Monday, May 23, 2022

ASICS Glideride 3 Multi Tester Review: What a Pleasant, Bouncy, Plated, Exciting Surprise! 20 Comparisons

Article by Jeff Beck and Sam Winebaum

ASICS Glideride 3 ($150)


Introduction

Sam: The third edition of ASICS guided stable maximally cushioned neutral trainer changes midsole foams to a softer and lighter combination of FlightFoam Blast+ underfoot with Flytefoam Propel below that. 


The result is a more forgiving and exciting ride and with for the first time some flexibility to the Guide Sole tech shoe. There are no changes to the midsole geometry, the hardened foam rocker plate or the outsole. 


The Glideride 3 carries forward ASICS Guide Sole technology which seeks to improve propulsion by optimizing efficiency (primarily for heel strikers such as me) by keeping the angle of ankle dorsiflexion ( flexing ankle up) and plantar flexion (flexing toes down) constant during the gait cycle using a stiff sole while using the forward rocker to propel toe off. The idea is to reduce energy loss at the ankle joint and shift the body forward. Initial studies show a reduction of ankle joint energy loss of 19% vs. conventional shoes in the category. 


All of this is good and I think effective but the Guideride 2 and to a lesser extent the lower stack v1 were rigid, quite firm and for my tastes overly prescriptive forcing a very linear almost monolithic (if effective) stride pattern lacking some soul and some get up go, change it up feel.  


While the changes to a softer foam sounded promising I was skeptical. I ended up very pleasantly surprised as the Glideride 3 while retaining stack height and geometry of the prior is a completely different riding and very exciting riding “new”  shoe.


Pros:

Big 0.9 oz drop in weight to about 9.6 oz US9- Sam/Jeff

Bouncy and fun; deep stable cushion with a top layer of soft and bouncy Blast+- Sam/Jeff

Well directed and guided smooth flow to a toe off now with some flex and lots of bouncy softness- Sam/Jeff

Discreet and unobtrusive hardened foam plate gives “light” impulse - Sam/Jeff

Comfortable, adequately roomy and secure upper- Sam/Jeff


Cons:

Rear Guide Sole ankle flex prevention is a bit too rigid, surprising at times on hard heel strikes-- Sam


Stats

 Samples: men’s 9.35 oz / 265g (US8.5) | 10.05 oz / 285g (US10.5)

   Glideride 2 10.23 oz / 290g (US8.5)

Stack Height: men’s 42 mm heel (measured)  / 37 mm forefoot (spec), 5mm drop

  Same stack height as v2

June 2022. $150

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Skechers Performance GO Run Ride 10 Multi Tester Review at 50 Miles Plus: A Pleasant Light Everyday Trainer

Article by Renee Krusemark, Peter Stuart, Zack Dunn, and Michael Ellenberger

Skechers Performance GORun Ride 10 ($145)


Introduction

The GO Run Ride is Skechers neutral daily trainer. It has a 34 mm heel / 24mm forefoot, 6mm drop geometry. The midsole is Skechers supercritical Hyperburst foam while the outsole is Goodyear rubber. 


The update from the Ride 9 according to Skechers is a new softer more foot compliant mono polyester upper as well as Skechers podiatrist certified Arch Fit EVA sockliner. ArchFit is the product of 120,000 unweighted foot scans and is designed to conform and support a wide variety of foot and arch types. 


There are no updates to the midsole or outsole with the previously expected carbon infused H-Plate not included. The weight stays nearly the same at 8.4 oz / 238g US men’s 9.


Pros:

Lightweight: Renee/Peter/Zack/Michael

Great cushion/responsiveness ratio: Renee

Fast turnover for all foot strike types: Renee

Works for various distances and paces: Renee/Peter/Zack/Michael

Comfortable fit and ride Peter/Zack


Cons:

Narrow toebox: Renee

Narrow medial/forefoot fit: Renee

Dull forefoot landing: Renee/Peter/Zack/Michael (not super dull, but not super exciting)

Overly soft/squishy: Michael

Upper requires far-too-tight lacing: Michael

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Summer 2022 adidas Terrex Agravic Pro Apparel Round Up Review


Article by Renee Krusemark and Jeff Valliere


Renee and Jeff review the Terrex Agravic Pro Wind Jacket while Renee reviews the jacket and the Agravic Pro Top and Agravic Pro Skort

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Salomon Running Phantasm Initial Runs Review. 9 Comparisons

Article by Sam Winebaum

Salomon Phantasm ($160)


Introduction

The Phantasm is a light weight max cushion road trainer. It features a number of technologies which will be shared by almost all 2022 Salomon road and trail shoes.

  • Energy Surge midsole foams, an EVA / Olefin copolymer block mix here in a softer top layer (same as UltraGlide, Pulsar, Phantasm CF, and Glide Max) with below a firmer layer (similar to original Phantasm)  below the Energy Blade that is thicker up front and thicker at the heel. I really like the soft energetic rebound of Energy Surge, a light non supercritical foam that stays stable.

  • Energy Blades. Here a 3 pronged half length polyamide fiberglass blade to deliver propulsion and stability that sits between the top softer Energy Surge foam and firmer lower layer.

Screen capture from Salomon You Tube. Actual not as “thick”.


  • R-Camber geometry with rear and front rocker with the flex geometry rigid but not totally so after a few miles

  • Matryx upper. While not in every 2022 model,  Matryx is a single layer, very breathable and non water absorbing, non-stretch thin durable mesh with aramid fibers in the mix. Seen in similar form in Phantasm CF and different form in Pulsar.


After having experienced Energy Surge in the Ultraglide and Pulsar for trail and Phantasm CF and Max Glide for road I was eager to test the Phantasm immediately noting it was only 0.15 oz heavier than the pinnacle racer CF and on a wider and higher platform. I was also curious how the 3 blade approach would compare to the wider single plate in the CF, adidas Energy Rods and Saucony’s Endorphin Speed plate not to speak of similar shoes in stack and weight such as Craft CTM Ultra 2 and Topo Specter which instead of plates use PEBA foam central inserts.


Pros:

Excellent longer tempo shoe, especially for mid to forefoot strikers

Strong weight to cushion (and outsole) ratio at 8.32 oz / 236g US8.5 with a max cushion grade stack of  36mm heel / 27mm forefoot

Dynamic and stable forefoot impulse with deep, moderately soft rebounding cushion.

3 pronged blades, a plus, adding spring to the foam’s clear rebound

Plate (blades) at forefoot are not harsh, moderately propulsive while also having a touch of flex and are very well integrated.

Very stable

Highly breathable, non moisture absorbing Matryx upper



Cons:

Not what one expects in fit from Salomon: far more voluminous and close to Topo and Altra..

Could use a more substantial heel counter or a narrower heel opening.

Half size large for my narrower feet and a touch long with thinner socks. OK with almost hiking weight run socks.

Quite rigid rocker geometry and fimer heel foam construction favors mid to forefoot striking and or faster paces. 


Stats

Approx. weight: men's 8.57oz  / g (US9)  

  Samples: men’s  8.32 oz / 236g US8.5

Stack Height: men’s  36mm heel / 27mm forefoot

Available now including from our partners below. $160

Brooks Glycerin 20 Stealth Fit Reseña Completa (Spanish)

Article by Beto Hughes

Brooks Running Glycerin 20 Stealthfit ($160)

La nueva version viene con media suela DNA Loft v3 que es muy energético al correr, muy cómodo para entrenar y un Stealth Fit hecho de Knit que es bastante ligero.


Pros:

  • Media suela de espuma muy suave, estable, energetica y responsiva.

  • Una sensación muy fluida en cada zancada.

  • Se siente mas ligero que su peso.

  • Upper Stealth Fit muy transpirable y ligero.

  • Suela durable y buen agarre.

  • Tan cómodo para usarse de diario casual y para entrenar.

  • Excelente entrenador diario.

  • Excelente DNA Loft v3 ideal para corredores pesados.

Cons:

  • El Stealth Fit upper es transpirable pero el lugares húmedos se puede sentir algo caliente.

  • Si eres alguien corredor  ligero el DNA Loft v3 puede no sentir tanta compresión.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

ASICS Noosa Tri 14 to Evoride 3 Initial Video Comparison Review, Comparisons to Prior and to Adios 6, Razor Excess 2, and Hoka Rincon

Video by Sam Winebaum

ASICS Noosa Tri 14 ($130) & Evoride 3 ($120)

In the video, I compare the May releasing Noosa Tri 14 ($130) and June releasing Evoride 3 ($120) to each other and to the prior versions and also compare to Adios 6, Skechers Razors Excess 2, and Hoka Rincon 3.

The Evoride 3 and Noosa Tri 14 get softer Flytefoam and a midsole with some flex. Prior Guide Sole versions were totally rigid. The personality of both is significantly changed with a smoother more practical and versatile ride for me while the 30mm heel / 25mm stack height and midsole geometry and outsoles see no changes

They also get new uppers with the upper changes detailed in the video review as well as the new Flytefoam resulting in weight drops. Evoride 3 has a 1 oz /28g drop in weight to 7.3 oz / 207g in my US8.5 sample with the Noosa Tri drops 0.2 oz 10g to 7.5 oz / 212g both very competitive weights for the stack heights. 

Full multi tester reviews of both soon.

Watch the Noosa Tri 14 to Evoride 3 Comparison Review (18:07)

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Testbericht: Scarpa Golden Gate Kima RT! (German)

Article by Nils Scharff

Scarpa Golden Gate Kima RT (190€)

Einleitung

Letztes Jahr hat Scarpa unsere US-Tester mit einigen interessanten Modellen auf sich aufmerksam gemacht. Leider bin ich weder beim Spin 2.0 (RTR Review) noch beim Spin Infinity (RTR Review) in den Genuss gekommen. Für die dieses Jahr eingeführten Modelle hat Scarpa jedoch glücklicherweise auch uns in Europa ansässigen Tester auf dem Schirm, sodass ich nun ein Testmuster des Golden Gate Kima RT in den Händen halte. 

Scarpa ist sehr stolz auf den Golden Gate Kima RT und zeigt dies auch durch ausführlichste Info- und Promomaterialien auf der Website. Diesen zufolge sind über 2 Jahre Entwicklungszeit in den Kima investiert worden. Das Ziel: Die ersten speziell fürs Skyrunning entwickelten Schuhe mit Karbonfaserplatte, die aufwärts effektiv unterstützen und gleichzeitig vollständige Kontrolle auf dem Weg nach unten garantieren sollen. Um dieses Ziel zu erreichen hat Scarpa mit der Universität Bologna zusammengearbeitet. Im Rahmen einer wissenschaftlichen Studie über die Auswirkungen von Carbon-Laufschuhen auf die Trailrunning-Leistung wurden diverse Tests durchgeführt.

Scarpa erläutert dazu einen angepassten VO2max Test. Doch während klassischerweise die Geschwindigkeit erhöht wird, um die Belastungsgrenzen des Athleten festzustellen, wurde in diesem Test die Steigung ausgehend von 9% um jeweils 2% alle 3 Minuten erhöht. Dabei ließ sich eine im Scarpa Golden Gate Kima RT eine im Durchschnitt um 2,1% verbesserte Laufeffizienz (bzw. ein um 2,1% geringerer Sauerstoffverbrauch) im Vergleich zu nicht karbonfaser unterstützten Skyrunningschuhen feststellen. 

Der erste Schritt war laut Scarpa damit getan. Doch während Karbonfaserplatten vor allen in Straßenlaufschuhen mittlerweile fast alltäglich sind und sich nun die vermuteten Vorteile auch bergan zeigen ließen, bestand die viel größere Herausforderung darin, den Schuh an die Herausforderungen anspruchsvollster Trail- und Skyrunningstrecken anzupassen. Dabei wurde eine V-förmige Karbonfaserplatte entwickelt und patentiert, die nicht nur besagten Vortrieb und Effizienzvorteil bietet, sondern auch auf unebenen Felsen oder Baumwurzeln einen sicheren Tritt bietet. 

 

Dass das aus all diesem Entwicklungsaufwand entsprungene Produkt schnelles Laufen ermöglicht, wurde dann im Rahmen der Entwicklung gleich auch noch bewiesen: Der spanische Läufer Manuel Merillas stellte neue FKTs am Mont Blanc (49,6km, 3.750 Metern Höhenmeter, vom Courmayeur zum Gipfel des Mont Blanc und zurück in 6h35‘32“) und Monte Rosa (31km, 2900hm, zum Gipfel und zurück in 3h59‘18“) auf. Entsprechend scheint der dem Skyrunning-Event Trofeo Kima nachempfundene Name von Scarpas schnellstem Schuh nicht zu hoch gegriffen zu sein. Dieses überwindet auf einer Strecke von 52km ganze sieben Pässe und beinhaltet 4200 Höhenmeter Auf- und Abstieg auf technischstem Terrain. Scarpa hält also nicht damit hinterm Berg, dass dieser Schuh für extremste Ansprüche designt wurde. Mein Problem bei diesem Test ist also vor allem der nicht ganz so extreme Tester (also ich), der sich mit Glück vielleicht Mal 1000hm in den deutschen Mittelgebirgen zusammenschummeln kann. Ob der Scarpa Golden Gate Kima RT auch dort ein geeigneter und schneller Schuh ist, oder ob er ob seines überforderten Testers in diesen Gefilden unterfordert ist, könnt ihr im Laufe dieses Tests lesen.

Pro:

  • Erstaunlich schneller und effizienter Schuh für sein relativ hohes Gewicht!
  • Höchste Qualität bei Verarbeitung und Materialien!

  • Die unterschiedliche dichten Dämpfungsmaterialien bieten mehr Schutz als man aufgrund der Stapelhöhe vermuten würde!

  • Tolle Implementierung der flexiblen Karbonfaserplatte - smoother Abrollvorgang, spürbarer Vortriebsimpuls - insbesondere bergauf!

  • Auch die Mittelsohle ist weich und bequem!

  • Außergewöhnlich gute Außensohle!


Contra:

  • Schwerer als man es von einem Skyrunning-Schuh erwarten würde!

  • Schwierige Passform - fällt relativ lang aber schmal aus!

  • Blasenbildung seitlich am großen Zeh während meines Longruntests!


Link zum original RTR-Test des Scarpa Golden Gate Kima RT: HIER

Link zu allen RTR-Testberichten: HIER


Tester: Nils Scharff

Ich bin 31 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 sechs Marathons gelaufen, die PB von 2:55:19h habe ich dieses Jahr trotz Corona im Rahmen eines #stayathomemarathons aufgestellt. Im Wettkampf laufe ich grundsätzlich alle Distanzen von 5km (17:32min), 10km (36:15min) über Halbmarathon (1:19:35h) bis eben zum Marathon.


Daten

Gewicht:

  Offiziell: 290g (Herren US9)

  Testschuh: 338g (Herren EU 44,5 / US 10.5)

Sprengung: 6mm (22mm Ferse / 16mm Vorfuß)

Release: erhältlich im Fachhandel für 190€

Friday, May 13, 2022

Diadora Mythos Blushield Volo 2 Review

Article by Sam Winebaum

Diadora Mythos Blushield Volo 2 ($140)

Introduction

Sam: The Volo 2 will be my third Diadora in recent months after the sleek, fast and polished “Ferrari” like and 100% Made in Italy Equipe Atomo and uptempo trainer and more recently the massive yet smooth running and friendly Vigore light stability shoe. Both were pleasant surprises, beautifully crafted, long lasting, and well engineered shoes. 


The Volo can be thought of sitting between the Vigore and Atomo as a neutral daily trainer with a touch of stability from its broad on the ground geometry and plastic midfoot “window” to the Blushield tech above that also serves as a mini stabilizing shank from what I can tell.

Blushield is a Diadora tech consisting of an anatomically shaped midsole below the foot with a layer of EVA elastomer shaped into downward facing cones for impact absorption and rebound. The combination is designed to smooth out asymmetries during foot strike. It’s not a gimmick and doesn’t add weight as the Volo 2 with its 29 mm heel / 19mm forefoot stack and super copious thick rubber and blown rubber outsole checks in at about 9.85 oz  / 279g in a US9, under my magic 10 oz daily trainer limit.  Noting the US 9 weight is for a US8.5 sample as most even wide feet will clearly need to size down half a size.


The upper is an engineered mesh with a stout heel counter, no gusset tongue and a copiously wide but well held toe box with a few cleverly placed strategic suede and reflective overlays 


Pros:

Stable soft heel landing with noted quick sharp spring forward and up to midfoot.

Solid weight to substance ratio: plenty of cushion with copious thick durable rubber yet still sub 10 oz

Roomy upper that works equally well for wider and narrower feet. Clever front overlay lockdown.

Cons:

Sizing is off (big) by ½ US size, size down

Just front of heel spring effect could be a touch softer, more bouncy and less flat feeling

Very easy, too easy and a bit thin feeling far front flex, could start a little further back


Stats

Estimated Weight: men's 9.85 oz  / 279g (US9 equivalent of actual US8.5)  /  women's oz / g (US8)

  Samples: men’s  9.6 oz  /  272g US8/EU41 equivalent to at least US8.5

Full Stack Height: men’s 32mm heel (measured)  / 22 mm forefoot (spec 10mm drop)

Available now. $140