Mizuno Wave Hayate Review: A Decent, But Mis-matched Trail Shoe

Mizuno Hayate

by David Henry Other than running in the Mizuno Wave Universe 3 a couple years ago, I have not run in any other Mizuno shoe.  When Pete asked if I’d be interested in reviewing the Hayate, I was excited to try out, what was for me, an untested brand and one that was making an […]

Salomon S-Lab Sense 3 Ultra Trail Shoe Review

Salomon Sense 3 Ultra Top

Earlier this year I wrote a review of the Salomon Sense Pro trail shoe. In that review I said that the Sense Pro “…feels like a racing flat built for the trails.” While I’d still stand by that description, having now run over 50 miles in the Salomon Sense 3 Ultra I’d say that though […]

Merrell AllOut Rush Trail Shoe Review


I first saw the Merrell AllOut Rush at a meeting with the brand in Spring 2013. They were introducing the new AllOut line, and the emphasis was on added cushion while retaining some of the features that people like about the Merrell Barefoot/M-Connect collections. I was intrigued by the shoes since I’ve always felt that shoes […]

Nike Zoom Terra Kiger Trail Shoe Review


By David Henry For a brand without a strong history in the trail market, Nike has created quite the buzz with their latest offerings: the Nike Zoom Terra Kiger and Nike Zoom Wildhorse. Both shoes have a lot of features that will appeal to a wide range of runners, and Nike has even gone so […]

Salomon Sense Pro Trail Running Shoe Review


It’s been awhile since I’ve reviewed a pair of trail shoes myself. Historically I have mostly been a road runner, with trails making up only a small portion of my total mileage. However, this year I’ve made an effort to get off road a bit more often, and so far almost all of my trail […]

The North Face Ultra Trail Shoe Review

Three Shoes Soles

  This is a guest review by David Henry. David is a 29 year old husband and father of 3 young children. He has completed over 20 ultra marathon events as well as many other shorter races. Some of the notable races he has completed include The Pike’s Peak Marathon, the White River 50 mile, […]

The Return of the New Balance MT101 Trail Shoe


I’ve run in a lot of shoes over the past 5 years since starting this blog. Some were memorable, others not so much. And there are a few that rose above the rest and found a special place in my heart. The original Nike Free 3.0. The Brooks Launch. The original Saucony Kinvara and the […]

Inov-8 OROC 280 Trail Shoe Guest Review

Inov-8 OROC 280

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 […]

Saucony Peregrine 4 Trail Shoe Review by BikerNate

Saucony Peregrine 4 Red

It’s not very often that there is a bright side to getting injured.  While visiting Performance Health Spine and Sport Therapy to have my Ant. Tib. Tendonitis worked on by Brett, I had a chance to visit with Pete and geek out about shoes for a while.  He asked me if I had any interest […]

B2R Trail Performance Shoe: Guest Review by Christian Messerschmidt


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


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

Topo M-MT

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

Hoka Rapa Nui Trail

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

Altra Lone Peak

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


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, […]