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”

Product Review – Spot Gen3

Spot Gen3 (Photo Credit: Spot)
Spot Gen3 (Photo Credit: Spot)

Being an ultra runner living in Utah means a lot of my running and mountain biking adventures occur in the mountains and in remote locations that have poor or no cellular reception.  I also tend to run/ride alone quite often, and lately, those runs and rides have been getting longer and longer.  For the sake of my family, I started looking around at various options in the event that there was some type of emergency, and I stumbled upon the Spot Gen3. Continue reading “Product Review – Spot Gen3”

Product Review – Altra Lone Peak 2.5

Altra Lone Peak 2.5
Photo Credit: Altra Running

Product Review – Altra Lone Peak 2.5

The Altra Lone Peak 2.5 is the 4th generation of the Lone Peak shoe (1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5) and the third 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.  To say I was excited to buy and try these shoes out is an understatement!

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Product Review – Skora Tempo

Skora Tempo
Photo Credit: Skora

Product Review – Skora Tempo

As any of my running friends know, I am a big fan of zero drop shoes for many reasons, and for the past few years have run exclusively in Altra shoes (Olympus, Lone Peak, and Paradigm in particular).  Unfortunately, not a lot of shoe companies offer zero drop shoes yet, so I was very excited to see that Skora was releasing a new zero drop running shoe with a decent amount of cushioning, the Tempo.

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Automatically Syncing Garmin Connect

Garmin Connect Logo

One of the best uses of a GPS watch is the ability to keep an accurate workout log online with minimal effort. For Garmin users, the online portal that you sync your device with is Garmin Connect. For Suunto users, the online portal that you sync your device with is Movescount. Other brands have their own respective portals, but I’m only going to focus on these two for now since they are the dominant brands in the space.

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Best GPS Watch for Ultrarunning

Garmin fenix 3 – Photo Credit: Garmin

Updated: November 6, 2017

A newer version of this post is now available here: Best Watch for Ultrarunning (2018 edition)

Runners have it good when it comes to GPS watch choices. 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. In fact, a quick stop over at DC Rainmaker (let’s be honest, if you can get away from there in under an hour, you are lucky!) will show you just how many choices there are. 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”