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Fall Shoe Review 2018

This season’s batch of shoes were tested in Coastal California’s rolling trails and steep wilderness areas, as well as throughout the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Colorado Rockies, wet Pacific Northwest forests and technical New England terrain.

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Fall Sock Roundup 2018

Cool weather and muddy trails can be a runner’s heaven, but they require a bit more toughness from your socks. We’ve been testing the following styles, any of which are well suited for your autumn trail adventures.

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HOKA One One EVO Mafate

HOKA One One picked up Jim Walmsley shortly after his first foray at Western States in 2016 – the one that was infamously derailed by the missed left turn. He’s been involved with shoe development and prototype testing since then, and the EVO Mafate is an example of how his contributions have improved the performance aspects of existing HOKA models.

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Jetboil Flash Cooking System

An extensively updated version of Jetboil’s iconic backcountry water heating system. The new Flash has design updates that make it more stowable, more ergonomic, easier and faster to use than previous editions.

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Spring Sock Roundup 2018

Springtime socks have to be ready for anything: cold mornings, mid-day heat, sudden thunderstorms, or muddy trails. Here are some of our favorites from this spring’s sock bounty.

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First Look: Brooks Mazama 2

This first update to the Mazama is generally focused on the upper, while the midsole and outsole remain relatively unchanged. The primary changes include a thinner mesh that has enhanced breathability and improved water drainage compared to the original, as well as a 3D rubber print that provides added structure and targeted stretch regions for improved fit and abrasion resistance.

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Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch

From an activity tracker standpoint, the Ionic is simply impeccable. It combines wrist-based 24/7 heart rate monitoring with calorie tracking and sleep metrics to provide a wealth of fitness analysis. It’s also a full-fledged smart watch, which opens the door to cool add-ons like third party apps.

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First Look: Topo Athletic Runventure 2

The Runventure 2 features a couple of design tweaks and borrows a bit from Topo’s other running models, while maintaining the same ruggedness and comfortable fit of its predecessor. It is the lightest shoe in the Topo trail running lineup, and the only one built on a zero-drop platform.

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Cotopaxi Fuego LT Jacket

A lighter weight version of Cotoipaxi’s popular Fuego down jacket, the Fuego LT combines natural goose down with synthetic insulation, plus solid exterior wind and water resistance. The resulting packable jacket can be a midlayer for harsh winter conditions, an outerlayer for aerobic activity, or a casual do-everything piece for all seasons. 

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Review: Victory Sportdesign Kodiak and Bear III Bags

Two versatile, durable, and multi-functional travel and storage options to keep you organized throughout through race weekend. The Kodiak is the size of a carry-on suitcase and can either be carried as a duffel bag or worn as a backpack, while the Bear III is smaller and designed for convenience at aid stations or the finish line.

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The North Face Ventrix Jacket

The debut vehicle for The North Face’s new Ventrix material, which provides dynamic insulation that increases ventilation when you’re active, and retains heat when you’re going slower.

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Altra Wasatch Jacket

Altra’s entry in the waterproof/breathable jacket category, the Wasatch is a lightweight shell that combines soft interior lining with a strong weatherproof exterior and mild stretch capacity for full range of motion.

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Fall Sock Roundup 2017

Fall brings cool weather, colorful trails, and a harvest of new running socks to explore them with. For the most part, the themes this autumn are thinner socks and taller ankle heights – and some of our choices have their own colorful flair to celebrate the changing of the seasons.

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Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody

Patagonia’s lightest and most compressible jacket to date utilizes an innovative new insulation material called PlumaFill that provides excellent warmth to weight and maintains its loft and positioning even with extended use.

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AfterShokz Trekz Titanium Wireless Headphones

If you’re like me and prefer to run with a soundtrack, you likely have a drawer full of various headphones that didn’t quite work out. I heard about the AfterShokz Trekz Titanium, a bone-conducting Bluetooth headphone that, at first glance, would solve many of my problems with standard-issue earbuds.

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