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Recon Jet

A Preview of Recon Jet Smart Glass

A new entry in the world of fitness tech launches today named Recon Jet and I have to say, we are definitely a little curious to check it out. In a world littered with bands and watches, the Recon Jet is moving all of that up into your glasses and providing all that data at a glance. Its basically a rugged activity based Google Glass for runners and cyclists.
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Injinji Performance Toesocks Review

Clothing Review: Injinji Performance Toesocks

When our review team got a batch of the latest Injinji toesocks to try out, they were to put it bluntly… skeptical. Some were downright scared by the prospect of trying them on, but we forced them all into it. I am pleased to say that by the end of the test most were pleasantly surprised by the feel and some were straight converts vowing to run in nothing else.
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Skechers GOmeb Speed 3 - Boston 2015

Skechers announces GOmeb Speed 3 for the 2015 Boston Marathon

Skechers today announced the GOmeb Speed 3 customs for the 2015 Boston Marathon. The shoe will be on sale this week at Marathon Sports, with locations around Boston in very limited quantities. So if you are in town for the run, make sure to get out and grab a pair. This is the exact same shoe the returning champ, Meb Keflezighi, will be racing in on April 20th.
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Shoe Review: Zoot Solana ACR

Our team wasn’t sure what to expect when we started trying out the Zoot Solana ACRs, but we were eager to take them for a spin. Zoot is well-known in the world of triathletes, but tends to shy away from the straight running market. However, after putting these through their paces, I can tell you the Solanas can hang withe the best the running world has to offer. While they may look innocent enough, they pack a lot of tech in a super light package.
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Oatmega Bar

Food & Drink Review: Oatmega Protein Bars

The world of protein bars is saturated with a million different entries from snack and candy giants to local upstarts who are trying to improve on the recipe. What drew us to Oatmega, more than the taste (which we will get into a bit more), was the message. It’s rare to see new businesses just as passionate about giving back as they are about selling a product and it shows in the care they have taken on both sides.
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An Interview with David Sypniewski of SKORA

We had a chance to sit down with David Sypniewski, Founder and CEO of SKORA. If you look at the running shoe landscape, then you will be hard pressed to find a company so committed to their message and to delivering on it. SKORA was born to try to solve a problem and to try to rethink the fundamental way we run. They were innovating in the area of barefoot running before anyone else and they have stayed true to it, but no one can talk to it better than David.
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Mio Alpha 2

Tech Review: Mio ALPHA 2 Heart Rate Sport Watch

The Mio Alpha 2 Sport Watch was released earlier this year and our team had a chance to put it through its paces. Mio has long been known for its wrist based ANT and Bluetooth compatible heart rate monitors, but they have never really been a player in the Sport Watch market. In the past they have always been just an accessory, but this model is their attempt to change all that. It is an upgrade to their first Alpha watch and adds a number of missing features, but more than anything it makes them a viable player in the sport watch market.
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Balega Socks

Review: Balega Socks – Ultra Light and Enduro

Our team had a chance to test out some of the sock latest releases from Balega including the new Ultra Light No Shows and their Enduro models. Balega, the Zulu word for “to move with speed”, is based in is committed to designing products of technical excellence and their development team is composed of racers of all sorts, ultra marathoner to everyday runners. We had our male and female reviewers take them through their paces and we have thoughts on them from both sides.
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The Runners Tea

An Interview with Brandon Schoessler of Sportland Tea Company

We had a chance to chat with Brandon Schoessler, the Founder and CEO of  Sportland Tea Company, the makers of The Runner’s Tea and a fiercely proud-to-be-Oregon-based business. Sportland Tea Company is composed of 5 partners, all from different backgrounds, but all unified in the idea that a cup of tea can change your life.
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The Runners Tea - with Product

Food & Drink Review: The Runner’s Tea

The energy drink market may seem like a really challenging market to get into, but this is exactly what Portland based Sportland Tea Company is trying to do with The Runner’s Tea. We had a chance to sample their line and it is clear they are onto something entirely different. Something that appeals to not only everyday runners, but endurance athletes as well.
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