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Merrell Road Glove Review

Sep 23, 2011 | 16 Comments

The Merrell Road Glove.  Simply put, it is to roads what the Trail Glove is to trails.

Merrell took the formula that made the Trail Glove a success, worked out a few details based on feedback from the barefoot running community, and developed a shoe that did exactly what a good minimalist shoe should- make you forget it’s there.

Before I get to the actual review, it should be known that I work with Read More...

Branca Leather Sandal Review

Aug 30, 2011 | 2 Comments

By Jesse Scott

BRU Staff Writer

Running is a simple activity. Throw on some shorts(or not), some shoes(or not), and head out the door. In recent years, people have begun to re-question the merits of cushioned running shoes and expensive gadgets. Ironically, this paradigm shift toward the basics has brought about a myriad of choices to sift through. Vibram Fivefingers, NB’s minimus, Merrell’s Barefoot line, and countless other styles of footwear have surfaced to cater to those Read More...

Somnio Nada Review

Jun 8, 2011 | 5 Comments

By Jesse Scott, BRU Staff Writer

I was approached to review the Somnio Nada. I had only known of Somnio for their array of customizable running shoes I saw advertised in triathlon media. I always thought the idea was interesting, but it kind of goes against my views on complicated footwear. Nevertheless, the company seemed to be truly searching to make a high quality product to help their customers.

Disclaimer: I tested Read More...

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...

Merrell Barefoot Kids Review (Pace and Trail Glove)

Apr 15, 2011 | 8 Comments

Here’s a situation that pops up all too often.  You try running barefoot and/or in minimalist shoes.  You see that you’ve been encasing your feet in cushioned foot coffins since your youth and your feet have suffered.  You don’t want your children to suffer the same fate, so you begin investigating the available options.  Much to your surprise, the kids’ minimalist shoe market is virtually non-existent.

Until now.

Merrell is on the brink of releasing their Barefoot Kids line of 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...

Merrell True Glove Review

Mar 29, 2011 | 4 Comments

Merrell’s True Glove is a jack-of-all-trades minimalist shoe.  At least that’s what I use it for.  Officially, Merrell markets the shoe as a hiking/active shoe.  Unofficially, I use this shoe for an incredibly wide range of activities.  To date, I’ve used it for:

A running shoe,
A hiking shoe,
A casual shoe,
A work shoe (teaching),
A crosstraining shoe, and
A shoe for kicking footballs.

It’s a versatile shoe.  I use mine mostly as a casual shoe, but Read More...