Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit Review

Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit General Info: The Free Flyknit 4.0 is newest iteration of the Free 4.0, replacing the v3. As a quick background the Free 4.0s are the intermediate shoes in the Free lineup, with the 3.0 being the most minimalist featuring a 4mm drop. Moving on the 4.0 has a 6mm drop, and […]

Nike Free Flyknit 4.0 Review

Nike Free Flyknit 4.0 General Info: The Free 4.0 Flyknit is the intermediate offering in the Free progression of natural ride shoes. It offers a barefoot feel but with enough cushion to make the ride quite comfortable even over gravel roads. The addition of the Flyknit upper and a redesign of the outsole structure are […]

Nike Free 3.0 v4 Review

Nike Free 3.0 General Info The Nike Free is a perennial favorite since breaking into the collective running consciousness (and, arguably, bringing minimalism along with it) back in 2004. Since then, the line has spread across various models catering to different running styles and training regimens. The Nike Free 3.0 is among the less-cushioned within […]

Nike Free 5.0 Review

The Nike Free 5.0 is the successor for the Free Run 3. This was my first time running in the Free/Free Run, and so I was excited by the opportunity to review the Free 5.0. And while this shoe is often marketed as “minimalist,” I felt it could easily serve as a daily trainer for […]

Brooks PureConnect 3 Review

General Info: The Brooks PureConnect 3 is a neutral performance shoe engineered with minimalism in mind for faster paced training and racing. First Impressions: I gave the PureConnect 2 a rave review last year and I was very excited to learn that Brooks was making changes to the upper that would please someone like me […]

Asics Gel Blur 33 Running Shoes Review

Asics Gel Blur 33 Intro Asics always seems to be the company that sticks to its guns the longest when creating, or recreating, models of their running shoes. Any runner trying the ever popular DS-trainer or 2100 series can basically find the same shoe from year to year, only having to stomach aesthetic changes to […]

Asics Gel Excel 33 Running Shoes Review

Asics Gel Excel33 General Info The 33 collection is Asics first foray in ligther and less constructed high mileage running shoes. The running industry has been waiting for a while to see what Asics’ response would have been to the recent minimalistic wave that shook the industry. I had the chance to meet and question […]

Mizuno Wave Elixir 7 Running Shoes Review

Mizuno Wave Elixir 7 First Impressions: In my recent Wave Nirvana 8 and Wave Inspire 8 reviews my biggest gripe was the look of the shoes. It’s a small thing to complain about, I know. Mizuno may be a bit conservative when it comes to the standard colors for the Inspire and Nirvana series but […]

Brooks Pure Connect Running Shoes Review

Two of’s reviewers, Tom Caughlan and Jim Coulson, decided to co-review this shoe.  We’d like to thank Brooks for sending them both a pair to test. UPDATE 2013: We have reviewed the Pure Connect 2 ! New from Brooks is the PureProject collection, and Brooks’ advertising campaign for the Pure Connect describe the experience […]

Brooks Pure Cadence Running Shoes Review

Brooks Pure Cadence General Info The Brooks Pure Project line, which hit stores this fall, was Brooks’ response to runners’ requests for more minimal shoes. The Pure Project line consists of four minimal shoes—the Pure Cadence, the Pure Connect, Pure Flow, and Pure Grit—each aimed at a different type of runner. The Pure Cadence is […]