Skechers GOtrail Ultra 3: Max Cushion Done Right

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For any of you who have followed Runblogger for a while, you know that I haven’t been crazy about very many max-cushioned shoes.  This is not to say that I am closed off to the idea.  Despite starting from a more minimalist framework in my running years ago, I continue to try to be open […]

Topo MT-2 and Hydroventure: Large Refinements in Topo’s Trail Line

Topo MT-2 and Hydroventure

I’ve running in Topo’s shoe offerings since the inception of the brand.  My general experience has been good, with an appreciation for the concepts they were trying to get across and the approach they took. However, the execution felt just a little lacking, with some materials not as refined, and the ride not very notable. […]

Brooks Neuro Review

Way too much design freedom on the midsole...those bubble shapes do not help the ride and are simply aesthetic.

The Brooks Neuro is one of the very few Brooks shoes I’ve run in.  I’ve only ever run the Cascadia 10 and Green Silence, and not many miles in either of those.  I was very intrigued by the design concept when I saw them at Outdoor Retailer last year, especially the decoupled design that lets […]

Montrail Caldorado Review: Next-Gen Montrail

Good shape to the shoe with a wider forefoot than appears in the pictures.  Medium volume throughout and should fit many different feet well.

Montrail is a shoe company with a long history in trail running, and with ultra running in particular (at least from my viewpoint). They sponsored the Montrail Ultra Cup and Western States 100 for quite a long time, as well as supporting an ultra running team very early on, and being one of the premier […]

Trail Running Shorts Review Roundup

From Top Left to Bottom Right - inov-8 Race Elite 150 (my go to for last 2 years), Brooks Sherpa 2-in-1 7", The North Face Better Than Naked Long Haul Short, Dynafit React Dry Short, Dynafit React Dry 3/4 Tight.

Up until last Summer and Fall, I hadn’t done much experimenting with different running shorts. Partly this was because I didn’t want to spend the money on something that I didn’t think could be improved upon that much, and partly because there just weren’t that many shorts that deviated from the basic short design with […]

Trail Shoe Review Roundup: Montrail Fluid Flex ST, Scarpa TRU, Altra Superior 2.0, North Face Ultra MT, Brooks Cascadia 10

Altra's most nimble trail model.  Best Altra ride to date for me and interesting mix of design.

I’ve had a chance to try a lot of new shoes over the past year, and while this is usually great, it sometimes compromises how much time you can get in each shoe. The following shoes are all trail models currently on the market that I ran in last summer and fall but never got […]

Salming Speed 3 Review: Solid All-Around Racer

Salming Speed 3 on left and Distance on right.  Very similar uppers.  Speed 3 has a new toe cap and also doesn't have the 2 overlays over the toebox..  Almost everything else is the same.

Salming has really shown up in the US market over the last year, and their shoes were included in two of my top 3 lists from my best of 2015 post.  The Salming Distance is one of the best riding, all-around road shoes I’ve run in – it’s similar in application to something like a […]

La Sportiva Crossover 2.0 GTX Review: Best on the market, but not for long.

Same midsole and outsole as the Mutant.

The La Sportiva Crossover GTX was one of the original winter shoes with a gaiter integrated into the upper.  I’ve had the first version of the Crossover for over 4 years now, and still use it from time to time.  It was built on the original C-Lite platform and last, and offered a snug fit […]

Altra Lone Peak Neoshell and Lone Peak 2.5 Review

Same midsole design on both.  Neoshell has a little softer midsole like the 2.0 did, which, surprisingly felt better to me than the 2.5.

Altra is unarguably one of the brands on a very quick rise in the running world these days, especially in the trail and ultra market. I’ve had a long history with the Lone Peak, picking up a pair of the original Lone Peaks pretty much right at release. I ran a couple of ultras in […]

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 […]