Monday, September 27, 2021

Topo Athletic Terraventure 3 Review: Transparent Riding. Solid not Magical.

Article by Dom Layfield


Topo Athletic Terraventure 3 ($125)


Pros:

Dom: Spacious fit

Dom: Excellent ground feel

Dom: Outstanding traction

Dom: Stable


Cons:

Dom: Fit may be too spacious for some

Dom: Not much cushioning


Stats

Official Weight: men's 10.2 oz  / 289g (US9)

 Samples:  US M10 319g (11.3 oz) per shoe

Full Stack Height: 25mm heel /22mm forefoot, 3mm drop

Available now. $125  

Sunday, September 26, 2021

adidas Adizero Prime X Video Review: Super Max High Performance Trainer or Gimmick?

Article by Sam Winebaum

adidas Adizero Prime X ($250)


In the video I detail, test, review, compare the Adizero Prime X to the Nike Tempo Next% and New Balance RC Elite 2. 

It is the tallest stack height shoe I have ever tested at a massive 50mm heel / 40mm forefoot stack of Lightstrike Pro Foam and a total of 9! carbon and carbon composite rods and plates. Is it a gimmick or a true performance run shoe taken to the max? Available now at adidas.com. $250

Watch the Adizero Prime X Video Review (15:08)

Read Derek Li's full written review of the Prime X with many comparisons here.

Tested samples were provided at no charge for review purposes. RoadTrail Run has affiliate partnerships and may earn commission on products purchased through affiliate links. These partnerships do not influence our editorial content.

The opinions herein are entirely the authors'.

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Topo Athletic ST-4 Multi Tester Review: Minimal, Fine Fitting, Zero Drop and Versatile

Article by Mike Postaski and Joost de Raeymaeker

Topo Athletic ST-4 ($100)

Pros:

No frills upper- enough for a secure fit, and nothing more Mike P/Joost

Classic Topo fit- midfoot lockdown + roomy, but not sloppy toebox Mike P/Joost 

Supportive footbed, slight contouring under arch Mike P/Joost

Light and quick feeling - encouraging an efficient stride Mike P/Joost

Work well on light (non-muddy) trails Mike P

Rubber toe bumper can make it a minimalist trail candidate Joost


Cons:

Can feel a bit “clompy” at slower paces Mike P

Fatiguing for lower legs (if unaccustomed to zero-drop) - this can also be considered a “Pro” if you are interested in strengthening your lower legs Mike P

Minimalist runners might not find it minimalist enough Joost

Could probably still be a little lighter Joost


Stats

Weight: men's 7.2 oz / 207g (US9)  /  women's 6.1 oz  / 172g (US7)   

 Sample: men’s 7.4 oz / 210g (US 9.5)

Total Stack Height: 16mm, 0 drop (7mm midsole, 4mm outsole, 5mm insole and board)

$100.  

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Max Cushion, Carbon Plated Road Trainer Comparison Review: Craft Race Rebel, Adizero Prime X, Nike Tempo Next %, Scott Speed Carbon RC, Hoka Bondi X, New Balance Fuel Cell Lerato

Article by Sam Winebaum

Following the success of highly cushioned carbon plated racing shoes over the last few years brands have extended the concept of super cushion and plates to training class shoes. 


All of the options in the article have at least a 35mm heel height (except the Bondi X at 33mm), most have a midsole at least in part of a “supercritical” type foam, and all but the Lerato and Bondi X weigh 9.3 oz / 263 g or less, remarkable for such highly cushioned shoes. They vary in drop for 11mm for the Race Rebel to 5mm for the Scott Speed Carbon.


Pricing is comparable to their race shoe siblings between $190 for the Scott Speed Carbon to $250 for the Craft Race Rebel and adidas Prime X.


Most importantly all the choices here are distinct with different rides, foam feel, stability, carbon plate implementation, efficiency, potential best uses and ideal runner strike types and paces. I do not recommend exclusively training in plated or rigid shoes and max cushion. Mix it up with lower stacks and more flexibility to work different muscles and tendons.


I have ordered the article from what I see as closest to racing to more mellow paces and uses. Others could be included such as New Balance RC Elite 2, a top end racer many of our contributors also like to train in.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Sanuk Donna Aerokush Review: Sidewalk Surfers!

Article by Dominique Winebaum


Sanuk Donna Aerokush ($75)

Sanuk® is part of Deckers Brands along with UGG®, Teva®, HOKA ONE ONE® and Koolaburra by UGG®.  I am enjoying my first pair of Sanuk although I am familiar with the innovative footwear designs from Deckers Lab, such as their edgy lifestyle shoes with an orientation towards recovery and max cushion.  

Since May, I have been wearing a pair of Deckers Lab KO-Z sandals, the GLDTR, slipping into them the minute I wake up and whenever I am home. (RTR Review) After five months of wearing them days in and days out, they still look fresh and have become my recovery footwear of choice, and I do have options!  

I am excited about this new arrival, a pair of Sanuk Donna AeroKush, with a colorful stripe pattern --  outdoor slip on shoes for a casual and summery look without having to forgo comfort and support. Sanuk's motto is “Sidewalk Surfers, Sandals, Shoes, and More”.

Quick Strides 18-Race Shoe Decisions: Endorphin Pro+, Metaspeed Sky, Adios Pro 2, Adios 6, Phantasm. A Big 5K PR. Adventure Racing. Endorphin Speed RunShield. Stryd Findings.

Article by Jeremy Marie, Nils Scharff, Derek Li, Alex Tilsley and Sally Reiley


Race Shoe Decisions: Endorphin Pro+, Metaspeed Sky, Adios Pro 2, Adios 6, S/Lab Phantasm. A Big 5K PR. Adventure Racing. Endorphin Speed RunShield, Stryd Findings.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Altra Paradigm 6 Review: Lighter Weight, Softer Ride, More Minimal Upper. 10 Comparisons

Article by Jeff Beck


Altra Running Paradigm 6 ($160)


Introduction

Jeff: Altra’s biggest road shoe is back, and if you squint, it doesn’t seem like much has changed - but upon further inspection, virtually everything has changed. The upper has been reworked and is much more breathable, but the big shift is under the foot. 


Altra tells us the following about the Paradigm:

The first Altra shoe inspired by and developed with an Altra athlete. Meet the Paradigm 6, a shoe that is blurring the line between support shoe and everyday trainer. Altra Elite Athlete and two-time Olympian Kara Goucher’s input helped us take this shoe to the next level, adding an Altra EGO™ MAX midsole and slimming down the overall design while maintaining its key support features.

The Paradigm 6 is one of the first Altra shoes to feature their EGO Max midsole material, and if this is a glimpse of what is to come at Altra I’m far more optimistic than I was a few weeks ago. We’ll get into it in much more detail below, but this shoe brings soft and bouncy in ways not many shoes do. Unfortunately, there are some issues as well, but this is still a big step forward.

Pros:

  • Toebox is an Altra, plenty of room up front - Jeff
  • EGO Max midsole does soft and bouncy right - Jeff
  • Very reminiscent of the first gen Paradigm in profile and overall spirit - Jeff
  • Breathable upper - Jeff
  • Surprisingly lightweight for the size, dropped 37g / 1.3 oz in my US10.5  from last year - Jeff
  • GuideRail doesn’t announce its presence if not needed - Jeff

Cons:

  • Upper is sloppy/baggy in the midfoot - Jeff
  • Tongue likes to slip off to lateral side pretty quickly - Jeff
  • Awkward fitting upper makes it hard to stay on platform - Jeff

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Saucony Endorphin Speed RunShield Multi Tester Review: For the Weather and for its Ride, Fit and Looks!

Article by Adam Glueck, Michael Ellenberger, and Sally Reiley

Saucony Endorphin Speed RunShield ($180)


Introduction

The Endorphin Speed is a nylon plated uptempo trainer/ racer with a PWRRUN PB midsole made of expanded PEBA beads. With a 35.5mm heel / 27.5mm full stack height it is amply cushioned. The version tested here has a weather resistant upper which reduces the weight of a US men’s 9 from the inline Speed to around 7.5 oz / 213g, very light for such a maximally cushioned shoe.


This RunShield edition is a water resistant version of one of RoadTrailRun’s favorite shoes of 2020 and now 2021. The RunShield upper reduces the weight of the Speed by 0.46 oz / 13g in a women’s US8 and yet more in larger sizes. According to Saucony: The RUNSHIELD material upper is water resistant, but also light and thin which as a side benefit results in a shoe that is lighter than Endorphin Speed 2 as the Speed 2 has  3D printed  elements (adding a bit of weight)  and the RUNSHIELD upper is sublimated which does not add weight.  


No other changes to the inline Speed 2 are called out beyond a potentially more cold suitable ColdTrac outsole (confirming).  How does this new upper fit? What are the effects on ride of the lighter weight and new upper? Any other changes noted in test? Please read on to find out

Friday, September 17, 2021

Saucony Endorphin Pro+ Initial Video Review and Comparisons: Joining the Sub 7 oz /200g Super Carbon Race Shoe Club!

Video by Sam Winebaum

Saucony Endorphin Pro+ ($250)

In the Video I detail and give 1st run impressions of the Endorphin Pro+. It is compared in the video to Endorphin Pro v1, ASCIS Metaspeed Sky, Puma Deviate Nitro Elite, and Nike Next% v, all sub 7 oz club members.

Endorphin Pro+:

  • new lighter upper drops weight 0.6 oz / 17g from v2 and 0.8 oz / 23g from v1 and it is felt as we are now 6.9 oz /196g US9 (confirmed with sample)
  • new unusual and supportive sock liner
  • same 35.5 /27.5 stack of PWRRUN PB and same outsole.
  • true to size with a comfortable race shoe appropriate fit. 
  • available Late September Saucony Endorphin Pro+ Early Access. $250

Watch the Initial Video Review with Comparisons (15:54)

 Some tested samples were provided at no charge for review purposes others were personal purchases. RoadTrail Run has affiliate partnerships and may earn commission on products purchased through affiliate links. These partnerships do not influence our editorial content

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Deckers X Lab NVRSTP 19-25 Review: Run Race Vest? Very Large Day Pack? Ideal Active Travel Companion? All!

Article by Sam Winebaum

Deckers X Lab NVRSTP 19-25 Pack ($275)

Deckers Lab is the skunk works and innovation lab for Hoka, Sanuk, Teva, and UGG all Deckers brands.  Directed by the founder of Hoka Jean Luc Diard, and we may remember what he up ended in run shoes with Hoka maximal in a time of minimal in the late 2000’s. Deckers X Lab can be counted on to stretch the envelope with wild concepts with more recently the “Hubble Geometry” broad hiker and shoe heels, the more moderate “swallowtail” heels no making their way into the mainline Hoka such as the Mach 4 and Zinal. They sell "concept" shoes and sandals as a lifestyle brand play.


Now it is clear Jean Luc, a long time and accomplished ultra runner are tackling run and other carry solutions with the NVRSTP vest/pack. 


It has a total of 19 pockets (9 on the front, 10 on the back) with expandable capacity from 25L to up to 40L through a top roll top pocket. Those familiar with typical “run race vests” will know they generally have between 5L and 10L of capacity so this thing has far more capacity.  Made of ultra light materials, the NVRSTP is over the top in storage capabilities and versatility.. and price at $275.


I am a huge fan of “day pack” capacity with front pockets with the recent Camelbak Octane 25L. It is my all time favorite do it all from run to hike to travel to work/laptop pack.  Will the Deckers replace it?

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Quick Strides 17: Scott Speed Carbon RC, Altra Paradigm 6, NB Rebel v2, ASICS Magic Speed, Ray-Ban Stories Glasses, Skechers Max Road 5, NB RC Elite 1, OG OG Vaporfly goes back to the races!

Article by Peter Stuart, Jeff Beck, and Sam Winebaum

Altra Paradigm 6, NB Rebel v2, ASICS Magic Speed Scott Speed Carbon RC, Ray-Ban Stories Glasses, Skechers Max Road 5, NB RC Elite 1, OG OG Vaporfly goes back to the races!