Joe Dean

Joe Dean

Wasatch Mountains in Salt Lake City, UT

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Joe Dean

Joe Dean wrote a review of on August 8, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I will first say, I like to experiment with my trail shoes. That being said, I actually was rotating a few different shoes from Salomon for awhile. I have a somewhat narrow foot, and was experiencing blisters from too much slipping in the shoes...with the exception of the Sense Mantra. I LOVE this shoe. They were a little stiff out of the box and I was getting a pressure bruise on the top of my big toe from where the shoe bends, however, after about 50 miles they broke in nicely and that is no longer a problem. I have had no issues with hot spots or anything on the bottom of my foot. They are quick on the rolling stuff, but durable enough for more technical terrain. I recently ran in them for the Speedgoat 50K and had no issues. Have yet to take them over 50K, but I don't imagine I would have any problems with them. Even though I have largely abandoned Salomon, I will likely keep a pair of these in the rotation for as long as they make them.

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Joe Dean wrote a review of on December 24, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my third different vest and although it is my first "minimalist" vest, it is by far my favorite. Despite the fact that it is lightweight, it has well designed pockets to carry anything. The form factor is superb...absolutely no bounce and totally comfortable. It doesn't even feel like I am wearing a vest! I would give more than 5 stars if I could.

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Joe Dean wrote a review of on September 20, 2012

4 5

I echo many comments from other reviewers. I absolutely love these shoes. Super light and comfortable. Unlike some others, I haven't had any durability issues with the upper and the bottom don't seem to have worn much after about 150 miles. The one complaint I have is that despite what seems like a snug fit, my foot slips forward on steep grade downhills, which for a longer runs, I have had a blister develop on the tip of my big toe. However, for less technical grades on any terrain, I love them!

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