Apr 032013

 When I discovered I would be testing a pair of Hokas, I first wanted to figure out what “Hoka” actually meant.  This is what I found:

“hoka” (in Japanese) = the other

“hoka” (in Hawaiian) = baffling

“hoka” (in Swahili) = mania

“hoka” (in Maori) = to fly (the actual meaning behind the shoes)

You could say I was ready for anything after reading that.  And true to words, the Hoka Stinsons I received were out of the ordinary. Continue reading »

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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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New Balance Minimus Zero Review

 Posted by on February 6, 2013  No Responses »
Feb 062013
New Balance Minimus Zero 8

Brand: New Balance

Name: Minimus Zero

Color Options: Women’s – Teal w/ Black, Fluorescent Yellow, Black w/ Sky Blue, White w/ Silver & Berry, Silver w/ Yellow; Men’s – White w/ Blue & Yellow, Blue w/ Silver, Juniper (Green) w/ Yellow, Red w/ Black

Weight: Women’s – 4.4 oz; Men’s – 6.4 oz

Drop: 0 mm

Other: Odor resistant, welded seams to prevent chafing, deconstructed REVlite midsole provides flexibility and lightweight cushioning, lightweight blown rubber enhances bounce

Price: $109.99 (some colorways on sale for $89.99)

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Topo Athletic

 Posted by on January 17, 2013  No Responses »
Jan 172013

Heads up, readers, Tony Post is back in the shoe game!  Before I get ahead of myself, though, and in case you aren’t aware, Tony Post is the original CEO/President/Founder of the Vibram FiveFingers running shoes.  Back in July of 2012, Tony made the seemingly spontaneous decision to step down as CEO, and, at the time, he didn’t offer up any idea as to what his next step was going to be.  Well, the legend has returned, and he comes bearing gifts.  After leaving VFF, Tony took his ideas on the road and has now built a new company under the name “Topo Athletic“.  The title of the company is a combination of his first and last name (To=Tony, Po=Post) and, not surprisingly, the shoes have all of the flair and intriguing design elements we would expect from this former Vibram FiveFinger leader.

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Brooks PureConnect 2 Review

 Posted by on January 4, 2013  No Responses »
Jan 042013

Brand: Brooks

Name: PureConnect 2

Color Options: Women’s – Black/Pink/Green, Blue/Green/Gray; Men’s – Black/Blue/Yellow, Red/Black/Gray

Weight: Women’s – 5.9 oz; Men’s – 7.2 oz

Drop: 4 mm

Other: Anatomical last, BioMoGo DNA Midsole (biodegradable!), IDEAL Heel, Toe Flex, Nav Band

Price: $90

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Newton MV2 Review

 Posted by on January 2, 2013  3 Responses »
Jan 022013

Brand: Newton Running

Name: MV2

Color Options: Black/Green, White/Orange/Yellow

Weight: 5.8 oz

Drop: 0 mm

Other: High-traction 5-lug midfoot pattern, 2nd generation Action/Reaction technology, biomechanical metatarsal sensor plate, optional 3 mm lift included

Price: $125

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Brooks PureFlow 2 Review

 Posted by on December 27, 2012  3 Responses »
Dec 272012
PureFlow 2

Brand: Brooks

Name: PureFlow 2

Color Options: Men – Green/Black, Gray/Black, Orange/Black, Women – Red/Black, Silver/Black, Yellow/Black

Weight: 8.8oz

Drop: 4mm

Price: $100

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