SOG has recently partnered with Mike Stemple, a long distance endurance runner. We are happy to provide him with gear for his adventures. Below is a little info about Mike Stemple and why he carries SOG knife with him. We are working on a short Q&A about why he does what he does and will post it in a few days. If you want to find more info or to follow his journey visit his blog at IAmNotAfraid.com.
As an adventure runner who crosses deserts my gear choices are extremely important. We have to carry everything (except extra water & a tent) in our pack to survive a week in some of the most difficult environments on the Earth. I weigh every piece of gear, scrutinize the technical specs, and test each item for maximum effectiveness. My gear choices at best could decide how well I finish, while at worst could cost me my life. Everything I carry has to be the absolute best, my life depends on it.
That is why I carry a SOG Flash I Black TiNi. I was first exposed to SOG as a Combat Medic in the US Army Medical Corps. Being a medic requires you to cut numerous things throughout your long days and nights. Whether it was IV tubing or the top of my MRE, my SOG was indispensable gear. When I decided to become an adventure runner it was an easy choice to choose SOG as part of my "required race kit". I chose the SOG Flash I Black TiNi for its size to weight ratio, as everything I carry has to be LIGHT! The Flash I also has a feature that is very important when you are tired at the end of the day and have to cut a 1.5 liter bottle in half to make a cooking cup for your dinner, SOG Assisted Technology. With just one hand and a little push of my thumb outward the cryogenic heat-treated blade snaps open, ready to cut not only my dinner bottle in half but after a quick wipe from a alcohol pad I use it to slice open the ½ dozen or so blisters that form throughout the day. My SOG ranks in the top 5 pieces of required gear, just behind my shoes, cloths, hat, and sunglasses. Thanks SOG for making a great knife.