Feets of Freakery: Barefoot Shoes Gone Mad!

The barefoot movement has been among the biggest stories in running over the past few years. Pretty much every running shoe company makes 'em. But some make 'em weirder than others. Swiss Protection Socks Europeans really aren't shy about experimenting with oddball outdoor gear. And they're not afraid to look a little goofy, either. Swiss Protection Socks from Swiss Barefoot are essentially socks meant to be worn like shoes. Instead of just minimizing the outsole,...
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Fancypants: Pearl iZumi Fly Softshell Running Pant Review

Lower temperatures make it easy for runners to take the Fall and Winter months off. It’s a lot harder to get out of bed when you’ve got 30-degree temperatures waiting for you outside. Fortunately, there’s gear out there that’ll make the frostiest fun run a toasty trot.I’ve been testing out Pearl iZumi’s Fly Softshell pants ($145, pearlizumi.com) for the last few months, and they are nothing if not toasty.The first real test that I put...
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Salomon XR Mission Busts Onto The Scene Early

  I'm not sure who asks for/buys running shoes as a holiday present, but Salomon is gambling that its new XR Mission will show up on a few ladies' Christmas lists this holiday season. Thanks to a positive response over the summer, Salomon pushed the shoe to market in time for the holiday season. The XR Mission is a women-specic, ultralight trail-running trainer designed for short to medium runs. It includes a Quicklace system, protective...
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U.S. Army Lands In Anti-Barefoot Camp

Here's some surprising news: The U.S. Army recently issued a directive that bans five-toed shoes like Vibram Five Fingers. What's surprising about that is not so much that the Army banned them, but that they were ever allowed in barracks to begin with. Doesn't the army issue a standard uniform? And doesn't that not include Five Fingers? I mean, who's going to take our soldiers seriously if they show up in those goofy loafers? But...
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Columbia Spring 12 (P)Review: Omni FREEZE Ice Solar Polar

One of Columbia's new slogans is "Trying Stuff since 1932." Great things come from trying stuff. Among the stuff that Columbia is trying is their Omni FREEZE Ice line, which is designed to cool off when it gets wet. Unlike most clothing, which cools off initially, then warms right up, this stuff has a treatment that chills the fabric and keeps it cool until the moisture evaporates. At Columbia's Spring 12 preview last month, I...
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Supercollar Packs The Leash Right Into the Dog Collar

  My wife and I tend to take turns walking the dogs. And what this means for any given evening is that I often have no idea where in the hell the dog leashes are. Her idea and my idea of where to put the leashes often varies. And that means on top of the not-always-rewarding job of walking the dogs, I have the additional job of finding the leash. You'd think that the dogs...
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Gear Review: Mizuno Wave Prophecy Running Shoe

One of my favorite aspects of Mizuno’s running shoes is their signature Wave Plate-a firm TPU plastic plate that runs along the middle of the shoes soles. When combined with the shoes’ EVA cushioning, the Wave plate adds stbility, support, and - in the case of their trail shoes - a good measure of rock protection. Over the last seven years, Mizuno has been working on their high-end tunning shoe, the Wave Prophecy. Sporting a...
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Gear Review: Breath Thermo Layered Tights

If you know me at all, you know that I'm not a tights-wearing kind of guy. I've worn them for the sake of journalism before, but I was not happy about it. When I got Mizuno USA's Breath Thermo Layered Tights I wasn't too excited about having to run around in another pair of leggings. But it was bloody cold this winter, so I did. And boy, am I glad. Weighing in at a 8.1...
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Best Apps For Playing Outside (So Far)

Some people rail against taking modern tech into the outdoors, and that's fine. If you want to get away from modern society, I'm all for it. But if you've got an iPhone and you're leaving it at home, you're missing out on some fun stuff...here are some of my favorites so far. If you've got anything to add to this list, let me know. Nike+ GPS ($1.99)For runners, the Nike+ GPS app is a spectacular...
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Hillsound Running Crampons

I just started trail running this past summer, and for the past two or three months, I have just felt myself getting fat and out of shape. Most of my main winter activities are powered by mechanics, and I haven't been getting enough real exercise. Long story short, I've been looking for something that would allow me to run during the winter. At first I was thinking running/race snowshoes, but the trail is typically hardpacked...
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Gear Review: Salomon XR Crossmax

  Known among trail runners for their hard core off-road running shoes, Salomon is dipping a toe into pavement running with their XR Crossmax shoe, slated for release in 2011. They haven't ditched their off-road roots completely, however-while the Crossmax is Salomon's most road-friendly shoe, it's still made primarily for the trail. Being touted as a door-to-trail shoe, the Crossmax allows runners to transition from pavement to the trail with ease. I've been working over...
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Karl Meltzer Takes On 2,300-Mile Pony Express Run

  Last week marked the launch of ultra-runner Karl Meltzer's run along the historical Pony Express route. The 2,000-mile voyage will take him from Sacramento, CA to St. Joseph, Missouri. He'll be taking on desert, mountains and plains along the way--pretty much everything the country has to throw at him. I have enough trouble choking down a mile or two, so I'm more than impressed.  The Pony Express route was a mail route that operated...
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Adventure Racing Hydration Pack: Nathan Synergy

Nathan Sports' Synergy Multi-sport/Race Pak is a race vest designed for running, cycling, hiking, and any activity where water just won't be enough. The lightweight pack (19.2 ounces empty) features a Synergy dual bladder system: one  side of the bladder holds water, while the other side is made for an electrolyte drink. Each bladder has an individual output tube that leads into a dial which lets you control the water/electrolyte ratio.  I've had a few...
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Mizuno's Breath Thermo Running Gloves

When I'm running in cold weather, my core doesn't usually get that cold, and my legs are always warm (I've rocked shorts when temperatures have been down in the 30's with no problem), but my hands are always freezing. I guess it's an extremity thing. To combat this, I've been rocking a pair of glove liners with little hotties in them, but that gets a little pricey if you're running every day. Thankfully, the good...
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Pivlock V90: Smith Optics Forgoes Frames

As a cyclist, I'm aware of the need for unobstructed visibility. I've been on the road when my sunglass frames block my peripheral vision when I'm looking out for cars, and it's disconcerting, to say the least. Luckily for me and everyone else on the road, Smith Optics' Pivock V90's have done away entirely with sunglass frames, meaning virtually unobstructed vision for wearers. They're made up of a one piece lens, a nosepiece, and earpieces....
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Running Great: Joan Benoit Samuelson

One of the Heroes of Running as Runner's World calls her: Joan Benoit Samuelson.Be inspired: "there is no finish line." Watch this video! Follow-up with one of running's greatest after her sub-2:50 Boston Marathon at 50 years of age.      
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Grippy, Sticky Run Run!

It's October, and if you live anywhere where the temps are starting to plummet, you're starting to see some of that glorious white stuff falling from the skies. You have only days left to enjoy those summer trails, right? Wrong! Rain, snow, sleet, and crunch? Don't be a Screamin' Mimi all the way to the hospital, grippify those running shoes of yours and HIT THE TRAILS! Here's how to make your own Grippy, Sticky Run...
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Break out of your outdoors rut

 Hello, my name is Shelby, and I am in an outdoors rut.  It didn't used to be this way. When I first moved to California, I would hike the same place three days in a row and have a blast every time because it was All! So! New! And! Beautiful! The shiny-new-state lustre is beginning to wear off now, though. No longer is going outside a compulsion. Now it's a random impulse. Yes, I still...
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YouTube - parkour

Just re-posting something Shelby linked to:    YouTube - parkour
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How to move like James Bond

Check out this clip of freerunning, sometimes called (in French) "the art of displacement. It's not just a sweet-looking street sport. It's a whole new way of interacting with the built/urban environment - it requires tremendous athleticism and grace, but more significantly it requires a mental shift. You have to completely change your understanding of the functions of such fundamental objects like railings, staircases, and walls. The opening scene of Casino Royale featured extensive amounts of freerunning. Photo courtesy of...
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