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Merrell Teaser Shots

Aug 11, 2012 | 7 Comments

Some teaser  pics of the shoes I’ll be reviewing in the coming weeks:

 

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In the news:

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Why?

When I first tried the Altra Adams, I hated them. They seemed like expensive aqua socks. My first sockless run resulted in serious cuts from internal seams. The closure system was funky.

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