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Injinji No-Show Performance Lightweight Toe Sock Review

Jun 3, 2011 | 8 Comments

I hate socks!!!

There, I had to get that out of the way.

It’s not just because I’m a barefoot runner.  To me, socks feel even more constrictive than shoes.  They hug your foot, get sweaty, and are generally annoying.  If I had a choice, I would never wear socks.

Except for Injinjis.

The idea of separating your toes is genius.  While the socks still hug your feet and get […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.  🙂

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

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 […]