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New Balance Leadville v3 Review

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Hello and welcome to my New Balance Leadville v3 review.  I’ve put the Leadville v3 trail shoe through some tough conditions, including The North Face Endurance Challenge GORE-TEX 50 mile race (TNFEC 50) and the second half of the Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 mile race (MMT 100). During the TNFEC 50 and the MMT 100, the New Balance Leadville v3… Read more »

Garmin fenix 3 vs Suunto Ambit3 Peak

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If you’re looking for a GPS watch for trail running or ultramarathons, two watches to consider are the Garmin fenix 3 and Suunto Ambit3 Peak. I have already written a review of both the Garmin fenix 3 and the Suunto Ambit3 Peak Sapphire.  However, I thought a separate post specifically comparing the two watches would be useful. Since I use the watches… Read more »

The New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Review

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Hello and welcome to my review of the New Balance Fresh Foam Zante, complete with over-the-top analogies. This is the first edition of the New Balance Zante and it has already received some great reviews.  For example, Competitor.com named the Zante it’s 2015 road shoe of the year. To start things off, if shoes were candidates in a presidential election,… Read more »

Nathan HPL #020 Hydration Pack Review

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Phil the Runner | Nathan HPL #020 Hydration Vest

Hello and welcome. This is my review of the Nathan HPL #020 Hydration Pack. I used this hydration vest during The North Face Endurance Challenge GORE-TEX 50 mile race in April 2015. The Nathan HPL #020 Hydration Vest was first released 3 or 4 years ago. However, it remains a classic best seller and can still be found in the store at places… Read more »

Garmin fenix 3 Review

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UPDATE: You can check out my comparison of the Garmin fenix 3 and Suunto Ambit3 Peak here. Hello and welcome. This is a review for the Garmin fenix 3 GPS Watch. I used the fenix 3 during The North Face Endurance Challenge (TNFEC) 50 miler in April 2015 and have had the watch for over 3 months (at the time of… Read more »