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Newton Gravity 8 - A mildly cushioned road shoe for natural runners

90/100 by Lars Wichmann
Newton Gravity 8 - A mildly cushioned road shoe for natural runners
A few months back, I was in the market for a road shoe with zero drop and plenty of room for the toes. There are not too many brands/shoes that fit this bill, but one brand kept showing up in my searches: Gravity from Newton Running.     They are not an exact match with all my requirements, but close enough to warrant a bit of research.  I scoured the web for reviews—also of earlier (no longer available) versions of the Gravity. During my research,[…]

Columbia Montrail FKT = High risk for love!

94/100 by Lotta Aalto
Columbia Montrail FKT = High risk for love!
I used to think of Columbia purely as a hiking brand. Previously, I have had their hiking boots, and they totally delivered over expectations. This time, I got to trial a Columbia's Montrail FKT trail running shoe.     I must admit that as I had considered Columbia to be a hiking brand, I was a bit hesitant to think they'd make a good trail running shoe. I was curious to test this shoe as I read that it had good cushioning, quite high heel to toe drop, and the[…]

Jack of all trades - A review of Topo Athletic Ultrafly 3 running shoe

98/100 by Mark Clements
Jack of all trades - A review of Topo Athletic Ultrafly 3 running shoe
I am a 42-year-old runner, about 170 pounds and 6’1” tall, and my feet are sized 12 (Brannock). I race all distances, from 5ks to marathons, and spend at least half of my year training for an upcoming marathon. At first glance The Ultrafly 3 is a mild stability everyday trainer from Topo Athletic. My pair was all black with a white midsole, nothing fancy. I did not notice any reflective print on the outside of the shoes.   Preliminary fit Shoe length My[…]

Nike CruzrOne: The joggers’ shoe

65/100 by Brandon Law
Nike CruzrOne: The joggers’ shoe
The CruzrOne is a shoe designed for running slowly, very slowly. That’s what the designer of the shoe, Tinker Hatfield explained in a behind-the-design press release video. This is a very unique shoe in the Nike lineup. Currently, all Nike's running shoes are focused on speed: being light and responsive while having racing-inspired uppers.     Even the Nike Vomero 14 which has always been a maximum cushioned shoe for long-distance comfort has become firm[…]

Altra Escalante Racer 19 - When you can only take one pair of shoes with you

95/100 by Anton Kusy
Altra Escalante Racer 19 - When you can only take one pair of shoes with you
One of the perks of getting to travel for work is being able to run in a lot of great locations. However, as anyone who has ever traveled or had to pack for a trip can tell you, finding enough space to fit everything you need and want into one suitcase is not always an easy task. Unfortunately, the easiest way to overcome this issue is by only packing one pair of running shoes. This always leads me to the predicament of which shoe should I bring with me that will be capa[…]

Vibram FiveFingers V-Run: A barefoot experience

93/100 by Glenn Oxendine
Vibram FiveFingers V-Run: A barefoot experience
The Vibram FiveFingers V-Run running shoes may look awkward to some people, but these were designed to give the runner the feeling of running in bare feet.     At first glance, one might be skeptical about this shoe. The design might not allow for support or comfort for the runner. The shoe allows for more connection to the type of surface you are running on, such as road, treadmill, or trail. It gives you the sensation of running in your bare feet while minim[…]

Danner Mountain 600 - A classic hiker with running shoe comfort

90/100 by Jake Boesch
Danner Mountain 600 - A classic hiker with running shoe comfort
Like many others, I discovered the Danner brand - thanks to the movie Wild starring Reese Witherspoon. She does not wear the Mountain 600 but nonetheless sports a pair of Danner boots with classic styling. Two years ago, in my local store, I was in search of a pair of relatively lightweight boots to get me through a New Hampshire winter. I tried on several pairs, yet the Danner Mountain 600s were by far the most comfortable.    The Danner Mountain 600 boasts li[…]

Brooks Ricochet 2: Looks sleek and snappy but fails to deliver

65/100 by Jake Boesch
Brooks Ricochet 2: Looks sleek and snappy but fails to deliver
I usually do not care much about the way a running shoe looks but before receiving the Brooks Ricochet 2, I was excited due to it’s sleek and fast design. I have not loved sock-like uppers in the past, but I had high hopes that the Ricochet 2 would be different. When I unboxed them, that excitement continued, and I could not wait to give them a try; however, a small ounce of caution set in due to their odd fit.    The Brooks Ricochet 2 weights 9.7 oz and[…]

Anti Fall, anti skid, ready for the battle “La Sportiva Akasha"

91/100 by Devi Shetty
Anti Fall, anti skid, ready for the battle “La Sportiva Akasha"
La Sportiva Akasha is quite old in the market, very few still selling this product. I can bet this is still the best shoe available in comparison with new updated versions.    Design and color The shoe has a peaceful, perfect design taking color combinations of the Sky (Akasha means Sky in Sanskrit). The colors chosen are very true to the given name. There are around ten attractive colors available for you to choose from. I'm sure you will take more time to fi[…]

Inov 8 Roclite G 275: The rockin’ light & responsive trail shoe

90/100 by Mark Holbert
Inov 8 Roclite G 275: The rockin’ light & responsive trail shoe
The Roclite G 275 is a major change and best yet in the Roclite line for fast trail shoes. It boasts a responsive POWERFLOW midsole and flexible/breathable upper that solidly protects against mud and dirt.    Details         Weight     9.6oz, men’s size 9.5         Drop     8mm heel to toe drop (16mm Heel to 8mm Forefoot)          Support     Rubber Outs[…]