Apr 10, 2013 | 7 comments »
Note from Greg — I've been hassling my poor girlfriend for months to try minimalist running, experiment with form, try on some of the weirder shoes at the running store. Mostly she's resisted. But I finally got her to try out a few and write about them. So here's her review...
I am NOT a minimalist runner. Greg, the boyfriend with whom many of you are already acquainted, jumped on the minimalist bandwagon after a running-related knee injury and I staunchly refused to take part because, well, it seemed absurd. And because I watched his perfectly soft, baby-skinned feet turn to blood blisters and callouses… on purpose. Many times.
So, how did I come to own a pair of Merrell’s Pace Glove minimalist shoes? Well, I might have had a sip of the CrossFit Kool-Aid. After that, I not only agreed to pay an arm and a leg to join CrossFit, but when they told me I needed expensive new minimalist shoes for the “best experience,” I gladly went out and bought some. My first pair was a set of white/hot pink New Balance Minimus Zeros. I bought them because, at the time, they were the only ones available at the local running store. While they are perfectly functional, I look like a clown in them. I know I’m not supposed to care what I look like at 6:15 AM while working out, but I’m a girl, so shut up. Plus, the “clown” feeling carried over into awkward function.
On a whim while on trip to Athens, GA, I ended up picking up a pair of purple/grey Merrell’s that were much more suitable for me – in both form and function.
Apr 9, 2013 | 3 comments »
April 15, 2013, may be most commonly associated with taxes but this year it's also the day of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Vibram is celebrating the marathon this year by hosting famous mountaineer Jim Whittaker at their flagship retail store on Saturday, April 13.
Whittaker was the first American to summit Mount Everest fifty years ago! Whittaker was 34 at the time — talk about an incredible accomplishment. He's also noted as the first employee of REI and he went on to ultimately become REI's CEO and Chairman before retiring.
I've not read Whittaker's autobiography A Life on the Edge, but in reading up on reviews of the book (5 stars on Amazon), I found a quote from Whittaker that lands the book squarely on my list:
From A Life on the Edge:
I heard a phrase not too long ago that pretty well captures my philosophy of life: "If you aren't living on the edge, you're taking up too much space." It has nothing to do with thrill-seeking. It's about makign the most of every moment, about stretching your own boundaries, about being willing to learn constantly, and putting yourself in situations where learnings is possible—sometimes even critcial to your surivival. Being out on the edge, with everything at risk, is where you learn—and grow—the most.— Jim Whittaker
I won't be able to attend the event, but if you happen to be in Boston, the first 100 visitors to the store will get a free book!
Finally, we're doing a little FiveFingers giveaway compliments of Vibram! To be eligible to win a pair of VFFs of your choosing (anything available on vibramfivefingers.com — U.S. models only), simply share this post on twitter or facebook using this link sometime between now and Friday, April 12th at noon Eastern Daylight Time:
Congrats to James Martinez (Twitter follower @Jarza_Quinntes) on winning!
The winner will be announced here on the blog at that time and contacted! NOTE: shares on Facebook must be public in order to track them and be eligible! Same for Twitter in case your tweets are private. Good luck!
And finally, anyone out there running the Boston Marathon? What shoes will you be wearing (if any)?
Full press release after the jump!
Mar 27, 2013 | 12 comments »
I'm rather partial to slip-on shoes. Especially slip-ons that are thin but tough and exceedingly functional. A big part of this is that I like to get moving as soon as possible. I own several pairs of huaraches and the ones I wear most are rarely the best looking or even necessarily the most comfortable, but the ones I can get on the quickest and adjust the easiest.
So when I came across the Luongo, I was pretty excited. Here's a shoe so thin and basic that they tell you up front that you'll probably have to repair it along the way. Because the sad truth about minimalist shoes is that they're typically less sturdy by design than their more bulky traditional sneaker cousins and so can wear out pretty fast. (Though this isn't always the case, obviously. See: Xero Shoes' 5,000 mile warranty.)
The Luongos have some good, some bad. Like many variations of minimalist shoes out there, they're not right for everyone. Read on to see if they might be right for you.
Mar 22, 2013 | 1 comment »
Vibram's Spring 2013 FiveFingers line-up include two wholly new models that are geared towards wetwear—they're called the FiveFingers Maiori and the FiveFingers Signa (seen above).
We've yet to review these new offerings. This is mostly due to not having adequate review conditions given the season. That said, I have played with both new models and they are very interesting.
Mar 19, 2013 | 8 comments »
If you’re like me, then it’s time to replace those original Minimus Trails that you picked up back in 2011 just a few weeks after they were widely released. Luckily, New Balance has come through with a reboot and update of the Minimus 10 in both the Road and Trail editions. They're aptly called the Minimus 10v2 Trail and the Minimus 10v2 (for the Road).
Read on to see how they fared!