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Feature: Running in Japan with Brooks

Back in the day, I never really embraced the idea of running while I was traveling. I always took the approach that I would be walking all day and exercise would not be a problem, so why would I pack more equipment on top of it? Then several years ago I changed my perspective. The first trip I tried this on was a family trip to Ireland. I had run a couple times before another trips, but for this one I embraced it, in that I made running part of the trip itself. I chronicled my days, planned my routes, and I loved every minute of it. It allowed me to see the cities and sites from a new perspective early in the morning before the hustle and bustle of tourism and people began. There was this solitude that was so cleansing and while travel, in its essence, is supposed to be cathartic, it’s why we do it after all, but this added a whole new layer. I would run in places I probably would never see had I just been a tourist and this made the experience all the more valuable for me. I wasn’t concerned with my pace, my distance, or any of it. I just ran and enjoyed those moments.
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Altra Instinct Provision Featured

Side by Side Review: Altra Instinct 4.0 and Provision 3.0

In today’s wrap-up we are checking out two of the latest from Altra, the Provision 3.0 and the Instinct (for women called it’s the Intuition) 4.0. The reason we go head-to-head on these is because they are very similar runners both featuring moderate cushioning with the big difference around the level of support they provide. The Provision is definitely your stability shoe whereas the Instinct is your very neutral road runner, but the differences go much further than that.
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Newton FateII Featured

Running Shoe Review: Newton Fate II

Newton has always been one of those brands that I was always curious about. A lot of other reviewers and folks I know swear by them, but I have never had the chance to try them out. I have always loved the visual of the shoe and I also love the fact that it represents a company doing it their way. Newton has a very specific point of view on shoe design, so I was more than excited to check out the new Fate II.
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TrailShoes2016 Featured

Trail Running Shoe Showdown 2016: Racing

I am consistently asked what my favorite shoes are and my answer is always the same, it depends. What terrain are you on, distances are you covering, what’s your pace, any lower extremity conditions, etc. These are all the questions I ask and even then I can return a list of what might work for you, but from that point it’s up to you. I don’t believe in the perfect shoe, but I believe in the perfect shoe for the individual and for the condition. To that end, this article is all about trail shoes and more importantly, trail racing. There are times when a nicely cushioned full stack shoe is welcome on the trail especially at distance, but there are also times when you just want to blow down the trail at full speed.
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Mizuno Waverider20 Featured

Running Shoe Review: Mizuno Wave Rider 20

We have had quite a few Mizuno models roll through the office recently and I was probably most excited to check out the new Wave Rider 20. The Wave Rider is one of the oldest mainstays in the lineup, it has quite the loyal fanbase. I was coming in as newcomer to the model with my only experience being other Mizuno shoes I had tested prior like the Enigma or Catalyst. What drew me to it really was its consumer/recreation target featuring decently low weights, mid level cushioning, and of course… styling. Of course the big questions are all about fit and performance, but let’s dive into construction first.
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361 Voltar Featured

Running Shoe Review: 361° Voltar

I have heard people call them the Nike of China and you probably saw them during the Olympics, but weren’t sure what brand it was. I was in a very similar place and from the first time I tried on a shoe from 361°, I had no idea what to expect. In this review, we are taking a closer look at the Voltar, a neutral road runner that is designed to provide ample cushioning as well as breathability and some light support.
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