Gear Reviews

Outdoor Research: Spring Trail Running

April showers bring May flowers…and blazing sun, pouring rain, howling wind, and frosty mornings. Here in Northern California, spring training happens in all sorts of weather. That’s why we were stoked to find that Outdoor Research provides a range of apparel that can handle the variety. Included in this line up are the Ferrosi Hooded Jacket, the Radiant LT zip top fleece, and the Essentia tights. We’ve found unique and favorite uses for each of these pieces and are excited to share them with you for your upcoming adventures. Ferrosi Hoody: $129 Never be caught off guard in this award winning jacket. Lightweight, highly breathable, and water resistant you should never leave home with out it. The single weave stretch woven soft shell means total movement for every activity including climbing, running, or mountain biking. Our tester wore this jacket everywhere from around town, on the trail, to on the bike. On one particular wet ride, our tester wanted to see how the jacket would hold up in a rain storm. This jacket is only rated as water resistant for a light rain, but for 40 minutes the skys opened up and dumped buckets on him. Pleasantly surprised, our tester found his shirt was only damp in places but other wise dry. It’s no wonder this piece of gear is leading the game. IMG_4177 (1) IMG_4166 (1) Radiant LT zip top: $85 It’s morning and a freak 35 degrees, the motivation to run in the cold is quickly disappearing. Pull on the Radiant LT zip top and fear the cold no more. Folks, this thing is cozy. Absolutely one of our favorite pieces that functions just as well in the winter as it does in the spring. A thicker yet breathable grid fleece means warmth and wicking at the same time, all while remaining lighter in weight. The thumb holes are a simple yet appreciated addition that was welcomed in colder temps. Our tester wore this top for basically everything, including skiing, running, hiking, sleeping, cuddling, pubbing…the list goes on. She’s worn it so much so that the piling on the outside of the fleece has already started. Make sure to hang dry this top (along with all of your other outdoor gear) to increase its lifespan. IMG_4188 Essentia tights: $75 Don’t be alarmed if you feel slightly exposed in these tights. These bottoms are serenely soft and feel thinner than the average running tight. At first our tester was concerned they’d be see through or awkward looking, but she soon embraced the feeling as freedom and realized they looked fantastic. A running tight that looks good and feels even better? Yes please. Breathable, lightweight, and with functional with a back zippered pocket these tights are great for trail running, yoga, or just straight up lounging during spring and summer. These tights do ride down slightly while running so the waist draw string is helpful support. IMG_4190 IMG_4195

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Wendy Ewing

Wendy Ewing is a Washignton native and Northern California transplant. Growing up at the base of the North Cascades, her entire upbringing revolved around the mountains. With her family, Wendy spent most of her childhood backpacking, mountaineering, skiing, and mountain biking. With a strong passion for wilderness ethics and personal growth and development, she decided to pursue building Wild Beginnings Adventure Co. Wendy has written gear reviews for Trek Tech, Innovation & Tech Today, and Active Junky. In the winter season you can find her back country skiing and both trail running and mountain biking the rest of the year. Wendy lives in Shasta Lake, CA with her husband, John, and their adventure retriever, Sauvie.