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Running Shoe Reviews and Information

07/05/2021

Altra Lone Peak 5 Review

Intro Altra running shoes have now been on the market for 10 years and their very first trail running shoe was the Lone Peak. In 10 years the Lone Peak has developed to become one of the most popular trail running shoes we sell at NorthernRunner.com and in-store. As well as the classic trail running version, there is now a Lone Peak ALL-WHTR (All Weather) and a Waterproof Lone Peak boot popular with hikers and fast packers. It would be a good idea to a base knowledge of the Lone... Read More

06/05/2021

Hoka Mach 4 Review | Light & Fast Road Running Shoes

Intro & Weight The Hoka Mach 4 is, in effect, a Hoka Carbon X without the Carbon plate. The stack height, curvature of the rockers and composition of the midsole is all the same. It has been designed as a training shoe for those that enjoyed running in the Carbon X, which was really designed for the fastest sessions and racing. The shoes are incredibly light when you pick them up (Men’s UK 8 230grams). The rocker in the shoe and the soft initial feel to the cushioning makes them... Read More

30/04/2021

Topo Athletic Ultraventure 2 Review | Low Drop Cushioned Trail Running Shoes

In May 2019 I reviewed the original Topo Ultraventure. Most brands tinker with their shoes and change them a bit every 6 months to a year. I think for a lot of runners Topo Athletic got it right first time, which is why they have waited 2 years before upgrading their most popular trail running model. If you have enjoyed logging the miles in your Ultraventure and it was the perfect combination of features, the idea of moving to the new one might worry you. There are always trends in... Read More

Topo Athletic Cyclone Review | Low Drop Road Running & Racing Shoes

Topo shoes are designed to give your feet the space to function. They all have a broad and rounded toe box so your feet can spread on impact. This means that your feet stabilise you. The planta fascia gets stretched to absorb the impact and then recoils and springs you into your next step. The foot function allows your feet to get stronger as you build up your running. For you to land on your midfoot with your foot under your centre of gravity all Topo shoes have a low... Read More

Saucony Peregrine 11 ST Review | High Grip Trail Running Shoes

Saucony makes their most popular trail shoe in three versions. The Peregrine 11 has an outsole designed to cover more hard packed terrain. There is a GTX version of the Peregrine 11 that has a Goretex lining and then the Peregrine 11 ST. The Peregrine 11 ST is the most aggressive member of the Peregrine family designed for softer and more broken ground. The Saucony Peregrine 11 ST has 6.5mm deep lugs on the sole of the shoes. These are designed to bite into soft muddy ground to give good... Read More

Altra Rivera Review | Zero Drop Road Running Shoes

The newest shoe in Altra road running range is the Altra Rivera. The Rivera drops into the range where the Altra Instinct/Intuition used to sit. That makes the Rivera more cushioned than the Escalante, which is designed as a racer/trainer for those faster runs and interval sessions. Conversely, it’s less cushioned than the Torin, which is Altra’s high mileage high cushioning road running shoe. If I had to label the Rivera, I would say that it’s a ‘performance training shoe’. Everything about the Rivera is light and minimal. The men’s... Read More

Hoka One One Rocket X Review | Road Racing Shoes

The Hoka Rocket X is Hoka’s lightest road racing shoe with a carbon plate in the midsole and as such is designed for running at higher speeds. Traditionally, racing shoes have always been firm and responsive in feel so that the power you are putting into the floor can be transferred into forward motion. The cushioning level has also been low to gain maximum foot function. However, in recent times things have changed. Hoka were one of the first brands to introduce a ‘meta rocker’ into their shoes that helps... Read More

Brief History of Karhu Running Shoes

Although not as well-known as other running shoe brands, Karhu has a rich 100 year heritage that includes their shoes being worn by exceptional Olympic athletes like Paavo Nurmi and Emil Zatopek. Karhu started making Javelins, Skis and Discuss using locally sourced birch from a small workshop in a side street in Helsinki way back in 1916. The company was then called Ab Sportartiklar Oy. Finnish birch was discovered to be uniquely lightweight and flexible and ideal for many Sporting implements, including running spikes that Karhu therefore started to develop.... Read More

Karhu Fusion Ortix 2021 Review by NorthernRunner.com

When you look at the 100 plus years of Karhu’s history it strikes you that Karhu has always been a brand that is a step ahead. They were using Finish birch to give their spikes a bit of spring in 1916 and had ‘Air Cushion’ in their shoes in the 1970’s, before any other brand had started putting cushioning into their shoes. They noticed the drawback with cushioning in that it essentially makes you go ‘up and down’ through your cycle and not forwards. As a result, they developed the... Read More

Brooks Catamount Review | Light & Fast Trail Running Shoes

The Brooks Catamount is designed to hit a niche in the trail running shoe market. Currently most trail shoes are one of two extremes; trail shoes designed for softest, muddy ground with long studs and a minimal level of cushioning or must more softly cushioned training shoes. These extremes were created because trail running races were almost non-existent and trail running was more for recovery. The races were found on fells, cross country or over mountains. Well studded minimal shoes were the best footwear for this kind of racing. In... Read More