I've been through a lot of gear in 40 years.
From Adida ROMs through 5 Fingers and back.
From sweats to tights, from polyester to breathable, cold weather gear and rain gear.
There are thousands of products out there. I've seen thousands come and go. And a lot that seem to hang around. A water belt? If you're running solo through the desert, maybe. Crampons for snow? You're not from around here, right?
It can be a time consuming task to try to find a product or service that actually works. Or that you actually need. That's where I can help.
How I Do My Reviews
Like you, I have tried a lot. Like you, I've been running a long time. And also like you, I've found stuff that works for me. But more recently I've made it my mission to sort through the mountain of products and focus on the ones that are most relevant to us.
I'll field test all the products I review. I won't wear them out, but I'll see how they perform. You may have had experience with one or more of the products here. If that is the case and you read a review here about a product you've tried, send me your experiences with the product and let's compare notes.
If you're a long-time user, you'll know why a product works for you. Share it. It might work for someone else.
Product You Want Me to Have a Look At?
I review products all the time. If there is a piece of gear that I haven't looked at yet and you want me to take a closer look, just leave a description of it below and I'll try to get hold of it for an upcoming review.
Running in Cold Weather – What to Wear
My friend Simon lives for the heat. Phoenix in summer at 40°C (104°F) is one of his favorite places on earth. But like many of us, he has lived most of his life north of Phoenix. Quite a bit north….
High Visibility Running Jackets – Review – Being Seen at Night
It’s inevitable. At some point, probably soon, we’re going to be running out there in the dark with cars and trucks and all kinds of vehicles bigger than us. Nod your head if you prefer to be seen. I agree….
Running in the Rain
If you haven’t yet experienced the joy of running in the rain because you’re worried about getting wet, I’m here to put your mind at ease. You’re right. You’re going to get wet. But I guarantee, based on a lifetime…
Compression Socks for Running
My friend Simon surprised me about a year ago when he took off his pants. I, uh, I’ll explain. We had been running all year long in leggings and when it finally got warm enough to run in shorts, I…
What Your Running Shoe Wear Pattern Can Tell You – And What it Can’t
Running Shoe Wear Patterns and Emotion If you’re like me you might hang on to your running shoes well beyond their best-before date. Maybe they got you to a personal best, propelled you to an age-group top 50%, or maybe they’re just those old friends…
Running in Cold Weather – The Basics
Days are freshening. Leaves are turning. As that cold north wind begins to blow, it’s time to get the mental toolkit and the gear ready for running in cold weather – before the real weather arrives. And, hey, with a…
High Visibility Clothing and the Science of Being Seen
First, some bad news. As runners we’re inevitably going to be mixing it up with traffic. Whether it’s with occasional cars on a country road or street traffic at a crosswalk, the sad fact is when there’s a bad mix-up…
Best Running Shoe Lacing Techniques for the Lazy
Store-Bought Lacing I’d never given much thought to running shoe lacing techniques. I’d always accepted whatever lacing came with the shoe out of the box. Why, after all, go to the hassle of pulling the laces out and putting them…
Transitioning to Minimalist Shoes – Raised on EVA
A Rocky Road Who among us have never thought of shedding those 2″ thick blocks of ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) we strap to our feet and sliding into something a little sleeker, a little sportier? You’ve probably eyed the minimalist shoes on the…
Running in Tights
Do you ever feel just a little self conscious when you’re out running in tights? I often wonder why otherwise sane, fitness-oriented people regularly subject themselves to open public scrutiny this way. Myself included. Other than the fact that they…