Topodojo

Topodojo

The Wasatch Range and Colorado Plateau

Topodojo's Bio

I can't go more than a couple days without going to the mountains to run, hike, or board. I'm lucky that my desk has a window on the Wasatch for the time I can't be outside.

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Topodojo wrote a review of on August 18, 2011

4 5

Despite getting the wrong size these poles worked perfectly for my first ultra trail race. The race had over 11,000' of climbing and the poles helped me finish.

They are light and very compact when folded. My race vest had no place to store them when they were folded so I carried them on the flats and hardly noticed them.

I initially ordered the correct size, but failed to fully extend them and thought they were shorter than advertised. Consequently I returned them and ordered a pair that turned out to be a bit long. They still worked so I didn't sweat it. Let my fail be your win, make sure you extend them until the button clicks :)

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Topodojo wrote a review of on October 4, 2009

3 5

These things are pretty light and unlike other options are compressible. I've taken them on several icy road and trail runs and they held up well.
However, with the recent snow I took them on a trail run and hike up Days Fork in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. The conditions were icy refrozen snow and sun soft powder, with some bare rocky patches. Inspecting them post run, it would not be at all surprising to see them break on the next run if more rocks were involved.
Bottom line... when unsure of the footing you'll encounter and traveling light they do the job in a pinch and just might save you a hip flexor, or groin pull.

FYI: Had no problems with the product slipping off my toes. Perhaps, a smaller size would help those who had this experience.

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Topodojo wrote a review of on September 26, 2009

2 5

This is not the shoe for me.As someone who followed SpeedGoat's AT trek I was really stoked to try these shoes. Especially when this past June in Utah was a muddy, wet mess. (Not unlike what Karl encountered along the northern AT)In any event, I first wore them on a run from Elbow Fork to Lamb's with packed damp trail and snow crossings. The snow crossings were like wearing flip flops, bad news.On my second run in the Fire Blades the down hills and rocky technical terrain on Black Mountain were pretty darn good, but again anything slippery, or wet got sketchy really quick.The final blow was a run around Jordanelle Reservoir were muddy conditions and no traction resulted in two months couching it with an Iliopsoas tweak. After lots of rehab and a return to Salomon's my recovery is nearly complete.Bottom line: For dry technical conditions you'll probably like this shoe a lot. If you are extremely fit like Speedgoat you may do okay in wet conditions too. But if you are weekend warrior, have history of groin pulls, and are likely to encounter wet conditions, I wouldn't even think about it.

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Topodojo wrote a review of on September 26, 2009

3 5

As a long time (satisfied) user of the XA Pro 3D I figured I'd give the XT Wings a try for mixed road and trail routes. To this end they are a decent shoe for going from pavement to trail and back and I'm pretty satisfied with them.
Unlike the XA Pro which fit my feet perfectly, the XT feel as though they run about a half size larger around the heel area (I have wide toes and narrow heels).
In the XA Pro I run in size 11, the XT is a little sloppy at this size. They also seem more susceptible to being torn by trail debris than the XA Pro. This is due to the large amount of foam for pronation and shock control.

Overall a decent shoe for the inevitable times I find myself running on pavement.

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Topodojo wrote a review of on September 26, 2009

4 5

Rode the Mojo 166 all last season and in spite of the upside down snow year we had it was a lot fun.

The Mojo is likely the lightest splitter on the market due to it's cap construction, BUT its also a candidate for unrepairable top sheet damage due to it's cap construction. So longevity may be a problem. Particularly if it delams.

The Voile's are also by far the most affordable option, being priced lower than any other splitter out there (and most others don't come with the all the parts!) This and Voile's service is known to be really good.

Overall a great entry point for someone wanting to get into splitting without going the DIY route.

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Topodojo wrote a review of on January 19, 2006

3 5

The Epic jacket is probably best categorized as rain gear. I have used it for snowboarding and winter trail running. In both cases it builds up moisture quickly. Thus it is better suited for low activity precip protection. After only four times in the snow, the hood has already begun to 'wet out'. I love MH products, but this is a bit spendy for a mere rain jacket.

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