Pearl Izumi Trail N2v2 and N1v2 Dual Review

I like the N2v2 upper better.  It has thicker, more durable mesh; thicker and wider overlays that hold the foot better and a slightly wider forefoot.  Very comfortable uppers on both of them.

The Pearl Izumi trail lineup has quite the dedicated following. I’d guess, without know exact numbers, that when the first versions launched in 2013, they significantly boosted Pearl Izumi’s sales judging by how many I see at ultra races. The shoes weren’t updated till this July, a two and a half year span, which is […]

Topo Athletic Runventure Review

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Topo Athletic has evolved quite a bit in the few short years since their inception late in 2012. Their first offerings were Tabi style shoes that featured a separated big toe.  Pete has a great intro into Topo and his thoughts on the original Tabi versions in his review of the MT.  My history with Topo […]

adidas adizero XT Boost Review: Unique and Effective Trail Shoe

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I’ve had a pretty long history with the adidas adizero XT line, having run in all of the XT models except for the first one (still keeping my eye on eBay for a pair). The shoes have evolved somewhat from the XT 2 and 3, which had a very versatile, all-mountain outsole that still runs […]

Nike Lunartempo Running Shoe Review

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My mileage has been relatively low for the past few months as teaching (loving it!) and family responsibilities have taken up a lot of my time, but most of the miles I have run recently have been in the Nike Lunartempo (formerly called the Lunar Trainer – my pair still has this name printed on the […]

Asics Tartherzeal 3 Review: A Grippy Flat Built For Speed

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A few weeks ago I reviewed the Asics Gel Lyteracer RS 4. The Lyteracer is a Japanese racing flat that was brought to the US by Running Warehouse, and I was quite impressed by the shoe. It offered a forgiving heel, a no frills yet durable upper, and was light and responsive enough to use […]

Nike Zoom Terra Kiger 3 Review: Better Update to Wildhorse 2?

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The original Zoom Terra Kiger was one of my first shoe reviews, and after carving up v1 to better suit my liking, Nike released a fantastic update in the Zoom Terra Kiger 2.  Other than retaining the original outsole design, which I thought was still lacking, the shoe was tweaked in just the right way […]

Salomon Speedcross Pro Review

Medium with throughout which I found not too wide, but not super precise either.  Right in the middle of comfort and performance in fit.

Salomon is a major player in the trail market not only with their shoes, but with well supported international teams, high quality video content, and full apparel and pack lines they are arguably the most recognizable brand in the trail running world.  Their shoes, however, have not fit my tastes very often aside from a […]

Dynafit Feline SL Review: Legitimate Mountain Shoe

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I wasn’t aware that Dynafit was in the trail/mountain running shoe market until this year when I first saw a picture of a runner from the Transvulcania Ultramarathon wearing a shoe I didn’t recognize (rare these days). After a short google search I found out they were made by Dynafit.  A month or so later, […]

Nike Zoom Streak LT 2 Racing Flat Review

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I’ve had the Nike Zoom Streak LT2s for over a year, but for some reason never got around writing a review until now. I was compelled to do so by the fact that the shoe is being updated, and the new version will be out in January of next year (see a preview here). Given […]

Asics Lyteracer RS 4 Japanese Racing Shoe Review

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If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you’re probably familiar with my preference for running in marathon racing flats. Shoes like the New Balance 1400, Asics Hyperspeed, and adidas Adios Boost are among my personal favorites, and are among the shoes I would choose from if I had to have one all-purpose shoe for […]