My Gear

Here is a list of my gear that I use:

Shoes:   Hoka One One Stinson Evo
The Stinson Evo Trail is Hoka One One’s second largest midsole volume featuring vertical sidewalls with an adaptive decoupling zone to reduce load to the body on foot strike. Late meta-rocker in the forefoot makes the Stinson Evo Trail very quick from foot strike to toe off. IDEAL USAGE: Varied terrain, mid to long distances.

Sunglasses:  Julbo Dust

Dust is designed for mountain biking and outdoor racing enthusiasts. A snug fit on the face is ensured with grip nose and grip tech temples. The slim and flexible frame can be slipped comfortably under a hat or helmet. The wide field of vision is combined with excellent venting thanks to the technical size of the suspended lenses..  For more information check out their website.

Socks:  Drymax
These are the only socks I wear.  I have only had occasional blisters when I have worn these socks (actually only twice).  They keep your feet dry even when you have been running through streams all day.  Don't believe me then check out their blog and see what the top runners are saying about Drymax.

Compression Shorts:  Zensah

 These compressions shorts are good ones.  Compression shorts cut down on unwanted chaffing and help keep muscles warm.  I chose these shorts because they have a great reputation for high quality products.  Many times during ultras I get certain hot spots, once I switched over to Zensah compression shorts the hot spots disappeared.


Compression Calf Sleeves:  2XU
The compression sleeves I wear for recovery and for road races.  They help with blood circulation and help minimize muscle trauma during the race.  2XU is a great company with great products.  (Salomon has recently come out with some compression shorts with pockets specifically made for running) 

Nutrition:  Vespa
I have been using this product since summer of last year (2010).  I can't say once you take this it makes you feel any different and magically makes you run faster.  I have noticed that I do recover faster and I don't bonk out from lack of calories (also helps fight mental fatigue too).  The premise behind this product is that you take it before your race/workout and every 3-4 during (I take mine every 3 hours) and the amino acid in the product allows your body to metabolize fat more easily.  For all the details on what this product  does visit their website.

                S! Caps
This is a must have product regardless of distance.  I use this product all seasons of the year.  During the summer I will take at least 1 per hour and sometimes during extreme heat I will take 2 per hour.  This product contains sodium and potassium which will help retain fluids and helps fight hyponatremia.  I always have this product on me and strongly recommend it to any endurance athlete.  Here is the website.

              EFS Shot:
I came across this product on Karl Meltzer's blog and decided to give it a try.  It was very easy on my stomach and it gives me 400 calories per 5oz bottle, which is much better then having to each 15-20 GUs during 50+ mile races.  Not too many flavors to choose from but I like them both.  Check out their website for more product information.


Vitargo®S2 is the super-soluble form of Vitargo®, a patented, molecular carbohydrate with ZERO SUGAR. Only Vitargo®’s low osmolality, molecular carbohydrate form is university-research proven to move through the stomach more than twice as fast as the carbohydrates (e.g. maltodextrin and sugars) found in other sport drinks and powders. That means faster carbohydrate digestion and absorption into the body. It also means no bloating or that “heavy stomach” feeling common to ordinary carbohydrate-based products. Furthermore, Vitargo®S2 IVg technology is the only product of its kind that is university-research proven to deliver carbohydrate to muscle and the rest of the body 2X faster after exhaustive exercise and to accelerate glycogen refueling and recovery.