Black Friday
Each year around this time I put up a post containing a collection of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale links. Basically what I do is spend some time scouring the web for running-related holiday sales, and aggregate them all into a single post – kind of a one-stop shop for runners looking for discounted shoes and gear. The post is typically very popular, and it benefits me in that I earn a small commission from affiliate referral sales at many of the online retailers listed below. You save money, and I get a kickback for alerting you to the sale – it's a nice win-win, and it helps me to be able to keep doing what I do here on Runblogger. What follows is a list of deals that I was able to come up with. If you know of any others that I missed, feel free to share links more >>
Thu, Nov 26, 2015
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Very unique upper design that could be too much or could be a highlight. I've liked the XT's unconventional upper so will hold judgement on these till I try them.
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 to attract more trail/outdoor oriented shoe brands, and not all running shoe companies were present. Notably, Nike, ASICS, and Mizuno were not present so I don't have any info on their 2016 releases. Also of note, I choose to segment the trail market into what I call, for simplicity's sake, “trail” shoes and “mountain” shoes. Trail shoes are those designed for smoother, well marked trails, dirt roads and tend to have less lug depth. Mountain shoes are designed for the more technical terrain that is usually, though not always, found in the more >>
Mon, Nov 23, 2015
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Asics Tartherzeal 3
A few weeks ago I reviewed the Asics Gel Lyteracer RS 4. The Lyteracer is a Japanese racing flat that was brought to the US by Running Warehouse, and I was quite impressed by the shoe. It offered a forgiving heel, a no frills yet durable upper, and was light and responsive enough to use for racing. I've since used that shoe in a 10 mile race (my only race this Fall), and it did not disappoint. Great shoe all around! In addition to the Lyteracer, Running Warehouse also sent me a pair of another Japanese racing flat: the Tartherzeal 3 (Disclosure: these were provided free of charge for review purposes). There are some similarities between the Lyteracer and Tartherzeal, but also some significant differences. I'll dig into both in this review. Specs Per Running Warehouse, the Asics Tartherzeal 3 weighs in at 6.0oz in men's size 9, and stack heights are 22mm more >>
Thu, Nov 12, 2015
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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 in the midsole to create a much more protective, sharp, and stable ride. Kiger 2 also retained a light and fast feel with a fantastic upper, which is still one of the best uppers I've ever stuck my foot in. One of my closing lines of my Kiger 2 reveiw was, “If they can dial in the outsole without messing up the rest of the shoe for version 3, it really would be the best all around lightweight trail shoe on the market.” Read below to see how it turned out. Specs Price: $125.00 Weight: 320 more >>
Tue, Nov 10, 2015
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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 few of their very expensive S-Lab line, namely the Fellcross 3 and Sense 3 (which I still struggle with on a few areas). I was a little leery giving the Speedcross Pros a review (disclosure: the shoes were provided free of charge from Salomon) since I really don't like the Speedcross 3, which is most likely their best selling model of all time. It has been around unchanged for quite some time and, while I can understand its initial popularity years ago, I can't seem to grasp why it is still as popular given more >>
Wed, Oct 28, 2015
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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, another runner recommended I check Dynafit out, so I reached out to make contact with the folks there. They sent me a pair of the Dynafit Feline SL (Disclaimer: the shoes were provided free of charge for my review) and I've since put some good time in them. Specs MSRP, $149.95. 360 g (12.69 oz) in my size 13, 290 g (10.22 oz) in mens 9 and 250g (8.8 oz) in womens size 9. 8mm offset. Upper w/speedlaces still attached. With regular laces. Much better :). Upper and Fit When trying a completely new (to me) brand, more >>
Mon, Oct 26, 2015
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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.

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