Review: Trail Toes

April 16, 2014By Anthony MatesiProduct Reviews 1 Comment

For the past few months I have been experimenting with a new anti chaffing cream known as Trail Toes. It’s a fairly new brand that I was introduced to by friend and Ultra Runner, John Sharp, who if you don’t know just recently completed the Texas Independence 200 Mile Relay, solo. Yes, it’s quite the … Read More

Review: SteriPEN Freedom UV Water Purification

December 2, 2013By Anthony MatesiProduct Reviews 2 Comments

When I tell you about this product I must insist that my opinion has nothing to do with the fact the people at SteriPEN sponsored me for Fuego y Agua Survival Run: Hunter Gatherer. While I am very thankful for their sponsorship, I’m even more thankful for this amazing product they created. The SteriPEN Freedom … Read More

Spartan Group X Training – REACH Chicago

June 17, 2013By Anthony MatesiNews, Product Reviews No Comments

For those of you that don’t already know there will be a new fitness training center opening in Chicago in just a few short weeks. Located off the corner of Chicago Ave and Paulina is where you’ll find our new home to get fit, have fun, and live healthy. REACH: Beyond Fitness will offer an … Read More

Review: Inov-8 X-Talon 212 vs Bare Grip 200 Shoe Face-Off

October 17, 2012By Anthony MatesiProduct Reviews 13 Comments

Two pairs of Inov-8’s, both minimalist off-road trail shoes that truly deliver all the grip you need to compete in the obstacle race circuits.  Before writing this review I wanted to make sure both pairs of shoes were put through the ultimate tests.  Following the Death Race, I discovered that it was time to start … Read More

iTab Giveaway – Spartan Race Medals

October 8, 2012By Anthony MatesiGiveaways, Product Reviews 2 Comments

Did you just finish the Beast, or maybe you just conquered the Ultra Beast? Did you complete your Trifecta? I haven’t been one to feel the need to customize my Spartan Race medals, or any award I’ve ever received. However the original award I received came was always good enough for me. When the Ultra … Read More

Death Race Reflections – Gear: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

September 10, 2012By Anthony MatesiDeath Race, Product Reviews No Comments

Looking back on the Death Race isn’t hard to do.  Nearly every morning I still have visions of being on that mountain back in Pittsfield, VT. The mornings that I don’t think about it are few and even when they do occur, at some point of the day my mind reminds me of all I … Read More

Review: New Balance MT10 Minimus Trail

March 2, 2012By Anthony MatesiProduct Reviews 5 Comments

I’ve been running in the New Balance MT10 Minimus Trail shoes for a few months now. I first began my minimalist transition with a pair of Vibram Five Fingers, which I still use and love, but picked these up to see the difference between the two.  I have yet to put these through a full … Read More

Review: Innerzyme Pain & Inflammation Blend

February 20, 2012By Anthony MatesiProduct Reviews No Comments

Over a month ago I sustained a fair amount of injuries… I needed to heal from said injuries with as much haste as possible so I could make my appearance at the inaugural Tundra Challenge. For all my life I have been able to recover from most of my injuries at a faster rate than … Read More