Newton Fate 5 2

Shoe Review: Newton Fate 5

We are always excited to be checking out another shoe from Newton, so when their Fate 5 hit the market we were stoked to bring it in for testing. Newton is one of those brands that just pulls in a hyper enthusiastic following, and yet always maintains a decent stock of naysayers, but this model may swing folks once and for all. Newton has chosen to always do things a ...

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Topo Athletic MTN Racer 3

Shoe Review: Topo Athletic MTN Racer

Topo Athletic has gone all in this last year in terms of refining and broadening their line to ensure they have representation across multiple aspects of road and trail running. Never is this truer than with the release of the latest in their trail arsenal, the MTN Racer. This is their latest and most dynamic trail runner and while it features a number of elements that their other trail show, ...

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Hoka One One EVO Mafate 2 2

Shoe Review: Hoka One One EVO Mafate 2

When it comes to trail shoes, Hoka has had a couple of top choices, the Challenger ATR and the Speedgoat, but when the EVO Mafate 2 was released we wondered how it might fit. After putting it through its paces, it is clear it is basically the answer to what would the Rincon look like as a trail shoe. They come in under 9 ounces, feature a reinforced upper, sport ...

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Topo Athletic MT 3 Mens 1

Shoe Review: Topo Athletic MT-3

Topo Athletics updates there MT trail line up with the new MT-3. This is really your everyday trail runner that sits at a comfortable spot in the lineup against their Terraventure and new MTN Racer models. It is not a highly technical shoe by any means, but as a shoe you can just throw on and drop into any trail it is pretty successful. We gave it the his and ...

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Altra Paradigm 45 2

Shoe Review: Altra Paradigm 4.5

The Paradigm 4.0 from Altra was one of our favorite shoes in a long time, so we were very excited about the release of the 4.5 as to what might’ve changed. To be honest, we were entirely underwhelmed and not because the 4.5 isn’t solid, more because it’s essentially the exact same shoe. Sure, very minor modifications have been made, but overall it’s almost identical even visually to its predecessor. Construction: ...

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Hoka One One Clifton 6 1

Shoe Review: Hoka One One Clifton 6

Every time Hoka launches a new version of the Clifton, they are met with a divisive response. I think in some ways this is a good thing because it means that Clifton as a platform is important to the fans of Hoka. It’s a little disingenuous of the community because inevitably these shoes need to evolve and need to move forward and the Clifton 6 is a prime example of ...

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Topo Athletic Phantom 3

Shoe Review: Topo Athletic Phantom

Topo Athletics has consistently maintained a solid lineup across the road and trail running ecosystem, but they have always lacked in one model... a high cushion road runner. The Phantom is here to fix that and finally brings something for those customers looking for a higher stack height, a bit more cushion as well as a bit more foot security. We think it is something they have missed all along ...

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New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Pursuit 2

Shoe Review: New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Pursuit

Something new from New Balance rolled in and it looks like a lot like their Zante V4 just with a bit of a haircut, it's the Fresh Foam Zante Pursuit. This thinned out road shoe is all about performance and this is true as you look across the entire shoe from top to bottom. The real question we had was where does this live in the line-up. As it turns ...

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361 Meraki 2 Mens 2

Shoe Review: 361 Meraki 2

361 remains relatively unknown in the US market, but this Chinese behemoth continues to try and penetrate the market nonetheless. Their shoes compete head to head with almost every other brand out there offering models across the entire ecosystem. We have checked out other models before, but we were definitely interested in checking out the new Meraki 2... one of their flagship road shoes for the everyday runner. Construction: Upper The upper ...

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New Balance 1080v9 2

Shoe Review: New Balance 1080v9

Let's talk a little bit about the 1089v9 from New Balance. It's a really interesting dichotomy and change for New Balance and we can lead right off by saying we have some mixed feelings about it. It is better than past editions without question and the lighter weight is warranted, but there's a lot happening in the shoe so we put it through its paces to get some thoughts. Construction: Upper The ...

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