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Ultrailz

Ultrailz

Ohio

Zachary's Passions

Trail Running
Road Cycling
Snowshoeing

Zachary's Bio

Ultra-runner, snowshoer, & cyclist.

Ultrailz

Ultrailz wrote a review of on October 25, 2011

4 5

What sold me on these was that they were designed to be able to be worn sock-less. In my eyes, these are about as minimal as I like to go on trails. They are incredibly light, nimble, and flexible with the only cushion being the vibram sole and the fabric on the inside sole. I did notice that the band on the forefoot was a little snug but that seems to have stretched a bit over time. These are great on trails but I've even run 20 milers on the road in these and not experienced any major issues (provided you are okay with minimal running). If you want a little more cushion,just add socks. The only minor issue that I have noticed is that trail debris does sneak in in the heel opening since it has a tendency to open a little at each stride.

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Ultrailz wrote a review of on October 25, 2011

5 5

These are a staple in my nutrition plan for training & competing in ultramarathons. The flavors are slight enough to be able to tolerate for hours and you still get enough electrolytes to legitimately stave off muscle cramping. With 360mg Sodium & 100mg Potassium, they replace the need to take oral salt tabs which can be difficult to eat while running. Love the grape flavor these days, but they have a bunch of flavors that are awesome. I love nuun.

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Ultrailz wrote a review of on October 25, 2011

5 5

I have had this unit now for about 2 years after owning the Garmin 205 for about the same time frame. I run ultramarathons and when I wear a watch, this is it. I can honestly say that I only have one issue with it and that is the battery life. Just remember that you will need to be diligent about turning the unit off after you use it, otherwise you start your next run, bike, snowshoe, etc...with a low or dead battery (it does charge quickly though). I seem to get 18-20 hours of watch time before it will need another charge.

Battery aside...this is an all out great gps watch. I don't have issue picking up signals under tree cover, I use the elevation, Heart Rate, Virtual Partner, back to start, pace, laps, and the wireless upload to Garmin connect as well as the training software. I've swam with it, cycle with it, and run in various parts of the country and it always works. I've used it to set/measure running events as well. There literally are more features on here than you probably could truly utilize, but with all these features you are able to customize the multiple screens, watch/gps settings etc.

Bottom line is that it's simply a very powerful & durable training tool.

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Ultrailz wrote a review of on October 25, 2011

4 5

I moved from the Montrail Mountain Masochist to this shoe and right away you notice the differences in the two. The weight is similar between the two but the thing I noticed the most was that I had some room in the toe box finally. It feels like the shoe is a lower profile than the MM but there is plenty of cushion as well as a good rockplate. For me, training for ultras, it was my #1 go to shoe for any type of trail run. Great shoe overall.

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Ultrailz wrote a review of on October 25, 2011

4 5

I have been pretty happy with the MM shoes overall. I used them for training as well as racing a couple of ultras with no major issues. The traction is solid and the shoes were pretty durable. My foot is a slight wider than average and i did experience some "blow-out" on the outside of the toe box to the point that I could stick my finger in the opening. Aside from that, they were simply a great all around trail running shoe.

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Ultrailz wrote a review of on February 11, 2009

5 5

As an endurance trail runner & cyclist, I love this thing. It has replaced my Polar HRM. After a few months of using it, I am still excited to use it. I am love being able to track my long trail runs, use the virtual partner function, and the pace/distance etc.. reminders that you can customize. I utilize the MotionBased.com software that you can upload your workouts to and run detail analysis of. I have not experienced any issue with the GPS and I run wooded trails and use this while cycling. I am very happy with the product and highly recommend.

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Ultrailz wrote a review of on February 10, 2009

3 5

I bought these looking for a light, aggressive trail runner. They are both. They run a little low in the heel and ride a little higher in the forefoot due to the aggressive isomorphic spikes. I have put about 140 trail running miles on these and here are my PROS: great traction, substantial cushion, lightweight, roomy toebox. CONS: had to replace laces (always slipping), they squeak with EVERY step especially when wet!, when pulling the laces, it ripped the top of the toebox. I would rate these as adequate, but needs improvement.

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