Hoka Clifton 2 Review: A Solid Update


If I were in the habit of giving “best update” awards, the Hoka Clifton 2 would be a solid contender for 2015. It’s not so much that I love the shoe – it’s actually a bit on the soft side for my personal taste. Rather, Hoka did a great job addressing problems that people had […]

Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit 2015 Review: Flexible Sole, Sock-Like Upper, and Solid Cushioning in a Lightweight Package


The Nike Free line of running shoes was originally designed to mimic barefoot running on grass. All shoes in the line are characterized by an extremely flexible sole, and the three models vary in upper construction and the amount of sole cushioning. The Free 5.0 has the highest heel-forefoot drop and a more traditional, though […]

Nike Free 5.0 2015 Review: Yes, You Can Run in Them!


Over the past several years the Nike Free 5.0 has consistently been one of the best selling athletic shoes in the United States. Go to any school and you’re likely to see many kids sporting the flexible and colorful 5.0s. When I was in Disney World earlier this year the Free was probably among the […]

adidas adizero XT 5 Review: An adios Designed for the Trail


The adidas adizero XT 5 was a pleasant surprise for me.  I’d not seen much info about it until it just recently popped up on adidas’ website, and after looking it over I decided it was worth a try. I had some previous experience with the adidas XT 3 and 4, but both of those […]

Brooks PureFlow 4 Running Shoe Review


I’ve had mixed experiences with the Brooks PureFlow series in the past. The PF1 was a solid shoe that provided a springy ride and served me well over longer distance runs. I didn’t try the PF2, but came back to the model with the PF3. Version 3 was a nice looking shoe, but I just […]

Skechers GoRun Strada Running Shoe Review


I’ve probably put more miles on the Skechers GoRun Strada over the past year+ than any other shoe model. The reason is that I’ve been involved in wear testing the shoe since its earliest prototype iterations. The shoe has come a long way in that time, from a first run where I was ready to […]

New Balance 1500 Running Shoe Review


The New Balance 1500 is a shoe that has kind of flown under the radar since its release. I’ve not heard a lot of chatter about it, but those I know who have tried it have generally had good things to say. Given my affinity for low-profile racing shoes, I decided to buy a pair […]

inov-8 Race Ultra 270 Trail Shoe Review


by David Henry I’ve been looking forward to trying the inov-8 Race Ultra 270 since I first knew it existed back over a year ago.  Details at that point were sparse, but I already liked what I saw from the then soon to be released Race Ultra 290 (which made my list of Top Trail […]

Brooks Launch 2 Running Shoe Review: Updating a Classic


The original Brooks Launch was one of my all-time favorite running shoes. I started running in them in 2009, and ran a breakthrough PR in the (frigid) 2010 Disney Marathon with the Launch on my feet. They were simple, lightweight, soft in the heel, incredibly smooth, and the red/orange color combo looked amazing. They were […]

Nike Wildhorse 2 Trail Shoe Review


Reviewing road shoes during the winter in New Hampshire is very challenging. Once the snow begins to fall, we typically deal with a few months where sidewalks remain covered by snow and/or ice, and roads are narrowed by snowbanks. The latter makes roads especially dangerous to run if there is any traffic. This winter has […]