1. SalomonXR Mission

This is Cassie’s choice shoe. A very comfortable shoe that can lead you to explore the urban jungle and without hesitation will lead you off the beaten path to the top of your next mountain.


2. ExOfficcioGive ‘n’ Go Underwear

The low-down on Exofficio is that you can actually go “6 weeks with only one pair of underwear. Okay maybe two.” You may feel disgusted by this initially and that is normal. How can I make my 2 month trip in europe with only two pair of underwear? This is how it works. When you take your shower at the end of the day, bring your underwear in there with you. Wring them with some soap as you are cleansing yourself. Rinse and let them dry over night. They will dry very quickly too by the way. If you keep this rotation going, you will only need two pair of underwear. Save space!


3. Arc’teryxPhase AR Zip Neck

Th Phase AR Zip Neck is a three season base-layer. You can use this lay for ski season or for your morning jogs in fall. A cool day in spring when you need a  good layer to keep you warm in the morning and cool when the sun comes out. The Phase AR will move moisture off of your skin onto the garment and into the atmosphere. It is a midweight layer.




4. Sea-to-SummitCool Max Adaptor Liner w/ Insect Shield

The cool thing about this liner is that you can use it as a sleeping bag. In Texas, any sleeping bag rated for 40 degrees is going to be a furnace for three seasons out of the year. If you have ever lived in Texas, you know we really only have two seasons. Ten months of summer and two months of fall, winter, and spring crammed into two months.  This liner will be the most practical thing to use for camping in Texas because of temperatures. Plus, it has permethrin woven into the fabrics deterring bugs away from your space.


5. PatagoniaTres Parka

The Tres Parka is a 3-in-1 coat. The inner liner can be unzipped from the jacket. When you need to shed a layer, unzip it and leave it at home. You can still wear each piece separately for different climates. With a down coat on the inside this will definitely keep you toasty. A waterproof outer liner will keep the climate out. Cassie likes this coat because it is fashionable and functional. You have three ways to wear this coat. It can go with a dress or cover up your casual easy shirt and jeans. Not to mention it is a true down coat which is very comfortable.


6. Aetrex Insoles2405

This is the type of thing that you need to come in to get properly fit. Cassie got custom fit for these particular insoles and wears them nearly everyday. Once you get your foot scanned we can accurately place you in the correct insole.


7. MSRReactor Stove

If you are outdoors backpacking, or even cooking  while car camping, this is the most efficient cooker you can get. It traps the heat in the side vents and can boil a liter of water in less than 2:00 minutes with a 12 MPH wind. There is no other outdoor cooker that can do the same.


8. SorelTofino Boot

Once again fashion meets function. Can’t beat a very cute boot, especially when it keeps you fashionably warm after a full day of fresh lines.


9. Moving ComfortFiona Bra

4 out of 5 women are not properly fitted for a sports bra. That means you are probably not getting the support you ned! Support your girls and get professionally fitted!


10. Black Diamond EquipmentApollo Lantern

Lighting up your tent hasn’t been more compact-able, easy to use, and puposeful. The telescoping top, can collapse down and save space. When retracted it creates a great deal of light in a 4 foot diameter. Putting out 80 lumens you can reduce that to 20 lumens. The hooks also hang from the top if you want to hang it from the top of your tent.




GoPro has some big shoes. Competitors are trying diligently to fill those big shoes, but GoPro remains the standard by which all action cameras are measured.  “The HERO3+ illustrates GoPro’s commitment to innovation,” says GoPro Founder and CEO Nicholas Woodman. “We took the world’s best-selling ultra compact camera and made it better because we’re relentless in our pursuit of delivering the best possible user experience to our customers.” When the Hero 3 debuted, the biggest upgrade was Wi-Fi capabilities. That was a game changer for action cameras. This year, many of us were expecting GoPro to make as much of a leap as they made last year’s upgrade. This year’s new GoPro is not as monumental as the previous upgrade from Hero2 to Hero3, but still a very nice upgrade.


Is the new GoPro Hero3+ really even worth the hype? It’s nicer eh? But should I even consider the Hero3+?

I’ll Break it down below and let you make the decision. Fact is, yes, it IS a better camera. It’s just that we (at least I was) were expecting more from GoPro because of the huge jump they made last year from Hero2 to Hero3. The brand is untouchable. GoPro is the standard by which all mountable actions camera are measured. Everything is compared to the GoPro. This year, GoPro has made the small problems that the Hero3 had, much better and faster. The Hero3+ is simply a better camera with better capabilities.


The processor inside has been dramataically improved. You can now see 4x as fast live feed of your camera via the Wi-Fi display. The Regular Hero3 had a five second delay on the “Live” view feed. Aggravating. Not a deal breaker, but for a $400 dollar camera, aggravating. With the new Hero3+, that 5 second delay is a 1 second delay. Much more tolerable.  This “beefed-up” processor also allows for your media transfer and viewing to be much faster. GoPro updated their Smartphone/Tablet App at the end of July which allowed you to share footage from Camera –> Device –> Social Media. Only down side to this was that you couldn’t upload it very fast because the Regular Hero3 doesn’t handle that large capacity of data very quickly. The Hero3+ is here to demolish slow upload speeds. Awesome. I’m down.

The most significant change the GoPro Hero3+ has is it’s exterior. The Camera is actually the same size. Your Regular GoPro Hero3 can fit into the new slim housing. 20% Smaller and lighter is misleading. The new GoPro Hero3+ is 20% lighter because reduced weight of the waterproof dive housing. The actual camera is the same size, but the housing has been reduced. The camera fits much more snugly in the housing. Common complaints of rattling were because the Regular GoPro had some room to jiggle around inside the housing. Inside the GoPro 3+ housing there is much less room for the GoPro to create that chatter noise.

Lastly with hardware, the microphone has been improved. The Regular Hero3 sounds very muffled when in the housing. The improved microphone on the Hero3+ is significantly better than the Regular Hero3 and picks up audio much better.



There is another new thing! It’s called Superview. Previously, we had narrow, medium and wide viewing settings. Superview grasps the full view of the lens and captures even more of your surroundings without much lens distortion. It makes the ultimate fisheye lens capture abilities even wider. This translates to more being captured from a closer range. Say you are mounting your camera inside your car. You can see the entire cabin of your car with Hero3+, whereas the wide setting wouldn’t get as much width with the Regular Hero3.

The Hero3 + also has an Automatic Low Light Mode. It will slow down frame rates to capture more light in low light situations. Personally, I have had issues with clarity in low low situations. I was a little disappointed with my Regular Hero3 on the 4th of July trying to capture the firework show. The new Hero3+ will capture low light situations much better.

Battery Life

Battery life was such an issue for GoPro that they made a Battery BacPac. Batteries are separately because if you are filming more than an hour of content without charging, you will need another battery.  Battery issues have been addressed and your GoPro Hero3+ now has 30% more battery life. 1050mAh (3.885Wh) battery in the Regular Hero 3 has been switched out for an 1180mAh (4.37Wh) battery in the Hero3+ which translates to about another 45 mins more of continuous usage. The Regular Hero3 Black will run for an hour and a half (With Wi-Fi, Protune, and 4K on 100%); The new Hero3+ Black will run for 2 hours and fifteen of constant 100% usage.



The bottom line is that this camera is a significant upgrade. It is the refined, fit, sleek, improved version of the Regular Hero3. Truth is that it is still a good deal to get a Regular Hero3 too. It’s priced down to $330. Presumably that will remain, until they run out of Regular Hero3s. By the way, info on how many Regular Hero3s they have left is unknown, and how many more they are going to be making. As soon as i know, I will make a comment in the comments below. Even though it may not have been the monumental upgrade we were hoping for, this camera is still an exceptional piece to add. If you want to get your hands on the newest upgrade from GoPro, jump on it! It is a sweet camera that you will not regret buying. Go here to get the GoPro Hero3+ to begin documenting your adventures (or daily oddities too). Stop telling people about your thrills or even trombone skills and show them! Upload to Youtube! Upload to Vimeo! Even Upload to your Facebook. Get creative with it! Start out with some of these ideas and run with it. I’ll share your video on our Facebook if it is relative to our store. I mean who knows, this could be you if you want it to be!

But! You can’t do it without a GoPro!


Is This Your Luggage?

Is this your Luggage?


You need help!

Good Sports can help! No matter how long or short of a trip you are taking, you shouldn’t pack more than you need. At the same time don’t pack too little. Of course make sure you are packing appropriate clothing for the time of travel. There you are, properly dressed for the beach Jeep joy rides, when you arrive in New Zealand’s rainy season. You will look like a tourist, which is not something to be proud of. I’ve got three Pro-tips to start you off in the right direction for packing efficiently. Doing so with the help of Eagle Creek packing system helps immensely.


1. Multipurpose Garments Save Space Dramatically

First step of packing efficiently is to understand when, where, and what you are doing on your trip. Going to Oregon in summer is a totally different place than in winter. Know your destination’s seasons. When you have educated yourself on the type of clothing you will be needing, you can begin to filter through your closet for the correct clothing. Begin taking inventory on how much you need to be packing. Once you know where you are going you can eliminate a lot of clothing that will not be necessary to pack. Pack items that can be used for more than one thing. For example, bring the sweater you have worn for that romantic dinner that you also have worn as a mid-layer on the ski slopes. Multipurpose garments save space dramatically!

2. Use Pack-it Cubes


They will be your intro drug to packing efficiently. Once you start, you will be so glad you started using Pack-it cubes. First off, I am not the most organized person. I started using the Pack-it system from Eagle Creek somewhere around 7 years ago and I haven’t turned back. It is amazing how much easier it is to find all of your things when using cubes within your luggage. Specifically the Pack-It Specter Folder 15 system allows you to take 15 shirts, fold them wrinkle free, and have them wrapped up nicely into one place. Then you can use the variety of sized pack-it cubes to stash tops in the Green Eagle Creek Specter Cube, bottoms in Orange Specter Sacs , underwear in the White Eagle Creek Specter Cube. Use pack-it cubes!

3. Let’s Roll


Give it a shot. Try rolling your clothes like sardines into each of your cubes. This will save a lot of space. The wrinkle factor is not as bad as you would think either. Even if you fold a shirt quarterly, it is going to have at least four symmetrical wrinkles. With that in mind, you really can’t avoid wrinkles. The rolling system is the same way. Plus you will be saving about 20% more space by rolling tightly into the Specter Tube Cube, or any Eagle Creek Cube for that matter! Let’s roll!

Lastly, If you are going somewhere for more than a week, don’t forget that the rest of the world does laundry too. You can still wash your clothes when abroad. This means you don’t really have to pack for more than a week’s worth of clothing. Safe Travels!

1. GoPro Hero 3 Black


Michael has been wanting this camera because he can do all of his climbing and biking and YouTube them for the world to see. Instead of telling the sick lines he climbed yesterday, he can show them! GoPro just updated their Studio 2.0 program too! you can add the cool GoPro branding intro with the sound effects to all of your videos. Check it out here.

2. La Sportiva Mythos


It’s the best fitting climbing shoes in my (and Michael’s too) opinion. It has an old-school lacing system that has been around for 30+ years thus making it actually old school. La Sportiva must be doing something right. Right? Vibram Rubber always adds value to a product. He has had his for to years and they are still kicking, or should he say… climbing.

3. Eagle Nest Outfitter’s Hammock Rasta


Packable. Portable. Relaxation. The personalization of colors and accessories and bug shields. Just gotta have one. I mean who doesn’t like hammocks.If you get one, get the Atlas Straps too. You will be glad you did.

4. Altra Intuition 1.5 Orange


Michael wears these everyday. I think that says enough, right?

5. Arc’Teryx Muira 35


As a climber, Michael sees the practicality of this bag. Can’t blame him for choosing an Arc’teryx well… anything. Can’t ever go wrong with Arc’teryx. The bag opens up very nicely to have everything lain out in plain sight. AND! Wraps up very nicely too.

6.Suunto Ambit 2 Black/silver


This is the sickest watch that Suunto carries. Who wouldn’t want this watch? The Ambit2 has upgrade-ability. You can buy a heart rate monitor separately that will allow you to monitor your heart rate zones. Along with the basic standards that come with from Suunto watches, you will have built in GPS in the watch.

7. Black Diamond Icon Headlamp


Multiple settings allow for dim lighting and even red lights for the situations that you want to remain low-profile. The Icon flashes out 200 lumens to keep your spelunking lit up.

8. Patagonia Classic Retro-X Sweater


The woolie mammoth sweater! Someone could mistake you as a yeti snow monster of some sorts but you will look good doing it! The retro patterns are coming back as Patagonia is pushing old school patterns across this season’s line of apparel.

9. Metolius Simulator 3D board


A place to Practice at home. This is a trainer board that you can work finger strength with a range of shallow and deep pockets. Work on crimp and open hand strengthening. It comes with a manual to demonstrate how to work out on the board. Here‘s an example of how you can workout on the board if you want to see how good of a tool this can be for your climbing. The board is a simple at home tool to use to, when your bored (or should I say board. HA!), start getting as strong as this guy, Jan Hojer. I dare you.

10. Black Diamond Crag Hoody

thumb-black diamond crag hoody onyx

It is a slim fitting rock culture inspired jacket.

Finding the correct running shoe is more than how pretty the colors are. That is actually the very last thing that should matter.  When you are ready to get properly fitted for a running shoe, come to Good Sports. We will take care of you. There are a few things that you need to be aware of when choosing the correct running shoe.

1.Map your foot

Here at Good Sports Outfitters we have an Aetrex foot scanner that will read the pressure points of your foot. From there we can tell you the shape of your foot. How high your arches are, how wide your foot is, exact heel-to-toe length, etc.  Once we know the shape of your foot, we can more accurately place you into the right shoe.


2. Get the correct type of shoe

Everyone’s foot is different. This also implies that everyone’s foot strike is different as well. The motion in which your ankle rolls with every step is a fingerprint that is unique to you. There are three types of shoes that will correctly align your entire body. If you would like a detailed explanation of how pronation works, this video below explains it very well.

Pronated Supinated diagramoffeet

3. Find the right fit.

All different brands of shoes have different fits of shoes. They have rectangular, triangular, narrow, wide, high arches, medium arches, low arches. If you have higher arches, Brooks shoes are a good option to begin with. If you have medium to low arches we would start you off trying on some Asics. If you foot is a more rectangular shape we would start you out in a Saucony shoe. Each brand has its own personality. The point is to find a shoe that matches your foot shape, your foot’s personality.

4. Get the right size.

While this may seem like an overly obvious statement, we know from experience that too people are wearing the same sized dress shoe as their athletic shoe. Athletic shoes run smaller than dress shoes. You should not be wearing the same sized running shoe as you do when wearing a tuxedo shoe. You need to make up for the size discrepancy by going a half or full size larger than your dress shoe size (Typically).

The only way to truly know is to put the shoe on in the store. Of course! The best way to do this is to come into the store and we will properly fit YOU for the correct running shoe!


At Good Sports Outfitters we are widely known for professional shoe fittings. Little did you know that we also do professional bra fittings. Typically when you have a running injury, the first problem is a misfit in the wrong shoes. The same principle applies to sports bras. While you probably do not have a sports bra injury, you probably have discomfort caused by an incorrectly fitted bra because you have settled for a sub-par sports bra. The truth is that 8 out of 10 women are not properly fit for the correct sized sports bra. That means you are likely one of them! I’m sure you have at least one sports bra in your drawer that you have settled with. Moving comfort works everyday to reduce that statistic. When you are properly fitted for the correct bra, things will begin to look up.

You want a bra that will not let your girls down. Plus, with all the movement you do in a run you are constantly jostling the girls. The leader in sports bras is Moving Comfort. They have taken simple principles and applied them into their work. Their motif is to make women empowered with support.



1. A good sports bra prevents sagging by protecting the ligaments that support breast tissue.

2. A good sports bra will reduce movement in half

3. A good sports bra will fit correctly.

If you are going to get a Moving Comfort bra, make sure to get it fit properly by coming into the store. One of our bra specialists will measure your bust and fit you into the correct bra given your needs. If you cannot make it into the store then you should check out movin comfort’s Sports Bra Fitting Room and get some advice from the professionals.

Three bra’s you need to try on.

1. The Fiona


2. Juno


3. Cali


Jenna Pugh told a candid personal story about finding her first moving comfort bra. Once she tried out their line of sports bras she was sold. I would recommend checking out her personal account here. I recommend reading her blog mostly because as a guy, I can’t tell you on a personal level how important sports bras are. But! I do understand the practical side of needing support.

Of course as you know now, getting fit is the most important aspect of finding the correct sports bra. If there is only one thing that you take away from this short read make sure that it is getting fit correctly. Whether you get fit here at Good Sports Outfitters or online with the Moving Comfort Fitting Room, get fit properly!

This Top Ten List of mine is half wish list, half currently owned but 100 percent awesome-ness. Out of all the cool stuff we have in our store at Good Sports Outfitters, I have managed to narrow it down to only ten items. That is a feat.

 Ben’s Top Ten List.

1. Helinox Big Agnes Chair

This collapsible chair is a very lightweight, and very easy to set up. It is a bucket seat camping chair that will sink you into “comfort zone”. I have a blog that I wrote about this chair already so I will not bore you. If you want more on the Helinox, go here.  I simply love this chair.


2. Arc’teryx Alpha SV Jacket

Not only does it look good, the Alpha SV Jacket is THE highest in performance gear. It is like buying a Yeti. A large cost upfront, but a product that will outlast the competition and out perform.


3. Nixon Big Player Black

First Impressions: This watch isn’t my style. I don’t really like watches that don’t have exact times on them. They are too modern. They are too artsy. They just aren’t practical. Once I put this watch on my wrist, all of those first impressions went through the window, to the wall and I can’t stop thinking about this watch. All of Nixon’s watches are landing more in time pieces and less watch functional practicality. These watches are the pieces you wear to look good in and it is easy to do so in the Big Player.


4. Eagle Nest Outfitters Hammocks Sunshine

I have two ENO Hammocks. One in the car for… well, who knows what, and the second in the backyard for everyday usage. I typically use it most when I take the dogs outside. They run and bring me the stick/ball/toys as I lay relaxing occasionally throwing for their entertainment.  There is absolutely no reason for me to have another Hammock other that the fact that I don’t have the Sunshine color. It’s my favorite new color that we have gotten in the store. Couldn’t hurt to have another one of my favorite things right?


5. La Sportiva Helios

The Helios is my current trail shoe. I have read and received plenty of great reviews form Ultra marathoners and other hardcore runners that come through the store about how the Helios is their favorite trail running shoe. I am a pretty low mileage runner (10- 20 miles per week). All I know is that I have found a trail shoe that is very responsive to the loose gravel and rocks here in south/central Texas hills. My low mileage may not have as much pull as an ultra runner, but I do know I am very happy with this shoe and would recommend it to any of my friends.


6. Burton Beercuda

So I play disc golf. It is somewhat mandatory to bring a beverage to play. Really that goes for any golfing sport. The Beercuda is a bandolier cooler for beers/sodas/sparkling water/whateverbeverageyouwishtokeepcold. Some of the staff already has the beercuda and they use them for the slopes in winter. I am taking their advice and stocking up on one or two. Only 20 bucks too!


7. Black Diamond Magnetron

So I’m honestly also not an avid climber. I DO boulder and climb when I get the chance but it isn’t exactly my THING. I simply enjoy it, I’m not all geared out with harnesses and rope bags. What I do like is the high quality outdoor equipment Black Diamond creates.  Their latest little toy is a carabiner with magnets to create easy one handed use of a two-point locking carabiner.  A video that will demonstrate the awesome-ness is here.


8. Swany Legend Mitt

I didn’t know how awesome this glove is until recently. I was just opening pockets looking through the gloves we have and then realized the hand-warmer pocket is actually meant for your hand to slip through.. Woah. Wait. Now I can get access to the little things while still wearing my large cozy mittens. Sweet! I am also a mitten snowboarder. You won’t catch me wearing gloves. I just don’t think they are warm (plus they are more snowboarder that regular gloves).


9. GoPro Hero 3 Black

I have previously had the Hero 2 (until the mountain ate it. Pro Tip: Don’t trust sticky mounts in very cold weather) and I currently have the Hero 3. The biggest upgrade from the Hero 2 to the Hero 3 is Wi-fi capabilities. I use this camera as a part of documenting all the fun I have, where ever that may be. In the mountains, the beach, the lake, playin’ with the dogs. Anywhere. I take this camera with me and I don’t have to worry about most issues that come along with a regular point-and-shoot. The waterproof housing allows me to be carefree in any situation. I don’t have to show people the fun things I do, I simply show them.


10. Benchmade AFO 9051BLK

This Knife is sick. Simply said. I use my pocket knife as a tool everyday and this Benchmade is the highest quality of American made knives. Easy one handed operation. The AFO II is an sweet knife. I have always been a serrated blade kind of person, but I am beginning to lean towards straight blade because it is much easier to sharpen it yourself.  Benchmade has always been on my wish list and hopefully Santa will make his way form the Benchmade factory and grab one for me this year. The AFO II is my favorite from Benchmade because well designed mechanics. They stand behind their product. You can send it in any time and they will restore it to factory sharp, as long as you pay the shipping. I respect a company that is publicly proud and prideful of their work.