Foot Loose

Somnio Nada


So-called minimalist running has quickly developed a following among endorphin-addicts around the world for several reasons. Practically speaking, training with less padding has been shown to increase foot strength and muscle tone. The feeling of running nearly barefoot is also a major draw. To capitalize on this movement, Somnio has created the Nada to serve as a starter kit for curious runners who want to literally test-run the trend without breaking the bank. Weighing just 3.5 oz, these feathery sneakers feature an ultra-thin six millimeter midsole for basic foot protection and a zero heel to midsole drop to keep feet in their natural position. In other words, they’re bound to make your current trainers feel like a pair of Air Jordans. A DVD created by musculoskeletal therapist and Olympic trainer Phil Wharton is also included to guide runners on how to get into the sport gradually while avoiding injury. Priced at $80 and available for purchase starting this March, they’re the next best thing to hobbit feet.

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In between browsing his 437 bookmarks in Firefox, beating the hell out of his trusty 12? MacBook (yup, it’s still soldiering on) and Nikon D70 on his latest adventure, or just gearing up for the next home project, Ethan feels that he pretty much embodies the Gear Patrol lifestyle. In summary, his love of gear, technology, and the projects on which to properly and improperly utilize them knows no bounds. Having explored most of Europe (Western and Eastern) and the Americas (North and South), Ethan considers himself a well-traveled kinda guy. He’s also willing to admit that nothing beats the comfort of his leather chair, beloved McIntosh sound system, girlfriend’s love and patience, smoking up his apartment with a cast-iron burger (recipe to be shared soon enough), American muscle (cars), or looking for the NGP (Next Great Product). As an expatriate of the West Coast (hometown: Arcadia, CA) now living in New York, Ethan hopes to ingratiate bi-coastal love from his fellow Gear Patrol readers (unlike the Westside Connection album currently playing on his iPod). Oh, and in case you’re wondering, he’s passed on the whole iPhone hullabaloo and instead uses a ruggedized GSM based Sonim XP1. It’s far better at withstanding being run over by buses and Hoveround-driving seniors. In addition to checking out and sharing an abundance of content for Gear Patrol, Ethan will be focused on not only discovering and sharing the latest out there for guys, but spending his fair share of time weeding out the crap. And, by God, there’s a lot of it. If its worth his time, he’ll let you know. To his editors’ chagrin, he’ll also be using a liberal dose of parenthetical notations.

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