Caleb Efta

Caleb Efta

Rockies and Appalachians

Caleb Efta's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Climbing

Caleb Efta's Bio

I love anything to do with mountains. Trail running, rock climbing, and hiking/backpacking are my personal faves. I'm going to do some winter ascents of some CO 14ers this winter, which should be a fun challenge!

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Caleb Efta

Caleb Efta wrote a review of on April 18, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When I first got these shoes a year ago I hated them. They fit differently than I expected, they were bulkier than I expected. My first review reflected only how the shoe fit with my expectations, not actual performance.

I'm on my second pair. I've logged over 800 miles in this shoe so far and love it. It's a brilliant road shoe for when I'm not close enough to trails. The grip is like an f1 tire: smooth and sticky. The shoe showed no signs of breaking down after about 600 miles, despite me attempting to rip a hole in the top of the toe box.

Ironically, fit was my first complaint, but now it's my favorite attribute. The toe box is anatomically shaped. It fits comfortably, and hasn't blown out the sides of the shoe like every other inov8 i've owned (i'm on my 10th pair).

So in short, my apologies Road-x 255s, I love you.

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Caleb Efta wrote a review of on April 18, 2012

3 5

I was really hoping to love these shoes, but in the end they are merely adequate.

They are not minimal. I consider minimal shoes to have <9mm drop and under 9 ounces. These shoes are 10.5 ounces, but have a 9mm drop.

I was hoping that since they were invo8's, they would still be nimble and responsive. They aren't. They are clunky, solid, and burly. I imagine they would work well for 100 milers, but for anything less I would pick something else.

They are built well, and have a roomier toebox than other inov8 models. I imagine they will hold up well.

I did like how well these protected my feet on the super techy trails. The rubber toe cap and the rock plate really do their jobs.

Pros: great grip, good materials, comfy fit, toe guard
Cons: heavy, bulky, unresponsive

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Caleb Efta wrote a review of on April 18, 2012

5 5

Super comfy shorts. Plus they are slim fitting, but not super super short. The reflectors work, but only from the front. The back pocket is big enough for 2 gu's and car keys, but not much else.

The fabric is holding up well after about 6 months and over 1000 miles. These have the sewn-in briefs, so don't get them if you use compression shorts.

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Caleb Efta wrote a review of on April 18, 2012

2 5

I bought these to use with my NB minimus, but they failed miserably. The gators use a stick on velcro patch made by 3M, but they never stayed on.

MHW said they would send more if I ran out, but what's the point of using them when they break in the middle of runs? The material of the gator is great, and has stood up well to what i've put it through.

I also used them with Inov8 f-lite 230s, but it didn't work either.

Hate to say this about anything MHW, but don't buy these.

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Caleb Efta wrote a review of on September 27, 2011

5 5

UPDATE: I just got to 500 miles with the shoes, and both shoes have blow-outs on both sides. I've been really hard on them, but i'm a little disappointed that they are breaking down so quickly. I plan on buying another pair though.

These bad boys are awesome. Flat out, hands down, freaking amazing. They are really lite, flexible, and sensitive. I've worn them on short runs to 50 milers. They work well on trails and roads.

If you want the specs, look at the website. Know that the show has a 6mm heel-toe-drop, it has minimal cushioning, no stability control. this is a fairly minimal shoe.

I've logged a lot of miles in the shoe, and it holds up really well. I put in about 400 miles, then ran a 50 miler and I noticed at the end that there was a little blow out around the toe box.

The grip is still in really good shape, despite it being sticky-rubber. I've logged about 250 miles on roads, so it doesn't wear out very quickly.

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Caleb Efta wrote a review of on September 27, 2011

5 5

I know these things are expensive, basically $2 a shot. that's not cheap by any stretch of the imagination. But these babies are well worth it come race day.

I tested them out first on a 50k training run, and i noticed that i felt better than usual. I never really hit a physical or mental low. Of course that's not just because of roctane, but still...i was intrigued.

My final test was last week at the VCU 50 miler. It's a beast of a course with 10k feet of vert. I used roctane, chomps, and a few normal GU's. When I took a Roctane,within 10 minutes I could feel the difference. My brain was sharper and less fatigued.

The only thing i've noticed is that they seem to 'burn out' faster than the old GU's. I found that after about 30-40 minutes I had to take in something else. The race went well, I came in 4th.

I strongly believe that nutrition is one of the main reasons I ran well. Roctane isn't a magic pill, but it IS worth the money.

Buy it people!

oh yeah, most of the flavors taste ok. nothing amazing in my opinion.

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Caleb Efta wrote a review of on June 15, 2010

4 5

This pack is like a BMW. Awesome design, with great attention to detail with tons of extra features. It has a REALLY stiff back panel, that vents really well. Adjustable back straps makes it easy to get a perfect fit, although with such a small/light pack it's not all that critical. I use if for climbing and day hikes. It has just enough room for harness, chalk, jacket, some food and water. the shoes can strap on the outside. Definitely not enough room for overnight, or for a complete rock bag. But I really like it, and it's GERMAN. yaa...deutsche

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Caleb Efta wrote a review of on September 23, 2009

2 5

These gloves aren't built for mountains. It's great for around town, or shoveling snow, or scraping a car, but NOT for alpine use.

I used it in CO in -5/15 degree temps, and I got frostnip in both hands. The windproofing is not good, i always felt a breeze.

DWR is pretty good, and leather grip is also nice. However, it's definitely a "mountain inspired" glove.

Also, i paid full price...at the current sale price I'd give them 3 stars...

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