Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The "Joe Sixpack" of reviews...

No.. I'm not about to post up my suggestions on how best to review gear on a blog...  I don't even know what I'm doing myself :-)

Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/myklroventine/3002250570/

But, I have promised a few personal reviews for the Merrell Trail Glove, Road Glove, Vibram VFF Flow, as well as a follow up review of the Vivobarefoot Neo Trail.  I will get those posted up here over the next few weeks, just need to keep logging more miles!

In the interim, I thought it might be good to at least provide a little insight as to where my thoughts are when putting together a review.

I am certainly not a Big League runner/blogger, and vendors are not spamming my email begging to send me stuff to try out (But they are welcome to!).  I'm not sure I'm even Little League...   maybe T-ball...   anyway, I digress.  To quote a former high school classmate, I would consider myself the "Joe Sixpack" of blogger/reviewers.  In other words, just your "average" barefoot/minimalist runner... working to get healthier, lighter, faster etc etc...  all while having fun, and during that journey, as I come across shoes and stuff... I try them out, and then relay what I discover to you all.

I know that I should be concerned with providing reviews that are heavily researched/tested, or to ensure I cover specific criteria and statistics etc.  But honestly, what I end up writing is about the stuff that I look for when I read a review!  I find that reading personal reviews of products before I purchase them is very helpful.. especially if I can identify with the reviewer.

So, what you'll get is my impressions, likes/dislikes, and a narrative of the way the shoes performed (for me).  Granted, what I'm hoping is that I really am somewhat representative of "average" and that my reviews are helpful to those trying to make a decision.  I will also try to provide as much perspective as I can (comparison with other products I am familiar with), and if I don't know something, I'll say so.  But that is where you come in.  I truly appreciate any comments/feedback that are posted, as that helps to add more depth to what I have posted, and I always learn something.

Ok... I'm off to log more miles in a few different shoes... all for sake of reviews... well, no not really. Off to rack up more miles because it is just plain fun, addictive, and it's good for me too!

Happy trails!

Food Rules #2: Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food - Michael Pollan



  1. I am in love with that photo of the dog. I wanna feel like that, too! yea!

  2. I've learned a lot about barefoot running through mamarunsbarefoot. You're my only other guru! I'm hoping to get back to it soon!

    I like reading regular people reviews because it seems to be more authentic. Maybe that's just me though. ??

    1. I'm with you on the reviews.. I like to read them, but have a harder time identifying with the ones from runners who run a million marathons or ultras etc.. maybe I'll identify better some day! And yes... mamarunsbarefoot is awesome :-). Also, I am anxious for spring to get here... ready to get more true barefoot running in.. truly the best way to nail down the best form... shoes or not :-)


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