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Favorite Trail Running Gear: 2018

By | 2018-05-13T15:02:29+00:00 May 13th, 2018|Gear Review|

As I write this it’s mud season here in Vermont. Despite the warm temperatures, our trails are still quite vulnerable as the ground thaws out and the melting snow at higher elevations creates a persistent state of sloppiness lower down. But, what better time is there to talk about trail running than while we’re all eagerly awaiting the reopening of our beloved trails! Also, please remember that gear recommendations only provide a starting point. One person can’t possibly speak for the masses, and as always comfort and fit trump everything else. Also, if you’re relatively new to trail running try not to get too caught up in gear specifics. Just get out there! Grab any old shirt you have laying around… clean or not. [...]

Review: 2017 Salomon Speedspike CS

By | 2018-03-15T04:21:42+00:00 March 15th, 2018|Gear Review, Shoes|

2017 Salomon Speed Spike CS Shoe Type: Studded Winter Trail Weight: 305g Drop: 6mm Stack: 24mm Heel, 18mm Forefoot MSRP: $170 Here in Vermont maintaining mileage throughout the winter months can be challenging. We're located such that we receive systems of brutally cold air that sweep down from Canada, and warm/wet systems that curl up from the Gulf. One day it might be -8°F with -30°F windchill, then flip to 61°F and raining, then immediately swing back to 4°F and sunny! Because of these extreme swings in temperature and the associated variable precipitation, our road surfaces and trails are constantly changing. From one run to the next you could encounter packed snow, then slush, followed by water ice. When I first started winter running I used whatever trail shoe [...]

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

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

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 [...]

Review: 2018 Skechers GoRun 6

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

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 [...]

First Look: 2018 Salomon S/Lab X-Alp Boot

By | 2017-12-24T04:02:26+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|First Look, Gear Review|

  UPDATE TWO: Alrighty, I finally feel like I can start to weigh in on how the X-Alp Boot ski. I've had them our on a variety of tours and skied them in a variety of snow conditions. For the most part they're great. They're surprisingly supportive and have performed quite well paired up with the Salomon X-Alp Ski in the 170 length. In touring mode I have never worn a more comfortable boot. These things really are like slippers. I've found that I prefer to keep all of the buckles closed when touring. It doesn't seem to hinder your mobility and it helps keep the boot from sliding around on my foot. As good as these boots are they do have limits. I [...]

Review: 2017 Salomon Sense Ride

By | 2017-11-20T22:01:16+00:00 October 1st, 2017|Gear Review, Shoes|

2017 Salomon Sense Ride Shoe Type: All-around Trail Weight: 275g Drop: 8mm Stack: 27mm Heel, 19mm Forefoot MSRP: $120 The Salomon Sense Ride is a new a new and exciting addition to Salomon's Sense lineup. It comes hot on the heals of the S-Lab Sense Ultra which has been one Salomon's most popular and well received shoes in some time. We reviewed it here and think it's one of our favorite trail running shoes of all time. So, how does that Sense Ride hold up? Does it really provide S-lab performance at quality at a lower more reasonable price? The Quick Version When we first learned about the Sense Ride we were super excited. It sounded like a great shoe with great features that [...]

Review: Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR

By | 2017-10-01T18:32:38+00:00 October 1st, 2017|Gear Review, Tech|

Today we are going to take a look at the newest GPS sports watch from Suunto, the Spartan Trainer Wrist HR. Now, there are plenty of other reviews out there, and if you really want to take a deep dive into all the different modes and options we'd recommend heading over to the DC Rainmaker Review of the Spartan Trainer. They go over every little thing in extreme detail including comparing GPS and HR accuracy against multiple other watches. Before picking up the Spartan Trainer I was using a Garmin Forerunner 220 with HR Strap. For the most part I was perfectly happy with the 220. It's battery easily lasted longer than my longest workouts, and it provided all of the stats I actually [...]

Review: 2017 Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra

By | 2018-03-20T03:30:21+00:00 October 1st, 2017|Gear Review|

2017 Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 2017 Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra Shoe Type: All-around Trail Weight: 275g Drop: 8mm Stack: 26mm Heel, 18mm Forefoot MSRP: $180 Before we get too far into this I just want to say that I'm not going to get into the nitty gritty details of this shoe, or babble on about how it compares to previous iterations or other models in the S-Lab lineup... Nope. I'm going to talk about what I like and don't like from the perspective of someone who's not a super competitive runner, but likes to get out on trails as much as possible and has run in a variety of shoes. If you want to read about all of that other stuff there [...]