Sunday, December 04, 2016

Altra Running 2017 Previews at The Running Event: Timp, One V3, Torin 3.0, Escalante, Paradigm 3.0, HIIT

Altra was very busy with not only at their very active booth but across the aisle sister company Pro-Form's treadmills in heavy use for Vertical K Challenges and a 50 mile world record attempt and success by Altra athlete Jacob Puzey who shattered the record by almost an hour, running 5:56 pace in his Altra Paradigms. 
Pricing will be updated when I receive it.

Timp
Weight: To be verified and updated.
Stack: 29mm Zero Drop
Available July-August 2017
Altra Running Timp
Altra athlete Jason Schlarb (co-winner of the 2016 Hardrock 100 and 4th at 2014 UTMB) shows us his new go to shoe, The Timp. He has been running most ultras in the Paradigm. Fellow Altra athlete Jeff Browning has been running the Timp for the past several months.
With a similar Zero Drop stack of 29mm The Timp can be thought of as the Torin for trails, sitting between the Lone Peak and Olympus in cushion with 4mm more stack than the Lone Peak and 7mm less stack than the Olympus.
Altra Running Timp
The upper is wear and water resistant and we hope breathable.  The random pattern seen below the top mesh is highly reflective. The Timp also features Altra's effective GaiterTrap.
Altra Running Timp
The upper has the asymmetrical lacing found on the Impulse.
Altra Running Timp
Timp features Altra's MaxTrac outsole which is supposed to balance grip with a comfortable ride on any terrain.

One V3
Weight: 7.6 oz/215 g Women 5.7 oz/162 g
Zero Drop stack: 23mm
Available July-August 2017
Altra Running One V3
The One gets an updated more reinforced upper and a new outsole with more durable rubber coverage than the 2.5. It appears (initial catalog weights can be off and will verify and update if incorrect) to gain 1.3 oz/ 37 grams but should also be a more durable shoe as a result.

Altra Running One V3 
Torin 3.0
Weight: 8.4 oz/238 g  Women 6.5 oz/184 g.
Zero Drop stack: 28mm
Available July- August 2017

The Torin 2.5 is one of my favorite all around shoes of 2016. Soft under foot with a super supportive upper it is equally adept on roads and trails for me.  The Torin 3.0 loses 0.3 oz/8.5 g which is always welcome.  It gets a new upper and fit with a bit more stretch, some found the upper a bit constrictive but not me. The Inner Flex and outsole pods closest to mid foot are moved slightly further back to more closely match foot flex dynamics.
Altra Running Torin 3.0
Paradigm 3.0
Weight: 10.3 oz/292 g Women 8.2 oz/232 g
Zero Drop stack: 32mm
Available July-August 2017

You will recall that the road Paradigm has been Jason Schlarb's go to shoe for trail ultras and Jacob Puzey's 50 mile world record setting shoe. With its hefty 32mm stack and low weight we can see why. With version 3 Altra revamps the mesh upper and bunion window.
Altra Running Paradigm 3.0
The 3.0 outsole also gets more rubber coverage as likely as a result the Paradigm gains 0.6 oz/17 g a small price to pay for the extra potential miles from this long hauler.
Altra Paradigm 2.5                                   Paradigm 3.0
HIIT XT (High Intensity Interval Training)
Weight 11.2 oz/318 g Women 8.1 oz/230 g
Zero Drop stack: 23mm/17mm with insole removed
Available July-August 2017

The HIIT takes Altra into cross training. Altra co-founder Golden Harper cross trains and plays tennis a lot, when he isn't running of course, so Altra and Golden came up with the sharp looking HIIT.  With a wrap around rubber outsole and a stable PowerSole platform the HIIT is designed for lateral movement, rope climbing and should be a great new choice for the gym, power driven sports and Crossfit.
Altra Running HIIT XT
Escalante
Escalante is a 8.2 oz/232 g neutral racer trainer with the fit/last of the Torin 2.5, one of our favorite shoes of 2016 (review here) but with the lower(3mm) stack height 25mm heel/25 mm forefoot of the Instinct. Available February 2017. $130.
Altra Running Escalante
This shoe should be right in my sweet spot for faster paced running and racing given the stack, low weight, and new responsive Altra EGO midsole. The Escalante features Altra's first knit upper. My only concern is how soft/low the heel may feel when combined with the zero drop geometry.as the EGO is  softer yet also bouncier than Altra's other midsole materials.  

Altra IQ
IQ a combination of sensor equipped dedicated shoe and app has been under development for several years and was first shown over a year ago. IQ measures cadence, landing zone, impact zone, and contact time. It  provides live feedback and coaching tips via the app to improve technique, form, and balance. The live demo I saw below showed real time data that corresponded, as far as I could tell, to how the runner on the treadmill was actually running. 
With many form sensors and apps now appearing, not tied to a particular shoe, I think its success will come down to how effective the tips developed by Golden Harper and his team are. I am optimistic as Golden is known as a fantastic run form coach with hundreds of clinics under his soles.  
Needless to say getting the whole system right and reliable is not easy but it looks to me that Altra is progressing with appropriate caution and care. 
We should expect to see IQ released sometime in the first half of 2017 in 2 shoes: Torin 1Q $199 and Timp $220


Finally as I do at every show I asked co-founder Golden Harper what he was most excited about in the line:
For the brand and for sales: Escalante
Most excited to run in: Timp
For all the other activities he does: HIIT

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2017 Hoka ONE ONE Previews at the Running Event: Clifton 4, Clayton 2, Bondi 5, Speedgoat 2, Stinson ATR, Hupana

After a relatively quiet showing at Outdoor Retailer in August  Hoka One One had lots of new, exciting and very colorful shoes to show off at the December Running Event show in Orlando

Speedgoat 2
Weight: 9.8 oz/278 grams Men, 8.2 oz/ 233 grams Women (weight within 0.1 oz of v1)
Stack:32 mm/27.5 stack 4.5mm drop.  
Available July 2017
$130
Hoka ONE ONE Speedgoat 2
Karl Meltzer, the SpeedGoat, signature shoe gets a big makeover. Built on a new last for a more accommodating forefoot fit with increased overall support from a new engineered mesh upper with mid foot cage construction and speed frame overlays, the foot hold should be greatly improved over v1 where a combination of overly roomy mid and narrow toe box was not Goat inspiring for me.  relegating them to more moderate trails.
The Speedgoat in all its colors is one sharp looking shoe!

Hoka ONE ONE Speedgoat 2
The midsole is still injected EVA but the more road friendly than trail useful bounce seen in v1 is tuned down.
Hoka ONE ONE Speedgoat 2
The outsole is a new Vibram Mega Grip pattern with 5mm lugs, shallower flex grooves and more pronounced multi directional lugs. Durability is claimed to be improved as well.
Hoka ONE ONE Speedgoat 2
Hoka ONE ONE Speedgoat 2

Hoka ONE ONE Speedgoat 2
Hoka told us the whole package should be inherently more stable, more foot conforming, and more comfortable and ready to tackle any trail.

Hoka ONE ONE Speedgoat 2
Stinson ATR 4
Weight: 11.8 oz/336 g Men's, 9.6 oz/ 272 g Women. A drop of 0.2 oz from ATR 3.
Stack: 37 mm/32 mm, 5 mm drop.
Available July 2017
$160
Hoka ONE ONE Stinson ATR 4
Hoka still does maximal maximal for the trail, reaffirming its roots with the Stinson ATR 4.
Built on a new wider last,Hoka's long rough trail hauler has a new upper with a flare in the forefoot and toe and a sharp new Speedframe upper.
Hoka ONE ONE Stinson ATR 4
The outsole has deeper flex grooves and more and more tightly packed 4mm lugs which we hope won't get sheared off due to their small size.
Hoka ONE ONE Stinson ATR 4

Hoka ONE ONE Stinson ATR 4

Hoka ONE ONE Stinson ATR 4
Clifton 4
Weight: 9.3 oz/265 g Men's, 7.5 oz/215 grams women (will verify weight)
Stack: 29mm/25mm, 4 mm drop
Available July 2017
$130
Hoka ONE ONE Clifton 4
Hoka's most popular shoe has a sharp distinguished new look with the design suggesting motif of flight. Love the blue upper.
It gains 0.7 oz of weight over Clifton 3. We were told the midsole foam should be more durable maybe denser, potentially where the weight is coming from. I struggled with far rear of the shoe stability in the Clifton so maybe a denser more durable foam will also be more stable.

Now featuring an open engineered mesh it should be more breathable and supportive.
Hoka ONE ONE Clifton 4

Hoka ONE ONE Clifton 4

Hoka ONE ONE Clifton 4

Hoka ONE ONE Clifton 4

Hoka ONE ONE Clifton 4

Hupana
Weight 8.2 oz/232 g Men, 6.3 oz/178
Stack: 25mm/20mm, 5 mm drop
Available January 2017
$115
Hoka ONE ONE Hupana
The Hupana is a new shoe in the Speed category where it joins the Tracer and Clayton 2. It features an all RMAT one piece midsole outsole reminding with its all RMAT ride of the deeply missed Huaka. It has Hoka's first knit upper and we think much like the Saucony Freedom, Altra Escalante, and ON Cloud can be a versatile fast runner and due to clean modern lines and comfort a classy all day shoe.

Bondi 5
Weight:  Men 10 oz/284 g  Women 8.5 oz/241 g (weight unchanged from Bondi 4)
Stack: 33 mm/ 29 mm, 4 mm drop
Available in Wide sizes
Available January 2017
$150

The Bondi 5 has a now wider more accommodating last and is the most cushioned road specific Hoka.
Hoka ONE ONE Bondi 5

Hoka ONE ONE Bondi 5

Hoka ONE ONE Bondi 5
Clayton 2
Weight: Men 8.3 oz/235 g Women 7 oz/198 g (weight unchanged from Clayton 1)
Stack: 24mm/20mm, 4mm drop
$150
Available April 2017.
Hoka ONE ONE Clayton 2
The Clayton was one of my favorite shoes of 2016 despite some issues with irritation back of the big toe towards the arch and I was not alone. The likely cause was folding of the sock liner under the arch according to Hoka and I also think the initial stiffness contributing.   Hoka has worked to address this with a new more substantial insole whose underside has a distinct amount of friction to hold it in place. The Clayton also gets a new engineered mesh upper with the same motif as the Clifton and a more padded heel collar. I can't wait to try this update!


Hoka ONE ONE Clayton 2
Tracer 2 (no pictures)
Weight 7.6 oz/217 g Women 6.7 oz/190g (gains 0.6 oz/17 grams over Tracer 1)
Stack: 22 mm/18mm, 4mm drop
Available July
$130

The Tracer gets an engineered mesh upper with a more adaptive forefoot.

The Hoka ONE ONE lineup


Also see article with the late fall and January releases Arahi and Gaviota, both support stablity) as well as Challenger ATR 3 (testing now, review soon) here

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Review Nike Zoom All Out Flyknit: Perplexingly Efficient and Fast.


The Nike Zoom All Out Flyknit ($170), 10 oz/283 g in my US 8.5 size, is the most unusual and intriguing shoe I have run this year, and for that matter in a long time.  It is stiff with a hard to bend single flex point but one that has an extremely dynamic, snappy almost violent spring back. It is on the heavier side at approximately 10.4 oz at US size 9 for what is clearly a performance trainer.  It is quite firm but largely shock free with pace for perceived effort always faster than expected and heart rate lower, translating for me to good running economy. It is expensive at $170 and I suspect a concept shoe for more to come in this approachA low height version appears to be on the way.

The details according to Nike
BENEFITS



  • Flyknit upper construction fits like a second skin
  • Mid-cut collar provides a locked-down fit
  • 3/4-length, visible Zoom Air unit for the ultimate response
  • Asymmetrical Flywire cables integrate with the laces for dynamic midfoot support
  • Translucent Waffle rubber outsole offers durable, multi-surface traction
  • Segmented rubber crash rail gives you extra cushioning and flexibility

  • PRODUCT DETAILS



  • Cushlon foam forefoot delivers support and a springy, responsive ride
  • Flex grooves provide natural range of motion
  • Weight: 10.8 ounces (men’s size 10)
  • Offset: 8mm

  • Per Running Warehouse the stack is 31mm heel/21 mm forefoot

    Air Zoom Unit Midsole

    The Bottom Line to all the Benefits and Product Details is the 3/4 visible Zoom Air unit. It provides a consistent underfoot feel from heel to toe.  The ride is definitely on the firm side but strangely shock and vibration free. The stability is impeccable from heel to toe on the road. I am a heel striker. I personally would not take them on trails as the disconnect between soft relatively unstructured upper and firm stiff under carriage could lead to ankle and especially front of the foot twisting as the upper foot rotates with no give below.
    At first I thought no way a shoe this stiff will be possible to comfortably run. Out I went and no issues at all with the stiffness beyond a bit of toe soreness in the first miles. Then I discovered something...The All Out has a single flex point near the last lace hole. I only discovered it after flexing the shoe hard, very hard and low and behold there was a distinct spring like snap to the flex. I assume under load it is flexing and then returning energy at toe off but in a way that is not disconnected from an overall sense of a continuous smooth transition so it must happen fast very fast in the gait cycle. Over about 40 miles the flex has gotten easier so patience and some miles is advised.

    Looking more closely at the transparent Zoom unit one can see vertical supports. Within each vertical support are 2 through channels. When the shoe is compressed the vertical supports deflect and fold. The visual effect is that the supports become rounded and with the air or gas in the unit I suspect they not only deflect independently of each other but along each's length, cushioning, storing and then releasing energy in a very precise way. I think this is the reason the feel and stability is so consistent under foot and the energy return definitely present but not bouncy or with any noticeable shock on landing either.

    The Zoom Air unit is topped by the cushion foam under the entire foot then replacing the Air Zoom at  very front of the shoe, the blue layer. Contributing to the distinct flex point is a flex groove felt in the cushion foam under the sock liner.
    Outsole

    Most of the outsole, from heel to near the toe, is a translucent material reminding me of the Saucony Crystal rubber in the Freedom ISO but firmer. Up at the very front are some more conventional rubber lugs and the only exterior flex grooves into the midsole. To date about 40 miles durability has been excellent, no perceptible wear beyond my usual rear of the heel scuff area

    Upper


    The upper is Nike's Flyknit with Flywire cables integrated to the laces. They fit true to size with decent width but have relatively low volume over the toes requiring a lighter sock.  The "mid cut collar" is aesthetically interesting but I could do with out it.

    Nike has improved the joining of the 2 sides of the Flyknit at the heel, largely eliminating the sometimes irritation causing seam of the Lunar Epic by making the joining fabric overlay softer and thinner . It is still there, required to hold the 2 sides together particularly when slipping the foot in the narrow opening but now less noticeable.

    Unlike the the similar Lunar Epic's mid height upper, below the high collar is a relatively conventional heel collar padding ( the darker blue), more substantial heel overlays and counter but it still less structured than a normal heel counter construction although it has a better held more stable heel area than the updated minimally structured Epic.
    LEFT Nike Zoom All Out Flyknit  RIGHT: Nike Lunar Epic

    Getting rid of the high collar and using a conventional heel collar and achilles hold would improve the heel hold which, if adequate for me, is a bit to voluminous and wide towards the sock liner and a bit loose higher up where a normal heel collar would be. Rumor has it such a version is on the way soon as happened with the Lunar Epic.

    Ride

    The All Out is an unusual ride that is for sure.  There is plenty of firm road feel with minimal shock transmitted. Pace is always faster than expected and heart rate lower for the perceived effort. Part of this perception may come from the efficiency of the platform: its firm effective cushion and rapid snappy energy return and part from the fact the Zoom Air dampens vibration and shock so completely without creating a pillow effect. The All Out ride is a big contrast to the Lunar Epic Flyknit's soft pillowy feel and easier flex. The stiffness upfront with the exception of some occasional mild toe sorenessreally isn't noticeable at any pace and likely under load they do flex with a resounding if not sensed due to muting of the Zoom unit gas and structure with a "snap" of energy. I am curious to race them at some point despite the weight. Most of my runs in them having been moderate tempo or slow, both equally handled. I am always surprised as the pace feels slower than actual in the All Out.

    Conclusion and Recommendations
    I have been very pleasantly surprised by the All Out,very. Of all the incredible midsole tech innovations of the last few years, including Boost, the Zoom Air unit here is right up there, maybe the best in terms of actual run economy results for me despite its weight and stiffness.  They run faster than their weight and for me I believe with greater economy. A bit ponderous, a bit heavy, a bit stiff they none the less move right along very well indeed with fantastic unique energy return that is not of the flashy Boost kind but more the high pressure mountain bike piston shock kind, tuned to firm.  I just plow along, happy as can be when I glance at my pace and heart rate. So, they are an acquired taste you have to believe in, and I believe.
    Those requiring a stiff shoe due to toe and foot problems might find them a good solution. Durability should be excellent and should be for the price. I could take or leave the Flyknit upper preferring in general engineered mesh but for sure would keep the Flywire mid foot hold. It is effective and also importantly not noticeable as a mid foot saddle.
    I am using them as a daily trainer for all paces and despite the weight intend to race them, starting with a 10K or a half.  If only they were an ounce or two lighter, and a touch more flexible, they would be an incredible all around performance trainer and racer.

    Comparisons
    Lunar Epic Flyknit
    The Lunar EpicFlyknit is 2 ounces lighter and has soft easy ride. While they share a mid height upper, Flyknit and Flywire they couldn't be more different. I distinctly prefer the firm, more stable shock free high energy return All Out to the mighty fine pillowy light as can be Epic's, and this despite its big weight penalty.
    On Cloudsurfer
    Both share technologies that through the structure of the midsole beyond the usual solid foam provide cushion and some energy return. Both are stiff but the Cloudsurfer and its Speedboard is stiff and in the way for me. The All Out is stiff and gives me something back with every stride. Prefer the All Out.

    Score 9.65 to of 10
    -0.1 for stiffness
    -0.1 for weight
    -0.05 for  mid height upper not holding heel area as well as a normal heel counter could
    -0.05 for fairly shallow toe box
    -0.05 for price..

    The Zoom All Out Flyknit was provided at no charge to Road Trail Run by Nike and Running Warehouse. The opinions herein are entirely our own.

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    Sunday, November 27, 2016

    First Impressions Review: Skechers Performance GORun 5

    Article by Derek Li

    Editor's Note: I finally had the pleasure to meet Derek in person after several years of online correspondence after he ran the New York City Marathon in a stellar 2:57, and this despite a recent injury. 
    Left: Sam Winebaum Right: Derek Li
    Derek came all the way from Singapore to complete another leg in his quest to run all the World Marathon Majors having previously completed Boston in a PB 2:42 and  Tokyo and Berlin both in 2:44 . Derek has been a contributor to Road Trail Run and is one of the most knowledgeable running shoe, gear, and training experts out there, widely know in Singapore as "The Running Doctor."

    First Impressions:  Skechers GoRun 5 NYC Edition
    Out of all the NYC Marathon edition shoes slated for sale the at marathon expo, the Skechers GoRun 5 was the one I was most intrigued by. Based on feedback from early wear testers, it was slated to be a very different shoe from the existing GoRun 4, sporting their 5Gen midsole foam as a single density full length midsole. At the “expo price” of US$80, I now regret not getting more of them.
    GORun 5
    The first thing to note is that this shoe shares a lot of similarities to the GoMeb Speed Elite that came out earlier in the year, sporting the same 5Gen midsole with Speed Elite adding the M strike wedge in the midfoot and a carbon propulsion plate saddled above the midsole. The outsole patterns for both shoes are eerily similar.

    My GoRun 5 in a US9.5 came in at a svelte 218g (7.69oz), which is pretty much identical to the weight of my 2015 GoRun 4 in the same size.
    The official stats (without sock liner) are
    • Offset: 4mm 
    • Forefoot 14mm, heel 18mm midsole thickness
    • Weight: 7.5 oz. per shoe in a men's size 9
         General release: approximately January 2017

    GORun 5
    I’ve had about a week of running in these shoes, and managed to get in some medium distance runs, some slow runs, and a long runs for a total mileage of ~75km (47mi) and here are my initial thoughts:

    UPPER:
    GORun 5
    The upper appears to be similar to that found on the 2016 GoRun 4 and 2016 GoMeb Speed, essentially an inelastic knitted upper with fairly few overlays. The shoe volume is fairly generous and almost on par with that of the GoRun Ride 5.

    GORun 5
    Those who like a roomier toe box will rejoice for I found toe box width and vertical volume to be better than that of the 2015 GoRun 4 (unfortunately I never tried the 2016 knit version). In my usual size of US9.5, I had about a thumb’s breadth of spacing at the front. I probably cought have sized down a half size, but then I prefer a looser front end for training socks. For reference, I wear, a US9.0 for the GoRun Ride 5.
    GORun 5
    The heel counter is fairly soft, and complements the widely spaced lacing eyelets to create a fairly unstructured overall feel to the upper.

    GORun 5
    Nevertheless, I never felt like the upper was sloppy in this shoe. The upper is very thin and breathable, and noticeably better than say a Kinvara 7.
    GORun 5

    You will notice the insole is quite flat and there is hardly any arch structure to the shoe.

    RIDE:
    This is one of those “WOW” shoes for me. These moments have been far and few between in the past couple of years. My first run in these shoes was right up there with the HOKA Clifton v1, NB Zante v1, and the Nike Zoom Streak 6. I estimate the durometer of 5Gen to be in the low 40s, but somehow it has enough bounce in it to not bottom out. It is probably the softest shoe to not bottom out for me yet; the GoRun Ride 4, and the Brooks Pureflow 3 came close. Make no mistake; this is a neutral shoe through and through. The last is fairly wide through the heel and midfoot but the soft midsole and bare EVA at the medial midfoot would likely make an overpronator feel very unstable in this shoe. 
    The shoe transitions very smoothly and you get a nice consistent ride regardless of foot-strike pattern from heel to forefoot. I definitely did not miss the firm M-strike wedge that the GoRun 4 had. It has been incredibly versatible for me, working well at anything from 8:00mi pace down to the low 6:00mi pace, which I put down to a combination of the bouncy feel of the 5Gen, and the fairly high flexibility of the shoe. If I had to make a comparison to an existing shoe, I would say it has the heel of an Adidas Adios Boost (albeit significantly softer but equally bouncy) and the forefoot cushioning and spring of a Nike Zoom Streak 6 or maybe a New Balance Zante. It is what I hoped the Zante would evolve into, basically having a softer heel, but didn’t.
    The flexibility of the shoe is likely a combination of the soft midsole and the fairly thin and widely spaces ridges of outsole rubber.
    GORun 5 Outsoles-New
    GORun 5 Outsoles at 47 miles
    That brings me to the next point about grip. After seeing Meb Keflezighi slip on the concrete at Rio in a shoe with a near identical outsole, I was curious to see how it would hold up on wet roads. The result was that it holds up fairly well on wet bitumen surfaces and even rough concrete, but grip dipped significantly when I had to run through puddles. There were a few instances where I felt the shoe slide sideways at footstrike, akin to stepping on algae-covered wet rock, which was disconcerting to say the least.
    GORun 5
    We have seen quite a few uptempo shoes move towards softer blown rubber compounds in the forefoot outsole thread this year, e.g. Adidas Adios and Boston Boost, Nike Zoom Streak 6, Salming D3/4, and we have seen how “sticky” these compounds are and how much grip they provide on the roads, but don’t expect that same kind of grip from this shoe. The thickness of the outsole rubber is quite minimal in this shoe; it barely protrudes beyond the thickness of the midsole. Durability of the outsole appears to be excellent, which is surprising considering how thin the outsole coverage is.
    Overall, I am pretty darned impressed with this shoe. It is amazing that they can get this much vibration dampening at this weight. I hope they do something about the outsole grip, but in dry weather it is a dream to run in.

    Score  9.5/10
    -0.50 for poor wet weather grip

    COMPARISONS:
    Adios Boost 3
    The GoRun 5 is softer all round and gives much less ground feel on the forefoot in particular, without taking too much away from toe off responsiveness. If you like the heel cushioning of the Adios but find the forefoot cushioning a little lacking, this is a must try shoe for you. The Adios Boost 3 had one of the best upper updates of the year for me, but the GoRun 5 upper is pretty darn close. Oh, and the GoRun 5 is lighter too.
    Nike Zoom Streak 6
    I make this comparison because both the Streak 6 and the GoRun 5 have similar forefoot ground feel. The GoRun 5 has noticeably less ground feel overall, and a more stable landing platform by virtue of its wider last from heel to toe. If you like the Streak 6, but find the heel platform a little unstable, or feel that the Streak 6 is too little shoe for the longer stuff, then this shoe should be on your must-try list.
    Nike LunarTempo
    A US10 Lunartempo and a US9.5 GoRun 5 have more or less the same forefoot volume for me. The uppers are similar in volume too, though the GoRun 5 upper is noticeably thinner and more ventilated. The GoRun 5 feels softer overall; there is significantly less ground feel from heel to forefoot. The ride is also more uniform throughout, while you can feel the blocky Lunarlon core in the heel of the Lunar shoes at times. The GoRun 5 also feels more stable at the heel (likely because the phylon carrier-lunarlon core give the edges an uneven overall durometer), so if you feel unstable heel-striking in the LunarTempo or Racer, this is a shoe to consider.
    Skechers GoRun 4
    Both shoes have use similar lasts though the GoRun 5 has noticeably more shoe volume, and feels a bit longer in the same size. GR4 is firmer with less give than the GORun 5.They have completely different ride with the GR 4 riding similarly to the Saucony Kinvara 7 and the the GR 5 more like the softer earlier Kinvaras. I felt the podded outsole of the GR4 provided slightly better grip overall than the new GR5, but earlier GR4 also has that noticeably firmer ride.

    Photo 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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