Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Nike Wildhorse 3 Review-Runs Like a Road Shoe, Works Like a Trail Shoe

Article by Coby Jacobus

Nike Zoom Wildhorse 3
Stats according to Running Warehouse 
10.3 oz/ (men size 9), 8.8 oz/ (women size 8)
Stack Height 28mm (Heel), 20mm (Forefoot), 8mm drop
$110. Available Now.

A few years back I ran in the first version of the Nike Wildhorse.  At the time, I thought, finally a trail shoe that feels like a road shoe; however, after several runs my calves felt pretty beat up.  The forefoot was way too thin for me and the toe box was too small. Overall, the fit just seemed to be off and the shoe felt like a 90’s version of the Zoom Waffle racing flat verses a shoe made for rugged terrain.  I stopped running in them and never looked back.  
That was until two weeks ago when I was given a pair of the Wildhorse 3 to review for Road Trail Run.  I put them on to walk around the house and again, felt like they were “another miss” by Nike.  The forefoot still seemed too thin for me and the toe box seemed too big.  The toe box has been enhanced to allow for “splay comfort” and that was noticeable from the earlier versions. 
I took them out later that day for a run on the local trails.  Within in a mile or two I was blown away – they felt very smooth and provided excellent cushioning.  This shoe is a VAST improvement by Nike. My advice is to take these out for a test spin outside because the shoe runs better than it walks.  I did notice a little “sloshing” in the toe box, but other than that they were great.  The Dynamic Fit system (Nike’s lace system) really does provide a great fit and better lock down.  It does take some care when lacing up your shoes. I really feel that if running a muddy trail race, or a muddy obstacle course these shoes will stay on in extreme conditions.  
I am a big believer that there is a difference between trail running and mountain running.  To put the Wildhorse though the ultimate test, I took them out on several mountain runs though the New Hampshire’s White Mountains.  One of the runs in particular was a rugged and ROCKY 10 mile run up and down Mount Chocorua
The rock plate in the forefoot provided excellent protection.  At the same time, Nike claims that the “rubber forefoot is sticky for optimal wet surface traction” -- I found this to be untrue.  In fact, I found the Wildhorse to be a bit slippery on wet rock and I even fell after slipping on a rock while heading downhill.  However, the rubber waffle outsole did provide me with the confidence to aggressively tackle up and down hills on dry terrain.  

Perhaps my favorite part of the Wildhorse 3 was the Phylon midsole combined with the Nike Zoom Air unit in the heel.  It provided me with a smooth, comfortable, and very responsive ride. 
While the Nike Wildhorse 3 might be a bit heavy to be used as a trail racing shoe, they could easily be worn for longer races (over 10 miles) with minimal technical and wet rock sections.  If you are looking for a shoe that will not beat up your legs over a long trail run or race, the Wildhorse 3 is a serious contender.  However, if you’re looking for a shoe to handle VERY wet and rocky terrain I would look for something else.

Coby's Score 4.8 out of 5
-   0.1 for poor handling of wet rock
-   0.1 for fit of the toe box (a bit too big)

Photos Credit: Lisa Jacobus

Read our review of the Nike Zoom Terra Kiger 3 here
Lighter with FlyWire upper and Air Zoom front rock protection instead of a plate. 

The Wildhorse 3 was provided at no charge to RoadTrailRun by Running Warehouse and Nike. The opinions herein are entirely the author's.

Coby Jacobus Run Bio
Road Trail Run is thrilled to welcome Coby, and wonder dog Gracie! as Road Trail Run tester reviewers. While a rising college distance star Coby had a kidney transplant and has come back stronger than ever with a 2:40 marathon, an epic 9 hour winter FKT run and snow shoe traverse of the White Mountains Presidential Range(NH) and many mountaineering exploits, including guiding on Mount Rainer. He coached Manchester Central High School to a New England Championship and one of his former students recently ran the recent Olympic Trials in the steeplechase.






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Monday, July 18, 2016

Review Nike Zoom Terra Kiger 3: Light, Supportive, Ground and Foot Conforming

Article by Sam Winebaum, Editor Road Trail Run

Joining Nike Trail Running's very focused line of 3 products, the outstanding Kiger Vest (review here) and heavier duty Wildhorse 3 we find the Zoom Terra Kiger 3 a light, agile, and well cushioned trail runner packed with innovations. Stack height is 24mm (Heel), 20mm (Forefoot), 4mm drop. 

At: 9.0 oz/ 255 g (men's size 9), 7.2 oz/204 g according to Running Warehouse it is on the lighter side of trail shoes but has proven very protective and fun to run, with a stable yet at the same time very ground conforming secure ride. 

To achieve this difficult balance Nike has done a lot of out of the box thinking, incorporating:
  • Zoom Air units front and back for rock protection and cushioning, 
  • a seemingly light and unstructured  engineered mesh upper with Flywire support and an unusual tongue construction that ends up foot conforming and highly supportive
  • an intricate outsole lug arrangement.  
Nike describes the Terra Kiger as follows:

LIGHTWEIGHT SUPPORT. MAXIMUM TRACTION.
The Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 3 Men's Running Shoe features a mesh upper with Dynamic Fit technology for ventilation and lightweight support. A plush, cushioned midsole and rugged outsole provide responsive shock absorption and superior grip when you're conquering the trails.
BENEFITS




  • 4mm offset provides a low-to-the-ground feel
  • Sharp lugs are strategically placed to enhance grip
  • Rubber forefoot is sticky for optimal wet-surface traction
  • Flymesh upper for lightweight breathability and support
  • Dynamic Fit system wraps the midfoot and arch for a glove-like fit
  • Phylon midsole with Nike Zoom Air units for responsive cushioning

  • PRODUCT DETAILS




  • Rubber Waffle outsole provides multi-surface traction and durability
  • High-abrasion TPU bars in the toe box and heel help protect the foot from debris
  • Molded sockliner enhances comfort and support
  • Offset: 4mm

  • Here is what I say...

    UPPER AND FIT
    The upper is relatively dense but well ventilated engineered mesh. The mid foot hold is achieved by a combination of Flywire cords and an unusual tongue construction wherein the top of the medial side tongue is sewn to the upper at the lace up area, followed by a gap, then another connection from tongue directly to the last 4 lace holes. 

    The mid foot hold is outstanding but in no way constraining, again the design theme of conforming to terrain. With the exception of some overlays at the toe bumper to add some structure and along with lateral side to the toe there are no discontinuities in foot hold. 
    The heel counter is unusual as it is wishbone shaped, below the black stripes and across the middle with a soft no plastic window down low where the rear of the heel meets the midsole The heel is surprisingly stable and well held. Breathability has been excellent while at the same time minimal trail debris sneak through.

    I fitted true to size and most should as well. While the toe box height was snug initially it stretched quickly. The toe area is unstructured, there is no toe bumper per say, watch out! beyond the thin black overlays and quite wide. Wider feet should give this upper a try.

    The fit reminds me of the Lunar Tempo with a higher somewhat wider non pointy toe area and a more stable heel. 


    MIDSOLE
    Two Zoom Air units are embedded in fairly firm Pylon at the forefoot and heel, firmer at the heel for reasons which I will explain. The front rock protection from the Zoom Air has proven highly protective, yet at the same time decently flexible. Most especially, it provides a sense that instead of perching on obstacles as conventional rock plates do that the foot conforms to the obstacles. 

    The rear Zoom unit is wrapped in the firm Phylon which provides the stability but unlike most firm trail shoe heels there is no harsh landing and far less shock than usual. It appears that the rear Zoom Air unit extends further towards the edges of the midsole than the front unit and is more convex, higher pressure"  to provide more deflection capability and stability. The front Zoom Air unit appears to be narrower which also makes the edges of the front of the shoe softer for better grip and agility. Neat.  
    The rear black midsole and front white appear to be of the same durometer, firmness as  upfront the but there are small cuts into the front midsole, which along with what I think is a narrower Air Zoom unit ,make the outside edges along the sides softer with more deflection which leads to a better grip from the outsole. The thin orange layer is cosmetic, paint, but may indicate the location of the Air Zoom unit. Back at the heel the stability is rock solid with an outrigger type heel something I like as a heel striker at slower speeds.

    Unusually the flex point is far back near the second to last lace hole. The shoe climbs like crazy as a result and is super stable but on roads feels more awkward and slappy than I excepted with the rear flex point, conforming nature of the outsole and midsole to the road not particularly snappy or responsive.

    OUTSOLE
    The outer perimeter of the outsole, the black lugs are Nike's 054 Super High Abrasion Rubber with the inner lugs made of 004 Sticky Rubber. The lugs are arranged in a very intricate pattern of sharp angles with generally the front outer lugs angling down towards the front and the rear lugs either vertical or angling at the edge of the outsole outward. Traction has been outstanding on both loose and firm terrain but I worry about delimitation of the outsole from the underlying midsole, seeing already some slight peeling of the heel rubber at the edge of the vertical white midsole (below peeling not illustrated). 
    RIDE
    Somehow Nike has blended an almost moccasin like feel over terrain with cushioning, stability, and agility. The Zoom Kiger 3 has been a joy to run on easier to moderately technical single track here in Park City.

    Zoom Terra Kiger 3 climbs beautifully and is plenty stable on downhills, something this timid descender craves.  This is not a bouncy shoe despite the Zoom Air. The rear flex point seems to favor both climbing and descending. The upper while not ladden with overlays is plenty supportive. The Air Zoom based rock protection conforms to obstacles as opposed to balancing on them.

    The cushioning, front and back from the dual duty Air Zoom encapsulated in the firmer EVA is a great combination, not to soft but leg friendly and fast. The lugs are never in the way and always on duty.

    My only surprise to date is that the pavement ride is not great, I thought it might be given Air Zoom and smaller lugs and all. But this is a trail shoe. A few worries about wear of the upper in the forefoot over time but to date like new with 30 miles on them. The outsole is glued into the midsole and I am seeing a tiny amount of delimitation at the heel where the outsole splits left and right, the culprit might be the soft midsole and my heel striking. 

    RECOMMENDATIONS
    The Terra Kiger 3 is a light and versatile trail shoe suitable for most technical terrain, although as of yet I have not taken them on wet slippery rocks and roots. It has a particular strengths climbing and descending fast, but with plenty of cushion and comfort all around for long miles.  I have found the sensation of ground conforming Air Zoom combined with a relatively unstructured, but super well held upper and great stability, unique in a trail shoe. This is a confidence building shoe without being a near hiker.A bit awkward as a pavement trail hybrid it will stay on trails for me.
    The relatively unstructured front of the shoe and its width make it a good option for somewhat wider feet where control and good hold is important.
    Give it a few runs to stretch out at true to size.  Highly Recommended. 

    Sam's Score 4.85 out of 5
    -0.1 for outsole durability concerns
    -0.05 for awkward pavement performance

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    Sunday, July 17, 2016

    First Impressions Review-ASICS DynaFlyte. ASICS Bouncing Back?

    ÛArticle by Derek Li
    Disclaimer: I was provided the ASICS Dynaflyte gratis by ASICS Singapore for the purposes of reviewing the shoe.

    I first saw pictures of the ASICS DynaFlyte on the internet when it went on display at The Running Event in the US in December 2015, and word trickled that it would be a new lightweight trainer model making its debut sometime in 2017, but I guess things got pushed forward and lo and behold, the DynaFlyte had a July 1st release date.

    The Dynaflyte uses a new midsole compound from ASICS called FlyteFoam. This was first introduced in their limited edition MetaRun (review here) , which featured a dual density midsole. In the DynaFlyte, FlyteFoam is used as a single density midsole compound. The key selling point of FlyteFoam is the use of organic fibres embedded in the EVA foam, to create more resilience to deformation under load, and I believe this property would be independent of the foam’s durometer or firmness..

    My shoes came in at 266g (9.38oz) for a US9.5, inclusive of an Ortholite insole.  Editor Note: They are listed at Running Warehouse as weighing 9.5 oz/269g men's 9, 8.3 oz/235g women's 8. Retail $140.

    I’ve now put about 40 miles in the shoes, enough to crystallize some early thoughts about this shoe.

    FIT.
    I wear a US9.5 in most trainers, and the DynaFlyte fit true to size for me here, with some wriggle room in the toebox to slay the toes. I like to leave my shoes in a double knot, and slip in and out of them for runs with a shoe horn rather than re-tie the laces every time. With that said, this is one of the few shoes that I did not have to adjust the tension a few times to get the right degree of lock-down over the first couple of runs. I literally tied it once, and that’s where the tension has stayed since. No heel slip, no arch pain, no hot spots. I have low arches and accessory navicular bones on both feet, so this is rare for now.

    If you have worn the MetaRun before, I’d say the overall shoe volume is pretty similar. It is on the roomy side as far as ASICS shoes go. The only other trainers from ASICS I’ve used before were the Nimbus 15 (wore a 9.5, felt more snug for sure), and the Gel FeatherGlide 2 (had to size up to a US10 to get sufficient toebox volume).

    I don’t usually pay much notice to the tongue but it used something I’d yet to see in running shoes. The feel of it was strikingly familiar to me but I could not put my finger on it until I started writing this article. It actually looks and feels like the material used in the Profile Design aerobar pads from my old triathlon days. Profile Design used EVA foam wrapped in Lycra for their pads, and I suspect ASICS did something similar to achieve this tongue. When you think about, it does make a lot of sense. Aerobar pads need to keep your arms fixed in place despite sweat and bouncing on rough tarmac and if you can achieve the same grip and comfort in a tongue, that’s pretty much ticking all the boxes.
    RIDE
    One thing I like about single density midsoles is the consistency of feel throughout the shoe. The ASICS Tarther Japan and NIKE LunarEpic are two other shoes that remind me of how nice a consistent feeling shoe is and how much that can contribute to a smooth transition. Combine a consistent feel with the right durometer (which feels like low to mid 50s in this shoe) and you have a solid versatile trainer.

    So far I’ve managed a few easy runs, one slightly more uptempo run, and a long-ish run of 15 miles in the shoe, and I have been thoroughly impressed with how well the shoe feels at different paces. The shoe transitions smoothly and seems to work well for both heel and mid-foot striking. On the road the transition is smooth, with a somewhat muted ground feel and a nice amount of ‘give’.

    The bouncy feel of the Flytefoam is especially noticeable in the forefoot at slower paces, while there is enough responsiveness when you pick up the pace so that you don’t feel like you are fighting the shoe. Some people may even find it a little too soft for uptempo work, but I think it would work well as a daily trainer or a faster long run shoe. For me, the test of cushioning is how the shoe fares for long runs. I’ve only the had the shoe for a couple of days but I did manage a (very warm) 15 miler over the weekend, and I didn’t feel too beat up at all towards the end and still managed to cap off an 80 mile week with a 40 minute tempo run the day after.

    It feels like a softer and bouncier version of the Brooks Launch 3, without the extra bulk. I note that the Lanuch 3 has stacks of 27/17mm vs the DynaFlyte at 25/17mm, but the Launch weighs a full ounce more in my size at 292g for a US9.5. I have to say this is a big departure from how ASICS shoes traditionally feel, and is certainly moving with the trend of using a combination of soft blown rubber in the forefoot and softer foams to achieve a bouncier and livelier ride.

    The versatility of the shoe is the main selling point for me, and moving forward, I hope to put in more miles in the shoe for a more thorough review.

    All Photos Credit: Derek Li

    Derek Li's Run Bio
    Derek Li is a family physician by profession, and has been running marathons for the past three years. He started running for triathlon training in 2003, and now focuses purely on running in a bid to run all the Marathon Majors. In his free time, he likes to review running shoes and related products at his blog Running Commentary.

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    Saturday, July 16, 2016

    Nike Zoom Streak 6 Full Review-Swoosh, There It Is!. Nearly Perfect Race Flat?

    Article by Peter Stuart
    The Nike Zoom Streak 6 is a 6.4 oz/181 gram road racing flat. The heel is 26mm and the forefoot is 16mm.  As a bit of a disclaimer I haven’t run in earlier versions of the Zoom Streak and have only recently started running in Nikes again. For years every Nike I tried on my feet felt weird and narrow and I had no interest in running in them. In the past year or two I’ve run in the Lunaracer, the Lunar Epic Flynknit and the LunarTempo—all of which I’ve liked quite a bit. The Zoom Streak 6, however, is some next level action from the folks in Oregon.

    Here are some specs and features from Nike before we get into the action:
    Weight: 6.4 oz/181 g (Men size 9), Unisex shoe;  
    Stack Height: Heel (26mm), Forefoot (18mm)
    Available now. $110.
    • Flymesh upper with internal arch strap for lightweight support
    • Midfoot shank propels you through your stride
    • Anatomical design allows the toes to push off more efficiently
    • Nike Zoom Air unit in the Phylon midsole provides responsive cushioning
    • Outsole traction pattern optimizes forward motion with variable lug sizes
    • Flex grooves between lugs deliver natural range of motion
    Upper and Fit: 
    The Zoom Streak 6 runs a bit small. I sized up 1/2 size after trying both, my usual size and 1/2 size larger. Both sizes hug the foot really well, but the arch felt a little better on the larger size. 

    The upper is made of what Nike calls ‘Flymesh’. It's a lightweight and supportive mesh upper with varying degrees of perforation throughout the shoe. The appearance is of smaller and larger holes in the mesh—though they’re not really holes—there is an even thinner weave holding those sections together. 
    Flymesh upper, varying degrees of structure/breathability
    Nike has replaced the flywire closure system with an ‘internal arch strap’. It’s a thin, stretchy material that’s connected to the laces and pulls in to hold the mid foot secure. The tongue is thin and perforated. Overall the shoe is extremely breathable, disappears on the foot and holds the foot securely. 

    The ankle collar is nicely padded and the materials are soft and comfortable. 

    The one odd thing about the Nike Zoom Streak 6 for me is the feeling under the arch on step in. this was more noticeable on the smaller shoe, but I still notice it on my 1/2 size up pair. When I put on the shoes and stand in them, there is a poking feeling under the back of the arch. It’s been suggested to me that it may be the Zoom Air unit in the back or it might be the Phylon shank (more on that later). From what I can tell it’s actually the inner edge of my foot hanging slightly over the edge of the mid/out sole. While this sounds like it might be a big deal, it’s really not. As soon as I run in them, the poking feeling under the arch seems to go away. The last shape does seem to have a pretty aggressive curve in from the heel to the arch, which is what I think causes this feeling. 
    Arch strap is orange. Note the curve of the last.

    Midsole and Outsole: 
    The midsole is made of Phylon. From what I can find, Pylon is made of compressed EVA foam pellets which are heat expanded and then cooled.Sounds a little like some other boosty midsole materials, no? It’s definitely firmer than Lunarlon, which is part of what makes the Zoom Streak 6 a great go-fast shoe. 

    The midsole features a Zoom Air pod under the heel. It’s not really noticeable for me at the beginning of a run as I tend to land midfoot, but it’s a nice relief later in the run when I hit the heel sometimes, or if I gnash the heel on the downhills. It’s a nice addition. 
    Pebax plate
    The Pebax Shank is a plate under the midfoot that provides some rigidity and really gives a pop off of the ground on toe-off. Again, this becomes incredibly helpful later in the run when feet get tired. One of the things that really sets the ZS 6 above other distance racers for me is the support and structure the shoe provides as my legs get tired. It feels good when I’m running fast, but when I’m running fast and I’m tired it feels GREAT. 
    Rubber lugs with flex grooves
    The outsole is a combination of exposed Phylon and two different densities of blown rubber. The forefoot consists of different sized pods separated by deep flex grooves. The pods and the flex grooves are both multi-directional so there’s a little give in every direction even though the Streak 6 is not a particularly flexible shoe in the standard sense (as in ‘hey I can bend the toe to the heel’).  Under the heel are two distinct sections of harder orange blown rubber which should wear a bit more slowly than the rest of the shoe. 
    Harder blown rubber in rear of shoe
    Durability looks like it’s going to be right in the zone of most racing flats. Not hundreds of miles, but should be good for some good long runs and races. 

    Ride:
    The Nike Zoom Streak 6 is perhaps the best riding racing flat I’ve run in. My previous favorite has been the Asics Hyper Speed, but the Nike wins out. As I’ve mentioned earlier, there is a bit of a protrusion into my arch when I’m standing around in these, but when I get out on the road they’re golden. The transition is smooth, they’re decent at any tempo, but they really excel when I speed up. What’s most remarkable about the ride on the Zoom Streak 6 is that they really shine when I’m getting tired and my mechanics are starting to fall apart. The magic trick they pull off is to be relatively invisible early in the run and then noticeably supportive when I need them most. My first run was a 15 mile tempo run with shoes fresh out of the box and I got faster and faster as the run went on. I didn’t feel beaten up at all after the run or the next day. 

    The other thing I really love about the ride of the Zoom Streak 6 is that it really seems to set my body up to run efficiently. It’s hard to explain or quantify, but I feel like I’m running lighter on my feet and with slightly better form when I run in them. I think part of that effect is the fact that they are a pretty firm ride. Firm, but not harsh. It’s a tough balance to strike and I think Nike has done it perfectly here. 


    Conclusions:
    The Nike Zoom Streak 6 is a nearly perfect racing flat. It’s comfortable, light, breathable, supportive and really good looking. It rides beautifully.  It’s a very light shoe, so I would want to make sure to do some longer runs in them before racing a marathon, but I’d race a 13.1 in them any day of the week. I also wouldn’t hesitate to use them in 5 and 10k races. I love racing flats and this is one hell of a racing flat.  I would go so far as to say the Nike Zoom Streak 6 is the Seth Hasty (founder of the famous Running Shoe Geeks on Facebook)  of racing flats: Fast, good looking, a little moody and totally badass.

    Comparisons:
    Zoom Streak 6 vs. NB 1400 V4
    The Streak is a bit firmer and seems to hold up better on longer runs for me. I love the way the 1400 feels on my feet, but I would pick the Nike if I had to choose. There’s a little more energy return—perhaps because of the plate.

     Zoom Streak 6 vs. Asics Hyperspeed 7
    The HyperSpeed is a bit more cushioned, and a somewhat softer ride than the Nike. What gives the Nike the edge for me here is the way it feels in the later miles of a long, hard run. 

     Zoom Streak 6 vs. Skechers GoMeb 3
    The Zoom Streak 6 is noticeably less shoe. The plates in both feel similar, but I like the barely there feeling of the Nike.

     Zoom Streak 6 vs. Adidas Adios Boost 3
    These two have the most similar ride, but the materials on the upper of the Nike are much softer and more comfortable. Both great shoes, Zoom Streak is lighter and softer.

    Zoom Streak 6 vs. Brooks Hyperion
    I love the way both of these run. The Hyperion would be neck and neck completion for the Zoom Streak for me, but unfortunately it has a very stiff upper that cuts into my achilles. Nike it is. 

    Peter's Zoom Streak 6 Score:  4.99 out of 5
    -.01 for poking feeling on step in that totally disappears on the run. 





    The Zoom Streak 6 was a personal purchase at retail
    All Photos Credit: Peter Stuart.

    Peter Stuart's Running Bio

    My running career got off to a slow start…in high school I was told I ran like a race walker and was thus relegated to race walking on the track team. I got back into running about 15 years ago and then into triathlon. Triathlon really rekindled my love for running, so about two years ago I hired a coach and really focused on the half and full marathons.  I broke a bad habit of putting in tons of moderately hard miles (and no easy or hard ones) and after plateauing at 3:25 (with some disastrous marathons in there), this past year I brought my marathon under 3:00 and my half under 1:25. Along the way I’ve developed a bit of a shoe problem.



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    Wednesday, July 13, 2016

    First Runs Review-Is the Nike Zoom Streak 6 a 10?

    Article by Peter Stuart

    Update: Read Peter's full review of the Zoom Streak 6 here

    Nike Air Zoom Streak 6 Stats (Running Warehouse
    Weight: 6.4 oz/181 g (Men size 9), Unisex shoe;  Stack Height: Heel (26mm), Forefoot (18mm)
    Available now. $110.
    Nike calls out the following benefits.

  • Flymesh upper with internal arch strap for lightweight support
  • Midfoot shank propels you through your stride
  • Anatomical design allows the toes to push off more efficiently
  • Nike Zoom Air unit in the Phylon midsole provides responsive cushioning
  • Outsole traction pattern optimizes forward motion with variable lug sizes
  • Flex grooves between lugs deliver natural range of motion

  • Peter's First Runs Impressions
    15 mile run straight out of the box. I was a little worried about a slight poking into the arch (especially on my right foot) that I think is due to my foot overhanging the sole of the shoe. Worries were unfounded though. The Zoom Streak 6 felt terrific on the run. My workout was 15 miles with some Marathon and Half Marathon pace segments (6:20, 6:30, 6:40 and 6:50 on a ladder up and down)

    The Zoom Streak 6 felt better and better as the run went on. I really noticed the support of the plate underneath and the air zoom in the heel. They really came alive and showed their support as my legs got tired. Just did another tempo workout in them and man, oh man, the Streak 6 is a GREAT racer! 

    Zoom Streak 6 was a personal purchase at retail.
    Photos Credit: Peter Stuart

    Peter Stuart's Running Bio

    My running career got off to a slow start…in high school I was told I ran like a race walker and was thus relegated to race walking on the track team. I got back into running about 15 years ago and then into triathlon. Triathlon really rekindled my love for running, so about two years ago I hired a coach and really focused on the half and full marathons.  I broke a bad habit of putting in tons of moderately hard miles (and no easy or hard ones) and after plateauing at 3:25 (with some disastrous marathons in there), this past year I brought my marathon under 3:00 and my half under 1:25. Along the way I’ve developed a bit of a shoe problem.



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