Spring 2017 Cushioned Trail Shoe Round-up: Skechers GOTrail Ultra 4, Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3, Brooks Caldera, Altra Superior 3.0, Topo Athletic Terraventure

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A quick post to highlight some great well cushioned trail shoes for this Spring.  Unlike the last few roundups, I’m not going to organized them into order of favorites because they are all quite good in their own way, but instead ordered them from the highest cushioning to the lowest cushioning of the group.  I’ll try […]

Winter Running Shoe Round-Up 2017: Scarpa Atom S, The North Face Ultra MT Winter, Altra Lone Peak Neoshell Mid, Salomon S-Lab XA Alpine, Saucony Razor ICE+,

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It is already feeling like spring in many parts of the US, but if you live near mountains and like to go up into them from now until May/June, you are likely to encounter some snow still and otherwise harder conditions than ideal for the average trail shoe.  I’ve put a handful of winter trail […]

La Sportiva Helios 2.0 and Helios SR Dual Review

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The original Helios came out in 2013 and used the concept of La Sportivas Vertical K shoe but in a more traditional package.  Essentially the Helios 2.0 and SR remain fairly unchanged at their core compared to the original.  Some upper modifications and rubber compound changes being the most notable. Because the SR and 2.0 are […]

David’s Year in Review: Best Shoes and Gear from 2016

Descending near of the top of Mt. Olympus outside of Salt Lake City in August.

Yes, unfortunately it is now February and a best of 2016 post is old news, but better late than never. While things were a little lighter on the blogging front for me, I still had a full year of running, racing, and got to try out tons of new shoes and gear in the process. […]

Mountain Running Shoe Review Round-Up: Scarpa Atom, Salming Elements, inov-8 Arctic Claw 300, Salewa Lite Train, adidas Terrex Agravic

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In an effort to consolidate the vast amount of shoes I’ve been able to try in the last 3-4 months, I’m going to group shoes into a couple categories and give brief reviews on each of them.  I’m still planning on doing in depth reviews on shoes as well (and have a few shoes already […]

Protective Trail Shoe Review Roundup 2016: Montrail Trans Alps, La Sportiva Akasha, Saucony Xodus ISO, Altra Lone Peak 3.0, Pearl Izumi Trail N3, The North Face Ultra Endurance

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In an effort to consolidate the vast amount of shoes I’ve been able to try in the last 4-6 months, I’m going to group shoes into a couple categories and give brief reviews on each of them.  I’m still planning on doing in depth reviews on shoes as well (and have a few shoes already […]

Light Trail Shoe Review Roundup 2016: Montrail Fluidflex F.K.T., Scott Kinabalu RC, Salmomon Sense Pro 2, Salomon S-Lab Sense 5 Ultra, Brooks PureGrit 5

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In an effort to consolidate the vast amount of shoes I’ve been able to try in the last 4-6 months, I’m going to group shoes into a couple categories and give brief reviews on each of them.  I’m still planning on doing in depth reviews on shoes as well (and have a few shoes already […]

Saucony Peregrine 6 Review: Interesting Update That Needs Some Refinement

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While I wouldn’t say I have a long history with the Peregrine line (I’ve never really taken to the shoes), I have run in versions 1, 2, 5 and 6, so I have some sense of the evolution of the shoe. Overall, I feel that it has improved over time.  Saucony overhauled the Peregrine for 2016 […]

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. […]

Brooks Neuro Review

Way too much design freedom on the midsole...those bubble shapes do not help the ride and are simply aesthetic.

The Brooks Neuro is one of the very few Brooks shoes I’ve run in.  I’ve only ever run the Cascadia 10 and Green Silence, and not many miles in either of those.  I was very intrigued by the design concept when I saw them at Outdoor Retailer last year, especially the decoupled design that lets […]

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 […]

Trail Running Shorts Review Roundup

From Top Left to Bottom Right - inov-8 Race Elite 150 (my go to for last 2 years), Brooks Sherpa 2-in-1 7", The North Face Better Than Naked Long Haul Short, Dynafit React Dry Short, Dynafit React Dry 3/4 Tight.

Photos by Alyssa Henry Up until last Summer and Fall, I hadn’t done much experimenting with different running shorts. Partly this was because I didn’t want to spend the money on something that I didn’t think could be improved upon that much, and partly because there just weren’t that many shorts that deviated from the […]

Trail Shoe Review Roundup: Montrail Fluid Flex ST, Scarpa TRU, Altra Superior 2.0, North Face Ultra MT, Brooks Cascadia 10

Altra's most nimble trail model.  Best Altra ride to date for me and interesting mix of design.

I’ve had a chance to try a lot of new shoes over the past year, and while this is usually great, it sometimes compromises how much time you can get in each shoe. The following shoes are all trail models currently on the market that I ran in last summer and fall but never got […]

Salming Speed 3 Review: Solid All-Around Racer

Salming Speed 3 on left and Distance on right.  Very similar uppers.  Speed 3 has a new toe cap and also doesn't have the 2 overlays over the toebox..  Almost everything else is the same.

Salming has really shown up in the US market over the last year, and their shoes were included in two of my top 3 lists from my best of 2015 post.  The Salming Distance is one of the best riding, all-around road shoes I’ve run in – it’s similar in application to something like a […]