Reebok ATV19

Model :  Reebok ATV19Reebok ATV 19 web small
Weight :  Approx: 11 oz
Cushion : Medium
Toe Box Room : Narrow
Zero Drop : No
Heel to toe drop : Not published
Control : Multi-layer midfoot overlays 
Manufacturer : Reebok (Current version)
Purchased : Yes via Reebok Retail Store

Test Surface : Trail and Treadmill
Miles : 
27.6 (~3 miles on Treadmill)
Tasty?  Its a fun shoe, but not perfect. I purchased this shoe to wear while running a long trail that dishes up soft, to hard, to rocky terrain, and back again. The trail is relatively flat, with a few hills and grades mixed in just to spice things up. And while the ATV19 out performed my Altra Torin’s on the rocky terrain they performed the same or worse over the long haul. In fact I experienced blisters on one or both feet after every run except one. To put that in perspective, I have never ever ended a run with any blisters in the Altra Torin’s.  My non-blister run was a short 3 miler. They are also heavy at 11oz, and after running in lighter shoes for long periods its noticeable. All of that said, I have to be honest and tell you I took these out on a rainy day through a muddy trail run and they were just plain fun. I stayed in place on the trail and hammered the ground with boyish pleasure. So they remain in my rotation for the moment as a fun trail shoe, but I am also prepping to do some trail runs in a pair of Altra Lone Peak 2.0.

Second opinion :  Review by Blond Ponytail

Optic Nerve Boneyard Sunglasses

Model : Optic Nerve Boneyard SunglassesOptic Nerver Web Small
Weight : Less than 1 oz  
Manufacturer : Optic Nerve
Purchased : Yes via Woot!

Features:
– Ventilation gap in upper outside of lens (Prevents fogging).
– TR90 frame has polycarbonate polarized lenses
– Hydrophobic clear coat to repel water, oil, and dust
– Protects against 100% of harmful UV rays
– Meets ANSI Z80.3 standards for optical clarity and resistance
– Optimum use: Running

Test Conditions : Road and Trail
Miles :
Over 20 miles
Tasty?  YES!  They come with interchangeable lens which I have yet to try, but bottom line the provide good eye cover, dark lenses to protect from glaring sunlight, and do not fog up during a long hard run. I am extremely pleased with them.  And if you poke around the Internet you can definitely find them for a good price.  Beyond pure function they also have a rubber like coating on the arms that hold them in place even under extreme sweat soaked conditions. These are my primary go to sunglasses for sunny day runs.
(Yes, it was a hot muggy day out when shot the picture above.)

Second Opinion: From iRunFar.com (Slightly different model)

Xloop Metal Rimless Sports Run Triathlon Sunglasses

Model : Xloop Metal Rimless Sports Run Triathlon Sunglasses 2326 Blue XLoop Sunglasses Web Small
Model:  Xloop Rimless Red Gafas De Sol Mirror Triathlon Running Cycling Sunglasses

Weight : Less than 1 oz  (0.8 ounces)
Dimensions :  
7.1 x 3.5 x 1.6 inches
Manufacturer : Xloop
Purchased : Yes via Amazon (As pictured)

Features as pictured:

  • Lens: Blue- Reduces glare, commonly used in outdoor applications.
  • Frame: Rimless
  • Compliance: Exceeds 86/686/EEC-EN1836-1997 Impact Resistance.

Test Conditions : Road and Trail
Miles :
Over 100 miles on the Red Gafas De Sol
Tasty?  Good for the price point. The Xloops typically sell for around $10.00 and my Red Gafas De Sol lasted me around a year. The lens finally broke away from the small bolt holding the lens to the nose piece, but until then they remained a consistent piece of gear on most of my runs, especially evening trail runs that required some eye protection from the sun and elements. The lens was dark enough, but not too dark. For very bright sunny days, I did switch to sunglasses from Optic Nerve which I will review at another time. Bottom line for $10.00 these things served me well and I have another pair (The blue ones pictured), waiting in reserve.

Second Opinion: From Amazon Customer Reviews

Newton EnergyNR

Model :  Newton EnergyNRNewton Motion III web small
Weight :  Approx: 9.0 oz
Cushion : Medium
Toe Box Room : Better than average
Zero Drop : No
Heel to toe drop : 6 mm
Control : None
Manufacturer : Newton Running
Purchased : Yes via Newton Running

Test Surface : Road and Treadmill
Miles : 
12.1 miles
Tasty?  The EnergyNR was my attempt at transitioning into the Newton world, but I have to say that the EnergyNR just didn’t pop for me. The upper is very soft and I love many things about the shoes, but the lugs and I just do not get along.  I must confess that I purchased the EnergyNR tried them, moved to the Newton Motion III which I did like much better, and just like with the Newton Motion III, I love the Newton concept and I still love the way everything felt about the shoe except for the lugs.  And all that said, I am likely to try some more Newton’s down the road, I am very interested in the POP2 or POP3 versions. These shoes have left my rotation, but I see more Newton’s in my future!

Second opinion :  Review by Runblogger.com

Salomon Agile 7 Hydration Pack

Model : Salomon Agile 7Salomon Agile 7 web small
Weight : Approx: 10 oz
Dimensions :  44 x 21 x 12 cm
Overall : Light weight and comfortable
Manufacturer : Salomon
Purchased : Yes via Leftlane Sports

Test Conditions : Trail
Miles :
10+ miles
Tasty?  This has proven to be a nice asset for our low speed interval work and speed hiking. Its strong, light weight, and has nice storage pockets and straps. In fact it has two pockets on the outside that hold water bottles perfectly. Each pocket features an elastic strap that can be adjusted to lock bottles in place. Lots of options for attaching gear.

Second Opinion: From Bikerumor.com

On Cloudracer

On Cloudracer Web smallModel :  On Cloudracer
Weight :  Approx: 8.1 oz
Cushion : Min
Toe Box Room : Better than average
Zero Drop : No
Heel to toe drop : 5 mm
Control : Neutral
Manufacturer : On
Purchased : Yes via On

Test Surface : Road and Treadmill
Miles : ~
12 miles
Tasty?  Love this shoe for its purpose. This is a light weight, low to the ground racer, and it lives up to its name. This shoe claims a solid slot in my rotation for exactly what its designed for, and offers a unique slightly bouncy ride. In fact the experience has been so positive that I am experimenting with one of the other On shoes for road work.

Second Opinion:  Via Runblogger.com

Newton Motion III

Model :  Newton Motion IIINewton Motion III web small
Weight :  Approx: 9.3 oz
Cushion : Medium
Toe Box Room : Roomy
Zero Drop : No
Heel to toe drop : 3 mm
Control : Medial side
Manufacturer : Newton Running
Purchased : Yes via Road Runner Sports

Test Surface : Road and Treadmill
Miles : 
63.14
Tasty?  I wanted to love this shoe so much, and I kept waiting to get the POP effect. I can’t say I ever felt the POP effect, and I could never get lost in the run. That said, I never had a single blister in these shoes and I never felt like my feet were overly hot.   I love the Newton concept and I still love the way everything felt about the shoe except for the lugs.  And all that said, I am likely to try some more Newton’s down the road, I am very interested in the POP2 or POP3 versions. These shoes have left my rotation, but I see more Newton’s in my future!

Second opinion :  Review by Believe In The Run

Altra Olympus

Model :  Altra OlympusAltra Olympus web small
Weight :  Approx: 10 oz  (Size 9)
Cushion : Max
Stack Height : 36 mm
Toe Box Room : Roomy
Zero Drop : Yes
Heel to toe drop : 0 mm
Control : Neutral
Manufacturer : Altra
Purchased : Yes via Running Warehouse

Test Surface : Road, Trail, and Treadmill
Miles : 
22.6
Tasty?  Something about my foot mechanics make this shoe not work for me. I love the Altra Torin and really fully expected just a more cushy version of the ride. But the cushioning on the Olympus seems to drop off steeply right at the mid-foot to forefoot transition point and that seems to be right were my foot lands. The resulting incline of cushion creates an uncomfortable run for me.  As a result I have removed the Olympus from my rotation, but I love the Torins so much, I plan on experimenting with more Altra shoes in the future.

Second opinion :  Review by The Ginger Runner

Hydration Running Belt By Camden Gear

Camden Hydration Belt web smallModel : Hydration Running Belt
Weight : Approx: 0.7 kg
Dimensions :  46 x 5 x 1 cm
Overall : Light weight and comfortable
Manufacturer : Camden Gear
Purchased : Yes via Amazon

Test Conditions : Road and Trail
Miles :
10+ miles
Tasty?  A good value based on cost and functionality. This is a running belt with two 6oz hydration bottles.  The pocket is big enough to hold a cell phone and a credit card. If I removed my car key or my house key from the key ring, I could also squeeze that in as well.  The belt works and it got me through several runs, that said I have switched to an Amphipod for my long runs because of its versatile. For example, the bottles on the Camden belt are little hard to return to their holsters at a full trot, and there is no good place to hang gel packets from the belt,  I experimented with packing some gels next the water bottles in the holsters with the elastic to help hold them in place, but the reality is that I lost one during my run.  I like it, but its really for a more casual run and that does fit many people’s needs. I consider this a good buy for that purpose.

Second Opinion: From Tales of the working Mom

TevaSphere outdoor trainer

Model : TevaSphere 
Weight : Approx: 9.45 ozTevaSphere web small
Cushion : Low
Toe Box Room : Better than average
Zero Drop : No
Heel to toe drop : 4 mm
Control : Neutral
Manufacturer : Teva
Purchased : Yes via Woot

Test Surface : Road and Trail
Miles : 
Not tracked
Tasty?  Nice shoe, just not enough cushion for my taste. This is a low drop trail shoe with some nice features (spherical heel and support pods), to help keep your run stable under various outdoor conditions.  While I like the shoe in general I have never been able to pile on the miles, its minimalist design is just to minimalist for my personal taste, but that said I still do light interval runs and bike in the shoe. It makes for a nice versatile trail shoe, so it remains in my rotation for specific activities.
Please note: The lock laces in the picture are not standard and were added later.

Second opinion :  Check out the review at EnduranceBuzz.com