Saturday, May 27, 2023

Skechers GO Run Ride 11 Initial Review: New Foam, More Cushion, Carbon Infused Plate 6 Comparisons

Article by Sam Winebaum

Skechers GO Run Ride 11 ($125)


The Ride sits as Skechers all around daily trainer with the yet more cushioned Max Road as the long to recovery run option and the Razor series as the uptempo models.

The Ride 11 sees a major update in midsole foam to Hyperburst Ice dual density construction with a new Hyperburst 2.0 as a central core, 4mm more stack height front and back with now 38mm at the heel, and the inclusion of Skechers carbon infused H-Plate, here the less aggressive version. 

The upper changes from a mono mesh polyester to an engineered mesh material.

The changes lead to a 13g increase in weight to about  9.7 oz  / 275g (US9) which is quite frankly not noticed on the run as we get a snappier, more agile, deeper and more energetically cushioned versatile trainer.  There is plenty of deep GoodYear rubber with a more aggressively gripping pattern for some terrain versatility as well.  

And in a huge plus with all the updates including carbon in the mix, and despite inflation, the Ride remains at a super fair $125, one of the best if not the best trainer bargains out there.


  • Versatile: Any pace or distance friendly

  • Great value: Still $125 for a now dual supertical foam midsole and lots of it, carbon infused partial plate, and copious GoodYear rubber outsole 

  • New Hyperburst Ice midsole is energetic, soft and even with the big stack not mushy

  • Smooth rocker off of heel landings even at slow paces, snappy flexible toe off at all paces.

  • H Plate is felt as stabilizing and propulsive but not over demanding of a particular strike pattern,  really comes to life at faster paces, is not harsh or in the way at slower paces.

  • Runs lighter than weight


  • Upper feels warmish and may also add to shoe weight

  • Weight has increased 13g, understandable given stack height increase and outsole but..

Friday, May 26, 2023

🇧🇷 🇵🇹 Review do Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 40: confiável e extremamente durável (Portuguese)

Artigo de Daniel da Silva 

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 40   (R$ 1,099 versão Premium / $140 USD versão Premium / $130 USD)

O Pegasus chega na sua 40º edição. Confira o que mudou e o que permanece inalterado, num dos mais antigos tênis de corrida existentes no mercado.

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Ultimate Direction Fastpack 40L Review: Tuscany Trek Tested!

Article by Dominique Winebaum

Ultimate Direction Fastpack 40L ($195)

Over the past year I have tested a collection of technical apparel from Ultimate Direction for running and hiking, however, going with a UD pack on a multi-day hike was a first – and a game changer! 

Pressio Men's Elite 3" Shorts and Pressio Men's Elite S/S Top Sustainable Run Apparel Reviews

Article by Michael Ellenberger

Pressio Men's Elite 3" Shorts ($50) and Elite S/S Top ($65)


These are the first products I’ve worn from Pressio, a brand that seamlessly combines performance, style, and sustainability. As stated on their website, every single clothing item they create includes “the most sustainable materials and technologies, including recycled yarns, non-dying & biodegradation. Complete with traceability. No exceptions.” 

It doesn’t hurt that, with a strong commitment to the environment, Pressio provides athletic apparel that not only reduces your carbon footprint but also, you know, works out well with you. As detailed below, I had the Elite 3” Shorts and the Elite S/S (short sleeve) top for review, and used both on approximately 5 runs, indoors and out, to gauge how they felt - I also washed them accordingly, to check on durability.

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Ultimate Direction Fastpack 20 Review

Article by Markus Zinkl

Ultimate Direction Fastpack 20 ($149.95)


The UD Fastpack line features packs of different capacities. The line covers 20, 30 and 40 liters and also has a women specific range called “Fastpackher”. UD was nice enough to send me over their 20 liter Fastpack model. The Fastpack combines the running vest style strap system with higher capacity usually found in more traditional backpacks. Over the years more and more manufacturers like Salomon with their XA or Montane with their Trailblazer launched similar style packs. UD was nice enough to send me over their Fastpack 20 to run it through its paces. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

ASICS Magic Speed 3 Multi Tester Review: An Amazing Shoe for the Money! 8 Comparisons

Article by Ryan Eiler, Sally Reiley, Peter Stuart and Sam Winebaum

ASICS Magic Speed 3 ($160)


Sam: The Magic Speed 3 is a road racer/trainer with super shoe features and tech at a reasonable $160 price, about $100 less than the top end  “elite” shoes such as ASICS own Metaspeeds.

This beauty of a racer/trainer has everything its elite race cousin Metaspeeds have with the only major difference being the substitution of non-supercritical FlyteFoam Blast Plus for supercritical FlyteFoam Turbo. 

Blast + is a little heavier and as a result the Magic weighs a quite minor 10-15g more than the Metaspeeds in my US8.5 men’s  7.4 oz / 210g. While we’re talking weight it drops 0.55 oz or 15g  compared to the Magic Speed 2. It even gets the Motion Wrap upper of the original Metaspeed Sky super shoe.

The Magic Speed 2 was a top RTR (and my) favorite as a tempo workouts shoe as it was high performing, forgiving and had a not overly aggressive TPU carbon plate that allowed for smooth rolls at a variety of training and racing paces. For sure I was very curious to see how the new all Blast+ foam and all carbon plate might affect the Magic Speed 2’s friendly fast ride. 


Good value at $160 for a lightweight shoe with a full length carbon plate that is race day worthy. Sally/Sam/Ryan/Peter

Less aggressive than full on elite Metaspeed so friendlier for training and slower paced racers: Sam

0.5 oz / 14g weight drop in a US8.5: Sam

Aesthetically a great looking shoe: clean and classic looking (white colorway with black and pinky red). Sally/Sam/Peter/Sam

Light and highly breathable upper with a race like fit (very similar to Metaspeed Sky/Edge). Sally/Sam/Ryan/Peter

Two layers of Flytefoam Blast Plus result in a softer and more responsive ride than V2. Sally/Ryan


Similar to the original Metaspeed Sky, runs short in length by a half size for me: Sally / Ryan

Leans more racing and faster paces than v1, would have preferred ASICS stay with TPU/carbon plate: Sam/Peter

Not well suited to high-mileage or casual paces: Ryan/Sam/Sally/Peter

Racer Story: Joost's 6th Star and Age Group Win at the London Marathon

Article by Joost De Raeymaeker

The Story of my 6th Star

As I write this, it’s May 22nd. Tomorrow, it will be exactly a month since I ran the London Marathon, my 6th World Marathon Major. 

And with that, a project of mine sort of came to an end. I say sort of, because for the most part, I did better than I set out to do at the start of 2018. However, there is that nagging feeling I need to try and go back to the one race that didn’t go as well as intended.

Runners in general and definitely marathon runners will know from the title what the 6th star is. The Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York marathons are what’s called the World Marathon Majors. When you finish all 6 of them, you get a special medal from the series’ main sponsor, Abbott right at the finish line. All you need to do is set out to run them, register and let them know before your last one that you’re going to run it.

Sunday, May 21, 2023

Salomon Glide Max TR Review: Salomon Joins the Max Cushion Trail Game..Big Time! 8 Comparisons

Article by Jeff Valliere

Salomon Glide Max TR ($160)

Introduction:  The Glide Max TR is Salomon’s most maximally cushioned ultra trail shoe, with a full 6 mm more cushioning than the Ultra Glide 2.  The upper is roomy and relaxed, though still with enough foothold to run reasonably confident through moderately technical terrain and even some technical terrain.  The Glide Max TR is exceptionally light for the amount of cushion, is soft and responsive, and is easily capable of tackling the longest days on the trail.

Pros: Cushion, comfort, lightweight, relaxed fit yet still with reasonable foothold

Cons: A gusseted tongue would be nice, but ultimately does not affect performance.


Approx. Weight: men's 9.75 oz  / 276g (US9)

Samples: men’s 10.25 oz  / 290  g US10

Stack Height: men’s 38 mm heel / 32 mm forefoot ( 6 mm drop spec)

$160. Available now.

FlipMits Convertible Handwear Review: 3 Way All Seasons Hand Protection

Article by Sam Winebaum

FlipMits ($29.99)

FlipMits are an ingenious three way hand protection system convertible between fingerless glove, mitten, and wrist sweatband.

They are designed to be worn for summer cooling and protection, some winter warmth and as a wrist sweatband, say at the gym. 

I tested them during a 5 day trek across Tuscany in both heat and sustained downpours one day.

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite NXT Sleeping Pad Review: The New Ultralight King?

Article by Markus Zinkl

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite NXT ($199.95-$239.95)


The NeoAir XLite is undoubtedly the most used and most known ultralight sleeping pad in the ultralight backpacking community. The warmth-to-weight ratio is still unrivaled, which makes it the most versatile sleeping pad from Therm-A-Rest.

The NeoAir XLite was introduced for the first time about a decade ago, only with a small update in 2020 when Therm-a-Rest added their new Winglock Valve to it. Overall it has been the same pad since then and that is for good reason. TAR also offers two other models in their XLite range of sleeping pads. Their lightest “Uberlite” (left below) and their warmest “XTherm” sleeping pad (right below). 

Here is a size comparison of all three models with the XLite NXT sitting in the middle. 

The original XLite came with some drawbacks. Commonly known as the “chips bag”, it was pretty loud when you moved around on it. TAR uses their Triangular Core Matrix with heat radiating ThermaCaputre technology. This is basically heat reflective foil in a triangular pattern between the baffles to allow it to reach its level of insulation, while keeping the weight down. In its original version this caused it to be very crinkly sounding. Also the comfort of the horizontal 2.5 inches baffles couldn’t keep up with more recent options from the likes of Nemo and Sea-To-Summit. TAR set out to improve on those critiques, but did they succeed with a new ultralight sleeping pad king?

Monday, May 15, 2023

Testbericht: FuelCell Summit Unknown v3 - Auf ins Gelände! (German)

Artikel von Markus Zinkl und Maren Müller

FuelCell Summit Unknown v3 (140€)


Markus: Als wir kurzfristig die Möglichkeit erhielten, den Summit Unknown v3 zu testen, war ich, nach einem kurzen Blick auf die technischen Daten, sehr interessiert an dem Schuh. New Balance veröffentlichte zwar kürzlich bereits die Version 4, allerdings kommt beim V3 erstmals Fuelcell in der Mittelsohle zum Einsatz und löst die Revlite Mittelsohle aus dem V2 ab. Ich kenne diesen Mittelsohlen-Schaum bereits aus dem Rebel V3 und mag diese sehr. Sehr weich, aber super reaktiv und energetisch. Rein von den technischen Daten, könnte man den Summit Unknown also den Rebel für den Trail bezeichnen. Wie er sich auf dem Trail schlägt, erfahrt ihr hier.

Maren: Der New Balance FuelCell Trail Summit Unknown v3 ist ein viel gelobter Trailschuh, der eine Menge Spaß und Geschwindigkeit bei Läufen im Gelände verspricht. Es ist mein erster Testschuh von New Balance und ich freue mich, den Schuh auf den Trails im Odenwald testen zu dürfen. Besonders gespannt bin ich auf die FuelCell-Zwischensohle des Summit Unknown, die auch in der Kategorie der Wettkampfschuhe bei New Balance eingesetzt wird und ein reaktives Laufen ermöglichen soll.  Die Hydrohesion-Außensohle verspricht außerdem einen guten Halt auf feuchtem Untergrund. Beste Voraussetzungen für Läufe bei jedem Wetter. In diesem Sinne: Let’s go for a run!


  • leichter und vielseitiger Trailschuh (Maren/Markus)

  • ermöglicht reaktives Laufen (Maren/Markus)

  • als Trainings- und Wettkampfschuh einsetzbar (Maren)


  • bei Nässe rutscht man ab (Maren/Markus)

  • hohe Ferse führt zu Reibungsfläche (Maren) 

  • schlechter Mittelfuß Halt (Markus)

  • relativ Schwer für moderaten Dämpfungsschuh (Markus)

Puma Magnify NITRO 2 Review: 5 Comparisons

Article by Sam Winebaum

Puma Magnify NITRO 2 ($150)


The Magnify 2 is a max cushion (40mm heel / 30mm forefoot), higher drop (10mm) daily to recovery and long run trainer with a full supercritical Nitro foam TPEE midsole and a durable and extensive coverage PumaGrip outsole.

Designed to be a more neutral complement to the inherent "light stability" ForeverRun Nitro, both shoes are part of what I would call Gen 2 of Puma’s renaissance in performance running after their successful relaunch a few years ago.

RoadTrailRun attended Puma’s Run Summit in Boston in April and heard that going forward all performance Puma shoes will have supercritical Nitro foams, one of the first brands we know of to do so, and likely signaling the “end" of old school EVA and EVA blend foams. 

The newer supercritical foams such as Nitro are lighter, softer, more energy returning and increasingly more cost effective.  Going all Nitro in the Magnify 2 allowed Puma to bring the shoe in at 10 oz / 283g in a US9 for a reasonable $150. 

That is the same price with 2mm more stack height of cushion of now all Nitro foam and at a slightly lighter weight than the Magnify 1 which had a lower EVA layer and was a stiffer less exciting riding shoe for me than the Magnify 2 proved to be.


Energetic, forgiving softer cushion and lots of it

Smooth flow, never bogged down despite big stack height, 10mm drop &  geometry sure helps

Comfortable secure upper

Ideal recovery runs, long slow distance and slower paces daily trainer.

Durability: lots of PumaGrip rubber

Reasonable weight at about 10 oz / 283g  for such a big shoe at 40mm heel / 30mm forefoot


Wish for a touch more response/snap from front outsole rubber, as ForeverRun Nitro and a slightly narrower more agile platform.


Approximate weight: men's 10 oz  / 284g (US9) 

  Samples: men’s 9.74 oz / 275g weight US8.5

Stack Height: men’s 40mm heel / 30mm forefoot (10mm drop) 

$150. Coming July 

Comparable shoes:

Saucony Triumph 20, ASICS GEL-Cumulus 25, Puma ForeverRun Nitro

Sunday, May 14, 2023

Reseña: ON Cloudsurfer 2023 (Spanish)

Artículo de Beto Hughes

ON Cloudsurfer 2023 ($160)

ON Cloudsurfer nuevo CloudTec mas ligero y con mejor implementación de entrenador diario.


  • Excelente entrenador para trotes cortos o medias distancias.

  • Gran pérdida de peso respecto al modelo anterior.

  • Upper con bastante estilo y una implementación simple pero que funciona sujetando el pie en su lugar.

  • El upper es bastante cómodo para correr y para usarlo de diario.

  • CloudTec ahora sin Speedboard.

  • Rocker pronunciado que fluye y genera una transición muy suave.

  • Helion Foam suave, energético y bastante estable de talón a punta.


  • La parte delantera se comprime dando una sensación suave pero en largas distancias se llega a sentir firme.