My Fits Socks are some of the best socks I have ever run in for the trails. Not only do the socks fit perfectly, but they are soft, breathe well and dry super quick as the merino wool of the sock is able to repel outside moisture much better than your standard sock.
Right by Gatherings with my Acidotic Racing Head Buff!!!!
Fits Trail socks fit like a glove!
Now onto the official race preview:::::::
The gear lined out for the Cayuga Trails 50
Sponsors for the race: Mammut, Acidotic Racing, Fits Socks, Ultraspire Hydration, Karhu/Craft Road Shoes(hanging out)
MTR 71 Shirt---A truly amazing shirt. I am used to racing in singlets though this shirt feels as dry if not drier than most singlets. Sweat just disappears with this shirt. The Ventech fabric is soft, light, and super breathable. Mammut also makes really durable product and it stretches well which can save you if you are ever to get snagged by a branch on a technical trail run. A piece worth every single penny! I have never before ever had a piece of clothing that is able to make me feel so comfortable yet be so functional. When running, you can feel the breeze in this shirt and the athletic cut helps to hold your body's natural figure nicely which in turn will reduce the amount of chaffing. My go-to race top!
MTR 71 Shorts---I never thought running in any short that was not a split short was the thing for me. I love to feel light and fast and hate when a short feels more like a heavy basketball short that blocks your full range of movement. Well, not in the MTR short. The length is perfect (feels like a 3-4 inch inseam) and the shorts are super light and have great stretch to them. In other words, they fit like a glove. Mammut apparel is light but also
MTR 141 Trail Shoe By Mammut
This shoe is Mammut's mid-line shoe. What I mean by that is this is the best model for any interested trail runner that is looking for a solid trail shoe. Priced at 119 shows its versatility in terms of the market. The shoe itself is absolutley outstanding. The 141 comes in three colors for one, the pull lacing system really holds the midfoot well, and the toe flex of a Nike Free on an agressive but smooth feeling trail shoe make this model a MUST HAVE! The shoe utilizes its basefit technology which hold the foot secure throughout the gait cycle and allows for a shoe that can take a beating but still fits like a racing flat. THe Sonar outsole technology allows for ripples or little lugs that grip and hold on all surfaces and flexes so well. The Sonar tech. works well on asphalt, snow, mud, dry trails, and rocks and roots. The MTR 141 also incorporates a sound toe bumper to protect against hammer-toe and sharp debris. I really have been impressed with the shoe. Its cushioning is great for the longer distances but can function incredibly well in shorter runs, it can work on road surfaces but is a true alpine juggernaut. The toe flex in such a stable and well-designed shoe is by far what makes the 141 a killer shoe. I have never seen a shoe with such a durable upper, outsole, and cushioning system be so flexible right where you need it. When going uphill, this shoe is able to track and flex on the steepest of pitches and provide the best in a toe spring. My go-to Cayuga Trails 50 miler shoe!
MTR 201 Micro Jacket
This jacket will be my warm-up piece for the pre-race and cool-down jacket for post race. The one thing you need to take from this review is that Mammut makes the lightest equipment but also the strongest. I have snagged this jacket on sharp sticks and branches and nothing has come to the jacket. It is great for cold weather, warm weather, windy weather, wet and rainy weather. All of Mammut's apparel focuses on temperature regulation so no matter the temperature outside, their apparel is able to function in different ways depending on the weather conditions. With that said, Mammut apparel keeps you in the sweet spot of bodily temperatures where you stay dry, cool, warm, LONGER. I run outside in the worst of conditions with a smile on my face because Mammut makes bad weather...FUN!
I have been very lucky to have a sock sponsor called Fits. The company is based in Tennessee where tons of my family are from so you know these are going to be great socks! Fits socks come with 5 size options to guarentee optimal fit while most sock companies come stocked with 4 sizes. Fits socks have blended merino wool which allow for their socks to keep water and moisture out of your feet so that your feet stay drier for longer. With trail running, Fits just fit so well. Yeah they look like long stocking but they stretch in the fibers of the sock allow for the socks to gently hug your feet and their softness is unparralled. The closed toe creates a no-seam effect which blisters do not know how to form in these socks. Fits " F3 Technology™ delivers a unique form FIT thanks to a deep heel pocket, specialized toe seam, and contoured leg" (Fits.com) This 3 Fit system is so amazing and if you want durable, super-soft, and the best fitting socks you have ever worn, get a pair of Fits Socks--They ROCK!
I will be racing in my Acidotic Racing Visor (on right) in honor of my New Hampshire mountain goat borthers and sisters which our team is awesome. Chris Dunn is a great team owner and he is the MAN! My Mammut visor will be for the post-race.