GoPro Hero 6 Review From Bearded Goat Gear

The GoPro Hero 6 is our first GoPro camera that we recently purchased while traveling through Portland, Oregon – although the video above shows some fall footage from upstate NY that we recorded right when we got back home. We’ve borrowed GoPro’s from friends before, so we knew what to expect, however we’re happy to say that we’ve gotten more out of it than expected and are very happy with the purchase so far.


First off – it’s really easy to use.

I’m sure this is on purpose! It’s compact, obviously, and once you figure out how to turn it on and off (the “mode” button on the side) you’re ready to go.

We started recording some short clips right away (one of them is shown in the video above) and were impressed with the stabilization – we used no mounts and were holding it in our hands.

After coming home and installing the GoPro app, we were happy to find that the clips could by synced to our smartphone and the app would make a short feature of the clips that we could share if wanted.

This feature is awesome from my point of view – it overcomes one of the problems with using cameras that take a ton of high quality footage; dealing with the large files and spending time editing and uploading. So, right away we had a fun clip that we could share with friends if we wanted to. After that we could download the full resolution from the microSD card and do what we wanted. Win / win!


In the end, we’re glad that we FINALLY picked up a GoPro – the size is perfect for popping into a hydration vest and it doubles as a great photo and time lapse video/photo taker.

As you probably, know, there are tons of accessories for the GoPro cameras – they can basically be put on or in nearly anything!

If you’re looking for a compact, stabilized, easy to use camera, then I recommend this – there’s tons of ways to use them (in your hand, on a stand, in a tree, etc) and you can get a lot of mileage from them off the trail as well – if you have the money and want a great video camera that fits in your pocket, it’s a great choice!

Summary

Overall a great camera. The price might be high for some, but GoPro is known for their great cameras and the prices generally do not come down over time for a given model – so waiting a few months doesn’t necessarily mean it will be cheaper…part of the reason we went ahead and purchased ours quickly!

Positives

  • Stabilization
  • Small size
  • Easy to use

Negatives

  • Price might be high for some

Design

5 of 5

Utility

5 of 5

Value

4 of 5

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Salomon Speedcross Men’s Trail Running Shoes Video Review

This is a “dirty” review of the Salomon Speedcross men’s trail running shoes – I just wouldn’t have felt right putting out a review of these beautiful grippy trail shoes with out putting them through a few miles on some muddy single track!

And grippy is the right word – I was able to really climb up some dirt hills with these on and can see how they would be amazing in the right dirt and mud environment.


How did they fit?

Well, for comparison I generally wear a 10D or 10.5D (wide). I ordered the 10D and the length was good, but on one foot the arch area felt a bit tight. After running for a mile I could really feel it and was starting to have my doubts…

That said, after several miles it had flattened out a bit and was comfortable. My estimate is that these are a bit on the narrow side but can be pushed out over time (a few miles) so long as your foot isn’t extra wide. I would make sure to order online from somewhere like Amazon where you can use Amazon Prime to return for free in case it turns out to be too narrow for your liking.


The Salomon Speedcross trail shoes are lightweight and felt good to move fast in. The lighter weight and snug fit help me feel like really moving faster (sounds goofy, I know…) and had me flying down a few hills.

Summary

This is a really grippy lightweight shoe that excels in the mud and dirt that you’ll find on some singletrack. However, you can’t expect great performance on flat rock and wet logs – that grippy aggressive lug comes with a price. But, if dirt tracks are what you’re looking for you should check this shoe out.

Positives

  • Aggressive tread for dirt
  • Lightweight

Negatives

  • Potentially narrow

Design

5 of 5

Comfort

3 of 5

Fit

4 of 5

Arc’Teryx Incendo Hoody Trail Running Jacket Review

The Arc’Teryx Incendo Hoodie is a great lightweight option for running, and trail runners, that will help keep the wind from biting through and won’t take up space or weight in your pack or back.

However, if you are expecting heavy rains you may want to go with a jacket that has a more water proof shell – when they say this is water “resistant”, they mean it! It’s not waterproof.

Like all gear and trail running items, be sure you understand where you will be using it and what conditions you might need to be prepared for.

This jacket did a great job as a backup option in the Rockies and I’ve used it throughout the Northeast. On a few occasions I wanted something heavier when the weather got really nasty – but this jacket should NOT be your go to for a waterproof safety option in case you are injured or delayed in the mountains!

So – what makes me keep this jacket in my lineup? I really like the light weight and the design. It’s well made and the sleeve cut along with the side pocket and drawstring help separate it from the rest of the jackets out there.

Not only does it have a few nice options like the side pocket, but I also prefer the hooded version. While it may bother some people to have it flopping around when not in use, it’s so light weight that I rarely notice it and I certainly appreciate it when I use it to block the wind or a light rain.

Summary

Extremely lightweight running jacket with side pocket, cut sleeves, and drawstring. Not for complete weather protection.

Positives

  • Great fit and construction
  • Very lightweight

Negatives

  • Not as water resistant as I would like in a versatile jacket

Design

5 of 5

Comfort

3 of 5

Fit

4 of 5

Paisley Trail Running Headband Review

I’m not going to lie – this was my first “tube” headband ever. That said, I’m really glad I tried it out, this has become my go to for all seasons.

In the summer it’s a lightweight wristband for sweat wiping or a head covering to keep tenacious flies away.

In the winter it’s a good neck warmer or light weight head covering.

In between it can do any of the above – and more.

A blue paisley style headband that can be used for many things

Well, this probably doesn’t need a really in depth review – it does what it’s supposed to do and it does it well!

The big upside for this one is that it is a fraction of the cost of a lot of other head bands out there and if nothing else could be a great back-up for your gear.

A blue paisley head band after washing

This headband cleans up quick and is washing and dryer safe. It’s ready to go right out of the dryer – just whip is out and roll it up, etc.

For under ten bucks, this has been a great addition to my gear.

Summary

It’s a blue paisley headband (super manly!) and it works well – if you need one, get it!

Positives

  • I’ve been told that paisley makes me look tough (?!?)
  • It’s low cost and works well

Negatives

  • Does not have the pattern on both sides

Design

5 of 5

Comfort

5 of 5

Fit

4 of 5

Inov-8 Race Ultra 290 Review [Men’s]

The Inov-8 Race Ultra 290 trail running shoe has, after 100+ miles, been a solid mid weight performer (in terms of actual weight). Personally, I was coming from a heavier more cushioned shoe and have been enjoying the lighter style of this Inov-8 shoe while not feeling like my feet are getting too battered.

There were a couple of speed bumps in the road, but I quickly figured out what I was doing and how I could make these shoes work well for me and my feet.

inov-8 race ultra 290 black and blue style trail running shoe

So – what were my stumbling points with these shoes?

When I first started wearing them they seemed loose in the toes (they do have a large toebox) but it was to the point that on some technical long downhills I was pulling on the toenails from my foot coming up and then the toes scraping against the front of the shoe when coming down…

Sounds bad, right?

Well, it turns out that I just needed to tighten these up a bit in the middle laces and that really helped secure the shoe better which in turn stopped the issues with the toe box.

Inov-8 race ultra 290 shoes after a hundred or so miles

Once I got the toe issues fixed these should have been great – it’s a testament to how much I liked them that I figured out what I was doing wrong!

I really enjoy the feel I get – I can “feel” the trail and conditions while still having more than enough protection from jagged rocks, roots, and whatever else that is out there.

Summary

The Inov-8 Race Ultra 290 has proven itself to be a solid trail running shoe for myself. It’s priced well, at the time of this writing, has several styles to choose from, and most importantly it works well on the trail.

Positives

  • Solid construction
  • Lightweight while protecting foot

Negatives

  • Figuring out toebox room may take a few tries

Design

5 of 5

Comfort

4 of 5

Fit

4 of 5

Inov-8 Race Ultra 290 Review [Men’s]

The Inov-8 Race Ultra 290 trail running shoe has, after 100+ miles, been a solid mid weight performer (in terms of actual weight). Personally, I was coming from a heavier more cushioned shoe and have been enjoying the lighter style of this Inov-8 shoe while not feeling like my feet are getting too battered.

There were a couple of speed bumps in the road, but I quickly figured out what I was doing and how I could make these shoes work well for me and my feet.

inov-8 race ultra 290 black and blue style trail running shoe

So – what were my stumbling points with these shoes?

When I first started wearing them they seemed loose in the toes (they do have a large toebox) but it was to the point that on some technical long downhills I was pulling on the toenails from my foot coming up and then the toes scraping against the front of the shoe when coming down…

Sounds bad, right?

Well, it turns out that I just needed to tighten these up a bit in the middle laces and that really helped secure the shoe better which in turn stopped the issues with the toe box.

Inov-8 race ultra 290 shoes after a hundred or so miles

Once I got the toe issues fixed these should have been great – it’s a testament to how much I liked them that I figured out what I was doing wrong!

I really enjoy the feel I get – I can “feel” the trail and conditions while still having more than enough protection from jagged rocks, roots, and whatever else that is out there.

Summary

The Inov-8 Race Ultra 290 has proven itself to be a solid trail running shoe for myself. It’s priced well, at the time of this writing, has several styles to choose from, and most importantly it works well on the trail.

Positives

  • Solid construction
  • Lightweight while protecting foot

Negatives

  • Figuring out toebox room may take a few tries

Design

5 of 5

Comfort

4 of 5

Fit

4 of 5

10 Trail Running Tips for Beginners

I’ve been dabbling with trail running for several years now. During my last year in Atlanta, I participated in the Dirty Spokes trail running series as I tried to branch out from road running. And I have the scars to prove it, as I ended up on the group during every race that first year. The good news is that I am using those more painful experiences create this guide with trail running tips for beginners!

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Since moving to Colorado over four years ago, I’ve incorporated trail running into my training regularly. While I haven’t done as many trail races here, I recently ran as part of a 5-person relay at Chase the Moon, overnight trail running race. With my history of painful trail races, you may be surprised to hear I didn’t fall once while covering 12 miles in the dark!

Why You Should Try Trail Running

Even if you don’t plan to enter a trail running race, there are a number of benefits to including trail running in your training. You will build sport-specific strength, thanks to the frequency of hills you’ll find on most trails. This is a nice alternative option to hill repeats to build your strength.

Read the article here:  http://fitaspire.com/10-trail-running-tips-beginners/