Classic Trailrunner Cuts Weight and Price: Altra Timp 5 Review
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by Craig Randall
2d ago
The cost of running shoes is ballooning ever upward, particularly due to cottage companies not realizing an economy of scale (i.e., Speedland) or mainstream companies increasingly utilizing expensive foam and plate technology. Being a gear tester — specifically, a runner and shoe tester — has given me a healthy dose of skepticism. So it’s notable that not only has Altra added a more expensive material in its new Timp 5 (a Vibram outsole compared to its in-house rubber) and reduced the shoes’ weight, but also brought the price down $5. It’s not a lot of savings, but noteworthy in an era of $50 ..read more
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The Best Snowshoes of 2024
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by Austin Beck-Doss
1w ago
Whether you’re looking to explore local snowy trails or hike into the powder-filled backcountry, snowshoes are the answer. As technology continues to evolve, winter exploration opportunities continue to expand. And while we’re excited to see so many options available, it can be overwhelming to choose a pair of good snowshoes, especially when you can’t strap them on and take them for a test drive. Since 2021, our team of intrepid powderhounds has been seeking out and testing the best snowshoes on the market for this comprehensive guide. We’ve narrowed down the field and found the bes ..read more
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Rain Gear for Your Feet: First Lite Brambler Gaiter Review
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by Andrea Wilson
1w ago
Boot gaiters can serve many purposes. They range anywhere from light-duty cloth meant to keep rocks and debris out of shoes to waterproof layers meant to keep your lower legs and feet dry. The First Lite Brambler falls into the latter category and does a great job, given proper fit and care. I dragged these gaiters to hell and back through two seasons of hard hunting for mountain lions in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Though they are visibly worn out, they just won’t quit doing their job of keeping the moisture off my legs and out of my boots. In short: The First Lite Brambler Gaiter is a ver ..read more
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HOKA Cielo X1 Might Be the Brand’s Wildest Road Shoe Yet
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by Sean McCoy
2w ago
My first impression of the HOKA Cielo X1 went like this: Open box, wowed by the reflective, colorful upper, momentarily dumbfounded while putting the shoe on my foot, and then awestruck by the feeling of standing in the funky, heavily rockered race shoe. You see, I’m an avid runner. But road running generally isn’t my focus. I run on roads literally every day, but my runs also take me through parks, up and down embankments, and along streams that are anything but smooth and flat. So, I tend more toward do-all trail running shoes or road running shoes with a bit more bite. So, a true marathon ..read more
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Brooks Ghost 15 Review: A Carbon-Neutral Road Shoe That Sets the Pace
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by Matthew Medendorp
2w ago
For years, the Brooks Ghost was my running shoe of choice. A good friend, who first indoctrinated me into the cult of distance running, suggested a local shop that swayed me from my Asics preference (the long-hanging result of a failed middle school cross-country career — apparently, I was the only runner to get slower during the season). That original pair of Ghost 9s has long been thrashed. After 600+ miles, they busted in an uintended use case: playing pickup basketball. Subsequent moves to Flagstaff made the jump to trail running and being seduced by the siren call of HOKA’s max cushionin ..read more
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Salomon Sense Ride 5 Review: One Trail Shoe to Rule Them All?
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by Matthew Medendorp
3w ago
I’ll start with a confession. I’m biased to dislike the Sense Ride 5. Years ago, a slightly confrontational and overly pretentious running store employee in the Roaring Fork Valley told me the Sense Ride was the shoe — none other would do. I had blown out a pair of trusty Brooks the week before and was just looking for a 1-to-1 replacement of my beloved Ghosts. At the time, I wasn’t even doing much trail running, instead I was training for some local sprint-distance triathlons. Nonetheless, I succumbed to shoe salesman/peer pressure and bought the Sense Rides. I hated the shoe. It fit strange ..read more
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The Best Winter Boots for Men in 2024
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by Sean McCoy
1M ago
It isn’t long after the first flakes start to fall that we’re rummaging through our closets in search of our trusty winter boots. There’s something special about that first walk about the neighborhood when the snow starts to accumulate, and whether you’re aiming to dive headlong into a winter of outdoor adventures, or just make it out with your toes intact, you’re going to need a good pair of winter boots to see yourself through to spring. To give you a jump start on the season, we’ve kicked the rubber on a lot of soles to find the best winter boots for men. Because winter varies so much arou ..read more
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The Best Winter Traction Devices of 2024
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by Austin Beck-Doss
1M ago
There are many varieties of winter traction devices on the market, and seemingly just as many names for them. Whether you call them microspikes, ice cleats, trail crampons, or something else, these winter accessories will help to keep you firmly planted all season long. Some utilize low-profile metal coils, some hardened steel studs, and others still function like less aggressive ice climbing crampons. If you’re looking to safely walk the icy city streets or trail run through the frozen backcountry, there’s a traction device that matches your needs. To develop this list, we have tested a mass ..read more
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Energy-Saving, Fast-Heating: Hedgehog Buddy i3 Boot and Glove Dryer Review
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by Will Brendza
1M ago
Boot dryers are useful, but they’ve never really impressed me as a piece of gear. The first ones I had consistent access to were in Beaver Creek’s ski school locker room. They were fan-powered — and very basic. They’d dry footwear if you left it there all night — but that locker room stank of feet with upward of 50 dryers blowing lukewarm air into ski instructors’ work boots. I later owned a similar dryer that I kept by my front door and only used on the weekends during ski season. I’ve also used dryers that use radiant heat instead of fans, which are quieter and don’t blow stinky air ar ..read more
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Easy-On, Easy-Off, Expert-Level Ski Boots: Dalbello Cabrio LV 130 Review
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by Bergen Tjossem
1M ago
Colorado has experienced the full spectrum of snow conditions this early season — both excellent and horrifying. There has been a day for every different ski in my arsenal and I’ve been attaching them to my body via Dalbello’s new Cabrio LV 130. The new three-piece freeride-oriented cabrio-style boot replaces the brand’s popular Krypton series. Through the crud and chunder, I learned something about cabrio-style ski boots and the aptly named Cabrio LV — they turn harsh conditions into butter. I skied them hard, I skied them playfully, fast, slow, and at my limit. After all this testing, I’ve ..read more
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