Archive for 'Gear Reviews & How-to'

Gear Review: Pearl Izumi E:Motion Trail N1

Over the years Pearl Izumi has built a reputation for making trail shoes that just plain work. When I heard that there would be a new trail shoe in 2013 I was pretty excited. My initial thoughts on the E:Motion Trail N1 were that the shoe was both roomy and light. The mid-foot to heel width […]

Gear Review: Salomon Speedcross3

So far during 2013 I have been blessed with all sorts of weather to test trail shoes. Rain, sleet and snow have been a constant companion on my runs and the one shoe that has been able to keep up with all the abuse that Mother Nature can dish out is the Speedcross3 from Salomon. […]

Gear Review: The North Face Torpedo Jacket

There is still some snow around, but things are starting to warm up with spring around the corner. The North Face Torpedo Jacket has been working really well for me in this type of weather. It’s super lightweight, making it easy to stuff in my pack or wrap around my waist. I find I can […]

Gear Review: Columbia Triple Trail II Shell Jacket

When you run through Canada’s harsh winter conditions you need to be adequately prepared to counter the effects of frostbite, frigid temperatures, sleet, snow, blasting winds and everything else winter can throw at you. A large portion of the jackets devoted to running are designed for temperatures around freezing, but not much below. Light shell jackets […]

Gear Review: TNF Women’s Capri Tights & GTD Tee

The North Face GTD capri tights These capri tights are the perfect thing to wear for a cool spring day or a nice fall run.  I found they were snug without being too tight and felt almost like a second skin—nice and light and well-ventilated.  I also found them very supportive due to the compression fit, […]

Gear Review: Arc’teryx Trino Jersey LS Men’s

Fall weather is in full swing and often times, as a trail runner, you need some added wind protection for those cooler days and frosty mornings. Soft shell jackets have become popular due to their combination of wind protection, breathability and off-the-trail style. Arc’teryx Men’s Trino Jersey LS is a well-designed soft shell windbreaker, designed […]

Gear Review: Compressport Calf Sleeves

Compression technology is a balance between too much and too little. Err on the side of too much and you restrict circulation and limit performance benefits. On the other side of things, if there’s too little compression the effect is minimal and you’re really just wearing an expensive fashion accessory. The other balancing act is […]

Gear Review: Columbia Men’s Solar Polar Short Sleeve Crew

Immediately the most noticeable element of this Columbia short sleeve is its style. The compass blue design, which I reviewed, integrates a nicely designed front with an even more stylish back. The two-tone blue with reflective and laser cut detail works well if you’re with your running buddies or hanging out in a less casual […]

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