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Shoe Review: Salomon Speedcross Pro

If you are a fan of trail running and haven’t been living in a cave, then you have probably seen some of the just insane videos Salomon has been putting out featuring some of their top runners and their youth team. Feeling a little inspired by this, we got a chance to take one of their highest end trail runners, the Speedcross Pro, out for a spin. We hammered them through dirt, mud, and snow and are here to report back.
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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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Gear Review: Addaday Type S Calf Stretcher

When it comes to running, it goes without saying that from your hips to your toes, your legs need to be in the best possible condition to keep you moving forward. Now that may seem like Running 101, but you’d be surprised at how many people fail to adequately strengthen and stretch the various muscles in their legs. More often than not; calf, achilles, knee, and even hip injuries are the byproduct of the lack of flexibility and strength in the surrounding muscles. In today’s review, we are taking a look at the Type S Calf Stretcher from Addaday, maker of some great preventive and rehabilitation products.
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Tech Review: Monster iSport SuperSlim Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

I think my new fascination might be with headphones and in particular, wireless headphones. I’ve had too many mishaps with wires while running on the road and trail or even on my bike, all ending in disastrous results. In this edition, I got a chance to take a look at the iSport SuperSlim Bluetooth headphones from Monster, a company that was previously more known for its cables, but who has since moved into the larger audio game and has been turning out some pretty solid products. To get a closer look, I tested these out on the road, trail, bike, and even in the gym.
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Shoe Review: Brooks Ghost 8 GTX

In this review, we turn our attention to one of the long-standing leaders in running, Brooks. In our effort to continually run in our ever challenging Pacific Northwest weather, we are reviewing the new Brooks Ghost 8 GTX. The goal, as it is with any all weather shoe, is to let you run as you would normally, but to keep the weather out. And when someone makes a claim that, then we are definitely going to put it through its paces.
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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.
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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’s 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.
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