Mission EnduraCool Cap and Multi-Cool Head/Neck Cover

Baseball Cap web smallMulti-cool Web SmallModel : Mission EnduraCool Cap and Multi-Cool Head/Neck Cover
Overall : Light weight and functional
Manufacturer : Mission Athletecare
Purchased : Yes via Lowe’s

Tasty?  Yes – we face some brutally hot days in my area, and the combination of the cap and cover are excellent protection and cooling mechanisms. I have cooled them with water and completed several runs to date. I have been thankful for both in every case and pleased with the results.

Second opinion: Multi-Cool from customers at Amazon, Running cap from customers at Amazon. 


Skechers Kids GO bionic Trail Shoe

Sketchers Kids GO bionic Trail web smallModel : Sketchers Kids GO bionic Trail Shoe
Weight : Approx: 5.4 oz (Boys)
Cushion : 
Stack Height : Not listed
Toe Box Room : Better than average
Zero Drop : No
Heel to toe drop : Not listed. Feels like 8mm or less
Control : Neutral
Manufacturer : Sketchers
Purchased : Yes via Amazon

Test Surface : Trail
Miles : 
Not tracked
Tasty?  Yes. My son loves these shoes, and while my son complained about other running shoes, he has never complained about these during our runs. In addition, he seemed to drag his feet on the trail in other brands, but does not display that behavior with GO bionic Trail. These have become a primary shoe in his rotation.

Second opinion :  Check out the review at Runblogger.com (Mens)

Lock Laces – Elastic Shoe Laces you never have to tie

Lock LacesModel : Lock Laces – Elastic Shoe Laces
Weight : Approx: 0.96 oz 
Dimensions :  
48″ in length and stretch up to 72″
Overall : Small and light weight
Manufacturer : Lock Laces
Purchased : Yes via Amazon

Test Conditions : Road, Trail, Treadmill
Miles :
Over 30 miles
Tasty?  YES – they are a great solution that leaves you with a comfortable but well laced shoe, and are perfect to adapt any shoe for bike riding or a triathlete who needs to adapt their shoes for quick changes. The elastic laces do NOT come undone and they stay in place and out of bike chains or off the road. Highly recommended.

Second Opinion: From Amazon Customers

Skechers GOrun Ultra

GoRun Ultra Web SmallModel : Sketchers GOrun Ultra
Weight : Approx: 8.7 oz (Men’s Size 9)
Cushion :
Stack Height : Forefoot 23 / Heel 27
Toe Box Room : Better than average
Zero Drop : No
Heel to toe drop : 4 mm / 8 mm with insole
Control : Neutral
Manufacturer : Sketchers
Purchased : Yes via Road Runner Sports

Test Surface : Road, Trail, Treadmill
Miles :
Tasty?  Maybe – This is a shoe inspired by Ultra races with a ton cushion, and I love the idea: A high cushion shoe with a minimal heal to toe ratio.  In fact I love the Sketchers brand, but the shoe did not work for me in my normal size.  Run after run I found myself with blisters on the inner part of my left or right foot, in one case both.  To remedy the situation and give the shoe a fair chance I keep debating buying another pair a half size up, but I have not as of yet.  If I do and get different results I will update the review, but as of now these shoes are no longer in my rotation. Things I loved about them: The cushioning was awesome and the tread worked great on multiple surfaces, making this a great hybrid shoe.  Down side: Maybe the fit or sizing. Perhaps try going up a half size if your considering this shoe.  

Second opinion :  Check out the Ginger Runners review.

Adapt – Bluetooth Headphone Adapter by Outdoor Tech

Adapt Web SmallModel : Adapt – Bluetooth Headphone Adapter  (OT6001)
Weight : Approx: 2.9 oz 
Dimensions :  3.2 x 1.5 x 3.2 inches
Overall : Small and light weight
Manufacturer : Outdoor Tech
Purchased : Yes via Amazon


  • Adds wireless audio, microphone and control to any ‘wired’ product you have
  • Connect to any Bluetooth-enabled device with easy one-touch pairing
  • External controls allow you to adjust volume, change tracks, play/pause ‘Harry Potter on Tape’ and answer calls
  • Microphone features noise suppression, echo elimination and duplex sound for crystal clear quality calls
  • Sport clip
  • Reconnects automatically to previously paired device
  • Built-in Li-Polymer/rechargeable battery
  • Play Time: 6 hours
  • Standby Time: 150 hours
  • Bluetooth Profiles: A2DP for high quality stereo sound streaming & AVCRP to control track and volume remotely
  • Wireless Range: up to 30 feet

Test Conditions : Road, Trail, Treadmill
Miles :
Over 100 miles
Tasty?  YES!  This thing rocks! It easily paired with my Windows Phone and I have used it to listen to music while tracking my runs via Runtastic. It works perfectly almost every time and has survived the summer heat and humidity. I have taken a few phone calls and no one has every complained about the sound quality of the Microphone.  The best thing is I was able to plug in my five year old Shure Earbuds and use them via Bluetooth. I have also swapped in a standard pair of Yurbuds with no problem. Any standard earbuds or headphones will work and its nice to have the option.

Second Opinion: From DadDoes

Altra Torin (The Original)

Altra Torin Web SmallModel : Altra Torin
Weight : Approx: 10.2 oz (Size 9)
Cushion :
Stack Height : 27 mm
Toe Box Room : Roomy
Zero Drop : Yes
Heel to toe drop : 0 mm
Control : Neutral
Manufacturer : Altra 
Purchased : Yes via Leftlane Sports

Test Surface : Road, Trail, Treadmill
Miles :
Tasty?  Yes! This has become my go to shoe and remains in my rotation. In fact I don’t see this shoe leaving my rotation any time soon. I have ran on road, trail, and treadmill and it has performed well every time. The roomy toe box and cushioning keeps bringing me back to this shoe, especially for recovery runs. If your new to Zero Drop shoes you may need to start with some shorter runs to adjust, but otherwise a great shoe. I have also been experimenting with the Altra Olympus, but I keep coming back this one. Altra has a newer model out and I fully plan to end up with another pair when these wear out.

Second opinion : Check out the Ginger Runner’s review.