David Cooley

David Cooley

I’m Dave Cooley, a forty-something father of two and a fitness enthusiast living in the suburbs outside of San Diego. I have been able to maintain a good fitness routine since I decided to begin running in 1998. I run about 10 miles per week as well as lifting weights, hiking and practicing yoga. My focus has always been on maintaining a sustainable fitness routine which can be incorporated into my busy life, and I also want to model for my children that adults can be fit and healthy.


Lab tests and in-depth reviews

New Balance TRNR
83
Great!

New Balance TRNR review The New Balance TRNR is a very versatile training shoe that’s designed to handle nearly anything that’s thrown its way. It’s a reasonably-priced model that pe[…]

Saucony Echelon 8
80
Good!

Saucony Echelon 8 review The Saucony Echelon 8 is a highly-cushioned neutral running shoe that is ideal for longer-distance (4+ mile) runs. This model provides stable support, ample cushioning, and a[…]

Nike Renew Fusion
82
Good!

Nike Renew Fusion review The Nike Renew Fusion is a versatile and supportive training shoe designed for a variety of workouts. It’s a reasonably-priced model that nonetheless packs a serious pun[…]

Asics Gel Excite 7
86
Great!

Asics Gel Excite 7 review I have been very, very impressed with the ASICS Gel Excite 7. As a long-time ASICS wearer (over 20 years now), I can say that this is probably the single best budget road-run[…]

New Balance FuelCell Echo
89
Great!

New Balance FuelCell Echo review The New Balance Fuelcell Echo is a lightweight, neutral running shoe that is affordable. I most appreciated the springy cushioning and the sock-like upper, which made[…]

Nike Metcon 5
91
Superb!

Nike Metcon 5 review The Nike Metcon 5 is a versatile training shoe that can be used for moderate to high-intensity workouts. The shoe is designed to support the foot through weightlifting workouts an[…]

Topo Athletic Phantom
87
Great!

Topo Athletic Phantom review I’m a fitness enthusiast and active parent in my mid-40s. I am a runner (both road and trail) as well as a hiker, walker, and weight-lifter. My running category is n[…]

New Balance 517
87
Great!

New Balance 517 review I wanted a trainer with a similar level of support and structure to the above, just with a more updated look and greater breathability. I found this in the 517. Aesthetics of th[…]

Asics Gel Excite 6
85
Great!

Asics Gel Excite 6 review I was very impressed with the Asics Gel Excite 6! As a long-time Asics wearer (over 20 years now!), I can say that this is probably the single best budget road-running shoe f[…]

Merrell Nova
86
Great!

Merrell Nova review The Merrell Nova appeared to have the right balance of lightweight performance, grip and cushioning. It gets the job done well so that I could make it to the mountaintop in record[…]

Teva Hurricane XLT2
88
Great!

Teva Hurricane XLT2 review I am fortunate to live in a part of the United States where the coast is right nearby, and beach-access trails abound. I was looking for a shoe that could get wet and at the[…]

Asics Gel Vanisher
87
Great!
KEEN Clearwater CNX
89
Great!

KEEN Clearwater CNX review I am fortunate to live in a part of the United States where the coast is right nearby, and beach-access trails abound. Since I spend a lot of time by the water, I wanted to[…]

Asics Gel Venture 6
89
Great!

Asics Gel Venture 6 review I’m a low-mileage runner and sometimes higher-mileage hiker living in San Diego, California. There are lots of interesting terrains to cover in San Diego, much of it r[…]