Victory Sportdesign Grizzly Bag Kickstarter

Victor Ballesteros designer of the popular Victory Gear Bag, the ultimate gear bag for ultra runners, is back with a great new addition to his lineup. The Grizzly from Victory Sportdesign is designed with adventure sports and travel in mind. This bag is currently being crowdfunded on Kickstarter. Check out the video. c42459cccaed7ed3e35c6dfd2f57252b_original

Check out the Kickstarter campaign below to get yours.

 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1515566374/the-grizzly-the-ultimate-travel-adventure-pack

 

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Best low price running shoes – Why I buy Running Shoes from TheClymb.com

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When you run as much as I do you go through several pairs of running shoes every year. This can get expensive, that is why I buy from theClymb.com

For those of you that are unfamiliar, the Clymb is an online outdoor equipment retailer that offers daily flash sales. Each daily sale is for only a limited time and often the most popular products sell out quickly, though sometimes shopping on the clymb can feel like black friday at a walmart, the deals are fantastic as are most the shoes they sell.

Why you will love TheClymb.com:

1. Fantastic deals

Most everything that shows up on the Clymb is at least 40% off, I have even seen up to 90% off.

2. Great shoes

The Clymb does not always have the largest selection of shoes, but they usually have a decent selection of my favorite brands in minimalist running, including, but not limited to Innov-8, Newton, Altra, Merrell, and usually a handful of others. Ultra runners will appreciate Hoka’s here at half their normal price.

3. More than shoes

Though I am usually looking for a new pair of shoes, Clymb has deals on all sorts of outdoor gear for cycling, camping, climbing, even surfing and yoga.

4. Member referral program

Because I love a good deal I know others will also. For every friend referred by you that makes a purchase at theClymb.com, Clymb will reward you with $25 credit. this is a win-win-win for everyone. Theclymb.com gets a new member, your friend saves on their running shoes, and you get $25 credit.

 

What you may not like:

1. Popular products and sizes sell out quickly

If you see the shoes you are looking for, I suggest you buy them immediately. Don’t hesitate, if you check back in an hour they may be sold out.

2. Lots of emails

This is how they promote their daily sales. Read them or don’t, they are not important. I just visit the the sight when I am in the market to buy something.

 

Don’t have a friend to refer you, here is my referral link. Sign up through this link and I will be rewarded with $25 Clymb Credit. And thank you in advance.

CLYMB invite form Levi

Fila Skele-toes Bay Runner Review

By Coach Mike Lotter

After 2 runs in my Fila Skele-Toes Bay Runners,  mostly hilly, dirt/rock trails and fire roads, a little pavement, I am impressed and would buy them again. According to the label, this ‘Bay Runner‘ model is made for any terrain, and so far, I find that to be true. The Fila Skele-Toes Bay Runner Model feel fast, and according to my GPS, are fast.

The Fila Skele-Toes have minimal tread but great traction because of the toes getting involved. They’re great for picking one’s way through rocky sections of trails that are common and sometimes troublesome on Mt. Tam. The Skele-Toes Bay Runner make this aspect of trail running fun for me, like a dance.

Rock protection is excellent, as the Skele-Toes Bay Runner, though light and thin, have a tough sole. They also have, as the other Skele-Toes shoes have, a 4 toe design that encapsulates the 2 smallest toes together in one toe box. This ensures more protection from snagging or stubbing on objects along  trails, of the pinkey toe (a problem for users of FiveFinger designs, at times).

The shoes look great but not too flashy, in a grey with yellow draw string cord for laces, but there are lots of colors to choose from. The Fila Skele-Toes Bay Runner are a true zero drop  shoe. This means like all good “barefoot shoes” there is no heel rise.

Fila does produce a road version of Skele-Toes with a sole more similar to that of the Nike Free 5.0. They are light and fast and good on the track and on roads, however, unlike the Bay Runner model I do not recommend these other Skele-toe shoes for trails or dirt with any gravel  because they pick up pebbles and store them annoyingly in the spaces between the panels of soft the  sole. The ‘Bay Runner’ has no such problem and I have not found a terrain these shoes do not like.

I do not recommend either version of the the Fila Skelet-Toes for really long runs, although I’m sure some runners would have no difficulty doing trail ultras in the Bay Runner or a marathon in the road version.

I highly recommend the specialized socks such as Injinji socks be worn with the Skele-Toes, for any distance and especially longer runs. These shoes require socks for 2 reasons: they chafe toes a little, that can cause bloody blisters after only 5 miles without toe socks (my experience). Also, the shoes, like any shoes, will get stinky quickly without socks.

Last but not least is affordability of these shoes. I have seen the Fila Skele-Toes, both the Bay Runner and the road version  for great prices at some discount stores. I got mine for only $36. Compared to the Vibram FiveFingers, or Merrell Trail Glove this is a steal.

Mike Lotter is an avid runner and and High School Track and Field Coach in Marin County California.