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Product review: Dynamic+ NoShow Compression socks

A couple of months ago CEP asked me if I’d like to sample a pair of their compression socks.  Not the full-length socks, mind you, but those made just for feet. Yes, just for feet. Too many runners, asserts CEP, runners assume that compression is primarily for the calves.  Sure CEP sells those, too, but […]

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I took this from the Tiux website because it best illustrates what I am trying to tell you about their business model.

Product Review: Tiux Compression Socks

[Don’t forget, if you haven’t already, please “like” the blog’s Facebook page found here] A few weeks ago I received an email from Steve Saepan of Tiux Premium Performance Compression Socks. I’m a sucker for a good compression sock or sleeve so I agreed to review a pair.  Not HIS socks, mind you. That would be […]

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I’m back baby! Brooks Launch 2 Review

  (If you haven’t already, please “like” the blog’s Facebook page.) If you’ve ever run in the Brooks Launch and liked it, then you get it.  And you know the lore of the Launch. The Brooks Launch was introduced in Fall 2009 to pretty great reviews.  Pete Larson at Runblogger loved it and made it […]

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Running Shoe Brand Tag Survey: Salomon

Few brands are so solidly identified with trail running as Salomon.  As you can see from the responses this holds true here, too.  Not only do you see trail specific responses, you also see brand identification with its highest profile Athlete, Killian Jornet.  Other responses are more mysterious.  Florida?   Just a reminder, if you […]

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Saucony Ride 7

Shoe Review: Saucony Ride 7

There was a time when I knew my shoe.  Without doubt or equivocation I could tell you exactly what I wore and how long I’d been running in it.  I was a Brooks Ghost man through thick and thin. It took a lot to get there  I started out as a much heavier dude in […]

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Running Shoe Brand Tag Survey: Nike

Few brands elicit responses such as the giant that is Nike. Whether the unabashed fan boy to the skeptical critic of seemingly unlimited marketing budgets, runners don’t hold back when it comes to this brand.  Responses to Nike ran the spectrum from love to loathing. Remember the larger the word the more often that response […]

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Running Shoe Brand Tag Survey Results: Brooks Running

A couple of months ago, I posted links to a running shoe brad tag survey I created.  I was inspired to do this after listening to a design podcast that discussed a huge survey done on brand tagging in general that later spawned a website that allows you to participate yourself: Here is the word […]

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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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