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  • I can see light passing through the mesh when looking inside the shoe, if that's what you mean? Breathability seems comparable to the regular BA.
  • Yes, the sizing is the same. I go down a half size for Merrells too.
  • I just got the Bare Access Ultra and love them. I've only done two runs in them (4 miles and 13 miles), but they've been great. I usually run in the BA3s, and the Ultras are softer and more responsive. They are a bit "taller" (12 mm of midsole foam …
  • I'd stick with the Kinvara or Mirage if it works for you. Just increase your mileage slowly (10-20%) per week and you shouldn't have much of a problem. At 300+ miles, your Kinvaras might be worn out, which could explain the soreness.
  • I agree completely. I did a long run in the new BA3s yesterday and my feet felt pretty beat up, but the same long run in my old BA2s last week felt fine. I've run a half marathon in them before, but I'm planning to try them in a full marathon this s…
    in Bare Access 3 Comment by Dan February 9
  • Thanks. It's been fine so far. Up to running 6 miles in them with no problem.
  • Thanks, Bryan. I'm going to push it a little bit, but hold back if I feel anything weird. I did about 3 miles in them earlier this week and felt good apart from some soreness in my calves afterwards, but that's to be expected. 
  • Fatboy is right about the Yaktrax. I mainly use them after a fresh snow when there will be minimal exposed asphalt. But the Pro model that I have doesn't have spikes, (it just uses coiled metal), so there's no worry of damaging spikes on the road, a…
  • You might want to try using these with your regular shoes: https://www.yaktrax.com/product/run I have a different pair (the Pro) and they work pretty good on snow and ice.
  • Controlling for factors like form, a heavier runner is going to put more stress on shoes than a lighter one. I've read that losing weight does contribute to faster race times, but I'm not sure if it that could be applied to a person that is just nat…
  • I saw a video online from a shoe expo where a Merrell rep said that the big difference is that they're using a more breathable mesh for the upper. He also mentioned that the BAs are popular among the crossfit crowd, so maybe the toecap is to make it…
  • I've run about 25 miles in the size 8s, but I've found that I'm experiencing some ankle pain now. I think it's because I have to tie them too tight. The size is definitely just off. Unfortunately, the site I bought them from, while really cheap, doe…
  • I'm still really liking them. They seem to run a touch narrow (I've read that elsewhere too), but the upper is stretchy enough that it doesn't bother me. I tried going half a size up but didn't like it, so if you by any chance wear a size 8 I can se…
    in Mirage 3 Comment by Dan October 2013
  • Have you done some of your long runs in the Rides? As long as you've gotten in a 20 miler or so with them and haven't experienced any trouble, it should be fine. That said, if you want to play it safe, especially since you're going for a PR, stickin…
  • I ran for about a year or two (including one half marathon) in whatever shoes I could find that were cheap and looked good and never experienced any injuries, but did have some discomfort at times. When I got serious and went to a running store, the…
  • Went on a four mile run in the Mirage 3s this morning. Here's my initial thoughts... It's been a while since I ran in my Mirage 2s, but the sole feels very similar to me, except that its much more flexible. It's got great responsiveness, too. The up…
    in Mirage 3 Comment by Dan June 2013
  • I've got a few that I use. The Nathan QuickDraw Elite is a good handheld. It's a 22 oz bottle and has a zipper pocket for a phone, keys, gel, etc. I've also got the Camelback Delaney Race waistbelt. I don't use it that much, but it works pretty good…
  • My pair should be arriving today, so I'll let you all know my thoughts after a run tomorrow. Also, in the PDF from the Runblogger post on trends in minimalist footwear yesterday, there's an image of the Mirage 4, which is being released in spring 20…
    in Mirage 3 Comment by Dan June 2013
  • Actually, I did go for my first trail run in a while now a week ago, so that might have done it. I had also done some speedwork (not much) earlier that day. Might have pushed too hard. 
  • Thanks all. I do crunches regularly but haven't been good about other core exercises recently. It's been stiff for a while now (I ran a half recently, but I'm not sure if that had anything to do with it). I haven't really changed anything either, bu…