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Peter's Passions

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rep4766885 wrote a review of on October 4, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Own three Ibex products including this shirt that I have. great piece for trailrunning - more you wear it, softer it gets. Never smells, fits great, regulates temps great, holds up a long time. Hands down better than any of the tech shirts I have for cooler spring/fall/winter running.

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rep4766885 wrote a review of on July 30, 2012

5 5

On my fourth or fifth pair of the 295s, hands down the best I've worn. I do almost all my trail running on rough technical east coast trails (mountains to sea mainly) and these shoes have an amazing ability to grip all kinds of terrain, wet or dry. They are substantially lighter than other shoes offering similar protection. Definitely a wider toe box that fits my feet well - I can't wear narrow shoes like La Sportiva at all. Crossing my fingers that Inov 8 keeps making this beauty for the next 50 years or so. Only drawback I can note is the breathable upper allows water in easily and the shoe can hold a good bit of water, adding some weight if you are slogging through multiple water crossings. Also dries fast though.

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rep4766885 wrote a review of on December 13, 2011

3 5

Took the shoes out of the box, put them on and my toes were scrunched on top of each other in the toe box. Plenty of length, just seemed like a real narrow shoe at the front, felt like blisters waiting to happen for me so I never got out of the door with them. Probably a fine shoe for many folks but a poor fit for me.

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rep4766885 wrote a review of on December 13, 2011

5 5

Did 8 or 10 runs in these shoes after receiving and I was impressed. They are a bit bulkier than the Roclite 295s that I normally wear trail running, but I was willing to sacrifice for a good shoe that kept my foot warm and dry during the winter months. I am training for Frosty Foot 50k in January followed by the Mt Mitchell challenge in February, so weather figures to be a factor somewhere along the way.

Finally after these preliminary runs I had a day worthy of the shoe. Last week I headed out into high 30 degrees and solid rain that started early in the morning and never let up. I ventured to the mts to sea trail and logged 10 soggy miles. Every step was a puddle, just a matter of how deep and how muddy. Remarkably, I took off the shoes in the car afterwards and my socks were dry and my feet were warm but not hot or sweaty. As long as the warmth holds up down into the 20s and teens I'm sold on this shoe.

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