Matt VanDonsel

Matt VanDonsel

The mountains and rivers around Forest, VA are where I play on the weekends.

Matt VanDonsel's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running

Matt VanDonsel's Bio

Ultra running is consuming my life right now. I am running seven ultras this year with distances of 50K to 100 miles. Next year I plan to run an ultra per month.

Matt VanDonsel

Matt VanDonsel wrote a review of on October 12, 2009

1 5

I can't stand this shoe (no pun intended). My feet run very hot in these shoes, leading to a ton of sweating. The water-resestant uppers seem to hold in heat and moisture. The first race I ran with these shoes had several creek crossings, and after 18ish miles, my feet were in awful shape. I bought these because they were the updated version of the 906 and I could not get another pair of those (maybe the best shoe I've ever had). Why did New Balance have to mess up a great thing?

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Matt VanDonsel wrote a review of on October 11, 2009

5 5

I use these socks for everything, but the best use I've found is for my ultra running. Paired with a cooler shoe, I've never had a blister with these socks at distances up to 50K. They don't dry super quickly, but they are very durable, great for hot or cold weather, and the elastic band keeps all the dirt out. I will never run another trail without these again. Pretty good for road running too!

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Matt VanDonsel wrote a review of on September 25, 2009

5 5

These pants may be the most comfortable pants I have ever owned. I like to wear these to bed in my sleeping bag on cold nights because the material is so comfy. Durable and nice enough to wear to the office, my only complaint is that after a few washes, the legs shrank and my pants are close to high-water status, but that just gave me an excuse to buy another pair. Buy them an inch or two longer than you normally would. The best feature is definately the hip pockets. The shape lest me carry my knife clipped on the side and when I reach in to get my keys, I don't scrape my hand.

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