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Please take my survey

I’ve put together a Running Shoe Brand Tag survey.  I got the idea after listening to a design podcast that discussed the development of brands, names, logos, and other things vital to creating a marketable product identity.  I thought it would be fun to do a survey about Running Shoe Brands.   Open the survey […]

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Shoe Review: Skora Fit

What’s a Skora? skóra is a polish word that means “skin” or leather” and is used to represent the brand’s next to skin style. I first heard of Skora shoes back in 2012 when my friend Mike, the Dirtdawg, reviewed one of their early iterations and interviewed Skora CEO David Sypniewski for his podcast. I enjoyed the […]

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Mizuno since 2010: Growing a Brand and a Community (part 1)

  I’ve recently replaced my Brooks shoes with Mizuno shoes for road running.  I still use Salomon Sense Mantra on the trails but am interested in trying other brands for longer trail runs (the new Mizuno trail shoe, the Wave Hayate, intrigues me—anyone tried it yet?). I’m kind of strange. When I choose a brand for […]

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Product Review: Zensah Smart Gloves

I have cold hands.  They are the one thing I struggle with during cold weather runs.  Legs, head, face, torso all are fine.  I have no problem.  But my hands, specifically my fingers, suffer.  I’ve tried all brands and types of gloves.  Thick ones, thin ones, orange ones, black ones.  It wasn’t until this fall […]

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Product Review: Champion Double Dry Jacket and Shorts

A few weeks back, Champion sent me a jacket and pair of shorts to sample and review for the blog.  When I first started running I relied a lot on Champion’s C-9 brand sold at Target, a full line of affordable workout gear. Pretty good stuff and not a budget breaker, either. Over the past […]

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Product Review: SnuggBuds

Part of my role as a SF Marathon Ambassador is to review products sent to us by race sponsors.  So, last week I received a pair of SnuggBuds ear buds.  I sampled the SB-X model or sport model.  They make ear buds in all sorts of varieties and styles, from those specifically for Droid and iPhones, for […]

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Product Review: K-Swiss Blade-Light Recover

Just before the LA Marathon I was contacted by K-Swiss and asked if I was interested in reviewing a new shoe they have on the market, the Blade-Light Recover.  This is a light weight slip-on shoe that is designed for runners and triathletes to wear following races.  Very easy on and off, the shoe is […]

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Product Review: Soleus 26.2 Large Face Chronograph

A few weeks ago, Soleus watches,, requested to follow me on Twitter.  I had not heard of Soleus until then and checked out their web page. Now let’s get this out of the way: I am a watch freak. Ask my wife; I am rife with watches of all kinds. Can’t get enough. Of […]

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Product Review: RxSorbo Insoles

A couple of months ago I was contacted by RxSorbo Insoles to try out two pair of their sport and work insoles. They sent me two free pair of the insoles and I promised them a fair review on the blog. Sorbo insoles are made from Sorbothane. Rather than me trying to struggle to explain […]

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Wear test review: Zensah Compression Leg Sleeves

Back in Late November I contacted the good folks at Zensah to request a free pair of compression leg sleeves for a product review. Much to my surprise and delight, they responded quickly and sent pair of sleeves right away. I wasn’t able to test them right away, because I was sated to run a […]

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Product Review: Moeben Arm Sleeves

As a running nut, I am fascinated with running gear. Running sleeves, at least in my mind, are a recent arrival on the non-elite running scene. I mean, most of us have seen world class marathoners wearing them at cold weather races. My first recollection is seeing Ryan Hall wear them at the NY marathon […]

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