Altra Lone Peak Neoshell on left and Altra Lone Peak 2.5 on right 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 them, but ultimately I ended up drifting away from them, only just recently coming back to trying the Lone Peak 2.5 and Neoshell (Disclosure: Altra was kind enough to send both shoes free of charge for review purposes). Traditionally, the problem I've had with Altra is that while I love the wide toebox, the midfoot and heel are just far too roomy to hold my foot adequately. The Superior 2.0 is the first of their shoes where I don't have this problem (although the more >>
Tue, Feb 16, 2016
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Pear Izumi Trail N1 v2 and N2 v2
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 unusual in the shoe industry these days. I ran in the original Trail N1 a few years ago, doing a 50k in them, and even used them during my first 100 miler at Bighorn in 2014. While I appreciated some aspects of the shoe, they didn't capture me like they did many other trail runners. I found the midsole a bit unresponsive, and didn't love the rocker and midfoot thickness, especially on more technical trail. I've since received and run in both the N2v2 (I never ran in the N2v1) and N1v2, and have come away more >>
Sun, Jan 31, 2016
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New Balance 1400 v3
We're almost a month into 2016, and I haven't yet shared my top shoes of 2015 yet. Better late than never I guess! Though I didn't review as many shoes in 2015 as I have in previous years, mainly due to reduced running mileage associated with my return to school, there were still a few standouts that are worth mentioning. I'm going to keep my list short and sweet, and simply go with my top 3 picks from last year. 1. New Balance 1400v3 Specs per Running Warehouse: 6.3 oz (men's 9), 23mm heel, 13mm forefoot. Though the top two were close, I'm going to give the NB 1400v3 my award for top shoe of 2015. The 1400 v2 was one of my favorites of all time, and v3 saw some minor tweaks that made for an even better shoe. Gone was the somewhat scratchy upper, and in its place a softer upper that more >>
Mon, Jan 25, 2016
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Pete Family
2015 was a year of change for me on both the running and personal fronts. I decided in late 2014 that the full-time blogging thing was not for me. Though the freedom of being my own boss was great, and financially I was doing well, I realized that as a career it was just not the right fit. Working from home was challenging (kudos to anyone who can do it, especially with kids), writing because I had to sucked the fun out of it, and I missed the sense of reward that I got from teaching. As a result of all of this, I decided to follow a new (yet familiar) path. Teaching In August 2015 I returned to the classroom, this time as an intern at Bedford High School in New Hampshire. I had enrolled in the teacher certification program at the Upper Valley Educators Institute, and for the past 4+ more >>
Fri, Jan 22, 2016
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Salming Runlab
by Carsten Hoever Introduction This is the second part of a series of blog posts about the RunLAB fullbody running analysis offered by the Swedish running shoe company Salming. The first post, which was published on The Running Swede Blog, was mostly a general description of the RunLAB and the general experience. This post will focus more on the technology used in the RunLAB, the biomedical parameters which are captured, and the outcome of my own analysis. It is usually recommended to attend two RunLAB sessions. The first one will identify aspects of the running form which can be improved. Based on these findings the runner will be given suggestions for form changes or special exercises. The second session is typically a couple of months later to see if improvements in running form have been made. Originally, I planned to write this post after such a second visit. Unfortunately, a recent marathon resulted more >>
Mon, Jan 18, 2016
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Pickled Feet 6 hr. Photo Tempus Design
Pickled Feet 6 hr. Photo Tempus Photo Design 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 Wilson Creek 50k. I ran a good race, then transitioned to marathon training for the remainder of January and February in prep for the Richland Runfest in Richland, WA. I ended up with a 3:03:17, which was a 12 min PR for me (previous PR was from the Spokane Marathon just 4 months earlier; my only other marathon was a 3:38 in 2010 at the Portland marathon, which was 3 weeks after my first 50k and I ran it in Vibram FiveFinger KSOs :)). I then ran 30 miles in more >>
Wed, Jan 13, 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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