Salomon has updated the SLAB Ultra with a refined upper while keeping the midsole and outsole unchanged. The SLAB Ultra was the shoe I wore …
La Sportiva has updated the much loved Bushido with a new upper and an additional 4mm of cushion in the midsole. The La Sportiva II still has the precise fit, stable ride, and grippy traction of its predecessor, but is now better suited for longer days on the trail. I’ve been wearing the Bushido II since its release a few months ago, and will share my thoughts in this review.
The Osprey Talon 22L is a lightweight and fully featured backpack that’s perfect for peak bagging, quick hikes, and long days on the trail. The Talon 22L provides an impressive blend of comfort and features for a sub 2lbs day pack. The Osprey Talon 22L has been my pack of choice for the past six months, and I will share my experience with it in this review.
The Speedgoat 3 is a max cushion trail shoe from Hoka One One that’s quite possibly the most popular trail shoe around right now. The Speedgoat 3 continues with the exact same midsole and outsole as the Speedgoat 2, but brings in a revised upper to address some complaints about the v2’s fit. I’ve been wearing the Speedgoat 3s over the past few months on hikes, trail runs, and even some road runs, and will share my thoughts in this review.
The Hoka EVO Mafate is a max cushion trail shoe with 34mm of cushion in the heel and 30mm of cushion in the forefoot. Although the midsole is plush, it maintains impressive stability and responsiveness on tough trails. For the outsole of the EVO Mafate, Hoka combines Vibram MegaGrip with a thoughtful lug pattern that will handle any trail conditions you’re likely to encounter.