Saucony Kinvara 5 First Impression Review

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The Saucony Kinvara is one of my favorite running shoe models. It’s basically everything that a shoe should be – pretty simple in construction, lightweight, and relatively inexpensive compared to other shoes on the market. I’d go so far as to rank the original Kinvara up there among my favorite shoes of all time – […]

Skechers GoBionic 2 Review and A Run Through the Development Process

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I have been working with Skechers as a wear tester/consultant for several years now, with the majority of my time spent in the GoRun and GoBionic shoes. My closet is filled with prototypes of many iterations of these shoes, and right now I have protos of a few other shoes sitting on the floor next […]

Newton Motion III Review: Five Lugs Are Better Than Four

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One of the most frequent complaints that I’ve heard over the years about Newton shoes is that the forefoot lugs compromise mediolateral stability, particularly when turning. This issue arises due to the fact that until recently, Newton shoes had only 4 lugs under the forefoot, and these lugs did not extend to the edges of […]

Inov-8 OROC 280 Trail Shoe Guest Review

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by Carsten Hoever The Inov-8 OROC 280 is a shoe I never wanted to buy. After two winter running seasons with way too many sidewalks, roads, and even trails covered in snow-turned-slush-turned-solid-ice I was fed up with running on the tread mill. What I needed for the coming winter was a shoe with enough traction […]

Nike Lunarglide 5 Review

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I recently purchased a pair of Nike Lunarglide 5’s for a consulting project that I was working on. I didn’t really know much about the shoe, and it’s not one that I’d considered before because it has a bit more heel to forefoot drop than I typically like in a running shoe. But, when I […]

Pearl Izumi EM Road N0 Racing Flat Review

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I love the Pearl Izumi EM Road N0. Let me say that again. I love the Pearl Izumi EM Road N0. Not since the Saucony Grid Type A5 have I had such a positive experience with a running shoe. The reason? Because this shoe replicates the fit and ride of the A5 better than any […]

Altra The One2 (Squared) Review: A Complete Redesign

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It’s been quite a while since I’ve run in an Altra shoe. I like the brand, I’ve been in touch with the founders since before they made their first shoe, and I love the fact that they produce shoes that are shaped like a human foot. However, I’ve never really connected with an Altra shoe […]

Kid’s Sneaker Recommendations: Altra Instinct Jr. and Merrell Mix Master Jam

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I’ve been asked a number of times recently for recommendations for kids shoes. When it comes to kids, I advocate for as minimal a shoe as necessary for the intended use of that shoe. I don’t believe kids shoe be wearing stiff, constricting, shoes with highly elevated heels, and I try to put this belief […]

Mizuno Hitogami Review: Solid Choice Among Distance Racing Shoes

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A few months ago I wrote a post in which I described why the Mizuno Sayonara did not work for me. I found that shoe to be overly stiff and firm in the heel, and it just did not work well with my stride. It was shame since the shoe otherwise felt great – roomy […]

Saucony Mirage 4 Running Shoe Review: Good Choice if You Like a Firm Shoe

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I’ve been struggling a bit with how to approach this review of the Saucony Mirage 4. On the one hand, there is a lot that I love about this shoe. On the other hand, it’s simply not been a good match for me. As such, this is going to be a review in which I’ll […]