Article by Renne Krusemark, Shannon Payne, Bryan Lim and Sam Winebaum
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.
Summer is not officially here yet, but the 90℉ temps, high humidity, and ticks say otherwise. I’ll adjust eventually. In the meantime, I miss trudging through the snow wearing farm overalls in the negative temperatures.
The good news is the hot weather gave me a chance to test the Craft Pro Hypervent Cropped Top and Split Shorts along with the Osmo Preload Hydration mix. The Craft gear is very light weight and appreciated while running in the heat. I’ll have my thoughts compiled on those products for RTR soon.
Our multi tester review of the Brooks Revel 5 is posted and worth reading if you like cost-effective light trainers. I have enough miles in the Saucony Endorphin Shift 2 and Triumph 19 to start writing my thoughts. Check back at RTR in the upcoming week.
Craft Women’s Hypervent apparel including the Cropped Top is available from our partners Running Warehouse HERE
Sam: (New Hampshire but now in Park City for June)
I have been testing the VJ Ultra with now running on New Hampshire and Park City, UT more “mellow” trails.
I say mellow as both Jeff Valliere and Jacob Brady have taken this super gripping well cushioned and flexible shoe on highly technical terrain at very fast paces: route overall record for Jeff in Boulder above town and 8th place overall for Jacob at the gnarly MT Chocorua, New Hampshire 14 mile trail race with almost 5K feet of climbing and lots or nasty slippery rocks.
I have “cruised” them on more mellow trails: somewhat rooty and rocky NH trails and today in Park City on smoother single track.
The dirt grip (and of course rock grip) and climbing ability is amazing and there is plenty of friendly just right cushion and protection without losing agility or flex. Its simple but Kevlar reinforced mesh upper has superb never think about it support and security and is quite breathable as well. At just 9.5 oz /269 in a US9 it is one versatile performer. I am expecting it will may be in the running for trail shoe of the year for several of us. Review soon.
Bryan Lim (Melbourne, Australia)
The Mizuno Wave Rider has been available in Australia for a few weeks where I am with the US to come soon.
Now Mizuno has blown me away with the Wave Rider 25. As with many peers locally, Mizuno is seen as a brand that sticks to the same formula for its shoes year after year. Lo and behold, Mizuno has awoken and this is well translated through the Wave Rider 25. With super shoes stealing the limelight, this boring everyday running shoe is everything but. It looks absolutely phenomenal, especially as it steers away from Melbourne’s obsession with the “triple black” colourway although of course, you can get them in that colourway! It runs like a dream; propulsive and yet forgiving. For those who are looking for a versatile mileage shoe, this is definitely one to consider. You’ll just have to read my review coming soon to find out more!
Shannon (Northern California)
I was hanging out this evening experiencing what could be described as a mild case of the Sunday Scaries when I heard a “thump” on my doorstep. I open the door and lo and behold what do I find outside but the new Saucony Endorphin Trail! Shoe nerd alert!
I unboxed it literally five minutes ago and my initial thought is...this is one beefy trail shoe. I’m walking around the room in them as I type this, and it feels sort of reminiscent of the Salomon Sense Pro Max, with a distinctive forefoot rocker and a lot of shoe underfoot.
If I’m remembering correctly, I thought that shoe was absolutely atrocious and an abomination to all things Salomon...until I ran it. I must’ve put 900 miles on those by the end, it was that good. Anyway, I’ve heard only good things from my fellow shoe nerds regarding this new addition to the Saucony trail lineup, and I’ll be looking forward to giving it a whirl this week.
Another thing I took note of as I did laundry this weekend was my ever-increasing adoration for Rabbit apparel, made evident by the fact that Rabbit now comprises roughly 90% of the running apparel that I own.
Yes, I’ve got myself a Rabbit habit, and I have yet to own a single piece of Rabbit clothing that has been anything but amazing. Made here in California, the fit, feel, and fabric are perfect for whatever your run has in store, and if you haven’t given it a go yet, it’s well worth your dime. Plus, I’m a sucker for brands that truly support the sport.
Rabbit women’s run apparel is available from our partner Fleet Feet HERE
EUROPE Men's & Women's SHOP HERE
AUSTRALIA Men's & Women's SHOP HERE
AMAZON Men's & Women's SHOP HERE