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Jeremy Krall

Altra Escalante Featured

Shoe Review: Altra Escalante

There is a growing movement in the running shoe industry and we are seeing more and more manufacturers jump on board, the trend is knit based uppers. Today we are talking specifically about the Altra Escalante. This is their first foray into the area and they have gone extreme with it, where others are still including overlays and structural elements to the upper in addition, this thing is 100% engineered knit. I had some real concerns at first, but man they turned out to be a lot of fun.
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Topo Terraventure Featured

Shoe Review: Topo Athletic Terraventure

Oh boy, one of our favorites is back, it’s Topo Athletic and their new Terraventure, their most rugged trail runner. Topo Athletic is one of those periphery running brands with an increasing following that maintains its distinctive vision of creating a solid running platform without compromise. We loved the Ultrafly and the Runventure in our prior reviews, so let’s see how the Terraventure stacks up.
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Hoka One One Chalenger ATR 3 Featured

Shoe Review: HOKA ONE ONE Challenger ATR 3

There are those shoes in your lineup that you develop an affinity for. It’s not about the brand, but it’s about the fit and the feel and the utility. There’s just something right about that one pair that makes your hand move in that direction when you reach into your closet. For me that shoe has been the HOKA ONE ONE Challenger ATR since it was first released. The Challenger ATR 2 came out and it was okay, but some of the updates they made especially around the narrowing of the toebox turned my head in other directions. With the release of the ATR 3, I was excited to see if the magic had returned and I was not disappointed with the results.
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Brooks Launch 4 Featured

Shoe Review: Brooks Launch 4

Flagship shoes are those models that every big manufacturer has gotten behind for years. The model numbers in some cases range up into the teens as they have released so many versions of it and Brooks is a great example of this. Most folks that know the brand have seen the names Glycerin, Adrenaline, Ghost, etc for quite a while. A few years ago however, they added something new to the lineup which has become a staple model in their neutral road shoe lineup. I am talking of course about the Launch. I am not sure any other shoe from Brooks gets as much press when a new model releases and this years of launch of the 4 has been no different.
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Saucony Triumphy ISO 3 Featured

Shoe Review: Saucony Triumph ISO 3

It’s a new year and with that brings all new models of your favorite shoes. In this round, we take a look at the latest in neutral road maximum cushioning from Saucony in the form of the Triumph ISO 3. We reviewed this model in the past and have always been happy with the progression, so let’s see how the 3 stacks up.
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Hoka One One Hupana Featured

Shoe Review: HOKA ONE ONE Hupana

There’s definitely been a trend over the last half of 2016 and now into 2017 where manufacturers are designing shoes that are made with lifestyle in mind. By this, I mean shoes you can wear to work or to run or even a little of both and they still look good and function well in both environments. In this review, we take a look at HOKA’s first foray into that area, the highly requested HOKA Hupana. I’ve always been more of a “different shoe for different occasions” type of person, but in this review I’m strictly looking at the Hupana as a runner and you can decide for yourself if you think its a great everyday shoe.
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Saucony Freedom ISO Featured

Shoe Review: Saucony Freedom ISO

Alright, we were really pumped about this next one because this shoe represents an almost fundamental shift for a company that has long produced shoes that follow a fairly specific model. That company being Saucony and the shoe in question is the Freedom ISO and it’s definitely a first of its kind. Now don’t be scared, this doesn’t mean Saucony won’t keep producing a very broad shoe lineup, but instead have accented their lineup with something entirely new for them. It uses many Saucony technologies that you’re familiar with, but it’s kind of a different beast from anything we’ve tried before. It’s like they took the shoes normally designed for racing like Kinvara and merged it with their recreational runners like the Triumph. We don’t want to spoil the rest, so off we go.
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