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Salewa Ultra Train GTX Featured

Shoe Review: Salewa Ultra Train GTX

There is something about testing waterproof running shoes that I just love. I think it’s that whole will it actually keep my foot drive as I dunk it in water and take it out in the harshest conditions mentality. Pushing the shoes beyond its limits to see if I can if it will really live up to its hype is what I live for. There is also part of me that loves testing out a new brand and in this case we have the best of both worlds, the Salewa Ultra Train GTX. This is the first review we’ve done of a Salewa shoe on the site and we are excited to see what was in store for us. So off onto the muddy trails we go!
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New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 Featured

Shoe Review: New Balance Fresh Foam 1080

There are certain brands that stick out in your mind for various reasons, but when it comes to New Balance I always think back to college. I went to school in the suburbs of Boston and when you talk about running shoes with almost anyone in the northeast inevitably New Balance was one of the first brands they would mention it. It’s a lot like Nike in Portland or Brooks in Seattle where a company become so entrenched in its city that it becomes synonymous with the sport. New Balance is also known for its diverse lineup with a special focus on making shoes with a variety of width. In this installment, we got a chance to look at the Fresh Foam 1080.
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Brooks Seattle - Featured

Apparel Review: Brooks Seattle Shell and Tights

In our ongoing hunt for running apparel for winter, I wanted to talk about Brooks and their Seattle line. When I first got a look at it and even when I saw the name I thought immediately, someone has finally built apparel specifically for road running in the Pacific Northwest. Turns out I was right and the Seattle Shell and Tights are really about staying dry and keeping you warm in our crazy northwest weather.
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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.
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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.

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Altra Provision 2.0 Featured

Shoe Review: Altra Provision 2.0

There are very few innovators in the running shoe market and by that I mean companies that are truly changing the way we we think about running shoe design. Most improvements that come to market are more aesthetic in nature and only result in small performance increases. Altra, on the other hand, is one of those companies that has built its foundation on changing the way people run. Their goal is to help people run better; more efficiently, more effectively, and to also reduce their chance of injury. The Provision 2.0 is one of their newer models targeted for runners looking for additional stability. It features all the Altra trademark designs including an ultra wide toe box and Zero Drop™ technology, all the while providing a high level of cushion and a comfortable fit. Let’s put it through its paces.
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Salomon S-Lab X-Series

Shoe Review: Salomon S-LAB X-SERIES

First off I’ll kick this off by saying I’ve run in various pairs of Salomon trail shoes throughout the years so I’m pretty familiar with their features and design. Their quality has always been very high and their customer support and warrantee replacement program has always been top notch. So when the new S-Lab X-Series came across my desk and I was pretty pumped to see all that trail experienced packed into a road shoe. This shoe makes it clear they are prepared to make a real play in the road market and when they decided to base it off the Sense trail runner, they gave themselves a really good starting point.
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