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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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Brooks Cascadia 10

Review: Brooks Cascadia 10

I love this quote from the Brooks marketing material because it really nails how I felt about the shoes, “Born and raised to run the trail, the Cascadia 10 loves to get down and dirty.” Its so much hype speak, but it really nails it yet it also touches on one of my sticking points. On most trails, these things just crush it and the why is really the most interesting part, they are elegant in their simplicity.
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Altra Lone Peak 2

Review: Altra Lone Peak 2

The Lone Peak 2.0 is really designed to be the trail shoe no one knew they needed. It feels like it was developed by folks that run trails every single day so it has all these insanely well thought out little features both aesthetically and functionally that make it stand out from the crowd. Plus, its an Altra so if you are already of a fan of Zero Drop and their wider toe boxes then definitely give these a try.
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Brooks Transcend 2

Review: Brooks Transcend 2

I am honestly not sure where to begin with the Transcend 2. On paper its just an update to the Transcend which did pretty well, but I’ll admit I didn’t love the look of the originals so I wasn’t sure what I was in for testing out the new iteration. Boy was I in for a pleasant surprise, these things knocked my socks off and while they may not be for everyone as I’ll mention more below, they definitely will find a spot in my arsenal.

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New Balance Fresh Foam Boracay

Review: New Balance Fresh Foam Boracay

The New Balance Fresh Foam Boracay is a much improved update to their current Fresh Foam 980 Road. Aesthetically, it hits on all the same notes as the 980 but with some new striking color ways that I think hit the mark really well. Other than style, technically the shoe has definitely been improved and updated in this new iteration and the changes should be welcome for most.
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Night running

The Joys of the Nighttime Runner

There is this window of time that exists between when the rest of the world has either shut themselves down or when they are still under the sandman’s watchful eye. In most parts of the world, the sun has set and the streets have quieted down, it is dark and the only illumination is probably the closest street light. Its nighttime for the rest of the world, but for some of us… its time to run.
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