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Brooks Cascadia 9 Shoe Review

How many versions can a shoe go through and still maintain their success? Runner’s World has selected the Cascadia 9 as their Editor’s Choice for the Spring 2014 trail shoe guide. For you Cascadia lovers, Version 9 did not stray too far from last...

SAUCONY VIRRATA 2 SHOE REVIEW

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...

ALTRA TORIN 1.5 SHOE REVIEW

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...

ALTRA OLYMPUS SHOE REVIEW

The Altra Olympus is another entrant into the 2014 “maximal” shoes, that is, lots of cushioning with a minimal offset (for Altra shoes, it is a zero offset).  Altra trail running shoes are categorized by Maximum cushioning (Olympus); Moderate...

PATAGONIA APPAREL REVIEW

Great trail running apparel coming from Patagonia.  Let’s take a look at the following trail options from Patagonia. Nine Trails Jacket The Nine Trails Jacket is extremely light coming in at 4.10 oz (116 g).  The shell is treated with DWR and repels...

NEW BALANCE 980 FRESH FOAM SHOE REVIEW

If you have been searching the web and social media, 2014 is the trend for “maximal” shoes.  Although this category of shoes doesn’t have an official definition, but you can see that it is taking the learnings of the minimal trend (zero to low...

ASICS GEL FUJI TRAINER 3

The Asics Gel Fuji Trainer 3 comes in at sub-10 oz (~9.70 oz).  The offset is at 8mm (10/18mm).  I would have preferred an offset at 4mm to 6mm. Out of the box, it fit true to size.  Unlike the complaint of the Trainer 2 not having eyelets but...

MAMMUT MTR 201 PRO LOW SHOE REVIEW

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). It has a secure fit due to the “anchors” – lacing is built into the shoe. I like the speed lace system with...

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