Running Northwest

Product Reviews, Races, Events, Routes, Trails, and much more

Nathan - Featured

Gear Review: Nathan High Visibility and Lighting Lineup

Fall in the Pacific Northwest usually means darker mornings and earlier evenings and if you’re like me and still want to get out and hit the road, then it’s best to do it safely and more importantly, visibly. Our friends at Nathan have long been providing top quality gear both in the visibility and lighting categories (as well as hydration of course) for runners for quite a while. They offer a wide breadth of options for all runners from recreational to performance alike. In this article, we’re going to introduce you to some of the pieces of equipment that we like best and also note, these are great gift ideas for the runner in your life.
Continue reading

Altra Lone Peak NeoShell - Featured

Shoe Review: Altra Lone Peak NeoShell

Well, it is that time of the year again. The weather has turned and the rain has arrived, and if you’re like me, then you’re looking for shoes to keep the water out and let you run more often. Thankfully, the folks at Altra have released the latest version of their Lone Peak model made especially for this time of year, it’s the NeoShell. We got a chance to put them through the ringer, almost literally.
Continue reading

Brooks LSD Thermal Vest - Featured

Apparel Review: Brooks LSD Thermal Vest

Brooks is definitely one of the biggest names in the running market and we heaped praise on some of their spring and summer apparel offerings last year, but the Fall and Winter months call for a little more warmth and a little more visibility. To counter this, Brooks has released the LSD Thermal Vest which is designed to bridge that time between cold and deep freeze.
Continue reading

Orange Mud HydraQuiver VP2

Gear Review: Orange Mud HydraQuiver Vest Pack 2

In this review, we are taking a look at The Orange Mud HydraQuiver VP2, which takes hydration back to its simplest form. Hydration hasn’t changed much over the last several years. Sure, bags have gotten better fitting and yes, small incremental changes have been made, but the status quo within hydration has remained ever present. It’s basically a bag for liquid and for lack of better terms, some sort of straw. Sure, we have bite valves and hand pumps and other gadgets many of which we have reviewed prior, but the most interesting thing with this review of the HydraQuiver VP2 is that the folks at The Orange Mud have chosen to deviate and go even simpler.

Continue reading

Hoka One One Clifton 2 Featured

Shoe Review: HOKA ONE ONE Clifton 2

Hokas have definitely become a favorite around the office with several of the team and when the chance to test out the new Clifton 2s arose, I jumped at the chance. I was a huge fan of the Challenger ATRs as you will note in our prior review, so I also seemed like the best candidate. For those of you that followed our triathlon feature, you will notice that the Clifton 2s also became the running shoe of choice for that final leg, so that’s probably a good indication of how this review is going to go.
Continue reading

Jabra X2 Bluetooth Headphones - Featured

Tech Review: Jaybird X2 Bluetooth Headphones

I have long struggled with bluetooth headphones and when the chance to review the new Jaybird X2s came up, I jumped at the chance. If you’re like me, then you probably have a pair of wired headphones that you keep set aside for running. At some point, more often than not, they end up in a tangled mess that you spend the first five minutes before your run untangling. They also tend to never be just right for working out. You probably tried over loops, in-ear, earbuds, and maybe even full-blown over-the-ear models. Given Jaybird‚Äôs history and the look of the X2s, I came in very hopeful that this would be the solution I have been looking for. I was not mistaken.
Continue reading

Vasque Pendulum II Review

Shoe Review: Vasque Pendulum II

For some reason as we move into the fall soon the winter months, we start talking a lot more about trail shoes. I think this is because historically trail shoes are designed for inclement weather whereas road shoes are inherently more vulnerable to the changes in climate. In this review, we are looking at a newcomer for us but in no way new to the trail market, Vasque. We are taking a look at their new Pendulum II trail shoe and before I start, I will admit to not being too familiar with any of the Vasque running line so I approach it with an open mind.
Continue reading