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The upper looks like other Sense shoes: mesh with TPU overlays, elasticized tongue, and Quick Lace.

Preview: Salomon X Alpine Pro || For scrambly runs, maybe high routes

When running and racing on trails, I normally wear Salomon Sense or Salomon Ultra shoes. But for hiking and backpacking, I currently have to look elsewhere. For two years my go-to has been the La Sportiva Bushido (my review; and my preview of the Bushido II), which is perfectly suited for high routes: they’re securely fitting, durable, […]

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The Altra Tusher will be released in July 2019. It is a conventional hiking boot but with Altra's famed zero drop and wide foot-shaped last.

Preview: Altra Tusher || Hiking boot with zero drop & foot shape

My coverage of Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2018 starts with Altra, which has developed a cult-like following among hikers and runners for its zero drop shoes, wide lasts, and gender-specific fits. Altra revealed three new shoes at the show: the Tusher, Grafton, and Wahweap. They will be available in July 2019. Availability is uncertain at this […]

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I thought the toebox of the Pro was roomy, but press materials indicate that the Triple Crown will be even more generous.

Preview: Salomon Odyssey Triple Crown || Altra Lone Peak alternative

The Salomon Odyssey Pro (my review) is somewhat unique: instead of being a trail running shoe that has been adopted by hikers, it’s a hiking shoe that has the comfort, breathability, and weight of a trail runner. In spring 2019 Salomon will release the second generation Odyssey, the Odyssey Triple Crown. The target market is not […]

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The La Sportiva Bushido II is mostly the same as the first-generation, but with a few nice tweaks.

Preview: La Sportiva Bushido II || Go-to “high route shoe” gets better

The La Sportiva Bushido is designed for running on rugged mountain trails, but I’ve found it to be best suited for backpacking high routes. Most notably, it: Sits low to the ground, for stability on uneven surfaces; Features a stiff midsole, for kicking steps in snow and hard dirt, and for holding an edge on […]

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Hoka Challenger ATR 4

Review: Hoka One One Challenger ATR 4 || Easy singletrack + mixed runs

My shoe-de-jour changes with the season and the training cycle. Last summer while training for 100-mile mountain ultras and undertaking high routes I was most excited about the Salomon S/Lab Sense Ultra (my review) and La Sportiva Bushido (my review). In the lead-up to the Houston Marathon in January, I put hundreds of miles on the Hoka […]

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The Microspikes (left) are best for consolidated snow and ice. They are also light, reasonably priced, and easy to put on and take off. The K10 Crampons are more suitable for steeper slopes and less consolidated snow.

Buyer’s Guide: Kathoola Microspikes vs K-10 and KTS Crampons || Differences, intended uses, and limitations

Kahtoola was showing off its new gaiters at the Outdoor Retailer tradeshow, but I was more interested in its time-tested traction devices. These spikes and crampons are crux for: Running on snow- and ice-covered trails and roads; and, Hiking on glacial ice, crust-covered snowpack, or steep-ish lingering snowfields. All the Kahtoola devices are compatible with soft-soled […]

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The new Altra Lone Peak 4.0, which will be available in August 2018. If the Lone Peak 3.0 or 3.5 worked for you, the 4.0 will probably, too.

Preview: Altra Lone Peak 4.0 || More durable upper & new stickier outsole

At the Altra booth I found the Lone Peak 4.0, the next-generation of this popular trail running and thru-hiking shoe. It will be available in August 2018, and in four versions: Low Mesh ($120, 10.2 oz for M’s, 8.7 oz for W’s) Mid Mesh ($130, 12.3 oz for M’s, 10.3 oz for W’s) Low RSM […]

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The Wooleator (and its polyester equivalent, the Aireator) has a mesh top that dissipates heat and moisture more quickly than non-mesh areas of the sock.

Long-term review: DeFeet Wooleator Sock || Go-to sock for a decade-plus

In December I visited my parents in Massachusetts, and my mom had waiting for me a box of possessions that I needed to bring back to Colorado or throw out. Along with newspaper clippings from the Sea-to-Sea Route, a Valentine’s Day card from a high school sweetheart, and running logs from the pre-Strava era, I […]

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The uppers are made of breathable mesh and TPU reinforcements. This has proven to be a winning construction for Salomon running shoes.

Review: Salomon Odyssey Pro || Hiking shoe with strong running pedigree

The Salomon Odyssey Pro was introduced to me at Outdoor Retailer as “a thru-hiking shoe with running shoe design cues.” That sounded interesting and right up my alley, so I asked for a review pair to test while leading trips this summer in the Indian Peaks Wilderness and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park. Our routes were […]

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