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Brooks PureGrit 3 Trail Running Shoes Review

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

TMS Ambassador Mike Tebbutt is an avid adventure runner and member of the Donner Party Mountain Runners. Follow Mike on Instagram at @irontebby. Mike really puts his gear to the test with his outdoor exploits and the following is a great, inside look at the Brooks PureGrit 3 Trail Running Shoes…


Trail Running Shoes Reviewed: Brooks PureGrit 3 
Color: Electric Blue / Greenery / Junebug
Size Reviewed: Men’s Size 10.5

Since this is the first version of this shoe that I have run in, I did a little research on it, to find out that the PureGrit 3 is the result of a major redesign of the PureGrit 2. The changes include a much more aggressive outsole that handles the gnarliest terrain you can find, an added rock plate and toe guard, and they changed the tongue from being semi-gusseted tongue to un-gusseted. They have a 4mm drop and weigh in at 9.9oz.

The hexagonal shaped lugs that blanket the sole provide superior traction in all conditions and really excel in the technical and steep terrain. The lugs are also impressively durable; as you can see I have still have plenty of tread left on them after about 310 miles on them. I have worn them for up to a 15 hour day of of steep and technical running and off-trail navigating that would have left other shoes falling off my feet and the PureGrit 3s came back only slightly worse for the wear. The rock plate and toe guard are great additions that provide extra protection.

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Over 300 Miles and Still Plenty of Tread (Ph: Mike Tebbutt)

The Upper
There is a slightly off-centered lace pattern that distributes the pressure comfortably over the top of the foot. The un-gusseted tongue stay in place well, is comfortable and does not pinch at all. The Nav Band is a strap that wraps around the entire upper and provides a snug fit throughout the midfoot and gives the shoe a very responsive and fast feel.

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The PureGrit 3 Takes a Licking and Keeps on Ticking! (Ph: Mike Tebbutt)

The Midsole
Brooks beefed up the cushioning a little bit with their eco-friendly BioMoGo midsole that helps soften the ride while still allowing you that comfort of being able to feel the trail beneath your feet. BioMoGo is made from a material that will apparently bio-degrade in just 20 years as opposed to the 1000 plus years it takes for many plastic based midsoles.


Overall Impressions
While I am fortunate to have a foot that fits most shoes well and enjoy many different brands and models, I especially like the Brooks PureGrit 3 and plan to stockpile a few pairs as I have heard the new model will again have several major changes. They provide adequate cushioning while still allowing you to feel the trail, great traction with enough rubber on the lugs to last longer than most shoes and great overall comfort and performance. Something that I didn’t notice at first, yet certainly appreciate now, is the lack of rocks and debris that make it into the shoe. And very surprisingly, as they have been through some extremely rocky and scrappy terrain, the uppers on my shoes have only a couple small tears that do not go through to the inside of the shoe. I expect to get 200 more miles out of this shoe before I retire them.

As much as I like this shoe, I ran into to a friend at a race the other day who could not stop singing praises for them and plans to stock up on some extra pairs also before they become unavailable. I suggest you give this shoe a try and do the same!

Simplify Your Sleep System – Interactive Presentation

Friday, June 19th, 2015


Join representatives from the top camping and backpacking brands to learn about the best new equipment and techniques to make sleeping in the outdoors more pleasant and enjoyable.

Series and event sponsor Cascade Designs will be highlighting the Therm-A-Rest (whose goal is to provide you with the finest solutions to outdoor comfort) will accompany other leading brands to showcase the best in sleep system solutions to help you save weight, sleep great and make the most of every trip. To illustrate this, 4-5 sample “campsites” will be displayed in-store in which YOU can climb into a fully set up tent and “take a nap” on the best gear available.

Join the knowledgeable staff at TMS for this free event which is open to the public and includes an interactive demonstration with outdoor equipment representatives leading an informative session. This is a rare opportunity to make the most of your camping and backpacking adventures. Tahoe Mountain Sports will offer special deals on products in the store!


Date: Wednesday, July 15th

Time: Doors – 5:00pm | Presentation & Demo – 6:00-7:30pm

Location: Tahoe Mountain Sports (11200 Donner Pass Rd. – Safeway Center)

Cost: FREE ~ All Ages

Coral Loves the Merrell Capra Sport Hiking Shoes!

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

This post comes from TMS Ambassador – Coral Taylor, an avid mountain biker, yogi, snowboarder and outdoor enthusiast living in Truckee, CA. Follow @c_ros on Instagram for rad photos of her adventures around Lake Tahoe and beyond. In addition to getting after it on the snow, Coral is also a Team LUNAChix Tahoe Mountain Bike Team Ambassador!

Hiking Shoes Reviewed: Merrell Capra Sport Hiking Shoes – Women’s
Color: Royal Lilac/Adventurine
Size Reviewed: Women’s Size 7

First thing out of the box, I noticed the awesome color of these shoes. I know, I know – don’t judge a book by its cover and all that; however, I can’t help it. I want my gear to have function AND form. Form – check.


(Photo: Coral Taylor)

Onto assessing function. I like my hiking and running shoes to typically be a little larger than my normal shoe size, to account for swollen feet on the trail and thicker socks, but the Capra runs true to size and my standard size 7 works for the size 7 in these shoes. It seems like Merrell knows what they are doing and made accommodations accordingly.

The light weight of these shoes was noticeable as soon as I put them on. They are heavier than my trail runners, but MUCH lighter than any hiking shoe or boot I have ever worn. Walking with these shoes around the house to get a feel for their lacing and to start breaking them in, the stiff sole was noticeable, although there is a point mid-sole where the shoe gets more flexible.

I decided to take these hot new kicks for a trial hike/run after work one day. I hiked up the lovely Donner Canyon, which is mostly fire road, with some rocks, loose gravel and dirt, and a little mud in the lower sections. These shoes performed well and maintained traction even in a few parts where the trail was eroded with spring runoff from the recent rains.

I detoured off the trail, onto one of the granite boulders offering a stunning view of Donner Lake, and the Capras continued their grippy action, allowing me to walk up the side of the boulders as easily as if I were walking on the street.


(Photo: Coral Taylor)

I enjoyed the view then took a short, much needed meditation break, with the sound of the forest and the scent of the pines. Afterwards, a quick glance at my phone revealed that dinner would be ready in a few minutes, so it was go time – trail run back to the car! The Capras were heavier and bulkier than my trail running shoes (naturally), and I stumbled a few times, as I was adjusting to the larger shape of my foot in these shoes. However, compared to my few pathetic attempts at jogging in any other hiking boots, the Capras far out-performed them in their flexibility, lightness, and nimbleness. Towards the end of the trail, my clumsiness subsided as my proprioception increased, and the Capras felt more comfortable.

For my second, longer hike in the Capras, I went to the Redwood Forest of Mendocino. The Capras were comfortable on steep uphill and downhill sections, and were excellent at avoiding banana slugs and poison oak (yikes!). They maintained traction in the loose loam of the upper trail area, as well as the sandy beach and slippery log that I had to precariously balance on in order to cross the flowing Russian Gulch Creek. The second time wearing these shoes made a big difference – they already seemed more broken in and fit my feet better.


Watch out for Banana Slugs! (Photo: Coral Taylor)

I wore them again the following day for an outrigger canoe paddling trip up Big River, where they performed well by keeping my feet dry and warm (much needed due to my sloppy paddling skills) and they gave me ample traction on the sandy beach to get a good running start for the rope swing over the river.

All in all, I think these are an excellent all-around hiking shoe! I look forward to wearing the Capras on longer hikes this summer and on a few backpacking trips, including meeting up with my youngest sister who is currently somewhere on the PCT.

– Lightweight
– Supportive, but flexible
– High traction sole

– Lack of ankle support
– Need to be broken in (like any other hiking boot)
– Spend time wearing the shoe to get to know its width

Brand Highlight: Ultimate Direction – FREE Demos!

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Water is the essential element for peak training, racing and performance. At Ultimate Direction, their employees and sponsored athletes know this first hand. That’s why they craft the best hydration products to keep you on the move. Keep on moving!

Try-before-you-buy for FREE with a demo of the new Scott Jurek Ultra Vest 2.0 or the Women’s Ultra Vesta and see what everyone’s talking about first hand! Available for a limited time (while supplies last).

Click HERE to see our full line-up of Ultimate Direction products!

The SJ Ultra Vest is the result of collaboration with Scott Jurek, the world’s most dominant ultra runner. Weighing in at 11 ounces (16.5 with bottles) and offering 7.0 L of storage space, the SJ has the best weight-to-capacity ratio of any hydration pack on the market.












Designed by the Women’s Collective, the Ultra Vesta is ergonomically shaped to fit perfectly and perform flawlessly. Front-facing bottle optional pockets offer quick, immediate access to hydration and lower large-volume pockets keep your phone, camera, salt tablets or gels within reach. Bounce-free and moisture-wicking Air Mesh provides support and is soft to the touch for all day comfort.

















Tahoe Trail Running At Its Finest: a Local Loop

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

This post comes from Chris Cloyd, a TMS Ambassador and lover of endurance sports. When Chris isn’t training for his next big run in the mountains or out exploring the Eastern Sierra on bike, he’s managing the Performance Training Center by Julia Mancuso. Watch for more race reports, gear reviews and fun reading from Chris and other Ambassadors of Tahoe Mountain Sports.

Who: Chris Cloyd
What: Trail Running / Scrambling
Where: Truckee, CA – Castle Peak
When: June 8, 2015

June 8 Run

TMS Ambassador – Chris Cloyd’s Route (June 8, 2015)

The morning of June 8, 2015 set up perfectly, with calm skies, warm temps, and a block of about three free hours on my schedule. Not one to ever turn down an outdoor opportunity, I grabbed my Salomon S-Lab Running Vest and Salomon Trail Running Shoes and ran out the door just shy of 8:30 AM.

My adventure run this particular morning was to start from the Castle Pass Trail Head, across from Boreal Mountain Resort on the I-80 summit. I ran up the Castle Pass fire road to the Donner Lake Rim Trail, then turned off on the DRT for a short section before hitting the Pacific Crest Trail (never skip a chance to run America’s most famous trail). I ran the PCT up to Castle Pass, then took the trail up the shoulder to Castle Peak before gaining the summit of Castle Peak’s 3rd tower (the easternmost tower is the true summit, home of the survey marker and register).

The summit of Castle Peak  was reached in 41:38 from leaving my car – by far my best time up to the peak. I saved some energy going up, for sure, and I look forward to going back this summer to try and best the 40 minute mark. The summit block is a spicy bit of Class 3 Climbing, so keep your wits about you and watch your footing if you go! I continued from there along the ridge trail (as good as it gets) to Basin Peak, and topped out there as well. It’s an easy summit, about five feet off of the ridge trail. Make sure you sign the register there as well!

I then crashed down to the Devil’s Oven-PCT trail, swung left down toward Castle Valley and the PCT. It’s only a short bit of running on the PCT before the Sand Ridge Trail to Hole In The Ground, and I took a right there and descended to the HITG Trail intersection. Taking a left and running HITG en route to Andesite Ridge, I enjoyed really the only shaded section of trail on today’s run. HITG snakes its way down from Andesite Ridge and links back to the Castle Pass fire road, which I took back to my car.

At 12 miles, this is one of the best “short” loops on offer in the Truckee/Tahoe area, and one of my personal favorites. Get out there and try it the next chance you get!

TMS Owner Dave Polivy Honored in 40 Under Awards

Friday, June 5th, 2015


Congratulations to Tahoe Mountain Sports Owner Dave Polivy on being included in a list of honorees for the eighth annual SGB 40 Under 40 Awards, which recognizes leaders and standout individuals across the sporting goods industry! The 40 recipients were chosen from a list of 400 nominees and selected by a panel of industry experts.

View the 2015 40 Under 40 list HERE

“These awards are a way to recognize the great work done by younger leaders in our industry,” said James Hartford, president and CEO of The SportsOneSource Group, which publishes the SGB trade publication. “The extraordinary and diverse talent nominated again this year made it difficult to narrow the list to just 40 people. We drew very strong support from past honorees and other industry leaders to select a prestigious group of individuals and it is our pleasure to honor this next generation of leaders.”

Dave Polivy: “Take chances in order to make mistakes and celebrate successes. Learn from both and don’t make those mistakes again. If you say you are going to do something, make sure you do it. Do what you love because you only live once.”



Adventure Trail Tips Slideshow at TMS (June 3rd, 2015)

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Looking to set out on an adventure on the Tahoe Rim Trail or Pacific Crest TrailPRIVATE PROPERTY copy

Learn all about these incredible trail systems that are right in our Tahoe backyard at the Adventure Trail Tips Slideshow event (Presented by Cascade Designs).

Local experts Shannon Skarritt (Director of Membership & Outreach – TRTA) and Diego Panasiti (PCT through-hiker) will lead in-depth slide-show discussions on how to prepare, the essentials to pack and what to expect when hiking the TRT or PCT. Whether you’re through-hiking or just out for a day trip, this FREE, all-ages event is a can’t-miss opportunity to discover the magnificence of these great hikes!

Join the event on Facebook!

This rare opportunity will help you make the most of your camping and backpacking adventures on the Tahoe Rim Trail or Pacific Crest Trail systems. Tahoe Mountain Sports will offer special deals on products in the store – stock up on maps, guidebooks and let us equip you with the best hiking shoes, backpacks and more! Additionally, raffle tickets for great prizing will be for sale (in support of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association).

The Tahoe Rim Trail and Pacific Crest Trail are invaluable resources right here in the North Lake Tahoe-Truckee region. Chock full of wonderful flora and fauna, these beautiful trail systems are a gem in the midst of the majestic Sierra Nevada. The Pacific Crest Trail Association is singularly focused on preserving, protecting and promoting the (PCT) which stretches from Mexico to Canada. The Tahoe Rim Trail Association’s mission is to maintain and enhance the 165-mile long (TRT) trail system that stretches around the entirety of Lake Tahoe. Both organizations promote stewardship, conservation and offer a multitude of resources about using and preserving the trails.

PCT through-hiker, Diego Panasiti has an awesome website worth checking out…

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Tahoe Trail Bars Make for a Great Hiking Meal!

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

This post comes from Guest Blogger Michelle Shea. Michelle lives in Lake Tahoe and is the host/creator of the outdoor series Adventure Dining Guide. She created Adventure Dining Guide because “food is the unrecognized hero of our journeys, and its about time backcountry meals get the recognition they deserve”. Learn more at

Who: Cameramen Skyler Mullings & Michelle Shea
What: Featuring Tahoe Trail Bar as the main ingredient and new ways to enjoy trail bars
Where: Tahoe Rim Trail
When: April 2015

I love trail bars! They’re a staple food in my outdoor adventures because they’re tasty, convenient, and filled with trail necessary nutrients. However, sometimes I crave variety…so I invented three ways to transform a trail bar into more than just a quick snack. I used ingredients that are pack friendly and will help elevate a trail bar into a hearty meal. ADG

This is the Adventure Dining Guide episode featuring Tahoe Trail Bar:

Here is a link to the recipe:

Get Your Adventure Meal Ingredients at TMS:

Tahoe Mountain Sports Rep Sample Sale

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

rep sale 2015 eblast

The deals return! Tahoe Mountain Sports’ Rep Sample Sale brings you the best bargains on top-notch gear, clothing and equipment this Memorial Day weekend in Truckee on Saturday May 23, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Proceeds from all sales will benefit the Auburn Ski Club Nordic Programs.

For this exciting event, we’ve invited over a dozen of local sales representatives to set up booths in the Tahoe Mountain Sports front parking lot – conveniently located in the Safeway Shopping Center. Get exclusive deals from the brand representatives themselves, including new samples and discounted demo gear. Plus, you’ll get their expert advice and selling points to ensure you’re making the best buy. This year’s brands include Deuter Backpacks, Salomon, Black Diamond, The North Face, Marmot, Volkl and more to gear you up for all seasons in the Truckee-Tahoe region.

Find unbeatable prices, and gear for all outdoor sports: lifestyle and technical clothing, tents, sleeping bags and other camping necessities, as well as Nordic ski gear and winter backcountry equipment. Admission is free.|

Look for the tents and flags this Memorial Day weekend (Saturday, May 23) at the corner of the parking lot at the Safeway Shopping Center (at the Bank of the West entrance). We’re just a short distance from exits 185 and 186 off on Highway CA-80 and Highway CA-89, so come for the sale, then, make a day at the beach or on the trails. You don’t want to miss these deals from the source!

What: Outdoor Sports Brand Representative Sample Sale

When: Saturday, May 23, 2015

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Where: Tahoe Mountain Sports, 11200 Donner Pass Rd. E5 Truckee, CA 96161 (Front parking lot, near the Bank of the West entrance at the Safeway Shopping Center)

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TMS Demo Shoe Days

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

TMS_Demo_851_3A Summer Long, Try-Before-You-Buy, Series Brought to you by Tahoe Mountain Sports

How many times have you tried on a pair of athletic, performance or trail shoes in-store, only to find out that they don’t fit the same once you are out on the trail?

Don’t get stuck with shoes that don’t fit just right, try before you buy at the summer long “TMS Demo Shoe Days” at Tahoe Mountain Sports. To launch this exciting series, TMS has partnered with many of the best shoe brands to bring Truckee / North Lake Tahoe multiple opportunities to find the perfect shoe fit. Outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds can visit Tahoe Mountain Sports from 2:00 to 5:30 p.m. (during each event) to demo this year’s best shoes on their own time, or, join the TMS Crew followed by a guided, group run from a local trailhead a 6:15 p.m.

You don’t want to miss this opportunity to demo some of the leading athletic, performance or trail shoes in the world! This is your chance to take a pair of shoes and put them to the test – for free! The group run will split into groups based on ability level and leave from a designated (local) trailhead shortly after 6:15 p.m. We’ll explore a nearby trail system with a focus catering to beginner and intermediate runners’ tastes. Come join us for what is sure to be a fun time! Dogs are welcome, but they’re your responsibility :)


Join us on the Next Guided, Group Fun Run (Photo: TMS Ambassador Kaya Lampe)

What: Special “try before you buy” opportunity to demo this year’s best trail running shoes (for FREE) followed by a group run at a local trailhead

When: Thursdays on May 14th, June 4th, July 16th, Aug. 13th & Sept. 10th (2015)

Time: On-Your-Own-Time Demo Period: 2:00-5:30 p.m. | Group Run and Demo: 6:15 p.m. (guided, beginner-to-intermediate oriented run at a designated, local trailhead)

Where: Tahoe Mountain Sports, 11200 Donner Pass Rd. E5 Truckee, CA 96161 (Safeway Shopping Center) and a local trailhead (location to be determined in advance)

Presented by: Altra Running, Ultimate Direction, Montrail, Topo Athletic, Oboz, Salomon, Brooks Running, SmartWool, The North Face, CEP and more…

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