Month: April 2014

Ahnu Sugarpine Waterproof Boot

Ahnu Sugarpine Waterproof Boot

I’m a big fan of my Ahnu Montara boots. Just when I thought the company couldn’t release anything better than those, they came out with the Sugarpine line consisting of a waterproof boot, waterproof shoe, and air-mesh trail runners.

I’ve been spending the last couple of weeks testing the Sugarpine Waterproof Boot, and let me tell ya, they are awesome and versatile. These are the best lightweight, waterproof boots for a not-so-steep price.

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Outlier Daily Riding Pant

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If you’re a regular Little Grunts visitor, you know that I love when gear is versatile enough for my office and for outdoor adventures. Cue Outlier, a Brooklyn-based company that makes tailored performance clothing. I got my hands on a pair of the Outlier Daily Riding Pants to test out.

Made of Schoeller DrySkin, these are an incredibly breathable pair of pants that allow for tons of stretch and movement. These are designed for biking, but I’m disastrous with anything requiring wheels and balance, so I did what I do best and hit the trails instead!

These do a great job of repelling light rain. Water just beads up and rolls right off. They won’t fare so well during torrential downpours. But if you’re getting caught in some inclement weather on your way in to work, these ensure that you don’t roll up looking like you just peed your pants.

These also shed dirt and debris quite easily. I always end up rolling around in dirt and climbing in trees while detouring. Give the pants a quick brush and they’re looking like new.

A couple cons? You might want to go a size up from your regular size. These are skin-tight, like, put something in your pocket and everyone-can-really-see-the-bulge tight. This also leads to occasional camel-toe that needs adjusting. These also have a pretty stiff waistband. If you’re prone to eating too many cookies like me, you might also want to size up for a bit more comfort.

Overall, these are a great pair of pants. At $198, they’re a little pricey but the best part is you can wear them all the time and get your money’s worth. The office, the streets, the trails, all are viable playgrounds for the Outlier Daily Riding Pants.

Buy through Outlier via their website!

Pictured above outside Google HQ with the Ahnu Sugarpine Waterproof Hiking Boots, REI Flash 18 Pack, Outdoor Research Enchainment Jacket, and NW Alpine Black Spider Hoody.

This was sent to me for review.

Mt. Tamalpais State Park: Matt Davis-Steep Ravine Loop

Hike: Matt Davis-Steep Ravine Loop
Where: Mt. Tamalpais State Park
Trailhead: Belvedere Ave, behind the Stinson Beach Fire Station
Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Length: 6.5 miles
Gear: Icebreaker Women’s Tech T Lite T-Shirt, Darn Tough Light Hiker Micro Crew Socks – Women’s, REI Flash 18 Pack, Arc’teryx Delta LT, and Ahnu Sugarpine Waterproof Hiking Boots
Cost of Parking: Free

Stopped by Stinson Beach this past weekend with the boyfriend where we had our first not-date, and decided to cheesily celebrate our year and a half anniversary with a hike, mini picnic and wine.

We opted to take the Matt Davis-Steep Ravine Loop and actually finish it this time with no detours to find the ocean. We followed this hike on EveryTrail, starting with Steep Ravine and redwoods and waterfalls and crossed green hills dotted with wildflowers, and ended on Matt Davis next to the fire station.

Photos are worth a thousand words, so I’ll let those do the talking.

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Sierra Designs Hurricane Pants

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After countless soaked walks to work and sloshing around on muddy trails in the past year, I finally decided to pull the trigger on a pair of rain pants. My requirements? Petite sizing!

After scouring the web and procuring a 20% off coupon at REI, the Sierra Designs Hurricane Pants came home with me. I like them. They keep me dry; they get the job done. And they don’t drag on the floor because they come in petite sizes! (I’m five feet tall, for the record.)

The pants have an elastic waistband, keeping them securely on your body. Oh, and the waistband doesn’t give you muffin-top either! Added bonus. The pants have a pocket on the right-hand side of the pants, embroidered with a Sierra Designs logo. The legs of the pants have calf-zips and velcro closures to allow the wearer to get in and out of them without removing boots. These also work as adequate leg vents.

At 7 oz, these won’t add a significant amount of weight for those days where it just might rain. This packs down fairly small, and comes with a stuff sack, though I have since lost the stuff sack.

For 2014, Sierra Designs has updated the Hurricane pants even more with a built in belt, better waterproofing, a front fly, and it zips into its own pocket. They also managed to shave .5 oz off of the weight.

Buy through Sierra Designs, REI, or Moosejaw for $69.

Uvas Canyon County Park: Alec Canyon & Waterfall Loop

Hike: Alec Canyon & Waterfall Loop
Where: Uvas Canyon County Park
Trailhead: Uvas Canyon County Park
Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Length: 6.42 miles
Gear: Yonder App shirt, Outdoor Research Contour Shorts, Darn Tough Light Hiker Micro Crew Socks – Women’s, REI Flash 18 Pack, Arc’teryx Delta LT, and Ahnu Sugarpine Waterproof Hiking Boots
Cost of Parking: $6

Uvas Canyon County Park: Alec Canyon & Waterfall Loop

Nestled in the eastern Santa Cruz Mountains between Morgan Hill and Watsonville is Uvas Canyon County Park. With Swanson Creek flowing year-round and tall hills, this is a great place for some mellow and scenic hiking away, but not away, from civilization. You can hit miles of trails and still be back in time for brunch. I met up with my longtime Instagram friend, Christian Arballo, and set off to explore some trails in this new-to-us park!

We started by heading up Alec Canyon to check out Triple Falls. With the dry winter we’ve had in California, Triple Falls was barely a trickle. This is only a seasonal fall, so this was not too alarming.

Uvas Canyon County Park: Alec Canyon & Waterfall Loop

From there, we re-traced our steps back down Alec Canyon to where it intersects with Contour Trail to head over to the Waterfall Loop.

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The first falls we hit were Upper Falls at the top of Swanson Creek. They were flowing! While Christian was working his waterfall camera magic, I sat down next to the creek and made some face paint.

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Then we headed over to Basin Falls, which were super cool! These fall into a little basin which overflows out into a smaller fall and down the hill.

Uvas Canyon County Park: Alec Canyon & Waterfall Loop

Lastly, we stopped by Black Rock Falls, and made our way down to the parking lot.

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Overall, a lovely, scenic place! I highly recommend getting here early in the morning when it’s quiet, foggy, and much less crowded. The lots were filling up quickly and children were running around rampant as we were leaving.

If you’d like to add a little extra difficulty to your hike, take a .8 mile out and back trail up to Knobcone Point from the beginning of the Waterfall Loop. You can also bag Knibbs Knob (2694′) from the park entrance. Those are on my to-do for next time!

Uvas Canyon County Park: Alec Canyon & Waterfall Loop