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Headsweats Sublimated Trucker Hat

Clothing Review: Headsweats Technical Trucker Hat

Trucker hats have definitely found their way back into the fashion world and the old school Von Dutch styling is gone only to be replaced by the logo of your local brewery or bike shop and now even performance apparel manufacturers like Headsweats are jumping on board as well. Almost everyone knows Headsweats, they are the go to for most big race swag bags and do everything from visors to headbands to cycling caps and more. Their new Technical Trucker Hat feels like a logical extension to the line and we got our hands on a couple of the new models to give them a spin.
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Picky Bars Assortment

Food & Drink Review: Picky Bars

In the ever-growing world of training nutrition, one would think that the last thing we need is another bar. To those naysayers I would offer up Picky Bars, something closer to real food and less like the over processed bars with ingredients you can’t pronounce. Then imagine they are all naturally gluten-free, they include vegan options, and they can be used before, during, or after your workout. They really might be on to something here, so let’s see what our review team thought.
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Topo Athletic Runduro Review

Shoe Review: Topo Athletic Runduro

At first glance, the Topo Athletic Runduro is definitely a head turner. The no lace BOA enclosure system will definitely raise a few eyebrows and you will inevitably field a few questions about it, but the real question is how does it run? The answer is that the Runduro can tackle most of what you can throw at it, especially at distance, and the lack of laces well… its kind of a non-issue.
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Altra Golden Harper Interview

An Interview with Golden Harper, Founder of Altra Running

There are people you meet in this world who are born athletes and I realize this is hard to accept. As most of us get older, we think “if I only trained harder” or “if I only started earlier”, but in reality there are people who have athletic prowess engrained in their DNA. Such begins my interview with Altra Running’s founder Golden Harper.
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Salomon Park Hydro Handset

Gear Review: Salomon Park Hydro Handset

It’s rare you find something new in the world of portable hydration, I mean how many water bottle carriers can there be? The Salomon Park Hydro Handset really turns that thinking around and gives you a whole new method for carrying water while running. With summer rapidly approaching, there is no time like the present to re-evaluate your hydration lineup and give this one a look.
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New Balance Fresh Foam Zante

Shoe Review: New Balance Fresh Foam Zante

New Balance has always been a big player in the running game. You know, one of those companies that people stay loyal to forever even if the shoes didn’t always look the best. That being said, they have definitely turned a corner this past year on the styling front to convert those non-believers and our die-hard testers were curious to find out if just like the Boracay we tested, the Zante stayed true to its roots. Turns out it does and then some…
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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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