Monday, June 10, 2024

ASICS GEL-Kayano 31 Review: 4 Comparisons

Article by Sam Winebaum

ASICS GEL-Kayano 31 ($165)

Pros:

Ultimate in comfortable, top to bottom, max cushion inherent stability

4D Guidance, a softer rubbery foam at medial midfoot supports and helps the foot roll without pressing on the arch. Not sure how it works! Different and effective! 

Excellent, no agenda, easier paces and recovery run shoe

Smoother transitions off the heel and easier toe off than Kayano 30


Cons:

Weight: approaching 11 oz / g US9 is a lot and noticed

Not a shoe that likes to go fast, but not really its purpose


Introduction

The Kayano 31 is a support/pronation control shoe that relies on its geometry and a unique  4D Guidance rubbery foam insert at mid foot to deliver a road training shoe that is inherently stable without resorting to firmer medial foams or plastic pieces. 

Friday, June 07, 2024

New Balance Fresh Foam X 860 v14 Multi Tester Review

Article by Renee Krusemark and Sam Winebaum

New Balance Fresh Foam X 860 v14 ($140)


Introduction

Sam: The 860 has been New Balance’s  moderate stability/support daily trainer. With the v14 they jettison the  “traditional” firm and rigid foam medial pronation support post and substitute a thin hardened EVA Stability Plane plate. The entire midsole is now dual density with a soft (similar to the 1080)  Fresh Foam X underfoot and a slightly firmer foam (similar to the 880 v14) below and focused on the medial side. It gains 2 mm of heel and 4 mm of forefoot stack height to become an 8mm drop shoe while its weight drops 0.1 oz/ 3g.


This more gentle approach to stability, and both the foams are by no means firm, reflects the latest trends in this category of shoes towards less obtrusive support elements at the arch and towards more inherent stability and guidance of the foot. Neutral shoe fans don’t stop reading now. I rarely get along with traditional or some of the high on the midsole “rails” based approaches to stability (Brooks GTS, Nike’s plastic clips etc..) but here New Balance has really nailed a combination of soft underfoot and slightly firmer below Fresh Foam X with some geometric support from the medial sidewalls and the new Stability Plane plate. 

In fact,  for me it is their best Fresh Foam X ride to date as in the past Fresh Foam X has been overly soft (1080 and More) or borderline overfirm (880 v14).  Here we have a nice “balance” of forgiving cushion and gentle support. 

Thursday, June 06, 2024

adidas Adizero SL2 Video Review: A Light, Super Friendly, Soft and Energetic Daily Trainer

Video by Sam Winebaum

adidas Adizero SL2 ($130)

In the video, I review with Introduction and Details, from two runs Impressions with plenty of coastal and Comparisons and Conclusions.

Adizero SL2 Video Review (15:15)

Clearly the SL2 is the friendliest current trainer in the Adizero (and adidas) line and a true all around daily trainer and a very light one now with a full length insert of Lightstrike Pro. I found them any pace versatile, except very fast where adidas as plenty of other options.

They are light at 8.45 oz / 240g with a very decent 36mm heel / 26-27 mm forefoot stack height. $130. Available now.

Sam is the Editor and Founder of Road Trail Run. He is in his 60’s with 2024 Sam’s 52th year of running roads and trails. He has a decades old 2:28 marathon PR. These days he runs halves in the just sub 1:40 range if he gets very, very lucky. Sam trains 30-40 miles per week mostly at moderate paces on the roads and trails of New Hampshire and Utah be it on the run, hiking or on nordic skis. He is 5’9” tall and weighs about 164 lbs, if he is not enjoying too many fine New England IPA’s.

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NNormal Tomir 2.0 Multi Tester Review: 4 Comparisons

Article by Sam Winebaum and Jeff Valliere

NNormal Tomir 2.0 ($170)



Introduction

Sam:The Tomir is the “other shoe” from Kiilan Jornet’s NNormal with the modular midsole  Kboix (RTR preview) coming in 2024, It is intended to be a longer distance more cushioned complement to the ultralight  Kjerag (RTR Review) one of my favorite shoes of 2023 for its agility and versatility. Key to its wonderful ride and light weight was a supercritical foam midsole. And great news the Tomir 2 gets the same foam and although it doesn’t lose weight of the prior version as it now sits on a wider platform. The ride is vastly improved.

Reviews: Tracksmith Spring 2024 Women's: Allston Adjustable Bra, Off Roads Shorts, Harrier Long Sleeve, Harbor Vest

Article and photos by Sally Reiley, modeled by Carrie Page Furnari


Allston Adjustable Bra ($85) Off Roads Shorts ($100) Harrier Long Sleeve ($85) Harbor Vest women’s ($200)

Wednesday, June 05, 2024

adidas Terrex Agravic Speed Multi Tester Review: 4 Comparisons.

Article by Jeff Valliere with Sam Winebaum

adidas Terrex Agravic Speed ($160)


Introduction:


Jeff V:  New from adidas Terrex, the Agravic Speed is a lightweight well cushioned trail trainer/racer, best suited for fast running on less technical to moderately technical terrain.  The Agravic Speed features a dual layer midsole, with softer Lightstrike Pro foam (as found in adidas road racing shoes) for a core and base that is cushy and bouncy, ringed below the foot with firmer Lightstrike foam for stability.  The outsole features 3-4mm mm lugs utilizing a sticky Continental rubber compound.  The upper is thin, minimal, breathable and somewhat stripped down with little padding or added protection.

Tuesday, June 04, 2024

ASICS Noosa Tri 16 Video Review: Fast, Plateless Fun!

Video by Sam Winebaum

ASICS Noosa Tri 16 ($135)

The colorful Noosa Tri 16, a moderate stack height, un plated, uptempo trainer gets a big midsole foam upgrade to FF Blast Plus from firmer, less reactive older Flyte Foam. 

In the video review, I share all Noosa Tri 16 details, from the run impressions of fit and ride and comparisons to the Novablast 4, Magic Speed 4, New Balance Rebel v4, and Hoka's Mach 6 and older Mach 4.

It comes in at a very light weight of 7.5 oz / 213g  (US9) with a stack height of 34.5mm heel / 29.5 mm forefoot. It includes ASICS GuideSole rocker geometry and some snappy flex to help propel it and comes in at a very reasonable $135. It will release July 1, 2024

ASICS Noosa Tri 16 Video Review (21:00)

Sunday, June 02, 2024

Tracksmith Strata Singlet & Shorts Review

Article by Nils Scharff

Strata Singlet ($125/160€) & Strata Shorts ($135/170€)


Introduction

It's the details that count! We've probably all heard this saying before. When it comes to competitions in our favorite sport - running - it's even more true. A few degrees too warm on race day, the wrong breakfast in the morning or the missed water bottle at 30 km. Any little thing can cost us the reward for all that disciplined training. That's why we runners try to control everything in our power so that we leave nothing to chance on the big day. 


The Strata collection is made for all those of us who feel exactly the same way. Tracksmith uses the highest quality materials so that we don't have to worry about our kit on our race day, but can instead devote our full concentration to our athletic performance.

Testbericht: Tracksmith Strata Singlet & Shorts im Wettkampftest

Artikel von Nils Scharff

Strata Singlet (160€) & Strata Shorts (170€)

Einleitung


Es kommt auf die Details an! Diesen Spruch haben wir wohl alle schonmal gehört. Wenn es um Wettkämpfe in unserem Lieblingssport - dem Laufen - geht, stimmt dies um so mehr. Ein paar Grad zu warm am Wettkampftag, das falsche Frühstück am Morgen oder die verpasste Trinkflasche bei Kilometer 30. Jede Kleinigkeit kann uns die Belohnung für all das disziplinierte Training kosten. Gerade deshalb versuchen wir Läufer alles zu kontrollieren, was in unserer Macht steht, um am großen Tag nach Möglichkeit nichts mehr dem Zufall zu überlassen. 

Die Strata Kollektion ist genau für all jene unter uns gemacht, die sich genau in diesen Umschreibungen wiederfinden. Tracksmith nutzt die hochwertigsten Materialien (innerhalb ihres Portfolios), damit wir uns an unserem großen Tag nicht um unserer Kleidung sorgen müssen, sondern stattdessen die volle Konzentration unserer sportlichen Leistung widmen können.

SAMAYA OPTI1.5 Ultralight Tent Review

Article by Markus Zinkl

Samaya Opti 1.5 (€800.00)


Introduction

Samaya Equipment, established in 2018, has quickly risen to prominence with its commitment to revolutionizing the lightweight four-season tent. Based in Annecy, Samaya designs its products with the demanding practice of alpinism in mind, adhering to the philosophy that gear capable of the most demanding conditions can certainly handle the least. The brand’s DNA is steeped in excellence and innovation, with each product undergoing rigorous testing in Chamonix and the Himalayas before reaching the market.

Friday, May 31, 2024

ASICS Magic Speed 4 Review: Speeding Up to Super Max Cushion Heights: 9 Comparisons

Article by Sam Winebaum

ASICS Magic Speed 4 ($170)

Introduction


When I first saw the Magic Speed 4 with its combination of FF Turbo and Blast+  and with a carbon plate (but not yet having the specs) I recognized in the shoe profile the general geometry of the ASICS Metaspeed Paris series racers. 


I said to myself “Oh! ASICS made a budget version of the Paris shoes” as here we are at $170 with the brand’s top end Metaspeeds at $250.


I was not quite right.. What ASICS has done with the latest Magic Speed is to create a light road training shoe (that can also race) in the emerging category of plated “super trainers”, very highly stacked (4mm beyond the Metaspeed Paris line) light shoes with supercritical foams and leveraging carbon and other plates for stability and propulsion.

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 41 Initial Video Review: New Tricks for an Old Dog?

Video by Sam Winebaum

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 41 ($140)

The venerable Pegasus, Nike's all around daily trainer sees the most significant changes in many, many years for its 41st edition and they were overdue! In the video, I detail the changes and share what I discovered on 2 first runs.

It gets 43% lower carbon footprint impact ReactX injected midsole foam, prior was compression molded. The new foam is said to have 13% better energy return than the prior React and is softer.  The Air Zoom units front and back remain.

The geometry changes with 4mm more stack height front and back to 37mm heel / 27 mm forefoot with new sculpting of the midsole sidewalls. Despite the significant increase in stack height the weight only increases 13g to come in at a reasonable approximately 9.9 oz / 281g US9.

The upper is a simple soft engineered mesh while the many surfaces outsole gets more lateral and less medial coverage.

Is the Pegasus now back in the modern daily trainer game? Please watch my initial video review and find out!

Nike ReactX Pegasus 41 Initial Video Review (14:05)

The Pegasus 41 will be available early June 2024. $140
Full Multi Tester Review soon here.

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Mizuno Neo Vista Multi Tester Review: Bold Practical Super Trainer - 6 Comparisons

 Article by Sam Winebaum, Peter Stuart, Ryan Eiler, Michael Ellenberger, and Jeff Beck

Mizuno Neo Vista ($180)

Introduction


The Neo Vista is Mizuno’s entry into the “super road trainer” category. What are super road trainers? I generally consider them to be shoes whose heel height is higher than the World Athletics standard of a maximum 40 mm for elite level racing and in the Vista we are 44.5 mm and all 4 of us testing think it is a delightful shoe setting a new high bar in its category.

Monday, May 27, 2024

Deckers X-Lab Enduro Mid GTX vs. NNormal Tomir 2.0 Mid: Super (Critical Foam) Hiking/Trekking Boots Comparison Review:

Article by Sam Winebaum


Deckers X-Lab Enduro Mid GTX ($249)  NNormal Tomir 2.0 Mid ($175)

The super hiking/trekking boots are here. By “super” I mean that the two boots reviewed here have midsoles made of supercritical foam. Supercritical foaming is a process wherein gasses are infused into the foam during processing to make it lighter and more resilient than standard EVA leading to more dynamic rides and greater energy return.. Supercritical shoes emerged starting in 2017 with the original Nike Vaporfly and since has been seen in increasing numbers of shoes from regular daily road and trail running shoes to of course yet more road and trail racing shoes.


Here we take a look at among the first supercharged hiking and trekking boots: NNomal’s Tomir 2.0 and Deckers X-Lab’s Enduro Mid GTX.  The only other boot in its class I know of and have tested is the Saucony Ultra Ridge GTX (RTR Review) which proved as able hiking as running.   


I have tested both boots on initial hikes and also road and gravel terrain “marches”. Both will be further tested during a 9 day trek in the Queyras region of the French Alps but the picture is already clear. While both are quite different in upper materials and construction approach, geometry, and weight both clearly take hiking boots to new levels of performance.


So please read on for the match up of the super light Tomir 2.0 Mid vs. the super broad carbon plated Enduro Mid GTX.

Reviews: Skratch Labs’ Everyday, Hydration Recovery. Super High Carb Sport Drink Mixes, Energy Chews, and Energy Bars.

 By Jeff Valliere and John Tribbia

In the article, John and Jeff test and review Skratch Labs’ Everyday, Hydration Recovery. Super High Carb Drink Mixes, Energy Chews, and Energy Bars.