Running Socks Review: Injinji and DeFeet

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I’m going to start this review by stating that if weather and shoe comfort permit, I prefer to go without socks when I run. When socks are warranted (e.g., in winter, in a shoe with an abrasive interior), I prefer socks that are cheap and minimal. Just enough to create a friction barrier between my […]

Arc’Teryx Running Apparel Guest Review: High Quality Apparel for Running in Nasty Weather

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I live in the Pacific NW, and as you may have heard, it rains a lot here. Being a long distance trail runner, this poses some interesting gear challenges. The winter months can be particularly tricky to gear up for, especially when you might wind up running for hours in steady, cold rain. In order […]

Options for Flat Replacement Insoles for Running Shoes: Inov-8 and Ortholite Fusion

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I’m a big fan of swapping insoles around between shoes. Sometimes a shoe might fit a tad tight, and swapping in a thinner insole from another shoe can free up enough space to make the fit comfortable. Sometimes a shoe is too cushy or too firm, and an insole change can completely change the feel […]

Janji Running Apparel: A Company With a Conscience

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Just over a week ago I got an email from Dave Spandorfer at Janji asking if I’d be interested in trying out some of their running apparel. I get a lot of requests like this and often decline them because I find it hard to review clothing. It fits or it doesn’t. It’s comfortable or […]

Review of YakTrax Run Traction Cleats

YakTrax Run Traction Cleats

Dealing with traction on winter runs can be challenging for a road runner. Most of the time I find that a decent pair of lugged trail shoes suffices for mixed conditions on sidewalks and roads (mostly crusty ice and snow up here in NH), but there are certain times when a trail shoe alone won’t […]

Saucony Ride 6 Review

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Note From Pete: This is a guest review by Tyler Mathews. Tyler is a runner from Austin, TX, and a fellow member of Team Wicked Bonkproof. He is currently training for his first marathon, and is logging 70+ miles per week. To learn more about Tyler, check out his blog Running Toward Dreams.  I wear […]

Saucony Kinvara 4 – A Disappointing Update

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It pains me to write what I’m about to write, but sometimes you have to be honest and tell a good friend that they are headed in the wrong direction. So, Mr. Kinvara, I apologize for being critical. I know we’ve been through a lot together, but we need some time apart until you get […]

New Balance 1400 v2 Review: A Candidate For Shoe Of The Year

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“The 1400 are what running shoes are pretty much supposed to be.  That’s not to say that shoes that aren’t like this are no good. I know they are. And not everyone can wear one model. But running is supposed to be simple. At some point we came to believe that our running shoes weren’t […]

Garmin Forerunner 610 Replacement Velcro Wristband: Quick Take

Garmin 610 Velcro Wristband

In my previous post I reviewed the Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS watch. One of my complaints about the watch is that the wristband seems to be poorly designed and has a tendency to break off from it’s anchoring pins. This happened to mine, and I’m still awaiting a replacement from Garmin. A Twitter friend suggested […]

Mizuno Wave Universe 5 Review: A Feather-Light Racing Flat With a Roomy Toebox

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If you’ve been following my shoe reviews for awhile, you’ll know that I’m a fan of running in racing flats. I log most of my miles out on the roads, and I tend to like shoes that are lightweight, simple in design, and somewhat flashy in appearance – flats typically tick most of these boxes. […]