Sunday, October 17, 2021

Salomon Running Road & Trail 2022 Previews: Complete Revamp! S/Lab Phantasm CF Test Run. Multiple New Energy Blade Models

 Article by Marcel Krebs and Jeremy Marie


Editor’s Note: Our European contributors had a chance to hear about, see, and even do a brief run in new models from Salomon’s Spring 2022 road and trail collection this past week. The introductions represent a complete and exciting full overhaul of the Salomon lines for road and trail with multiple new models and a new propulsion and ride technology, Energy Blade, which combines varying plate geometries and materials, Energy Surge foam, and the R.Camber rocker.


Highlights include a S/Lab Pulsar SG and a composite plated higher stack S/Lab Phantasm CF as well as multiple new road and trail variants with differing plates and blades with progressively more mellow feels for both road and trail as well as even a focus on differing runner styles for the more heel striking runner in the road Spectur


All new road shoes are expected to feature Salomon’s Energy Surge midsole foam in the softer flavor first seen in the Pulsar and Ultraglide as well as the R.Camber rocker (first seen in Ultraglide, Pulsar, and Phantasm) with two of the new trail shoes, Pulsar Trail Pro and Pulsar also sharing these technologies. Other new trail shoes (Hypulse and Impulse), lower down in the hierarchy have R.Camber rockers with Hypulse having a soft Energy Blade plate and both feature another new foam from Salomon, Fuze Surge, an EVA/ 30% rubber natural blend called out as soft and bouncy.  


Due to the many issues facing supply chains worldwide, release dates, pricing and markets have not yet been communicated to RTR. We will update the article as we learn more including full specs.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Craft CTM Carbon Race Rebel Multi Tester Review. 10 Comparisons!

Article by Ivan Luca Corda, Derek Li,  and Sam Winebaum

Craft CTM Carbon Race Rebel ($250)

Introduction

The Race Rebel is the 3d shoe in Craft’s brand new series of performance running shoes.  It follows the Carbon Ultra (RTR Review) and Ultra (RTR Review). All share nearly identical basic geometries and  approximate 10-11mm drops but differ in foams, use of plates and run focus.


All models were developed with collaboration of ultra runner Tommy Rivs who also has a sub 2:20 marathon time to his credit. 

The Carbon Ultra is a firmer chemically modified EVA dirt road and light trails focused shoe with carbon plate, a stout outsole and supportive upper. It weighs 9.88 oz / 280g  (US9) and has a 40mm heel / 30 mm forefoot stack.

The Ultra removes the carbon plate and substitutes a PEBA insert as well as a very light upper and comes in a 9.4 oz / 266g (US9) at the same stack as the Carbon. It retains the trail worthy outsole of the Carbon. While the super light upper challenged some of our testers, most found the ride dynamic and well named for road ultra purposes and long runs.


The Race Rebel has a somewhat lower stack height at 35mm heel with an extra millimeter of drop to 11mm and has a carbon plate. It is about 2.5 oz lighter than the Carbon and about 2  oz lighter than the Ultra using what is quite likely a supercritical foam and a lighter, lower profile yet still grippy outsole. It’s engineered mesh upper is super pliable and among the lightest we have yet seen in a super shoe. 

Thursday, October 14, 2021

QS21: Race and Gear Reports- Sally 5th in her AG at Boston. Mike 3d in trail marathon in VJ Spark. Run Safety: Brooks Run Visible, New Balance Shutter Speed. Tracksmith. STR/K MVMNT

Article by Sally Reiley, Mike Postaski, and Sam Winebaum

QS21: Race and Gear Reports- Sally 5th in her AG at Boston. Mike 3d trail marathon in VJ Spark. Run Safety: Brooks Run Visible, New Balance Shutter Speed. Tracksmith. STR/K MVMNT with Carbitex AFX

First Look VCarbon Shoes "Foamless" Road Racer

Article by Sam Winebaum

VCarbon Shoes

On the sidelines at the Boston Marathon I had a chance to see and even jog a bit in 2 VCarbon “foamless” racers. VCarbon is not currently making full shoes and likely won’t as they are seeking to interest brands in their unique technology so the prototypes use uppers from existing shoes. Focus here is the ride from the chassis


Their innovative approach is based on a carbon composite midsole chassis with below the center of the foot (and a sockliner)  a Kevlar fabric surface. The founder, Paul has decades of composites experience for industry and defense applications and has a small team to fabricate prototypes in house.


VCarbon says it can eliminate all foam and foam energy loss through its patent pending design.  

They use a carbon composite outer chassis with the foot suspended above any ground contact by a non-stretch cradle, a very taut trampoline, if you will of woven Kevlar fabric with above that a conventional sockliner.

Instead of the runner’s weight depressing foam layers, your down forces on the run deflect the carbon chassis as the Kevlar cradle is totally non-stretch. 


The feeling on the run is unique. One clearly feels there is no big stack of soft foam compressing as there is none. The chassis stays all of a piece and rigid (with some deflection of the chassis but not sensed as such). The ride is highly directed with the rocker moving you forward dramatically (the rocker geometry is easily tunable through the shaping of the chassis)  yet at the same time there is no sense of real sense of impact shock or instability.  


My run was very brief but exciting and we hope to more fully test a “cobbled together” pair in the future.

Commercial availability is unknown at this time.


The opinions herein are entirely the authors'.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Avis et Impressions: Scott Running Speed Carbon RC (French)

Article par Jeremy Marie

Scott Speed Carbon RC (180€)


La Scott Speed Carbon RC, page officielle ICI est une chaussure plutôt faite pour les entraînements rapides, au tempo, équipée d’une plaque carbone. Cette dernière est fournie par la société Carbitex (qui fournissait déjà l’insert de l’adidas Adizero Pro), dans une déclinaison nommée DFX, pour Dynamic Flexible, censée réagir différemment que l’on court vite, et donc que l’on exerce une forte pression dessus, avec un retour de la plaque à l‘avenant, ou plus tranquillement où on appréciera une flexion plus prononcée de la plaque, afin de “civiliser” un peu la chaussure, au contraire des autres chaussures à plaque carbone du marché.

Scott Running Pursuit Multi Tester Review: Goldilocks Shoe? Firm, but not too firm; soft, but not too soft; rockered, but not too aggressive.

Article by Jeff Beck, Marcel Krebs, Derek Li, Peter Stuart, Alex Tilsely, and Sam Winebaum

Scott Sports Pursuit ($150)

Introduction

Sam: The Pursuit is a maximally cushioned trainer with a 36mm heel / 28mm forefoot full stack height weighing a very light weight 8.8 oz  / 250g in a US9. Seeing the specs I immediately thought of the Clifton, Rincon  and Mach 4 from Hoka as closest comparables. 


It features a plateless midsole made of Kinetic Light Foam, an EVA/ Olefin block polymer blend from Dow. This Infuse foam is in the same family as Nike React and Salomon’s Optivibe and Energy Surge with the proportions of each key material specified by the brands. Here, Scott chose a relatively firm flavor but with noted vibration reduction, plenty of cushion, and a quick rebound. The Pursuit has Scott’s ER 2 rocker geometry which delivers rear stability and a distinct front which combines a pronounced rocker and after break in some flexibility.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Reseña: 361-Meraki (Spanish)

Article by Beto Hughes

El Favorito de la marca 361 Degree regresa con mejoras y sin perder ese estilo tradicional de un entrenador diario hecho para recorrer muchos kilometros.


Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico

31 años, Estatura 176cm, Peso 89kg

Comencé a correr en 2016 y a entrenar para bajar de peso, solía pesar 135 kg y entre correr y Crossfit comenzó mi amor por la vida saludable y Fitness, y claro por correr, ahora estoy enfocado en pronto calificar para el Boston Marathon. Kilometraje por semana: 100 a 125 km en Asfalto.

Distancia Favorita: Maratón y Medio Maratón. También el Ultra Marathon.

Maraton PR 3:22, Medio Maraton PR 1:31, 10k PR 41:52 5k PR 20:05

Me puedes seguir en Instagram @betohughes  https://www.instagram.com/betohughes/


Pros:

  • Excelente ajuste por parte del Upper.

  • Buena combinación entre suave y firme con flexion en la punta.

  • Talonera bien estructurada que sujeta bien el talon.

  • Mucha durabilidad de la suela y excelente traccion.

  • Mucha estabilidad desde el talón hacia la punta.

Cons:

  • Algo pesado para entrenamientos de velocidad.

  • No es el tenis más versátil para velocidad.

  • Algo justo de la parte delantera si tienes el pie ancho.

Testbericht: ASICS Novablast 2 (German)

Artikel von Marcel Krebs

Link zum englischen RTR-Test des Asics Novablast 2: HIER

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ASICS Novablast 2 (140€)

Einleitung

„Fast so schön wie Trampolinspringen“ – mit diesen Worten hatte mein geschätzter Kollege Nils im vergangenen Jahr seinen Testbericht zum Asics Novablast 1 überschrieben. Mit etwas zeitlichem Versatz (unsere US-Kollegen konnten den Novablast 2 bereits im Frühjahr ausführlich testen. Den englischen Testbericht findet ihr hier) erreichte uns nunmehr auch in Deutschland der ASICS Novablast 2. 

Nach den Erfahrungen mit dem ASICS Novablast 1, bei dem man sich jede Menge Lauffreude mit einer nicht unerheblichen Instabilität erkaufte, war ich natürlich sehr gespannt auf den Nachfolger. Insbesondere war ich gespannt darauf zu sehen, inwieweit ASICS den Novablast 2 stabilisieren konnte ohne die Lauffreude zu reduzieren. Natürlich war ich in diesem Zusammenhang auch neugierig, ob ASICS die – auch meine Sicht sehr sinnvolle – Anregung von Nils aufgegriffen hat, die Fersenkappe mit einem Plastikclip zu verstärken. 


Insbesondere von Läufern mit eher schlanken Füßen war beim ASICS Novablast 1 zudem der Mittelfußhalt bemängelt worden. Und selbst ich als Läufer mit einem breiten Vorfuß kann bestätigen, dass der 1er hinsichtlich des Fußhaltes im Bereich des Mittelfußes noch Luft nach oben ließ. 

Bevor wir uns anschauen, inwieweit es Asics gelungen ist, diese Schwachstellen auszumerzen, möchte ich noch einmal in Erinnerung rufen, warum ASICS mit dem Novablast 1 so ein riesiger Überraschungserfolg in 2020 gelungen ist und ihn so einem solch grandiosen Schuh gemacht hat, der ihn für viele zu Schuh des Jahres 2020 hat werden lassen. Der Grund hierfür lässt sich in einem Satz zusammenfassen: Es ist der einmalige Trampolineffekt des von ASICS  FlyteFoam Blast getauften Mittelsohlenmaterials! Insbesondere für Freizeitläufer, die in Tempobereichen unterwegs sind, in dem man noch nicht wirklich von den immer verbreiteteren Carbon-Schuhen profitiert, ist diese Mittelsohle sehr spannend und macht einfach nur Spaß. Hinzu kommt der im Vergleich mit Carbonschuhen deutlich geringere Preispunkt. 

Thursday, October 07, 2021

Quick Strides 20 Race Reports Week! A Win, a 2nd, a 4th, PR’s and Sub 2:30’s: Mike Wins 50 mile Ultra in Pulsar, Sub 2:30’s for Michael (RC Elite 2) & Ryan (adios Pro 1) , Nils PR at Berlin (Metaspeed Sky), and More!

Article by Mike Postaski, Michael Elllenberger, Ryan Eiler, Nils Scharff, Shannon Payne, Jeremy Marie and Peter Stuart.


Race Reports Week! A Win, a 2nd, a 4th, PR’s and Sub 2:30’s:  Mike Wins 50 mile Ultra in Pulsar, Sub 2:30’s for Michael (RC Elite 2)  & Ryan (adios Pro 1) , Nils PR at Berlin (Metaspeed Sky), and More!

adidas Terrex Agravic Ultra Review - A next evolution in trail running shoes?

Article by Nils Scharff

adidas Terrex Agravic Ultra ($160 / 160€)


Introduction

The UTMB - Ultra Trail Du Mont Blanc - is one of the most prestigious trail / ultra running events in the world. Running enthusiasts like me spend a whole week looking at the small town of Chamonix in the French Alps to watch the various competitions there. Just in time for this event, pictures and unboxing videos of a new shoe appeared on the social media channels of various adidas Terrex athletes: The adidas Terrex Agravic Ultra. A few pieces of information had already leaked out at this point. It should be a trail shoe with a carbon fiber plate! In the trail running world this has been rather rare so far. Since you already know carbon from various “super shoes” for road running and a few appearing in trail such as the TNF Flight Vectiv and Speeland, that naturally raised expectations! Is adidas bringing a super shoe for the trails onto the market?

In the course of the UTMB week you could see the shoe on the feet of various athletes, who then also performed respectably. For example, Ekatarina Mityaeva, who was significantly involved in the development of the Terrex Agravic Ultra, came fourth in the 145km long TDS ( "Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie", one of the UTMB races). So the shoe seems to work perfectly for top athletes on very long and very technical routes through the French Alps. But how does it treat normal people like me when I torture myself on much shorter runs through my local low mountain ranges? To find out what the new adidas shoe can offer, I ran  it for almost 100km. You can read below whether it actually turned out to be a trail running super shoe.

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

ASICS GT-2000 10 Initial Video Review: Stability & Support Done Mellow!

Article and Video by Sam Winebaum

ASICS GT-2000 10 ($130)


The GT-2000, a light stability shoe gets a significant update for version 10. In the video I detail the changes, take them for a run, and share comparisons to the Kayano Lite 2,GEL- Kayano 28,  GEL-Cumulus 23, Nike Pegasus, and Saucony Ride 14. 

The key changes are:

  • Flytefoam Propel as the top (yellow layer) with Flytefoam below
  • Trusstic midfoot plastic plate is removed
  • Dynamic DuoMax firmer side wall layer replaced with Lite Truss geometry of the main Flytefoam midsole side walls
  • Both men's and women's go from a 10mm drop to 8mm
  • New 3D Space Construction that is gender specific and is designed to adapt to individual runner strike patterns
  • Weight slightly higher at 10.12 oz / 287g (US9 sample)
  • Engineered knit upper.
In the video I detail the changes, take them for a run, and share comparisons to the Kayano Lite 2,GEL- Kayano 28,  GEL-Cumulus 23, Nike Pegasus, and Saucony Ride 14. 

Bottom line: A soft(er)  friendly, flexible ride for a support shoe with no disconnects in feel from stability elements. The GT 2000 10 shoe equally at home with neutral shoe runners (such as me) and those needing light stability with a significantly softer heel feel than version 8 ( the last I tested) and a more energetic bouncier forefoot feel from the new Propel layer there.

Watch the GT 2000 10 Video Review with Comparisons (15:03)


Full multi tester review soon.

GT-2000 10 is available from our partners below.

 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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Tuesday, October 05, 2021

VJ Spark Multi Tester Review: Precision Fitting, Ultimate Traction Trail Speedster! 9 Comparisons.

Article by Mike Postaski, John Tribbia, Jeff Valiiere, and Renee Krusemark

VJ Spark ($150)


Introduction

Mike P: The VJ Spark is a shoe that I was very excited to test. After never having heard of VJ Shoes, I was very impressed by the VJ Ultra (RTR Review), my first VJ.  So based on specs, I was curious to see what they could do with a lighter more speed oriented shoe. As I often do - I immediately thought of comps such as Terraultra G 270, Hoka Torrent, and Salomon Sense Pro. Those are my quiver of fast and/or technical trail shoes at the moment. How would the Spark stack up against these?


Pros:

John/Jeff V/Mike P/Renee: traction, secure fit, lightweight, aesthetics

Jeff V/Renee:  breathability

Mike P: goldilocks toe box for me

Mike P/Renee: flexibility, agility


Cons:

John/Jeff V: cushion, harsher ride

Mike P: somewhat lacking cushion/transition between rear and front of shoe


Stats

Official Weight: men's (US 8.5): 8.1oz / 230g

Samples: men’s 9.2 oz / 260g (US10.5) (both left and right exactly 260g!) 

9 oz / 255g (US10)

Stack Height: 27mm / 22mm including outsole

Available now at VJ Shoes. $150