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At the Gear Institute, we believe you deserve better running gear reviews. We believe in credible, thorough, expert gear testing designed to give you results you can trust. Our team is made up of serious, experienced runners who know running gear technology and trends inside and out. We test running shoes, apparel, accessories and technology against similar products using the same objective criteria so you compare how they will perform on the road or trail. And we never give any brands favorable treatment—not advertisers, not our personal favorites, not the brands with the flashiest marketing. New to our running gear tests? Start with our running shoe reviews

Salomon XR Crossmax CS

81

2012

Salomon XR Crossmax CS

Extreme comfort, premium materials...and worth $150?

Polar RCX5 GPS

80

2012

Polar RCX5 GPS

It's an incredible watch for elite athlete data junkies. But what about for you?

Tech4o Discover

85

2012

Tech4o Discover

A highly accurate, small-faced GPS watch for runners, bikers, and hikers.

The North Face Hydrogen

90

2012

The North Face Hydrogen

Allison Pattillo's Women's Running Jacket Test: The North Face Hydrogen.

New Balance NBx

92

2012

New Balance NBx

Allison Pattillo's Women's Running Jacket Test: The New Balance NBx.

Salomon Fast Wing III

90

2012

Salomon Fast Wing III

Allison Pattillo's Women's Running Jacket Test: The Salomon Fast Wing III.

Craft Performance Run Featherlight

88

2012

Craft Performance Run Featherlight

Allison Pattillo's Women's Running Jacket Test: The Craft Performance Run Featherlight.

Nike Cyclone Vapor

84

2012

Nike Cyclone Vapor

Allison Patillo's Women's Running Jacket Test: The Nike Cyclone Vapor.

Patagonia Women's Houdini Full-Zip

90

2012

Patagonia Women's Houdini Full-Zip

Allison Pattillo's Women's Running Jacket Test: The Patagonia Houdini Full-Zip.

Zeal Equinox

89

2012

Zeal Equinox

Erinn Morgan's performance sunglass shootout: The Zeal Equinox.

Kaenon Soft Kore

94

2012

Kaenon Soft Kore

Erinn Morgan's performance sunglass shootout: The Kaenon Soft Kore.

Nike Vomero12

94

2012

Nike Vomero12

Erinn Morgan's performance sunglass shootout: The Nike Vomero12.

Rudy Project Hypermask Performance

95

2012

Rudy Project Hypermask Performance

Erinn Morgan's performance sunglass shootout: The Rudy Project Hypermask Performance.

VIVOBAREFOOT Breatho Trail

92

2012

VIVOBAREFOOT Breatho Trail

Donald Buraglio takes the VIVOBAREFOOT Breatho for a 200 mile trail test to see if the shoe lives up to its name.

Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon LS

92

2012

Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon LS

On the trail with Donald Buraglio and the Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon.

New Balance Minimus Zero Trail

80

2012

New Balance Minimus Zero Trail

Donald Buraglio gets a first look at New Balance's next step in the lightweight trail running revolution.

Nike SportWatch+ GPS

77

2012

Nike SportWatch+ GPS

The Nike+ GPS Watch: Does it work as good as it looks? Ben Fletcher reports.

Merrell Barefoot Road Glove

90

2012

Merrell Barefoot Road Glove

Low, flat, fast—and fun for road and trail.

Adidas Evil Eye Half Rim Pro

89

2012

Adidas Evil Eye Half Rim Pro

Thinking about dropping $200-plus on a pair of performance cycling shades? GI Sunglasses expert Erinn Morgan finds one that will give you your money's worth.

CamelBak Marathoner Vest

80

2012

CamelBak Marathoner Vest

Wait, a hydration vest? The AdventureBlog's Kraig Becker comes down with a verdict on Camelbak's new solution for runners seeking a divorce from backpanels and shoulder straps.

New Balance MT110

90

2011

New Balance MT110

After 100 miles of testing, Donald Buraglio got to know New Balance's new, minimalist MT110 trail runners better than his own feet. 

Garmin Forerunner 610

95

2011

Garmin Forerunner 610

Is the Garmin Forerunner 610 really the best in its class? Ben Fletcher says Yes!

Merrell Barefoot Sonic Glove

90

2011

Merrell Barefoot Sonic Glove

Donald Buraglio hits the trail hard with the Merrell Barefoot Sonic Glove. Read the full review.

Timex Ironman GPS

91

2011

Timex Ironman GPS

The largest GPS watch on the market for runners gets the Gear Institute treatment.

Asics Gel-DS Sky Speed

85

2011

Asics Gel-DS Sky Speed

Verdict: A very responsive (firm and fast-flexing), impressively lightweight training shoe.

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