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Comfort and sturdiness, put to the test

Tested: ECCO BIOM Terrain Plus

Over the years we’ve owned a number of different hiking boots in a continuous search for just the right balance of sufficient support, stability, and grip without being so rigid and heavy that they feel like Tony Soprano concrete specials. Recently we had the opportunity to try the BIOM Terrain Plus ($230) from ECCO, a brand we knew only as the maker of grandpa’s “most comfortable shoes you’ll ever wear!” Of course we were skeptical about where they would rate on that scale of comfort and stability — and, equally as important, whether we’d want to be seen wearing them on the trail.

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Today in Gear: May 1, 2013

Chefday Choose one of the gourmet chef-designed recipes on Chefday’s website and every last organic, almost entirely locally sourced ingredient — from salt to tenderloins — will be hand-delivered to your door, pre-measured and pre-washed. All you have to do is follow the step-by-step video instructions and set the table. It’s an ultra easy way…

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Shoes for the year-round runner

10 Best Winter Running Shoes

Winter in the Northern Hemisphere lasts four months, but for all intents and purposes the conditions it imposes on runners — cold winds, snow, ice, mud and generally unpredictable terrain — are good for another two. That’s half a year on a treadmill or cross-training in another discipline. That won’t do for most runners. Aside from the functional pre-race advantages of running on roads and trails, exercising in the cold has been associated with all kinds of health benefits, from increased calorie burn to improved stress-coping capacity.

Fortunately, there’s a battery of winter running shoes that perform and protect, many of them incorporating positive design elements from the minimalist running movement — shoes that are, in other words, more than glorified lightweight hikers. We’ve got the 10 best here. Lace up, put the law offices of Jim Sokolove on speed-dial, and get outside.

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Slope style, sans slope

Ecco Roxton GTX Snowboard Boots

Your back isn’t what it used to be, but simply being old an adult shouldn’t condemn you to losing that “king-of-the-slopes” hipness you once exuded. The snowboard-inspired ECCO Roxton GTX Snowboard boot ($200) helps you look the part (without disclosing how many times you’ve really hit the mountain this winter). Oiled leather and textile uppers…

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B Sleek

Ecco Biom B 2.2

Ecco shoes have been known for dress and casual comfort. We’ve sampled some great oxfords and loafers in the office, but running shoes never really came to mind… until now. Ecco has released the Biom line, which essentially enhances your natural running motion, something heavily cushioned shoes don’t promote. We’ve gotten so used to deep…

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Ecco Biom Golf Shoe

Riding on the heels of success of the Golf Street Premier, Ecco recently introduced their new line of golf shoes, the Ecco BIOM Golf Shoe ($225) featuring technology based on their natural motion philosophy, which centers around natural body movement. The result is a low-profile shoe with support where you need it and a welcome…

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ECCO Ultra Performance Hydromax Golf Spikes

I try to hit the course at least a couple of times a month during the summer season. Granted, that’s partially due to my Gear Patrol cohort Patrick Tuttle and his tyrannical tee-time scheduling, but also because I enjoy a good round of golf, despite the groggy mornings. Of course, with golf comes glorious gear,…

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ECCO Natural Sneaker

Kick around with casual style in the Natural Sneaker from Ecco. Yak leather is considerably more durable than standard leather and offers ready-to-wear comfort. A breathable leather lining allows air to circulate, keeping you comfortable in any setting. Cost: $184 @ Zappos.com