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Running a 255km Jungle Marathon in Spyridon FiveFingers

Running a 255km Jungle Marathon in Spyridon FiveFingers

I short while ago I got a pretty incredible user story from Stuart, who recently completed a multi-day "Jungle marathon," which is more of an ultramarathon spread across a few days where you haul all your gear with you for the trip.

He completed it in Spyridon FiveFingers — much to the surprise of the race director and others who warned against doing just that.

I'll stop there and just encourage you to read on!

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B2R Road Performance Shoe Review

B2R Road Performance Shoe Review
The B2R Split-toe running shoe from Born2Run.

I want to tell you that the reason I ultimately got a pair of these shoes was because I read Born To Run and was properly inspired by Eric Orton that I sought his business out and bought a pair of shoes right away.

But I'd be lying.

Yes, Born To Run led me to Christopher McDougall's blog, which eventually led me to the Born2Run shoes. But the deciding factor in my purchasing a pair was my lifelong desire to be a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. That's even why I picked the green(ish) color scheme over the red. But for the sake of this review we're going to pretend I'm a professional who is not motivated by childhood fantasies.

Read on for more.

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Soft Star Rambler vs. Hotcakes: Two Soft Star Kids - Barefoot/Minimalist Shoes Reviews

Soft Star Rambler vs. Hotcakes: Two Soft Star Kids - Barefoot/Minimalist Shoes Reviews

It's a pleasure to write another review of Soft Star shoes for Birthday Shoes. This time I?ll be talking about my family?s favorite pairs of children?s shoes, the Rambler and Hotcakes. I've weighed shoes. I've squeezed shoes. I've photographed my 2 1/2 year old son, Django, in these shoes. And I'll quote Michael Sandler's advice on healthy shoes for children.

Read on for my full review!

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New Balance Minimus 40% Off!

New Balance Minimus 40% Off!

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Apparently, the Trail Zeros have been bumped back to full price. Word I've received is that too many were selling at the discounted price (in the eyes of New Balance) so NB required LeftLane to bump the price back up. Never seen this happen before—hopefully a few of you got a good deal on the Zero Trails while it lasted.


Original alert:

Flash sale outdoor gear site LeftLane Sports has just launched a flash sale of New Balance shoes.

The sale includes both men's and women's Minimus Zeros as well as MT10s (the leather ones reviewed here), MT110s and a few other shoes (some non-Minimus).

The sale has the shoes at 40% off (so about $65 for Zero Trails or Roads or $70 or $60 for leather MT10s or leather MT20s). Not a member of LeftLane? Use my invite to sign up and get $10 credit off your first purchase of $50. Orders over $75 also get free shipping.

Links to the sale: Becoming a "member" of LeftLane is as simple as providing basic info (name/email). There are no strings attached (no fees to join) other than the fact you'll get emails about all future upcoming sales. Of course, you can quit the email list at any time.

If you're not familiar with the Zero Roads and Trails, we've covered them here for both men and women.

Good luck!

Color Me Rad in Xero Shoes

Color Me Rad in Xero Shoes

"You know, I was just thinking that you look pretty grungy," one of my friends said, "Even for you."

We were walking with the crowd towards the start of the Color Me Rad 5k in Raleigh. I was wearing an old white t-shirt like pretty much everyone else, but also 4mm Xero Shoes and the most ill-fitting athletic pants I owned. I bought the pants at a thrift store the day before without even trying them on. They fit okay at the waist, but only reached down to about the middle of my calves -- transforming them into ratty capris. My overall look was something akin to a homeless yoga instructor.

But it was okay, because I wasn't planning on wearing them for long.

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