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Jun
24
Scott Warr
Salomon S-Lab Ultra Sense
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If you want to look fast from the ankle down the Salomon S-Lab Ultra Sense is the shoe for you.

Salomon builds this shoe as a light weight (8.5oz),  minimalist  trail racer.  It seems as if Salomon understands the desire for trail runners to remain light on the feet with the requirement for adequate protection to survive the rocky technical terrain.

Pros:   Sexy, great lacing system, unique forefoot sense technology combined with protection at the perimeter of the shoe

Cons:  Narrow toe box (my opinion) not the cheapest shoe on the shelf

I have always liked the looks of the Salomon trail shoe and now I enjoy the run of the Salomon too.

Jun
4
james wilie
SAUCONY VIRRATA 2 SHOE REVIEW
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Wow! Super light (sub-7 oz) in a zero drop package with ample protection!

INITIAL IMPRESSIONS

The Saucony Virrata 2 fit true to size.  You will notice an update to the upper – a “breathable and quick-drying mono mesh upper.” I think it is a great upgrade from the first version (similar to the Kinavra 4 upper) – it feels more durable.

upper

Saucony also states an “internal booty that creates a sock-like fit and feel.” I would call it a shoe with a better than average gusseted tongue. The shoe fit just right and not too snug.

inside

You will notice a TPU heel wrap allowing a more secure fit.

heel

The outsole is a molded midsole with triangular shaped traction with blown rubber in the heel and toe areas.

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Overall, Saucony didn’t go too crazy with this update, keeping the Virratta close to the original and keeping a good thing.

See additional pictures below.

sides

top & bottom

ROAD (SOME TRAIL) TESTING

Nice and smooth on the road.  Again, super light even when wet.  I love them for my faster paced running sessions.  I loved the way they felt on my feet in a zero offset shoe.  I’m not sure how durable they will be in the long haul, but they are designed for the runner looking for a zero offset shoe in lightweight package.

I am impressed with the overall performance on the road/track.

NOTE: I did some trail running. All went well until you start running over gravel or small rock sections. The rocks get lodge in between the triangular lugs. Better stick to the roads or smooth surfaces.

Tech Specs

  • Stack: 18 mm
  • Offset: 0 mm
  • Gusseted tongue
  • Neutral  Shoe
  • No Rock Plate (Road Shoe)
  • Midsole – EVA
  • Upper – Synthetic
  • Made In – China
  • Women’ Version   

Weight Table

weight table

CONCLUSION

The Saucony Virrata 2 are for the runner looking to get into a zero drop shoe without sacrificing cushioning and protection. They are extremely lightweight and breathable.  For a sub-$100 shoe, you won’t be disappointed in their performance.

Jun
4
james wilie
ALTRA TORIN 1.5 SHOE REVIEW
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The Altra Torin 1.5 is classified as “high cushioning” in a neutral platform.

INITIAL IMPRESSIONS

The Torin 1.5 comes in at 10.9 oz (309 grams). The stack height is listed as 27 mm. I believe this includes the insole.  Running warehouse measures the stack height at 20 mm (without the insole).  As with Altra shoes, they recommend sizing up ½ size.  The 9 ½ size fit great out of the box with lots of room in the toebox.  My initial thought for a “high cushioned” shoe is that it would feel more soft.  I would say the Torin 1.5 is similar to the first version is stiffness – between a Hoka and Instinct.

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inside   insole

There is minimal treading, good enough on roads and needing some extra traction on the trails.

outsole

ROAD & TRAIL TESTING

The Torin 1.5 performed well on the roads – long, easy, faster/tempo.  I did not have any heel slippage.     When wet, they did feel heavy.  They have a thick upper that retains water.

On trails, they worked well on non-technical trails.  Watch out for the minimal outsole treading.

I still run in the Torin 1.5 and like what Altra has developed in this update.

Tech Specs

  • Stack: 27 mm
  • Offset: 0 mm
  • Non-gusseted tongue
  • Neutral  Shoe
  • No Rock Plate (well cushioned)
  • Midsole – EVA
  • Upper – Synthetic
  • Made In – China
  • Women’ Version    

Weight Table

weight table

CONCLUSION

The Altra Torin 1.5 are for runners looking for a zero drop shoe in a “high” cushioned form factor.  It is not too soft, but a right amount of stiffness for road and non-technical trails.  I highly recommend trying the Torin 1.5 on your next run – a great update from Altra.

 

Apr
2
Scott Warr
Bliz Eyewear – Pace
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Pace

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One of the most technically advanced designs ever created for smaller faces. Pace comes with a number accessories including; cool read case, extra lens, cleaning cloth and extra strap.  The bows actually snap off the frame allowing you to install the wide and functional elastic strap.  This is extremely handy if participate in water activity or traveling at the speed of sound down the side of a mountain on skis, bike or maybe riding bulls.

Lens quality – great.  You will not find these glasses at your discount store.  They are the real deal. I like.

Click here to find out more about the Bliz Eyewear – Pace

Apr
2
Scott Warr
Patagonia Tsali 3.0
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  • 10.4 oz
  • 10 mm drop
  • Suggested Retail: $110

Good

  • Fit well out of the box
  • Traditional shoe feel and look
  • Drains well after stream crossing
  • Snug in midfoot with good toe room
  • Good protection against technical trails

 

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Bad

  • A little stiff
  • Heal seams to move a little – but that is my weird shaped foot

Check out the Patagonia Tsali 3.0 HERE

Apr
2
Scott Warr
It’s Goo for your feet: FootKinetics RunGoo
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FootKinetics has developed what I may consider the best invention next to handheld water bottles.  They have a protective foot cream that claims to prevent blisters.

I’M GAME!

  • Contains a high percentige of specialty hard waxes that make the stuff lasts all day!
  • Unique dimpled applicator that helps massage the cream onto your foot
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  • Lasted the entire run, but wasn’t a mess to clean up on my socks
  • Available in 5.5 oz ($16.99) and 3 oz ($9.99)

I am looking forward to continued testing as my runs get longer throughout the summer.

Check out their full product offering too