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steve447571

steve447571

Idaho Falls, Tetons

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Running

steve447571's Bio

Mediocre trail runner, climber, skier, backpacker, mountain biker.

steve447571

steve447571 wrote a review of on September 17, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I finally decided to sample the Hoka (sorry, Hoka One One) Kool Aid and these were my first pair. My first run in them was up the N. Skyline trail to Ben Lomond Peak, a fairly rocky 16 miles with some 3,500 feet of climbing. Going up I really noticed the weight, 14.1 oz. according to my scale, which is at least 4 oz. heavier than any of my other running shoes. But coming down, oh the joy. The massive cushioning swallowed loose rocks, the rockered sole rolled smoothly, and I felt pretty stable considering the extra height. I did find that I tripped over things a little more until I got used to the extra sole thickness. I've run another 4 or 5 long runs of 16-20 miles in them and I've been amazed at how good my feet feel afterwards, no "old man feet" the next morning. The main reason I chose the Mafate 3's over the Stinson Evo's was the claimed additional width in the footbox. I don't have a particularly wide foot, but even still the Mafates squeeze my toes just enough that I have to wear Injinji's to avoid toe blisters. Downsides? They seem pretty overbuilt to me. The tongue is full padded leather, and the upper material is really beefy and hot with a lot of overlays. And did I mention they're heavy? Still, I like them, and I'm willing to pay the speed/energy penalty on the uphills for the joy of rolling super fast downhills.

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steve447571 wrote a review of on June 17, 2009

5 5

I've had another smaller pair of Natives for several years and have been really happy with them. When my kids scratched my Spy glasses, I turned to the Natives. The lifetime warranty is a plus, but I wouldn't have bought them if they didn't fit so well. I wanted a second pair of glasses with a larger profile and more side coverage and these fit the bill perfectly. The nose pieces are grippy, but the temples are not. They stay put very well. I also like the down-curved temples because one problem I've had with straighter temples is that they bump against a hatband. One downside is that extra lenses are not included. I love the amber lenses of my other pair, and maybe I'll buy those for the Bombers someday.

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steve447571 wrote a review of on June 1, 2009

5 5

First, I have to admit that this was the first piece of apparel I've ever bought where fashion was a primary consideration. We bought 12 matching men's and women's green shirts for our Wasatch Back relay team. My wife has a 'vintage' wicked tee that she absolutely loves, so we wanted to stick with a winner. The contrasting panels are the same material, just a different color. So just for style.
OK, performance-wise, the shirt is perfect. It feels like you're not even wearing a shirt. The material wicks very well, and is very comfortable. I've run for 2+ hours in pretty warm conditions and never felt any chafing coming on. And the new runners on our team, the ones who've never run in a technical tee before, overcame the sticker shock and are now converts.
We'll see about the anti-microbial after 30 hours of running and driving during the relay. Hope it works.

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