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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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March 3, 2017

Ultimate Direction was one of the first companies to offer running vests with an emphasis on the fit and features that long distance runners appreciate. The Peter Bakwin vest is part of their Signature Series line of vests and through all of its iterations has been their largest running vest, catering to runners who are doing long training runs, ultra…

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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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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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March 14, 2016

This post will be part of an ongoing academic project on GPS error. This is not exactly breakthrough research, but it’s a fun project that I’ll share here for anyone else who recognizes their inner geek, and seeing as today is Pi Day the timing is perfect! Many of us rely on GPS to either follow an existing path, record…

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February 26, 2016

In a quest to find a shoe with some decent traction for wet and muddy trails I arrived at the Saucony Peregrine 5. It took a few failed attempts with other shoes to get here, and although the Peregrine’s lack big lugs for maximum bite in deep mud, they do offer an aggressive outer which provides good traction on the…

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November 16, 2015

Salomon running and hiking shoes have been a good balance for me over the past few years. The Sense Mantra is the shoe I have put more miles on than any other (regardless of brand) and has proven to be a solid performer in my book. The design of the Sense Mantra (like many of Salomon’s shoes) strikes a good…

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