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Zoot Solana 2 Featured

Shoe Review: Zoot Solana 2

About a year back, I remember running in the first Zoot Solana, which also happens to be the first Zoot shoe I have ever tried. I was training for a triathlon and experimenting with a lot of different shoe combinations, but even in the original review we did you’ll see that we found something very compelling from a company not always known for running shoes. The new version is out and we were curious, so we put it through its paces again.
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Hoka One One Clayton Featured

Shoe Review: Hoka One One Clayton

Today we wanted to chat about the Hoka One One Clayton, a shoe everyone has been curious about. This super light neutral road shoe came out late Spring and represents a very distinct design change for the company. Most Hoka fans will probably structurally see the shoe as a mix of the Huaka and the Clifton, just with updated graphics, but the similarities really end there. It looks like Hoka isn’t content to just sit back and rest on what they’ve built which is really good for runners.
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Brooks Launch 3 Featured

Shoe Review: Brooks Launch 3

I was pretty excited to check out the Brooks Launch 3, I was a huge fan of the Transcend and loved the idea of a lighter, sleeker shoe with tons of color options. What I found is a really solid shoe designed for recreational runners that gives you a ton of flexibility regardless of your run style. Turns out its definitely not a super light speedwork shoe which is okay and honestly, the styling speaks louder than the features because they give you so many choices.
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Saucony Ride 9 Featured

Shoe Review: Saucony Ride 9

I have run in all sorts of Saucony shoes now and more than anything, it’s clear that they offer a consistently diverse lineup that suit runners of all types. The Ride 9 is really a Saucony that is designed for the recreational runner, not a racer, and is meant to be supportive, comfortable, and durable. This really means it is non-aggressive, well proportioned, and not overly designed. Truly, it’s one of those shoes that hits dead on in that everyday consumer sweet spot.
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New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 Featured

Shoe Review: New Balance Fresh Foam 1080

There are certain brands that stick out in your mind for various reasons, but when it comes to New Balance I always think back to college. I went to school in the suburbs of Boston and when you talk about running shoes with almost anyone in the northeast inevitably New Balance was one of the first brands they would mention it. It’s a lot like Nike in Portland or Brooks in Seattle where a company become so entrenched in its city that it becomes synonymous with the sport. New Balance is also known for its diverse lineup with a special focus on making shoes with a variety of width. In this installment, we got a chance to look at the Fresh Foam 1080.
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Salomon S LAB Hybrid Jacket Featured

Apparel Review: Salomon S-LAB Hybrid Jacket

When it comes to trail running, a few key brands come to mind and Salomon really embodies the entire outdoors even outside of running. In today’s review, we take a look at one of their top performance pieces, the S-LAB Hybrid running jacket which turned out to be one of the most well-thought-out and probably one of the coolest jackets we’ve tried. It is made for performance and definitely targets the upper end of the market, but it’s so well made it’s really a solid choice for anyone.
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Altra StashJack Featured

Apparel Review and Interview: Altra StashJack and Brian Beckstead

In the world of running, there are really two kinds of companies. First, there are the giant manufacturers where everyone knows their name and they produce a solid diverse lineup of apparel, footwear, accessories and more, but then there’s also the niche market. These are the guys who focus on innovation at a non-mass-market level and while the hope is of course to one day be competitive with the larger manufacturers, they don’t want to give up on the values that made them great. Altra Running is one of those companies and while we’ve talked about their shoes before, they have also gotten into the apparel game. We had a chance to sit down and do a quick Q&A with Altra co-founder and StashJack designer, Brian Beckstead, but before we get in that we wanted to give you our thoughts after using it on the trail so first off, a quick review.
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