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June 30, 2017

La Sportiva has made a name for themselves among people who spend time in the mountains, with a well rounded line of climbing shoes and approach shoes. Although lesser known for their running shoes, they’re riding a little under the radar with some nice kicks for various terrain. In my search for a shoe that would carry me 50 to…

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June 26, 2017

I’m aware that lately this blog has become more of a trail running blog. I still have a love of the mountains, and I’ll be back on them again soon enough, both with the family, and on my own adventures. But hey, it’s June, and if you’re into trail running there’s nothing bigger right now than the Western States 100-Mile…

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March 8, 2017

The 2017 Sense Ultra takes this Salomon classic in a new direction; more cushion and a wider toe box re-define the shoe as an ultra-workhorse in contrast to its lean and mean ulra-trail racing predecessors. Salomon has been incorporating feedback from their elite athletes, and as a result we’re seeing some new ideas emerge. As it turns out, even super…

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November 9, 2016

I went for a walk in the woods. I didn’t have a map, and I didn’t make a plan. I didn’t turn my GPS on, didn’t record how far I went, how much elevation I gained, or how fast I got there. In fact, there was no “there” to get to. I did have to cross a few things off…

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November 4, 2016

I had a brief stint with an earlier version of the Speed Cross, or was it the S-Lab Speed, or the Fell Cross, maybe it was the Fellraiser!? I no longer remember, but’s it’s clear that Salomon has more than a few shoes in this class. The Speed Cross 4 is the latest iteration of that bloodline. It caught my…

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October 17, 2016

It’s been a few years since I’ve run in any shoes from Brooks. The introduction of the Mazama has brought me back. This is a shoe that bridges the gap between the Pure Grit and the Cascadia, both of which are great shoes in their area of specialization. While I loved the Pure Grit, I didn’t find that they gave…

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September 9, 2016

Before even completing my last trip out at SEKI, I was already scheming on shorter trips that I could put together to get into the areas of the Southern Sierra High Route that we were forced to bypass on that outing. Since I have passed by Center Basin so often but never visited, the pull to head out there was…

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August 8, 2016

This trip report will be a little unusual since it sort of reflects a failed attempt at the Southern Sierra High Route, which consequently turned into a nice section hike of the JMT with a couple days of cross country thrown in. Although it wasn’t what we set out to do, it was still a great trip and definitely one…

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July 11, 2016

Saucony has introduced a few changes to the latest version of their light but tenacious trail runner, the Peregrine 6. When I first started running in the Peregrine 5 I had a few doubts about the shoe, but it turned out to be one of my favorites in terms of fit, traction, ground feel, and responsiveness. I would have liked…

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June 27, 2016

As I sit down to write, I realize that easily half (and probably more) of the trail runners I know are dealing with some sort of injury, including myself. It’s almost inevitable, especially when find ourselves in pursuit of longer distances, faster times, or both. Although the root cause of many common running injuries have still not been pinned down,…

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