker and snowboarder living in Incline Village on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. When Scott’s not creating beautiful imagery for video, he’s out ripping singletrack or shredding big lines in his backyard that we call the Eastern Sierra Nevada.

Sunsets in foreign lands. Another reason to travel.

Sunsets in foreign lands. Another reason to travel.

Travel season is upon us and my gear has already seen an overnight kayaking trip down the Carson River plus a combined two weeks of car camping and mountain biking in the rainy Northwets–that’s not a typo, I’m just proposing a name change because the Northwest can be so soggy at times. Some of my gear has been ideal, like my Saxx underwear, and some of it, not so much. Here’s what I’ve learned so far, and summer hasn’t even technically begun:

 

The Value of a Hammockeagles-nest-camping-hammock

My first trip of the season, in a whitewater kayak, was something new to me. I was told I couldn’t bring a tent and was a bit apprehensive about that. Fortunately, Adam Broderick from Tahoe Mountain Sports had already written a great hammock info blog, specifically highlighting ENO hammocks.

With my mind a bit more at ease after reading, I sacked up, spent the cash (much cheaper than a tent, by the way), dropped it in a dry bag and stuffed it in the back of my kayak. Bottom line: hammocks are a huge weight and space saver. No tent, no pad, no problem. Just more room for beer, in my case, and easier traveling if you’re on foot. And I recommend going for the double hammock; the additional space is worth the extra $10.

 

 

Let Gravity do the Filteringplatypus-gravity-works-filter

Something I wished I had on that kayaking trip, but had no budget for at the time, was a pump-free water purifier. My MSR MiniWorks is compact and works great, but pumping water for four thirsty dudes cuts heavily into your relaxation time when you only have a few hours off the river each day.

The Platypus GravityWorks filtration system is ideal for group settings. Just fill it up and walk away; it’ll be ready when you finish your coffee. There’s also a four-liter version, which you can find among Tahoe Mountain Sports’ multitude of other water paraphernalia.

 

 

 

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Gabe Lambert traveling through…a lot of air. Black Rock Mountain Bike Area. Falls City, Oregon

 

Better than Ricelifeproof-case-iphone-4s

It seems like after every time I go kayaking, somebody’s phone ends up in a bag of rice. This trip was no different. Dry boxes work great to protect your phone, until you pull it out to use it. And using rice to suck moisture out of it, after the fact, actually works quite well, too. But waterproofing–and shock, dirt and snow proofing–your selfie-box, with a Lifeproof case, is a more sustainable, long-term solution to keeping it dry. So, I’ve come up with a new, million-dollar marketing slogan for Lifeproof. Ready? Lifeproof: it works better than a bag of rice. *Please make that check payable directly to Scott Johns, thank you. To watch a short travel film shot on an iPhone by a TMS employee, both under and above water in Central America, click here: 2 Tickets to Roatan, Honduras

 

Taking a Backpacker’s Approach to Car Camping

best-solo-travel-stovesBecause riding a bicycle is my preferred adrenaline-inducing activity, I do a lot of car camping on my mini-vacations. The upside is that there’s more space for extra gear. The downside, I always bring way too much crap. The other two of my three trips proved this once again. So, I’m tempted to start taking a backpacker’s approach to car camping. (more…)

Father’s Day Gift Guide – Good Sons & Daughters Get Him Outside!

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

This review comes from Scott Johns, an adventure cinematographer, mountain biker and snowboarder living in Incline Village on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. When Scott’s not creating beautiful imagery for video, he’s out ripping singletrack or shredding big lines in his backyard that we call the Eastern Sierra Nevada. Find more of Scott’s work at shredbums.com.

You’ve heard it before. On Father’s Day, what dads really want is to be left alone. Men are biologically wired to hunt and gather, to be outside, getting weird in the woods. Want to truly stoke out the father in your life this year? Start the day with a big, black cup of coffee and one of these gifts, then send him on his way. He’ll come back with a smile, feeling refreshed.

 

Manhood starts with a Leatherman

Leatherman Fathers Day Gift

 

 

Seriously, no man feels complete without one of these puppies, but choosing which one to get him can get complicated. Let’s start with what’s most important. Obviously, all a man really needs is a corkscrew to open his lady a nice bottle of wine at the end of this most epic Father’s Day. The pliers, knives, screwdrivers, etc. he’ll need for who-knows-what are just a bonus on the Juice CS4. But he’ll be grateful just the same.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Man’s best friend” is actually his belt

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Now that he has a Leatherman, he’ll need a proper place to put it. That’s on his belt. We grow as attached to our belts as we do our dogs, and still, a good belt might outlive a good K-9. Arcade Belts has changed the game, too. Put one on and there’s no going back. Arcade has a belt for everyone; dressy belts that are still great outdoors and all-elastic belts that are great for everything, everyday. Tahoe Mountain Sports’ Director of Online Marketing, Adam Broderick, even wore his black Midnighter to a recent wedding when he forgot his dress belt. Nobody knew the difference.

 

 

 

 

Real men wear real slippers

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None of that K-Mart nonsense for us. The Sanuk Pick Pocket Slip On Shoes are life-changers. These textured hemp slip-ons sport a custom print, soft canvas lining, high rebound Instaplay footbeds, Happy U Rubber outsoles and a large stash pocket for emergency taco money, or whatever. Sandals are great, but their uses are limited. These are so much more versatile and, as those of us privy to the cool evenings of Tahoe know, wear well far beyond dusk, when sandals can quickly become a bit of a bummer.

 

 

 

 

 

A better bag for geeking out

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You know that thing he fixed last week? The one he kind of made better, but kind of made worse at the same time? Yeah, that. Chances are he figured out how to botch that repair job by using a tool almost as important as his Leatherman: his laptop. Help him keep it safe and carry this evening’s picnic supplies, too, with the Deuter Giga Pro Daypack. It has all the features he needs, perfectly organized and protected, with an extra-padded, removable laptop compartment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Style him out a bit, too

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Now that we’ve covered all the super-masculine necessities, let’s get that guy looking a little snazzier. The Life is Good Grateful Dad Tee says it all and the Mountain Hardwear men’s DryTraveler Polo does it all. The latter will have him looking good and feeling comfortable at the office, on the disc golf course or at a casual lakeside dinner. Its poly/spandex blend offers the feel he gets from cotton but dries quickly and will stretch with him comfortably, while the antimicrobial finish helps eliminate odor and the UPF 25 protects him from the sun. Finally, no man’s wardrobe is complete without a plaid button down. The Marmot Newport Short Sleeve Shirt will keep him looking charming through sun-drenched days in seaside cities and mountain towns alike.

 

 

 

 

It might be best to end this post with a little disclaimer: I’m not a father, but I am a man, sort of. I’m a full-grown, thirty-year-old man-boy. The boy part is the key here. Kids or not, we men all need to feel like boys from time to time. Fact: the responsibilities of parenthood leave most men experiencing that feeling less often. Presents are a good way to bring it back, but being outside is better. So, this Father’s Day, if you really want to do the right thing, just make sure he gets to be outside, experiencing a new place, a new activity or an old favorite that he doesn’t have as much time for these days. And if anybody wants to get me an honorary Father’s Day gift, I’d like the Sanuks please.

P.S. I love you dad, thanks for everything.

 

 

Some more good Fathers Day presents, just for good measure:

Outdoor Research Helios Sun Hat
Outdoor Research Helios Sun Hat
MSRP: $35.95

Platypus GravityWorks Water Filters: Lightweight, Fast & Oh-So Easy

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

The Platypus GravityWorks water filtration system works so fast you’ll initially have to double-check you’re using it properly. It’s so easy, it seems too good to be true. All you do is fill it up with non-potable water, hang it from a tree, rock, tent or the top of your backpack, and relax or get some camp chores done while it does the work for you. No. Pumping. Necessary. 

But how?

Water succumbs to gravity and moves down a tube from the “dirty” bag, through the hollow fiber filter, and into the “clean” bag. That’s all it takes! Think of all the things you can do in those few minutes: clean dishes, brush your teeth, take down your tent, apply sunscreen, or stretch out your hammies. When you’re done, you’ll have 99.9999% bacteria and protozoa -free water! When it’s time to move out, roll up the reservoirs and tuck them into your pack or a cargo-pocket. 

Pretty cool, huh? Perhaps this kind of effortless efficiency is why it was awarded Editor’s Choice by Outside Magazine.

So, after all this, why do pump-style filtration systems dominate the field of water treatment? Well, they’re a bit more compact. At least, they were until Platypus said, “Here you go. Meet the GravityWorks 2.0 that fits in your pocket. BAM!” All of the parts needed to get the job done roll up to a size no larger than a standard pump filter.

This video highlights the GravityWorks 2.0 Water Filtration System, the smaller version that’s ideal for two person backpacking trips or solo adventures:

 

There’s a 2-liter version and a 4-liter version. Hmm…which is best for me?

GravityWorks 4.0 – best for groups (families, scout troops, outdoor leadership courses, etc.)
Dimensions: 9.5″ x 3.25″
Weight: 11.5 oz.
Flow: 1.75 liters/minute
Cartridge Life: 1500 liters (depends on water quality)
Includes: Two 4-liter reservoirs, fast flow hollow fiber filter cartridge, hoses and all fittings

GravityWorks 2.0 – best for one or two people (or larger groups that can rotate reservoirs)
Dimensions: 9″ x 3″
Weight: 11.5 oz.
Flow: 1.5 liters/minute
Cartridge Life: 1500 liters (depends on water quality)
Includes: Platypus Push/Pull Cap adapter and 2-liter Platypus Soft Bottle, fast flow hollow fiber filter cartridge, hoses and all fittings for use as a complete system with 4-liter carrying capacity

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First, dip it. The wide mouth is easy to fill.

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Next, hang it. Ain’t that cool?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once you have safe drinking water, either plug a drink tube in and slip it into your pack, or detach it all and take your Platypus reservoir practically anywhere…like up Mt. Shasta for a sunrise and some fun spring skiing. The reservoir makes for a great soft water bottle, but you can also connect the adapter (included) to another Platypus soft bottle. Either method is easy to transport and incredibly compact, especially after you suck it dry.

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Have you ever used a GravityWorks water filter? Spoken with anyone who has? What did you/they think? Our readers’ feedback is always appreciated in the comments section below.

 

 

SAXX Underwear and the Evolution of Man

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

This review comes from Scott Johns, an adventure cinematographer, mountain biker and snowboarder living in Incline Village on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. When Scott’s not creating beautiful imagery for video, he’s out ripping singletrack or shredding big lines in his backyard that we call the Eastern Sierra Nevada. Find more of Scott’s work at shredbums.com.

The evolution of men’s underwear preferences goes something like this: we start with those hideous tighty whities, placed on us by mom before we are old enough to think for ourselves. Her motivations are obvious: they’re cheap and might contain a small amount of feces when an accident happens.

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Real men wear real underwear. Ben Lanier fishing from a whitewater raft on the Rogue River, Oregon.

As we begin to develop an individual outlook on the world, we feel as though our junk is being held captive. So, we switch to boxers as soon as we’re given the choice. Freedom. Ahh… But, somewhere between adolescence and our mid-twenties, we begin to ‘grow’ out of one side or the other and make a reluctant return to a more supportive solution.

“I was a boxer man for years, but now I wear boxer briefs,” my friend and valet extraordinaire, Tim Ganyard, told me, verifying this totally scientific hypothesis. “It’s not comfortable to run with your guys bouncing around.”

Some of us find further benefits to the support of boxer briefs. I’m talking about saggy sack syndrome. If you don’t know what I mean, you must have the good fortune of never having had your best friends touch the water when you sit on a toilet. Thanks to boxer briefs, I’ve seen a massive reduction in such occurrences.

A couple years ago, a buddy suggested I try out some premium underwear, like Saxx. He swears by them. It took a while to convince myself that spending more than ten bucks for a three-pack of underwear was a reasonable proposition.

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SAXX – Give thanks to those who support your freedom.

Eventually, I found some inexpensive, high-end drawers at a once-a-year sale and bought one pair as an experiment. They didn’t even have Saxx’s patented package pouch, but I immediately wished I had bought more. Leaving cotton and cheap synthetics behind, for materials that actually wick moisture and won’t stretch out into non-briefed boxers after a few hours, will change your life far beyond simply switching to boxer briefs.

Fast forward a couple of months and I’m handed this blog assignment and a pair of Saxx boxer briefs. “I didn’t even know ‘over the fence’ was an option; I’ve always just used the access hole,” said Dave Polivy, owner of Tahoe Mountain Sports, as we brainstormed ideas for this post. See, SAXX has done away with the access hole in some of their products, especially high-performance models like Saxx Kinetic Boxers.

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A soft, unobtrusive pouch for your pouch.

 

 

If you’re anything like Polivy, that might take some getting used to, but how many times in your life have you poked through when you didn’t intend to?

Thousands?

The real innovation of Saxx, though, is the built-in hammock for your ham hawk. “It’s all about keeping the man parts from roving around, without being so tight that you lose sperm count,” says Ben Lanier, the dude that originally convinced me to step up my underwear game. After recently spending three days straight in a single pair of Saxx, doing a lot of driving, mountain biking and camping, I have to agree.

Keep everything in place. Prevent unwanted friction and movement to reduce chafe. Get contact-free support. Buy Saxx Underwear.

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Scott Johns (left) and Tim Ganyard covered in mud outside the Black Rock Mountain Bike Area near Falls City, Oregon, on Johns’ third day straight in a pair of SAXX. Might be time for a fresh pair.

 

Thank you, Scott, for the (extremely) detailed and animated review. We’re glad you’re so stoked on your new underwear.

– The TMS Crew

 

SAXX Pro Elite Boxer - Men's
SAXX Pro Elite Boxer – Men’s
MSRP: $29.95
SAXX Kinetic Boxer - Men's
SAXX Kinetic Boxer – Men’s
MSRP: $36.95

 

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