Tested: Toad&Co Ventilair LS Shirt & Barrow Pant

Tested: Toad&Co Ventilair LS Shirt & Barrow Pant

Long-sleeve shirt and pant in summer, you say? Yes, I say. This outfit has been my go-to for the past several weeks, from the trail to the brew pub to the office. The Ventilair LS Shirt is lightweight and helped regulate my body temp while I was active thanks to its...
Tested: Club Ride New West Shirt & Mountain Surf Short

Tested: Club Ride New West Shirt & Mountain Surf Short

Club Ride apparel looks so good you hate to bike in it. Until you do. That’s what it’s made for, after all. The New West was breezy lightweight with just the right amount of stretch, making it feel like I was wearing almost nothing on top (as opposed to a clingy...
Tested: Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR 6Fattie

Tested: Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR 6Fattie

The northeast section of Lost Valley Trail in Weldon Spring, Mo., is notorious for its succession of toothy rocks and loose pebble. Imagine riding on the side of a highway with rumble strips and road debris, and you get the idea. It can be a jarring experience, unless...
Tested: Icebug Zeal RB9X

Tested: Icebug Zeal RB9X

It was the traction of the Zeal that made a lasting impression. The big rubber studs gripped mud, ice and snow like cleats on fresh turf — and they’re spread out on the sole so mud didn’t get stuck. The non-absorbing upper meant the shoe also stayed drier. The Zeal...
St. Louis Gear Standouts

St. Louis Gear Standouts

St. Louis is known for a lot of things — the Gateway Arch, beer, baseball, weirdly satisfying fringe foods. (I’m looking at you slingers and gooey butter cake.) One thing that doesn’t initially jump to mind, though, is outdoor fashion. A growing number of local...
Tested: Energy Drinks

Tested: Energy Drinks

Some athletes swear by the wing-giving boost of energy drinks. If you’re one of them, here are six easy-to-find selections (I got mine at Supplement Superstores, GNC and the Vitamin Shoppe) and what you can expect after indulging. To keep my testing methods simple and...