Salming Trail 5s carried me through the Barkley Fall Classic 50K

You don’t take a knife to a gun fight and you don’t take the wrong pair of shoes to the Barkley Fall Classic.  Make either of those mistakes and you’ll be hurting in the worst of ways. Perhaps I shouldn’t have “tested” my new Salming Trail 5s on one of the most extreme courses in the country.  Actually, I probably shouldn’t have even signed up for the … Continue reading Salming Trail 5s carried me through the Barkley Fall Classic 50K

Salming Elements – newest entrant into the OCR shoe market?

  In 2011, it was a struggle to find a good shoe for obstacle racing, but fast forward to 2016 and several great options are available. That list of options has grown once again with the addition of Salming Elements. The Swedish company has developed a shoe that meets all the major criteria for great obstacle racing footwear.  Most importantly, the Elements grip like a demon and … Continue reading Salming Elements – newest entrant into the OCR shoe market?

Reebok All-Terrain Super OR Review

The weather broke and I suddenly found a Saturday with prime trail running conditions.  I pulled on my 110% PlayHarder compression socks and the brand new Reebok All-Terrain Super ORs and headed to Raven Run.  There are things I like about most of the major OCR shoe brands, but you may already know that I am fond of the Reebok line of OCR shoes, particularly … Continue reading Reebok All-Terrain Super OR Review

Reebok Super 2.0 OCR Shoe Review

After training in them for a few weeks, my first racing action in the new Reebok All Terrain Super 2.0 was the Cincinnati Battlefrog – what some are calling the most difficult regular season obstacle race of 2015.  Aside from that one instance during the jerrycan carry in which I buried my legs calf deep in shoe-sucking mud, I didn’t give my shoes a single thought.  I didn’t think about traction.  … Continue reading Reebok Super 2.0 OCR Shoe Review

Reebok All Terrain Thunder Review

As a cousin to the Reebok All Terrain OCR shoe, the Thunder has some family resemblances, but differs in several characteristics. The distinctive bright colors invite comments from everyone who catches a glimpse. If you like attention-getters, these will do it for you. The shoes aren’t super heavy, weighing in at 11.4 oz for men and 8.8 oz for women. A few jaunts in the stream … Continue reading Reebok All Terrain Thunder Review

Icebug Spirit 4 olx Review

I finally relented and gave the most talked about new shoe company in OCR (Icebug) a chance.  After browsing through the plethora of models that Icebug offered, I realized I needed assistance in choosing the right model for me.  My racing friend, Rob Butler, known to many as the devilish designer of Shale Hill Training Center referred me to his wife Jill, who operates their official … Continue reading Icebug Spirit 4 olx Review

Reebok All Terrain OCR Shoe Review

The vivid colors of the Reebok All Terrain obstacle racing shoe say “I’m pretty.  Look at me.”  But the rest of the shoe screams “I want to obliterate dirt and mud and ravage any earthly element put before me! Turn me loose!”  That louder voice prevailed as the ice and snow finally melted in central Kentucky, leaving perfect conditions for giving these shoes a trial run.  I slipped … Continue reading Reebok All Terrain OCR Shoe Review