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Joseph G.

Joseph G.

Live in the horse farm area of NJ. Lots of long hills and great state parks.

Joseph G.'s Passions

Running

Joseph G.'s Bio

I love endurance sports as a whole but primarily participate in trail running, snow shoeing and road biking. I've completed more than 20 ultras of 50 miles or longer and have completed several double-centuries. Am currently exploring the trails on my single speed commuter bike - it's a great challenge.

Joseph G.

Joseph G.wrote a review of on October 22, 2019

A Running Tight with a Pad
2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

The tights feel really nice and the length is long, which is great. But these are not shaped like cycling tights. Cycling tights should rest higher up in the back when one is in the riding position. These do not. In fact they sit lower than my shorts. They will be going back. This was an incredibly frustrating purchase because I would have thought that since the tights have a chamois pad that the fit would have been cycling-oriented, but they are not.

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Joseph G.wrote a review of on September 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: 13

I really like this shoe! When it comes to trail running shoes, I tend to try lots of brands and models. I've used Salomon Sense Ride and S-Lab Ultra, LaSportiva Raptor, Mutant, Akasha, Pearl Izumi N1 (great fitting but no longer making), Montrail Caldorado, Altra Lone Peak 1.5-2.0 were the best versions IMO and Hoka Mafate (didnt like them on the rugged stuff, best for smoother). All of them have their merits and are valuable in certain situations. The Wildhorse seems to work for me in most all situations.
I live on the East Coast and my trails are typical for this region: very rocky and rooty. The Wildhorse provides good protection to the bottoms of my feet and the upper is surprisingly wider than most every other Nike I have ever tried.
I think the sole works, though definitely not as sticky as LaSportiva or Salomon, but they also costs a lot less and compete very solidly with shoes from these others.
Finally, they last! In the same shoe, I have run three hundred milers plus training miles too, and they still have absorption in the midsole and lugs on the outsole.
They come in a variety of colors too, which is fashionably cool

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Joseph G.wrote a review of on August 29, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: 46

Ive been wanting to use one shoe for both road and off-road, primarily gravel and dirt and so was looking at a few of the higher end shoes that are especially stiff. I was comparing this one to a model from Scott.

I think this shoe is as stiff as the Scott. I love the blue color and the softness of the material. I wasnt thrilled with the top BOA setup as the material flopped around until almost snug.

I thought in comparison to the Scott, they were very close but ultimately the fit of the forefoot of this shoe is triangular in shape and it rubbed against my big toe and I didnt want to hold onto it, hoping it would break in.

One final thing is that I felt that while the two different shoes were similar in weight, this one felt top heavy, which I think was due to the heavy rubber protective toe bumper

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Joseph G.wrote a review of on March 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

The shirt fits me really well (I'm a true medium). The material is comfortable and it launders well without wrinkles. I have used it for casual wear as well as for ultrarunning and it's perfect in both scenarios. For running, I like that it has snaps vs buttons and that there's a chest pocket with snap-closure for small items like a gel. This is a brand I'm going to keep looking to as their products are good quality and fit me well!

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Joseph G.wrote a review of on May 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

I purchased these shorts, tried them on to ensure they fit and then wore them for the Bigfoot200 running race. I wore them the entire time and never had an issue . They are so comfortable. I continue to use them for all my ultra races. They've been through heavy rain, running in the desert and high humidity - love them. The only thing I would like to see is a bit more pocket space.

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Joseph G.wrote a review of on July 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I really do not like running vests or packs bur some ultra races require carrying some gear that does not fit into a waist pack. I tried different packs from various brands and none of them fit me well, or they had issues with bouncing. I tried this one and loved it immediately. It fit really well. I like that the "across the chest" straps are adjusted by changing the hole the strap goes into versus sliding on a rail (as the slider types always move). The pack does not have significantly storage but what it has works for me. I do find the small zippered pocket on the right shoulder strap to be somewhat useless except for things like pills, After purchasing it and using it as much as possible in 3 weeks, I used it for the Western States 100 and found it perfect. Overall, its a good pack, and ideal for me!

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Joseph G.wrote a review of on May 14, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Shimano shoes have always been my go to shoes. There are other brands that work, but most Shimano shoes fit my feet really well. Their high-end shoes come in size 45.5, whereas the lower-end ones are whole-sizes only, and for me, it's hit-or-miss. The 45 is always too small and the 46 often fits great....but not this time. This shoe has lots of mid-foot volume, rendering it too big for my foot.

Aside from fit, Shimano did some really nice things here. The tongue is integrated into the upper material, wrapping around the top of the foot, providing some extra padding. The buckle and the strap are now reversed. This renders a clean look. Unfortunately due to fit, I can't give any feedback on ride quality. The sole is a good looking carbon weave.

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Joseph G.wrote a review of on January 16, 2009

2 5

I normally wear a large but that was too small and the x-large was too big. I bought the XL figuring that it would shrink, but it did not. Really can't wear the socks because the extra material is ill-placed and causes discomfort.
Aside from the sizing, I don't think these are as great as many say they are. I would agree that they are more durable than Smartwool, but not nearly as comfortable.

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Joseph G.wrote a review of on January 16, 2009

3 5

The bottle is nice and the cap is secure. However, it does sweat so be careful of where you store it (for example, don't leave it inside your pack with your clothes else they will get wet). Mouth is nice size and is easy to drink from w/o spilling fluid on yourself vs. the plastic bottles that require the little insert. Kind of expensive; why change to steel if you already have a store of plastic bottles.
One bummer is that a sticky product label was stuck to the inside of the cap. Removing it was a pain and left a sticky residue for a few days until it wore off.

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Joseph G.wrote a review of on October 2, 2008

4 5

The design of the shirt is very nice. Compared to traditional wool jerseys, it is designed just like a bike jersey made of polyester. It has 3 back pockets and an elastic waist. The chest zipper is deep and the pull doesn't bounce. I like the wool material. It breathes well, is warm in cool weather and cool in hot weather. However, when it gets wet, it does take longer to dry. Also, I live in the NE, which has some really humid summer days. I find that on these days, it's not as cool.

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Joseph G.wrote a review of on June 6, 2008

4 5

The Mercury's are a very comfortable and protective shoe. The toebox is wide and has a good bumper, which combined protects well against toe stubs on rocks and stuff. The fit is good overall except I do feel that the heel is wide. I've also used the Blur and found the fit of that shoe's heel to be a bit more narrow. I used the Mercury recently to run the entire Massanutten 100 mile ultra race. This race is known for its rocky trails. I thought the Mercury was very protective against the rocks. The only downside was that I thought the shoes took a long time to dry out after they got wet.

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