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Taking a look at apparel from Vuori Clothing

Alright, it’s time to talk apparel and in this case specifically about an apparel brand that many of us in the Pacific Northwest haven’t heard too much about, I’m talking about Vuori. I stumbled across this brand on a recent family vacation down to the Encinitas area, just north of San Diego, this past summer and definitely wanted to expose them to our readers.
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Shoe Review: Altra Torin 2.5

I spent the last month plus getting in a fair number of miles on the new Altra Torin 2.5 and I am back to report in my findings. Altra to me really represents one of those brands that eschews the traditional running shoe stereotype in terms of what you “ think” a running shoe looks like, all in an effort to remain more committed to technique and runners themselves. The new Torin 2.5 represents an update to what is one of their mainstay made high cushion neutral running shoes and I was excited to test it out and even more excited to report back.
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Gear Review: Nathan Hydration Packs and VaporAir

Nathan has an incredible lineup of hydration packs and I feel sometimes like they fall off the radar when it comes to high end gear as they’re very consumer-centric. This sometimes makes people think they don’t make high-end gear and this is totally false. In actuality the majority of the packs they have this year are some of the best we’ve seen anywhere. Additionally, their lineup is so broad that they hit the hydration market across multiple categories. On the higher end, they offer numerous choices for backpack hydration for longer runs. On the mid-level, they offer two multiple styled hydration belts, and then of course they have a plethora of single bottle options as well. In this article, we will touch on a few of these with a particular focus on the high-end.
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Shoe Review: Mizuno Wave Enigma 6

I’ll admit Mizuno was always one of those interesting brands for me. I’ve never run in their shoes before, but obviously very familiar with the lineup and their large diversified portfolio. They seem to be a brand that have significant following in the running world and those who use their shoes are typically passionate, but for some reason it’s not a brand, at least in North America, that people instantly identify with as a true running brand. I got a chance to take a couple of their shoes for a run, the first being the Wave Enigma 6.
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Shoe Review: Topo Ultrafly

Topo Athletic remains one of those brands where you really have to be in the know to be looking for them. Their following is passionate, the pros that use them love them and if social is any indicator, then it’s pretty clear the fan base is growing. We have looked at the Tunventure and Runduro in the past, but now we take on the new Ultrafly.
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Tech Review: TomTom Spark Cardio + Music

For the last 30 plus days, I exchanged all other running watches in favor of the TomTom Spark Cardio + Music. This is the latest TomTom GPS watch designed for active folks and runners alike, but it’s also designed to be a lot more than that. In this review, I’ll run through some of the pluses and minuses about the Spark and hopefully give you a better I’ll picture of the device and whether it’s right for you.
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Shoe Review: Hoka One One Clifton 3

Marshmallow, marshmallow… Okay so maybe you’ve seen the ads and maybe you haven’t, but Hoka is taking a whole new direction with the marketing campaign for the new Clifton 3. I’ve always been a fan of Hoka overall, but the development of a new ad spot and their commitment to producing maximum cushioned shoes shows how well they are performing within the running industry overall. It also shows the public’s willingness to look at alternative brands instead of traditional shoe manufacturers. This is a great thing, but I honestly don’t love the marshmallow thing. Here’s why.
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