We hope everyone had a very merry Christmas/Kwanza/Festivus/Hanukkah! It's been a busy, but amazing year and we are so excited for what 2018 has to offer! We've been busy busy reviewing products and getting outside as much as possible.
We are excited to share our review from one of our favorite companies!
Xero Shoes has been a staple in our review line for a number of years and we not only love their products, but we love their people and what they stand for!
They recently stepped into (no pun intended!) the close-toe shoe arena and what they offer has been wildly successful. We've reviewed their Prio model, as well as they more casual Hana/Lena shoes. We loved both and while their sizing seems to be a bit whacky (not unusual for new shoe companies) the shoes themselves are an A+ in our book.
Their newest offering is the DayLite Hiker. The wide toe box, super flexible, tough as nails boot for everyday adventures as well as backcountry excursions comes in at only 10.2 oz for a men's 9, and packs down completely for easy travel and a comfortable fit.
When it comes to minimalist style sandals, the market seems to have plenty of options. You've got various brands and within those brands you typically have different models in varying thickness, grip, etc...
What we've found is that every minimalist sandal has the same problem... they are a pain in the butt to adjust, and they don't ever feel completely secure on your foot.
In steps the new(ish) Bedrock Cairn sandal...
Having a baby has had some challenges for outdoorsy people like us. Usually, fall is when we kick it into high gear with backpacking and hiking. A standard week for us held at least three evening hikes, and usually a couple backpacking trips per month....
Obviously, with a 4 month old, you can't operate on that sort of schedule. Naps, feeding, overstimulation, etc.... the list goes on, and nobody likes an unhappy baby; even if she is gorgeous.
This has forced us to get creative in our outdoor endeavors, which has led to discovering some new (at least to us) areas to hike in!
If you haven't heard of Xero Shoes by this point, we aren't quite sure where you've been. They shook up the sandal game with the huarache style barefoot sandals. Next they introduced they Z Trek sandals which took on styles like Chaco and Teva (and quite well I might add).
They've gone the next step (pun intended!) and added a closed toe casual kick to their lineup...
Bob's Adventure Blog seems to get lots of hammocks to review. And truthfully we love it! We've had a better nights rest in a hammock than we've (almost) had in any tent! Hammocks are versatile, lightweight, and fun.
Most hammocks are quite similar... fairly lightweight, two piece design, some sort of daisy chain hanging system... the list goes on! If you look on Amazon these days, you can find every kind of hammock... single, double, triple, camping, backpacking, nylon, ripstop, etc, etc...
This makes it hard to stand out in the hammock world... For a long time, I've been using the Grand Trunk Nano 7 hammock in my backpack, and I love it!
In steps Geaux Hammocks... A complete hammock system... 1.9oz Ripstop Nylon (a single piece too), double stuff sack, AND a cinch buckle hanging stystem!
I've always had a love/hate relationship with Chacos. Being from Colorado, it's almost in my blood to love them, but they have traditionally been stiff and have caused insane blisters...
I've had a few pairs and probably would still have my first ones had I not been frustrated with their overall comfort and tried other sandals. For some reason I kept coming back to Chaco... Their durability is unmatched and as a company, they strive to be much more eco-conscious than most other footwear companies, which means a lot in today's disposable world.