La Sportiva Cyklon

Gordon Gianniny reviews the La Sportiva Cyklon for Blister

With a BOA fit system, aggressive outsole, and minimal midsole, the Cyklon is designed specifically for off-camber, mountainous terrain — and for that, it’s excellent. But there’s more to it, so check out our full review for the whole story.

Hoka One One Zinal

Gordon Gianniny reviews the Hoka One One Zinal for Blister

The Zinal is Hoka’s latest offering in the more minimally cushioned, fast-and-light category of trail shoes. So how does it compare to the numerous other options in that class, and what sort of runners should have it on their list? Check out our review.

Nathan Pinnacle 12L Race Vest

Gordon Gianniny reviews the Nathan Pinnacle 12L Race Vest for Blister.

We thought the Nathan VaporKrar 2.0 running vest was “really close to being an awesome pack.” Now Nathan has released its successor, the Pinnacle 12L, so does it address some of the downsides of the previous one while maintaining the upsides? Check out our review.

Ultimate Direction Fastpack 40

Gordon Gianniny Reviews the Ultimate Direction Fastpack 40 for Blister.

Ultimate Direction’s Fastpack 40 is designed for, well, fastpacking, but we’ve also found it to be great for longer day hikes and runs where you need to carry lots of gear but also want to move quickly through all sorts of terrain.

Craft CTM Ultra Carbon

Gordon Gianniny reviews the Craft CTM Ultra Carbon for Blister.

The CTM Ultra Carbon is Craft’s top-of-the-line, ultra-cushioned, ultralight, carbon-plated shoe for fast-paced running on and off road. But now that a lot of brands are making similarly high-end shoes, what sets this one apart? Check out our review to find out.

Inov-8 TrailFly Ultra G 300 Max

Gordon Gianniny reviews the Inov-8 TrailFly Ultra G 300 Max for Blister

Inov-8 say their “graphene-enhanced” TrailFly Ultra G 300 Max is “the first max cushioned shoe that adapts and reacts to terrain.” That’s a bold claim, but during our time with this shoe, it has proven to be a very appealing option for long days on the trail where comfort, efficiency, and stability are paramount. Check out our full review for the whole story.

Hoka One One Carbon X2

Gordon Gianniny reviews the Hoka One One Carbon X2 for Blister

Shoes with carbon plates have gained a lot of attention recently, but most are pretty niche, race-oriented products. The Hoka Carbon X2 is designed to offer both race-day efficiency and long-distance comfort, and while we were at first skeptical about that bold claim, we’ve been thoroughly impressed by this shoe so far.

Gordon Gianniny

Gordon Gianniny reviews the Altra Superior 4.0 for BLISTER

Vitals: 6’1”, 145 lbs For more on my background, listen to the below podcast, starting around 6:40 Running Background, Style, and General Preferences I grew up in Durango, CO and started running in middle school after discovering that I wasn’t very good at the foot-eye … Read more

Hoka One One Rincon 2

Gordon Gianniny reviews the Hoka One One Rincon 2 for Blister

One of our reviewers says the recently redesigned Hoka Rincon 2 is “everything that a high-cushion shoe should be.” Check out our review to see what he means, and how this lightweight, less-expensive shoe compares to its competition.

Topo Athletic Zephyr

Gordon Gianniny Reviews the Topo Athletic Zephyr for Blister

We’ve seen many recent shoes designed to maximize efficiency for fast-paced road runs, but the Topo Zephyr stands out from the competition in several ways. Check out our review to learn more about this road shoe and whether it might work well for you.

Blister Brand Guide: Columbia Montrail Trail Running Shoes ’20

Blister Brand Guide: Blister details, differentiates, and explains the shoes in Columbia Montrail's 2020 running shoe lineup

While it doesn’t include a huge number of shoes, Columbia-Montrail’s 2020 trail running shoe lineup offers runners a few different options to suit specific needs, and is particularly appealing for those not looking to drop a ton of money on their next pair of shoes. Check out our Brand Guide to see how each shoe differs and which might be worth a look from you.

La Sportiva Blizzard GTX

Gordon Gianniny reviews the La Sportiva Blizzard GTX for Blister

The Blizzard GTX is one of a few shoes on the market specifically designed for running on snow and ice. We’ve spent time in it doing just that, and in our full review, we go into who would really benefit from a specialized shoe like this, and who might be better off in something more versatile.

Winter Running Gear Roundup

Gordon Gianniny running in the Salomon ADV Skin 5 Set, Gunnison, Colorado

Freezing temps and / or snowy trails mean your running gear plays a much larger role in how enjoyable your runs will be. Check out a few of the misc. pieces that some of our reviewers use just about every time they head out for a winter run.

Topo Athletic Mtn Racer

Gordon Gianniny reviews the Topo Athletic Mtn Racer for Blister

The Mtn Racer is designed to be a lightweight, high-cushion trail shoe for those who like to run fast over long distances and rough terrain. So how well does it live up to those claims, and how does it compare to other shoes in its class like the Altra Timp & Hoka Speedgoat? Check out our review.