Sunday, January 31, 2021

Anmeldelse: New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v11 (Danish)


Article by Ivan Luca Corda

New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 V11 

 

Testperson: Ivan Luca Corda

 

Efter små 10 år med løb som min helt store passion, har jeg nu fået den udsøgte fornøjelse at tilhøre 45+ aldersgruppen. Jeg hører nok efterhånden til den stigende gruppe af “super-motionister” og har en marathon PR på 2t:39m i Valencia 2019. Min ugentlige træningsmængde ligger det meste af året på mellem 75-125 km. Størstedelen af disse løber jeg alene, men jeg nyder også at deltage i diverse løbe fællesskaber i Københavnsområdet, hvor jeg er bosiddende. 

 

Introduktion

NB 1080 modellen har i de senere været en af New Balance mest populære modeller takket bl.a. den lave vægt, god stødabsorbering kombineret med et design, der taler til mange løbere. Fresh Foam skummet i mellemsålen var længe blandt de førende materialer, men i de senere år er der kommet meget konkurrence på den front – selv fra New Balance eget FuelCell skum. Det er derfor interessant at se, hvor stor opdateringen er med den nye version og hvordan den klarer sig i det efterhånden store felt af letvægts mængdetræningssko.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Tracksmith Running NDO Jacket, NDO Tight & Run Commute Pants Reviews

Article by Sam Winebaum, Editor

Tracksmith NDO Jacket ($298) and NDO Tight ($198)

It’s now real (Tracksmith) New England weather. From the  mid 30’s to low teens and almost always windy on the New Hampshire Seacoast so it's Ideal weather for a test and review Tracksmith NDO “ No Days Off”  heavy duty collection.


Having reviewed Tracksmith summer Van Cortlandt Tee and Shorts this summer with the RTR tean , and more recently, the Off Roads Jacket. Crew and Shorts (RTR Review)  I was very curious to see how the No Days Off performed in its “ideal” environment. Tracksmith was kind enough to send me the NDO Jacket and Tight for testing at no cost.


Clearly these pieces represent a progression towards  all season functionality for Tracksmith. Starting with the original TS summer light classic “Ivy League” style race garb vibe, they then moved on to the somewhat more trails focused “boat house” styled Off Roads Jacket, trail worthy well pocketed Off Road Short and super versatile Off Roads Crew (my 2020 single best apparel of the year).


Now with NDO, and in particular the Jacket Tracksmith takes takes the design towards a classic “mechanic jacket” style, and construction, so apparel associated with ruggedness and in a dark dark blue simple clean design that says all work and no days off!   Of course the mechanic "style" is totally updated with state of the art fabrics, design, and fit.




In an update I also recently purchased and tested the Tracksmith Run Commute Pant and include it in the review. Does look like training gear, right? Well it surely is and much more!

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Saucony Freedom 4 Multi Tester Review: Still Free in Nature. Refined, Easier to Run & More Versatile.

Article by Jacob Brady, Peter Stuart, and Michael Ellenberger

Saucony Freedom 4 ($150)

Introduction


Jacob: The Freedom is Saucony’s lighter weight, typically more uniquely unstructured, tempo-leaning daily trainer and general wear-around shoe. It is a lighter weight, lower stack alternative to the daily trainer Ride series and max cushion Triumph. Now at Puma former Saucony runner and last year’s US Olympic Marathon Trials runner-up Molly Seidel says she used the Freedom 3 for gym workouts (not only running) and even casual wear due to the comfort and style. I was a big fan of the Freedom 3 myself and also used it a lot for casual wear, slipping on, just walking the dog, as it was very comfortable and had a balance of good softness and cushion without being too thick of a stack or heavy. 


The Freedom 4 makes one dramatic change, switching the midsole from Saucony’s soft and bouncy PWRrUN+ to the firmer and snappier PWWRUN PB. It is Saucony’s first deployment of PWRRUN PB, a PEBA based material, without a plate (previously only in the Endorphin Pro and Speed). For other changes, the Freedom 4 gains 0.5mm in stack height and drops the Freedom 3’s flexible, tacky crystal rubber, employing a firmer rubber. I truly enjoyed both the outstanding slipper-like comfort of the Freedom 3 and the dramatically flexible and soft midsole, so was curious to see how the large changes in midsole and outsole impacted what I liked about the Freedom 3.

Michael: Finally - freedom! This is my first Saucony Freedom review - though Sam sent me his pair of the Freedom ISO 2 way back in 2018, and I’ve given the Freedom 3 a couple test runs, so I have some familiarity with the line. Undoubtedly - the model has come a long way in a relatively short time. The Freedom 4 is a more fun, more comfortable, and overall more refined experience than its predecessors, anchored by new PWWRUN PB. In a step away from pure road running, the Freedom 4 is geared as a do-it-all, road-to-gym shoe - will top-shelf midsole foam and a flashy colors take the Freedom 4 to new heights?

Stats

Estimated Weight: men's 8.5 oz  / 241 (US9) 

  Samples: 9.5 oz / 269 g (USM12), 8.5 oz / 241g (US9)

 Freedom 3: M9 8.6 oz /243 g RTR Review

Stack Height: 28mm heel / 24mm forefoot, 4mm drop

Available March 2021  $150.

Road Runner Sports Men's and Women's Korsa Tights and Tops Review

Article by Mac Jeffries, Beto Hughes, Renee Krusemark, Canice Harte, Sally Reiley and Sam Winebaum

Road Runner Sports Winter Korsa Run Tops and Tights 


Road Runners Sports reached out to RTR to see if we wanted to test their new line of Korsa high performance cooler weather apparel. They sent samples of men's and women's tights and tops for the team to test. Testers ran in varied climates in New England, Nebraska, Utah, Alabama and Mexico so a wide range of winter conditions. Read on to see what they discovered.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Jeff Beck Video Comparison Review: 8 Early 2021 Big Cushion Road Running Trainers from ASICS, Brooks, Mizuno, Nike, Saucony

Video by Jeff Beck

Jeff Beck compares eight early 2021 big cushion daily trainers in his video review below. The contenders are:

Saucony Triumph 18 ($150) 12 oz 24mm/32mm, 8mm drop (RTR Review)


Saucony Endorphin Shift ($140) 31mm/35mm, 4mm drop (RTR Review)


Nike ZoomX Invincible Run Fk ($180) 27.6mm/36.6mm, 9mm drop (RTR Review)

Nike React Infinity Run Fk 1 ($160) 10.6 oz 24mm/33mm, 9mm drop (RTR Review)

Mizuno Wave Sky Neo ($NA) 12.8 oz stack height unavailable (RTR Review)

Brooks Glycerin 19 ($150) 10.7 oz stack height unavailable (RTR Review)

ASICS Gel Nimbus 23 ($150) 12 oz 21mm/31mm, 10mm drop (RTR Review)

adidas Ultraboost 21 ($180) 14 oz 20.5mm/30.5mm, 10mm drop (RTR Video Review)

WATCH JEFF'S VIDEO COMPARISON OF BIG CUSHION RUN TRAINERS (13:00)


Jeff is the token slow runner of the RTR lineup as such his viewpoints on shoe and gear can differ from those who routinely finish marathons in three hours or less. Jeff runs 40 miles per week, both roads and desert trails in Phoenix, Arizona. He has a PR's of 4:07 marathon and 5K at 23:39. In December 2019 he raced his first 50 mile trail ultra. 


Most samples were provided at no charge for review purposes. No other compensation was received for this article .The opinions herein are entirely the author's.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Craft CTM Carbon Ultra Multi Tester Review

Article by John Tribbia and Sam Winebaum

Craft CTM Carbon Ultra ($250)


Introduction

John: When I worked at University Bikes in Boulder, Colorado (note: this is where I met fellow RTR contributor Jeff V!), Craft Sportswear was emerging as one of the leading cycling apparel brands because of the high quality and attention to detail in each item. I remember on one occasion the merchandising manager put out a new line up on the floor, only to find employees had used their generous discount to clear the shelves that same morning before the store opened. Nothing stayed in backstock for very long when it was Craft! Fast forward to what seems many many years later, Craft is taking on the running shoe game by creating similarly high quality and attention to detail trail/road running shoes with the same head-turning coveted appeal as the bib shorts at University Bikes. 

Enter the Craft CTM Carbon Ultra where the emphasis in design is performance and efficiency. It is a shoe that is like no other in the long distance trail/road category that maximizes energy return with hyper-lightweight midsole foam and a tuned carbon plate to provide ultimate propulsion for the long haul. It was developed with great assistance from marathon and ultra-runner Tommy Rivs. The shoe boasts a large heel to toe drop, with substantial stack height for overall cushioning. Coming in at approximately 9.88 oz (280 grams) in a 9 Men’s US size, the shoe is intended for fast long distance efforts both on and off road.


Sam: I came to Craft of Sweden via nordic ski apparel where they are one of the top brands outfitting many national teams including of course Sweden’s! They also make more run focused apparel which I have tested and enjoyed over the years, particularly their winter focused pieces. 


With the CTM “Craft Tailored Motion” Carbon Ultra the brand completes the competitive endurance athlete’s kit with a state of the art carbon plated ultra racer and all around trainer that reflects the brand’s top level highly technical heritage and commitment to practical and versatile gear.


Craft’s Product & Marketing Director Daniel Högling says in the launch press release:

“After having spent the last years in the lab, obsessing over beyond-maximum energy return and the fastest and most aggressive heel-to-toe drop, I am proud to say that we have finally gained the minutes and seconds as well as the durability and versatility we were looking for. Whether you are training for a marathon or competing at extreme distances” this is your shoe.”  




The construction is illustrated above. Note in particular the tuned Ultra Carbon Plate situated below a layer of Craft’s Vault Foam (chemically modified EVA) and above that an unusual footbed with embedded TPU beads, similar to the Inov-8 Terraultra G 270’s.

Having run just about every plated road shoe and max cushion shoe  but never a trail flavor I was curious to see how Craft’s implementation of a high drop (it is at least if not more than 10mm based on my measurements), massively cushioned, plated ride translated to both road and trail. Given my location in coastal New Hampshire my runs in them were mostly road ( and even along the beach) with some easier non technical trails in the mix as such my review will be from that view point. 

I then sent our sole pair, one of only 30 created for the initial run, to John. 


The pair was provided at no charge for testing and RTR and contributors received no other compensation from Craft for this review.


Pros:

John/Sam: energy return, stable platform, lightweight, built for long rollers

Sam: Flexible carbon plate leading to a smooth never harsh ride and some agility on trail

Cons:

John: cumbersome lacing system, upper fit and security, not optimized for technical terrain

Sam: Wish the midsole had a touch more squish and bounce to it

          Upper is a bit rough in feel


Tester Profiles

John Tribbia (5' 6", 130lbs) is a former sponsored mountain/trail runner who has run with La Sportiva, Brooks/Fleet Feet, Pearl Izumi, and Salomon. Even though he competes less frequently these days, you can still find John enjoying the daily grind of running on any surface, though his favorite terrain is 30-40% grade climbs. He has won races such as America's Uphill, Imogene Pass Run, and the US Skyrunner Vertical Kilometer Series; and he's held several FKTs on several iconic mountains in Boulder, Colorado and Salt Lake City, Utah. If you follow him on Strava, you'll notice he runs at varying paces between 5 minutes/mile to 12 minutes/mile before the break of dawn almost everyday.


Sam is the Editor and Founder of Road Trail Run. He is 63 with a 2018 3:40 Boston qualifier. Sam has been running for over 48 years and has a 2:28 marathon PR. These days he runs halves in the just sub 1:40 range training 30-40 miles per week mostly at moderate paces on the roads and trails of New Hampshire and Utah. He is 5’9” tall and weighs about 164 lbs.


Stats

Weight: 9.88 oz / 280g  (US9)  

  Sample: men’s 9.88 oz / 280g  (US9) 

Approx. Stack Height: 40mm heel / 30mm forefoot

Available at Craft limited release 1/28/21 HERE. Broader release late Feb. 2021

The North Face Flight VECTIV Review: Rock 'n' Roll-TNF Brings Carbon Fiber to the Trails

Article by Brian Metzler

The North Face Flight VECTIV ($199)

 


Editor’s Note: We are thrilled and honored to bring you Brian Metzler's first RoadTrailRun review. Brian’s tester profile is below with his full run bio at the end of the article.


Brian Metzler is a longtime running journalist and shoe-tester. He’s the author of “Kicksology: The Hype, Science, Culture and Cool of Running Shoes” and has wear-tested more than 1,500 models of running shoes since the mid-1990s. He’s been averaging about 35 miles of running per week this winter (but rarely records his runs on Strava), while also skate skiing and swimming several times each week.


Introduction

Brian: The North Face has had a stake in trail running for more than 20 years, but, perhaps oddly, it has struggled to gain a foothold in the trail running shoe market. And that’s despite sponsoring a wide range of top-tier athletes for years, starting with Topher Gaylord and Dean Karnazes and all the way up to the current crop that includes Dylan Bowman, Hillary Allen, Coree Woltering, Kaytlyn Gerbin, Mike Foote, Rob Krar, Stephanie Howe, Seth Swanson and Zach Miller. The North Face has long been one of the premier outdoor apparel and equipment brands and it’s had success with trail running apparel and accessories over the past decade. But despite having accomplished people on its footwear teams, it’s never hit a home run with any of its trail running shoes. But the launch of the Flight VECTIV and a new line of trail running and hiking shoes looks like it will have the ability to change that. Under the guidance of Global Footwear VP Jean-Marc Dijan, The North Face is innovating to be disruptive. The Flight VECTIV, two years in the making, is the marquee shoe in the new line of off-road models The North Face is unveiling in 2021.

  

Pros:

The Flight VECTIV is a well-balanced trail running shoe with a carbon-fiber plate technology similar to what the road running “super shoes” have utilized for marathon runners in recent years.

 

It can put a serious spring in every step, as the carbon-fiber plate provides a noticeable energetic boost on roads, hard-packed dirt paths and even on semi-technical trails as the foot rolls from midstance to toe-off phase of a stride.

 

After running 150 miles in it, it’s obvious how well the rocker geometry of the midsole/outsole chassis blends with the energetic boost from the plate and secure connection of the elastic upper to create a flowy, synergistic ride. While the carbon-fiber plate is interesting and certainly integral to the performance, it’s really the systematic interaction of the entire shoe (outsole, midsole, plate, upper) that make the Flight VECTIV a notable new model.  

 


The Flight VECTIV has a cushioned but stiff demeanor, meaning you only really feel the softness at the initial heel-strike. From there, the foot rolls through the firm plate and the rocker until the toe-off phase. The midsole cushioning is part of that process, but it’s less about foam decompression than it is about an undercarriage of the carbon-fiber plate.

 

Cons:

The Flight VECTIV is a go-fast shoe, so naturally it is lean on protective elements and is not as well suited for technical routes or off-piste endeavors. It has a modestly reinforced toe bumper to offset toe bang and abrasion-resistant lower side walls but, runner beware, your pinky toes will be left exposed.

 

There’s a decidedly stiff sensation that contradicts the squishy foam feeling and shock absorption of most shoes. That’s not necessarily a con, but it is decidedly different that the trail running shoes you might be used to.

 

The Matryx section on my wear-test sample creased in an awkward place on the lateral side of both shoes at the point it meets the lower sidewall abrasion guard. It didn’t affect the fit or feel, but some of the synthetic fibers poked out in tiny loops by 1mm or so.

 

Stats

Weight: 10.05 oz (285g) men's / (US9)  /  8.64 oz (245 g) women's / (US8)

  Sampl: 10.95 oz (309.1g) men's / (US10.5) 

Stack Height:25mm/19mm, 6mm drop

Available: Available initially at 1/26 launch, with rollout to various channels over the next few weeks.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Testbericht: Saucony Kinvara 12

Article by Nils Scharff

Saucony Kinvara 12 (135€)

Einleitung

In 2020 war Weihnachten für die allermeisten anders als in anderen Jahren. Doch neben den bekannten Einschränkungen, die die Pandemie mit sich gebracht hat, gab es für mich auch eine positive Veränderung: Der Weihnachtsmann trug gelb statt rot, war von DHL angestellt und die Bescherung kam fast eine Woche früher als üblich! Denn Saucony hatte mir ein kleines Paket geschnürt, das neben den beiden Trailschuhen Peregrine 11 und 11 ST (Testbericht) den Saucony Kinvara 12 enthielt. Ich habe mich gefreut wie ein kleines Kind, hab alles stehen und liegen gelassen und sofort das Paket aufgerissen. Schließlich war der Kinvara 11 mein Schuh des Jahres! Ob der Nachfolger, den ich aus dem Paket geholt habe den entsprechenden Erwartungen gerecht geworden ist, werde ich in der Folge erörtern.

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Pro & Contra

Pro:

Unfassbar bequem (nicht nur für einen schnellen Schuh)!

Sehr flexibel und toller Flexpunkt!

Fühlt sich wieder mehr nach seinen Natural-Running-Wurzeln an!

Extrem stabil - nach wie vor tolle Wettkampfoption für Überpronierer!

Deutlich leichter und in Richtung schnelle Sachen ausgerichtet als der Vorgänger!

Geiles Design!

Contra:

Die Mittelsohle aus PWRRUN ist auf der härteren Seite und kann nicht mit modernen Mischungen wie dem hauseigenen PWRRUN PB mithalten.


Tester: Nils Scharff

Ich bin 30 Jahre jung, gebürtig aus Kassel, verheiratet mit einer wunderbaren Ehefrau und mache seit mittlerweile 5 Jahren Heilbronn und seine umliegenden Weinberge laufend unsicher. Ich habe schon mein ganzes Leben lang alle möglichen Sportarten betrieben, oft 5-7 Mal die Woche. Neben dem Laufen sind seit einigen Jahren das Klettern und Bouldern meine Sportarten. Als Läufer sehe ich mich seit erst drei Jahren. Begonnen hat alles mit einem Firmenlauf, in den ich nicht ganz unvorbereitet starten wollte. Ab dem Punkt habe ich einfach nicht mehr aufgehört. In 2017 waren es „nur“ knapp 1000 Laufkilometer, in 2018 das Doppelte, 2019 schon das Dreifache. Wichtig während all dieser Kilometer sind mir, egal ob auf Trail oder Straße, vor allem das Abschalten und die Bewegung in der Natur. Auf dem Laufband oder mit Kopfhörern werdet ihr mich nur sehr selten antreffen. Ich bin in der Zwischenzeit vier Marathons gelaufen, die PB von 3:14:49h habe ich dieses Jahr trotz Corona im Rahmen eines #stayathomemarathons aufgestellt. Im Wettkampf laufe ich grundsätzlich alle Distanzen von 5km (17:32min), 10km (37:32min) über Halbmarathon (1:25:07h) bis eben zum Marathon. Nachdem jedoch alle meine geplanten Wettkämpfe diesen Sommer abgesagt wurden, habe ich mich etwas umorientiert und zu meinem ersten Trail-Marathon angemeldet. Deshalb standen zuletzt mehr Berge, Trails und Trailschuhe auf dem Programm.

 

Daten

Gewicht:

  Offiziell: 219g (Herren US9) / 183g (Damen US8)

  Testschuh: 232g (Herren EU 44 / US 10)

Sprengung: 4mm (24,5mm Vorfuß / 28,5mm Ferse)

Release: Erhältlich im Fachhandel ab Februar 2021 für 135€

Link zum original RTR-Test des Kinvara 12: HIER

Link zu allen RTR-Testberichten: HIER