Archive for the ‘Shoes & Gear’ Category

Newton BoCo AT

Newton BoCo AT

I’m a long-time fan of Newton running. They do a great job at educating, teaching and informing people around the globe about proper running form. The shoes? They’re just the means to put all that knowledge and technology onto your feet. I tell people to get over the price tag – I spent an extra […]

Inov-8 ROCLITE™ 295

Inov-8 ROCLITE™ 295

“Suitable for long trail races and training or as an introductory shoe to minimalist trail running. It is tough, reliable and combines underfoot protection with comfort. Designed for mixed terrain, deep cleated sole ensures grip in muddy conditions.” – Inov-8 product page for Roclite™ 295 Shortly after being introduced to running trails, I realized that […]

TomTom’s New GPS Running Watch

TomTom’s New GPS Running Watch

Due for release in the UK in September 2013 the Runner is TomTom’s first standalone attempt at breaking into the highly competitive GPS running watch market. On first glance the Runner doesn’t appear to be anything special but there are a few key features which really set this watch apart from the crowd and it […]

Brooks PureGrit 2

Brooks PureGrit 2

From toe and heel splits in the outsole/midsole materials to the burrito-wrap tongue the Brooks PureGrit 2 is one of the most unique trail shoes on the market today. But does unique mean the best or at least better? The only way to find out is to put them on and start logging miles…long, hard […]

Black Diamond Ultra Distance Trekking Poles

Black Diamond Ultra Distance Trekking Poles

When talking about trekking poles for ultra distance trail running the Black Diamond Ultra Distance Trekking Pole is the pole all others are compared against. The combination of lightweight 100% carbon fiber construction, durability and Z-Pole folding design for compact storage in your hydration vest should put these poles at the top of your list […]

Skins: Essentials Compression Socks

Skins: Essentials Compression Socks

I have spent the better part of the last four years testing out various brands of compression socks. I have been a firm believer in them since the day I started running four years ago. I never really paid attention to the health benefits; it was simply as a tribute to my dad who had […]

SJ Ultra Vest by Ultimate Direction

SJ Ultra Vest by Ultimate Direction

When Ultimate Direction announced the Signature Series line of hydration vests last Fall it created a lot of buzz among trail and ultra runners. Not only did Ultimate Direction already have an almost cult following for their hydration systems but having Anton Krupicka, Scott Jurek and Peter Bakwin, three of the most successful, most well-known […]

SCARPA Spark

SCARPA Spark

Over the past few years I’ve lamented the lack of a good mid-weight trail shoe, I classify mid-weight as 9-10 ounces. It’s always been shoes 8.0 oz. or less don’t have enough protection and comfort or go big with tank like 12+ oz. shoes and plod your way down the trail. But now that I’ve […]

Vasque Mindbender

Vasque Mindbender

From the company long respected for their high quality hiking and backpacking footwear, the Vasque Mindbender will help you cover those same tough trails faster on the run. The Mindbender is Vasque’s best selling and lightest weight trail running shoe, marketing for the Mindbender uses verbiage like “a rock solid shoe that will take you […]

Fear Not the Toesocks

Fear Not the Toesocks

Not Just For Hippies You’ve probably seen someone strolling through the airport security line wearing them with sandals. Perhaps you even saw your ‘hippie’ friend walking around with the knee-high-rainbow-striped-variety. What’s up with those crazy socks that look like gloves for your feet?! Even my kids say they make my toes look like sausages. Just […]