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Feb
8
james wilie
MAMMUT MTR 201 PRO LOW SHOE REVIEW
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The Mammut MTR 201 Pro Low fit true to size.  You will notice that it has new lower lugs with a “sticky” rubber outsole (Gripex Sonar II).

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It has a secure fit due to the “anchors” – lacing is built into the shoe.

lace anchors

I like the speed lace system with the lace garage to store the extra lacing.  The tongue is not gusseted, but there is a mesh material under the lacing to keep debris out.

lacing

The upper is built to last (abrasion-resistant 3-D polyamide fabric) with liquid rubber protection on the toes.  The Strobel midsole functions as a rock plate and runs the entire length of the shoe. This sturdy package comes in at approximately 11.8 oz with a 9 mm offset.

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TRAIL TEST

The MTR 201 Pro Low performed very well on all types of trail terrain.  The speed lacing locks in well.  It is a solid shoe on all types of terrain especially on the rockier sections.  The shoe drained well after river crossings.

It is definitely a shoe built for the longer distances. The traction is aggressive enough to bite into terrain without much effort.  Overall,  the MRT 201 Pro Low is a great performer on the trails.

TECH SPECS

  • Weight – 11.80 oz (335 g) (Size 9)
  • Heel: 17 mm
  • Midfoot: 8 mm
  • Offset: 9 mm
  • Non-gusseted tongue (but has a piece of sewn material across tongue)
  • Neutral  Shoe
  • Rock Plate
  • Midsole – EVA
  • Upper – Synthetic
  • Made In – China
  • Women’ Version

Weight Table

weight table

CONCLUSION

The Mammut MTR 201 Pro Low trail shoe is durable and stable in all types of terrain. It is designed for the longer hauls. I love the aggressive outsole with its “sticky” features.  The MTR 201 Pro Low is designed for runners going the longer distances in a durable package.

 

Feb
7
Scott Warr
Plantar Fascitiis tape job
Blister & Foot Care, Community News, recovery
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IF you are have Plantar Fascitiis pain – I have had AMAZING results with this technique

PF

 

Jan
25
james wilie
ICEBREAKER DRIVE LS HALF ZIP REVIEW
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INITIAL IMPRESSIONS

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The Icebreaker Drive is very comfortable right out of its packaging (no itching experienced).  It comes in at 9.35 oz. The sizing is a regular fit with a half zippered front for great temperature regulation. There is plenty of coverage on the neck to keep the cold out. There are eyelet panels to provide great venting (along the sides and underneath the arms).  There is a small chest pocket (with headphone port) – can also hold 2 to 3 GU gels.  The most important new feature is the nanotechnology used in Drive. Besides the great benefits of wool (see Wool 101), Icebreaker’s nanotechnology contains tiny nano particles which attach themselves to the merino fiber, leaving pockets of air to maintain breathability and prevent overheating. The nano particles have a ridged surface that reduces the contact area, allowing water, oil and mud to simply run off. [1]

REVIEW

The Drive performed well in cold conditions.  When the wind kicked up, I put a thin shell over the Drive, and it kept me nice and toasty.  After the initial washing, I gave it the 100 mile test, that is, no washing whatsoever.  After each run, I just hung it up to dry and wore it on my next run.  As expected from the awesome properties of wool, there was no odor – well none that I could smell – so I asked members of my family (of course without full disclosure). The verdict was – no odor smell.

Also, the “nanotechnology” used in the Drive really works to shed light precipitation.  The water just beeped up on the surface and rolled off. Very nice!

Overall, the Drive is a nice piece of outdoor apparel updated with “technology”, and it looks great around town.

Tech Specs

  • Half Zip
  • Number of Pockets: 1 zippered (Chest)
  • Fabric: 96% merino wool, 4% elastane
  • Fit: Regular
  • Thickness: 200 lightweight
  • Thumb holes
  • Weight: 9.35 oz (265 g) (Men’s Small)

CONCLUSION

The Icebreaker Drive  is a great piece of winter running apparel that should last a very long time in your gear closet.  I love the fit, style, warmth, and the addition of nanotechnology (for water repellency) of the Drive.  You will not be disappointed.

[1] The nanotechnology is accredited by bluesign®, an independent global standard for low-pollutant textiles, environmentally-friendly production and responsible management of resources.  

Jan
23
james wilie
NEWTON RUNNING ENERGY SHOE REVIEW
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You will notice something very different about the Newton Running Energy shoe.  It is the second shoe in the Newton Running line-up that has five lugs versus the traditional four lugs.  See picture below.

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You will also notice the five lugs are less pronounced and extend to the margins of the outsole.  This creates a more stable mediolateral feel versus the four lugs in the other Newton shoes.

The Energy comes in at around 9 oz.  For me, they fit true to size. Others have made comments that they needed to size down ½ size.  The size 9 (my normal size) fit perfectly for me.

The Newton Energy felt great out of the box.  They are definitely more cushioned that the traditional Newton shoes.  The upper construction is a mesh material with the great cushioning around the ankles and heel. From my perspective, the upper on the Energy are more durable than the upper on the Gravitas (but the Gravitas is 1 oz lighter).

I like the pricing of the Energy ($119) which is more in-line with other shoe prices.

left & right views

top & bottom views

front & back views

side views

inside view

ROAD TEST

The Energy performed well on the roads and non-technical trails.  I have put over 400 miles on them.  The have the normal wear and tear on the outsole and have stood up to many different running sessions – easy, long, tempo, etc.  They drain well when wet.

I also removed the original insoles and replaced them with thinner insoles to provide a less cushioning feel. The shoes felt more like a 4mm drop (unofficial measurement) versus the 6mm drop as advertised. The midsole has sufficient cushioning for the occasional heel striker. Overall, the Energy is a solid shoe from Newton.

TECH SPECS

  • Weight – 9.10 oz (258 g) (Size 9)
  • Offset: 6mm (can change by replacing insole)
  • Non-gusseted tongue
  • Neutral  Shoe
  • No Rock Plate (Road Shoe)
  • Midsole – EVA
  • Upper – Synthetic
  • Made In – Indonesia
  • Women’ Version 

Weight Table

weight table

CONCLUSION

The Newton Energy is designed for the midfoot striker to light heel striker who is looking for a well cushioned shoe in a 6mm drop range. For those runners thinking about trying a pair of Newtons, I would recommend the Energy for its comfort, durability and price point.

Jan
23
Scott Warr
Recofit Calf Compression Sleeves
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Listen to our review of the Recofit Calf Compression Sleeves

The Recofit Calf Compression Sleeves are one of the many products available at this Boulder-based business.

Retail: $45

Jan
22
Scott Warr
New Balance Minimus HI-REZ minimalist shoe
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The New Balance Minimus HI-REZ is the closest thing to barefoot running that I have worn. It is a mere 3.7 oz, zero drop shoe with great flexibility and ground feel. Retail: $120

Listen to the New Balance Minimus HI-REZ shoe review.