Gear Review: FRESHeTECH All-Terrain Sound

Picture yourself sitting around a campfire with some friends after a long day, logging 13 miles while lugging everything you need on your back. You’re all cracking jokes and talking about life in general with some light tunes in the background to help set the mood. Sounds great, but a little far-fetched because most portable speakers aren’t practical to carry into the backcountry because they’re too heavy, break easily, and are hard to pack.FRESHeTECH All-Terrain Sound

The Gear: FRESHeTECH All-Terrain Sound

The Breakdown: A lightweight, portable speaker, that packs a punch and is easy to take anywhere

What I’m digging:

For such a small speaker, the All-Terrain Sound can really play some loud tunes (be careful not to disturb those around you). The control buttons on the side are a cinch to use and I never have to pull my phone out of my pocket to change the song, volume, or answer a call. Yea–there’s a built-in mic so you can even talk on the phone. Pairing through Bluetooth is easy, so easy a not-so tech savvy person would think they had a chance at being the next Steve Jobs.

I really like the clip function, so I don’t have to pack this speaker away. I’ll clip it onto different parts of my backpack (shoulder strap, hip belt, gear loops) and play some music for my friends and I to enjoy on the trails. This thing has got a killer battery that lasts 12 hours and I’ll use it on multiple climbing, hiking, and surf trips without having to re-charge the battery.All-Terrain Sound by FRESHeTECH

What I’m missing:

My biggest complaint is the direction of the sound. With the speaker on top, the best quality of sound comes when the speaker’s pointed directly at me. Something that’s put this speaker over the top is if it had 360 sound.

A swivel clip would do wonders as well. Right now I feel a little constricted to where I can hang the All-Terrain Sound and I believe a swivel clip would open up the options of where I can hang this thing.

Final Verdict:

The All-Terrain Speaker is a great portable and rugged, Bluetooth, speaker out there for anyone that likes to keep their pack light wherever they go.

Buy the All-Terrain Sound Speaker here: $74.95, Amazon*

I was compensated for this review with an All-Terrain Speaker of my own, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own

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Gear Review: Mizuno Wave Rider 18

This post is sponsored by Mizuno and FitFluential; however, all opinions expressed are my own.

Picking the right shoe is essential for a runner and there’s so many options out there between the toe drop, weight, and different styles. Mizuno really narrows down that playing field with the Wave Rider 18. Mizuno asked me to “test run” their Wave Rider 18, that was just released earlier this month, and they’ve been on runs with me from the cool mountain temperatures of Colorado, to the humid tropical runs in Florida, and most recently during my half marathon.

The Gear: Mizuno Wave Rider 18 (White/Dress Blue/Vibrant Orange)Mizuno Wave Rider 18

What I’m Liking

Hold on to your hats folks because there’s a lot of great things I have to say about this functional shoe. First off, the Wave Rider 18 is a neutral shoe with a lot of cushion for a comfortable ride. It really hits that sweet spot for runners that are looking for just enough support in their run.

The 12mm toe drop really helped me achieve a consistent mid-foot strike. Mizuno also credits the Wave Rider 18 with a refined toe spring and whatever’s there, I felt it–and loved the comfort.

The angle of the heel fit perfectly and prevented my foot from rubbing in the back. At the same time, the mid foot region fit very snug (not too snug) and really opened up in the toe box. I felt as though the Wave Rider 18 practically formed to my foot when I was running.

Mizuno was inspired by the Japanese concept of “Hado” that is the energy within that promotes powerful transformations, as they were designing the Wave Rider 18. They incorporated a smooth color transformation into their sleek design to display how every run can be transformative through the power of running. To top it all off, they displayed this Japanese influence once more by writing Wave Rider in both English and Japanese on the heel.Lake Eola Wave Rider 18

What I’m Missing

Weight would be a great thing to be missing, but the Wave Rider 18 is a little too heavy for my liking. I prefer my neutral shoes to weigh in the 8 oz range and these come in at 9.2 oz. Not a huge difference, but a notable difference and a small price to pay for the additional support.

A gator fan or someone that goes to/went to the University of Florida will go bonkers for these colors. I; however, could care less about UF and stay away from the orange and blue color combo as much as I can. In other words, this color’s just not cutting it for me, but Mizuno does offer two other color option for the guys that I think are much better than this color combo.

Final Thoughts

Mizuno really hit it out of the park between the functional and aesthetic designs. This is one functional, neutral shoe, that will make a variety of runners very happy and comfortable on their runs.

Buy the Wave Rider 18: MSRP $119.99

Gear Review: Stio Divide Polo

Open up my closet and you’ll find a plethora of t-shirts, tech tees, dress shirts for the office, and some casual button downs for that rare date I go on every once in a while. One style of shirt you won’t find is a polo.

Not sure if I don’t like the way a polo looks on me or if I got sick of having to wear a polo to private school in my early years. Whatever the case might be, I was a little skeptical when I opened up a box and pulled out the Stio Divide Polo. Don’t get me wrong, it looked cool and felt soft, but I just wasn’t completely sold at first.Buildering in the Stio Divide Polo

The Gear: Stio Divide Polo (Blue Print)

What I’m Liking

Alright so I just said I wasn’t completely sold at first glance, but I wanted to give this shirt a shot and I’m so glad I did. The first test was the office test. Fridays are casual Fridays where I work and I generally get a comment or two about the button down plaid shirt I’m wearing. You can only imagine what my coworkers were saying when I walked in wearing a semi-solid polo. Nothing but compliments about my “new look” and it was surprisingly more comfortable than my typical button down shirt.

Next up was the outdoor test to try out the poly-cotton blend fabric with drirelease® and FRESHGUARD®. I chose to ride my bike part of the way to the office one Friday when my car was getting a little tune up. The Florida heat in the summer’s brutal and I was a little weary of what B.O. I might give off in the office. My coworkers were my test subjects (they didn’t know it) and I think everything worked out considering I didn’t get any comments about smelling bad and I didn’t see any disgusted looks on their faces when they saw me walking down the halls. Heck my perspiration didn’t even really show through this shirt, huge plus!Stio Divide Polo drirelease and freshguard

On the Stio Divide Polo page, Stio claims this polo’s good for big wall climbing in Yosemite. We don’t really have outdoor climbing in Florida, so we have to improvise. I started wearing this shirt when I would go out to work on my buildering projects and it was great. The poly-cotton blend allowed the shirt to stretch and never inhibited my full range of motion, pulled the sweat from my skin quickly, dried quick, and I’d like to think I looked like some cool hipster while I was pedaling around from buildering spot to buildering spot on my road bike.Stio Divide Polo Front Pocket

The last thing I have to rave about is the chest pocket. I’m a sucker for chest pockets and I’ve thrown everything in that pocket from my glasses/sunglasses to a Clifbar as I was rushing out the door.

What I’m Missing

Not much, to be honest. Getting super picky, I’d like a little more length. I have a longer torso than most and end up flashing my belly when I reach up high to stretch. Some other color selections would also be awesome, like the unavailable green shown on the website, maybe even a true brown or burnt orange for fall.

Final Thoughts

The Stio Divide Polo has made me completely rethink my view on polo’s. It’s the perfect all around shirt that’s stylish enough for a casual office setting or a night on the town and is functional enough for day in the backcountry or a few days climbing a big wall in Yosemite.

Buy the Stio Divide Polo: MSRP $58.00

I was provided with a sample Divide Polo for review and compensation. The thoughts and views expressed in this review are strictly my own

Gear Review: Tani Air Fitness

Runners in the Southeast have got it rough. We’ve got to deal with the heat and, worst of all, humidity while we’re training for marathon and half-marathon season during the summer. Aside from hydration, the clothes runners wear can drastically alter their running enjoyment and the Tani Air Fitness collection has made my running very experience very enjoyable this summer.

The Gear: Tani Air Fitness Muscle Shirt & Boxer BriefTani Air Fitness

What I’m Liking

I’ll start first with the Tani Air Fitness Muscle Shirt. This shirt is very lightweight, it almost feels like I’m wearing a mesh shirt, without the chaffing. The shirt fits snug up against my body and grabs the sweat immediately. I also found this shirt to be very breathable and cooling with a light breeze, perfect for my last leg of the Hood to Coast (the mother of all relays) Relay Race.

Much like the muscle shirt, the Tani Air Fitness Boxer Brief is also very lightweight. They kept everything in place and never got in the way while I was running, climbing, and practicing yoga. These undies also wicked all the sweat right away from my mid-region, keeping everything dry and chafe free. Did I mention they’re pretty stylish? No? Well they’re pretty stylish, too.

What I’m Missing

I’m missing length in both the muscle shirt and boxer briefs. I found the muscle shirt to be about an inch or two too short in length. Whenever I lift up my arms–wham!–you’ve got a full view of my belly. Call it a win or a loss, whichever you prefer, I prefer to lift my arms and not show off my belly.

The boxer briefs are a little short on my legs and when I move around, I feel like they end up fitting the same way a pair of whitey tighties would fit. I’d like some more length on the legs and maybe in the front as well. I noticed very quickly that the flap in front tends to open up to the side. My upper leg is only visible, but should a quick shorts change come about, I’d need to find a bathroom or some sort of coverage.

Final Thoughts

The Tani Air Fitness Muscle Shirt and Boxer Briefs are very comfortable. I’d like to think that what I’m missing has to do with sizing, so consider ordering a size up from what you usually wear (I ordered a Large and generally wear a Large). These two items, and any of the items in the Tani Air Fitness collection, would benefit the working man that wants a dependable piece of clothing that looks stylish and enhances his look.

Buy the Tani Air Fitness Muscle Shirt: MSRP $29.00 $65.00*

Buy the Tani Air Fitness Boxer Brief: MSRP $29.00 $45.00*

I did receive product for review as compensation, but that in no way shape or form changed the outcome of this review

*Prices reflected are accurate as of September 23,2014

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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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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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.

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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