Lems Primal 2 Review

 Posted by on July 24, 2013  No Responses »
Jul 242013
Lems Primal2 - 02

Terminator 2, Aliens, X-Men 2, Evil Dead 2, and The Dark Knight. All films that are arguably better than their predecessors.  And yet, as most movie fans know, it is rare that the sequel lives up to (or exceeds) the hype of the original. Apparently this is not the case in the shoe world. This year has already seen the introduction of many solid (or improved) sequels from companies like Merrell (the Trail Glove 2/Road Glove 2) and Brooks (the Pure Flow 2/Pure Connect 2).  With this review, I’m happy to announce that Lems (AKA Stems/Lemings), has also come out with a sequel shoe, the Primal 2, that allows them to retain their title of King of the minimalist casual/easy hiking shoe arena.

Brand: Lems

Name: Primal 2

Color Options: Men’s – Black/Slate/Brown, Women’s – Black/Sky/Brown/Frost

Weight: 6.9oz

Drop: 0mm

Stack Height: 8mm

Price: $95

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Tune Footwear Loafer Review

 Posted by on June 14, 2013  4 Responses »
Jun 142013

Today, we’re going to take a little detour from our normal “programming.” For those of you looking for running shoe reviews, I’ll direct you to our sidebar where we have all of our recent reviews listed, but, for those of you looking for a minimalist dress shoe designed by a team with fitness and health on their mind, you’ve come to the right place.  Mike, the brains behind Tune Footwear, first came up with the idea for these shoes because of his passion for running, as well as his interest in the minimalist shoe movement.  As his professional career progressed, he found there was a need for a minimalist dress shoe in the market, and took it upon himself to design a shoe that offers both style and versatility to the minimalist enthusiast. Thus, Tune Footwear was born.

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 Posted by on June 7, 2013  3 Responses »
Jun 072013

It’s been almost a a year and a half since Skora burst onto the minimalist scene with the release of their original models, the Base and Form, becoming what can only be described as the “luxury car” of the minimalist shoe world. From their inspired “Run Real” campaign, to the beautiful design and quality construction of the shoes themselves, it wasn’t hard to see why people were willing to shell out almost $200 to get their hands on a pair, and the overwhelming consensus was that they were definitely worth the money. By the time the women’s models were finally released last August (about 7 months after the men’s), I was practically beside myself with excitement to get the chance to test out the Base model. Unfortunately, because my feet are quite narrow, the straps didn’t quite hold things in place well enough for me, and I struggled with uncomfortable rubbing on the balls of my feet.

Because I loved the overall fit, feel, and style of the Base, however, I wanted another shot at Skoras, and I thought a pair with laces would solve my rubbing problems by allowing me to better secure my feet. So, I was very happy to get the chance to test a pair of Skora’s new model, the Core, which is one of two new styles added to the Skora line this spring. Like the Form (reviewed by Steve), the Core’s upper is made of goat-leather, and it features similar design elements (e.g., asymmetrical lacing), but is somewhat less expensive ($155 relative to $185 for the Form). The $30 difference can be accounted for in several elements of the design, such as the lack of a velcro heel adjustment strap, simpler stitching/construction of the upper (in the Core), and differences in the material and structure of the soles. Despite being priced as a “lesser” shoe than the Form, though, the Core holds its own as a great (and in some ways better) minimalist running (and casual!) shoe, and it, along with the Phase, further solidify Skora’s position as one of the best minimalist shoe companies around today.

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From the Toes of Colbert

 Posted by on May 21, 2013  No Responses »
May 212013

As I’m sure many of our followers noticed, we posted a picture of Stephen Colbert on our Facebook page on Friday of him wearing a pair of Vibram FiveFingers (specifically the EL-X model). Although a funny shot for Colbert, it was actually a pretty exciting moment for us minimalist runners. Regardless of the countless times our “fad” (as Runner’s World recently called it) has been seen on TV, I still get excited when I hear them come up and have to run and look up whoever it is that’s talking about them!

Colbert is rocking the EL-X’s because during the interview portion of his show, he sat down with Dr. Daniel Lieberman, an advocate of long distance running, a professor in human evolutionary biology from Harvard University, and a barefoot runner. During the interview, Lieberman shared information about his research on the evolutionary biology of humans. They have found that there are five major things make humans special relative to other mammals (running, walking, chewing, throwing, and sweating), most of which are closely related to why we make the best long-distance runners, and, in many cases, natural hunters. Continue reading »

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Lems Boulder Boot Review

 Posted by on May 4, 2013  1 Response »
May 042013

My Stem Primal Origins, which are the original shoes made by Lems (before they were even called Lems), remain one of my favorite shoes I have tested for Technically Running. They have held up remarkably well considering the hundreds of walking and running miles I’ve put on them. You can imagine, then, that when I heard Lems was going to be making a minimalist boot, I was over the moon. As a geologist, and as someone who just likes to be outdoors in general, I spend a lot of time camping and hiking, so a minimalist boot for hiking or just hanging out around camp has been on my wish-list for a while. Of course, there were a few options available that pre-dated the release of the Boulder Boot, but as soon as I heard Lems was making a boot, I just knew they would be the ones to do it right and make it worth the wait. Luckily, I was right! Much like my Stems, as soon as the Boulder Boots entered our apartment, they became one of my go-to shoes, and, despite being a boot, I expect to get a lot of mileage on them wearing them casually, as well as for hiking/camping. Continue reading »

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Merrell Trail Glove 2 Review

 Posted by on May 3, 2013  1 Response »
May 032013
Merrell Trail Glove 2 5

Before I start my review of the Trail Glove 2, I want to mention that when we are testing a shoe, we typically try to log between 30 and 50 miles on a pair before we write up our thoughts on it. I also want to admit that this has not been the case with the Trail Glove 2. In truth, these shoes have now been my close companions for over 100 miles of roads and trails. The only other shoe to get such a treatment was my Skora Forms. The problem (if you can call it that) is that I enjoy running in the Trail Glove 2s so much that I’ve had trouble taking them off to make time for my other shoes!  Of course, this is all for good reason. The Trail Glove 2 is a great shoe and has got to be one of the most talked about models in the minimalist market. Although I admit to not having any solid numbers or figures to back my previous statement up, I will note that nearly every minimalist runner I speak to who mentions the shoes they are running in brings up the Trail Glove (or Road Glove), either because they already own a pair or are interested in owning a pair, which clearly speaks to its popularity and quality. With that said, let’s start the review!

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Merrell M-Connect Series Review

 Posted by on April 1, 2013  No Responses »
Apr 012013

When Merrell first asked us to review the M-Connect Series running shoes and apparel, we were thrilled because our previous experiences with Merrell have always been very positive.  The Merrell M-Connect Series is the company’s rebranding effort and update to their barefoot line.  As you might recall in my Flux Glove review post, I mentioned how confusing their naming scheme is, but it seems that this has been addressed with the release of this new line.  As Merrell so elegantly puts it on their site, the M-Connect Series is:

“The connection, speed, and glove like fit of Merrell Barefoot now with added cushioning for your hiking, training, and running adventures.
Connect to Your World”

I think this slogan sums it up best, because the shoes included in this series are designed to allow you to truly connect you to the outdoors.  Whether it be cross-training, running, trail-running, or hiking, the M-Connect Series is with you wherever you go.  As hinted in the quote above, the M-Connect Series also gives you many options when it comes to the level of cushioning you desire.  From the barely-there, sock-like feel of the Vapor Glove to the more heavily-padded transitional, or some might even say more traditional, Mix Master, this line can pretty much cover all of your minimalist needs and also includes some pretty awesome clothing.  Read on to get the details!

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