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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 […]

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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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.


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Vibram Five Fingers SeeYa Review: The Best VFF Since the KSO?

Dec 10, 2011 | 7 Comments

I’ve had a bit of a love/hate relationship with Five Fingers.  When I started barefoot running, they did not exist.  My minimalist shoes consisted of a collection of ill-fitting aqua socks.  When Barefoot Ted first wrote about them back in 2006 or so, I immediately bought a pair- black KSOs.

The shoes were awesome!  The fit was far superior to the aqua socks and they lasted more than 100 miles.  I wore them for […]

New Balance MT110 Review

Dec 9, 2011 | 17 Comments

I’ve been on a quest for the perfect mountain running shoe for some time.  My current preferred shoe is the Merrell Trail Glove.  This shoe works great over the vast majority of mountain trails- as long as I can see the trail and am not fatigued.  This really only becomes an issue in 100 milers in the mountains, so a specialized trail running shoe isn’t on my “absolute necessity” list.

Having said that, a mountain trail shoe that offered […]

New Balance MT00 Minimus Trail Zero Review

Dec 4, 2011 | 11 Comments

2012.  This will be the year of the minimalist shoe.  I guarantee it.  Several manufacturers are developing minimalist shoes, which I would define as any shoe that allows you to run with the same form you’d use if barefoot, that satisfy our needs.  Long gone are the days of hacking up a pair of water shoes to retrofit something that would offer a little protection.

So why is 2012 going to be the year of the minimalist shoe?  Because niches […]