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2023, gear, poles, racing, trail running, trekking -

Buzz Burrell is the co-founder of Fastest Known Time, and was manager of the La Sportiva Mountain Running Team. He's American, though, which he thinks put him at a disadvantage when it came to learning to use trekking poles for running. Europeans, he writes, "come from a mountain culture, ski in the winter and climb, while many of us [from the United States ... and Asia!] come from road or track backgrounds and are learning how to run in the mountains—and how to use trekking poles." Here Buzz offers a terrific and concise guide to using poles, deciding when to...

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2023, fit, gear, service, Store news -

According to industry research, three in five people (!) are wearing the wrong shoe size.This is not so surprising, when you consider that the shoe industry relies almost entirely on length and width (at one spot) to fit customers into shoes, and that literally everyone's foot is a different size and shape. You would not believe (or maybe you would!) how many people come into the store and tell us, "My size is XX," then when we investigate further, we find out it is not, in fact XX.To help solve the sizing problem, we've acquired a 3D foot scanner. It's...

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comfort, gear, trail running -

I have owned several pairs of "serious" hiking boots in my life, but I have used them only a couple of times. I have never climbed Mount Everest, never climbed a mountain using ropes, and when traveling, I have always balked at trying to find space in my bag for an Alps-ready pair of clodhoppers. What do I wear, then, in the mountains, when I'm hiking? Running shoes. And probably you should also. Here's why: Do you really need all that ankle support? You probably don't; your chances are much greater of developing blisters on day 1 of your trek...

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compression, gear, nutrition, shoes, trail running, training -

For those of us who enjoy running, one silver lining of this year's COVID-19 pandemic has been the expansion of our community (you cyclists have noticed it as well). When gyms were closed, a lot of people realized they could get their exercise pretty easily, and very affordably, by just lacing up a pair of shoes and heading out the door – for 15 minutes, 30 minutes, an hour, or more. Running, jogging, walking, a combination, whatever. Eventually a COVID-19 vaccine will be widely available and the world will return to "normal" (whatever that looks like), but we expect that...

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