From daily gear to thoughtful picked items that carry me through ultra marathons - this is what I use to slay mountains.
La Sportiva Bushido - my race shoes, my favorite shoes, the shoes I wish I could wear for the rest of my life. Love the rugged soles, the low profile, the aggressive grip. Of course, after so many miles in the same profile one must change things up a bit, but man, if I could only and everywhere wear those shoes I would. REI, please stock all the crazy colors!
Salomon Cairn Shorts are rock solid. Lightweight, the right length (for me at least) and offer the right amount of additional pockets to stash away a few items on quick run out the door.
Brooks Ghost Tank Top is my lightweight, top for summer running and most races.
Salomon Cairn Half-Zip Shirt for the colder months. I love the half-zip to help regulate temps. Some of the Salomon shirts have thumb pockets some have full hand covers, see what works best for you.
I wear tights without shorts over them in the winter. Most runs are in the woods or in the dark, so why bother, right? But that does also mean that I need a pair that works as "pants" and not underwear. Never had issues with cheapest Nike tights I could find. Not sure why one would need more.
Nothing fancy here, for most training runs I trust cheap, simple to replace multipacks of Adidas athletic socks.
Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR GPS Watch is the watch I've been using now for almost a year. Not perfect - battery could be better, can always be better. Otherwise great for what it's meant to do - reliably tracking my runs.
Petzl Actik Core powerful with enough lumen to light up the darkest nights at the Grand Canyon, lightweight, easy to use and with the super important rechargeable and exchangeable battery core.
Patagonia Fore Runner Vest 10L - my go to back for long adventure runs far away from aid stations and civilization.
Ultimate Direction Race Vest 4.0 - the minimalistic race vest for... well races where all I need is water, a place to store my phone and Tailwind.
Black Diamond Distance Z Trekking Poles the fully collapsible poles are solid in snow and on steep hills.
Patagonia Duckbill Trucker Hat - lightweight, breathable, on my head for every run this past year.
Patagonia Houdini Zip-Front Jacket the insanely lightweight jacket is in wet weather always in my bag. Doesn't safe you from torrential downpour, but keeps you surprisingly warm in a pinch.
OOFOS Unisex Ooahh Slide Sandal - I got a pair after my Broken Arrow Skyrace in 2018 and I loved the soft, padded, cushy footbed. Perfectly simple shoe for that post run drive home.
Ten, twenty, many essentials.
La Sportiva Trango TRK GTX Hiking Boots - rock solid and waterproof for winter hikes and snow travel. Lightweight and agile for gnarly summer routes.
REI Co-op Flash 22 Pack - light and durable back that seems to be bigger on the inside.
SIGG water bottle - I'm old school, after 30 years, those are still my favorite water bottles.
Black Diamond - Contact Crampons - do the job for most pedestrian mountain travel.
Outdoor Research Rocky Mountain Low Gaiters - the item too easy to forget makes a winter day on the mountain enjoyable because it prevents snow from pushing into your boots.
Grivel G1 Ice Axe is yellow!, lightweight, but rock solid, inexpensive and made in the shadow of the Mont Blanc - any questions?
This Goal Zero Flip 10 Portable Charger is perfect for on-to-go charging will hiking or running long distances. Combined with a mini lightning cable from Monoprice this kept my phone charged while running R2R2R.
Camping & Travel
Home is where the hammock is.
The entire line of Patagonia's Black Hole Duffel bags are amazing. Pick your size, and your color (very important!) and travel with style. Rugged, easy to clean, well-made, those bags are perfect for the run the gym, the quick business trip and the carry on when heading overseas. They are probably one of my absolute favorite pieces of gear.
ENO Double Deluxe Hammock - don't go camping without one. If you have a couple of trees in the backyard, it's a must. The piece of gear no one knew about 10 years ago is now one of my favorite outdoor items I own.
Coleman Triton 2-Burner Propane Stove powerful to cook full meals. Easy to use - works. Must have item if you want coffee in the mornings.
Stansport Grill Tripod Cooker - for campsites with fire pits without grill grates.
The gear I use to record our award-winning podcast: Singletrack.
Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone makes my voice sound good on my 'cast.
Neewer NW-35 Adjustable 31.5"/80cm Studio Recording Microphone Suspension Boom keeps the microphone off my desk to prevent
Microphone Pop Filter - cheap tool that keeps post producing at a minimum.
Dophee Condenser Microphone Shock Mount - another cheap solution to help make my voice sound... awesome.
Jabra Move Wireless Stereo Headset - it works, is not too bulky.
More gear, to get more stuff done. From print and web design to audio and video recording, oh and those emails write themselves to nice on that Mac.
MacBook Pro 13.3" with Touch Bar - all my work I do everyday I do on this machine. It's the work horse I couldn't live without.
Apple Magic Trackpad 2 - most days the build-in trackpad on my Macbook is alright, some days I want to change things up a bit.
Silicon Power 2TB Rugged Portable External Hard Drive Armor A80 - Most of data is in the cloud these days, but a rock solid backup device that doesn't require a dedicated power adapter is a great way of storing those additional files, or for quick transfer.
GoPro HERO5 Black - the camera for backyard family-fun and capturing those intense moments on mountains and trail races.
Sandisk SDSDQUA-064G-A11 Professional Ultra 64GB MicroSDXC card - your GoPro doesn't come with one.
Home & Kitchen
Well-designed, functional household items to make everyday life just a little bit more fun.
Nespresso VertuoPlus Coffee and Espresso Maker by De'Longhi - yes, it's the best for afternoon coffee - especially those summertime affogatos.
VonShef Double Wall French Press - our old glass french press broke so many times that I finally broke down and got a stainless steel one - never looked back.
Large Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet by Victoria, 12-inch Round Frying Pan - inexpensive cooking with a sear.
Electric Kettle Water Heater - convenient, fast, clean, water heating, the European way. Time for tea!
Zinus Quick Snap TM 14 Inch Platform Bed Frame - all I ever want in a bed.
Kuhn Rikon Auto Deluxe Safety Lid Lifter - best can opener ever, period.