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Shoe Review: New Balance 110

Brand: New Balance

Model: 110

Weight: 7.75 oz

Drop: 4mm

Stack Height: 19mm/15mm

With my first Tough Mudder coming up, I wanted to find a good trail shoe that offered a little more padding than Vibram’s offerings, but was still minimalist. When my search started I was the owner of a pair of New Balance MT-100s and MT-101s, as well as a pair of Brooks PureGrits. None of these shoes are ideal for a obstacle race, but I was pretty happy with my MT-101s for trail running, so when I started my search and stumbled across the 110s, I knew I had to see them in person and try them on. Once I did, I knew they were the shoes I wanted.

After taking them out on a few initial trail runs, as well as Tough Mudder Las Vegas, I have to say that the 110s have outperformed any and all expectations I had for them. The grip on both wet and dry ground is exceptional, with a mid-to-narrow fit on the foot and an open toe box. Anybody that has ran in the MT-100s or the MT-101s should try the 110s, as they are a fresh new take based on the New Balance Minimus line. New Balance also made sure they fixed some of the complaints people had about the MT-100/MT-101s, such as the back of the shoe being so stiff it would often cause blisters.

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By on October 15, 2012 in Gear Reviews

Shoe Review: Brooks PureConnect

Brand: Brooks

Model: PureConnect

Weight: 7.2 oz

Drop: 4mm

Stack Height: 14mm/10mm

Brooks was a little late to the minimalist running game, but they entered the fray in a fast and furious manner by releasing four models under the PureProject moniker. While they aren’t zero-drop like other offerings in the space, they can still be considered borderline minimalist with an 8mm drop and a focus on flexibility and lightweight over cushioning.

The Construction

The PureConnects have a soft foam midsole with a more durable material underneath, through the forefoot, arch, and heel. The upper is made of a foam with a large diamond pattern cut into it for ventilation and is overlaid with a thin mesh material.

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By on August 14, 2012 in Gear Reviews

Shoe Review: Altra Lone Peak

Brand: Altra Zero Drop Footwear

Model: Lone Peak

Weight: 9.9 oz

Drop: 0mm

Stack Height: 22.5mm/22.5mm (with removable footbed), 17.5mm/17.5mm (without removable footbed)

Back in January of 2011 when I was looking for shoe options to replace my Nike Frees that had ripped open along the inside of the shoe, I stumbled across the Altra Running website and learned about their upcoming Instinct/Intuition and Lone Peak lines and immediately decided I wanted to try at least the Instinct to use for road running, which was pretty much all I did at that time. Unfortunately, the Instinct wouldn’t be released until a couple months later than I needed the shoes by, so I had to let that opportunity pass, but made a mental note to come back to Altra when I needed more shoes. Through the next few months I always dropped by the Altra booth if they were at the expo of the race I was running so I could try on the various shoes and talk to the reps. At the Chicago Marathon I saw the Lone Peak for the first time and knew that I had found the first pair of trail running shoes I would purchase.

Fast forward to late December of 2012 and I finally became a member of the Altra community with the purchase of my first pair of Lone Peaks. Unfortunately, right after purchasing them I came down with a respiratory illness that kept me out of running for about a month, and then I started on the beginnings of a 50K training program which prevented me from running trails. I did get to run in them here and there though, and my initial impressions were that they were much better for trails than my Inov-8 f-lite 195s I had used occasionally, and better than my Merrell Trail Gloves as well. The only downside I noticed at first was the additional weight of the shoe over the seven ounce weights of my normal running shoes.

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By on August 12, 2012 in Gear Reviews