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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Skechers Performance Test Fest

TL;DR

Skechers Performance Division has a solid 2018 model lineup. I had the fortune of testing the GOrun 6, GOmeb Razor 2, GOrun Ride 7 and GOrun Ultra R. In their respective categories, they are lighter weight, better cushioned and have more outsole coverage for grip and wear resistance.

Introduction

I had the pleasure of testing a good part of Skechers Performance Division’s (SPD) 2018 line-up at a recent run with the Eastbound Run Crew (EBRC). Here are some brief thoughts on each of the shoes I tried.

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The Magic Metric Streets

Having endlessly run the streets of downtown Toronto over the last ten years, I noticed my GPS watch was consistently beeping the kilometre intervals at the same major streets. I realized that many of theses roads are almost extactly 1 km apart, in both the north-south and east-west directions.

  • East to West: Sumach – Sherbourne – Bay – Beverley / St. George – Bathurst – Shaw – Dufferin
  • North to South: Bloor – College / Carleton – Queen

That’s a grid of 6k east to west and 2k north to south. Not every section of the grid will have a street or intersection, but the majority of them do.

Another variation has the same east-west streets, but a different alignment north-south:

  • East to West: Sumach – Sherbourne – Bay – Beverley / St. George – Bathurst – Shaw
  • North to South: Harbord / Wellesley – Dundas – Wellington

I call these the magic metric streets. They pretty handy to have when estimating distances or navigating ad-hoc on the fly. Remember this the next time you forget your watch.

New Balance 890v6 Review

TL;DR

The 890v6 is a faster version of the classic neutral trainer. A very versatile shoe which can handle both faster paced and slower, longer mileage runs. The ride is firm and snappy. It has a roomy, stretchy toebox and gets more fitted towards the back of the shoe. Fans of the previous version of the 890 will want to check the fit and ride before proceeding with this update.

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