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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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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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Salewa Ultra Train GTX Featured

Shoe Review: Salewa Ultra Train GTX

There is something about testing waterproof running shoes that I just love. I think it’s that whole will it actually keep my foot drive as I dunk it in water and take it out in the harshest conditions mentality. Pushing the shoes beyond its limits to see if I can if it will really live up to its hype is what I live for. There is also part of me that loves testing out a new brand and in this case we have the best of both worlds, the Salewa Ultra Train GTX. This is the first review we’ve done of a Salewa shoe on the site and we are excited to see what was in store for us. So off onto the muddy trails we go!
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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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Hoka One One Chalenger ATR 3 Featured

Shoe Review: HOKA ONE ONE Challenger ATR 3

There are those shoes in your lineup that you develop an affinity for. It’s not about the brand, but it’s about the fit and the feel and the utility. There’s just something right about that one pair that makes your hand move in that direction when you reach into your closet. For me that shoe has been the HOKA ONE ONE Challenger ATR since it was first released. The Challenger ATR 2 came out and it was okay, but some of the updates they made especially around the narrowing of the toebox turned my head in other directions. With the release of the ATR 3, I was excited to see if the magic had returned and I was not disappointed with the results.
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