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 […]

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 […]

New Shoe Roundup: Road Racing Shoes Coming in 2016

New upper that stays seamless and should be just as light and comfy as v3.

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 racing shoes I had the opportunity to see at the show. Of note, Outdoor […]

Brooks PureFlow 4 Running Shoe Review

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I’ve had mixed experiences with the Brooks PureFlow series in the past. The PF1 was a solid shoe that provided a springy ride and served me well over longer distance runs. I didn’t try the PF2, but came back to the model with the PF3. Version 3 was a nice looking shoe, but I just […]

Brooks Launch 2 Running Shoe Review: Updating a Classic

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The original Brooks Launch was one of my all-time favorite running shoes. I started running in them in 2009, and ran a breakthrough PR in the (frigid) 2010 Disney Marathon with the Launch on my feet. They were simple, lightweight, soft in the heel, incredibly smooth, and the red/orange color combo looked amazing. They were […]

Brooks Ghost 7 Running Shoe Review

Brooks Ghost 7 Outsole Nubs

Lately I’ve been branching out a bit in my review shoe choices in order to get a better feel for the differences among the various types of shoes that exist in today’s footwear market. A few weeks ago I reviewed the Hoka Clifton (the Hoka Huaka worked out a bit better), a lightweight yet super-cushy shoe, […]

New Shoe Previews: Brooks Launch 2, Saucony Zealot, Skechers GoMeb Speed 3

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Last week my buddy and fellow New Hampshire runner Sam Winebaum attended the Summer Outdoor Retailer Show in Utah. As he does every year, Sam has put together a series of preview posts of running-related products from OR, and he invited me to share some of the images and product info that he posted. I’m […]

Blowing the Dust Off the Brooks Vantage

Typical 1976 Male

by Jon Gugala (Disclaimer: Brooks sent me these shoes for free. But I probably would have bought them on my own anyway.) Every young runner falls in love with Steve Prefontaine. Dat Mustache. The way he ran like a hellion bent on drawing blood from his opponents. And the fact that he had opponents. Pre […]