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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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Saucony Xodus 5.0 GTX

Shoe Review: Saucony Xodus 5.0 GTX

Monsters. That one word sums up our view of the Saucony Xodus 5.0 GTX. They are rugged, waterproof, and they have traction… boy, do they have traction. These bad boys will find a home on most trails and they have been designed to suit every complaint every trail runner ever had. In fact, it’s like they were modeled with the Pacific Northwest winter and spring seasons in mind.
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Adidas Shamrock Run

Race Preview: Shamrock Run 2015

We are almost into March so that means only a few short weeks left until the Shamrock Run Portland 2015 begins. The event turns 37 years old this year and it is the largest running event in Oregon and the second largest on the west coast with over 35,000 participants. To sum up the experience, its like a giant party where you make a ton of new friends, run a pretty challenging race, and then you continue the party well into the afternoon and beyond. Note, sign-ups are still available for every distance except the half. The date is March 15, 2015 so get on it!
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Brooks PureProject LS Henley

Review: Brooks Men’s PureProject Long Sleeve Henley

Normally I don’t get especially passionate about running tops, so it takes something really interesting to catch my eye. In this case, Brooks has something really exciting and the PureProject line in general represents some very new thinking for them and for most running companies. It’s not flashy, has really clean lines, and dare I say it… a little stylish.
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