Gear purchases are always exciting, whether it’s a new backpack, stove or tent for my camping arsenal, or trail running gear.
Today I added two new pieces to the latter, and they’ll arrive in time to put them into action next Sunday at Big Bend.
First, I ordered a new pair of kicks. I still have a few hundred miles left in my fourth pair of Brooks Adrenaline ASR 8s, but I went ahead and got my first pair of ASR 9s. My Brooks – all of the 8s, and the three or four pair of ASR 7s that I also wore – required zero time to break them in. They were trail ready right out of the box and made my feet very happy. I’ll take my 8s with me to Texas, but I’ll likely race in the 9s. Can’t wait to slide my feet in them for the first time and pound some dirt!
Also, I upgraded my hydration system. I’ve worn a Nathan pack for about a year and a half, and it has been great. The straps are stretched out now, however, and it just doesn’t fit as well as I’d like. I’ve been really impressed with the products that Ultimate Direction has been putting out, so today I ordered their Signature Series AK Race Vest. It weights 6 ounces, has two water bottle pouches on the front, and has a rear compartment for a water bladder or gear. It should fit much better, move with my body, and the dual chest straps should keep it from riding up on my chest.
Other than shoes, I don’t expect to spend much money upgrading gear this year, but the Ultimate Direction pack is a wise investment.