Dirty Runner: Pearl Izumi EM N1 Trail Shoe Review

I’ve been struggling to write this review. I received this pair of Pearl Izumi EM N1 Trail shoes in May and have run 111 miles in them so far (Disclosure: These shoes were sent to me free of charge as a media sample courtesy of PI). I love these shoes, but when thinking about what […]

Nike Wildhorse, Nike Terra Kiger, Mizuno Ferus: New Low Drop Trail Shoes

Three new lightweight trail shoes have just hit store shelves from companies that historically have not been big players in the trail market: Nike and Mizuno. First, I’ve been hearing murmurs that Nike has produced some really solid trail shoes in the Wildhorse and Terra Kiger. I have yet to see either in person, but […]

Hoka One One Conquest Preview

One of the things that I noticed while waiting to pace at the Vermont 100 last weekend was the increased number of runners (and spectators) who were wearing Hoka trail shoes compared to last year at the same event. I don’t have any numbers, but there were significantly more Hokas about, and I’d estimate that […]

Dirty Runner: Altra Lone Peak 1.5 Review

A short time ago I received this comment posted (anonymously) on my blog about which shoe I was going to use for the MMT100: “Why is the Lone Peak 1.5 your “weapon of choice”?. The company’s customer service told me it’s not functionally different than the original, which you seemed to pretty much trash in […]

Best Low-Drop Ultramarathon Shoes: Recommendations From Nate Sanel

My perfect trail shoe would be one with a minimal upper that fits like a glove over the forefoot, a wide toe box, excellent drainage, great grip, a soft ride, 0-4mm heel/forefoot differential, and enough cushioning to run 100 miles. When talking about shoes for an ultra, I think that it’s important to distinguish what […]

Hoka One One Rapa Nui Comp Review by George Harris

Intro from Pete: Guest reviewer George Harris is a 58 year-old runner from Manteca, CA. He’s been running for 36 years, most of that as a soldier in the US Army. His first pair of real running shoes was the 1978 Nike Waffle Trainer, which cost the outrageous price of $45.00. George currently runs 70-75 […]

Recommended Zero Drop, Cushioned Trail Running Shoes

Though I enjoy wearing zero drop, barefoot-style shoes casually and while running on roads, I’ve found out the hard way that running trails in minimally cushioned shoes can sometimes be difficult, especially if pointy rocks are strewn about (a bruised foot during my first 50K made me realize the value of a good rock plate…). […]

Merrell Ascend Glove Trail Shoe Review and Six Pair Giveaway!

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to fly out to Portland, Oregon to attend an insights meeting with Merrell Footwear. Merrell has organized a meeting like this each year for the past 3 years, and they basically invite a collection of individuals throughout the running footwear world to solicit feedback on trends, marketing […]

Dirty Runner: La Sportiva Helios Trail Shoe Review

I must confess that I have never run in La Sportiva shoes before this pair of Helios arrived at my door. Although the Vertical K interested me, I read that the toe-box was quite narrow. Since I have always enjoyed shoes with large toe-boxes, I just never gave them a chance. When the Helios was […]

Merrell Ascend Glove Review on the Runblogger Forum

One of the shoes I’ve been eagerly anticipating getting ahold of is the Merrell Ascend Glove. The Ascend Glove appears to be something like a trail version of the Bare Access, featuring a luggy, protective sole and 10.5mm of zero drop cushion. A contributor on the Runblogger Forum, Vitarunner, just posted a pretty comprehesive review […]