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Hoka Rincon 3 Review

The Hoka Rincon is a lightweight racer/trainer. That means that it is a shoe designed to be light enough to race in but, still offer enough cushioning for some training miles too. Usually shoes of this type have a firmer more responsive ride but, the Rincon 3 has a very soft initial feel to the cushioning. They even feel a bit softer than the previous versions. You would think that a shoe as soft as this would be designed more for slow recovery runs. As you sink into the midsole... Read More

What Running Jacket Do You Need? Running Jacket Buyers Guide

As soon as the temperature drops, the wind gets up or it starts to rain, you’ll wish that you chose the correct jacket. Helping you choose the correct jacket is the sole focus of this guide! How much protection you require from your jacket will depend on the conditions you are going to be running in and whether you tend to personally ‘feel the cold’ or not. A good running jacket needs to protect you from the weather on the outside and be as breathable as possible so that you... Read More

Hoka One One Zinal Review

Thought all Hoka One One shoes were soft and pilllow-like? The Hoka Zinal is different. It is fast, responsive and agile.  The current crop of Hoka trail shoes use very soft midsoles to absorb the lumps and bums of the trail in a similar way to fat chunky Mountain Bike Tyres. The Hoka Zinal is more like your Cyclo Cross bike. You can feel what you are standing on and your feet can then respond accordingly which makes you much lighter on your feet and more agile. The shoes are... Read More

La Sportiva Bushido II Review

La Sportiva is an Italian brand that makes products for using in the Mountain. Whether your passion is Walking, Running or Climbing they have products for you. It is no surprise that they their running shoes all have a mountain influence. The Bushido II is designed for use on high mountain trail above the tree line. Rocky single tracks where you need feel for the ground to be light on your feet but, also require some protection from the protruding rocks. There isn’t a lot of this type of running... Read More

Altra Timp 3 Review

Altra shoes are designed to allow your feet the room to function inside the shoes and for you to run in a more natural upright posture. The shoes have a broad rounded toe box so that your feet can spread on impact. This helps you absorb shock, stabilise and spring into your next step. All the Altra shoes are zero drop to promote a more midfoot strike. This means that you load the foot in the best way to utilise the cushion and spring from your feet. The Altra Timp... Read More

Altra Superior 5 vs. Altra Superior 4.5

Altra shoes are designed to allow the foot to function within the shoes and allow you to run with a more natural midfoot strike and upright posture. This is achieved by making the shoes Zero Drop, which means that the height of the midsole at the heel is the same as the height of the midsole in the forefoot. The shoe is ‘flat’.  The forefoot is broad and rounded to allow the foot to spread on impact when you land on your midfoot. This gives you cushioning, stability and natural ‘spring’... Read More

Brooks Cascadia 16 Review

The Brooks Cascadia 16 is very different to the previous models. The purpose of the shoe is still the same it is designed to be an all-round trail shoe. However, the fit and shape of the shoe has changed. The base of the Cascadia is now broader through the midfoot. This is a very similar shape to the neutral Brooks road shoe the Dyad. The shape brings a very stable feel to the ride. The toe box is less pointed than most Brooks shoes. Again, very similar in shape to... Read More

Topo Athletic Ultraventure Pro Review

All Topo shoes have a very distinctive shape. The toe box is broad and rounded to give your feet the space to spread out on impact and function inside the shoes. This gives the runner natural cushioning from their feet, stability and allows your foot to spring you into your next stride. If you aren’t used to a broad, rounded toe box and you don’t have broad feet then shoes of this type will feel roomy when you first put them on. If you have been running in shoes with... Read More

VJ Sport Ultra Review

VJ is a Finish brand founded in 1981 by a shoemaker that was an orienteering enthusiast. He wanted to make shoes that where tough enough to cope with the rigours of orienteering and offer great grip on the rough ground that orienteers race over. For those unfamiliar with orienteering, the object of the time trial is to visit each of the checkpoints in order and as fast as possible. This means that orienteers don’t follow the paths and regularly bash through the undergrowth in their quest to find the fastest... Read More

Altra Torin 4.5 vs Torin 5

Altra started life as a running shoe brand designed to allow the feet to function naturally within the shoes. All Altra shoes are zero drop to promote a more mid foot landing and have a broad rounded toe box to give your feet the room to spread on impact. This gives you cushioning from your own feet, stabilises you and springs you into your next step. As Altra has grown and the brand has been bought and sold new designers have come in who didn’t believe in the concept of... Read More