Saucony Kinvara 10 Review

TL;DR

A return to the classically simple design of the original Kinvara. Previous and current fans will find a lot to like with version. Decently cushioned and flexible, the Kinvara 10 continues to be good choice for runners looking to get into something more minimal and also as a speed work or race day shoe. My only concern is the heel fit from the extra foam pads inside the heel.

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Salomon Adv Skin 5 2019 First Look

Loaded, front view

The Advanced Skin (Adv Skin) is one of the more popular packs in the Salomon range. I see a lot of runners wear it, particularly for longer trail races. Available in 5L and 12L versions, it differs from conventional packs in that it fits more a like piece of clothing rather than a backpack. The front and rear contents are kept close to the body, which makes it less apt to bounce while running. It has a large number of front accessible pockets which allows for access while still moving. Even the rear pockets are reachable without taking off the pack, with a bit of shoulder mobility.

The Adv Skin has undergone a significant redesign in 2019. I have been using the 5L 2015 version for the last few years on many of my long runs. It has been one of the best and most bulletproof pieces in my running gear collection.

This is first impression article that describes the vest for those new to the product. For existing users, I will also summarize the changes seen in the 2019 version, vs. 2015 and 2017 versions. I will update this post with a review in the future, after running a reasonable number of runs with it.

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New Balance Zante Pursuit Review

TL;DR

Zante v1 fans rejoice. Your shoe is back.

Intro

I’ll be honest. I test and run in many different shoes. If you check my Strava profile, I have over 30 pairs in active rotation. But… the model I keep coming back to is the Zante v1. I’ve run just about every race between 5k to half marathon in this model. After logging a lot of miles in the Zante, I find it’s such a versatile shoe that works for everyday mid-distance training to racing. That’s what I and many other runners felt about the first version of the Zante. Successive revisions of the shoe added differing combinations of weight and stiffness and didn’t have that magic combination.

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Aftershokz Trekz Air Review

TL;DR

Aftershokz headphones should be the short list for most suitable headphones for street runners. They sit on your jawbone and transmit sound into the head and ears via bone conduction. They provide decent audio quality without obstructing ear openings. Compared to conventional headphones, the provide significantly improved situational awareness and safety. The Trekz Air model is the lightest and most comfortable model available, albeit at a higher price than the Titanium, which have the same functionality.

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Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music Review

TL;DR

The Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music is a solid and very usable running and sport-focused GPS watch. The optical HR and music functions are excellent. The smartwatch features are average and outperformed by Apple and Android. The GPS positional accuracy is lackluster, compared to the competition, which is quite disappointing, considering this is sport-first device and Garmin pioneered this category.

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