It’s that time of year when Outdoor Retailer is upon us. We were invited to test some gear on a trail run at Memory Grove with shelter dogs from Best Friends Animal Shelter. Sadly due to rain and lightning the dogs didn’t get to join us. We did however get to try out some awesome gear including running shoes from local company Altra Running.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the evening was the samples of backpacking food from Good To Go. Founded by Chef Jennifer Scism- co-owner of New York restaurant Annisa, she wanted healthy backpacking food that actually tastes like food. Winner of the Iron Chef against Mario Batali she is no stranger to cooking challenges. The result: her gluten free pasta was incredible. With more calories and half the sodium of other brands this is definitely a brand worth trying for your next backpacking adventure.

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