I’ve tested trail shoes for Trail Runner magazine since 2013, after answering a Facebook post that asked readers to describe in one sentence why we should be chosen to test shoes. My response: “I love to run trails and eat cookies in North Carolina; hoping to complete my first ultra this year!” either stood out for its utter lack of impressive race pedigree, or its proper use of a semicolon. Anyway, I usually receive new trail shoes every fall or spring and love putting them to the test! What a sweet gig!
Brooks Calderas, Spring 2017 (the Subaru Outback reference wasn’t mine. That was someone copying my car comparison from the Toyota Camry, below–my question was whether they were designed for running from volcanic eruptions, as their name suggests, although this did not make it into the review)
Salomon SensePro 2, Fall 2016. Apparently I was the only one who did not love these shoes. Too minimal for me.
Salomon SpeedCross 4s, Fall 2016. Guess which part was mine?
Brooks Cascadia 10, Spring 2015
Altra Lone Peak 2.0: The Trail Crocs
Scarpa Ions: Running Like a Woodland Elf that Doesn’t Trip on Stuff
Brooks Adrenaline ASR 10: The Goldilocks Shoe
I’ve also done a bit of free-lancing for them, either for their print or online editions:
Take Your Mark, about the Little River Trail run, Print edition, October 2013
“There’s a New Dipsea in Town,” Medoc Spring Races, Online edition, March 2013