If you want your mind blown, give Columbia’s Bahama Vent PFG shoes a try. I’ve worn them in the Middle East and Korea as well as multiple water excursions in the Midwest and mountains of the United States.

My first choice in water shoes is no shoes at all. They get in the way, don’t drain, and give you horrible tan lines. Or so I thought.

Turns out none of this is true, with the exception of the bad tan lines. My first outing in the Bahama Vents turned into a 10 day romp in The Kingdom of Jordan. Columbia took me and nine friends and made a movie so look for that soon.

At home in the desert (they keep your feet cool), on the town, oh, and in a fishing boat, these shoes do it all. I put them through some more testing on another week fishing and living on a lake in Wisconsin. It’s so great, the fish jump right in.

Bahama Vent

The shoe is comfy and sturdy enough for me to wear everywhere, including many mile on foot in Seoul, Korea. It’s classy styling let’s me wear it to the office and not worry about changing to hit the trail or the water.

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Columbia’s Bahama Vent PFG

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Picture this, you’re out on a lake and it’s super bright and you are getting a headache because you’ve been squinting all day and all you need right now are sunglasses that work. These sunglasses are it. They are DARK but bring a certain clarity to everything you see. They take away the infamous glare that is every where, all while looking great!

One of the coolest parts about these sunglasses is that they are recyclable and made with a sustainable source, castor beans. There is 44% less Co2 emissions created during production than traditional plastic frame material. So really, you can’t beat these! Great for the environment, stylish and I am pretty sure your ability to catch fish will increase!

Guideline Eyegear Jack

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When I first opened the package to see the celery color of the Granite Creek shirt I was apprehensive. I have a tough time wearing shirts whose color is not my favorite. I will say I was surprised at how great this color is! It set really well against my skin tone. I was thrilled!

More importantly, it fit well and it was great for the humid warm of Seoul, Korea. The only issue I have with this shirt is that it is very tight when I try to roll the sleeves up to wear them just above my elbow. The material is stretchy so it eventually worked but it was not as comfortable as I had hoped. Maybe by muscles are just too big, who knows ;)

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Mountain Khakis Women’s Granite Creek Long Sleeve

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Whether you’re at the gym, in the country, or running on high mountainous trails, there are a few essentials that one must have to endure a successful and comfortable run.  I’ve reviewed some great running shoes, which are essential to a pain-free and comfortable run (I’m obviously more into comfort than look, which you’ll definitely notice in some of the provided photos).  Another problem I’ve always had while running is holding things in my hands.  I just get too tense and focus too much energy away from other vital systems.  Holding (/pulling) on a dog leash is way more uncomfortable than holding an iPod and upon having Hank come into my life, I knew I’d want to run with him.

I’m beyond grateful for the Roamer Leash by Ruffwear.  I can now run comfortably while having my dog on a leash without compromising my form (my form is poor enough as it is, I need all the help I can get).  The Roamer leash is adjustable so it can be used as a hand held leash or one that straps around the waist.  It’s easy to use (especially with the one-hand-only clasp) and comfortable for both you and your dog—I think.

Out in the country it’s not absolutely necessary that Hank is on a leash but I’m a heli-mom so I put it on him anyways.  Also, just when you start to feel like you’re slowing down, your dog will pull you along.  I can’t wait to run uphill with this leash.

The one thing I will mention about this leash is the fact that if you have a small puppy that you’re training or a dog that doesn’t listen well, the Roamer leash is tough to use.  I used the leash a few times when Hank was 4 months old and decided that he needed to mature a little bit before stepping up to the Roamer.

The Roamer is available in nice colors and is built with the genuine quality that I’ve experienced from Ruffwear products in the past.  At 7.3 feet long (11 ft when stretched completely out) it is the perfect length!  Get outside and get active with your best friend! Ruffwear has a ton of other really great products for your pets so be sure to check them out.

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The Roamer Leash by Ruffwear

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If you have a GoPro and you have not yet invested in any accessories (separate from the GoPro mounts) please look into GoPole.  They are the “#1 selling third-party GoPro accessory brand worldwide.” And they are this for a reason.  Aside from the highly functional and practical products they have designed and perfected, GoPole products are high quality and affordable.

We were lucky enough to try a few different products from GoPole, highlighting the Evo in the video, and mentioning a few others to follow in the write up.  The Evo is versatile and sleek and while you can gain an extension of 26”, you’re also protecting your GoPro (it floats), and being non-invasive in your shots (the clear design makes this extension less obvious in shots).  If you could only choose one GoPole accessory for your shooting needs, I’d say this should be the one.

But that’s a tough call… the Reach, also an extension mount, will give you 17-40” of extension.  It also has a comfortable hand grip, safety strap, quality build, and easy to use adjustability.  While it is white, it will get you some angles and extensions that wouldn’t be possible with the Evo.

The Grenade Grip, another sweet thing to add to your quiver, comes in handy when you’re packing light or just looking for a less drastic view of yourself and your surroundings. This is basically a hand held mount that is comfortable and simple.  This mount will forever eliminate the finger-ruined corner.  Tyson and I always have the hardest time taking pictures of the two of us because a finger usually ends up in the shot.  We had some glorious photos from dirt biking in Western Colorado and the Utah desert but every single one of them had a little corner of skin.  So frustrating! Not anymore.

GoPole makes an assortment of additional GoPro accessories and I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase any of them.  I often find that third party brands are not made with quality and care but this is the complete opposite of GoPole.  I’ve been impressed with everything I’ve tried and won’t go anywhere without on of my extension poles.

For those of you that are on the fence about some sort of extension device for your GoPro, there are many spectacular reasons why you should try GoPole:

- The angles are phenomenal! Even if you’re not a very creative person, mess around with these and you are bound to find some creativity.  The stability

- The stability in it of itself is worth it.  Even if you don’t want to get super cool, amazing shots with your GoPro, please for the sake of those watching your content, the stability factor is huge!  I found myself making some very stable pans this weekend (when I was on a moving boat/I have shakey hands already/I lose my balance when I’m staring at a screen). I was very impressed to say the least.

- Extra protection… each of the three mounts have a safety strap on the base and the Evo serves also as a flotation device.  If you’re shooting on a boat, it makes sense to have the Evo attached.

If you have a GoPro invest in a GoPole extension mount.  Your viewers will thank you, you’ll have a ton of fun, and you’ll pay for a quality made product (Oh did I forget to mention Free Shipping for all orders and Lifetime Warranty?)! Check them out!

Also, check out this quick little edit, which I shot entirely with the GoPole EVO mount attached!

GoPole Guide

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The EVO

The REACH

The GRENADE GRIP

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Lately there’s been a trend developing to use more natural products in outdoor clothing and I like it. Synthetics tend to get stiff and stinky on me about five minutes after wearing them. Here are some thoughts on a Merino Wool baselayer from Woolx.

I like this shirt a lot with the exception of the tag placement. It rubs my side a bit and I’m too scared to cut it off and leave something even worse.

The fit is good though the sleeves are a bit longer than I like. I’m normally between a small and medium and this small fits well.

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Woolx Merino Wool Lightweight Tshirt: http://goo.gl/rYWf0p

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