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Hoka One One Mafate First Look… No, This Is Not A Joke…

Apr 20, 2011 | 8 Comments

The Hoka One One Mafate.  Okay, I know it is unusual for a barefoot/minimalist shoe runner to review a shoe that appears to be the polar opposite of a minimalist shoe.  Quite honestly, I’m not sure why I wanted to test this shoe.  My interest was piqued when Jesse Scott tried the shoe and reported it “…wasn’t as bad as I expected.”  Part of the motivation comes from my science background- I always want to Read More...

Patagonia Advocate Review

Apr 18, 2011 | One Comment

[The following review was written by BRU writer Christian Peterson.  The shoes were provided by our friends at Planet Shoes, which offers an incredible selection of eco-friendly and minimalist shoes.  If you're shopping for new shoes, check them out!  If you want to read more of Christian's stuff, check out his blog The Maple Grove Barefoot Guy.]

Hello again BRU students.  For those who don’t remember me, what the hell is wrong with you!  I Read More...

Inov-8 Bare-Grip 200 Review

Inov-8 Bare-Grip 200 Review

Apr 14, 2011 | 14 Comments

Need a bad-ass shoe for bad-ass conditions?  Inov-8′s Bare-Grip 200 fits the bill.  This shoe is definitely the most aggressive minimalist shoe on the market today.

Based on my theory of using shoes as tools, the Bare-Grip 200 occupies a niche at the far end of the “gnarly” spectrum.  This shoe is essentially a cleat, meaning it is not designed for roads, sidewalks, or even hard-packed trails.  This shoe is designed for slop.  I would like to see a Read More...

Review of the KittyK “Smithie’s”

Mar 25, 2011 | 3 Comments

[The following post was written by BRU contributing writer Kate Kift.  Read more of Kate's work here, and check out her blog "Ramblings on Barefoot Running, Motherhood, and Life."]

At the moment whenever a new minimalist shoe is in development or is about to be released, the internet is swamped with press-releases and reviews.  It’s such a growing and popular market that new shoes are blogged and discussed on the forums months before they ever Read More...

Merrell Tough Glove Review

Mar 17, 2011 | 7 Comments

The Merrell Tough Glove is one of the six minimalist shoes Merrell released this last February. Of the three men’s shoes, the Tough Glove is the most appropriate for the business/casual market.

The shoe is constructed of a leather upper with a Vibram outsole. The outsole is shared among the entire line.

My minimalist shoe philosophy is pretty simple- I believe shoes are tools that allow us to navigate Read More...

Ryders Eyewear Fray and Defcon Sunglasses Review

Mar 13, 2011 | 4 Comments

Sunglasses are one of those items that is almost a necessity for anyone that spends time outdoors.  When Ryders Eyewear asked me to review their sunglasses, I jumped at the chance.  Why?  The picture of their corporate offices looks like a bad-ass place to run. 

http://www.ryderseyewear.com/shortcut/corporate-info/page.ashx

In the past, I used to buy all my sunglasses at gas stations.  They would fall apart after a few months or the fit Read More...

Road ID Review: Keep Your Kids Safe

Mar 5, 2011 | 9 Comments

Most runners are already familiar with Road IDs.  Road IDs are identification gear worn by many runners and other outdoor enthusiasts in the form of bracelets, ankle bracelets, dog tags, or shoe tags.  In the event you are involved in an accident and cannot communicate, the Road ID provides emergency medical services with your identification and medical information.

It is a brilliant product that all runners should use.  Running can be dangerous, especially if running Read More...

Vibram Five Fingers KomodoSport Review After a 21 Mile Long Run

Feb 28, 2011 | 2 Comments

One run, 32°, slush-covered asphalt.

It was quite possibly the worst conditions possible for shoe testing.  It did allow me to get a great first impression of the  Vibram Five Fingers Komodos.  Keep in mind, these comments are just my opinions based on my shoe preference.

Pros:

Traction on asphalt, wet or dry, was shockingly good. They almost felt sticky.
The shoes fared pretty well without socks. My feet were soaked the entire run.  Read More...