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Topo Athletic Fli-Lyte 2

Topo Athletic Fli-Lyte 2

Review by: TRT Thundersquad Ambassador, Charissa Hipp

Brand and Model: Topo Athletic Fli-Lyte 2
Price: $100
Category: Transitional
What is the shoe ideal for?: Road running
Shoe Drop/Differential: 3mm
Weight: 8.4 oz
Stack Height: 23mm (heel) // 20mm (forefoot)
Technical Specs: Mid cushion, support, and pliability
Step in fit and feel: I never needed any "break-in" period with these shoes. They felt great the moment I put them on and I immediately switched from my trail shoes to using these for all my runs on asphalt. Runs true to size.
Ideal Terrain Usage: Road surfaces.
Performance: These have performed well over time. I'm happy with the wear on the inside and outside compared to other brands and I love these shoes now as much as I did when I first put them on. Upper mesh offers additional structure and durability without sacrificing weight or breathability.
Overview: Fli-Lyte 2 offers a soft, highly responsive and flexible ride, suitable for a variety of distances and speeds. An updated upper mesh offers additional structure and durability without sacrificing weight or breathability. The new platform is slightly softer and more flexible than our original, delivering a more natural feel.
Recommendations: I highly recommend Topo Athletic shoes to anyone looking for a roomy toe box and minimal running shoe. This is my second pair of Topo Athletic shoes and they fit my feet really well. I love the wide toe box, minimal drop and the soles seem to wear well over time. They also feel light on my feet and are very flexible.


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Altra Superior 3.5

Altra Superior 3.5

Review by: TRT member, Diana Gorham

Brand and Model: Altra Superior 3.5
Price: $110
Category: Minimal
What is the shoe ideal for?: Hiking,Trail running and Ultrarunning
Shoe Drop/Differential: 0 mm
Weight: 7.3 oz
Stack Height: 25mm/22mm
Technical Specs: Insole: 6mm contour footbed Platform: Fully cushioned Zero Drop(TM) platform and Footshape(TM) toebox Midsole: EVA/A-bound(TM) blend with Innerflex(TM) Outsole: DuraTread(TM) rubber with TrailClaw(TM) Upper: Quick dry Airmesh Other: 4 point GaiterTrap(TM) technology, reinforced breathable and flexible upper.
Step in fit and feel: Roomy toebox, light cushion, springy, responsive and grippy.True to size, but if particularly wide at the forefoot like me, remove the insole for some extra room or size up a half size.
 
Ideal Terrain Usage: A variety of trails, they excel on rocky and dirt trails


Performance: Great grip on ascents and descents, with just the perfect amount of cushion to give some spring and protection, but still maintain a feeling of responsiveness proprioceptive awareness.
Overview: Superior 3.5 is a great Versatile trail shoe. In typical Altra style, it sports a roomy toe box, plus their trademark zero drop platform that allows you to move as nature intended. The tread is grippy and gives great traction on most surfaces ( beware of wet bridges ). Where this shoe really shines is in its responsiveness. Unlike it's beefier Altra Sibling the Lone Peak, it has a removable Stoneguard(TM) instead of the full rock plate. This allows for a smoother, more responsive run, and offers enough protection for most trail runs( if you run long distance or extremely rocky terrain, the Lone peak would offer more underfoot protection). The 3.5 sports the 4 point gaiter attachment system, so when paired with Altra gaiters you can keep the trail debris out, as you speed down those descents.
Recommendations: Great shoe for trail explorers, that want a versatile, responsive shoe with light cushion, great traction on the trails and a foot shape(TM) toe-box!


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New Balance Minimus 10v1

New Balance Minimus 10v1

Review by: TRT Team Member, Leo Cucuzzella 

Brand and Model: New Balance Minimus 10v1
Price: $115
Category: Minimal
What is the shoe ideal for?: Someone who wants a lightweight shoe that works well in most situations.
Shoe Drop/Differential: 4 mm
Weight: 6..3 oz
Stack Height: 11.5mm
Technical SpecsMidfoot wrap, lightweight foam supports, synthetic upper 
Step in fit and feel: A little stiff at first but becomes flexible soon after wearing it around. Fits to size.
Ideal Terrain Usage: Road, trail, flat courts in sports
Performance: Very good for many various purposes.
Overview: This is a comfortable shoe for walking and everyday use.
Recommendations: It’s a great shoe for someone who wants a shoe that will work well in nearly all terrain and use purposes.

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MERRELL TRAIL GLOVE 4 KNIT

MERRELL TRAIL GLOVE 4 KNIT

Review by: TRT Thundersquad Ambassador, Jake Thad

Brand and Model: MERRELL TRAIL GLOVE 4 KNIT
Price: $130
Category: Ultra Minimal
What is the shoe ideal for?: Ideal for walking on non-technical paths and trails.
Shoe Drop/Differential: 0 mm
Weight: 8 oz
Stack Height: 11.5mm
Technical Specs: • Mesh and TPU upper • Traditional lace closure • Breathable mesh lining • Hyperlock™ printed TPU heel counter for security during quick descents and sharp turns • Integrated EVA footbed • FLEXconnect™ dual directional flex-groove EVA midsole for agility and stability on uneven terrain • M Select™ GRIP+ outsole with anatomical grooves is sticky and durable for superior grip and traction on wet or dry trails.
Step in fit and feel: Comfortable, stretchy mesh upper. With no tongue or insert, it truly slides on like a sock or glove. Fit as expected
Ideal Terrain Usage: Comfortable for walking on pavement, grass, or gravel trails.
Performance: Vibram sole holds up well to walking on gravel. The mesh upper is not water-resistant. Laces frayed quickly were rubbing on ribbon loops (there are no eyelets for the laces).
Overview: This is a comfortable shoe for walking and everyday use.
Recommendations: It is not recommended for running, wet environments, or technical trails. The sole is very narrow under the arch of the foot, and the rubber insole does not provide adequate support for flat feet. Adding an insole for support (such as Barefoot Science) makes one's heel high enough to lift out of the back of the shoe.


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Shoe Review: TOPO Terraventure 2

Shoe Review: TOPO Terraventure 2

Review by: TRT Thundersquad Ambassador, Casey Fisher

Brand and Model: TOPO Terra-venture 2
Price: $120
Category: Transitional
What is the shoe ideal for?: Trail and Ultrarunning
Shoe Drop/Differential: 3mm
Weight: 10.8oz
Stack Height: 25mm/22mm
Technical Specs: Vibram outsole, flexible rock plate, drainage holes, ortholite footbed, unique gaiter attachment (best I have used)
Step in fit and feel: Glove like fit for my feet - sizing is true to size
Ideal Terrain Usage: Trails, rocks, wet trails (drains fast and we'll)


Performance: Good ground feel on trails but lugs are not too deep to be annoying on the road. Quick shoe and agile on technical trail. Great all around trail shoe.
Overview: I love this shoe (this is my first pair of Topos), especially the color. Topo doesn't usually have really wild colors for their men's shoes but the yellow Terraventure 2s are bright and flashy. This shoe has many great features and has been my go to trail shoe for the last few months.

Let's start with the good: ortholite footbed (excellent upgrade from previous models), drainage ports (shoes dry before you get to the next stream), it's worth mentioning the color again, the fit for me is perfect (no blisters or hot spots) for races from 50K to 50miles, the flexible rock plate provides enough protection without sacrificing trail feel, and lastly the gaiter anchoring system is AMAZING!!!

Now for the bad: there is really only one thing for me and that is outsole and upper durability. In all fairness I am hard on my shoes and run some pretty gnarly trails (e.g., Massanuttens). After my recent 100 mile attempt I noticed the usually reliable vibram outsole was shredded (see pictures), this was after approximately 300miles of wear and tear on some pretty rocky trails but I expect more from vibram. The upper also does not handle rocks well, however I think this may be do to the breathability of the shoe which in my mind is an even trade off. For the price the shoe is definitely worth a try and I will definitely be getting another pair.
Recommendations: Definitely would recommend and this will be my go to trail shoe for 2019 for races up to 100 miles.


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Shoe Review: Altra Escalante 1.5!

Altra Escalante 1.5

Introducing the Altra Escalante 1.5: weighing in at 6.9 ounces, this $130 shoe is ideal for road runners with a healthy arch. Because 

the upper is knitted, this shoe isn't recommend for an individual with a collapsing arch or over-pronators. 

The Ego technology in the sole provides great feedback and spring that keeps feet feeling fresh over long distances, and an added bonus - the foam continues to provide spring and not lose its integrity. The upper knit also provides added comfort for optimal toe splay. Because the shoe is lightweight and wide, it's an optimal shoe for road racing/ training. Form isn't compromised by your foot having to "fit" the shoe, but rather the shoe caters to the foot.
The rubber outsole is very grippy even in slickest conditions. This shoe was run in rain, snow and sleet on road with no issues. It's an ideal shoe for road running. 
The Ego Technology in the sole holds it's shape even after 100s of miles. The rubber seems to wear away before the foam loses it's spring. So even when the shoe has "run it's course" as a running shoe, it's still so comfy and springy. It's so comfortable your feet will welcome the Escalante after being beat up for hours, post-race. :)

This review of the On Cloud X was done by Katie Thompson, a sales associate at Two Rivers Treads. Katie has logged nearly 500 miles on her pair and have used them as her go-to road running shoe.

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Shoe Reviews: On Cloud-X!

On Cloud X

The details are what set the Cloud X apart. With a dual-density sock liner, seamless shoe tongue, and new-generation inner materials set a new bar for comfort that can't easily be seen - but definitely will be felt. The performance upper of the Cloud-X uses an engineered mesh of the highest quality and material strength. Light and breathable in all the right places, it supports you without suffocating your foot's freedom of movement.

Shoe Drop: 6 mm
Weight: 6.5 oz
Stack Height: 24 mm


Step in fit and feel: When stepping in, the shoes feel soft and plush yet firm and responsive. The sizing runs true to most sizes. These shoes are ideal used on a road or even surface and ideal for runners doing anything from low to high volume training. 

These shoes are not ideal for surfaces such as gravel, as the one down side to these shoes are that rocks can get lodged in between the clouds on the sole. 

This review of the On Cloud X was done by Lisa Johnston, a sales associate at Two Rivers Treads. Lisa has logged nearly 250 miles on her pair and have used them as her go-to road running shoe.

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Why Community Matters

Why Community Matters

WHY COMMUNITY MATTERS

Anyone who pops by the store every now and then knows I’m a “hit or miss” team member.  Either I’m there for a good solid week or so for shift work or not there at all for a two week period.  This is because I travel around the great state of West Virginia visiting different communities, individuals, nonprofits, small businesses, local leaders, and families through my other job and service.  While I’m on the road, it still resonates with me and the understanding is clear, community matters.

To make this post easy to read, I could make up a list of why but instead, as with the methodology I’m using this year through work projects, I will tell you some snippets of stories:

Just the other week I was able to go read at a few local libraries on behalf of Two Rivers Treads.  I’ve done some reading and events in other parts of the state so my hopes were not high for numbers of kids who might show up.  Well, we showed up for the first library reading and there were 20 plus people there! Now, with kids they know when you are faking so I had practiced three times for this reading and made up some exercises/movements to go along with the story.  These 30 minutes of preparation paid off. The kids loved it! We were reading, moving, and participating fully in a small activity, together.

Two Rivers Treads also has two garden plots at our local community garden (Ranson Old Town Community Gardens) and I walked over there the other day from the store with a friend and her two boys.  I’ve run around town with the boys and mom before as a part of Bros and Bras (social-fitness) community group, so they knew me. They weren’t 100% excited like I was about the garden as we were walking but somehow during the process they expanding their interests and we started having a blast!  Our hands were dirty and we learned about the process of gardening together.  We even had mom pull out her phone for advice from the internet.  We learned when to pick the beets and how to cook beet greens (they were pretty good blanched then sautéed with some avocado oil and garlic).  It was a nice time learning, picking greens, and laughing at my “baby carrots”...anyone who gardens can imagine what they looked like when I say I didn’t thin the carrots. It was fun!

Our store use to be located in Shepherdstown so we occasionally get back there to participate in festivities.  A few months ago, I was lucky to be the team member who spent time at Dog Fest 2018, educating and promoting the store products and mission.  We had a raffle for a sweet dog/leash combo product from Ruff Wear and a wonderful older woman won the raffle, she was not present to win though.  The next time I saw her was during one of our free events in store where a Dr. Jared Matlick (PIVOT Physical Therapy) visited the store and hosted a movement basics class for senior individuals. We hooked her up with her sweet prize and she was able to learn some important components of movement from our speaker.  It was a winning day for her!


All of these are just small ways in which we work to help develop community and build relationships.  While we are a small retail store there is so much more that comes into play with Two Rivers Treads, thanks to Dr. Mark’s vision.  We encourage our patrons to try and build community around their homes because it is vital for life, it builds relationships, helps saves lives, brings joy, and share love.


Thanks for taking the time to read this blog post and if you are interested in learning more about our store, products, or outreach, feel free to give us a call or shoot us an email!


FOSTER:)


304-885-8843

trtreads@gmail.com

 

 

This blog post was written by Two Rivers Treads employee, Foster.

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Miner's Lady 8-Hour & Trails in Motion Film Festival

Miner's Lady 8-Hour & Trails in Motion Film Festival

Two Rivers Treads is proud to present “Miner’s Lady 8 Hour Endurance Race”, gearing up to take place Saturday, July 28. For those of you unfamiliar with endurance events; this particular course consists of a 10K loop meandering through the remote woods of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.  Participants run the loop as many times as possible in the 8 hour time frame. The brain child of store manager, Sarah Hodder, and Freedom’s Run Race Director, Katie Nolan Thompson; the two paired up to design this challenging event for individuals to test their physical limits, but also have a good time sharing the love of running with fellow ultra runners.  The event takes pride in being a low frills, green event. Runners are asked to carpool to keep gas emissions low, reusable cups are being used to cut down on wasted plastic at the aid stations, race packets are digital, the race medals are wooden, and all prizes have been locally sourced. Our logos were even made by two amazing local artists, Alex Stevens and Shane Harris.

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(Logo by Shane Harris)

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(Logo by Alex Stevens)

You may be curious about the unique name of the race, and it may seem oddly familiar. A lyric from the ever popular,  “Country Roads”, the name was inspired by the John Denver Classic due to the coincidental fact that the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah River only intersect in West Virginia for a very short distance  – largely the area that the race course covers. Since both Race Directors are women, the name seemed perfect; but don’t worry gentleman, you’re still welcome to run the race. The event is for everyone.

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(Photo from a Miner's Lady training run in March!)

In fact, a very talented athlete will be joining the TRT team for the event – John Kelly. John Kelly, has sprung into the Ultra Running community as he debuted as the 15th  finisher/ winner of the grueling, Barkley Marathons, in 2017.The Barkley Marathons were made even more popular thanks to a Netflix Documentary, so even non-runners can understand the painful journey John has gone through to complete such a race. In fact, there were no finishers in 2018! John has also gone on to complete the first ever sub 24 hour run at The Wild Oak Trail 100 and finished as the 26th amateur (after coming out of the water as the 820th) at the Kona Ironman World, all while completing his PhD!


He continues to inspire through his motivational lessons of persevering even through what seems like impossible scenarios. But don’t take our word for it, why not hear from him yourself.   John will be speaking at the Trails in Motion Film Festival held at the newly renovated Charles Washington Hall, in Charles Town, WV on July 27.


The Trails In Motion Film Festival is an annual international film tour for the community, by the community, bringing a collection of the finest trail and ultra running films to passionate audiences around the world. Join like-minded trail runners and adventure sports enthusiasts at engaging film festival-styled events as they come together to celebrate the diverse culture of the sport. Tickets are on sale now at Eventbrite.com.

Although, Miner’s Lady is filled, you can try your luck at joining the waitlist, or come out and volunteer. Make a weekend of it and stay for the film festival as well!

Proceeds from the event will benefit The Outdoor Education Center of For Love of Children and the Rolling Ridge Foundation. To learn more about the organizations or Miner’s Lady visit our website at www.minersladyenduro.com. Happy trails!

 

This blog post was written by TRT employee and Miner's Lady Race Director, Katie Nolan Thompson.

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Proper Fit by Dr. Mark Cucuzzella

Proper Fit by Dr. Mark Cucuzzella

Most of us have been taught our whole lives that we have a shoe size. But did you ever consider instead that you have a foot size? Most people have gone their whole lives wearing the wrong sized shoes. A proper fitting shoe will give you enough width for expansion of your foot when it comes into contact with the ground without squeezing or pinching any aspect of the foot. To learn all about the proper way to fit your feet for shoes, check out Dr. Mark's blog on the Natural Running Center. 

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