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Winter Jacket Review – North Face Plasma Thermal Jacket – Purchase now at Getzs!

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I live in the Midwest and our winters vary from year to year. Recently we had a cold front move through and the temps were down in the mid 30’s. Along with the cold temps, we had a light mist that really made things cold. Turns out, my friend had a cookout that day thinking that things would be warm. It was at that point that I realized I didn’t have a winter coat.

I went online and did a search for a warm jacket that would provide warmth without bulk and provide and would keep me dry. I found the
North Face Plasma Thermal Jacket. This jacket not only looked great, but also kept me warm and provided a layer of protection from the rain and mist I had to deal with during the cookout. Below is a list of the features of the jacket. My favorite features include the performance fit, pit-zips, and the hood.

Features of the North Face Plasma Thermal Jacket


  • Performance fit

  • Waterproof, breathable, seam sealed

  • Fully adjustable, removable hood with a laminated brim

  • Napoleon chest pocket

  • Internal security zip pocket

  • Pit-zips

  • Two hand pockets

  • Nonabrasive molded cuff tabs

  • Hideaway hem cinch-cord

I would recommend this top notch jacket for any sport including hiking, mountain climbing, skiing, and any other outdoor adventure. This jacket is part of the North Face Summit Series so you know it’s the best line that they sell.

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If you have any questions about this great jacket, please contact me!


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Shoe Review – Brooks ST5 Racers – Purchase now at Trivillage!

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I recently bought a pair of the Brooks ST5 Racers, and my first thought was man, these shoes not only look great, but feel very very light. Weighing in at only 8.6 ounces, the Brooks ST Racer is light enough to be a go-to road racing shoe for up to the marathon in distance. These shoes also work great for a tempo run, mile repeats, or any other faster tempo run.

The racers look much much better than previous models. The ST5 is barely recognizable as a Brooks series racer- and the infusion of the BioMogo midsole not only yields a more responsive, cushioned feel- but it also is better for the environment in the long run! The upper has a more custom fit much like the Green Silence.

For those of you looking for something minimal, the Brooks ST5 would be a good transition shoe as it still has support, but is flexible enough to allow more natural foot flexion and toe-off. The T7 and Green Silence are still lighter, and more flexible. I couldn’t be happier with this shoe.

If I had to choose again, I would buy these shoes again. They look great, feel great, and have allowed my feet to always feel great after any run.
If you have any questions about the fit, color, size, or details of this shoe, just contact me!

Link: Click here to buy at Trivillage.com

Details of the shoe:


  • Rearfoot HydroFlow® ST – Dynamic viscous fluid units for heel and forefoot enhance midsole cushioning—attenuating shock with industry leading dampening and comfort.

  • Full-length BioMoGo – Brooks has taken the long lasting cushioning of the MoGo midsole and made it more environmentally friendly. A non-toxic, natural additive in the BioMogo compound encourages anaerobic microbes to munch away 50 times faster once it hits the landfill.

  • Diagonal Rollbar (DRB®) – A high-density post at the medial arch is engineered for pronation control and creates a smoother transition from the midstance phase into the propulsion phase

  • DRB® Accel – Enhances tunable torsion of the midfoot. Shank-like thermoplastic devices vary from single units of a set modulus, to dual-unit versions of varied modulus (tuned with higher stiffness for medial support, the lateral side less stiff to smooth the ride.

  • HPR Green – This durable and long-wearing outsole compound is made with dispersed silica, resulting in premium wet-dry traction for excellent skid-resistance and a more environmentally friendly composition

  • Forefoot Stable Pod Construction – Midsole and outsole components are engineered to set the foot in an efficient, balanced position from heel strike to toe-off, offering maximum stability and responsiveness

  • Contact Rubber Forefoot

  • Universal Platform

  • Category: Competition

  • Platform: Universal

  • Construction: Strobel

  • Weight: 8.6 oz


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Shoe Review – Brooks ST5 Racers

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I recently bought a pair of the Brooks ST5 Racers, and my first thought was man, these shoes not only look great, but are very very light. Weighing in at 8.6 ounces the Brooks ST Racer is light enough to be a go-to road racing shoe for up to the marathon in distance and are great for a tempo run or mile repeat workout.

The new racers look much much better than previous models. The ST5 is barely recognizable as a Brooks series racer- and the infusion of the BioMogo midsole not only yields a more responsive, cushioned feel- but it also is better for the environment in the long run! The upper has a more custom fit much like the Green Silence.

For those of you looking for something minimal, the Brooks ST5 would be a good transition shoe as it still has some support, but is flexible enough to allow more natural foot flexion and toe-off. The T7 and Green Silence are still lighter, and more flexible.

Overall this is a great shoe and would recommend to anyone! Below is a picture of these beauties!

Buy: Brooks Racer ST 5 Buy Link10% Coupon (CX11W050)


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Shoe Review – Mizuno Nirvana 7

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Mizuno Nirvana 7 General Info:

Returning for it’s seventh year, Mizuno unveils the completely updated Wave Nirvana in the premium stability niche. Mizuno updates their shoes on a two year cycle. That is, shoes get new uppers every year and a total update every two years. The 2011 Nirvana brings a totally new shoe to the premium stability market.

Mizuno Nirvana 7 Sole Unit:
All Mizuno running shoes are constructed around the Mizuno Wave. The Mizuno Wave is a plastic plate sandwiched into the midsole of the shoe and tuned with specific foot mechanics in mind. In the case of the Wave Nirvana 7, the wave is structured to limit overpronation. Overpronation occurs when a runners foot rolls too far to the inside, resulting in excessive rotational forces on the foot. The Nirvana series employs a full length wave plate that begins at the heel and extends the length of the shoe. This technology offers better foot control during the entire gait cycle. The Wave Nirvana 7 plate has been updated for a smoother transition while retaining all the support characteristics Nirvana runners expect. Mizuno has also deleted the sensor points on the bottom of the shoe to aid in cushioning and improved transition. A completely new Mizuno technology is employed in the Wave Nirvana 7. Mizuno has introduced flex controllers on the sole to provide optimum flexibility in the forefoot. The flex controllers work like a secondary wave and allow for less midsole foam at flex points thus reducing weight in the shoe. The AP+ midsole formulation is carried over from the Wave Nirvana 6 as is male and female specific Gender Engineering. Also present is Mizuno’s VS-1 compound. VS-1 is found in the heel and forefoot and is utilized to aid in shock absorption.

Mizuno Nirvana 7 Upper:
A completely revised upper is included in the Wave Nirvana 7 update. Mizuno continues to expand their Dynamotion Fit principles that seek to match movement of the upper materials with the motion of the foot. Mizuno achieves this by using stretch mesh in the forefoot and flex eyelets to lock the foot into the midsole while minimizing irritation and undue pressure across the top of the foot. Another unique feature is the attached tongue found in the Wave Nirvana 7. Mizuno anchors the tongue to the midsole with two flexible strips of fabric to ensure that the tongue stays put once the shoe is laced.

Mizuno Nirvana 7 Opinion:
Since it’s inception the Nirvana series has been my go to shoe for long distance running. Although I am a not a heavy runner my arches are extremely flexible and I must have a shoe that counteracts some of that flexibility. No other shoe has ever offered the exceptional arch support of the Nirvana series. The Nirvana 5 and 6 used a very stiff wave plate which was excellent for pronation control and a snappier transition but did leave me longing for the softer ride of the Nirvana 4. I am very pleased to say that Mizuno has blended the best properties of the Nirvana 4, 5 and 6 into the Wave Nirvana 7. The shoe runs noticeably softer but still provides top shelf arch support thanks to Mizuno’s more streamlined wave plate design. The deletion of the sensor points really opens this shoe up and reduces the harshness found in earlier versions.

In the past Mizuno midsoles seemed to wrinkle sooner than other manufacturers. This problem has been relieved by the introduction of AP+, Mizuno’s new formulation for midsole foam. AP+ also feels bouncier while still retaining the hallmark Mizuno road feel. AP+ actually debuted on the Wave Nirvana 6 but it seems even more durable and fun to run on in the Wave Nirvana 7.

The Wave Nirvana 7 combines flexibility, cushioning and stability like no other shoe before. The fit is seamless and the ride is lively yet protected. Mizuno made sweeping changes to this shoe and that is always a gamble. However, Mizuno has listened to their customers and again proves that each evolution of their wave technology sets them further apart from the pack.


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Shoe Review – Asics Kayano 17

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Asics Gel Kayano 17 General Info:
ASICS premium stability plus shoe – the Gel-Kayano 17 gets an update for 2011 that results in a slightly lighter shoe and improved cushioning due to a new sock-liner and better response due to ASICS Guidance Line technology being full length now. New colors are also introduced with the big news being an all black option. Most of the features that made the Gel-Kayano 16’s so popular are back as well. .
Asics Kayano 17
Asics Gel Kayano 17 Sole Unit:
Continuing on to the Gel-Kayano 17 from previous Gel-Kayano’s is ASICS Impact Guidance System that is intended to enhance the foot’s natural gait. However ASICS improves the Gel-Kayano 17 by extending the Guidance Line the full length of the shoe resulting in improved responsiveness and gait efficiency. What this all means for the runner is a shoe that feels very connected to the foot and the rest of the body and allows for a efficient and easy running gait. Additionally the Gel-Kayaono’s Discrete Heel Unit adds additional cushioning and stability from previous Kayono’s resulting in some of the best cushioning available in a Stability shoe on the market. Unlike some shoes that use gels and/or other cushioning methods there seems to be very little break-down in the cushioning over time, so while the shoe may appear to be expensive, in my experience it also lasts longer resulting in a lower cost per mile.


Asics Gel Kayano 17 Heel:
Rounding out the Sole of the Gel-Kayano are ASICS midfoot stabilizer called a Space Trustic System and a DuoMax Support System for the midsole and a Dual Density Solyte Lasting in the heal and forefoot for improved fit and comfort. This midsole and forefoot cushioning in conjunction with the improved heel cushioning all contribute to a very cushioned and plush ride – perfect for those looking for such a shoe in a stability package.

Asics Gel Kayano 17 Upper:
Contributing to the ASICS Gel-Kayano 17’s improved cushioning is a new ComforDry Sockliner along with a revised upper that still incorporates ASICS Asymmetrical Lacing Design for an anatomically correct lacing system that is intended to follow the foots natural design for an improved fit. The Asymmetrical Lacing on the Gel-Kayano 17’s is indeed unique (although other ASICS shoes have added this feature recently) and is a big differentiator over other running shoes. If in the past the upper part of your foot felt compressed or pinched by the lacing system of your shoes you may find that with ASICS Asymmetrical Lacing, that this discomfort is a thing of the past as this is a very well fitting shoe with a decent toe-box as well.

Asics Gel Kayano 17 Opinion:
Having been around for quite some time, the Gel-Kayano’s have been one of ASICS’ most successful shoes. When it comes to Stability Plus shoes, the Gel-Kayano’s have been at the top of consideration for many runners. Having run in many Gel-Kayano’s from the 13’s through two pairs of 17’s, ASICS has done a very good job of constantly tweaking the shoe and improving on it little by little. While the cushioning of the Kayano’s has always been its strength. With the 16 and the introduction of the Asymmetrical Lacing system, fit and comfort became amongst the best out there.
I would think that there are primarily two types of runners considering the Gel-Kayano 17: 1) Those currently running in the 16’s wondering if this upgrade is worth it, and 2) Those looking for a Stability or Stability Plus training shoe.
For those currently running in the 16, the 17 is definitely an improvement and you’ll love the decreased weight slightly better cushioning and responsiveness. That said if there were close-out deals on the 16’s and you could save some money, I might stock up on some 16s. But if moneys not an issue and you want the latest that ASICS has to offer, you won’t be disappointed in the 17s.
For those considering the Gel-Kayano 17 as a Stability Plus shoe and are ok at parting with $140+/- for a pair, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed unless you are a very light weight runner where the weight of the shoes while improved from the 16s is still a bit on the hefty side and/or if you want a more responsive shoe – which usually means not as plush a ride as the 17s give you.
At 6’0 and 175 lbs running on average of 50 miles a week, I go through a pair of shoes about once every 6 weeks and have already had the pleasure of running in two pairs of 17s and must say they are my favorite especially for that long run or medium long run when you want the most comfortable and cushioned shoe. My 16s have been resigned to shorter runs or trail runs until they wear out
My ‘nits’ with the Kayano’s have been few – one is weight which has been addressed and hopefully ASICS will continue to address this and the other is the breathability of the upper which became a problem on long runs during last year’s hot humid summer. So far no problems with breathability as it is winter so we’ll have to leave the jury out on that one.
Bottom line – If you like the 16’s you’ll love the 17’s and if you are looking for a very well cushioned Stability Plus shoe and are ok with the price – try these on, you may be very very happy!


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