Jeff Binder

Jeff Binder

I am a runner, pastor, writer, and lover of all things outdoors, living in Portland, Oregon, with my wife, Julie; our dog, George; and our cat, Annie. I can be found on the trails of Forest Park, hiking along the coast, on Mount Hood, or running the bridges of the Willamette River.


Lab tests and in-depth reviews

Altra Paradigm 6.0
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Altra Paradigm 6.0 review The Paradigm 6.0 continues to evolve with this latest iteration of the max cushion stability road running shoe from Altra. It gets even sleeker while maintaining a plush runn[…]

Adidas Racer TR21
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Adidas Racer TR21 review The Adidas Racer TR21 is a casual sneaker constructed with recycled materials. Adidas asserts, “This product is made with Primegreen, a series of high-performance recycl[…]

Mizuno Wave Inspire 17
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Mizuno Wave Inspire 17 review The Mizuno Wave Inspire 17 is a moderate stability road running shoe designed for those who overpronate and who yearn for a cushioned ride. While the design itself may no[…]

Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 7
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Nike Terra Kiger 7 review This is a lightweight neutral trail running shoe capable of taking on just about any trail terrain one may come across. This latest expression of the Terra Kiger model is a b[…]

Altra Paradigm 5.0
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Altra Paradigm 5.0 review The Paradigm 5.0 turned out to be one of my favorite road shoes to date for day-to-day training on a variety of surfaces. Altra has been able to improve upon some of the feat[…]

Brooks Cascadia 15 GTX
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Brooks Cascadia 15 GTX review One of the first shoes that comes to mind when we think of trail running is the Brooks Cascadia. In its fifteenth iteration, and now with an added Gore-Tex treatment, the[…]

Asics GT 2000 9
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Asics GT 2000 9 review The Asics GT 2000 shoe line continues to be a reliable and attractive all-purpose shoe for generations of runners, and the GT 2000 9 is no different. The shoe looks great and fe[…]

Chaco Lowdown
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Chaco Lowdown review The Chaco Lowdown Sandal is a great option for just about any adventure that may be coming your way. Designed with versatility in mind, this hiking sandal is able to take your fee[…]

Merrell Hydro Moc
87
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Merrell Hydro Moc review The Merrell Hydro Moc is a great shoe designed to easily navigate wet conditions. But let’s face it: many users are not floating down rivers every day. In fact, my obser[…]

Merrell Altalight
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Merrell Altalight review The Merrell Altalight is a hiking shoe designed to combine the best of both worlds between hiking boots and trail running shoes. The Altalight has weight on its mind; this bei[…]

KEEN Targhee II
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KEEN Targhee II review The KEEN Targhee II is a low-cut waterproof hiking shoe that will keep you churning out the trail miles in all sorts of conditions! This shoe falls in line with much of what KEE[…]

Brooks Ravenna 11
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Brooks Ravenna 11 review The Brooks Ravenna 11 is a stability road running shoe designed for runners who yearn for a faster ride. This shoe offers plenty of structure and support without compromising[…]

Altra Paradigm 4.5
87
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Altra Paradigm 4.5 review The Altra Paradigm 4.5 is a stability road running shoe designed for comfort and control. With so many makes and models to choose from in the stability shoe market, Altra pro[…]

Mizuno Wave Inspire 15
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Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 review The shoe is looking sharp with the initial glance over. I like the mesh upper, the laces, the intense midsole, and the solid tread. One can notice that this is a bit of a[…]