I'd like to give a big shout-out to my new apparel sponsor for 2009 - Brooks Running! On a whim I recently applied to the Brooks Inspire Daily (ID) Team since I know a few friends who are on it. I wasn't expecting to hear back since I'm still new to this whole "running thing", but lo-and-behold I was wrong and I am now a proud ID Team member!
Now this is no "Scott Jurek level" sponsorship... I'm definitely not that good! But I still get a pretty sweet discount on gear while representing a brand whose running shoes and apparel I have been wearing my entire (albeit short) ultrarunning career.
I have been wearing the Brooks Cascadia 3 trail running shoes (and the 2's before the 3's came out) since my very first trail run. I shopped around at different running stores trying on everything I could find. Having a wider foot that gets cramped easily, I found that Brooks' roomy Cascadias were a perfect match for my specific needs. The 3's were a significant improvement to the 2's, offering much better water drainage, lighter weight and enhanced breathability. Being the gear junkie that I am, I continue to try on new shoes at every chance I get, but still nothing compares to my trusty Cascadias and I don't see myself switching anytime soon, even for the brutal terrain of MMT. I haven't gotten my hands on the new Cascadia 4's yet, but don't you worry I'll have my hands (err... feet) on them soon.