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TrailRunningDad

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  • Mike- Thanks for the input, glad to hear yours healed up relatively quickly, as I'd heard other places that it could be pretty stubborn. The pain is primarily at the base of the big toe, which leads me to think that it is the sesamoid. The pain in …
  • I had durability problems as well with the BA Ultra, but for me it was the mesh in the uppers - it started tearing after
  • JD, Now that I'm on a desktop I get the same problem - no road gloves listed. But I was able to see them last night when viewing their site on my phone - so apparently they're still listed as available via their mobile website, but not their desktop…
  • JD, I see both male and female versions listed on their website right now, they are on clearance for $70. Not sure about plans for future models.
  • Agreed, you won't really be able to make a good decision without trying them on first. If those models aren't available to try on in stores near you, go with Running Warehouse, Zappos, or some other online store that offers free returns. Plus, order…
  • PD- Word is that the BA Ultra is slated to come out beginning of June, but I heard that back in January/February. Couldn't find anything more on release date when I went looking about a week ago, so not sure if that's still the target release. Got …
  • Anybody here tried the Topo Athletic ST (Speed Trainer)? Seems like it might fit the requirements for the OP (0 drop, 13mm stack height, can't comment on flexibility or arch support), Pete had a pretty positive review of their trail-oriented MT.
  • idenby- Don't pay too much attention to the other poster on this thread. Most everyone here is quite polite and willing to engage in thoughtful discussion. Beginning a post with personal insults is likely not the best way to foster constructive disc…
  • Bryan- I'd never even heard of the cuboid bone until Galen Rupp had his pop out of joint during the mile race at the New Balance Grand Prix last month. He apparently had it adjusted by the team PT, and then was able to do mile repeats later that ev…
  • On board completely with your assessment - they seem generally unable to critically examine running-related research. This article was yet another example of their confirmation bias - they print any research that supports the business model they're …
  • Eman- I guess the classifications are personal, but it looks to me most likely a stability-oriented Torin. About the same amount of cushion, just a tad less than the Olympus/Paradigm, with a road outsole. Here's a link I've found to their spring 201…
  • Jake, I should add to my previous comment, it's not firmness that causes me problems, but more that I need a bit more cushion on some of my longer+ faster runs. Also, the cushioning does soften up considerably over time. Just tested out the feel o…
  • Bryan- Fit is the same, as far as I can tell. I had the exact same problem with the BA2 upper blowing out on me. But Merrell was good enough to exchange them for the BA3. Uppers on these ones seem much sturdier w/o being heavier. If you've still got…
  • I'll concur with Dan and put in another endorsement for the BA3. The new upper mesh is the selling point for me. I had the BA2, but the mesh was too flimsy - it started tearing by the ball of the foot after 150 miles or so (had the same problem w…
  • Honestly, as long as you're doing a bit of trail work, you're probably fine - that does a lot more to impose different stresses than mixing up shoes will. The repetitive stress concern is more of a factor for runners that are constantly on flat pave…
  • And a vote for the Green heel-drop as well, thanks.
  • Bryan, did the Instincts fit any better in terms of volume? I had similar issues with the One (my feet were just floating in all that space, and trying to lace it really tightly just hurt with the barely-there tongue of the shoe). I'm intrigued by …
  • Looks like the Paradigm is a ways off, as it's not in their spring 2014 catalog. So sometime 2nd half of 2014. Torin 1.5 is due to hit the stores in the next week, so I doubt they're planning to ditch a shoe that hasn't even launched yet! Just hear…
  • As the book isn't out yet, I can't really review it, but I've been really impressed by Steve Magness' Science of Running blog. His training book is due out in mid-February - here's his post on what he tries to cover in it. Given how much I've learne…
  • Is this a new problem for you? I.e., have you had foot slippage in other shoes on equally technical trails (and over the same distance)? If you're ramping up in distance, might just be that the lacing of the shoes loosens a bit over long distances, …