Skechers GOtrail Ultra 3: Max Cushion Done Right

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For any of you who have followed Runblogger for a while, you know that I haven’t been crazy about very many max-cushioned shoes.  This is not to say that I am closed off to the idea.  Despite starting from a more minimalist framework in my running years ago, I continue to try to be open […]

Topo MT-2 and Hydroventure: Large Refinements in Topo’s Trail Line

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I’ve running in Topo’s shoe offerings since the inception of the brand.  My general experience has been good, with an appreciation for the concepts they were trying to get across and the approach they took. However, the execution felt just a little lacking, with some materials not as refined, and the ride not very notable. […]

Montrail Caldorado Review: Next-Gen Montrail

Good shape to the shoe with a wider forefoot than appears in the pictures.  Medium volume throughout and should fit many different feet well.

Montrail is a shoe company with a long history in trail running, and with ultra running in particular (at least from my viewpoint). They sponsored the Montrail Ultra Cup and Western States 100 for quite a long time, as well as supporting an ultra running team very early on, and being one of the premier […]

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 […]

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 […]

David’s Year in Review: Best Shoes of 2015 and Looking Ahead to 2016

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Although I had some bumps along the way in my running in 2015, I consider it a good year, and one in which I learned a lot and grew as a runner and person even though my race results don’t show too much. I started the year off with a 50k in January at the […]

New Shoe Roundup: Mountain Running Shoes Coming in 2016

The Vazee Summit. Pretty nice looking shoe all the way around and great upper.

Back in early August I had the fantastic opportunity to go to the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City for the first time and check out the new shoes that are coming out late winter/early spring. Below are the mountain running shoes I had the opportunity to see at the show. Of note, Outdoor […]

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 […]