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Merrell Bare Access 2 Review

Oct 17, 2012 | 7 Comments

Merrell’s Bare Access 2 is an update to the popular Bare Access released last year. i reviewed them here:

Bare Access Review

I used that particular shoe for a good portion of the Across the Years 72 hour race and all of the Fifth Third Riverbank Run 25k. The cushioning didn’t affect my gait nearly as much as I expected. The biggest issue I had was the top of the heel counter. Read More...

Skora Form Review

Oct 11, 2012 | 7 Comments

I’m always excited to test a first shoe from new companies. Skora was founded by David Sypniewski a few years ago. He solicited a lot of feedback when designing his first lineup, which I appreciated. At the time, the minimalist market was quite bare. [see what I did there]

Anyway, David had a great vision. He understood an important fundamental- the shoe shouldn’t interfere with your running form. The idea is widely accepted in minimalist circles, but was quite revolutionary Read More...

Merrell Flux Glove Review: The Ultimate Jack-of-all Trades Minimalist Shoe?

Oct 1, 2012 | 7 Comments

Officially, the Merrell Flux Glove is designed as a training shoe. It’s designed on the Road Glove outsole, but with a slightly more structured upper to handle lateral cutting movements. Think high intensity interval training. While the shoe excels as a training shoe, I found it to be the single most versatile minimalist shoe I’ve found to date.

I received the shoe right before we left the mountains of Colorado, brought it with Read More...

Merrell Mix Master Aeroblock Review

Aug 23, 2012 | 7 Comments

The Merrell Mix Master Aeroblock (MMAB) is similar to the Mix Master 2 (MM2) with a different upper. This shoe was one of three pairs I brought along for the grueling TransRockies six day stage race in Colorado (the others were two pairs of Merrell Trail Gloves). Needless to say, the shoes were tested in extreme conditions.

First Thoughts

Aesthetically, I prefer the Aeroblocks to the Mix Master 2′s, which I’ve also tested Read More...

Simple Hydration Water Bottle Review

Jul 19, 2012 | 2 Comments

How to carry water- it’s one of the biggest logistical issues ultrarunners face. Some people (including me) prefer handheld water bottles. Others prefer hydration packs with bladders. Still others prefer a pack that carries bottles.

The Simple Hydration water bottle is a versatile 13 ounce bottle that could feasibly work with any of these solutions. How? The bottle has a unique “hook” shape that allows the bottle to be carried in places that are impossible with a traditional bottle.

I Read More...

Altra Adam Review

Jul 18, 2012 | 9 Comments

This may be the longest period I’ve even tested a pair of shoes before writing a review… about six months.

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.

I just couldn’t write the review, though.

There was something about the shoes that made me hold Read More...

Merrell Bare Access Review

Jan 3, 2012 | 25 Comments

When I first heard of Merrell’s plan to produce a zero dropped cushioned shoe, I was dismayed.  I have been a long-term opponent to any cushioning in shoes.  The main reason is simple- cushioning increases the force of your foot landing.  For a barefoot runner, this is a big deal.  Cushioning turns our normally-gentle foot landing into a clomping trot.  Unless we consciously lighten our stride.  The problem is that cushioned shoes require you to Read More...

Stem Origins Review

Dec 29, 2011 | 5 Comments

Stem is one of a group of minimalist shoe upstarts that have hit the scene over the last year or so.  Their founder Andrew Rademacher has an interesting story that would resonate with many.  Over the last year or so I’ve loosely followed Andrew’s development of the Origins shoe.  Most initial attempts at minimalist shoes are… well, pretty bad.  I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

First Impressions

The Origins is an aesthetically-pleasing shoe.  The color scheme is a Read More...