Since I have not had time to write a review of my own recently, I wanted to steer you to three shoe reviews written by people that I know and whose opinions I respect. All are of shoes that I do not own myself and so no review of my own is forthcoming at this point (not to say that won’t change down the line!). Enjoy!
First, head on over to Zak Branginan’s blog and check out his review of the Altra Lone Peak. The Lone Peak is a rugged, zero drop trail shoe with a very roomy toe box, and might appeal to those looking for a flat trail shoe with a decent amount of protection.
Here’s the direct link to Zak’s review: http://averageguyhitstheroad.blogspot.com/2011/11/altra-lone-peak-review-first.html
Next, for another new trail shoe offering that falls in the transitional range, head over to my ultrarunning friend Nate Sanel’s review of the Brooks Pure Grit. Nate completed three 100 mile races this summer and runs more miles on trails than just about anyone I know, and he also happens to be a shoe junkie. We trade thoughts on shoes often, and his review of the Brooks Grit is both detailed and well balanced in considering the pros and cons.
Here’s the direct link to Nate’s review: http://bikernate.blogspot.com/2011/11/brooks-pure-grit-shoe-review.html
Finally, my buddy Thomas Neuberger over at Believe in the Run just posted a review of the Saucony Triumph 9. This shoe is one of the three models that Saucony is migrating down from a 12mm heel-forefoot drop to an 8mm drop – the others are the Guide 5 (which I have and have put about 10 miles on so far) and Hurricane 13. The Triumph is a neutral shoe, and Thomas, who mixes minimalist and more traditional shoes in his training, was fairly well impressed.
Here’s the direct link to Thomas’ review: http://www.believeintherun.com/index.php/2011/11/22/saucony-powergrid-triumph-9-shoe-review/