An announcement, a review, and a (shoe) giveaway

IMG 3275 300x225 An announcement, a review, and a (shoe) giveaway

The Salomon Sensa Ultras

If you follow me over on Facebook, you’ve already seen what I’ll be doing Nov. 18-21. But if not, let me share it with you. I’ll be joining speakers like Nancy Clark and Kathrine Switzer at the “Run Faster, Further and Injury-Free for Years to Come,” telesummit, sponsored by the International Association of Women Runners. I’m really excited to be a part of this and will be speaking on the impact of blogging on women’s running. I’d LOVE to have you guys sign up to listen in–it’s FREE and you listen in from home. Even if you can’t make the slotted speaker times, the entire conference will be available for download when it’s all over. Here’s the link to get signed up, which I really hope you’ll do, or you can click on the badge up there in my left-hand sidebar.

Now on to the review: I was recently given the chance to try the Salomon Sensa Ultra trail shoe. Let me preface this by saying that my very favorite trail shoe, hands down, is the New Balance Minimus Trail, which means I have a bias. But as much as I love the NB, they tend to be a tad too minimal on really rocky trails–rocks can hurt. So I was open to trying the Salomons when I got the chance.

Unfortunately, these were not the right shoe for me. They have a 4mm heel-to-toe drop, which I don’t mind, but they were just too much shoe for my liking. I found them stiff and clunky, and they didn’t give me a good ground feel, which is something I look for in a trail shoe especially. I felt separated from the ground in these and even propelled a bit forward. Still, for someone who prefers a more traditional trail shoe, I think this could be the right fit. It is lightweight and not as bulky as many other models, so it might be the perfect transition shoe for someone looking to move down a bit in shoe. Many thanks to Salomon for giving me the opportunity to try them.

Finally, the giveaway. I’ve reviewed the SKORA Form shoes here before and had nothing but positives to say about them. They’re still in great shape, even all these months later. The company recently released some new models and is offering up a free pair to one of my readers. Check out the video showing the new Phase X model (tell me these aren’t the best!)  and then enter via Rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends next Friday, Nov. 15.

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Whew! Did I just cover a lot of ground in this post? I feel like I did! Have a great weekend of running…

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  1. I like to win them because they’re lightweight.

  2. it looks comfortable :-) hope I can win this !!!

  3. Ooooo….free shit :)
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  4. I would love to try these shoe because even though I really like what I run in now, I still believe that there are other shoes out there that are better for feet.
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  5. I’ve seen a lot about SKORA shoes. I’m always willing to try new shoes!

  6. I have been reading a lot of good things about SKORA shoes and would love try them!

  7. I’m in the market for some new kicks and I’d love to try these. I’d really like to try these because they are less of a shoe than I am used to and that’s what I’m looking to try. Well and they just look really awesome and will be great for early a.m./evening runs!
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  8. Jen Ressler says:

    I have never tried a trail shoe yet, just my basic running shoes on the trail.

  9. I am on the trails twice a week, would love to give these a try!
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  10. I’m wearing my NB MT10 at the moment, and I love them, have you tried the new NB 1010?
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  11. I’d love to try SKORA’s because I love minimal shoes, and have tried so many… but not these!!

  12. If they help me run half as fast as the guy in the video, I am all over them!
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  13. I’ve had my eye on those since they came out with pics on FB. I think there shoes are great. Good luck at your teleconference, I will definitely try to listen in or download later.
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  14. I just signed up for the summit, I can’t wait to listen!! I want to try these because a 4mm drop seems to be perfect for me, my current sneakers are a 4mm drop and they are great!!!
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  15. i’ve tried skora before but would love the try their new shoe! great brand, great quality!
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  16. I’ll give them a try buy frankly I was hoping the giveaway was for the Salomon shoes. Haha!
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  17. Congrats on your speaking opportunity! Sounds like a great conference; thanks for letting us know about it.
    I’d love to try the skora shoes. I’m still on a hunt for the perfect shoe!
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  18. I’m always up for trying out new shoes.

    How exciting that you will be speaking at this event. I’d love to listen in :)
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  19. I would love to try a new model of shoes. I’ve worn the same model shoes for 4 years (since I started running), and now all of a sudden I am getting callous and blisters.

  20. Congrats on the speaking engagement! I’ve got a biz trip that week, but I’ll see if I can join some of the sessions. Would love to hear yours!!
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  21. I’m a pretty new runner and I obviously can’t afford to buy ALL the shoes to try them out so winning some would be wonderful and let me try out new things to find what’s good for me! Thanks for the give away!
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  22. I would love to try on shoes that DON’T require orthotics!
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  23. I would like to win because my favorite shoes betrayed me by changing their model. I need to try something different!
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  24. Dawnley burwell says:

    I always hear wonderful things about Skora shoes but have yet to try them. Definitely bein added to my shoes to try list.

  25. That conference sounds really cool. I can’t wait to hear what you learn from it AND it’s so awesome you’ll be there speaking!! As for the shoes, I just keep hearing great things about them. I love how they look – super light!!

  26. So far I’ve tried a few shoes and fell in love with my Merrells. I haven’t wavered, 4 pairs in! I’d love a chance to try something new I might love without the big financial investment :)
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  27. Still looking for the right shoe for me so I would love to try Skoras (and for free would be nice.)

  28. Jessica @ OrganicallYou says:

    I would love to try Skora running shoes because I am trying to build my endurance. I like that they are made so it’s like running with bare feet!

  29. I’ve been playing around with lots of different running shoes and have moved to a lower drop shoe overall. Would love to give these a shot…especially hearing what you have had to say about them.

  30. I’ve been wanting to try one of the thicker sole trail shoes. I would love to give these a try.

  31. I’d love to try Skora shoes. New shoes motivate me to move :)
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  32. I would love to try them because I haven’t made it past a 4mm drop in my road to minimalist shoes.

  33. I’ve tried Skoras and like them – I’d love to see what’s new with them.
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  34. I want to try them because I’m thinking about making the switch to minimalist shoes!

  35. I would love to try a pair of Skora’s. A minimal shoe is the only type I don’t currently own:)
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  36. I’ve heard great things about Skora shoes and would love to give them a try!

  37. I’d like to try them to see how well I like minimalist shoes without buying them first!

  38. I would love to own a pair of these! They are very stylish and I would love to try a minimalist shoe! Great giveaway :)

  39. I love to wear light weight shoes for speed-work!
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  40. i just agree with their “run real” philosophy! plus they have great ideas (like the phase x)!
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  41. I have been an inov8 shoe snob lately and not ready to invest money into trying a different brand! Would love an opportunity to try something new!
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  42. I’d like to try some skora shoes as I’ve yet to find my perfect shoe…and I love the look of these shoes!

  43. How cool?! I signed up so I can listen in after Vegas!

  44. I’ve been slowing transitioning to a more minimal shoe and the SKORA school looks like a very well made shoe and I would LOVE To give them a try
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  45. I’d love to try Skora shoes because I’ve recently had a training setback with ITBS. The more I read about minimalist shoes, the more I understand that they can help strengthen all of the muscles engaged in running, which leads to FEWER injuries, as opposed to overly supportive shoes which can often impair your muscles from getting stronger and giving you the support you need to keep kickin’ it! Would love to give these a try and see if I can’t shake this ITBS. :)

  46. I would love to try the Skora Shoes. I’ve just started getting into trail running, trying to switch up from all my road training and I’m not quite sure what I like yet for a trail running shoe.

  47. Happy (belated) birthday from one Scorpio to another!
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  48. I think these would be perfect for my husband, actually.
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  49. That conference sounds awesome!! I’d love to try the Skoras, too… mostly because I never have. Have a great weekend!
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  50. To be honest, I’ve tried (and reviewed) Skora shoes before, which is why I’d love to win. They’re great shoes.

    How exciting to be featured with those other great speakers! Good luck with that. I’m signing up so that I can listen in :-)
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  51. Charlotte Lutz says:

    I am wanting to do more trail running. These are just what I need to get started!

  52. Congratulations on speaking at the telesummit, can’t wait to listen in. I have heard about the Skora shoes and would love to try them out, always looking for that perfect shoe!
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  53. Jennifer caccamo says:

    I would like to win them because they are light weight! I would also like to win because I do a lot of trail running.

  54. I’ve gone slightly away from minimal shoes lately, but have been very interested in trying out the Skora shoes!
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  55. These are one of the few zero-drop/minimalist shoes I’ve wanted to try, but haven’t yet. A big sticking point was always the price. Maybe i can win a pair!
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  56. Steel Springs says:

    I’m probably going to need to change shoes soon because of recent blister problems (although I’m holding out hope that the changes in the new model of my current shoe will work). I’ve never tried Skoras and maybe they’ll be the key for me!

  57. I have a close friend who started running in Skoras and she loves them. I’ve heard good things and would love to try them out myself. Without question, I think the Phase-x are the coolest shoes I’ve ever seen. :)
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  58. Brandi Dawn says:

    I would like to try them because I have just recently gotten into running and I love it! These shoes would be great to run in :)

  59. I have heard terrific things about SKORA shoes and would love to try the Phase-x. Best wishes on peaking at the conference…sounds exciting.

  60. I signed up! What an all-star line-up! I want to hear how to run injury free!
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  61. I think they will feel comfortable to my feet when I wear them.

  62. Thanks for an honest review. I just ordered my first ever trail shoe on Amazon and hope to love them… if not,thank goodness for Prime! recently posted..Why Not Run Another Race?My Profile

  63. I would like to try these because they are light weight!

  64. I like to win them because they’re lightweight

  65. I’m still searching for the perfect running shoe and this is brand that I have not tried!

  66. Stephanie R. says:

    I’d like to find a lightweight shoe that will help with overall performance.

  67. It would be fun to win and run in some new shoes. Great giveaway!
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  68. Nicole Vosburgh says:

    I love a lightweight running shoe, so I’d love to try these out!

  69. These lightweight running shoes look so comfortable! I would love to try them out!

  70. I would love to get these :)

  71. I’m really just a shoe-a-holic!

  72. I would like to try the Skoras because like you the new balance minimus are some of my favorite shoes. But I have had trouble with the uppers tearing on the minimus and from what I have seen the Skoras are much more durable.

  73. Because I first signed up for the Skora newsletter in 2009, way before they actually had shoes to sell.

  74. Amber Renton says:

    I’m looking for a new brand/ pair of minimalist running shoes! I’ve heard so many great things about Skora’s I’d love the chance to try a pair! Cheers!

  75. It’s a good opportunity to try a new brand.
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  76. looks comfortable !!!!

  77. I would love to win a pair of Skora shoes… they best looking shoes that also happen to be perfect when it comes to function
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  78. I’m in the market for a new shoe, I would love to try these out!
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  79. I have read a lot of great things about these shoes, and would love to try a lighter weight shoe.
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  80. That’s so awesome! I can’t wait to tune in. I love Skora shoes, but haven’t tried the Phase yet. The Phase-X looks so cool.
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  81. I’ve actually been eyeing the Forms, but it would be UBER COOL to try the new PHASE-X. I do also think the asymmetrical laces are something that I’m surprised more haven’t come up with and/or copied.
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  82. Jasanna Czellar says:

    I’m looking to try more minimal shoes and these would be awesome!

  83. I want to try skora shoes because I’ve heard amazing things about them. Very interested in their zero-drop, minimalist concept.

  84. I’v heard great things about Skora! I’d love to try them!

  85. I love to try new shoes….just dont like buying them

  86. femto femto says:

    SO that I’ll save money to buy something else to my family !!!!!

  87. I want to try a minimal style shoe and this is the brand I keep coming back to because of all the great reviews I’ve been hearing over the last year. I like that “real” athletes wear them and that they stand the test of time.

  88. I’ve made the transition from neutral to Newton, and would love to try this. I’m relatively new to the sport (3 years) and despite guidance from my excellent local running store, am still experimenting with the variety of what’s right for me.

  89. While I’m happy running in my Kinvaras I have heard lots of great things about Skora and would love to see for myself!
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  90. Honestly, I’m not much of a fool for new shoes, but I’m a fool for new running shoes!

  91. Who wouldn’t want free shoes. :-)

  92. I would love an additional pair of Skoras because I love to #runreal. And my Forms feel so divine.

  93. My SKORA Form are probably the most comfortable shoes I own, and I’d love to get my hands on a pair of PHASE-X for the winter months. Be seen. Be safe.
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