Shoe Review: Zoot Solana ACR

Our team wasn't sure what to expect when we started trying out the Zoot Solana ACRs, but we were eager to take them for a spin. Zoot is well-known in the world of triathletes, but tends to shy away from the straight running market. However, after putting these through their paces, I can tell you the Solanas can hang withe the best the running world has to offer. While they may ...

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Tech Review: Mio ALPHA 2 Heart Rate Sport Watch

The Mio Alpha 2 Sport Watch was released earlier this year and our team had a chance to put it through its paces. Mio has long been known for its wrist based ANT and Bluetooth compatible heart rate monitors, but they have never really been a player in the Sport Watch market. In the past they have always been just an accessory, but this model is their attempt to change ...

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Review: Balega Socks – Ultra Light and Enduro

Our team had a chance to test out some of the sock latest releases from Balega including the new Ultra Light No Shows and their Enduro models. Balega, the Zulu word for "to move with speed", is based in is committed to designing products of technical excellence and their development team is composed of racers of all sorts, ultra marathoner to everyday runners. We had our male and female reviewers take ...

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An Interview with Brandon Schoessler of Sportland Tea Company

We had a chance to chat with Brandon Schoessler, the Founder and CEO of  Sportland Tea Company, the makers of The Runner's Tea and a fiercely proud-to-be-Oregon-based business. Sportland Tea Company is composed of 5 partners, all from different backgrounds, but all unified in the idea that a cup of tea can change your life. Welcome Brandon, first off can you tell us a little about the company and the product? We make Runner's Tea, which is ...

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Food & Drink Review: The Runner’s Tea

The energy drink market may seem like a really challenging market to get into, but this is exactly what Portland based Sportland Tea Company is trying to do with The Runner's Tea. We had a chance to sample their line and it is clear they are onto something entirely different. Something that appeals to not only everyday runners, but endurance athletes as well. THE PRODUCT LINE Sportland currently offers a Citrus Mint, ...

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Shoe Review: Saucony Xodus 5.0 GTX

Monsters. That one word sums up our view of the Saucony Xodus 5.0 GTX. They are rugged, waterproof, and they have traction... boy, do they have traction. These bad boys will find a home on most trails and they have been designed to suit every complaint every trail runner ever had. In fact, it's like they were modeled with the Pacific Northwest winter and spring seasons in mind. THE DESIGN OF THE ...

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Review: Brooks Men’s PureProject Long Sleeve Henley

Normally I don't get especially passionate about running tops, so it takes something really interesting to catch my eye. In this case, Brooks has something really exciting and the PureProject line in general represents some very new thinking for them and for most running companies. It's not flashy, has really clean lines, and dare I say it... a little stylish. First off, lets talk about the PureProject in general. It's clearly ...

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Review: Wahoo TICKR Bluetooth and ANT Heart Rate Monitor

Wahoo Fitness is probably best known in the cycling community given their development of Bluetooth powered high quality, but cost-effective bike computers and trainers. The TICKR really rounds out the offering and lets them become a stronger contender in the Running and Fitness categories as well. WHAT IS THE TICKR? The TICKR is a dual band heart rate monitor that connects to most smartphones via Bluetooth and can additionally connect to Wahoo's Fitness ...

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Tech Review: Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp

We were searching for a headlamp that would allow us to run more in the evenings and after doing some research our review team decided to try out the Black Diamond Sprinter. It came highly recommended especially for distance runners, but our target was a headlamp with decently high lumens and also something rechargeable. We of course also wanted something that could handle the weather. I spent a few months ...

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Review: Brooks Cascadia 10

I love this quote from the Brooks marketing material because it really nails how I felt about the shoes, "Born and raised to run the trail, the Cascadia 10 loves to get down and dirty." Its so much hype speak, but it really nails it yet it also touches on one of my sticking points. On most trails, these things just crush it and the why is really the most interesting part, ...

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