Archive for 'Gear Reviews & How-to'

Mountain Hardwear Optic 3.5 Tent

This past August I headed out to the mountains of Colorado for 12 days of camping and running. Camping has the same simplicity and peaceful impact as running trails. The idea of getting away and completely surrendering yourself to the trails and isolation of the land is the perfect way to reconnect with your inner […]

Nathan VaporShadow Pack

For longer runs, or runs where I need to carry more gear, I’ve been playing with the Nathan VaporShadow pack. Right away I noticed this pack has a lot going on. It’s advertised as a high-capacity race vest designed to fit a women’s torso. In terms of storage it’s got plenty of compartments if you […]

Shoe Review: Montrail FluidFlex 2

If you’re a minimal shoe fan, I recently checked out the Montrail FluidFlex 2, and if you’re a numbers person here are the numbers. 4mm offset 15mm heel 11mm forefoot 6.9oz or 196g While I can’t do all my running in minimal shoes, I really like them and keep a pair handy for shorter runs […]

Gear Review: Salomon Speed Cross 3

This is not so much of a Salomon Speed Cross 3 CS review as it is a long-term test of a true winter killer. Before the Classic Ontario Winter started, I purchased a wonderfully bright orange and black pair of Salomon Speed Cross 3s with Climashield in the hopes I would be able to use […]

Stocking Stuffers for Trail Runners

Happy Holidays! Shopping days are quickly running out and if you need some ideas for what to put in your runner’s stocking this year, here are some ideas from the wish lists of us at TrailRunning Canada. Ambassador Calum Neff: UltraSpire Cup. With more and more races taking the right step with the environment and […]

Gear Review: The North Face Better than Naked Jacket, Short-Sleeve and Singlet

Better Than Naked First of all, I need to explain the photo of our Canadian World Mountain Running Team on top of a mountain in Poland. I hoped this picture would never see the light of day but alas here it is. For the record I did have shorts on, my engine just runs a […]

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. […]

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