Cover Your Backside

If you haven’t heard of Prologo you’re soon to be in the minority. Prologo is a relavtively new company that has experienced a meteoric rise to prominence over the last few years, which they accomplished the old fashioned way. They developed a superior product and were able to get people to try it out. It didn’t take long for word to spread, and they have become the most in-demand saddle at every echelon of racing. They now hold titles in the Tour de France and the Olymipcs as well as the numerous successes by Alessandro Petacchi and Erik Zabel.

They have become a prominent name in Europe and have aggressive plans in the US. We look forward to riding their saddles this year and letting you know what we think.

2011 Goals – 10 Degrees Latitude

2011 is a HUGE year for 10DL. First of all, thank you for all of your support in 2010. The North American event has been a long time coming and it will finally happen in 2011. Stay tuned for final details. One of the cool aspects of the course we’ve chosen is that it starts at the exact Latitude that we finished off in Europe. The European event wrapped up south of Paris at the 48th latitude. North America will begin at the 48th Latitude in Washington state and culminate in the 10-mile “Prison to Prison” open water swim from San Quentin to Alcatraz in the San Francisco Bay.

In the coming days we’ll be introducing our growing list of new and continuing business partners. We couldn’t exist without the help of these sponsors. The fact that we’ve had so many new companies agree to join forces with us as well as our existing sponsors that have all increased their participation in 10DL, is a humbling and exciting statement that we’re very proud to make.

Goals for 2011:
1. 10 Degrees Latitude North America – 1000+ mile multisport event from Washington to northern California

2. Deer Creek Challenge – slated as the toughest century ride in the North America

Deer Creek Challenge Elevation

3. Summit of Mt. Evans – America’s highest road (the final 27 miles are the easiest!)

4. Summit of Long’s Peak – For Colorado mountain climbers, this is one of the toughest 14,000ft ascents in the Rocky Mountains.

5. Various local triathlons – let’s see what the season has in store!

Suunto X10 Review


I took the new Suunto X10 on a trip to Portalón, Costa Rica. The trip was one one-part real estate recon and one-part adventure travel. The watch was useful for both. For the adventure travel part of the trip, I traveled on horseback through the rain forest near Manuel Antonio National Park. It was the perfect place to run the watch through the paces. What follows is a review of this watch with pictures of the Google Earth integration. This Fall Suunto debuted their new flagship GPS product – the X10. The X10 is the replacement for the X9i.  This is proo positive that GPS technology has come a long way in a short time. It is now commonplace in the lives of so many people, and Suunto is leading the way in the GPS watch segment. Just a few years ago, the GPS watches that were out there were expensive and the quality was poor.

Suunto X10 Specs:

1. GPS Route Planning
2. 50 Routes, 500 Waypoints
3. Syncs with powerful Suunto Trek Manager Software as well as Google Earth
4. Altimeter, Barometer, Compass

TEST 1: Accuracy
Could it acquire and maintain a good satellite connection? Would this connection be compromised by the dense cover in the rainforest? I must tell you, it did not disappoint.  I was able to maintain a good connection throughout my entire ride.  There are three modes that determine how often the watch seeks a GPS satellite signal: Manual, 1 minute, and 1 second. Battery life is reduced correspondingly. The owner’s manual estimates a battery life of 16 hours, and 6 hours for 10 minutes and 1 minute respectively. I operated in both modes repeatedly and battery life exceeded these limits by 20% or more in all cases.

TEST 2: Interoperability
My favorite feature, by far, is the interconnection with Google Earth. The process was a super-easy, plug-and-play interface. With the press of a button, my entire trip was uploaded from the watch into Google Earth. See below. Aside from the map data, the watch also maintained time series data on speed, elevation change, distance traveled, etc. Any feasible data relating to my trip was captured and available through the Suunto Trek Manager software. This is, by far, Suunto’s best attempt at software design.

A GPS wrist top computer has traditionally been a tool used by mountaineers. The X 10 has taken a large technological leap that brings it well within the realm of the casual fan of any outdoor activity: cyclists, trail runners, kayakers…the list goes on. The Google Earth interface makes it extremely easy to share via email, facebook, or your own personal blog or website. User-populated sites such as Mapmyhike/mapmyride/mapmyrun etc. are the perfect venue for these new Google Earth files. Information such as topographical data as well as distance, and elevation gain becomes easy and fun to share with others. Ohh, and don’t just take our word for it, this watch won the Gear of the Year Award by  National Geographic Adventure.




Check out the pictures below for GPS maps of the trek — pretty cool!

10 Degrees Latitude North America is Set. Join us!

humboldtAnnouncing 10 Degrees Latitude North America, Summer 2011. How would you like to wake up to a warm breakfast, cycle all day along the Pacific coast, then dine with friends in the evening to the background harmony of the Pacific ocean waves? If so, you have come to the right place. We started 10DL as one part eco-tourism, one part adventure travel, one part quest. Join us and together we will push ourselves to push beyond our expectations. Training starts now for our 2011 expedition across North America from the 42nd to the 32nd latitude. This is an expedition down the majestic California coastline. The event begins in Washington and ends in California. It includes a grueling 1000 miles of biking, kayaking and an epic 10-mile swim from San Quentin prison to Alcatraz, a challenge for even the most seasoned open water swimmers.

Join us for a journey of a lifetime,
NealAdam,Amy  (amyhazlettatgmaildotcom)  
10DL Founders


Special Tour de France Offer From Rudy Project

Rudy Tour Promo


Rudy Project continues their recession-busting sales promotions.  This year has been a huge year for them, and they’ve proven their resolve time and time again to avoid the normal pitfalls that traditionally hit the industry in the down years of an economic cycle.  Click on the link above to take advantage.