Salming Speed 3 Review: Solid All-Around Racer

Salming Speed 3 on left and Distance on right.  Very similar uppers.  Speed 3 has a new toe cap and also doesn't have the 2 overlays over the toebox..  Almost everything else is the same.

Salming has really shown up in the US market over the last year, and their shoes were included in two of my top 3 lists from my best of 2015 post.  The Salming Distance is one of the best riding, all-around road shoes I’ve run in – it’s similar in application to something like a […]

La Sportiva Crossover 2.0 GTX Review: Best on the market, but not for long.

Same midsole and outsole as the Mutant.

The La Sportiva Crossover GTX was one of the original winter shoes with a gaiter integrated into the upper.  I’ve had the first version of the Crossover for over 4 years now, and still use it from time to time.  It was built on the original C-Lite platform and last, and offered a snug fit […]

Hoka Speedgoat Review: Solid Shoe With a Big Flaw

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When I first received the Hoka Speedgoat, I was pretty sure that I would never run in them. I had heard from other runners that the fit was way too narrow, and upon taking them out of the box I was rather shocked by just how narrow the toebox looked. It honestly looks like a […]

adidas Adios Boost 3 Review: Minor Updates to a Classic Racer

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There are very few shoes in the $120+ range that I think are worth the money. The Nike Free Flyknit 4.0 is one, and the other that jumps immediately to mind is the adidas Adios Boost. The first two iterations of the adios Boost were personal favorites (see my reviews of v1 and v2) – […]

Altra Lone Peak Neoshell and Lone Peak 2.5 Review

Same midsole design on both.  Neoshell has a little softer midsole like the 2.0 did, which, surprisingly felt better to me than the 2.5.

Altra is unarguably one of the brands on a very quick rise in the running world these days, especially in the trail and ultra market. I’ve had a long history with the Lone Peak, picking up a pair of the original Lone Peaks pretty much right at release. I ran a couple of ultras in […]

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 […]