Kigo Edge Minimalist Shoe Review

Regular readers of my blog will know that over the last several months I have been transitioning to wearing minimalist footwear. This started back in June of 2011 in an effort to combat decades of shin splint pain when running. After switching to a pair Merrell Trail Gloves and a forefoot striking pattern, my shin […]

Teva Nilch Review for

I recently wrote a detailed review of the Teva Nilch minimalist men’s water shoe for If you’re interested in minimalist shoes go check out my review and take a look around – it’s an amazing resource for all things minimalist footwear. “Technically speaking, the Teva Nilch is a men’s water shoe, but in […]

Barefoot Backpacking with Barefoot Jake

My name is Jake Morrison. Among the the Washington state outdoor communities and online hiking forums I’m known simply as ‘Barefoot Jake’ – you may have already heard of me. As far back as I can remember I’ve had an obsession with the outdoors and in particular the Olympic National Park. When I was a […] Interview with Damien Tougas

Regular readers of my blog may already know that I’ve been transitioning to a barefoot running style over the past few months. I’ve had painful shin-splints for the past decade and despite trying just about everything that I could, including buying expensive “padded” running shoes, I have been unable to get past the problem. That […]

Blister Challenge – May The Best Foot Win!

Well more accurately, may the luckiest foot win – depending on which of the these two products does the better job of protecting my feet from blisters. As part of my upcoming trip to Mt. Whitney in a few weeks, I’ll be doing a side-by-side test of Hydropel (right foot) and BodyGlide Liquified Powder (left […]

Merrell Trail Glove – Barefoot Shoes

You may have seen my earlier post about the trouble I have been having trying to deal with shin splint pain. The comments that I received from that post were fantastic and I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to respond with advice on ways to deal with my pain. I was particularly […]

Dealing With Shin Splints

Are you a runner or trail runner? Have you ever had to deal with shin splints and found a successful way to deal with them? If so, I need your help. I recently decided to get back into running with the goal of doing a 5K run in the coming months, then gradually moving up […]

Ruff Wear Bark’n Boots | Field Test

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post in which I mentioned that I was considering getting a set of hiking boots for my trail buddy, Coco the chocolate lab. I had noticed that on longer hikes the pads of her feet pads got sore to the point where se was reluctant to keep […]

Inov-8 Roclite 320 | Trail Runners

For the last eight months I’ve been wearing a pair of Inov-8 Roclite 320s as my primary trail shoe. I had been watching the trend towards switching to lightweight trail runners instead of more traditional hiking shoes/boots with great interest, but I have been slow or reluctant to make the move myself, until recently. One […]

Winter Traction Devices

It’s started getting colder and winter is almost here which means you’re already being hit up with winter products and deals.  Well there are a bunch of new snow and ice traction products on the market this year which look really interesting. I avoided getting any slip-on traction devices for my shoes last year and […]