A few years ago I received a Petzl Nao (1st Edition) as a gift and immediately fell in love. I used this lamp on my first ultra distance run in Hawaii and for every early morning run over the last 2+ years. The torch out preformed my expectations and still to this day is functioning well. Over the use the battery has taken a hit and the longevity has suffered some. Before I ran my most recent run (Read about the disaster that unfolded here), I decided that it was in best interest to purchase a new torch with more battery life. Over the years Petzl has released two updated versions of the torch, which incorporated new features, improved battery performance and higher light output. I decided to go with the most recent version of the Nao and have been putting it through the test since.
In between chasing vert and dodging rattlesnakes, we all grow up. Whether we admit it or not, life changes happen. After beating me down for months, Sara finally got the better of me and I proposed to her. We have always thought of ourselves as a less conventional couple, so finding the perfect ring was no easy task. At the time I was making my living working on ropes, in environments that would destroy a conventional wedding band. I turned to alternatives and started researching the expanding market of silicon rings. Just like conventional rings I had my choices; colors, shapes, width, and patterns all played a role in my decision. After some time I decided to go with a company called Groove Life.
As with any hobby, there comes a substantial investment in gear. This is never more true then when talking about cycling. When leaving a $1000 investment outside of the grocery store, the last thing you want is for it to disappear. When the time came up to find a new lock to secure my bikes when running errands, there was one option that stood out. The TiGr mini + took the old U-lock and resigned it with new materials. As a backpacker I have a desire to have everything Titanium. Mugs, spoons, and plates are cool, but using Titanium for a bike lock? Hard to pass up the chance to test out a new product.