Montrail Caldorado
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 sponsors of runners. 2015 saw Montrail shifting gears by reducing both event and athlete sponsorships in an effort to retool the brand and go back to the drawing board of producing some compelling footwear. When I first heard this from Montrail, I assumed either one of two things was happening. Either they were just saying this, and really their time was limited as a brand, or it was really true and they were focusing on the product first. I'm happy to say it is the latter, and Montrail has produced some great new models for more >>
Wed, May 04, 2016
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Trail Running Shorts
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 one zipper pocket and a basic material/liner. After meeting with some of the brands at Outdoor Retailer last year, they sent me a small selection of apparel to try out based on my preference for shorts with lots of storage and inner boxer liners. Below are the shorts I was able to try out. Disclaimer: All of the the apparel other than the inov-8 shorts were provided free of charge by the respective manufactures. From Top Left to Bottom Right – inov-8 Race Elite 140 (my go to for last 2 years), Brooks Sherpa 2-in-1 7″, more >>
Mon, May 02, 2016
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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 the chance to do a full review of. There were some redeeming qualities in each of them that I felt were noteworthy enough for a post, so what follows is more of my impressions of the shoes rather than full reviews. All specs via Running Warehouse unless otherwise noted. Disclosure: These shoes were provided free of charge by their respective manufactures. Montrail Fluid Flex ST – weight 9.4 oz (266g) mens, stack height: 22mm heel, 18mm forefoot, price: $95.00 MSRP Great midsole and ride on these – vastly improved over the Fluid Flex II. Upper is a more >>
Sun, May 01, 2016
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For the past 7 months or so I have been immersed in the world of education. I've worked in two different high schools, and have attended seminars on a wide variety of education-related topics at the Upper Valley Educators Institute (and I will be a certified public school teacher in just over a month!). At the beginning of our seminar yesterday, our instructors showed a video about a unique Kindergarten in Japan. As someone who believes in the value of physical activity as a critical component of education for kids, I loved the video. And as a runner, I loved the bit at 7:48. Enjoy – full video is below! You just finished reading The Best Kindergarten Ever: Letting Kids Run in Japan! Consider leaving a comment!Save money on running shoes - CLICK HERE to view current coupons and promotions on the Runblogger deal page! For more great running content, check out the more >>
Wed, Apr 27, 2016
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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 New Balance Zante, but I feel it has an even better overall package and ride (hint to those who like the Zante :)). Salming graciously offered to send me the new 2016 Speed, which they are calling the Speed 3. The Speed 3 sits right in between the Distance and Race in almost every category (stack height, weight, geometry), yet shares the same Salming characteristics that I've come to look for after running in the Distance and T1 trail shoe. More on the specifics below. Specs Price: $140.00 Weight: ~209 grams/7.4 oz mens 10 more >>
Wed, Mar 30, 2016
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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 (maybe too snug for really cold days) with plenty of protection for hard, frozen ground. Back then, the original Saucony ProGrid Razor, which I never tried, was the only other shoe with an integrated gaiter. Next came the New Balance MT110 Winter (throwback Biker Nate Review :)), which had by far the best upper of any winter shoe w/integrated gaiter, but inexplicably had the same summer/race outsole that the regular 110 had which offered very little traction in mud and snow. I still use the 110W (and even have a more >>
Mon, Mar 28, 2016
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  1. Need trail shoe advice…how is the Saucony Nomad TR? I currently run in the Kinvara.

  2. Hi! Landed on one of ur 2012 posts about your wife asking about the Altra Zero Drop Women’s Intuition 1.5 tonight as I was looking for just that shoe. My heart sunk cause it’s 3years later…. But here goes.. So I fell in love with them back then too, but they don’t make ’em anymore, they were the only shoe I ran injury free in – ever – and I’ve been ALL over the internet trying to dig up the last (or 5!) pair I possibly could. 1) any idea if they exist in cyberspace anywhere?? And 2) if not, have u discovered a TRUE equivalent? Anything Altra Zero Drop made after the 1.5’s are just SO different and uncomfortable. I tried pursuing this with them but never got passed an indifferent sales rep who said she’d send my inquiries up the ladder… Really don’t think she did. So sad… If u know anything at all about this shoe I am ALL ears. And grateful!

    • Not aware of any still in existence online. You might take a look at the Altra 3-Sum, probably the closest thing to the old 1.5 that they currently make. You might also take a look at some of the Topo shoes, a few might fit the bill.

  3. I am desperate for help finding anyone who can help me find he proper shoes for my gait ~ which is very “unique”. Despite professional training for help with my mechanics I still run like a duck. Years of this has messed up my back. I’ve been analyzed and told I am an overpronator .Any suggestions on shoes I might consider? I love the HOKA’s (Clifton) but think they might be wrong choice.

  4. Thanks Peter for the sizing update on the A6 – you are right- the A5’s are the perfect shoe!… and the A6 are finally coming down in price- I intend to snatch up the A6 in 1/2 size down.
    Professor Komodore
    Denver, Co

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