Friday, May 27, 2022

ASICS Evoride 3 Multi Tester Review

Article by Shannon Payne, Ryan Eiler and Sam Winebaum

ASICS Evoride 3 ($120)


Introduction

Sam: The Evoride is a light uptempo road trainer. It includes ASICS Guide Sole tech which seeks to improve efficiency by preventing the ankle from flexing up and the toes from flexing down, so a more “rigid” rocker type profile and here without the use of a plate. 


At about 7.6 oz  / 215g (US9), losing over 1 oz / 28g over version 2, it is commendably light and very fairly priced at $120.  With its 32mm heel / 27mm forefoot,  low weight for cushion stack, and rocker type ride put it in the lead pack in its category.


For version 3 the most notable changes called out by ASICS are softer Flytefoam foam and a new softer mesh upper. The stack height and tooling (midsole geometry) and outsole are unchanged.  The softer Flytefoam had me most interested as version 2, while it added more stack, was still a firm and very rigid shoe which restricted its range of uses for me. It just wasn't much fun to run.


The Noosa Tri 14 shares the exact same midsole and outsole but gets a tri and slightly more performance oriented upper including a gusset tongue. It is also about 0.2 oz / 10g lighter as a result. See our Evoride 3 to Noosa Tri 14 (RTR Comparison Video)


The more daily training oriented and more cushioned Glideride 3 also with Guide Sole has been a pleasant surprise as it too got softer foam and unlike its firm and rigid predecessor gaining not only a more energetic and comfortable ride but some front flex which the prior lacked and needed.  I was curious to see if the Evoride 3 got the same fundamental ride improvements. Spoiler alert. It does! Please read on as the team takes it through its paces.



Pros: 

Shannon/Sam: Lightweight, nimble, relatively flexible with a slight rocker making for an exceptionally smooth ride.

Ryan - Low inertia, quick turnover, smooth and neutral ride

Sam: Big 1.1 oz / weight drop in a US8.5 to a light for stack (32/27) 7.32 oz / 207g

Sam: Significantly smoother, softer and more pleasant fast ride than v2 and now also better suited to slower paces


Cons: 

Shannon: I’ve racked my brain and can’t come up with any nor have any presented themselves in 40+ miles of wear, I love this shoe!!!

Ryan/Sam - Low front stack with frontal rocker thin rubber and soft foam makes toe feel thin

Ryan - Not well suited for non-asphalt running thanks to thin, fairly soft forefoot

Sam: Quite low, pointy and a bit short toe box which stretched/packed in with some use. Sizing up may affect upper hold.

Sam/Ryan: Comfortable low heel collar could dial down plush cushion there for more solid hold as in Noosa Tri 14


Stats

Approx. weight: men's 7.6 oz  / 215g (US9)  /  women's oz / g (US8)

  Samples: men’s  Evoride 3  7.32 o z / 207g US8.5 

                              Evoride 2 8.22 oz / 233g (US8.5)

Stack Height: men’s 32 mm heel / 27 mm forefoot :: women’s  heel mm / mm forefoot

Available June 2022. $120 

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Scott Sports SuperTrac Ultra RC Review

Article by Mike Postaski

Scott SuperTrac Ultra RC ($160)


Introduction

Mike P:  Since I received this shoe long after it had been released in the market - I’ve had this review on the backburner for quite a while.  Scott has been great about getting both existing and new models into the hands of RTR reviewers.  It helps to have some experience with current models when reviewing new releases and updated technologies from a brand.  At this point I’ve got 75 miles in my test pair and it’s definitely earned a spot in my rotation when the right conditions arise.  I find myself coming back to the Supertrac Ultra RC when I’m looking for a supportive shoe that’s comfortable in moderate to technical terrain.  



Pros:

Great traction in loose terrain - 7mm lugs!

Soft rubber grips well on rocks, yet still durable

Deep lugs & AeroFoam+ midsole - very protective in rocky/sharp (alpine) terrain

“Most Durable in Class” Schoeller upper

Secure upper lockdown without over-tensioning

Effective rocker - up front towards the toes


Cons:

A bit heavy (but it’s a tradeoff for upper protection + outsole coverage)

Upper overbuilt for non-alpine terrain (not necessarily a con)

Narrow at the front of toebox


Stats

Approx. Weight: men's 12 oz  / 340g (US9)

  Sample: men’s 12.3 oz  /  348 g (US 9.5),

Stack Height: 29mm heel / 21 mm forefoot, 8mm drop

Available now. $160

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit 3 Review

Article by Michael Ellenberger & Zack Dunn

Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit 3 ($160)


Introduction

The React Infinity is a highly cushioned road trainer with some inherent stability provided by its dual sided heel to midfoot plastic clip with the stability approach more about stabilizing the knee than more classic foot pronation control. Version 3 gets a new Flyknit upper with Flywire and a redesign of the heel clip. It gains about 0.7 oz / 20g to come in at 10.3 oz / 292g  US8.5.


Pros: Upper, Nike React foam, durability and comfort.


Cons: That heel clip, if you mind it (it’s basically the same but reduced in height) 



Stats

Approx. Weight: men's 10.5 oz  / 298g (US9) 

Sample Weight: 10.3 oz / 292g  US8.5

               Infinity 2 : 9.6 oz. (272g) US8.5

Stack Height: men’s 34mm heel / 26mm forefoot, 8mm drop

Available now including at Running Warehouse here and at our other partners below. $160

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 review of Evoride 3 HERE

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

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 in this article. These partnerships do not influence our editorial content. The opinions herein are entirely the authors'

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