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    To Hell & Back: RECOIL'S Review of the Zodiac Recon AT

    To Hell & Back: RECOIL'S Review of the Zodiac Recon AT

    We are happy to share outside knowledge and experiences from such a well-respected publication. It's always great to hear an unbiased opinion. Take a look, have a read, and let us know your thoughts.


    By Tom Marshall
    Senior Editor / Recoil Network

    Guns and knives and medkits and watches and paracord survival bracelets are all cool to shop for – and not unimportant pieces of gear. But the literal foundation of any EDC is gonna be a good pair of shoes. You may never shoot it out with ISIS, save a life with your pocket tourniquet or use your wristband key cuff to escape from foreign custody. But we can 100% guarantee that you will walk, run, climb or shuffle somewhere at some point every day.

    Like any other piece of kit, your needs and daily environment will dictate exactly what you need. But there are a couple of safe-bet factors to look for: hard use durability, long-term comfort and the ability to transition through multiple types of terrain without causing slippage.

    LALO is a footwear company that was originally founded specifically to meet the needs of the Naval Special Warfare community. Their initial product line was focused on combat boots, but they have branched into athletic footwear based on direct feedback from the SOF community. From this input, they have developed a line of lightweight and well-ventilated shoes for both endurance running and cross training. Earlier this year, they released the Zodiac Recon AT (All Terrain).


    Zodiac Recon AT Running Shoe on rocks


    The skeptical among you may believe that shoes are just shoes. Use those shoes over any distance longer than a shopping aisle, rougher than the waiting room of your dentist’s office or carrying more weight than full pockets, and the true value of a good pair of shoes will become painfully clear in the most literal sense.

    For the last few months, we’ve been wearing our test pair of Zodiac Recon ATs literally every day. We’ve taken them to shooting classes, on camping trips, hiking up and down mountains. They’ve been through Louisiana swampland, the red clay mud of west Texas, the sandy riverbeds of Arizona border country and as high as 10,000 feet – that’s walking. Bump it to 35,000 feet if you care to include air travel. But the very first day we laced up the Zodiac Recons we made a rookie mistake. We took shoes straight out of the box, laced them up and immediately set off on a 3.5-mile ruck. Not far, as rucking goes, but enough for us to stretch our legs, get some sunshine and put some miles down. Which we did…almost. We covered the last half-mile or so in socks, holding our new Zodiac Recon ATs, bleeding from the heels. These shoes have small, triangular-shaped pads where the shoe would cup your Achilles’ tendon, just behind your ankle bone. These little pads, while well-intentioned, gave us a wicked pair of symmetrical blisters that took about two weeks to heal up. This left us with a healthy dose of doubt about what we’d say when at the end of our test period. Ironically, this was the only time we had this issue. Which leads us to believe it was from the lack of break-in period. After that, the race was on to put these shoes through as many climate and ground conditions we could find.


    Our first stop with the Zodiac Recon AT’s was a two-day “Weaponize The Senses” class with Greenside Training. This class was put on in August in the southernmost parts of Arizona, within mortar distance of the US-Mexico border. Ironically, a large part of the Greenside curriculum revolves around reading and following footprints. Part of what separates the Zodiac Recon AT’s from other Zodiac line shoes is Lalo’s Off Road Traction Pods.

    Man in running shoes with a gun
    The ORTP system is a unique tread pattern that consists of clusters of geometric plugs that runs from the very back edge of the heel and pest the front edge of the sole, with a sort of toe-dig traction pad about the size of your big toe, in roughly the same location. This unique feature allows you to dig the shoe hard into loose soil or against a rock face to get a solid initial push. In the context of the Weaponize The Senses class, the Off Road Traction Pods taught us two things: that the Zodiac Recon AT has a very distinctive tread pattern and that said pattern works really in wet, sandy settings. (Which should be a no-brainer for shoes that were made for the SEAL community.)

    After a weekend of man-tracking in bordertown, our next major stop with these kicks was Burnett, Texas for the Atomic Athlete Vanguard – a two-and-a-half-day celebration of getting wet, sweaty and muddy. It poured rain the entire time we were there, giving us a chance to get ankle deep in some red clay mud. Even though the Traction Pods didn’t give us any distinct advantage in the mounds of mud, our feet stayed mostly dry throughout the weekend. The Recons seemed to accept a base-layer of mud which hardened around the body of the shoe and kept the majority of moisture out. For shoes that are not billed as waterproof, we were impressed with how little sogginess we experienced.

    If that wasn’t enough water testing for you, we took our Recons from Texas to Louisiana for Rosco Manufacturing’s #BarrelGang event in New Orleans. This was a media event that had us running, kneeling and laying in bayou swamp grass to take some custom-built ARs out to 500 meters. In this case, swamp water got the best of our test kicks. But pulling out the insoles and putting in our hotel room hair drier fixed that problem in about 40 minutes or so.

    Our final evolution with these shoes was a hike up Tucson, Arizona’s Mount Lemmon which includes trails that start out as high desert and end at 10,000 in lush pine groves. The Zodiac Recon AT’s truly live up to their All Terrain suffix. We are proud to report that we did not experience a single blister, abrasion or hot spot after our initial ruck. All in all, our first experience with LALO has been overwhelmingly positive and look forward to the opportunity to continue pushing these shoes until our toes poke through them.

    BOOTS ON THE GROUND

    BOOTS ON THE GROUND

    We're excited to share the latest review from SHWAT on the LALO Shadow Amphibian. Jonathan Owen of SHWAT tested the Amphibian in a variety of environments and different conditions and here's what he had to say:

    Testing the Lalo Shadow Amphibian Boots Across Three Time Zones

    By Jonathan Owen of SHWAT

    We love gear, don’t you? Guns, optics, thermal, night vision – but unless you intended to scout and hunt naked you need some awesome apparel and great footwear. That counts as gear in my book. A few months ago I was introduced to some new boots and the company behind them. The LALO brand boots were essentially part of a care package I received on a visit to High Speed Gear on the North Carolina coast and were unlike anything else I’ve ever seen. I wasn’t sure what to think of them when I pulled them out of the box, but three time zones and climates later I’m happy to share what I discovered.

    Boots and guns
    Eastern Time Zone
    I had no idea who LALO was or what they were all about when I opened the box. Performance boots was what I understood, but really, that could just be marketing hype, right? The boots look plastic and green. For whatever reason, the green really threw me off. I mean, I’m a pew professional and need to look good in pictures, seriously! There was a lot happening at that moment and I didn’t stop to read anything about the boots. I needed to dive in and move on with the program. Had I read the label I would have been more prepared for what happened later. Mine are the LALO Shadow Amphibian 8″ Ranger Green boots.


    So I picked up a boot from the box. It seems to be reasonably lightweight. Light as in one pound five ounces, about the same as basketball or half the weight of your brain. That’s nice, wonder how it will fit? Won’t know until I loosen the laces which looks like it could take a minute or two.


    I slipped my foot in and it had a solid stop. Footwear doesn’t usually do that with my flat feet. There’s no wiggle room but they didn’t feel tight, they literally fit like a glove and might be the first pair shoes or boots I’ve ever owned that did. Yep, weird, but weirder still was what happened next.


    We went to a shooting range to get some trigger time with Sig MCX carbines and P320 pistols. We’d feed mags from our new HSG Battle Belts. There was a lot of standing in the boots that day, not a lot of ground got covered. But at the range just a few miles off the coast there was some shallow standing water near a place I wanted to take a picture. No big deal, I’m wearing fancy boots I’ll just step into the two inch deep puddle and – “What the heck!?! There’s water in these brand new boots! How is this possible? Guess I won’t review these…” Thoughts spin through my head but there’s nothing to do about it so we carry on. Distracted by the activities I didn’t notice my feet had completely dried until much later. In fact, I didn’t notice my feet at all and that’s strange because standing for long periods usually induces some serious foot and lower leg pain.

    Ranger Greet boot and gun
    Central Time Zone
    After I got home I realized that these LALO Shadow Amphibian boots were named “Amphibian” for functional reasons, not just marketing. They are not waterproof. LALO assumes you’ll get wet. Right in the sole they have what LALO calls “Dual Directional Drainage Ports” that coincidentally let water in as well. Stay with me here, I didn’t think I’d want that either but it got me thinking, “If they vent water I bet they vent air and that could be great.” With that thought and their comfort in mind I packed them for a Texas hog hunt. These hunts usually call for miles of walking through the dark of night in wheat fields. Occasionally they require full on sprints, or at least solid jogs of couple hundred yards or more. Hot sweaty feet are just not fun. I theorized that the Lalo Amphibian boots would mitigate that and they did and more.


    The wheat was knee to thigh high everywhere and as dawn approach the dew became ridiculous. My pant legs were so soaked I felt like I might as well have been wading through a lake. While the last thing I expected in West Texas was wet feet, gravity and my socks got together to move that moisture into my boots. I began squishing water with every step as we headed for the house. I haven’t cut my boot in half to see how it works, and maybe I’ll be able to go into more detail in another report, but it seemed that the Shadow Amphibians would literally pump the water out the drainage ports with each step. I’m not talking about sloshing, I’m talking pumping.


    But that wasn’t all I learned in Texas. I learned about efficiency. In my conversation with Shannon Baker at LALO, she described how the boot sole and inner plate yield more efficient movement. They have independent lab results that scientifically validate that, but my own experience was validation enough for me. I exerted less effort covering those familiar field than before, and moved more quickly without tiring.


    Mountain Time Zone
    The next test is for hunters who traverse rocky trails and perhaps climb in elevation. I grabbed a backpack, added some useless weight and traveled to spot south of Estes Park, Colorado. Starting at 8500 feet of elevation, I’d climb most of a thousand more in my Shadow Amphibians. Parts of the trail were nicely groomed, parts nothing but pointed rocks resembling a 3D model of the Rocky Mountains themselves, and parts with little to no trail to speak of.


    The LALO boots gripped everything from slick rock (not wet) to the super pointy bits. It was the later I wanted to really find out about. I’ve worn other boots in similar terrain where I could feel all the sharp surfaces through the soles and it’s not fun. Then there are boots that you don’t feel the rocks in but they don’t flex so you fatigue much faster. Wearing the Amphibians I had great grip and comfort. I believe it’s the “puncture resistant composite plate for protection and fatigue reduction” that makes the difference here. Either way I believe my feet would have been happy going a much longer distance.

    Boots in river by waterfall
    One last test for the LALO boots: Let’s see how fast the boot will clear water. Next to a waterfall I submersed my foot and left it there for a minute or so to take pictures. Within two tenths of a mile I couldn’t tell I’d ever stepped in the water. To me, that’s impressive. I’d guess there was still moisture inside, I didn’t take off my boot to check, but I couldn’t tell it and I wasn’t wearing any super high tech socks. I guess I can thank the boot lining for that. LALO says it’s, “Moisture wicking hydrophobic antimicrobial.” It’s been a week since the second hike there and I just verified these Amphibians don’t stink!


    Conclusion
    When it comes to gear, wisdom generally dictates getting the right tool for the right job. Any footwear review must take that into account. I’d never have guessed that I’d be so enthusiastic about boots that let water in. As it happens, LALO makes an alternate version of these called the Intruder without the passive drainage system. I rather imagine I’d prefer those in the winter.


    There are two things I’ve found I don’t love about these boots. First up, the laces. Well, not laces exactly, but lacing. These are eight inch tall tactical boots and there’s no getting around the ten rungs of lacing you need to loosen to get in or out of the boot and then cinch to wear. It’s pretty normal and I have several other tactical boots that require the same process. If you want tall tactical boots, lacing is a requirement. So this isn’t a knock on the boots as much as it is an FYI. Either way there’s hidden pocket in the Amphibian tongue to tidy up the tied laces. I didn’t always use it but it’s nice to have.


    Lastly, and I know this is petty, they are green. “Ranger Green” to be precise. I know, that’s not really weird to many in the military, law enforcement, search and rescue, etc. who wear these around the world. It’s not like LALO even asked a color preference. But really, who cares? You if you’re buying them new, and they are available in Coyote, Black Ops and Desert Sand as well. As for me, I like them well enough to wear them in the back country with shorts and bright socks sticking out the top, green, blue or whatever.


    LALO makes other products that hopefully we’ll get to review down the road. They look different than the usual types of footwear you see on the shelf so I suspect they are different.


    LALO SHADOW AMPHIBIAN SPECIFICATIONS:
    * Hidden lace pocket
    * KPU Grill designed to keep out debris while allowing for breathability
    * Full grain leather
    * Sleek vamp profile to allow a secure fin fit
    * Blade resistant and water repellent SuperFabric™ ceramic-treated textile overlay for abrasion resistance
    * Dual direction drainage ports
    * Slip resistant injection molded rubber outsole
    * Multi-density EVA designed to cushion at foot-strike and propel during toe-off
    * Articulating heel and outsole shape for a quiet stealth approach
    * Fin lock or IR Glint tape pocket
    * Moisture-wicking, hydrophobic antimicrobial lining
    * Puncture-resistant composite plate with rotation for protection and fatigue reduction
    * Contoured metal arch
    * Rip-stop nylon accents
    * Engineered Achilles flex notch
    * Seamless, lightweight quarter protection construction
    * MSRP $350

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    Mountains of Muscle

    Mountains of Muscle

    Will increasing protein in my diet make me bulk up?  Hell no, but it may help make you stronger.

    Thanks to our friends at Gnarly Nutrition, we've got an answer for you. Have a read and let us know your thoughts on increasing protein intake and how it has worked or not worked in your training regimen.

    By Shannon O’Grady, Ph.D. for LALO

    “Will increasing the protein content of my diet make me bulk up?”  I hear this A LOT, both because I work for a company that makes protein powder and because I’m a woman.  I’m not saying that men don’t potentially have the same misconception, but the idea that increased dietary protein will lead to huge muscles isn’t always a negative for men, where it is almost ALWAYS a perceived negative for women.

    For the purpose of this discussion, when I say “bulking up” I am specifically talking about gains in muscle mass aka muscle hypertrophy, as opposed to gains in fat mass.  This distinction is important because while both involve increases in total caloric intake, gaining substantial muscle mass also involves alterations to both your frequency and type of strength training.

    So let’s first talk about why there may be this misconception, that protein supplementation leads to bulk, and then address why it is just that, a misconception.  While we are at it, let’s address why increasing dietary protein makes a lot of sense for athletes in terms of performance and recovery and discuss the best way to go about increasing protein in your diet.

    Man holding protein powder
    Protein supplementation, and increased dietary protein, is often associated with the bodybuilding and Crossfit communities, where increased muscle mass is either the goal (bodybuilding) or a means to an end (being a competitive crossfit athlete).  Thus people external to these communities often make the assumption that increased protein alone is responsible for the muscular physique of bodybuilding and Crossfit athletes.  On top of that, over the years, protein companies have published creative marketing that has lead consumers to believe that by simply taking a protein powder, your arms, shoulders and chest will magically grow into mountains of muscle.

    So here we go, I’m going to say it:  Increasing the protein in your diet, either through supplementation or whole foods, will not by itself make you jacked.  

    The marketing simply isn’t true and there is so much more that goes on behind the scenes for Crossfit athletes and bodybuilders than simply eating more protein. That begs the question, “What does lead to substantial increases in muscular mass?”

    Gains in muscle mass require substantial alterations to both diet and training.  In terms of diet this means an increase in not just protein intake, but also total caloric intake.  For example, you are not only changing your protein from 35% to 45% of your diet, you’re also increasing your total calories from 2500 to 3000.  Coupled with changes to your diet are necessary changes to 1) the frequency of strength workouts in your weekly program 2) the types of movements in your training (compound movements get a heavy emphasis), 3) Repetition scheme and weight used (i.e., 4x4 at 80% 1RM) and 4) overall effort (often to failure).  
    While strength gains are definitely of benefit to most athletes, substantial increases in muscle mass, and therefore weight, are not always ideal.  This begets the question: can you gain functional strength without adding bulk and thus sacrificing strength to weight ratio?  The answer is an absolute yes and once again has both a training and diet component.  I’ll leave the discussion of strength training in your sport of choice to the experts in that sport and, as promised, focus on how dietary changes and specifically, increasing dietary protein, can benefit you as an athlete.

    Man flexing his muscles
    1) Increased muscle repair and synthesis
    Think recovery, recovery, recovery.  The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for protein in “healthy” adults is 0.8g/kg body weight per day.  The RDA values for protein are set at “the level of protein judged to be adequate...to meet the known nutrient needs for practically all healthy people” (Institute of Medicine, 2005).  It’s critical to note that not only are the RDA values outdated, but they also fail to take into consideration the amount of protein required by both endurance and strength athletes to both adapt and gain from training stimulus (Phillips and VanLoon, 2011).  Specifically, the RDA recommendation does not 1) offset the oxidation (use as energy) of protein or amino acids during exercise and 2) include protein to promote muscle synthesis and repair after intense training (Campbell et al., 2007). Increased protein for strength athletes is primarily required for the synthesis of new muscle and/or to repair muscle damage (Phillips et al., 2006; Moore et al., 2009); resulting in increased strength and a quicker turn around between hard days.  Of note is that increased protein intake for endurance athletes is equally as important and plays a key role in increasing mitochondrial density and efficiency in muscles (Phillips et al., 2006).

    2) Improved strength to weight ratio
    Beyond what’s needed to repair and build new muscle, increasing the protein content of your diet can actually lead to an improved strength to weight ratio by reducing total caloric intake. Why is this?  Because protein, and fat for that matter, is generally more satiating than carbohydrates and increasing the protein in your diet may reduce the total amount of food you consume.  A lower caloric intake can mean fat loss and potentially, positive changes in body composition.  Supporting this is a 2005 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Weigle et al., 2005) where researchers found that when study participants were put on a higher protein diet (30%) and allowed to eat as much as they wanted, they actually ate less and lost body fat compared to the same protocol but with lower dietary protein (15%); carbs were held constant at 50%.  The researchers attributed this change in body composition to the satiating effects of higher levels of protein intake and the resulting decrease in total caloric intake.  But you may be thinking, what about the fat content?  In this study, increasing the protein content of the diet actually had a bigger impact on body composition than lowering dietary fat.

    So, how much protein should an athlete be eating and is there a limit to the benefit of increased protein intake?  

    Research suggests that there does seem to be a threshold above which increased daily protein intake has no benefit.  A study examining the impact of differential amounts of total daily protein on whole body protein synthesis in trained strength athletes found that protein synthesis was reduced in athletes on a “low” protein diet (0.86g/kg/day) relative to medium (1.4g/kg/day) and high (2.4g/kg/day) protein diets, but there was no difference in whole body protein synthesis between medium and high daily protein intakes (Tarnopolsky et al., 1992).  Supporting this older study, a recent review of 49 studies and 1863 participants, found that total protein intakes beyond ~1.6g/kg/day did not lead to further strength gains (Morton et al., 2017).  Additionally, and possibly more importantly, there are not only limits to the benefits of total daily protein intake but also to the amount of protein consumed in a single sitting. Moore et al., 2009 demonstrated that the positive impact of protein intake on muscle protein synthesis plateaus at 20g with higher amounts of protein (up to 40g) causing no further increase in protein synthesis.  Since then, additional studies looking at whole body exercise and muscle protein synthesis put this intake plateau closer to 40g, but further research needs to be done to validate this finding (Macnaughton et. al., (2016).

    So what should athletes take away from this?

    Daily protein should be consumed regularly throughout the day in ~20-40g doses to maximize strength gains and recovery.  Aim to consume 20-40g of protein every 3-4 hrs for a total of 4-5 snacks or meals.

    My Final Answer.
    No, just increasing the protein in your diet won’t make you bulk up.  If that is your goal, it’ll take changes to your training and more total calories to give you the arms of your dreams.  However, what more dietary protein will do for you (in combination with training) is have a positive impact on your strength to weight ratio and, more importantly, improve recovery by stimulating muscle protein synthesis and repair.

    Protein Supplement

    The World According to "The Big Guy"

    The World According to "The Big Guy"

    We took a moment to catch up with Rob MacDonald, aka Bobby Maximus, our inspiration for creating the ever-popular LALO Maximus Grinder. Rob’s Men’s Health Magazine book “Maximus Body” just became available worldwide in all formats and based on pre-sales it is already the number one new release in weightlifting.

    Here’s what Rob had to say:

    Why did you write this book? Since I was young I have always felt a desire to help other people. I had two parents who were completely selfless and always gave freely to those around them. I knew I wanted to do something where I could help others fulfill their potential and live a better life. This book is a collection of my knowledge and my own experiences that I believe can change people’s lives. Using the power of fitness and exercise can help transform other people. I truly believe that through exercise and fitness that we can all become better people. We can be better at work, more resilient to stress, better fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, and more. Simply put I believe that through fitness we can unlock our potential and become better in every area of our lives

    Who is this book for? This book is for everyone. There is much more than just “working out” in it. There is life psychology/philosophy, nutrition, and recovery (sleep and stress relief).

    This training program seems pretty serious – as in time consuming and all encompassing. I am a busy mom/dad with a high-pressure job, kids and family commitments. Is this something I should embark upon or how does this program apply to me in a way that I can actually accomplish the workouts in the time I have allotted? The training program is serious but that is what it takes to get results. There is no such thing as a “shortcut”. There’s no magic pill or three easy payments of $9.99. You have to do the work. That said the program only really requires 1 hour a day. Do you know how many hours there are in a week? 168 hours. If you can’t find five hours a week you just aren’t that serious about making a change. 

    I am over 45 and this program seems intense. Is it scalable so I can aptly recover and avoid injury? It is intense, but you can make substitutions and it is scalable. At the very least you can benefit greatly from the philosophy, nutrition, and recovery sections. 

    If I have questions and want to get in touch with you, how do I do that? Simply go to www.bobbymaximus.com and contact me via email. 

    Where do you work out? Can I come train with you? My gym is in Salt Lake City, Utah and we do accept people from in and out of town to come and train with us. Just send an email and we can make arrangements for that to happen. 

    How has your workout program changed with the addition of a wife and children coupled with aging? The program hasn’t changed at all actually. I always make time for fitness and prioritize it. Sometimes that means working out with my wife or children, but I am still the same hard working, dedicated person I have always been. If one thing has changed it that I have to pay more attention to my eating and sleeping habits.

    When you say, "pay more attention to your eating and sleeping habits," what do you mean?  While, when it comes to eating when I was younger I could miss meals, or allow myself to get dehydrated but I can't do that anymore. I need to be on more of a regimen. I also need to consume more high quality nutrient dense food and watch my alcohol consumption. When it comes to sleep it's much more simple. I need 8 hours. If I do that I feel great. When I get less I crash and burn.

    What’s next for you? I want to help as many people worldwide as possible. That means more travel, more teaching workshops, and more content developing. 

    Can we expect a follow-up book? I have already started writing it.

    You can find Rob’s book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, Walmart, ibooks, and wherever else books are sold. To learn more, click here.

    Warning: If you don’t want to build serious strength, pack on muscle, or be unstoppably fit then this book is not for you. Maximus also doesn't offer any refunds for any clothing that your new found bulging muscles destroy.

    American Survival Guide Magazine

    Are you ready for when SHTF?

    Are you ready for when SHTF (sh&t hits the fan)?

    This month's "New Products," section of American Survival Guide Magazine featured new gear from the 2018 SHOT Show that looks to fill some critical gaps in your SHTF kit...or simply trigger new pangs of desire. The LALO Shadow Intruder was featured among these "new products," and we couldn't be happier!

    Here's what the crew at American Survival Guide Magazine had to say:

    LALO Shadow Intruder 8-Inch Boot:

    American Survival Guide provides everything you need to know and how to act when disaster strikes and self-reliance means the difference between living and dying - plus the latest on how to provide energy to your home, grow and preserve your own food and more. The Buyer's Guide features the best in shelter, firearms, flashing, tents, knives, backpacks and more!