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Xero Shoes Ipari Hana Review

Oct 18, 2016 | One Comment

Wow, it’s hard to believe it’s been almost four years to the day since I last reviewed a minimalist shoe. Well, it’s not that hard to believe considering I more or less stopped running and live in a climate that allows flip-flops to be worn 365 days per year. Anyway, Steven Sashen of Xero Shoes recently reached out to me about reviewing their new closed-toe shoe – the Hana. Since I’ve been looking to upgrade my wardrobe […]

Book Review: “Got to Live” by Jay Danek

Nov 8, 2013 | No Comments

Many months ago, Jay sent me a copy of his ultraruning book “Got to Live.” Given that I more or less stopped running, I never quite got around to writing the review. Honestly, I had forgotten about it until I started the tentative planning for a benji [my new favorite term for hundred milers] next year.

Anyway, Jay’s book was released at a great time. There aren’t too many ultra books on the market, and the […]

The Summit Seeker Review

May 9, 2013 | One Comment

Why do we do the things we do?

This universal question is always at the forefront of my curiosity about others. Why do we make the decisions we make? What is the fuel that motivates us? I love seeking these answers n others because it helps understand my own self.

Runners are even more fascinating. Why do we run? In the case of ultrarunners, this question becomes even more pertinent. What drives us to run for […]

Merrell M-Connect Review: The Road Glove 2

Feb 8, 2013 | 2 Comments

The Road Glove II is the fourth shoe in Merrell’s M-Connect lineup I’ve reviewed. This shoe is an update for the original Road Glove (read that review here.)

Merrell’s idea behind the M-Connect lineup is to produce a line of shoes that meets the needs of as wide of an audience as possible while still maintaining the basic principles of minimalism. The result is an increase in specialization of specific models from one generation to the next. The […]

Merrell M-Connect Lineup- The Vapor Glove

Feb 6, 2013 | 43 Comments

Innovation in the shoe marketplace doesn’t happen very often. I’ve been reviewing minimalist shoes for somewhere around seven years. During those seven years, precious few shoes have stood out as being truly innovative game-changers.

The original Vibram KSO– it was the first minimalist shoe that actually fit the shape of the foot.
The Terra Plana Vivobarefoot EVO– it was the first good minimalist shoe without separated toes that was designed for running.
The New Balance MT10– it was […]

Merrell M-Connect Lineup: The Mix Master Move

Feb 5, 2013 | No Comments

The Mix Master Move (M3… my special code for the shoe) is the second of my Merrell M-Connect reviews. The idea behind the lineup is to produce a line of shoes that meet the needs of every aspect of the minimalist market. The last shoe I reviewed, the Proterra, is a lightweight hiking shoe. By contrast, the M3 is a road shoe. Specifically, I would classify it as a “transition” shoe that would […]

Merrell M-Connect Proterra: Hiker? How About Trail Runner.

Feb 3, 2013 | 7 Comments

The first shoe I’ll review in the 2013 Merrell M-Connect lineup is the Proterra. It’s a shoe designed for hiking. My hiker friends tell me the minimalist movement has trickled down to the hiking world. Lightweight boots and shoes are replacing the thick, heavy boots that were once synonymous with hiking. Features like 12″ of ankle support, 4″ lugs, and 24 ounce weight are being replaced by light, fast designs. Just like the running […]

Merrell M-Connect: Running Shoes Evolved

Feb 1, 2013 | 2 Comments

A few days ago I had a conversation with friends about the running shoe industry. Several people had been expressing frustration about the ever-changing landscape of shoes. Some people had their favorite models discontinued by a particular manufacturer. The “update” made the shoe significantly worse. The motivation for a new model clearly wasn’t to make a better product; the motivation was to get a different product to the market. It’s an all-too-common strategy among many shoe manufacturers.