Gear Institute Expert Test Menu

Running Faculty

Donald Buraglio

Donald Buraglio

Running

Donald is a physical therapist, ultrarunner, barefoot aficionado, and father of three with more than 20 years of experience in endurance sports.

Ben Fletcher

Ben Fletcher

Sport Watches, Running Apparel

If you're a runner and need a watch, Ben Fletcher is the man you need to know.

Allison Pattillo

Allison Pattillo

Running Apparel (Women's)

Living at 9,000 feet in the Colorado mountains, Allison Pattillo has ideal running apparel testing right out her front door.

Julian Smith

Julian Smith

Running

Runner, cyclist, father, writer—Julian Smith is a guy with a lot in tow, and a lot to say about the best running strollers and trailers for active parents wth kids.

Adam Stepanovic

Adam Stepanovic

Running

Adam Stepanovic has become an expert on running packs from not wanting to wear them at all during his numerous 100-milers and FKT attempts on the country’s most famous long distance trails.

Jacob Waltz

Jacob Waltz

Running

A competitive road cyclist in his younger years and lifelong outdoor enthusiast, Jacob discovered his love for long distance trail running as an adult. He lives in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Santa Fe.

Tom Poole

Tom Poole

Road Running Shoes

Tom tests road running shoes for the Gear Institute—specifically, the thick, comfort-oriented trainers that constitute the majority of running shoe sales.

Carol Davenport

Carol Davenport

Road Running Shoes (Lightweight Trainers)

Veteran runner, triathlete, and coach Carol Davenport tests lightweight road running shoes.

Cory Smith

Cory Smith

Running

A former NCAA Divison 1 National Qualifier, Cory Smith holds a personal best of 4:03 in the mile and was ranked the 6th fastest high school 2 miler in country.

Jason Brozek

Jason Brozek

Running

Jason is a trail runner and ultra-marathoner who lives with his wife and children in the frozen tundra of northeastern Wisconsin.

Andrew Hendrickson

Andrew Hendrickson

Running

Andrew Hendrickson is a running expert who lives and trains among the coastlines of Victoria at the southern tip of Canada's rugged Vancouver Island. Andrew puts his gear through the ringer on the daily with a rigorous training schedule.

Kim Fuller

Kim Fuller

Running

Kim Fuller lives in the Colorado mountains as a freelance journalist and outdoor enthusiast. She’s a runner, skier, mountain biker, hiker, backpacker and yoga instructor, and believes movement and fresh air is the key to happiness and vitality. 

MT Elliott

MT Elliott

running

M.T. Elliott likes finding the pockets of wild that survive in urban environments, but yearns for more alone time in the woods. Among other jobs, he writes and edits for trade level publications focused on the outdoor and textile industries.

Matt Hart

Matt Hart

Skiing and Running

Matt is a contributing writer covering snow sports for Gear Institute. He’s a former professional runner and endurance coach turned adventure-journalist who lives with his wife in beautiful Boulder, Colorado.

Gavin Coombs

Gavin Coombs

Running

Gavin Coombs is a 20-year veteran trail and ultramarathon runner with a background in specialty running store retail. He lives and trains in Boulder, Colorado.