Gear I’m Loving Lately

Remember how I wrote that random post on Monday, catching y’all up on the inner workings of my brain? Terrifying, I know, especially because I’m about to do it again!

You see, I test a lot of gear. And by a lot, I mean a whole lot! The gig has its perks {obviously!} but it also has its downsides….like backpacking in Canyonlands in a pair of pants that absolutely, 100% drove me insane! Having said that, there have been a few items sent my way in the past month or so that have piqued my interest. Check ‘em out!

Keen’s Uneek Sandals

Uneek

Apparently my Uneeks climb trees

Keen’s Uneek sandals are, well, definitely unique! {I can’t believe I just wrote that…womp, womp!} Made from two cords and a sole, these suckers look a lot different than any other shoe I have. Originally, I received a size 8 and the shoes were pretty tight; in fact, I thought they were verging on uncomfortable and blamed it on the corded upper. However, they sent the next size up {size 9 since they only have whole sizes) and I am singing a different tune—comfy! I wore them with a pair of skinny jeans and they kind of remind me of a hippy-esque moccasin or something. What do you think?

They launch today {June 5} so check ‘em out if you like the way they look!

TurboPup K9 Meal Bars

TurboPUP_Bacon

Shawn Parry, the founder of Teton Sports, turned me onto TurboPup back in January when I was in Salt Lake City for OR. He knew I was flying back to Denver and obviously knows of the cuteness that is Tals, so he chucked a couple bars my way so that I could try them out.

The thing is, they then sat in my car for a solid two months until I remembered that I had them! Truthfully, a meal bar sounded kinda bizarre to me. I mean, I barely eat bars myself so a dog bar seemed like a whole ‘nother ballgame. Would doggie protein shakes be next?!

Long story short, we took Tals hiking one day, found the bars and tried them out. Final verdict? Tally absolutely loved them! Literally, she scarfed the bacon flavor down like she hadn’t eaten in weeks, which I know isn’t the case because girlfriend has been packing on the pounds lately.

Why do I love them? Aside from their apparent flavor, each bar is so compact and easy to stow. I can throw a stack of these in my pack for backpacking and they take up far less space and weight than her regular dog food. They are also made with all-natural, 100% human-grade ingredients, so worst case scenario, I can much on them while on the trail!

Enso Roller

Enso

Torture device

After communicating with the PR firm behind Enso, I was seriously curious about this roller! I became a daily foam roller last year after my back issues popped up and my doc essentially threatened me with pain for life or foam rolling. Although the options truly weren’t that different, I went with foam rolling and try to roll at least once a day, if not more.

However, I just had a standard, hard foam roller that while effective, was beginning to lose its charm. It was sometimes too much for really sore muscles and not enough for others…which is the beauty of the Enso roller!

All of those black discs are moveable so users can regulate how much pressure to apply to their muscles. If you push a bunch of discs together, you will lessen the pressure. If you separate them and roll out on a singular black disc, the pressure will be off the charts. Remember in high school physics class when you learned why a high heel hurts far more when it steps on your hand as opposed to a flat soled shoe? Same logic.

The downside to this foam roller? It is pricey! It retails for $89 which is a heck of a lot more than my old $25 roller from Amazon. For regular users, that price may be soul crushing but if you’re an avid athlete who deals with chronic sore muscles, you may want to take a look. I’m definitely a fan!

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What’s your favorite gear these days?

Would you be interested in a “gear I’m NOT loving lately” post?

18 Comments

  • Reply Carla at

    OH I HAD NOT SEEN THOSE KEENS!!!!!

    • Reply heather at

      Brand new and just released yesterday!

  • Reply Heidi @BananaBuzzbomb at

    Those Keens look pretty rad, for sure. And yes, would LOVE to see gear you’re not loving. It’s not like you have to bash it, but I base much of my purchases on feedback from others so it’s always good to hear the good and bad.

    • Reply heather at

      Well, and that’s the thing– gear typically isn’t a “dislike” because it’s bad. Instead, it’s preference. I may dislike something strongly because it doesn’t fit over my big quads– that may be exactly what someone else is looking for!

  • Reply Christy at

    I adore my Enso roller, love how adjustable it is, so perfect for the spot that is always sore between my shoulders.

    and those shoes are unique, I like them!

    • Reply heather at

      I’m learning to love the Enso too! I’ll admit– the pain is intense on my sore muscles, but I know it’s a good pain 🙂

  • Reply Amanda @runtothefinish at

    wohhooo those sandals are freaking cool. I’ve never seen anything like those!

  • Reply Cassie @ Rural Running Redhead at

    Is it weird that the first thing I thought about those dog bars is that they’d make great stocking stuffers for my dog-loving brother? It’s June…not stocking time. Anyway, I’d love a “gear I’m not loving” post so I don’t spend a bunch of money on not-so-great stuff!

    • Reply heather at

      Not at all– that’s actually a great idea for those bars!

  • Reply Kate at

    I would love a “gear you’re not loving” post! It always helps to read what other people are trying and liking, or not.

    I love the look of those Keens. I have super narrow feet and have yet to find a Keen that fits me well, but this pair looks a little different…maybe it will work for me.

    A bar for dogs sounds pretty convenient. Interesting!

    • Reply heather at

      Agreed– I definitely think Keen trends more wide in their shoes!

  • Reply Lynn at

    Those Keens are so cute! I recently bought a more “full coverage” mountain biking helmet. Not a full face, but comes down farther in the back and sides. I haven’t crashed yet (luckily!), but I’m loving it so far.

    I agree, a gear I’m not loving post would be great.

  • Reply Kayla at

    I kinda like those shoes…..because they resemble an extremely sporty version of Sperry’s or something of the sort. And that roller looks crazy. I’m a little scared of it.

    • Reply heather at

      That’s TOTALLY what they look like!

  • Reply Kim Daly at

    Oh, I love my Enso roller to. It’s the best! Those Keens are definitely fun!

  • Reply Elle at

    I think the turbopup bars are an awesome idea. And those sandals are cute, too.

  • Reply Chris @ The Gear House at

    I haven’t tried those dog bars yet for our dog so I’ll have to look for them, but he loves Peak Waggers meals when we go camping. He usually wont eat his regular food so when I saw them at OR Show a couple years ago, we tried some… worked like a charm. Its basically a dehydrated meal for dogs. Check them out if you haven’t – http://www.peakwaggers.com. Plus they are made locally in Nederland.

  • Reply Natalie @ Free Range Human at

    I seriously love my Keens, but I’m not sure I can get on board with that design. Don’t knock them until you try them though, right? 🙂

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