Best GPS Watch for Ultrarunning (2018 edition)

Garmin Fenix 5 Watch Family
Garmin Fenix 5 Family

Updated: June 30, 2018

As a follow up to my previous article, Best GPS Watch for Ultrarunning, here is an updated version with the latest and greatest watches. There are more options than there are days in the year, and every month it seems like a new watch is released to the market. My goal with this post is to help narrow down the dizzying amount of choices, with a specific focus on ultra running.  This is not a comprehensive list of all GPS watches out there, and there may be watches that aren’t on my list for one reason or another, but that doesn’t mean they won’t work for you. Continue reading “Best GPS Watch for Ultrarunning (2018 edition)”

Product Review – Altra Escalante

Altra Escalante
Altra Escalante

Product Review – Altra Escalante

The Altra Escalante is the first Altra using the new Altra Ego™ midsole cushioning material which claims to offer outstanding rebound, light weight, and superior comfort.  It is also the first Altra with a knit upper.  After being disappointed with the Altra Torin 2.5, and lacking a good medium-cushioned road shoe since my previous favorite pair had too many miles on them, the Altra Torin 2.0, I was really excited to try out the new Altra Escalante.

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Product Review – Altra Lone Peak 3.0

Altra Lone Peak 3.0
Altra Lone Peak 3.0

Product Review – Altra Lone Peak 3.0

The Altra Lone Peak 3.0 is the 5th generation of the Lone Peak shoe (1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0) and the fourth generation that I have owned.  The Lone Peak 1.5 was actually my very first pair of Altra shoes, and I’ve been running in zero drop shoes ever since.  I was really looking forward to trying these shoes out!

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Product Review – Mio Link Heart Rate Wristband

Mio Link
Photo credit: Mio Global

I’d been eyeing the Mio Link Optical Heart Rate Monitor for a few months having seen the Mio technology (which was developed in conjunction with Philips) slowly show up directly integrated in to more and more watches like the Garmin Forerunner 225 and TomTom Cardio, so about 6 months ago I decided to pull the trigger and order one.

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Product Review – Altra Lone Peak Neoshell

Altra Lone Peak Neoshell
Altra Lone Peak Neoshell (Photo Credit: Altra)

The Lone Peak Neoshell is Altra’s winter specific shoe, and is based on the popular Lone Peak 2.0. While they may both be zero drop, have the same foot shaped toe box, look (mostly) identical, be built on the same last, and share the same name; the Neoshell is distinctly different thanks to a partnership with Polartec. The Neoshell upper is built from a proprietary material provided by Polartec that makes the Neoshell waterproof. Continue reading “Product Review – Altra Lone Peak Neoshell”

First Impression – Altra Olympus 2.0

Altra Olympus 2.0
Altra Olympus 2.0

I haven’t been shy in the past, around anyone that will listen, about the previous generations of the Altra Olympus (the 1.0 and 1.5) and my general opinion of those versions of the shoe is that while they are meant to be a hybrid road/trail shoe, they are too heavy for the road and have really terrible traction for the trail, so they just aren’t really good for either. Continue reading “First Impression – Altra Olympus 2.0”