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Jeremy Krall

HokaOneOne Clayton2 Featured

Shoe Review: Hoka One One Clayton 2

Alright, the Clayton is back and as much as we loved the first version of Hoka’s first real speed shoe, the Clayton 2 really takes it up a notch. When the Clayton first was released, it didn’t look like everything else in the Hoka lineup. It had a totally new visual design on the upper and was lighter, faster, and more responsive, but more than anything it rounded out their lineup by creating a whole new speed category. 2017 brings us the Clayton 2 and Hoka didn’t reinvent the wheel, but they did make significant improvements to tie this shoe more closely to the overall lineup from a visual perspective while addressing some of the concerns we had on the functional side.
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Altra KingMT Featured

Shoe Review: Altra King MT

We’ve got something really different in today’s review, the new Altra King MT. Visually it’s got something total different going on, that much is clear, so why the strap, how does it feel, do you need it, and honestly, what is this shoe designed for even? Also, the strap is one thing, but lugs on this shoe are like nothing Altra has gone with prior. We jump into all that and more in this review, so let’s dive in.
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ColumbiaMontrail CaldoradoII Featured

Shoe Review: Columbia Montrail Caldorado II

​We mentioned this over in our Columbia Montrail apparel review, but it’s worth repeating as many are doubting this. They are seeing this as Columbia taking over Montrail but keep in mind that they have owned Montrail for over 11 years. What we are seeing now is really them stepping out together and mixing technology typically reserved for Columbia products into Montrail gear. They have been doing this under the hood, but by adding the Columbia brand name to it as well, then distribution potential increases dramatically.
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Skechers GomebRazor Featured

Shoe Review: Skechers GOmeb Razor

​Okay, before you continue reading this review let’s check those Skechers related reservations at the door. We’ve just finished our second season looking at the Skechers Performance line and as you will see with the GOmeb Razor and the GOrun 5, you need to check them out. People see the brand name and immediately think discount or something their parent or grandparent might wear, but they should instead see names like Meb Keflezighi and Kara Goucher who left other manufacturers and really helped create this Performance lineup. I’m going to get off my soapbox now, so let’s move into our review of the GOmeb Razor.
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ColumbiaMontrail SpringRunningApparel Featured

Apparel Review: Columbia Montrail Running Lineup

​Most people aren’t aware that Montrail has been part of Columbia for the last 11 years, but this year is really the moment when they are stepping out hand in hand. The new branding now combines into Columbia and Montreal into a single lock-up which looks a lot like Columbia’s Titantium line, but clearly welcomes them into the family. The good news is, nothing has really changed except the logo.
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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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