Friday, June 18, 2021

Skechers Performance GO Run Max Road 5 Initial Video Review

Article by Sam Winebaum

Skechers Performance GO Run Max Road 5 ($135)


The Max Road gets a carbon infused H plate and new engineered mesh upper to help tame and direct the sometimes wild ride of this super light 8.3 oz/ 235g (US9), giant 38/32 mm stack height trainer with a supercritical Hyperburst midsole. 

Does it work? Please watch the initial video review to find out.

WATCH THE GO RUN MAX ROAD INITIAL VIDEO REVIEW (10:02)

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Testbericht: Saucony Ride 14 (German)

Article by Johannes Klein

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Saucony Ride 14 (140 €)



Einleitung
Da ich vor 6 Jahren im Ride 9 meinen ersten Halbmarathon gelaufen bin, hat der Allzweckschuh von Saucony einen gewissen Nostalgie-Faktor für mich.
Mit dem Ride 13 (RTR Testbericht) durfte ich nun letztes Jahr unsere Beziehung wieder aufleben lassen – mit gemischten Gefühlen.
Durch seine stabile, aber schwerfällige Gangart und das recht hohe Gewicht mutete der Ride 13 im Vergleich zu seiner Konkurrenz ein wenig veraltet an, besonders im Vergleich zu Sauconys eigener Endorphin-Reihe, die sich durch ihren energiegeladenen Charakter auszeichnet. 
Vor allem am Obermaterial hatten Nils und Ich einige verbesserungswürdige Aspekte gefunden. Dieses Jahr habe nur ich den Ride 14 nach Karlsruhe geschickt bekommen, also war es an mir, zu überprüfen, ob sich Saucony die Kritik am Ride 13 zu Herzen genommen hat.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Reseña: Saucony Triumph 19 (Spanish)

Article by Beto Hughes

Saucony Triumph 19 ($150 USD)

Regresa con menor peso, mismo maximo acolchonamiento y retorno de energía!!!

Tester: Beto Hughes

Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico 31 años, Estatura 176cm, Peso 89kg

Comencé a correr en 2016 y a entrenar para bajar de peso, solía pesar 135 kg y entre correr y Crossfit comenzó mi amor por la vida saludable y Fitness, y claro por correr, ahora estoy enfocado en pronto calificar para el Boston Marathon. Kilometraje por semana: 100 a 125 km en Asfalto.

Distancia Favorita: Maratón y Medio Maratón. También el Ultra Marathon.Maraton PR 3:22, Medio Maraton PR 1:31, 10k PR 41:52 5k PR 20:05

Me puedes seguir en Instagram @betohughes  https://www.instagram.com/betohughes/

Pros:

  • Mejor ajuste del medio pie.

  • Upper muy transpirable y cómodo desde el talon hasta la punta del pie.

  • Alta calidad de construcción en el upper y muy cómodo sin comprometer el rendimiento.

  • Lengüeta muy acolchonada zero presión en medio pie, Cintas acolchonadas que se mantienen siempre ajustadas.

  • Perdió casi 1 oz de peso.

  • El PWRRUN+ es muy suave y firme ala ves lo que lo hace responsivo.

  • Suave y cómodo para largas distancias y con excelente rebote y  retorno de energía.

Cons:

  • Puede ser algo pesado para el gusto de algunos.

  • Es suave y tiene algo de firmesa lo cual puede no ser tan como para los que les agrade los tenis super suaves.

Reseña: Mizuno Wave Rider 25 (Spanish)

 Article by Beto Hughes

Mizuno Wave Rider 25 ($135 USD)

Mizuno esta de vuelta y la tecnologia Enerzy es efectiva, suave y responsiva para un entrenador diario de gran acolchonamiento.

Beto Hughes

Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico 31 años, Estatura 176cm, Peso 89kg

Comencé a correr en 2016 y a entrenar para bajar de peso, solía pesar 135 kg y entre correr y Crossfit comenzó mi amor por la vida saludable y Fitness, y claro por correr, ahora estoy enfocado en pronto calificar para el Boston Marathon. Kilometraje por semana: 100 a 125 km en Asfalto. 

Distancia Favorita: Maratón y Medio Maratón. También el Ultra Marathon. Maraton PR 3:22, Medio Maraton PR 1:31, 10k PR 41:52 5k PR 20:05 Me puedes seguir en Instagram @betohughes  https://www.instagram.com/betohughes/


Pros:

  • Enerzy Foam Suave y Responsiva.

  • La placa Wave del talón no se siente y funciona muy bien dando estabilidad.

  • Excelente traccion en suelo húmedo o mojado.

  • El Upper tiene muy Buen Ajuste y cómodo en el medio pie.

  • La talonera ajusta muy bien el talón en su lugar.

  • Cómodo para esos trotes largos y entrenamientos mixtos.

Cons:

  • Viene algo reducido en talla.

  • Algo justo en la parte delantera si tienes pie ancho.

  • Cintas demasiado largas.

  • Le hace falta ser más transpirable.

  • El drop de 12mm es muy notable, tal vez bajarlo a 10mm seria una gran mejora y agregando unos 2mm adelante lo haría más suave todavia.

Avis et Impressions: Saucony Xodus 11-- Les capacités d’un 4x4, le confort d’une berline (French)

Article par Jeremy Marie

Saucony Xodus 11 (160€)


Introduction

Après un hiatus de quelques années dans ma relation avec les chaussures de trail de Saucony, ma chère Peregrine ne collant plus tout à fait avec ce que j’en attendais, me voici à pouvoir essayer coup sur coup deux de leurs modèles récents, avec la petite (pas si ”petite”) nouvelle Endorphin Trail, et cette Xodus 11 qui continue d’affiner ce qui était jusqu'à maintenant LA chaussure à tout faire, orientée longues distances et terrain difficiles, chez Saucony. Ce sera ma première rencontre avec un modèle de cette série, et c’est avec curiosité que je les chausse.


Pour: L’accroche, la protection, l’amorti confortable et dynamique, la légère flexibilité qui permet de toujours garder un contact avec le terrain. Le confort du chaussant.

Contre:  Un peu lourde. Un petit manque de tenue du talon.

Anmeldelse: Saucony Endorphin Speed 2 (Danish)

 Article by Ivan Luca Corda

Saucony Endorphin Speed 2

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 100-150 km. Størstedelen af disse løber jeg alene, men jeg nyder også at deltage i diverse løbe fællesskaber i Københavnsområdet, hvor jeg er bosiddende. 


Introduktion

Saucony Endorphin Speed v2 er efterfølgeren til sidste års mest populære letvægtsmodel af samme navn. Der er meget at leve op til og det er nok de færreste, som ønsker at se radikale ændringer af modellen, som med fordel kan bruges til de fleste slags træningsture og endda konkurrence. Sidstnævnte vil jeg komme nærmere ind på, da jeg selv havde fornøjelsen af at teste, om skoen kunne stå distancen ved et nyligt 100 km løb. 



Fordele og Ulemper


Fordele 

Balanceret og alsidig

Godt hold om midtfoden

Overdelens åndbarhed


Ulemper 

Noget smal ved forfoden

Ydersålens greb i glat føre

Et vovet design der deler vandene

ASICS Metaspeed Edge Review: Very Light, More Traditional Riding, Quick Transitioning Super Shoe

 

Article by Derek Li


ASICS Metaspeed Edge ($250)

Introduction

Derek: ASICS has decided to come out with 2 versions of their new super shoe, namely the Metaspeed Sky and Metaspeed Edge. 


The Edge has been marketed as being more suitable for so-called cadence runners, or runners who increase pace by increasing cadence relatively more than their stride length. The key difference on paper is that the Sky is a lower drop 5mm shoe (I measured 6mm for my pair) while the Edge is a more traditional 8mm drop, with the Edge having an overall lower stack to give a bit more ground feel. I guess the idea is that a lower stack shoe with more ground contact feel will be easier to turnover. 


As a proviso, I will state that I am a relatively high cadence runner. I usually average low 180s strides per minute for easy runs, and never below 190spm for races up to the marathon distance. Looking back at my run data over the years, from when I first started running marathons seriously in 2013, my average marathon race cadence has always been around 194spm while wearing traditional racers like the Nike Lunaracer, Adidas Adios Boost and Brooks PureConnect 2 and Green Silence. When I started transitioning to plated shoes, my cadence went down a little bit with the Nike VF4% and VFNext% but it was still around 191-192spm over the marathon distance so not a huge difference. As I understand it, 190+spm is on the higher side for amateurs, so that’s why I consider myself more of a cadence runner. I came from a triathlon background and on the bike everyone is spinning north of 190rpm so to me, it just made sense to run at the same turnover. Anyway, that’s the background. 


I paid full retail for both my Sky and Edge so you can be sure there’s no bias here. As much as I prefer a higher drop, I was pleasantly surprised by the ride of the Sky; very springy and forgiving, though it definitely favors a runner who loads the forefoot more. DOES THE EDGE WORK? The $250 question. It definitely feels like an 8mm drop shoe. You will need to read till the end to find out the rest.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Testbericht: adidas Adizero Boston 10 - Ein Neuanfang! (German)

Article by Nils Scharff

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adidas Adizero Boston 10 (150€)


Einleitung

adidas hat es endlich getan! Das Boost Material verschwindet aus den diesjährigen Varianten der ikonischen Adizero Adios und Boston Modelle! Ich und viele andere haben dies schon ziemlich lange gefordert. Denn Boost war zwar irgendwann Mal innovativ und ich liebe es für seine bequemen und langlebigen Eigenschaften in meinen Sneakers. Aber in der Laufschuhwelt hat sich die Uhr weitergedreht. Viele andere Materialien sind vor allem in Sachen Gewicht deutlich überlegen. Letztes Jahr gab es schon erste Andeutungen aus Herzogenaurach - bspw. den guten SL20, der komplett auf das damals neue Lightstrike Material gesetzt hat. Dieses war leicht, hat tolle Dämpfungseigenschaften geboten, war aber leider nicht so weich und trampolinartig, wie es der Markt derzeit fordert. Im “Flagschiff”, dem Marathonwettkampfschuh Adios Pro hat man dann erstmalig Lightstrike Pro eingeführt. Dieses war nochmal leichter und konnte durch ein weicheres Laufgefühl und mehr Energierückgewinnung im Vergleich zum “nicht Pro” punkten. Mit Blick auf die Starterfelder und Ergebnislisten großer Laufveranstaltungen war anscheinend auf einmal ein Schuh da, der auf Marathon- und Halbmarathondistanz mit Nikes Vaporfly konkurrieren konnte! Ich hatte den adidas Adios Pro nie am Fuß und habe entsprechend auf den ersten Trainingsschuh mit Lightstrike Pro gewartet. Und dieser kam vor rund 1,5 Wochen bei mir an: Der adidas Adizero Boston 10!

VJ Shoes Ultra Multi Tester Review: Superlative Traction and Agility, Ultra Worthy Cushion and Protection.

Article by Micheal Postaski, Jeff Valliere, and Jacob Brady

Editor’s Note: We welcome Michael Postaski to the RTR Test Team. A 2:40 marathoner, Michael moved to Boise, Idaho in 2019 and caught the ultra trail bug. He has completed three 100 milers, all with more the 25K feet of vertical. 


VJ Ultra ($160)

Introduction

Mike P: I’m still on the hunt for that ultimate long mountain ultra shoe.  For reference, my default right now is Speedgoats.  While they offer super protection, I find them to be a bit “much”, as well as uninspiring to train in, and pulling them out only on race days is far from ideal. Seeing the specs for the VJ Ultras, my initial thought and hope was that they could be a beefed up version of one of my top shoes, the Terraultra G 270. Initial impressions are very promising.


Jeff V:  Founded in 1981 in Finland by a shoemaker who was also an orienteering enthusiast, he decided to make a shoe that would hold up to the rigors and give appropriate traction in rough, often wet, off trail terrain. 


Designed and most often used for orienteering, sky running, trail running and obstacle course racing, VJ is not well known here in the US, but after reviewing the Ultra, this needs to change.

This is my 2nd shoe from VJ, having previously reviewed the Maxx back in 2019.  I was impressed with the super grippy outsole of the Maxx and had little to dislike about the shoe overall, as it is light, has a secure upper and is quite adept in technical terrain which I frequent and favor.  However, it is a bit firm and while protection is good underfoot, it is a bit harsh to run in day to day, at least on hard surfaces.  The Ultra builds upon the attributes of the Maxx, retaining the secure and protective upper with Fitlock system, same or even better outsole traction, lightweight and now heaps of compliant, soft cushioning, making for a much more friendly and forgiving ride.



Jacob: The Ultra is VJ’s newest model and the first targeted specifically for distance running and ultra racing. Like Jeff, I tested the MAXx and was a fan overall. It had unbelievably good traction, a secure fit, and I even enjoyed it on race day for a rainy race on highly technical trail. The weakness of the MAXx is that the ride is a bit clunky and the shoe is heavy for the level of cushion, which is a limitation for racing. On paper the Ultra takes everything good about the MAXx and refactors what wasn’t so good, dropping a significant amount of weight, adding cushion and flexibility, while keeping the incredible butyl rubber outsole material. 

Quick Strides #5: Ragnar Trail Colorado, New Holland Brewing, Hoka Zinal, Kogalla, Craft CTM Ultra, RunScribe

 Article by Jeff Valliere, Sam Winebaum, Michael Ellenberger, and Joost de Raeymaeker



Quick Strides is a weekly article here at RTR.  The format and content will be as our contributors wish. 

The RTR team all over the world is continuously testing and using dozens of run products for road and trail. Some are provided by brands, some are personal purchases, some are for upcoming reviews, others are not, and finally some are long time favorites and go to’s. 


Jeff Vaillere (Colorado)

Jeff V:  Sam and I just wrapped up a fantastic weekend in Snowmass, Colorado for the Ragnar Relay race and were guests of Outside PR and New Holland Brewing.  We had a really great team of 8, composed of fellow media folks.  I was unsure as to what to expect from such an event, but had an amazing time, running 3 separate courses of buttery smooth singletrack for a total of 15 miles, with amazing views of the valley and nearby Elk Mountain range.



The race setting in the Aspen/Snowmass area is as if straight off of a postcard, very lush and green, quaking aspens, wildflowers, towering snow capped peaks and infinite recreational opportunities, no matter your preference.



The race was very well organized, well staffed, the courses well marked and was so much fun.  While not the traditional trail race that I am used to, the relay event was quite an amazing, interactive bonding experience with a great group of old and new friends.  The teamwork and camaraderie will never be forgotten and the human interaction was so welcome after more than a year of Covid related near isolation.  Being vaccinated was a requirement for the race and everything just felt totally back to normal with minimal, but well thought out precautions.



Outside PR, Hoka and Camelback also hooked each of us up with a goody bag, with Hoka shorts, tee, long sleeve tech mid layer and a fresh pair of Hoka Zinals, as well as two awesome mugs from Camelback.



I wore the Zinal (RTR Review) for all three of the run loops, which were absolutely ideal for the smooth singletrack, intermittent stretches of pavement and very fast and swoopy descents.  Traction, cushion, comfort and response were all top notch.


An added bonus was that I got to bring the family and we were put up in a very nice room at the Limelight Hotel, 2 miles up the road in Snowmass Village along with several other team members (half of us, those with families in tow, were at the hotel and the other half “glamped” in tents right at the start/finish area).  The Limelight was very nice and new, with an amazing breakfast spread each morning, great service and the kids really enjoyed the pool and hot tub.  I plan to write a more detailed account of my experience very soon.



Also, upon my return last night, I had a pair of Craft CTM Ultra (RTR Review)  waiting on me.  I have not run in them yet, but, but they feel very well cushioned, huge stack height and a minimal, airy flexible upper.  Quality feels top notch and the packaging was impressively premium.  I’ll be contributing to our already published review soon.


Sam (New Hampshire and Utah)

I joined Jeff and media folks from Gear Junkie, Outside Magazine, as well as freelance writers, fsponsor New Holland Brewing and organizing PR firm Outside PR which represents New Holland and Hoka among others at the Ragnar Trail Colorado this past weekend.











It was my first Ragnar and I was super glad I did it. I have never been eager to ride in a van for endless hours for their road relays but the trail version is something completely different. 

Sort of happy to be done

Each of 3 loops ( 3.8 miles, 4.6 miles and 6.8 miles) starts at the same place: the Athlete’s Village with camping right near the start finish. Each runner on teams of 8 completes all three loops.


We were in the Glamping tents. 

Apart from all the outdoor experts not figuring out the first night before the race that sleeping on a canvas cot in near 40F weather led to “convection” cooling from below… we all slept a few hours between legs like babies the next night on the ground. We had plenty of shade, coffee, hydration and especially New Holland beer and snacks immediately at hand.

Emily and Alice were our hosts from OutsidePR arranging everything impeccably while running very fast during their legs.


New Holland invited us to a wonderful farm to table dinner the night before the race with everything sourced in Colorado, except some oysters from Maine which made me feel at home.

Each course was paired with one of their excellent beers.  I wanted to, but stayed away from the Beer Barrel Bourbon!

Consensus dinner favorite was the Hazy IPA. The “hydration” fav after each leg was the Lightpoint. It is a 3.7% ABV  which New Holland calls “the ultimate post-run summer beer! A functional white ale that offers a low-calorie option without compromising full craft flavor. Brewed with coconut water, raw honey and orange peel, this refreshing brew is best enjoyed with friends after a day of hard work and exercise..” I agreed more than once!


My day leg was hot around 80 F, very sunny, and extremely dry (8% humidity). Not too bad really  but after less than a week at 7000 feet, the 8000 foot base elevation was felt. 


My two night legs were in the 40’s so a big, and welcome change. Jeff and I used our Kogalla light bars (RTR Review) and they illuminated the trail ahead with a soft natural light just right, especially for timid old me who was able to sort of move along on the steep downhills with no crashes!  

My last night leg was at sunrise on the Red loop.


We were given the Hoka Zinal (RTR Review) and they proved perfect for the courses which had steep uphills and then fast downhills  on very smooth, mostly obstacle, free somewhat sandy single track with also plenty of road in the mix. 

Responsive, stable, well cushioned, with a superb, simple upper they raced magnificently for all including me and were so comfortable I never took them off even for the 6 hour plus drive back to Park City.

The whole Ragnar  experience with such a great team of folks was fantastic and I highly recommend doing a Trail Ragnar. The organization, route marking, and courses were all fabulous! 


Our team finished 18th overall out of about 120 eight person teams losing time when 2 of our legs assisted injured runners (dislocated shoulder and torn hamstring) for a considerable amount of time including down to the road and help, the right thing to do. 


Michael (Chicago) : Nothing so exciting as Jeff for me this week, but an opportunity to test a bunch of shoes in a short period, which is always a treat. While some shoes are under embargo and can’t be discussed, I will say that nearly every brand has something new and exciting in the works, it seems - and even manufacturers that haven’t made many big moves in the recent past are churning out compelling options.

I’ve only done a single run in the Craft CTM Ultra (RTR Review), but I would put out a word of caution on sizing - my 8.5s are quite small, and I think a 9.0 would likely be a better fit (aka a half-size up from my normal).


Finally - U.S. Olympic Trials for Track and Field start next week! I’m excited to follow the coverage of it all (even if I’ve been a bit lacking in following the sport over the past couple years). 



Joost (Angola, Africa)

I have even less exciting things to talk about, shoe-wise. The only pair I have in for testing, I can’t talk about yet. What I have been doing recently though, is putting my RunScribe footpods through their paces and I’m struggling a bit as to where to start for a full review of them.

Basically, they are a multi-axis gyroscope you attach to your shoes and at the end of your run, you download the data via an app and get 45(!!!!) metrics you can then try to analyse. All of this is rather specialized and at this point more intended for coaches or professionals who want to analyse their athlete’s or their own gait. It is easy to detect imbalances between your left and right sides that can lead to or stem from injuries and indicate you have to work on certain aspects of your gait, flexibility or strength.


Most metrics don’t really mean anything per se, but start to get meaning because the RunScribe database of recorded runs and metrics grows steadily and you can compare your data and numbers with other runners (and of course yourself, to check in on any changes).


These images are from a tempo interval session I did last week in a pair of Atrey Artist, with the first couple of metrics (which are pretty standard), the shoe print showing where I actually land and toe off and how much force I apply and also some of the more esoteric metrics. There is a lot to digest and at first, things might be a bit lacking in meaning, but when you start using the pods regularly, you get an idea of the influence a specific shoe has on your gait, efficiency, impact etc. Lots of geekery, but interesting at that!

RunScribe are launching a new faster version of their gait analysis system and the current version is on sale for 50% of their normal value.

Tested samples were provided at no charge for review purposes. No other compensation was received by RTR or the authors for this review beyond potential commissions from the shopping links in the article. The opinions herein are entirely the authors'.

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