Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Ryan Eiler's Favorite Run Shoes and Gear 2020

 Article by Ryan Eiler

Ryan’s Bio

Ryan Eller A hopeless soccer career led Ryan to take up running, and after taking a decade-long break from competing, he is back racking up mileage whenever he can.  He calls the 2018 Boston Marathon the hardest race of his life, where he finished in 2:40, barely remembering his name at the finish line.  More recently he has solo time trialed the 2020 super shoes, often sub 15 minutes for 5K.

Favorite Daily Trainer of 2020 

Saucony Ride 13. (RTR Review

Extreme versatility handles nearly any run, exceptional cushion/weight ratio, and sublime comfort from the upper. It's a no-BS, performance-focused design that's hard to knock.

Favorite Recovery Run Shoe of 2020

Hoka Mach 4 (RTR Review)

So inviting and plush underfoot, thanks in part to a rubberized foam outsole. A wide stance provides tons of stability, and the highly complementary midsole and outsole produce a seamless, enjoyable ride.

Favorite Tempo shoe of 2020 

New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon 3  (RTR Review)

A lively and stable midsole with a low inertia make this a great choice for tempo runs. The upper is simple and drama-free, yet strong enough to handle 5k pace. Also happens to be talented enough to handle the cooldown/recovery on the way home.

Favorite Short Distance Racing shoe of 2020

Saucony Endorphin Pro  (RTR Review

A stiff and propulsive carbon plate paired with the PWRRUN PB midsole provide an explosive underfoot sensation. While a hair too firm for marathon-distance racing, the responsiveness of the foam is ideal for shorter efforts. I happily use this shoe for track workouts on a regular basis.

Favorite Long Race Shoe of 2020

adidas Adios Pro  (RTR Review)

This shoe's performances on the world stage speak for themselves, but even for us mere mortals, this is my go-to when I want to pull out all the stops. The cushioning is deep, yet finely tuned to return maximum energy, and the propulsion from the energy rods in the forefoot is the best I've ever experienced. The Celermesh upper is nearly perfect, providing exceptional lockdown and ventilation.

Absolute favorite road shoe of 2020


New Balance RC Elite  (RTR Review)

 This is the most approachable of all the super shoes, providing world-class performance in an understated fashion. While there is a full-length carbon plate sandwiched in the midsole, it is integrated so well into the FuelCell foam around it that any harshness is completely mitigated. A very clever Dynaride outsole reduces weight without any trade offs. Self-indulgence is the feeling I get every time I lace these up.


Favorite trail shoe of 2020 

La Sportiva Jackal  (RTR Review)  

Impressive protection from an extended rock plate, yet it rides surprisingly similar to a road shoe. A well-built shoe from a respected brand, and able to handle all but the sloppiest of trails.

Biggest surprise of 2020 

Skechers have continued to surprise with creative and exciting products. Their Hyper Burst foam has garnered many fans, with its minimalist, highly-caffeinated personality. Kudos to the fearlessness they've shown in not following the footsteps of the larger running brands.

Run Shoe of the Year

New Balance RC Elite (RTR Review)

Apparel, Packs, Accessories

Gore Wear R7 Partial GORE-TEX INFINIUM Hooded Jacket  (RTR Review) - With a sculpted, athletic cut, water-resistant yet stretchy fabric, and taped seams, this is now my favorite jacket for windy or wet days. I have yet to find a jacket that can both repel water and breathe as well as this one can. It's clear from appearances alone that the build quality is first-rate.

UltrAspire Magda XT  (RTR Review) 

A running vest that fits more like a vest than like a backpack! The straps are ergonomically perfect, and wide enough to distribute pressure across the chest, as opposed to digging into it. It can deftly handle anywhere from 2L - 20L of payload, thanks to its abundance of cinch straps and bungees.


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