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Tuesday Travels: Backcountry Babywearing Part I

Tuesday TravelsWelcome to Tuesday Travels, a weekly series at Traveling with Baby.  This season, my son and I are excited about sharing some local day trips and field trip ideas for families with little ones.  This weekly series will also feature travel tips for families with kids-in-tow and related product reviews and giveaways.  I enjoy hearing about your traveling adventures, too.

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The first time I tried babywearing  while hiking, I was on a moderate-to-difficult trail that was slick with rain.   I shuddered every time my worn out running shoes slipped on a log or stumbled on a rock.  After all, it wasn’t just about falling and skinning my knee–I had the most precious cargo on my back, and I didn’t want anything to compromise my son’s safety.

Montrail Mountain Masochist GTXI knew I needed something that had more capability than my sneakers intended to absorb the shock of pounding the pavement.  However, I didn’t want overheated and leaden hoofs to haul around either.

I think it was love at first sight when I first spotted these light and springy Mountain Masochist GTX trail runners when I wandered into the local outdoor gear shop in my town.Mountain Masochist

Montrail sent me a pair to review while babywearing and backpacking in the Shenandoah National Forest.  “Eat my dust!” is what I wanted to exclaim when I slipped on these light-as-a-feather-and-tough-as-leather all-terrain runners.

Hoo boy! I spend most days wiping yogurt from my son’s face and cleaning up the spills from potty training.  But, when I don these trail runners, I can bound tall buildings while wearing a baby on my back–at least, small boulders and logs, thanks to the Gryptonite traction that keeps me steady on my feet.

Dr. Dolly in Mountain Masochist GTXSharp rocks and hidden crags are no match for the lightweight and flexible trail shield (aptly named).  I tested the shoes on a steep incline and through a few creek beds.  The Goretex kept my socks dry, and even in mud, my step was sure.

Whether you’re a seasoned runner who loves a comfortable and lightweight shoe that can hold up to a gnarly trail, or you’re an outdoorsy babywearing hiker, Montrail’s Mountain Masochist will surpass your expectations and allow you to enjoy the trail without distraction.montrail_logo

You can purchase your own Mountain Masochist GTX kicks directly from  Amazon.com for $115.  Visit Montrail’s site to read more GTX specs from the manufacturer.

Stay tuned to win your own pair of Mountain Masochist GTX in the near future!

–By Dr. Dolly
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