Winter Running Essentials

Winter running can mean snow, cold temperatures and darkness. This is enough to convince many runners to succumb to the monotonous hum of the treadmill but it does not need to be this way! With the right gear and a little determination you can run outside all winter. Layering and visibility are the keys to…

Tread Labs Stride Insole Review

Here at New England Outside we spend a lot of time on our feet, which means that we are always looking for the best arch support for the long run, hike or any other adventure we go on. Our friends at Tread Labs recently sent us their new Stride insole and it has quickly become…

How to carry water for the long run

When it comes to running and hydration you have two choices. You can get dehydrated which can result in death, disaster or at least no chance of a PR or you can stay hydrated and bust out PRs like it’s your job. This means you need to do all of your runs on routes with…

Gear Review: Julbo Venturi

If you want one pair of sunglasses with lenses that will work on everything from bike rides at dusk to walking on glaciers then look no farther than the Julbo Venturi. These photochromic sunglasses eliminate the need for multiple lenses and they will become your new best friend as soon as you put them on.…

The dos and don’ts of hiking underwear

Underwear might be one of the least glamorous yet most important pieces of gear that you take into the backcountry. The right pair of underwear provides support, prevents chafing and all kinds of other good things. The wrong pair can do all kinds of not good things. However, finding the “right” pair of underwear might…

Tread Labs Insoles Review

Happy feet are the key to enjoying a day on the trails, a run or just about anything for that matter. This means that your footwear needs the right amount of support and that is where Tread Labs wants to help. They recently sent me a few samples of their new insoles so I could…

Scarpa Mont Blanc Review

The Mont Blanc is Scarpa’s leather mountaineering boot that does everything well and it is the perfect choice for everything but the most extreme conditions. My winter hiking boot options used to be Scarpa Invernos, a plastic double boot, and LL Bean Cresta Hikers, a light summer hiking boot. The Invernos were great and extremely…

Waterproof SPIbelt Review

Where do you put your keys, phone or energy gels during training runs and races? This has always been one of my biggest running challenges until I tried the waterproof SPIbelt. It can hold almost anything you want to bring on a run and it is comfortable enough that you forget you are wearing it…