Suunto Amibt
BRAND: Suunto
USE: Recording ski decents and motorcycle drives.
RATING: 4 stars

I acquired this watch with a slightly different purpose in mind than your typical trail runner. This past March I set off on a 2100 miles motorcycle road trip to the southern tip of Alaska. With my skis strapped to the bike I tracked my progress as I drove and skied my way up the coast to the promise land.

I set the watch with 2 different functions; a custom “motorcycle” tracker to record my distance, direction and speed on the road and secondly the pre loaded, “alpine skiing” function to track my altitude, duration and speed among other things. The data collected is incredibly accurate as long as you remember to start and stop the function pre and post action.

The best feature of this watch is the ability to sync the watch to your Movescount profile online. The program pulls all your data off the watch to an easy to inspect breakdown of what you did that day and lets you effortlessly compare your “moves” to past dates.

The only set back I was not used to is having to charge the watch each night. The satellite GPS takes far more juice to operate than your typical watch which is kinda annoying but the data it generates is well worth the minor task.

Since the watch has the GPS feature it definitely is slightly larger than your typical watch. With that said it is still incredibly light and not noticeably bulky. The silver casing gives it a very mountainy, french style which goes well with it’s main market.

Highly recommend for its intended action sport market and can even branch out into other land roamers…

SOREL: King Stacked Moc Mid

BRAND: Sorel
PRODUCT: King Stacked Moc Mid
USE: Motorcycle ride to Alaska
RATING: 4 stars
I bought these boots in March the day I took off on a 2100 mile motorcycle road trip to the southern tip of Alaska. I put them through the wringer to say the least…

The thick leather wrap of this boot only gets better with time. It forms to your foot with each day you wear it and and loosens up but never loses it’s strength. The boots are also much warmer than I expected. Riding in the winter time with a pair of ski socks, they were perfect. I would definitely recommend the non insulated pair if you are just buying these in warm weather.

They are very stylie boots and would look cool in any setting from urban streets to massive mountains. I believe style is their main purpose because they don’t hold up all that well to heavy conditions…

The bold leather midsole (brown part) stands out the most on this boot and is the most notable as it is worn down. I did a kickflip on my skateboard with this boot and the leather instantly changed color to a rough white from the grip tape.

The worst part of the boot is the glued on rubber sole. They provide excellent traction but by the end of my trip were very worn-down. The first part to go is a small toenail of rubber weakned by a poorly placed stitch intended to keep the rubber from peeling back. As the rubber continued to dissolve and the small chunk in front broke off the stitch no longer held the rubber down and it began to peel off the midsole.

Overall I loved the boot but don’t expect them to last as long as the classic Sorel Caribou boot. I would definitely buy another pair as I doubt I’ll be riding a motorcycle 2100 miles again this year, so I’m sure they’ll last longer the second go around.