Shoe Review: Saucony Nomad TR

  This review first appeared in Edition #19 of Trail Run Mag. available for free download (along with all editions) HERE. Nomad: a member of a people or tribe that has no permanent abode but moves about from place to place, usually seasonally and often following a traditional route or circuit… With a model stamp carrying that kind of meaning, I just had to try out Saucony’s new Nomad TRs by kicking them along a few of my ‘traditional routes and…

Shoe review: Mizuno Wave Hayate 2

This review first appeared in Edition #17 of Trail Run Mag. available for free download (along with all editions) HERE. I was ready to dislike the Hayate. Why? Nothing tangible, admittedly, aside from years ago, I had average experiences with an earlier Wave (too snug a fit eliciting hot spots), and rightly or wrongly, I never associate Mizuno with grassroots trail running – in terms of product or community support (Two Bays being the only real involvement with trail running I’ve…

Money can’t buy (shoe) love

We probably all know it: more money doesn’t necessarily buy you better performing running shoes. So next time you roll up to your local running store and assume that the higher the price tag, the more likely the shoe will fit your expectations of durability, comfort and ability to transform your 20 hour trail ultra into a 10 hour blitz, think again.  Nope, money can’t buy you shoe love… that’s the finding of online shoe guide portal RunRepeat.com, which bills itself as…

Shoe Review: Pearl Izumi E:Motion Trail N2

This shoe review appears in the latest edition of Trail Run Mag (Ed #18), downloadable for FREE here. You can also purchase a subscription on iTunes for your iPad/iPhone or Kindle Fire. A Pearler Performer It says it on the tongue of these: “Run like an animal.” So I do. Or I can. Because these shoes let me. They give me the confidence to. And not just on any old trails but knarly, rocky, bitely, slashy, trippy ones like the Larapinta…

Shoe review: The North Face Ultra Cardiac

This review first appeared in Edition #17 of Trail Run Mag. available for free download (along with all editions) HERE. A Runner’s World ‘Best Debut’ shoe, the North Face Ultra Cardiac seems to be a culmination of all the best characteristics drawn from all the trail shoes that have gone before it under this brand’s banner over the past few years. That’s saying a lot, too, as I am a big believer that The North Face trail shoes are sorely…

Shoe Review: Salomon SLAB X Series

Does Salomon’s cross-over shoe have the The X-Factor? TRM steps to the dark side and trials a shoe that takes the dirty secrets of our trail world and transfers them to…(cough)…the road*. *No roads were actually run in the making of this article. The tester couldn’t bring himself to it. Testing remained on trail and fire ROAD. There, we said it. We did it. This review first appeared in Edition #16 of Trail Run Mag. available for free download (along with all editions)…

SHOE REVIEW: Brooks Cascadia of dreams

TRM reviews the tenth iteration of Brooks‘ persistent, consistent performer, the Cascadia. This review appears along with more shoe and gear guides (and plenty more trail porn) in the current edition of Trail Run Mag (17) available for FREE DOWNLOAD, here.  In Nigeria, a tenth birthday is considered an extremely special event. It warrants a huge party and a feast of an entire roasted cow or goat. Well, bring out the goat! For here’s a tenth birthday worth a herd of them,…

Shoe Review – La Sportiva Bushido

The Bush Warrior Bushido – the way of the warrior – or Bush-I-do? Choosing between an Italian shoe company appropriating a Japanese cultural concept and my misappropriation, I’d prop for the latter. And it’s an apt because the La Sportiva Bushidos do all kinds of bush, from sandy coastal scrub to high alpine snow gums and everything inbetween – the rockier the better. The Bushidos are a ruggedly handsome, aggressive midweight trail running shoe that look chunky at first glance…

Shoe Review – The North Face Ultra Trail II

Ultra refined: a review of The North Face Ultra Trail II. For this review and more shoes gets, see the latest edition of Trail Run Mag, downloadable for FREE here.  Another second-iteration shoe in this edition’s shoe slots, and yet another study in the art of refinement, although in this case The North Face has upped the incremental improvement ante over it’s Nike compadre. WANT TO WIN A PAIR OF ULTRA TRAIL 2s? CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT HOW!   The Ultra Trail II…

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