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Salomon S-Lab X-Series

Shoe Review: Salomon S-LAB X-SERIES

First off I’ll kick this off by saying I’ve run in various pairs of Salomon trail shoes throughout the years so I’m pretty familiar with their features and design. Their quality has always been very high and their customer support and warrantee replacement program has always been top notch. So when the new S-Lab X-Series came across my desk and I was pretty pumped to see all that trail experienced packed into a road shoe. This shoe makes it clear they are prepared to make a real play in the road market and when they decided to base it off the Sense trail runner, they gave themselves a really good starting point.
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Turbine

Tech Review: Turbine

In this round, we are taking a look at the Turbine from Rhinomed, which is designed to increase the airflow level in all athletes, from recreational up through professional. When this little gadget showed up on our gear review desk, everyone wanted to try it and many were dubious. I got the nod to take it for a spin because as far back as I can remember I’ve had some level of difficulty breathing through my nose. I’ve had pollen allergies/hay fever for the last 20+ years that I take a bunch of junk for with somewhat limited response. I’m a mouth breather when I sleep due to a medically diagnosed mid-grade deviated septum. It doesn’t stop me from going for it, but any additional airflow I can create in my nasal passage is a plus. Thus my experience with a little piece of medically designed yellow polymer begins.
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Training while Traveling

Diary Entry: Triathlon Training Continues While on Vacation

The word “vacation” usually conjures up images of far-off lands, mountains or beaches, maybe a little alcohol and good food, but in my case there is this realization that goes along with it that there is this event looming. So just as I have hit my stride with the training, I then remember our family trip to Ireland and Scotland is coming up and I don’t want to lose that time and end up a few weeks later with a bit of a reset. The thing is, I’ve never really trained all that hard before while traveling. Sure, I’ve done little runs here or there, but nothing to keep me truly in race condition. I typically always come home a couple pounds heavier and need a little time to work the legs out, but that is not an option here. And did I mention Ireland and Scotland… you know, land of whiskey, beer, soda bread, meat and potatoes. Let’s just say I was a little nervous going in as to how this would work out.Continue reading

CSX Compression Socks

Clothing Review: Champion CSX Compression Sport Socks

Compression technology has been taking off in the recent years, we’ve all seen it races all those calf sleeves and socks that more and more runners seem to be wearing. It’s almost become a staple on the ultra scene where almost every one out of two athletes is wearing them. We’ve all questioned how much they can really help and you’ve probably weighed trying them on yourselves, so we went ahead and did it for you. Champion CSX recently got us a couple of pairs of their full length compression sport socks to try out and from a recovery perspective there’s something definitely here.
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Hoka One One Challenger ATR

Show Review: HOKA ONE ONE Challenger ATR

We have talked HOKAs before when we took a look at the Huaka a while back, but I have honestly never been so excited as I was to try their newest offering, the Challenger ATRs. Listed as a trail shoe and even sold that way in stores, I would honestly call these bad boys a hybrid, the best of both worlds. An all-terrain behemoth that destroys road and trail alike. It took everything we loved in the Huaka and stepped it up a notch, feeling more aggressive and also more plush, making it one of the smoothest riding HOKAs yet.
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Triathlon Diary 1

Diary Entry: The First Few Weeks as a Future Triathlete

I’ll start off by saying the first weeks of training have been a wake up call. For those that have trained for longer distances or faster PRs it’s not quite like that, it’s more like when you’re a kid and your Dad throws you in the pool to teach you to swim. In this case, there is a more literal interpretation but what I have learned more than anything is that your weaknesses bubble up quickly.
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