Hoka Clifton 6 Shoe Review
Gear Review, Running

Hoka Clifton 6 Shoe Review

I’ve run through most of the Hoka Clifton versions. In fact, way back when the shoe was first released, I got to try them in NYC. The Hoka Clifton is Hoka’s flagship shoe. It’s incredibly light but also extremely cushioned. It makes it a good shoe if you’ve never tried Hoka before.

I’ve put nearly 200 miles on my Hoka One One Clifton 6. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to write a Hoka Clifton 6 review.

Hoka Clifton 6 Shoe Review

Anyway, on to the review. Hoka streamlined the Clifton 6 to make it lighter and more durable than ever. Hoka’s words not mine, but I agree it’s more durable than previous versions. If you love the Clifton and previous models, you should still appreciate and like the Hoka Clifton 6.

Hoka Clifton 6 Shoe Review

Hoka One One Clifton 6 Quick Stats:

Weight: 7.4 ounces

Heel to Toe Drop: 5 mm

Hoka Clifton 6 Fit:

The updates from the Hoka Clifton 6 came primarily in the upper. It’s a much more simple design. The upper has been stripped of the printed overlays. It still has the engineered mesh upper (which makes it light and breathable). The shoe is lighter, but you still feel secure through the midfoot and heel. It’s become the perfect combination of soft and light material, but still durable.

The brand Hoka has generally run a bit big this year (the only brand that comes to mind doing so), that being said it’s not big enough I would go down a half size. I typically wear anything from a women’s size 10-11 wide. The 10.5 fits well and there is plenty of room in the toe box.

Hoka Clifton 6 Shoe Review

Hoka Clifton 6 Ride:

If you have never used the brand Hoka before, it’s a lot of cushion, but that is why they are popular. You can’t go wrong with “too much cushion,” but it also isn’t for everyone. All models of Hoka use a Metarocker, which makes you feel as though you are rolling forward.

The Hoka Clifton 6 uses “an early stage Meta-Rocker.” Hoka’s Early Stage Meta Roker shoes give the Clifton 6 shoe a quick transition from heel to forefoot.  It allows the shoe to feel smooth but not clunky.

The Hoka Clifton 6 has a large stack height (I talked about that previously in the newsletter). That large stack height is made entirely of foam which compresses under your feet.  This absorbs the shock and impact of running. It’s like a giant marshmallow under your foot.

For me personally, the Hoka Clifton 6 is a good recovery running shoe. I can run easy mileage in it without feeling weighed down. It’s not as bulky as the Hoka Bondi 6 but also not as responsive as the Hoka Rincon, Hoka Cavu 2, Hoka Carbon X, or Hoka Mach 2 (Can you tell I’ve been running in a lot of Hokas lately?).

One last note, that throughout the last few models Hoka has added more durability and traction to the bottom and high abrasion areas. It performs a lot better in bad weather, plus there is not exposed EVA that some other models like the Rincon or CarbonX have.

Hoka Clifton 6 Shoe Review

Hoka Clifton 6 Conclusion:

The Hoka Clifton 6 is a pleasant update and similar the previous version (The Hoka Clifton 5). It’s a great neutral trainer for recovery runs. If you are running in a higher cushioned shoe like the Hoka Bondi 6, it makes for a great lightweight workout or racing shoe.

Current Rotation:

Easy/Daily Runs: Hoka Bondi 6,  Brooks Ghost 12

Speed Work: New Balance FuelCell RebelReebok Float Ride Run fast ProHoka Rincon, Nike Pegasus Turbo 2

Long Runs: New Balance FuelCell RebelMizuno R2Hoka Cavu 2

Races:  Reebok Run fast Pro

You Can See All Current Shoe Reviews Here.

Finally, have you subscribed to the LOLZletter? It’s a free newsletter that comes out each Monday. In the newsletter, I share running industry trends and things relevant to the sport. 

Gear Review, Running

Saucony Triumph ISO 5 Shoe Review

Saucony Triumph ISO 5

The Saucony Triumph ISO 5 is a high cushioned neutral trainer from Saucony. More cushion than the Saucony Ride ISO. I’ve run in several models of the Saucony Triumph ISO, with my favorite being the first.  The Saucony Triumph 5 is a highly cushioned, but lightweight trainer.

I’ve typically had a version of the Triumph in my rotation but recently moved towards the Saucony Ride.  For the last year, the Ride has felt better to me personally. When it was released, I was eager to see how the Triumph felt.

saucony triumph iso 5 shoe review

Quick Facts:

Heel to toe drop: 8 mm

Weight: 10 ounces

Saucony Triumph ISO 5 Fit:

The Saucony Triumph ISO has run short for several versions, but this year it runs true to size. I typically wear a women’s 10-11 wide, and 10.5 has been great.  The toe box is roomier then it’s been the last few versions.

Like many Saucony shoes, the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 uses Saucony’s ISOFit upper.
What ISO Fit? It helps to lock in your foot while moving and adapting throughout the run. It can also fit more feet; whether you have bunions, narrow feet, or full but don’t worry, the shoe also comes in wide.

The second update to the Triumph upper includes a “Jacquard” engineered breathable mesh. According to Saucony, this helps to accommodate more foot types (with the updated ISO fit, it does).  The jacquard mesh is basically fancy mesh.

One thing to add is the shoe is shallower, and Saucony as a brand doesn’t fit insoles or doctors orthotics as well as many other brands.

saucony triumph iso 5 shoe review

Saucony Triumph ISO 5 Ride:

New for this version, Saucony added 2mm of EVERUN Topsole cushioning.   There is supposedly more energy return than ever before. The topsole is on top of the Everrun, so the shoe feels more cushioned and more energetic.

Something to note is the grip is much better than previous versions too.  I’ve run in the downpouring rain, and the traction has been fine.  The crystal rubber outsole allows you to grip the ground better than many current running shoes.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 5 feels closer the original ISO 1 than ever before. Maybe I’m just reminiscing on the shoe, but it finally feels like Saucony put more into the again. For the past few generations, it’s taken a backseat to the Freedom or even the Ride.

If you have never run in the Saucony Triumph ISO, it is known for the responsive cushioning. It’s a good shoe for long distance, and you feel cushioning throughout running. It’s a bit bulkier and more cushioned than the Saucony Ride.

saucony triumph iso 5 shoe review

I’ve run about 100 miles in the shoe (long runs, easy runs, workouts) and for me, it’s the best fit as a daily trainer or long run.

Saucony Triumph ISO 5 Conclusion:

I like the Saucony Triumph, and I think the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 is the best it’s been since the first version. I’ll continue running it.

Current Rotation:

Easy Runs: Brooks Glycerin 16, Brooks Ghost 11, Hoka One One Cavu

Workouts: Nike LT Streak, Nike Zoom Fly

Races: Nike LT Streak

You Can See All Current Shoe Reviews Here.

Questions for you:

What is your current favorite pair of running shoes? 

Have you run in Saucony before? 

Four seasons diner mayfair pa

Four Seasons Diner (Mayfair, Pa)

Four Seasons Diner (Mayfair, PA)

Recently I went to the Four Seasons Diner in North Philadephia and Mayfair, Pa.  I was in the area, and I’ve heard the Four Seasons Diner is excellent as far as Philadelphia restaurants go. After going to diners for almost 4 years, the closest diners I haven’t been too are in Pa or even De.  (Which to be fair, Pa is only 15 minutes from my house, and Delaware is 30 minutes).

Four seasons diner mayfair pa

Anyway, I arrived at the Four Seasons Diner around dinner time. There was plenty of parking, and it wasn’t too crowded. My party and I quickly got a booth.

Four Seasons Diner (Mayfair) Atmosphere: A
The outside of the Four Seasons Diner is one long building next to a McDonalds with plenty of parking. The inside is lit up with neon signs. There are many booths, tables, and appeared a bar as well.  I appreciated that the booths were very personal and you weren’t sitting on top of anyone.  There was also a large salad bar in the back.

Four seasons diner mayfair pa

How many diners do you know with a fish tank? I think in the 250+ I’ve been too, I’ve seen a fish tank 5 times at most.

Four seasons diner mayfair pa

Four Seasons Diner (Mayfair) Coffee: B
The coffee was excellent and the waiter refilled it often. There wasn’t anything unique or unusual about it but it was good.

Four seasons diner mayfair pa

Four Seasons Diner (Mayfair) Food: A
The Four Seasons Diner menu has every option you could want or need. There were even some unique breakfast,  lunch and dinner options I’ve never seen at a diner before like creole! I can appreciate a restaurant with a salad bar too. I was in a pork chop mood, so I ordered that. It came with an overwhelming amount of food.  I had run that day but still found myself unable to finish everything.

I started with the matzah ball soup and salad bar.  The soup was good and I rarely see matzah ball soup have strips of chicken in it too.

Four seasons diner mayfair pa

The salad bar at the Four Seasons Diner had a lot of options. It’s one of the better salad bars I’ve seen. There were several different kinds of greens, the usual salad toppings, three-bean salad, beets, artichoke hearts, marinated mushrooms and pickled vegetables, cornbread, and even grape leaves.  You can tell I like beets, artichokes, and Italian dressing.

Four seasons diner mayfair pa

My entrée came with pork chops, applesauce, and a baked potato. The pork chops were cooked well, and they weren’t too rubbery. They were some of the better diner pork chops I’ve had. The applesauce and baked potato were typical of a baked potato and nothing unusual about them.

Four seasons diner mayfair pa

Four Seasons Diner (Mayfair) Service: A
Our waiter was one of the most friendly waiters we’ve had.  He refilled our beverages often, plus our food came out fast. I couldn’t have asked for better service.

Four Seasons Diner (Mayfair) Cost:  $
For my meal and coffee, it was $15.  That is a lot of food.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back to the Four Seasons Diner (Mayfair)?
I enjoyed the Four Seasons Diner (Mayfair), and if I’m in the area again, I’ve be back. I was surprised by how great the food was and it’s one of my more favorite diners in the Philadelphia area.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: A
Service: A
Cost: $8-15
Four Seasons Diner (Mayfair) Overall: A 

You can see more diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
What is your favorite salad bar option?
Do you like pork chops?

Brook glycerin 15 shoe review
Gear Review, Running

Brooks Glycerin 15 Shoe Review

Brooks Glycerin 15 Shoe Review:

For the past year, the Brooks Glycerin has been one of my favorite shoes.  I ran in the Brooks Glycerin 14 and am currently running in the Brooks Glycerin 15. Spoiler: The Brooks Glycerin is 15 is just as good, if not better than the Brooks Glycerin 14.

A common question I receive both at work and on this blog, is do you like the Brooks Glycerin or Brooks Ghost better?

Brook glycerin 15 shoe review

My answer is: I wish I could take the fit of the Brooks Ghost (it’s wider) and have the cushion the Glycerin.  Both have their positives and negatives and I like both shoes about the same.

In short, the Glycerin is the most cushioned shoe from Brooks.  Whether you are running 100 miles or walking 1, the Brooks Glycerin is going to provide a soft and well-cushioned ride.

Brooks is not paying me to review their shoes and I’m not a Brooks ambassador.

Brooks Glycerin 15 Fit:

One major update from the Brooks Glycerin 14 to the Brooks Glycerin 15 is the redesigned upper and plush fit.  There are fewer seams and it is a bit wider.  Without the seams, the Brooks Glycerin 15 fits many more people with bunions or people that have fuller toe boxes (like myself).

The upper surrounds and supports the foot. The wider toebox and 3D stretch print saddle update is welcomed from the Brooks Glycerin 14.  The generation 3D print technology adds design to the Glycerin without extra weight. The size and fit of the Brooks Glycerin 15 is similar to previous versions.

Brook glycerin 15 shoe review

The redesigned air mesh upper of the Brooks Glycerin 15 is positive and you’ll have a lot more room for your toes to spread out.   Fit wise, I wore a 10 wide in the Brooks Glycerin 14 and I still wear a 10 wide in the Brooks Glycerin 15.  My feet have much more room and they are happier.

Brooks Glycerin 15 Ride:

The ride of the Brooks Glycerin 15 is very similar to the previous model.  To me, it feels almost identical in a good way.  You don’t have to worry, “the shoe update has changed,” and it won’t work for you.  It still has a very high cushioned and soft feel. The effortless ride together with the midsole cushion crash pads make for a smooth heel to toe transition. I appreciate how the crash pad creates soft, smooth, and a plush transition zone.

The Glycerin Line Itself: If you’ve never worn the Brooks Glycerin, it’s a very high cushioned, soft, shoe.  There is a lot of cushioning throughout the shoe, but it’s not heavy or bulky either.  A major reason I like it is the amount of forefront cushioning.

me running brooks glycerin 15

Brooks Glycerin 15 Conclusions:

The Brooks Glycerin 15 is a substantial update from the Glycerin 14.  There isn’t anything too crazy changed, so you won’t feel as though it’s a brand new shoe.  Let’s be honest; minimal changes in the running shoe world are a good thing.  With the amount of cushion in the Brooks Glycerin 15, it’s a personal favorite of mine.

Current Rotation:
Brooks Ghost 10
Hoka Bondi 5
Saucony Freedom
Brooks Glycerin 15

Questions for you:

Have you run in the Brooks Glycerin 15?

What is your favorite running shoe?

Gear Review, Running

Fall Products I’m Enjoying

I realized that I never did any late Spring or Summer “products I am currently ling” post.

I am nosy and enjoy reading what other people like.  None of these products are sponsored and I’m not being paid to let you know about them.

As I have gotten back into running, there are several running related as well as life-related products I have enjoyed.

Running Shoes: 

None of these should come as a surprise because I do shoe reviews of models I’m running in. Each of these shoes I’ve liked and put over 300 miles in now.  I liked the Hoka Clifton 3 enough to retire the first pair and buy another.

Saucony Zealot ISO 2 Shoe Review

Hoka Clifton 3 
Brooks Launch 3
Saucony Zealot ISO 2
Nike LunarGlide 9 (review to come)



Coincidentally, We have also brought Janji to work.  Recently I tried this light weight top.  I love the sleeve details and it’s light weight and fits well.

Janji also sends 10% of their sales earned to the clean water.  I like companies that have a back story.
running janji


I’ve written many posts about various products that I like from Saucony.  Including shoes like the Saucony Triumph, Zealot, and Ride.

Working in running retail, I see the evolution of brands and brand design.  They’ve always had great shoes but they’ve upped their game on apparel too.  I love their fashion forward trends including the Life on the Run collection.  You can tell because I’ve hiked in this tank top every time.

Delaware Water Gap

As we draw more into fall and winter, I’m sure I’ll stumble upon new products and gear to add to the list.

Questions for you:

What gear are you currently enjoying?

What nonrunning things are you enjoying?