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GEAR NOTES: I've been seriously running through some shoes and have been trying to nail down what to wear for Leadville. I ran the Marathon in the Salomon S-Lab sense and its a great shoe but I don't feel it has enough cushion/padding for more than 50k (for me). I've been happy with the Saucony Peregrines, and Pearl Izumi N1...and have been doing a lot of my longer runs in the Saucony Kinvara but it lacks the traction for long off road runs. Lucky for me someone at Pearl Izumi sent me some of the Emotion N2 shoes and I tested them on a 5mile super tech/rough run, and then a 4hr mountain run with lots of vert. I was VERY impressed. I think I found the perfect shoe for Leadville (for me). Neutral, light, and flexible, but good cushion. Enough that they still felt cushy after 4hrs (my peregrine's, and Salomon's don't)...a couple more long sessions in these for peace of mind but I feel good about 100miles in these shoes. Pearl Izumi nailed it. I have also been using the Ultimate Directions AK vest for long runs. I usually prefer holding bottles and have been a fan of UD for a few years (I buy all of it)...but for Hope pass and when I need to carry more fuel this vest is sick! super light and no rubbing (even when shirtless)..easy to toss my shell and phone in back. Works perfect and I forget about it...and I feel good supporting a Colorado brand with serious badass dudes behind it.