Brian Metzler

Brian Metzler

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Etonic Jepara SC - Road Runners: Review

Etonic Jepara SC - Road Runners: Review

Like a restaurant with an "Under New Management" sign out front, Etonic deserves a fresh look. After licensing out its running-shoe division for several years, the company has brought the brand back...

Adidas Adistar Control - Road Runners: Review

Adidas Adistar Control - Road Runners: Review

Motion-control shoes have a rep for feeling big and clunky, but this agile cruiser defies the stereotype. The key component is the detached heel-strike pad, which moves independently of the rest of...

New Balance 902 - Running Shoes: Reviews

New Balance 902 - Running Shoes: Reviews

1. A handful of shoes boast construction this light, but most are minimalist racing flats without much structure. Not so with the 902. Thanks to new-tech, lightweight materials—in the cushioning...

Salomon SpeedCross 2 - Trail Runners: Reviews

Salomon SpeedCross 2 - Trail Runners: Reviews

1. Most shoes are either racers or trainers. The lightweight SpeedCross 2 manages to be both: Shock-absorbing rubber outsole lugs compensate for the minimal midsole cushioning. And because it's soft...

Pearl Izumi Streak - Running Shoes: Reviews

Pearl Izumi Streak - Running Shoes: Reviews

SPEED DEMON"My initial response after trying these on was 'Wanna race?' " one tester said of the aptly named Streak. With a flyweight construction, socklike fit, and soft yet energetic midsole, it's...

Spira Del Sol - Road Runners: Review

Spira Del Sol - Road Runners: Review

Boing, boing, boing . . . I couldn't quite hear the springs in this shoe as I bounced down Boulder Creek Path, but I could feel their bounce. Spira sneaks metal springs into the EVA midsoles, and it'...

Fila Flow Testament - Running Shoes: Reviews

Fila Flow Testament - Running Shoes: Reviews

ENERGY SAVERIf we had an award for efficiency, this shoe would win it uncontested. No shoe here converted downward heel impact into forward propulsion as well as the Testament, and testers reported a...

GoLite Shadow Dragon - Trail Runners: Reviews

GoLite Shadow Dragon - Trail Runners: Reviews

STABILITY IN MOTIONEver watch a caterpillar crawl over your knuckles? The weather-resistant, soft-shell Shadow Dragon takes a page from the little bugs: the outsole's 12 protruding lugs, which gave...

Zoot Ultra Tempo+ - Running Shoes: Reviews

Zoot Ultra Tempo+ - Running Shoes: Reviews

TRIATHLON-READYWith a pronounced heel tab, quick-pull laces, and sole drain holes, the Tempo is designed to speed up your switches from bike to run. But the first-ever road shoe from the triathlon-...

Fila Flow Redemption - Road Runners: Review

Fila Flow Redemption - Road Runners: Review

Looking to set a new personal best? The Redemption can help with a less-is-more approach reminiscent of a racing flat. Plus midsole thickness descends dramatically from heel to toe—putting you...