Pearl Izumi Trail N2v2 and N1v2 Dual Review

I like the N2v2 upper better.  It has thicker, more durable mesh; thicker and wider overlays that hold the foot better and a slightly wider forefoot.  Very comfortable uppers on both of them.

The Pearl Izumi trail lineup has quite the dedicated following. I’d guess, without know exact numbers, that when the first versions launched in 2013, they significantly boosted Pearl Izumi’s sales judging by how many I see at ultra races. The shoes weren’t updated till this July, a two and a half year span, which is […]

David’s Year in Review: Best Shoes of 2015 and Looking Ahead to 2016

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Although I had some bumps along the way in my running in 2015, I consider it a good year, and one in which I learned a lot and grew as a runner and person even though my race results don’t show too much. I started the year off with a 50k in January at the […]

New Shoe Roundup: Mountain Running Shoes Coming in 2016

The Vazee Summit. Pretty nice looking shoe all the way around and great upper.

Back in early August I had the fantastic opportunity to go to the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City for the first time and check out the new shoes that are coming out late winter/early spring. Below are the mountain running shoes I had the opportunity to see at the show. Of note, Outdoor […]

Topo Athletic Runventure Review

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Topo Athletic has evolved quite a bit in the few short years since their inception late in 2012. Their first offerings were Tabi style shoes that featured a separated big toe.  Pete has a great intro into Topo and his thoughts on the original Tabi versions in his review of the MT.  My history with Topo […]

adidas adizero XT Boost Review: Unique and Effective Trail Shoe

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I’ve had a pretty long history with the adidas adizero XT line, having run in all of the XT models except for the first one (still keeping my eye on eBay for a pair). The shoes have evolved somewhat from the XT 2 and 3, which had a very versatile, all-mountain outsole that still runs […]

New Running Shoe Roundup: Road Training Shoes Coming in 2016

New upper on the same platform.  Very nice looking and they said they opened up the toebox on it compared to v1.

Back in early August I had the fantastic opportunity to go to the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City for the first time and check out the new shoes that are coming out late winter/early spring. Below are the road training shoes I had the opportunity to see at the show. Of note, Outdoor […]

New Shoe Roundup: Trail Shoes Coming in 2016

New outsole that if you look closely, you can tell they removed some lugs to reduce weight.  I still think they need to fill in the gaps in the outsole.

Back in early August I had the fantastic opportunity to go to the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City for the first time and check out the new shoes that are coming out late winter/early spring. Below are the trail shoes I had the opportunity to see at the show. Of note, Outdoor Retailer tends […]

Nike Zoom Terra Kiger 3 Review: Better Update to Wildhorse 2?

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The original Zoom Terra Kiger was one of my first shoe reviews, and after carving up v1 to better suit my liking, Nike released a fantastic update in the Zoom Terra Kiger 2.  Other than retaining the original outsole design, which I thought was still lacking, the shoe was tweaked in just the right way […]

Salomon Speedcross Pro Review

Medium with throughout which I found not too wide, but not super precise either.  Right in the middle of comfort and performance in fit.

Salomon is a major player in the trail market not only with their shoes, but with well supported international teams, high quality video content, and full apparel and pack lines they are arguably the most recognizable brand in the trail running world.  Their shoes, however, have not fit my tastes very often aside from a […]

Dynafit Feline SL Review: Legitimate Mountain Shoe

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I wasn’t aware that Dynafit was in the trail/mountain running shoe market until this year when I first saw a picture of a runner from the Transvulcania Ultramarathon wearing a shoe I didn’t recognize (rare these days). After a short google search I found out they were made by Dynafit.  A month or so later, […]