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Salomon S LAB Hybrid Jacket Featured

Apparel Review: Salomon S-LAB Hybrid Jacket

When it comes to trail running, a few key brands come to mind and Salomon really embodies the entire outdoors even outside of running. In today’s review, we take a look at one of their top performance pieces, the S-LAB Hybrid running jacket which turned out to be one of the most well-thought-out and probably one of the coolest jackets we’ve tried. It is made for performance and definitely targets the upper end of the market, but it’s so well made it’s really a solid choice for anyone.
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Apparel Review: Long Socks and Compression Technology

We wanted to put together an article on the growing fascination with long socks and if you aren’t exactly sure what we’re talking about, the “technical” term is over the calf (or OTC). In reality, manufacturers are designing these socks more like hosiery which aids in compression and runners around the world are taking notice. In this article, we reviewed some of the top sellers from various manufacturers and wanted to share our findings.
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Altra StashJack Featured

Apparel Review and Interview: Altra StashJack and Brian Beckstead

In the world of running, there are really two kinds of companies. First, there are the giant manufacturers where everyone knows their name and they produce a solid diverse lineup of apparel, footwear, accessories and more, but then there’s also the niche market. These are the guys who focus on innovation at a non-mass-market level and while the hope is of course to one day be competitive with the larger manufacturers, they don’t want to give up on the values that made them great. Altra Running is one of those companies and while we’ve talked about their shoes before, they have also gotten into the apparel game. We had a chance to sit down and do a quick Q&A with Altra co-founder and StashJack designer, Brian Beckstead, but before we get in that we wanted to give you our thoughts after using it on the trail so first off, a quick review.
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Opedix Dual Tec Tight Featured

Apparel Review: Opedix Dual-Tec 2.0 3/4 Tights

Sometimes we get the chance to look at a brand’s product where there isn’t much else in the lineup, they simply focus on one core offering and attempt to access in that area. In this case, it’s all about compression. Opedix was founded on the idea of producing gear that has a profound effect on health, they refer to it as Kinetic Health Gear. We got a chance to take their Dual-Tec 2.0 2 3/4 tights out for some test runs.

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Shoe Review: Hoka One One Vanquish 2

We don’t play favorites here around the office very often, but some of our staff definitely have their loyalties and Hoka One One always seems to end up high on that list. I have spent time with numerous members of the Hoka family and have had the chance to spend the last couple months with their new Vanquish 2. This shoe definitely fits right into their maximum cushioned roots and really takes it up a notch from all other Hokas to date.
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Exploring Leif Erikson Trail in Northwest Portland

There are a multitude of trails throughout the Pacific Northwest that are ready to be explored by runners of all experience levels. However, for those that live in or around Portland, Oregon they only need to look as far as their own backyard. Nestled in the west hills of the city lies acre upon acre of the unexplored Forest Park. With hundreds of trails and potential run routes, we tackled one of its most accessible and most popular, Leif Erikson.
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