Friday, October 3, 2008

Friday, 10/03/08 Bear and S. Boulder

8 miles
3,300 vertical

Allison, Sierra and I got out for a great fall hike today up Bear and S. Boulder from the Cragmoor TH, going up Shanahan/Fern. Went up in 1:02 going pretty easy (moderately hard for Allison and Sierra, although we stopped a few times to let Sierra drink). It was a great day, warm but not too warm, just right really and we really enjoyed the day and each other's company. On the summit of S. Boulder, I was commenting to Allison that I have not tested any PI trail shoes in over a YEAR, the last pair being those WRX soft shells. Great shoes, but not suited to everyday running IMHO, kind of a niche shoe.

I arrive home and find an e-mail from Mike at PI, asking me to come in and grab a pair of their new (for 2010 or 11?) Syncro Infinity trail running shoes. I got a sneak preview a few weeks ago and was excited, now I finally have a pair and am looking forward to putting them through the ringer (and having a bit of traction for my daily steep uphill/downhill runs). I have not been this excited about a PI shoe since the Peak XC came out last year.


  1. Ah, I must of ticked Mike off. i never got back to him with the last shoe test. Ah well.

    PI still needs to drop that damn mid arch on the outsole. Make the whole damn thing flat. More surface area means more friction. And on a trail shoe that is a good thing.

  2. Nah, I don't think Mike holds a grudge. I do seem to get first priority on this stuff, but then again I have been doing it for a long time and I am always quick to run down there and do fit tests or whatever. Ahhh... the perks of not having a job (or kids)... ;).

    I have been balking about that mid arch outsole thing for years and they are slowly going in that direction on this shoe. If you look at the first picture, you can see that they are half way there.

    I tried the shoes today for a long hike/scramble with a heavy pack and they were AWESOME! Super comfortable and cush, great traction.