Review: New Balance Fresh Foam 980

New Balance is another one of those companies that’s been around forever and is known for making solid, sturdy shoes. I have a pair of transitional shoes from them, and have found them to be fairly reliable kicks, with good Continue reading Review: New Balance Fresh Foam 980

Gear Review: SKORA Core

In my experience, there’s three kinds of so called “minimalist” shoes out there: 1) The “me too” shoes which took existing traditional shoe designs & put a thinner, usually zero/low drop sole on them 2) The sandal crew (shout out Continue reading Gear Review: SKORA Core

Gear Review: Skechers GO RUN Ultra

I’ve been a wear tester for Skechers long to know that they prefer to evolve their tech, vs going in radical new directions. They tend to look at the market and think “how can we improve what’s out there” vs Continue reading Gear Review: Skechers GO RUN Ultra

Gear Review: Camelback Arc Quickgrip vs Fuelbelt Sprint

What in the world? A handheld hydration shootout from the guy who hates handhelds? Perhaps “hate” is too strong a word. I go over why I dislike using handhelds here, but the short version is that they are an annoyance Continue reading Gear Review: Camelback Arc Quickgrip vs Fuelbelt Sprint

Gear Review: Luna Sandals Mono

I’m going to write this review with the assumption that you haven’t read Christopher McDougall’s wonderful Born to Run. If you have, you can probably scroll down a bit. If you haven’t go buy it and read it after ordering Continue reading Gear Review: Luna Sandals Mono

Gear Review: Altra Torin

As I unpacked the shoes from their packaging, I actually said “Whoa…”. These were not the Altras of yesteryear. Let me back up a bit. Regular readers of this blog know I had an enlightening experience with my Altra Provisions. Continue reading Gear Review: Altra Torin

Gear Review: HOKA ONE ONE Stinson Tarmac

A while back I picked up the trail version of this shoe and liked it a lot. With a marathon coming up I decided to grab the road version of the same shoe, mostly due to never having run that Continue reading Gear Review: HOKA ONE ONE Stinson Tarmac

Panther Gifts: Dec 10 (socks & kicks)

Whoa, the xmas holiday is fast approaching and I’m sure some folks are scrambling, trying to find stocking stuffers for their crazy running pals. The first item in our list today is fun, weird and almost guaranteed to make your Continue reading Panther Gifts: Dec 10 (socks & kicks)