B2R Trail Performance Shoe: Guest Review by Christian Messerschmidt

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I am writing this review of the brand new B2R Trail Performance shoe as I recover from a 50K trail race last weekend. In that race I broke two paramount rules of long-distance running: 1. “Do not go out too fast”- I did, hung with the lead pack for a while, and crashed and burned […]

Scott Trail Rocket: Guest Review by George Harris

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The Trail Rocket is a new racing trail shoe from Scott running. For those of you who don’t know about Scott, they are an outdoor sports company (skiing, mountain biking, motorsports) company that has been in the running business since 2006. Their shoes have evolved considerably (in a good way!) over the past few years, […]

Topo MT (Mountain Trainer) Review: A Non-Tabi Topo Trail Shoe

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Last year Tony Post made a bit of a splash when he left his position as CEO of Vibram USA to launch his own footwear company. Post led Vibram through a period of time when the Fivefingers line of “toe-shoes” were red hot, and left just as VFF sales seemed to be headed off a […]

Biker Nate Reviews the Hoka Rapa Nui 2 Trail and Tarmac

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Nate Sanel just posted reviews of the Hoka Rapa Nui Tarmac 2 and Rapa Nui Trail 2 over on his blog. I hope to get a pair of these to try as my first Hoka (I have the Mafate but only ran in it once – not bad, but way too much shoe for me), […]

Nate’s Top 5 Trail Running Shoes of 2013

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Nate just posted his top trail shoes of 2013 over on his blog Biker Nate. He helpfully included a list of all of the trail shoes that he ran in last year, and narrowed that down to his five favorites. To give you a bit of perspective, Nate is a high-mileage trail runner who specializes […]

Dirty Runner: Skechers GoRun Ultra Review

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One of the best things about writing this column has been the opportunity I’ve had to build personal relationships with shoe companies.  The one that I work with the most is Skechers.  By now I should not have to convince anybody that they are a “real” performance running shoe manufacturer, so I won’t…  For me, […]

Newton BoCo AT Trail Running Shoe Review

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Newton doesn’t have a big toehold in the trail running market. Their first attempt at a trail shoe, the Terra Momentum, was basically a slightly modified version of their Sir Isaac trainer (a shoe the I didn’t like at all) and I passed on trying it out. Newton is taking a second crack at a […]

Saucony Peregrine 3 Trail Shoe Review

My last two runs have been mostly on trails down by the Merrimack River. I like those trails for shoe testing since they include lots of surface variety – sand, a bit of mud, roots, rocks, leaf cover, etc. There’s also a good stretch of crushed rock that I can take if I decide to […]

Merrell AllOut Rush and AllOut Fuse Running Shoe Previews

(Update: I have now reviewed the Merrell AllOut Rush here) In the comments section of my post yesterday on why I run in minimal shoes, the Merrell AllOut collection came up. I haven’t posted much about this line yet, but I got a chance to try them on back in May and I’m really looking […]

Mizuno Wave Evo Ferus Trail Shoe Review

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I normally hate memory foam style insoles. In fact, I once included them in a list of running shoe design elements that drive me nuts. My usual experience is that they rob the foot of ground feel, but to date I’ve only encountered this type of insole in shoes that already have fairly significant midsole […]