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First Look: 2018 Salomon S/Lab Ultra Review… aka S/Lab Sense Ultra 2 Review

2018 Salomon S/Lab Ultra (S/Lab Sense Ultra 2) Update 6/15/18: Ok, so I've gotten to spend some more time in the S/Lab Ultras and I have a few more thoughts. I had to make some modifications, but I think I'm going to be able to use them. Please see the end of this post to read the long-form version of this update.  Update 4/21/18: Road Trail Run just published their full official review. Read it in it's full glory HERE.  Update 3/14/18: Road Trail Run just published a piece written by Estelle-Marie Kieffer sharing her initial impressions of the 2018 S/Lab Ultra. She too isn't feeling the new design and had issues with comfort. Also, her impression was that V2 fits shorter and narrower than [...]

By | 2018-06-16T02:20:36+00:00 March 1st, 2018|First Look, Gear Review, Shoes|0 Comments

Review: 2018 Skechers GoRun 6

2018 Sketchers GoRun 6 Shoe Type: Road shoe - Neutral Trainer Weight: 6.7 oz Drop: 4mm Stack: 20 mm (Heel), 16 mm (Forefoot) MSRP: $100 Like many runners out there, there is a lot about Skechers producing performance running shoes that seems a bit off. Being an 80's baby, I remember Skechers as the skate shoe, goofy platform shoe company that became really obnoxious with the advent of the Shape-ups. But here I am, writing a review about a Skechers Performance running shoe, and I can tell you unequivocally, "I like this shoe!". Now there are certainly things that I think can improve. Its by no means my favorite shoe out there, but the GoRun 6 is a lightweight, comfortable, fast feeling shoe that is certainly on my [...]

By | 2018-02-12T05:40:38+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Gear Review, Shoes|0 Comments

Runners Of Vermont: Rachel Long

Runners Of Vermont is an ongoing series here at the VTRunCo where we get to meet and start to get to know some of the amazing people that call Vermont home and share our affinity for running. So, sit back and enjoy. The people profiled here are the main reason Vermont is such a great place to live and run. Also, if you know someone that lives and runs in Vermont who you think should be profiled here… Let us know. We’d love to be introduced and give them the opportunity to share their perspective on Vermont’s running scene.    Name: Rachel Long Occupation: Teacher Location: Stowe, VT    Website: www.roamingrootsblog.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rachel.long.737448 Instagram: @rachellong91 @Roaming_roots   How did you first get involved in running and [...]

By | 2018-02-01T04:35:09+00:00 February 1st, 2018|General Interest, Runners Of Vermont|0 Comments

2018 Salomon Snowcross Relays

This past weekend we spent Saturday afternoon helping the Catamount Ultra Events crew at the Salomon Snowcross Relays which were held on the beautiful trails of the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT. Snowcross is a unique combination of nordic skiing and trail running that's popular in Europe, but doesn't exist here in the U.S... Yet! Being a relatively new event format, we really weren't sure what to expect.  Now, the official title for the event is "Salomon Snowcross Relays", and you might assume that as a relay you'd be required to compete with a partner. But... You'd be wrong. Individuals were welcome to compete on their own, and a more appropriate title might be "Snowcross Duathlon" or just "Snowcross".  This particular event had [...]

By | 2018-01-14T06:09:18+00:00 January 14th, 2018|Events, Race Report|0 Comments

Runners Of Vermont: Phil LaCroix

Runners Of Vermont is an ongoing series here at the VTRunCo where we get to meet and start to get to know some of the amazing people that call Vermont home and share our affinity for running. So, sit back and enjoy. The people profiled here are the main reason Vermont is such a great place to live and run. Also, if you know someone that lives and runs in Vermont who you think should be profiled here… Let us know. We’d love to be introduced and give them the opportunity to share their perspective on Vermont’s running scene.    Today we're going to meet Phil LaCroix. Below you will learn a lot about Phil, but we wanted to take a minute to highlight a fundraising [...]

By | 2018-01-12T20:57:56+00:00 January 12th, 2018|General Interest, Runners Of Vermont|0 Comments

Winter Running: Keeping Your Hands Warm

Left To Right: CAMP Wind Mitten, BD Stance Gloves, BD Midweight Softshell Glove, BD Lightweight Softshell Glove Earlier this winter we covered layering strategies for winter running, but more recently we've been seeing quite a few questions about how to keep your hands warm when out running in frigid temps. A lot of the advice offered online has been relatively generic and because a phrase like "Heavy Mittens" means something different to someone living in Northern Minnesota than it does to someone living in Georgia we thought we'd share some specifics. Here in Vermont we've recently been spending a lot of time in single digit and negative temps so we've had plenty of opportunities to work on our systems.  Before we get [...]

By | 2018-01-06T21:08:32+00:00 January 6th, 2018|General Interest, Tips|0 Comments

Runners Of Vermont: Josh Ferenc

Runners Of Vermont is an ongoing series here at the VTRunCo where we get to meet and start to get to know some of the amazing people that call Vermont home and share our affinity for running. So, sit back and enjoy. The people profiled here are the main reason Vermont is such a great place to live and run. Also, if you know someone that lives and runs in Vermont who you think should be profiled here… Let us know. We’d love to be introduced and give them the opportunity to share their perspective on Vermont’s running scene.    Name: Josh Ferenc Occupation: Domination Instructor/Science Teacher at Bellow Falls Middle School/XC & Track Coach Current Residence: Athens, VT Hometown/Birthplace: Greenwich, CT   Website: Josh Ferenc: [...]

By | 2017-12-28T04:55:17+00:00 December 28th, 2017|General Interest, Runners Of Vermont|0 Comments

Winter Running: Traction Devices

  As a runner in Vermont winters can be a bit of a conundrum. On one hand it can be amazing as all of the sidewalks and bike paths turn into "trails", and the many technical mountain routes actually smooth out and become runnable once everything is coated in snow. On the other hand the weather goes through this constant roller coaster of temperatures and precipitation types and ice is something we are more than familiar with. This means that if you want to continue to enjoy running you either need to get familiar with the treadmill, or figure out a way to keep yourself rubber side down.  If you're like us and prefer your runs with a side of fresh air a little [...]

By | 2017-12-24T20:55:18+00:00 December 24th, 2017|General Interest, Tips|0 Comments

Runners Of Vermont: RJ Thompson

  Runners Of Vermont is an ongoing series here at the VTRunCo where we get to meet and start to get to know some of the amazing people that call Vermont home and share our affinity for running. So, sit back and enjoy. The people profiled here are the main reason Vermont is such a great place to live and run. Also, if you know someone that lives and runs in Vermont who you think should be profiled here… Let us know. We’d love to be introduced and give them the opportunity to share their perspective on Vermont’s running scene.     Name: RJ Thompson Occupation: Executive Director, Vermont Huts Association  |  Founder/Owner, Native Endurance Current Residence: Stowe, VT Hometown/Birthplace:  Phillipsburg, NJ Website: www.vermonthuts.org & www.nativeendurance.com Facebook: Vermont Huts Association and Native [...]

By | 2017-12-16T06:35:01+00:00 December 16th, 2017|General Interest, Runners Of Vermont|0 Comments

Winter Running: Layering Strategies

It's December here in the Northeast and very recently the cold weather finally settled in. When the temps dip it can be quite challenging to maintain the motivation required to get out for your run. Well, we're here to tell you that cold weather is nothing to be afraid of, and with a little planning and layering know-how you might actually discover you really enjoy running in the cold.  First let's cover some basics. In the context of this article "cold weather" refers to anytime the temperature drops below 40 degrees. Also, please keep in mind that everyone and every situation is unique and some experimentation is going to be necessary before your cold weather running system is completely dialed. Below are some general [...]

By | 2018-01-06T19:29:19+00:00 December 16th, 2017|General Interest, Tips|0 Comments
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