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  • 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…
  • I went for a 4-mile trail run with the Mix Master 2s this weekend and they felt great. They performed well on a bunch of different terrain: sand; loose rocks and pebbles; hard dirt. The flexible rock plate seems to be pretty tough too, as I never fe…
  • Let us know how they are. I'm planning on running a 50-mile trail race next May and will probably consider these for it.
  • Tried the Mix Masters on last night and ran up and down the apartment hall a few times. They feel good. A bit restricting in the forefoot at first, but they felt better after wearing a bit (maybe stretched a little). Will try them on the trails this…
  • Oh man, I didn't think these were due out for a couple months. Just bought a pair of Mix Master 2s instead to use as trail runners/hiking shoes. $120 probably isn't worth it for me since I don't do too much running on trails, but these look great.
  • I ordered a pair of Mix Master 2s from RunningWarehouse. Won't be able to try them out on trails until next weekend, though.
  • I set a half marathon PR this past Sunday wearing the BA2s. They felt great the entire race - pretty much disappeared from my feet. I had some pain and stiffness in my right foot afterwards, which I've experienced a few times before after long or ha…
  • That's what the Merrell rep I chatted with said about the Trail Gloves - that'd they'd be fine for day hikes. I'll try them too, but right now the Mix Master 2s are what I expect to go with (won't know until I try them on). I found some good deals o…
  • I've been lacing all the way up to the top holes since I got those blisters and the difference is significant. I wonder why Merrell has been shying away from the Omnifit lacing with their newer models. I've never had a pair with it, but I've seen a …
  • Also, I wish the Skechers GoBionic Trail shoes were coming out sooner. I'd love to try them. The Kinvara TR2 might also be worth a shot. They should be out any day now.
  • I'm not a very experienced hiker, Harbourboy, so I can't really say. It's a good point. My thinking is that running in minimal shoes, like Trail Gloves, forces you to pay attention to each step so you can avoid things like roots and rocks. When I'm …
  • Did some quick research on the Mix Master and it looks to be the shoe I'm aiming for. Will have to try it on this weekend, but it seems ideal. I would really like to wait until the Ascend glove comes out, but I've got two trips in the next month tha…
  • Thanks, Kagule. I've been looking at those too. I just chatted with a Merrell rep (a nice website feature) and she suggested the trail glove. I think the Mix Master might be more in the sweet spot for running and hiking though.