Louise Shirley

Louise Shirley

I’m passionate runner, ecologist and dog lover from Bend, Oregon. I combine these interests by trail running with my rescue dogs most days. I live for running in the mountains, but I also hit the road or the treadmill sometimes. I enjoy understanding what makes a good shoe for different conditions and runners.

Lab tests and in-depth reviews

Salomon Vaya Mid GTX

Salomon Vaya Mid GTX review I was in the market for a new summer hiking boot. Something that would offer some ankle support but still be nice and nimble. I am a former field biologist; it used to be m[…]

Brooks Ricochet 2

Brooks Ricochet 2 review Ricochet 2 is a great shoe, and I highly recommend it. It feels light, fast and comfortable, and gives the impression of being lower drop than its 8mm. How the Ricochet got me[…]

Xero Shoes Prio

Xero Shoes Prio review I hadn’t heard of Xero Shoes before but was eager to try the brand’s offering in the minimalist running shoe category. So far, I’ve hiked over thirty miles, ru[…]