Travis Liles

Travis Liles

Troy, Il

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Trail Running

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long distance running, over the river and through the woods.

http://www.runtheultras.com

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Travis Liles wrote a review of on October 1, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have 4 of these shirts, some short sleeve some that are tanks. The fabric on the front of the shirt is thin, dries super fast in rain or on hot days. It's also perforated in some spots to vent. The inside of the shirt is smooth and is low on the chafing meter. The back of the shirt is a different type of fabric that is even thinner than the front. It's form fitting and not a shirt with much length. The bottom hem of the shirt stops just around waistline which I like as I don't feel like I'm swimming in it. Overall good, but be careful not to put it in the dryer. The thin colored material will shrink a little causing for some weird seam.

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Travis Liles wrote a review of on August 31, 2010

5 5

This is my favorite headlamp. I've worn it at my last 2 100 mile runs. I use Lithium batteries to cut some of the weight from what 3 normal AA batteries would weigh. It's not a lot but when you are wearing something on your head for hours on end a few ounces make a difference.WIth this headlamp and Lithium batteries I was able go the entire Leadville 100 without ever needing anything else. I wore it two hours at the start of the race in the morning then almost another 8 hours to get me to the end and never changed batteries once. I ran it on high beam the entire time.It also comes with another strap that you can attach to have a strap on top of your head from front to back to add a little more stability if needed.

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Travis Liles wrote a review of on January 5, 2010

Magic Tights?
4 5

Are they magic? I am not sure of that, but I was coming off a hamstring injury in my left leg as well as ITB syndrome in my right going into Ozark Trail 100 mile run and while I dropped at 68 miles, it was not because of either of those 2 leg issues (oddly enough if you don't eat enough during a 100 mile race things go bad). My legs felt good the whole time. These tights also seemed to breathe pretty well. The temps jumped close to 80 during the middle of the day and I did not one time feel overheated. I do not know how much the stabilization of the tights played into all of this, but they felt good to wear. The crotch area is a little low so I ended up folding the waist band over and it worked. I like these a lot and wear them a lot more than I thought I would. Though I am not usually the sort of person to wear tights (for modesty purposes) I tend to reach for these a lot because they just feel good to run in. I have ordered the full version for winter running.

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Travis Liles wrote a review of on May 15, 2009

3 5

I wanted to like these shoes, but could not. They cage on the outside of the shoe that anchors the laces to the midsole rubbed my foot just behind my big toe. The traction was awesome and they felt great except when I was going up a hill and the forefoot area would flex a lot and that is when it would rub. I have the Imogene and the Crosslite and neither of them causes this issue. They get tons of great praise by other reviewers and I am sure it is a good shoe; it just does not fit my foot.

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Travis Liles wrote a review of on May 15, 2009

1 5

This is an odd pair of shorts. The material is nice and seems durable and there are vents around the waist to let the heat out. That is about all the positive I can give these. The stitching where the shorts come together at the crotch is horrible. The spot where all the pieces of the shorts come together is stacked up about the size of a small pea, which does not seem like much, but you'll notice it. They also rode up the entire time I wore them. I have other PI's which I love, but these are not to be used unless you are into being annoyed.

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Travis Liles wrote a review of on April 23, 2009

4 5

These are great running shorts, lightweight, thin fabric, comforable liner and as the line says in the description "keeps the boys in line." I like the 4'' inseam as it is long enough to have some coverage, but not so short that you are left feeling like you could offend a family that you might pass by. The full pockets are a nice addition especially on the long run. The only thing that keeps me from putting these in the "Love It" category is the lack of a pocket on the back.

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Travis Liles wrote a review of on April 20, 2009

4 5

Update:It's been 2 years since my initial review and I like them not better than ever. I've worn these for 50ks, 50 mile and most recently the Kettle Moraine 100 mile run and never took them off. Best all around trail shoe out there in my opinion.

I've wore these for some solid training runs and when my feet were destroyed for the last 20 miles of the McNaughton 100. When my feet were wet and mushy from 20+ hours of running in the muck and crossing streams these shoes locked my foot in place and kept the friction way down.

These things are crazy stable for as light as they are. The fit is really secure. I have a narrow heel and a wide forefoot and after messing with the lacing a little I was able to lock my heel in and still let my toes wiggle. They drain well except for at the toe where there is some extra protective material on the sides or the very protective toe cap. It's not a deal breaker, but it does hold a little more water than I would like. The bottoms are light, but protective against roots and rocks. The traction is also way better than it looks. I thought they gripped very well in mud as well as on the packed down dirt single track and grassy areas. Lastly, the medial posting (which you can’t see in the pictures) is a plus for a runner that is not neutral, like me.

If you are trying to compare this shoe to another... I would say its like a combo of the Montrail Highlander and the Continental Divide

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Travis Liles wrote an answer about on January 4, 2009

The Mercury is essentially the same as the Blur except that it has some added stability if you are not a neutral runner. I wear stability shoes on the road, but the Blur's for all trail running. I've ran lot of long runs (26 miles +) in the Blurs and they work great. I've also tried the Velocity VST and did not like it. Seemed to be really clunky.

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Travis Liles wrote a review of on December 23, 2008

4 5

This is a very well vented shoe. That is the first thing I noticed when I put these on. Lots of mesh, so if your run has a lot of sand it’s going to get in your shoe, but if your run has lots or stream crossings these things are going to drain well. Very aggressive tread on the bottom. Large lugs that dig in well. Lots of cushioning too that feels good, but not overly mushy. Lastly as stated above a large toe box that lets your toes wiggle.

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Travis Liles wrote a review of on September 16, 2008

4 5

This is a great shoe for those looking for a lighter weight shoe. It's got great tread and is low to the ground for those fast trail runs. The cushioning would be in the middle, its not super cushioned, but its not a racing flat either. It has a nice snug fit as well as good padding around the ankle. It's flexible in the forefoot and gives a good feel of the trail without feeling too exposed to rocks and roots. If you like the fit on Montrail shoes but want something a little lighter, this is the way to go

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Travis Liles wrote a review of on February 21, 2007

5 5

I've got 200+ miles on these shoes. My terrain has varied from road, gravel, dirt trail, mud, and even ice (with the assistance of a traction device) and they have done great. I would say the only place where these shoes might not perform well is on very hard varied terrain for a long distance since they are not a hard-core stability shoe. Light-weight, with some stability, and a pretty cushioned ride, make this a great mixed terrain shoe. Add the BOA lacing system (at first seemed gimmicky and now I love)which greatly allows for adjusting fit quickly and you've got a great comfortable fit. I've run 2 50k's in these with no blisters. I'll buy another pair when these wear out.

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