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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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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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Apparel Review: Saucony Evolution Sportop

A couple months back we had a chance to review several of Saucony’s RunWarm and RunDry pieces and they definitely leaned toward the late winter weather, but today we wanted to show off their Evolution Sportop. It has definitely been designed for these early spring mornings in hopes to provide you with a nice thin layer of warmth coupled with their RunDry technology. This quarter-zip style is a staple in most runners outfit as it can be easily layered with a short sleeve or long sleeve running shirt in order to provide you just that extra layer of protection. We’ll dive in a little more into the features Saucony has included to set themselves apart.
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Shoe Review: Saucony Triumph ISO 2

We were big fans of the first version of the Triumph ISO released last year, so we approached the ISO 2 review with eager anticipation. The first version was a new addition to the Saucony lineup in that it provided a higher level of cushioning then the majority of shoes they offer. We found that this added cushioning was welcome for most mid-level or even recreational runners, but the shoes still remained quite fast, almost uncontrollably so. The good news is it appears the ISO 2 may have changed all that.
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