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Tessa Hanson

Tessa Hanson

Tessa Hanson

Tessa Hansonwrote a review of on September 8, 2018

Tackling Technical Terrain? No Problem.
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The first pair of Speedcrosses I purchased were from an REI garage sale (in brand new condition, 2 years ago). After attempting a couple trail runs in them, I decided to use them solely (pun intended) for scrambles and approaches. They served me well. I've used them on countless 14ers in Colorado and technical peaks in Glacier National Park. The large lugs are perfect for technical terrain, they are comfortable (even over long distances), and the QuickLace system makes them extremely easy to size in a pinch. They also hold up incredibly well over time, I retired mine (after 2 hard years) only recently. I know many other people that trumpet them as their go-to minimalist hiker. Recently, I purchased my second pair and have been experimenting with using them as a trail runner again. I've found they are great for steep downhills and may end up using them for the Rut Mountain 50k next year. My only complaint is that the toe box is a bit narrow for my liking.

Sizing: A bit large, I wear size 8 (just like the S-Lab Sense 6) -- This might be personal preference

Meanwhile, Nike Kigers and Wildhorses, La Sportiva Lycans and Mutants, Hokas: size 8.5

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Tessa Hanson

Tessa Hansonwrote a review of on September 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These sunglasses are simply amazing. Before discovering these, I was using a trusty pair of Smiths (not running-specific). They got the job done, but were a little heavy for my liking. I discovered these through a gear review and decided to give them a shot. I'm glad I did. These have been incredible for trail/road running, biking, and backcountry skiing. They stealthily protect my eyes from the sun's harsh rays (seriously, they are SO comfortable and light, I CANNOT tell that they are on) and they have yet to fall off my face (despite many a crash). Do they look a bit goofy? Yes. Are the colors fun? Yes (I bought a pink and aqua colored pair). If you are looking for a solid pair of running glasses, look no further.

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