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Brooks Ghost9GTX Featured

Shoe Review: Brooks Ghost 9 GTX

Lately, the morning runs have gotten a little tougher. As Fall rolls into the Pacific Northwest, mornings come in a little colder and wetter and every time you stomp through a puddle or feel the rain penetrate into your socks, you may find yourself shaking her head. Thankfully, most major shoe manufacturers offer weatherized versions of their most popular to help keep your feet dry and comfortable. In today’s installment, we take a look at the Brooks Ghost 9 GTX.
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Altra Torin 25 Featured

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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Mizuno Wave Enigma 6 Featured

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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Topo Ultrafly Featured

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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Hoka Clifton 3 Featured

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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Brooks Transcend 3 Featured

Shoe Review: Brooks Transcend 3

One of our more popular reviews from 2015 was for the Brooks Transcend 2 and people seemed really blown away by the shoe, both in terms of comfort and performance. The whole premise of the Transcend This year, i got a chance to take the female version of the Launch 3 for a spin to see how much it has changed and to see if its still as good as its predecessor.
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Compressport Featured

Apparel Review: Compressport Running

We were super excited to get a chance to check out some of the latest offerings from Compressport given it’s a new name to most in the US market, but they have some extremely deep roots in Europe and is a favorite among elite trail and distance runners. We are starting to see the brand pic wk up pace domestically and in most major races, you’ll find multiple runners in the top 50 sporting Compressport sleeves and other apparel. It’s a little different look and experience for most runners who have been taught to love the 2 to 3 inch shorts, tank tops, and the general less is more running style and instead harkens more to this space where aerodynamics and compression serve to enhance performance. We took some of their latest offerings for a run and wanted to share our thoughts.
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