Saturday, September 24, 2022

Ultimate Direction Jason Schlarb Merino Tee and Shorts Review

Article by Sam Winebaum and Jeff Valliere

Jason Schlarb Merino Tee ($70) and Jason Schlarb Short ($80)

Designed with input from Ultimate Direction elite Jason Schlarb the signature shorts and tee here are focused on maximum utility and versatility. The shorts feature "massive" well held storage while the tee is made of an all season Merino blend with as a bonus lots of well styled in reflectivity front and back. Jeff and I tested the collection in New Hampshire heat and humidity and Utah and Colorado dry high altitude conditions this summer and share our review here.

Friday, September 23, 2022

Testbericht: Altra Torin 6 – Für die Langstrecke (German)

Article by Johannes Klein

Altra Torin 6 (160 €)


Einleitung

Der Torin 6 ist einer von 4 Straßenlaufschuhen, die ich dieses Jahr für Road Trail Run testen durfte. Man könnte fast sagen, dass ich (unbeabsichtigt) an einer Studie zum Sortiment von Altra arbeite. Jetzt war es also an mir, zu beurteilen, wie gut sich der Torin in das Portfolio  einfügt, das mit dem Vanish Tempo dieses Jahr eine aufsehenerregende Ergänzung bekommen hat. Ein großes Dankeschön geht an dieser Stelle an Running Warehouse Europe, die mir die meisten Testmuster zur Verfügung gestellt haben. 


Wie auch der Escalante ist der Torin eine Linie, bei der mit .5 - Versionen gearbeitet wurde. Allerdings hat Altra mit Version 5 und 6 jetzt das Sortiment „aufgeräumt“: Seit letztem Jahr hat der Torin eine ganzzahlige Versionsbezeichnung und ist ein Schuh fürs tägliche Training und lange Läufe, der bei Bedarf sogar als Temposchuh Verwendung findet, obwohl das nicht seine Paradedisziplin ist – dazu unten mehr.


Da Mittel- und Außensohle dieses Jahr größtenteils unverändert bleiben, lag mein Augenmerk beim Testen primär auf den Innovationen beim Obermaterial. Vor allem der neue Fersenkragen findet hier als eine der wenigen größeren Änderungen Beachtung. Aber auch die Eigenschaften von EGO Max im Vergleich zu den anderen Mittelsohlen im Altra Sortiment soll nicht zu kurz kommen.

INOV-8 Trailfly Ultra G280 Initial Video Review: Supercritical FlySpeed Foam, Graphene Grip, Ultra Capable?

Video by Sam Winebaum

INOV-8 Trailfly Ultra G280 (£165 | $185 | €190)

In the video, I take the TrailFly Ultra G 280 for a trail run as well as hike in Park City, Utah and share initial fit, ride impressions and all the details as well as some on the run mountain trail scenery.
The G280 weighs 10 oz / 283g in my US8.5 sample with a 33mm heel / 25mm forefoot stack, 8mm drop. 
It features a new nitrogen processed FlySpeed supercritical foam, a segmented Graphene Grip outsole, the Adapter-Flex hinge seen in the G300
The upper is an engineered knit.

Available October 2022. Pre order now. $185 US
Sample for testing provided by Inov-8 at no charge for testing and review.

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UltrAspire Bronco Race Vest Review. 5 Comparisons

Article by Mike Postaski

Bronco Race Vest ($130)


UltrAspire’s Bronco Race Vest was designed in collaboration with elite athlete Jeff Browning - he has won many, many ultras, specializing in the 100M distance as well as other long mountain adventures. If you watch their product videos on Youtube or the UltrAspire web page, you’ll see that the main design principle that Jeff was looking for was having access to all pockets and all gear at all times - without having to remove the vest.  Here there’s a total of 7 pockets, which are all accessible on the move.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

adidas Adizero Boston 11 Review 5 Comparisons

Article by Derek Li

adidas Adizero Boston 11 ($160)


Introduction


Derek: I am a fan of the Adidas Boston 10. I like the simple and straightforward effective upper, paired with a nice rockered maximalist platform and excellent outsole. I am also aware that a lot of people found the platform too firm especially at the heel. The new Boston 11 sports a new updated upper that appears similar to those used on the Adios 7 and the flagship Adios Pro 3. The new upper has allowed Adidas to shed a few grams, but how does it change the fit of the shoe? Let’s find out!

Salomon S/Lab Genesis Review: Something Very Different from the Lab!

Article by Sam Winebaum

Salomon S/Lab Genesis ($200)


Introduction


Let’s get this out of the way right away. The Genesis is the most mellow and riding mellow, softest, spacious S/Lab shoe I have ever run and I have run almost all of them over the last decade plus. I can also even say it is the most friendly, easy going Salomon trail shoe I have ever run. 

Monday, September 19, 2022

adidas Solar Control X Tinman Elite Review

Article by Sam Winebaum

adidas Solar Control  X Tinman Elite ($140)


Introduction

The adidas Solar Control at first glance sends many contradictory messages. In the livery of the adidas sponsored Tinman Elite team it joins other Tinman special editions, which are, let's just say, on the more obviously fast side of things. It is a very heavy shoe at 11.9 oz / 336g US9.


Clearly by its name “Control” it appears to be a heavy duty pronation control shoe with a heavily reinforced upper,  all kinds of underfoot structures and massive amounts of Continental rubber above a healthy layer of Boost.  Finally, its visual vibe and overall look and feel also says lifestyle shoe. 

Heading into this test I sort of dreaded even running them.  I know elites when they go easy, be it second run of the day or easy days, often go real easy, And often, no matter now light and minimal their track spikes are or how cushioned and edgy their road race shoes are, many often reach for more support and “control” oriented shoes for those days. So after wearing them around town and getting nice compliments I decided to take them to the roads.

Friday, September 16, 2022

Testbericht: Naked T/r Trail Racing Shoe- Revolution? (German)

Artikel von Markus Zinkl

Naked® T/r Trail Racing Shoe ($290)

Einleitung

Eher bekannt durch ihre minimalistischen Laufgürtel und -westen, wagt sich Naked nun auch ich den Schuhbereich vor. Bekannt wurde der Hersteller durch ihren Laufgürtel “Naked Running Band” und bietet mittlerweile auch Kleidung und eine Laufweste an. Hervorgehoben wird von Naked hier immer wieder die “Revolution”. Wie auch beim beliebten Running Band und der Running Vest, geht Naked einen andern Weg als die Konkurrenz und verzichtet auf die konventionellen Befestigungssysteme. Im Fall der brandneuen Trail Racing Schuhe komplett auf die Schnürung! Kann das bei einem Laufschuh fürs Gelände funktionieren? Gerade hier ist der Halt und die Stabilität essenziell. Lasst es uns im Testbericht herausfinden.

Pro:

  • Socken artiges Tragegefühl

  • Leicht für einen Trailschuh

  • Merkbarer Vortrieb

Contra:

  • schlechte Atmungsaktivität

  • keine Anpassung der Passform, durch fehlende Schnürung

  • schwierig anzuziehen

  • Preis (290$ - EU Preis noch nicht bekannt)

Tester: 

Markus Zinkl ist 32 Jahre alt und lebt in einem kleinen Dorf in Bayern, Deutschland. Er begann mit dem Laufen nur, um seinen Hauptsport, Fußball zu unterstützen. Seit er vor etwa 4 Jahren mit dem Fußballspielen aufhörte, wurde Laufen zu seiner Hauptsportart, um fit zu bleiben.

Er läuft jetzt 5-6 Mal pro Woche zwischen 60-80 Kilometer. Abgesehen von einem lokalen Staffellauf läuft er selten Rennen. Markus läuft sowohl auf dem Trail als auch auf der Straße und ist ein absoluter Ausrüstungsfreak. Neben dem Laufen verbringt er den größten Teil seiner Freizeit mit Wandern, insbesondere in den Bergen, wo auch sein Interesse an Ausrüstung zum Tragen kommt.


Daten

Gewicht:

Offiziell: 255 g (Herren EU 42 ⅔ | US 9)

Testschuh: 282 g (Herren EU 44 / US 10)

Sprengung: 5 mm (26 mm Ferse / 21 mm Vorfuß)

Release: EU Release noch nicht offiziell. Verfügbar in den USA für 290$.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Mizuno Wave Neo Ultra Multi Tester Review: A Highly Sustainable Giant of a Road Trainer

Article by Matt Crehan, Jana Herzgova,  Beto Hughes, Jeff Beck and Sam Winebaum

Mizuno Wave Neo Ultra ($250)


Introduction

The Wave Neo Ultra is a max cushion 39mm heel / 31 mm forefoot road trainer with among the strongest if not the strongest sustainability component we have seen to date in a true performance running shoe.  The Neo Ultra and its companion tempo daily trainer Neo Wind seek to prove that a performance running shoe can be made that delivers significantly less impact on the planet. 


Its claimed sustainability creds include 70% by weight recycled/sustainable materials, 10% reduction in CO2 vs conventional production, and a 100% reduction in water use to dye  the sockliner.

To achieve its leading sustainability stats the Neo Ultra uses a top layer of mostly blue  Enerzy Lite foam layer derived from Castor beans, a lower BloomEnerzy Foam layer (thinner and white above) derived from algae with the sockliner also Bloom derived. Mizuno then tops it with an entirely recycled materials un dyed stretch knit upper. 

In addition to its praiseworthy effort to reduce the impact of running shoes on the planet, how does it perform? Read on to find out!


Pros:

Very secure, comfortable,  all of a piece fitting stretch knit upper that is breathable in heat, a rarity for knits: Sam/Matt/Beto/Jana/Jeff

Lively, bouncy, easy flowing at any pace “big shoe” ride with tons of protection . Sam/ Beto/Jana/Jeff

Very strong sustainability focus with by weight 70% sustainable or recycled materials: 100% dyeing water reduction, 13% CO2 reduction compared to standard production,   Sam/ Matt/Beto/Jana/Jeff

No compromises in performance or even shoe weight at approx. 10.35 oz / 293g with a  39/31 stack height due to the use of sustainable materials  Sam/Jeff

Highly cushioned, stable and pleasing midsole Sam/Jana/Jeff

Quality! To the gram left and right shoes the same weight: Sam/Jeff

Decent weight for 39/31 stack height at approx. 10.35 oz / 293g US9 and sustainable materials: Sam/Jeff/Matt

This white knit upper does not get as dirty as some other mesh or knit uppers and gets white again with an easy wash. Beto/Jeff/Matt

Incredible successor to Wave Sky Neo, two ounces lighter and higher stacked! Jeff


Cons:

Steep pricing even for the sustainability and deluxe ride, fit and feel: Sam/ Matt/ Beto/Jana/Jeff

Knit upper lacking some medial structure, even though there is overlays around the medial and lateral heel: Matt

A bit heavy but balanced on the run when midfoot striking. Beto 

Noisy midsole on some surfaces Jeff


Stats

Approx. Weight: men's 10.35 oz  / 293g (US9) 

  Samples: men’s  10.12 oz  / 287g (US8.5)

      men’s   10.68 oz / 303g (US10.5)

                  men’s  11.8 oz / 337g (US12.5)

                 women's 10.51 oz / 298g (US10.5)

Stack Height: men’s 39mm heel / 31mm forefoot

Available September 2022. $250

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Mizuno Wave Neo Wind Multi Tester Review: Highly Sustainable. High Performing?

Article by Derek Li, Michael Ellenberger, Joost de Raeymaeker and Ryan Eiler

Mizuno Wave Neo Wind ($220)


Introduction

The Neo Wind and its companion heavier duty Neo Ultra seek to prove that a performance running shoe can be made that delivers significantly less impact on the planet. Its claimed sustainability creds include 60% by weight recycled/sustainable materials, a 20% reduction in CO2 vs conventional production, and a 100% reduction in water use to dye the sockliner.


To achieve its leading sustainability stats the Neo Wind uses a top Enerzy Lite foam layer derived from Castor beans, a Bloom Enerzy Foam lower layer towards the heel (white above) is derived from algae as is the sockliner. The trademark Wave plate a bio based PEBA Renew material. Mizuno then tops it with an entirely recycled materials un dyed stretch knit upper. In addition to its praiseworthy effort to reduce the impact of running shoes on the planet how does it perform? Please read on to find out!

RoadTrailRide: Knog Blinder Square Front and Rear Bike Safety Lights Review

Article by Jeff Valliere

Knog Blinder Front and Rear Bike Safety Lights ($45)


New Balance TCS New York City Marathon FuelCell SC Elite v3 Multi Tester Initial Review

Article by Sam Winebaum and Ryan Eiler with Michael Ellenberger

New Balance TCS New York City Marathon FuelCell SC Elite v3  ($250)

Editor’s Note: Our testers have had the SC Elite for a few days. This review is our initial take after initial runs with a full multi tester review coming soon. Testers include Ryan Eiler a 2.27 marathoner and Sam Winebaum around 1:40 for a half these days. Michael Ellenberger, a 2;23 marathoner also adds his initial comments.


Introduction

Sam: The SC Elite v3 is New Balance’s pinnacle long race and marathon shoe. In the Super Comp family, it shares FuelCell foam and the new Energy Arc plate and midsole geometry with the shorter race “flat” SC Pacer and distance trainer..  SC Trainer.

The SC Elite v3 succeeds the RC Elite v2 maintaining the same stack height, 4mm drop and nearly identical weight but now incorporates Energy Arc technology on a platform that is now about 5mm wider at the heel (for more stability)  and 5mm narrower at the forefoot (for more agility).

The key update is the new Energy Arc technology. It is a combination of da eep and wide central groove separating both sides of the shoe and a carbon plate that is bowed in a concave shape at the rear of the shoe. The idea is that as forces are applied at landing the 2 “wings” of foam deflect outward and down with the curvature of the plate at the rear storing the downward energy and then releasing it as weight is removed. This is a key potential improvement to the RC Elite 2 which also had the same soft and resilient FuelCell foam but which was notably soft and a bit mushy at the heel for me lacking forward pop.

But there is more…