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Review: Brooks Launch 3

[See My view of the Launch 2 here]   For a shoe that was on the cutting line a couple of years ago, the Brooks Launch has enjoyed quite a resurgence. The Launch 2 updated the shoe with the most recent Brooks shoe technology.  The Launch 3 offers little revision from the second version of […]

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Brooks Neuro Review: Not Your Father’s Brooks

I can’t remember when Brooks came out with an entirely new shoe model since before the Pure Project series.  That’s the kind of cool thing about Brooks, they don’t go chasing the newest fad just because everyone else is doing it.  Case in point: Brooks hasn’t yet joined the max cushion movement, especially in trail […]

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Reclaiming an Analog Life

There was a period about two years ago, when iPad was booming and everyone had to have one, where I decided I’d go all in on the digital lifestyle.  I’d leave pen and paper behind and have all my notes and information at my fingertips. That worked for a while, but I soon found that […]

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Love the red.  Also have a pair in Green/blue

Shoe Review: New Balance NB 980 Trail

Yes, I know NB has released an update to this shoe (the Hierro), and any good reviewer wouldn’t publish a review of an “outdated” shoe.  But I love this trail shoe.  The love needs to be shared When I first started running trails, and given that I was a Brooks man through and through, I […]

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I've worn Ghosts for a long time.  This picture is missing 5 pair that I got rid of before this pic

Shoe review: Brooks Ghost 8

This is one of several reviews that I have been meaning to write since this summer.  It has been a crazy busy summer and fall for me and I’ve also published an academic book (my day job is professor of history and department chair) and reading galley proofs, securing photo rights, and taking care of […]

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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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