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Monique Seitz-Davis

Monique Seitz-Davis

Monique Seitz-Davis

Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on August 4, 2017

4 5

Bought this for the manpanion - admittedly I'm more of a bipedal adventurer than a pedal-pusher, so forgive me if this review is sparse / nondescript (because I have noooo idea what I'm talking about / what he's talking about when it comes to this stuff)... but he says it gets the job done accordingly and was well worth the dough!

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Monique Seitz-Davis

Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on July 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I much prefer to consume whole foods (be it pureed or whatever) or homemade gel-ish-stuffs when I'm running long distances, and this little banger helps ensure that I don't bonk. The valve provides fast and easy access to your nutrition, and the packable design makes it easy to stuff the softflask into a pack pocket once you're finished. I have put it in the dishwasher (on light wash) before (in the silverware doo-hickey), but I'm not sure I'd do it again. Ahah. It's relatively easy to clean out if you hand wash it.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on July 24, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I really liked the Saucony Peregrine and Kinvara, but found that they both kind of fell short in terms of structure and durability, which is why I picked up the Xodus ISO as opposed to another edition of the Peregrine. And while I really dig the Xodus ISO, it does have a few shortcomings that I'm not 100% in love with. That being said, I'll note the positives before the negatives.

Positives:
1. The 4mm drop. Your selection is sorta limited when it comes to acquiring a 4mm drop shoe, so this was a huge sell for me when it came to the Xodus.
2. The midsole. I love Saucony's Everun midsole technology. It's springy, attenuates impact, and provides swift energy return without compromising on protection or support.
3. The outsole. Often times I find that outsoles with a bevy of varied lugs make for a slightly unstable experience, so I wanted to try something that was structured like the Peregrine but with a little more umph.
4. The heel cup. This is a pretty fun feature - it definitely balances out the sorta sloshy mesh (which I touch on that below), and it offers smooth, comfortable stability when navigating varied terrain.
5. The plush heel cup. WHOA I love this feature. It's sooooooo comfy and provides a real snug fit without overwhelming your Achilles.

Negatives:
1. The sizing is a little small. I ordered a 9 and it still felt a little snug in the toe. I very easily could have gone up to a 9.5 - For size comparison, I ordinarily wear an 8.5 in trail shoes and occasionally a 9 in road shoes (though I do wear an 8 in Altra's Lone Peak).
2. The upper is a little too sloshy. Saucony had the best intentions with the stretch mes upper, but sometimes I felt like it was a little too prone to mobility when I was navigating varied terrain. It kind of reminds me of my Altra Lone Peaks.
3. Such short laces! I'd read a review somewhere that mentioned that and I was like "pshhhhhh that's silly" but it's actually a kind of annoying attribute. If you want to do the marathon lace, be prepared to have some pretty short laces.

Bottom line: I'd buy again if Saucony updated the mesh upper and fit.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on July 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Saucony's Kinvara shoe has been my go-to for awhile, but I wanted something that could give me a little more structure and support underfoot when running longer distances, which is why I picked up the Ride 9.

I took the Ride out for a 6-mile test spin and I was really, really impressed. The upper breathed super well and seemed to have a hint of stretch to it for mobility. I was most impressed with the midsole - it was firm yet forgiving and offered dependable energy return, while the outsole seemed to hold up to varied cadences really nicely - without obstructing my overall mobility, dexterity, or "road feel." Also, the midsole didn't collapse throughout the heel-to-toe transition, unlike the Kinvara.

By the end of the run I did have a hot spot on my left foot, but I think that's more based off of "human error" and my occasional flipper foot than it was the actual shoe. I typically wear a size 8.5 but ordered a 9 and they fit gloriously.

I was a little apprehensive of the 8mm drop, simply because I prefer a 4mm drop, but I found that the 8mm was really nice to have while road running. Not that noticeable of a difference, admittedly.

The laces are kind of long and a little too skinny so if you really batten down the hatches they're a little hard to loosen mid run or what not.

Bottom line: They're plush, comfortable, supportive, and seem to be really sturdy. I'm really looking forward to taking these out on longer runs and seeing how they fair. I'd say if you're looking for a more sturdy and neutral alternative to the Kinvara, the Ride is a great option.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on July 19, 2017

5 5

I too have been running in ill-fitting hydration vests for the past couple of years, and the Adventure Vesta came highly recommended by a few friends so I figured it was worth a try. Also, I bought the Adventure Vesta based on the liter capacity, simply because I'm often running with my dogs and having that extra space for a first aid kit or extra water for them is a big priority for me.

The Adventure Vesta is comfortable, lightweight, and has a myriad of storage options which makes it an ideal companion for long runs. The mesh is soft (so it won't chafe), super breathable, and dries quickly. Additionally, the shoulder harness is designed to ensure maximum mobility, which is rather ideal when tackling varied terrain. The wide straps are especially nice, though sometimes I wish the pack-panel-to-shoulder-straps-ratio was a little more even-keeled and complemented each other. Sometimes I feel like the Vesta could be a little wider on the pack side of things.

The adjustable chest straps are a huge plus - and they're stretchy. The pack features side rails that you can slide the chest straps up and down on, so you're able to customize your fit based on chest size or preference.

The drawcord at the back doubles as compression - and there are actually these neat little plastic hooks (just beyond the outskirts of the cinchcord at the back) that allow you to really batten down the hatches.

I love the soft bottles design - they're easy to take in / out of their respective holsters, are easy to pack down, and provide fast hydration. My major issue with these soft bottles is that they are a little leaky from the lid - I speculate this might be a bit of a defect, because I have a UD soft flask handheld and have no problem with leaking (with that one). That being said, I'm far from bothered by the moisture - it sometimes can be a nice reprieve on hot runs. The pack does feature a hydration sleeve (for a bladder), which is convenient if you're running with dogs or doing an extra long run.

I really love the variety of storage options, simply because I'm a bit of an organization fanatic. Especially on long runs, I like knowing where my stuff is - the whole frantic fumbling through my pack for an extra layer or fuel really sort of drives me crazy.

That being said, I was a bit on the fence with the Adventure Vesta when I was originally purchasing it. Namely because of the adjustable hook-and-loop (which is another term for velcro) detail at the side, which is designed to make fine-tuning your fit easier, but I'm honestly kind of worried about the longevity of this detail. However, I have gotten it wet and it stayed attached, which I was also worried about (it not staying attached, that is). I really wish that the Adventure Vesta featured a hidden and adjustable webbing strap (at the side) like the AK Mountain 3.0 Vest has. That would be pretty stinkin' perfect.

Occasionally, I do feel like this vest is a little overkill for shorter runs. But at the end of the day, I like having extra space for dog-necessities and fuel / layers / etc -
especially considering the fact that I don't race, but still run long distances (so see ya whatever aid stations may have been there). It's nice to be able to carry what I need and not have to think twice about it.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on July 13, 2017

4 5

Pair this with any of the wide mouth offerings and you're guaranteed quick access to your hydration! I've found it's a great compatriot for driving, since tilting your head back and obstructing your view with a normal water bottle is a little uh... dangerous, I guess? When you flip the sipper down it doesn't exactly have the most waterproof seal, so I wouldn't recommend throwing it in your bag without regard.

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