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.

Photos by Alyssa Henry 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 […]

Scosche Rhythm+ Plus Wrist/Arm Mounted Optical Heart Rate Monitor Review

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Last summer I reviewed the Mio Link wrist-mounted heart rate monitor and found it to be a great alternative to a traditional chest strap HRM. It measured my heart rate accurately, and synced perfectly with both my Garmin 620 and Vivofit. I had to return the Link to the manufacturer after writing my review, but […]

Garmin Forerunner 15 (FR15) Review: Activity Tracking and GPS in One Watch

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Last summer I wrote a very positive review of the Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS watch. The FR10 is Garmin’s entry level GPS watch, and I was more than a bit surprised by how much I liked it. It provided accurate tracking, stable pace readouts, a small form-factor, and an intuitive, simple menu system. The device […]

Garmin Vivofit Activity Tracker Review: A Runner’s Perspective

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I was a long time user of a Fitbit Ultra activity tracker. I loved that little device, and used it daily for a few years. Unfortunately, the Fitbit had a bad habit of falling off my waistband and getting lost. Or I’d forget to take it off and it would go through the wash, or […]

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

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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

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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. […]

Mizuno Wave Evo Ferus Trail Shoe Review

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I normally hate memory foam style insoles. In fact, I once included them in a list of running shoe design elements that drive me nuts. My usual experience is that they rob the foot of ground feel, but to date I’ve only encountered this type of insole in shoes that already have fairly significant midsole […]