REVIEW: Brooks Pure Grit 3

GRIT FOR GRIME >> Brooks Pure Grit 3 Ask and thy shall receive. Not necessarily because anyone is listening. Just because sometimes the Gods of Iteration get it right. In previous reviews I’ve been complimentary about Brooks Cascadia and Pure Grit models, with some minor gripes.  If you combined the general gist of my opinion on past outings of both models, the thematic would be that they needed to be whacked into a blender together, and hopefully the alchemy that…

SHOE REVIEW: TNF Ultra Trail

Ultra Dependable One award gets you noticed, more awards gets you credibility and The North Face Ultra Trail’s have quickly garnered some serious kudos in mag land winning gongs the likes of Outside Magazine’s 2014 Gear of the Year Award in the trail running category and Runner’s World Magazine Best Debut Award Winner. That’s not a bad looking trophy cabinet for under half a season of being on the playing field. You can see the marketing bods – chuffed at…

Trail shoe review: Nike Zoom Wildhorse

THE WILD ONE: Let’s caveat this review: I’m an Air Jordan tragic. I grew up in an era where if you didn’t have a pair of Air Jordan’s on, you simply didn’t exist, as though the basketballer’s signed-off footwear had a magic power to uncloak you from teenage invisibility. So while I never spoke it, I admit to an inner yearning that one day, Nike, the big boomer of running shoes on road (and basketball court), would one day get…

Shoe Review: Brooks Cascadia 9

Cascade of Dreams Trail shoe review of the Brooks Cascadia 9 Can anyone think of a movie sequel beyond say version two that outstrips its original (porn flicks non admissible)? If anyone says Police Academy 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7, I’ll kill you (tangential note: there’s a new sequel being produced in 2014). The message being that rarely are franchise films any good and equally, it’s hard to truly update a shoe more than a few times and still…

Latest Trail Run Mag blazes new trail

You know that feeling when you run a trail for the first time? It’s all new, fresh dirt, exploding the senses – makes you wanna steam through the jungle… Well, get ready to feel the same bolt of change when you open up the pages of the latest Trail Run Mag, Edition 10, hitting the e-shelves right now, because you’re in for a surprise. Last edition we checked in with new editors (welcome Rachel Jaqueline as our Asia Bureau Chief…

Saucony Kinvara TR

Low riders Kinvara is a village in Ireland. The name means “head of the sea”. Which is of absolutely no relevance whatsoever to Saucony’s Kinvara TR trail running shoe. Fitting then, that there’s not much of a connection between the trail version of the Kinvara and the popular road going model, either. Rather than simply update the road going Kinvara with a rockplate toe protection and better grip – which may have been a winning upgrade in itself – Saucony…

Shoe review: Brooks PureGrit2

Grit and bare it? Happily says TRM Editor, Chris Ord, who finds the new PureGrit2 trail shoes from Brooks remain well within the comfort zone. “The Brooks Pure Grit 2 is the best trail running shoe I’ve had the pleasure of running on”. That’s not me. That’s the Running Shoes Guru speaking (www.runningshoesguru.com). For my money, he’s not 100% on the money, but my foot is different to his. That said, and (assumed) anatomical differences aside, he’s still about 89%…

Shoe Review: La Sportiva Wild Cat 2.0

Just how wild is La Sportiva’s Cat? Guest reviewer and trail man from the north, Caine Warburton, gives us his view on the Italian Stallion’s current offering. One word…..Bomber! Bomber is a climbing term used to describe an anchor or hold that is so strong it will hold anything…fail safe. That’s the word that came to mind after my first run in the Wild Cats and it was coincidentally convenient as La Sportiva is a mountaineering company that was born…

Trail shoe review: Brooks Cascaida 8

Lucky Eights: The fact that the Cascadia is into its eighth model outing shows that Brooks is comfortable with the ‘when you’re onto a good thing…stick with it’ strategy. Many may recall that the Brooks shoe boffins lost their way around the 6’s (at least according to the commentator crowd – I actually found them okay) but regained a strong footing with the 7s. Here, in the next iteration, Brooks has simply reinforced the design positives of a shoe that…

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