Gear Recap at the Surf Expo Summer 2014 Show

The Surf Expo Summer 2014 Show presented lots of surf and outdoor related gear that’s just been introduced to the market and gear that’s coming out soon. Here’s a quick recap of some of the gear Adam and I saw last weekend at the Surf Expo Summer 2014 Show.Gear Recap at the Surf Expo Summer 2014 Show

All-Terrain Sound

After success with their first water proof, portable speaker, FRESHeTECH introduced the All-Terrain Sound speaker to the market. This versatile speaker clips onto your clothing (like a belt loop), strap on your backpack, beach chair, etc. There’s big speakers out there for the campsite, this speaker’s made for your hike to the campsite.All-Terrain Sound from FRESH-TECH

Buy the All-Terrain Sound: MSRP $79.95

Scenelapse

GoPole has got to have some of the most versatile and functional third party GoPro mounts out there today. The mount on their Scenelapse is specifically designed for a GoPro and when this time-lapse device is wound up (like a kitchen timer) you can get 360 degree shots. You’ll even be able to attach it to their tripod mount (when it comes out, soon) and their grenade grip, allowing you to get videos from a different and more stable height.GoPole Scenelapse

Buy the Scenelapse: MSRP: $34.99

Big Turtle Shell

This speaker from Outdoor Tech really packs a punch, putting out 110 decibles with 360 degree crystal clear sound for up to 16 hours. Any blue tooth enabled device can play music from up to 30 feet away and the Big Turtle Shell’s massive battery can even charge your GoPro 7 times or your iPhone 3 times. This speaker’s sure to start and keep the party alive at any campsite, backyard BBQ, or pool party.Outdoor Tech Big Turtle Shell

Buy the Big Turtle Shell: MSRP: $229.95

Mjolnir

Knowing the current wind speed is a necessity for wind surfers, kite surfers, sailors, and anyone who likes to harness the wind to spur their passion for adventure. Vaavuud makes it easy to get accurate wind readings with their cup-anemometer that plugs into any smartphone and gets wind readings on the spot when paired with Android and iOS compatible app. The app also gives users global wind readings, making it easier to see where the wind is whipping and where it’s dead calm.Vaavudd Wind Cup

Buy the Mjolnir: MSRP: $40.00

Gear Review: ICEdot Crash Sensor

Heading out for a bike ride, I always tell someone where I’m going and when I’ll be back when I’m riding alone. So far that’s been the best safety precaution I can take and so far, I’ve been lucky that nothing’s gone wrong. The flaw in this system’s that I could get hurt, knocked out for instance, at the beginning of my ride. I could be lying there for hours before a Good Samaritan comes to my rescue or before my check-in buddy notices I haven’t checked-in and calls for help. It could be too late by then!

The above is an absolute worst scenario and it’s always best to plan for the worst. That’s where the ICEdot crash sensor comes to the rescue. This nifty device attaches to your bike helmet and sends out an emergency text to the contacts you choose with your exact location, if it detects that you’ve crashed hard enough to knock you out. The ICEdot crash sensor is a game changer I tell ya.ICEdot crash sensor on a helmet

 Gear: ICEdot crash sensor

My thoughts: Game changing safety device that EVERY cyclist should own

What I’m digging

First and foremost, the ICEdot is easy to set up and use. Attaching the holder to your helmet just requires a couple zip ties (provided) and a pair of scissors to cut the ends. Unclipping the ICEdot from its holder takes some work at first, but I’d much rather it be secure than loose with the high probability of losing it.

To start using the ICEdot, all I had to do was download the free app, set up my profile and input my emergency contacts. That entire process took me less than 10 minutes. After a night of charging, I started testing my ICEdot the next day on my bike ride. Syncing the ICEdot to the app through bluetooth was a breeze and I was stoked to see that the app even showed me how much juice I had left in my ICEdot. With me being a visual guy, I like seeing the red dot show up on the crash sensor, letting me know it’s alive and working.

In case you take a fall and you’re OK, but the ICEdot goes off, you have 30 second to tap the I’m OK button and prevent an emergency text from going out.

A wristband’s also included for you to wear on runs. It gives first responders and Good Samaritans a way to get your medical history and your emergency contacts.

More below on why I say it’s good for you to wear this on your runs.ICEdot crash sensor

What I’d change

What’d put this safety device over the top is if it was more functional. I found the ICEdot to be best for bike rides, not running. Case in point: I put my ICEdot in my back pocket during a run and halfway through my run, my phone was flooded with concerned texts and calls from my parents. Evidently my ICEdot was shaken around enough and sensed that I had fallen hard and possibly bumped my noggin too hard and sent out an emergency text to my parents. I didn’t realize it had done that and missed my chance to hit the I’m OK button when it came up.

FYI: all was well after a quick phone call, glad to know this works and got a better understanding of how it works!

The last thing I’d change is to make it work even without a cell phone signal. The only way for the ICEdot to send out a message to your contacts and know where you are is if your phone has a signal. I occasionally go mountain biking in areas where I don’t have a signal, deeming the ICEdot ineffective.

 Final thoughts

With the amount of mountain and road bike fatalities each year, the ICEdot crash sensor should be welcomed into the cycling community with open arms. I believe this simple safety device is a life saver, should a worst case scenario occur.

Why wouldn’t you use the ICEdot crash sensor?

Buy the ICEdot crash sensor–MSRP: $149.99

I was provided an ICEdot crash sensor for review and as payment. This does not change the opinions and views expressed above.

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The Surf Expo Summer 2014 Preview

The start of September brings the Surf Expo to Orlando, FL for 4 days of action from all the surf, skate, wind, and wake brands. The Surf Expo technically began on Wednesday with Board Demo Day, a chance for buyers to test out surf boards and paddle boards before they formally (I use that term VERY loosely) meet with the brands and shapers.Surf Expo Logo On Saturday morning, Adam (my brother/photographer/videographer) and I will be making our third, short pilgrimage, to the Orange County Convention Center to meet with various lifestyle and tech brands in the surf industry. We’ll be getting the inside scoop on new products entering the market in 2015 and seeing some redesigns and upgrades of existing products.

Follow me on Twitter and Instagram for all the visual updates I’ll be posting.

Here’s a preview of who we’ll be meeting with and what we’ll be seeing:

Proof Eyewear

A pair of sweet shades is a must in Florida. Proof Eyewear specializes in sustainable eyewear, their frames are made from either recycled skateboard decks, sustainably sourced wood, or a cotton based acetate. The 3 brothers from Idaho that started the company in 2010 have made it their mission to always give back. Since the company started, a portion of all sales have gone to tsunami relief projects in Japan, reforestation in Haiti, child soldier rehab in Africa, and their giving expanded in 2013 to building two eye clinics in India (where over 25% of the world’s blind population resides).

Indo Board

For years the go-to balance trainer in the Fricke household has been the Indo Board. We’ve gotten pretty good, or at least we think, at making up new tricks to challenge ourselves. We’re really looking forward to meeting with the owner and founder of Indo Board, who’s showing us what’s on the horizon for Indo Board, and maybe some new tricks to start practicing.

GoPole

Getting a good picture or video with a GoPro, other than a selfie, on a wave is tough work without a hand grip. GoPole has been dominating the 3rd part GoPro accessory market and a professional athlete, like Jamie O’Brien, doesn’t hurt either. A little birdy told me they redesigned a couple of their compact hand grips that Jamie’s been using while surfing Pipeline, so I’m really looking forward to comparing them to the original versions.

This is just a preview of some of the brands we’ll be meeting with and we’re sure to stop by and gawk at whatever else catches our eye. Be sure to follow along on Twitter and Instagram for all the latest and greatest updates.

Any brand/product you think we should pay special attention to at the Surf Expo? Tell us in the comment section below!

Gear Review: Under Armour Phenom Sunglasses

Being able to see what I’m doing. It’s something I almost always take for granted and I’d would rarely take time to properly protect them. I hardly ever shielded my eyes (aside from squinting them until I got a headache)  from the sun on bright runs and would just curse the planet when I rode through a swarm of bugs on my bike. When I was asked to test and review a pair of shades from Underarmour, I jumped at the chance with no hesitation.Weekend Warrior bridge running with Under Armour Phenom Sunglasses

Gear: Under Armour Phenom Sunglasses

My thoughts: A versatile pair of sunglasses that any outdoor enthusiast will love

What I’m digging

I love the size of the Under Armour Phenom Sunglasses. They’re one size fits all and fit my fat head just perfect. At first glance I thought they were going to be too snug, but they’re flexible and I’d see them fitting any adult head. I haven’t had to worry about them bouncing or sliding down my sweaty nose on my bike rides and runs, a problem I’ve had with other sunglasses.

The lenses wrap around my eyes and don’t cut off my peripheral vision, something I had to get used to. I do get passed by cyclists when I’m running-and the occasional runner– and it’s less startling being able to see someone coming up beside me to pass just a little bit sooner. I really noticed a difference in my cycling as I’d drop back in the paceline from the front position. I can look straight ahead without having to turn my head to see where I am in the paceline.

After lots of runs, rides, and running Hood to Coast, I’ve yet to even see a scratch on these sunglasses.

Running the cross seminole trail with Under Armour Phenom Sunglasses

What I’d change

The thing that annoyed me the most with these sunglasses is the part of the frame that touched my ears. While the ridges look rad, they rubbed against my ears the wrong way and made things a little uncomfortable. I’d also like them to fit under a hat a little better than what they do. It almost felt like a chore getting the right fit so my hat and sunglasses would sit evenly and comfortably on my head.

Final thoughts

Take care of your eyes. The Under Armour Phenom Sunglasses are great for shielding your eyes from bugs and the sun. They even work great in low light conditions, like in the shade.justin fricke the weekend warrior at the start of hood to coast race

 Get your own pair of Under Armour Phenom Sunglasses

I was provided with a pair of Under Armour Phenom Sunglasses for review and compensation, but that does not change the views expressed above.

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Gear Review: PaceMaker Stix Expedition Poles

Hiking and backpacking barehanded is a crazy thought, for me anyways. I always need to bring at least a hiking stick, but I prefer a set of trekking poles and the downside is that most durable trekking poles out there are way too expensive for a weekend warrior budget. That is, until I found the PaceMaker Stix Expedition Poles.PaceMaker Stix Expedition Poles

Gear: PaceMaker Stix Expedition Poles

My thoughts: The perfect set of quality trekking poles for weekend warrior backpackers and hikers

What I’m Digging

The construction on these trekking poles are supremely strong and durable with 7075 aircraft grade aluminum shafts. I liked that they did provide some flex whenever I put some weight on them or was moving palm fronds off to the side. It makes them a lot easier to handle and the double cork grip gave it a burly feel. After hours of hiking on numerous occasions, I’ve yet to see a single blister show up on my hands from the cork grips.

On the shafts, you’ll find a flip-lock to adjust the telescoping poles to fit your height the best. You can actually adjust how hard it is to open and close the flip-lock system by just tightening or loosening a screw. I found that to be a luxury over having to deal with what the manufacturer deemed to be the best opening and closing pressure for me.

These poles are made for more than just hiking. I could easily see power walkers and distance walkers falling in love with these expedition poles after they put on the rubber feet that are already included. Even snow wouldn’t be much of a problem with the large and small snow baskets included.

What I’m Missing

Honestly–not much. They are telescoping trekking poles, but I do wish they’d fold to pack down even smaller. That’d make them even easier to carry on my pack or for storing in my gear closet.

Final Thoughts

These light weight (10.5 oz/pole) trekking poles should be in every weekend warrior backpacker’s/hiker’s gear closet that’s looking for a set of quality trekking poles without breaking the bank.

Buy them! PaceMaker Stix Expedition Poles MSRP: $59.95

I was provided with a set of PaceMaker Stix Expedition Poles for review and as compensation. The thoughts expressed in this review are, as always, strictly my own.

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Hobie Polarized Giveaway

A couple weeks ago, you might recall that I shared my review of the Hobie Polarized Boneyard Sunglasses with you. Hobie Polarized saw how much I love my shades, so they wanted me to share a pair with you. Before I get to that giveaway, I want to share with you some history of the Hobie Polarized brand and give you a little insight into the technology of their sunglasses.Hobie Polarized

And if you’re just here for the giveaway, scroll to the bottom (it’s all good).

History

The Hobie brand dates all the way back to the 1950’s when Hobie Alter invented a surfboard for beach lifeguards. With Alter’s passion for innovation, he became one of the first to utilize a new polarized lens that were originally developed for pilots in WWII. If it’s good enough for the United State Military, it must be good enough for the ordinary U.S. citize–right?

Polarized Lens Technology

I’m sure most of us have used and seen the benefits of polarized lenses and if you haven’t, you’re really missing out. Polarized lenses significantly cuts down the on the glare that light produces. Living near the water all my life, I only thought it occurred when the light hit the water, but that’s false. Glare can occur when it hits snow, roads, sand, ice, water (of course) etc. So glare can pretty much show up anywhere. As light hits these surfaces it becomes more concentrated and makes it virtually impossible to see anything. Hobie Polarized lenses essentially works to filter out the glare and only transmit the light your eyes need to see.

A few years ago I managed to splash some water, that was highly concentrated with chlorine, into my eye and gave my eye a severe burn. The doctor said I needed to keep my eye out of the sun–tough to do when I was working at a camp all summer AND was the head lifeguard. I asked the doc. if I could keep working outside as long as I wore my sunglasses with polarized lenses and he said they’d work out perfect for me.

Not only do polarized lenses make it easier to see, they also protect your eyes. In case you were wondering, my eye is just fine.

Hydroclean Plus Lens Technology

Water spots annoy the crap out of me. That’s one reason I love my Boneyard sunglasses so much is that they don’t ever get water spots with the Hydroclean Plus Lenses. Without getting too technical, Hobie applies a series of hydrophobic and anti-reflective coatings to their lenses. The finished product is a lens that sheds water (like a rain jacket), reduces, dust and grime, and is easy to clean (the easiest lenses I’ve ever cleaned).

Giveaway

Hobie Polarized makes a quality and affordable pair of sunglasses. Most of their sunglasses are going to run you less than a Benjamin and I have a sweet pair provided by Hobie Polarized to give to one of you lucky folks.

Allow me to introduce to you The Wedge.Hobie Polarized The Wedge

Remember last week how I mentioned the names of all their sunglasses have some sort of beach/surfing theme behind the name? The Wedge is one heavy beach break at New Port Beach, CA. With a good south swell you’ll find scores of body surfers, body boarders, and surfers in the lineup looking to get slammed by a 20+ foot wave in about two feet of water. You really need to see a video of this break, if you haven’t already.

The Wedge is a stylish pair of sunglasses that’d look great on the face of a lady or dude (in my opinion). With the black frames and shiny brown tortoise design on the side, you’ll have a functional pair of sunglasses that’ll look great with anything. The grey lenses are perfect in bright conditions anywhere, whether you’re on the beach, deep sea fishing, or just cruising around town.

Fill out what you want below (more entries = better chance of winning). The contest closes at 11:59pm on Thursday and I’ll track down the winner on Friday.

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Gear Review: Hobie Boneyard Sunglasses

The brand name Hobie resonates well with most folks in the water sports industry. Hobie’s known for making quality clothing for water sports enthusiasts and top of the line, surfboards, kayaks, sailboats, and stand up paddle boards. What tends to get lost in all the shuffle is their line of sunglasses that are specifically designed for said water sports enthusiasts.

I met with some folks from Hobie at the Surf Expo who schooled me on their sunglasses and the history that Hobie has in the sunglasses industry. They even hooked me up with a pair to test–that’s just what I’ve been doing.Hobie Boneyard Sunglasses Gear Review

Gear: Hobie Boneyard Sunglasses

My Thoughts: Solid pair of polarized sunglasses from a well respected company at an unbeatable price with a clever surf inspired name

What I’m Digging

First and foremost the style is pretty rad. The Boneyard is a sleek looking pair of sunglasses with a modern look that’s great for a day at the beach, hanging on the boat, or even for an afternoon summer barbecue–and the Hobie logo really POPS in the sun with the black frames. At first glance the Boneyard sunglasses look pretty big and that’s because they are. You get great sun protection from the polarized lenses and the wide side of the frames help to reduce sunlight from coming in on the sides unexpectedly and nailing your eyeballs.

The Hydroclean Plus Polycarbonate lenses are insane. They help reduce water spots by literally wiping the water away. Not sure how they do it and I personally don’t care. All I know is that I can see clear even after I get a little ocean spray on my glasses. If you’ve never experienced the magic of polarized sunglasses, these would be a great first pair.Hobie Boneyard Sunglasses Review

What I’m Missing

While I’ve managed to put this pair of sunglasses through a beating, I do find myself getting worried at times that they’re going to break. It’d be sick if the frames were a little bit stronger. Like I said earlier, these frames are big and they fit my fat head just perfect. I can see these sunglasses falling off anyone with a small head. Different size options would be a pretty sweet addition.

Final Thoughts

You can’t go wrong with a pair of sunglasses from Hobie. They’ve been producing top of the line sunglasses since 1982, were one of the first companies to introduce polarized lenses to the market, and their dedication to providing an excellent pair of sunglasses hasn’t changed.Hobie Boneyard Sunglasses

Get them: MSRP $79.99 Hobie Polarized

I was given a pair of sunglasses from Hobie as compensation for review. The thoughts and opinions stated above are my own.

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Gear Review: NOW Foods–NOW Sports Supplements for Men

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of NOW Foods

Most nights after work you can bet that I’m either running or climbing with some yoga mixed in there. I do my best to eat a balanced diet, but find it hard to get some good nutrients in me. When some supplements from NOW Foods landed on my doorstep, I was pretty stoked to start researching everything and adding it to my diet, accordingly.

Here’s a breakdown of the products I received, how I used them, and my thoughts.

NOW Sports Sprouted Brown Rice ProteinNOW Sports Sprouted Brown Rice Protein

With four grams of protein, this stuff definitely isn’t made for an post-activity drink. I love a good smoothie in the morning and started mixing the Sprouted Brown Rice Protein into my banana and strawberry smoothies. This practically acts as a quick meal for me and I sip on this stuff as I’m getting ready and then heading out the door to work. I’ve noticed that since adding the supplement, it holds off my hunger cravings a lot longer than just a regular morning smoothie. To get the best mix, I like to put the supplement at the bottom of the blender so a cloud of Sprouted Brown Rice Protein doesn’t poof into the air when I turn on the blender.

NOW Sports MCT OilNOW Sports MCT Oil

The MCT Oil was an interesting one for me to research. I read somewhere that it’s great to use in salad dressings (assuming you make your own) and even in your coffee. I started mixing 15 mL of MCT Oil into my coffee every morning and thought it was pretty good. I really liked how easy it was to blend into my coffee and that I was putting fats into my body that would be easily digested and burned later on in the day.

NOW Sports L-Carnitine LiquidNOW Sports L Carnitine Liquid

Probably my favorite supplement I received was the L-Carnitine Liquid. Typically supplements are known for bad taste, but the citrus flavor is absolutely delicious and it doesn’t have any sugars in it! Ever feel a little tired after work before your workout? Same here–I started using this supplement and felt a little burst of energy to get me going into my climb sesh or run. It really worked well with a quick meal bar and I didn’t feel any hunger cravings for a good four hours. This supplement was a great way for my to get into and through an activity without feeling like I had a bunch of food in my stomach weighing me down.

NOW Sports Pea Protein, Vanilla ToffeeNOW Sports Pea Protein Vanilla Toffee

Coming back from a run or a hard climbing sesh would usually leave me feeling extremely famished. I started using this pea protein to get 25 grams of protein and that stopped those nagging hunger pains right away. My favorite way to use this supplement was after an early weekend morning run. I’d get back and put a glass of cold water in the blender, turn it on low and start adding a scoop of pea protein very slowly. Once all the protein powder was in the blender and well mixed, I’d add two packs on instant coffee. Such a great way to get some easy protein flowing through me in the morning with some coffee. Not to mention that the vanilla toffee flavor of the protein powder complimented the coffee perfectly.

Thanks to my buddy Dave at Low Gravity Ascents for introducing me to this tasty coffee beverage idea.

NOW Sports Men’s Extreme Sports MultiNOW Sports Mens Extreme Sports Multi

Ever feel like you’re doing a good job with your diet, but you could be getting a few more nutrients? I feel the same way sometimes, especially with my rather predictable diet. At first I thought multivitamins are only for guys that have just passed their prime, that’s what I see in the commercials. I decided to give it a go and I started feeling a boost of energy and alertness within a matter of days. I stopped taking the supplement and noticed my energy decrease and my performance at the climbing gym decrease as well. Started taking them again and again my energy levels rose. They’re an easy to swallow pill and I highly recommend taking them after you eat some good food, if you have a weak stomach like I do.

I was provided with product and compensation for this post, my thoughts expressed are and will always be my own.

Why I Hike With a Hiking Stick & You Should Too

I remember going on hikes as a little kid in North Carolina with my parents, brother, and extended family in North Carolina. We’d go to a state park and set out on the trails. Adam and I would find the coolest hiking stick on the ground to be like my uncle and cousin, only to have my parents hold them within in a couple minutes so we could climb the trees. Sometimes we’d take them back home with us to Florida as a momento of our fun in the mountains, there’s times they’d turn into fire wood that night, and other times we’d leave them behind for some other cool kids to use.Justin Fricke The Weeken Warrior with his hiking stick

Now that I’m older I find myself using a hiking stick or trekking poles on my hikes and backpacking adventures, but for different reasons. Here’s why I at least bring a hiking stick with me and why I think you should do the same.

The Look

Hiking with a hiking stick just makes you look like you know what you’re doing; whether you’ve logged 1,000+ miles or 20 miles. Just make sure you’re off the paved path.

Stability

You already look cool with a pack and hiking stick and now you’re walking on uneven terrain. Sure is a good thing you’ve got your hiking stick with you to plant firmly into the earth and give you that extra bit of stability you need.

 Safety

After a winter with a lot of snowfall there’s sure to be a few trees down on the trail. Same can be said for Florida, but after hurricane season and substitute lots of rain and wind instead of snow. You know what likes to hide under down trees? Snakes–blah! Before I step on and over a down tree, I like to poke around a bit with my hiking stick. It takes up a little more time, but I’d much rather have a snake or some other creature go after my hiking stick rather than me.

Functionality

Give a hiking stick to Bear Grylls and I bet you he can find over 100 different uses for that darn thing. One of those uses can be to make an ultralight shelter with just a tarp and some paracord. This skill has also been perfected by ultralight hikers who usually spend their nights sleeping under the stars, yet still want to stay dry during when it rains.

Protection

You’ve got a better chance of getting hit by a moving vehicle than getting attacked by some predator in the backcountry. If for some reason a bear came after you, I bet you’d feel a tiny bit safer having a hiking stick between you and that bear. I also think you might have a better chance, no matter how minuscule that added chance might be, at getting away unscathed.

These are just a few reasons why I choose to hike with a hiking stick, but I’m sure you can come up with more reasons to add to this list.

What are your reasons to hike with a hiking stick?

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Gear Review: Chaco OutCross Web Shoe

Let’s be honest with ourselves, we don’t really like lacing up our shoes more than once a day or putting our feet in wet shoes after a day out on the water. The next best thing is to wear sandals, but then you get rocks and sticks stuck between your foot and the sandals, all while losing that added protection of shoes.

I’m a bit of a shoe freak-owning different shoes and sandals for different occasions. You say I sound girly, I say I’m prepared. Either I bring multiple pairs of shoes and sandals on an adventure or I could bring these functional shoes that look and feel like sandals to suit all my needs on the trail and the water.

Chaco OutCross Web Shoe gear review by the weekend warrior

Photo: Chaco

The gear: Chaco OutCross Web Shoe

The concept: A lightweight shoe for adventurers on the trail and the water

Here’s what I’m digging

The Chaco OutCross Web Shoe has a polyurethane footbed that’s super comfy, especially after having my feet jammed into climbing shoes for extended periods of time. The LUVSEAT that Chaco’s known for is there in full force and the support is a pure gift on the approach trails. Chaco went all out on the soles going with the Vibram TC1 compound with rounded lugs that gave a lot of traction and stability when it came to rock hopping and the spliced center lugs were real grippy on wet surfaces.

Tightening the shoe was a breeze. All I had to do was grab the tab and pull, before I knew it my foot was snug and that shoe wasn’t going anywhere. They’re very breathable with all the ventilated openings and ports that helped drain water and keep small rocks and sticks out. The synthetic leather and deconstructed mesh even adds some padding that comes in handy after a couple hours. No more annoying blisters and cuts on my feet!

I think the thing I loved the most was the toe cap. Usually I’m freaking out when I’m rock hopping, praying that I don’t stub my toes. The toe cap is very solid and helps keep the shoe in place. If it weren’t for the toe cap, I would’ve ended up stubbing my toes multiple times.

No one likes stubbed or even broken toes.

This is what I’m missing

Not much aside from grabbing the tab and pulling down to tighten kind of took out the whole personalization aspect for me, compared to my Z1, Z2, and Zong sandals. On top of that, there’s an excess amount of tab just flopping all over the place when they’re cinched down. There’s a rubber ring to tuck it in, but you have to get the tab out of the ring to pull or else they won’t get tighter. With all the in and out and pulling on the ring, it just seems like it’s eventually going to snap.

My assessment

You need to grab a pair for yourself, they’re a durable and functional shoe. What more can you ask for? Actually one more thing, their sizing’s spot on. I wear an 11 in Chacos, these shoes are an 11 and they fit perfect, taking all the sizing guesswork out of the equation.

Price: $120, chacos.com

Click here for more information on the Chaco Outcross Web Shoe and a look at the Chaco OutCross Lace Shoe.

Chaco provided me with a pair of OutCross Web Shoes; however, that did not alter my thoughts or opinions of the shoe.

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