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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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Running Japan Featured

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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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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