Tuesday, June 25, 2024

2024 Ultralight Sleeping Pad Comparison Reviews: Therm-A-Rest, Nemo, Flextail Gear and Rab

Article by Markus Zinkl

Introduction

When it comes to ultralight sleeping pads, the balance between weight, warmth, comfort, and packability is critical. Here's a detailed comparison of five popular models: the Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XTherm NXT, Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XLite NXT, Nemo Tensor Insulated, Flextail Gear Zero Mattress R05, and Rab Ultrasphere 1.5.

Monday, June 24, 2024

Puma Deviate Nitro 3 Review: 4 Comparisons

Article by Ryan Eiler

Puma Deviate Nitro 3 ($160)


Pros: 

Comfortable yet high performance engineered mesh

Responsive, energetic midsole capable of a wide range of paces

Top-notch durability and traction from Pumagrip outsole


Cons: 

Lateral midfoot feels too firm, especially as compared to V2

Heel lockdown could be better for a high performance trainer


Introduction


Ryan:  The previous (V2) of the Deviate Nitro made it blatantly clear that Puma is capable of delivering a versatile, high-performance plated trainer. The standout features were its delightful engineered mesh upper, a moderate but soft midsole to inject some excitement, and a Pumagrip rubber outsole that is still holding up after 300 miles of running. A tough act to follow for V3. 

It slots into Puma’s lineup as a jack-of-many-trades type of shoe, with a plate that adds performance but isn’t stiff enough to scare anyone off.

Sunday, June 16, 2024

361° Eleos Multi Tester Review:What the Eleos? Primo Fun! 8 Comparisons

Article by Renee Krusemark, Sam Winebaum, Peter Stuart, and Jeff Beck

361° Eleos ($145)

Pros: 

  • Comfortable, rebounding and responsive PEBA/EVA midsole: Renee/Sam/Peter/Jeff
  • Geometry: smooth transitions, broad and stable for such a soft foam: Renee/Sam/Peter/Jeff
  • Broad, soft well fitting upper: Sam/Peter/Jeff
  • Fun!  Peter/Sam/Jeff
  • Surprisingly wide toebox: Jeff

Cons:

  • Wide platform affects use for speed: Renee/Sam


Introduction

Sam:  The Eleos is a broad platform, relatively low stack height (36mn heel / 30mm forefoot) daily trainer. 361, with the Eleos, is following up on its Centauri (RTR Review) trainer which had an energetic and pleasing TPE midsole which surprised and delighted us. Here they emerge with yet another training focused super foam shoe, this time with an EVA/PEBA blend midsole foam called Primo and at a very fair price of $145  And the ride here matches the marketing as it is Primo and big smiles indeed! Please read on for all the details.

adidas Terrex Agravic Speed Ultra Review: The First Trail Super Shoe? 7 Comparisons

Article by Mike Postaski

adidas Terrex Agravic Speed Ultra ($220)


Pros:

Forefoot-oriented ride - big cushion and big platform under there

Dynamic Lightstrike Pro foam, not too unstable

Energy Rods - efficient yet unnoticeable (in a good way)

Efficient rocker


Cons:

Heel a bit rigid, could have a softer, more secure fit there

Short tongue

Firm heel landings - could be softened up for descents


Introduction

Mike P: The Adidas TERREX Agravic Speed Ultra is Adidas' first true entry into the "super shoe for the trails" category. To be honest, the majority of Adidas recent trail offerings have been, let's just say, less than exciting. Pretty much anything with "Agravic" in the name has been somewhat of a disappointment. They've varied from being heavy to stiff to clunky to ill-fitting, or some combination of those. 


I've been anxiously awaiting for a true, performant, successor to the great Speed Ultra (RTR Review) which is now several years old. That shoe was one of my all time favs, but as the years have passed, it's been surpassed by more modern options.


Enter the new, similarly named Speed Ultra. Note on naming here - the successor to the original Speed Ultra is now named simply Adidas Terrex Agravic "Speed". The "Ultra" connotation has been passed on to this shoe which I am reviewing here - Adidas Terrex Agravic Speed Ultra.

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Smith 2024 Cycling Reviews: Payroll MIPS Bike Helmet with Aleck Crash Sensor. Trace MIPS Bike Helmet, Motive Sunglasses with ChromaPop Bronze Mirror Lens

Article by Jeff Valliere

In the article I review Smith  2024 cycling helmet and sunglasses:  Payroll MIPS Bike Helmet with Aleck Crash Sensor. Trace MIPS Bike Helmet, and Motive Sunglasses with ChromaPop Bronze Mirror Lenses.



Friday, June 14, 2024

RoadTrailRide: 2024 GoreWear Performance Cycling Apparel Round Up Reviews

By Jeff Valliere and John Tribbia

In this round up review Jeff and John test and review 2024 Gorewear cycling apparel including: the GoreWear Distance Jersey, Distance Bib Shorts+2.0, Spinshift Cargo Bib Shorts, Spinshift GORE-TEX Jacket, and the Spinshift Short Sleeve Jersey

GoreWear Distance Jersey $150

XS-XL

Test: Nike Pegasus Trail 5: Le confort passe-partout! 3 Comparisons (Franch)

Article par Jeremy Marie

Nike Pegasus Trail 5  €140

Pour:

Le confort (de la tige, du fit), la respirabilité

L’amorti React X est excellent, stable et avec du rebond.

L’accroche est enfin bonne !

Modèle très polyvalent.

Le style

Le prix


Contre:

Le poids, en hausse.

A limiter aux terrains “faciles”


Introduction

J’avais beaucoup apprécié la version GoreTex de la Pegasus Trail 4, qui est rapidement devenue ma chaussure d’hiver préférée - surtout pour l’apport de chaleur. Elle était de plus très confortable, assez légère, et passait vraiment bien sur la plupart des terrains autour de chez moi (route, forêt, sentiers roulants), et surtout une nouvelle gomme pour la semelle qui évitait enfin l’effet savonnette trop bien connu sur les modèles trail de Nike.


Cette nouvelle version remplace la couche d’amorti par de la mousse ReactX, une évolution de la précédente React et met en avant un retour d’énergie 13% supérieur et une empreinte carbone diminuée de 43% grâce à un processus de fabrication simplifié. La semelle utlise quant à elle leur nouveau composant ATC (“All Terrain Compound”) censé apporter une accroche enfin correcte.

Monday, June 10, 2024

ASICS GEL-Kayano 31 Review: 4 Comparisons

Article by Sam Winebaum

ASICS GEL-Kayano 31 ($165)

Pros:

Ultimate in comfortable, top to bottom, max cushion inherent stability

4D Guidance, a softer rubbery foam at medial midfoot supports and helps the foot roll without pressing on the arch. Not sure how it works! Different and effective! 

Excellent, no agenda, easier paces and recovery run shoe

Smoother transitions off the heel and easier toe off than Kayano 30


Cons:

Weight: approaching 11 oz / g US9 is a lot and noticed

Not a shoe that likes to go fast, but not really its purpose


Introduction

The Kayano 31 is a support/pronation control shoe that relies on its geometry and a unique  4D Guidance rubbery foam insert at mid foot to deliver a road training shoe that is inherently stable without resorting to firmer medial foams or plastic pieces. 

Friday, June 07, 2024

New Balance Fresh Foam X 860 v14 Multi Tester Review

Article by Renee Krusemark and Sam Winebaum

New Balance Fresh Foam X 860 v14 ($140)


Introduction

Sam: The 860 has been New Balance’s  moderate stability/support daily trainer. With the v14 they jettison the  “traditional” firm and rigid foam medial pronation support post and substitute a thin hardened EVA Stability Plane plate. The entire midsole is now dual density with a soft (similar to the 1080)  Fresh Foam X underfoot and a slightly firmer foam (similar to the 880 v14) below and focused on the medial side. It gains 2 mm of heel and 4 mm of forefoot stack height to become an 8mm drop shoe while its weight drops 0.1 oz/ 3g.


This more gentle approach to stability, and both the foams are by no means firm, reflects the latest trends in this category of shoes towards less obtrusive support elements at the arch and towards more inherent stability and guidance of the foot. Neutral shoe fans don’t stop reading now. I rarely get along with traditional or some of the high on the midsole “rails” based approaches to stability (Brooks GTS, Nike’s plastic clips etc..) but here New Balance has really nailed a combination of soft underfoot and slightly firmer below Fresh Foam X with some geometric support from the medial sidewalls and the new Stability Plane plate. 

In fact,  for me it is their best Fresh Foam X ride to date as in the past Fresh Foam X has been overly soft (1080 and More) or borderline overfirm (880 v14).  Here we have a nice “balance” of forgiving cushion and gentle support. 

Thursday, June 06, 2024

adidas Adizero SL2 Video Review: A Light, Super Friendly, Soft and Energetic Daily Trainer

Video by Sam Winebaum

adidas Adizero SL2 ($130)

In the video, I review with Introduction and Details, from two runs Impressions with plenty of coastal and Comparisons and Conclusions.

Adizero SL2 Video Review (15:15)

Clearly the SL2 is the friendliest current trainer in the Adizero (and adidas) line and a true all around daily trainer and a very light one now with a full length insert of Lightstrike Pro. I found them any pace versatile, except very fast where adidas as plenty of other options.

They are light at 8.45 oz / 240g with a very decent 36mm heel / 26-27 mm forefoot stack height. $130. Available now.

Sam is the Editor and Founder of Road Trail Run. He is in his 60’s with 2024 Sam’s 52th year of running roads and trails. He has a decades old 2:28 marathon PR. These days he runs halves in the just sub 1:40 range if he gets very, very lucky. Sam trains 30-40 miles per week mostly at moderate paces on the roads and trails of New Hampshire and Utah be it on the run, hiking or on nordic skis. He is 5’9” tall and weighs about 164 lbs, if he is not enjoying too many fine New England IPA’s.

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NNormal Tomir 2.0 Multi Tester Review: 4 Comparisons

Article by Sam Winebaum and Jeff Valliere

NNormal Tomir 2.0 ($170)



Introduction

Sam:The Tomir is the “other shoe” from Kiilan Jornet’s NNormal with the modular midsole  Kboix (RTR preview) coming in 2024, It is intended to be a longer distance more cushioned complement to the ultralight  Kjerag (RTR Review) one of my favorite shoes of 2023 for its agility and versatility. Key to its wonderful ride and light weight was a supercritical foam midsole. And great news the Tomir 2 gets the same foam and although it doesn’t lose weight of the prior version as it now sits on a wider platform. The ride is vastly improved.

Reviews: Tracksmith Spring 2024 Women's: Allston Adjustable Bra, Off Roads Shorts, Harrier Long Sleeve, Harbor Vest

Article and photos by Sally Reiley, modeled by Carrie Page Furnari


Allston Adjustable Bra ($85) Off Roads Shorts ($100) Harrier Long Sleeve ($85) Harbor Vest women’s ($200)

Wednesday, June 05, 2024

adidas Terrex Agravic Speed Multi Tester Review: 4 Comparisons.

Article by Jeff Valliere with Sam Winebaum

adidas Terrex Agravic Speed ($160)


Introduction:


Jeff V:  New from adidas Terrex, the Agravic Speed is a lightweight well cushioned trail trainer/racer, best suited for fast running on less technical to moderately technical terrain.  The Agravic Speed features a dual layer midsole, with softer Lightstrike Pro foam (as found in adidas road racing shoes) for a core and base that is cushy and bouncy, ringed below the foot with firmer Lightstrike foam for stability.  The outsole features 3-4mm mm lugs utilizing a sticky Continental rubber compound.  The upper is thin, minimal, breathable and somewhat stripped down with little padding or added protection.

Tuesday, June 04, 2024

ASICS Noosa Tri 16 Video Review: Fast, Plateless Fun!

Video by Sam Winebaum

ASICS Noosa Tri 16 ($135)

The colorful Noosa Tri 16, a moderate stack height, un plated, uptempo trainer gets a big midsole foam upgrade to FF Blast Plus from firmer, less reactive older Flyte Foam. 

In the video review, I share all Noosa Tri 16 details, from the run impressions of fit and ride and comparisons to the Novablast 4, Magic Speed 4, New Balance Rebel v4, and Hoka's Mach 6 and older Mach 4.

It comes in at a very light weight of 7.5 oz / 213g  (US9) with a stack height of 34.5mm heel / 29.5 mm forefoot. It includes ASICS GuideSole rocker geometry and some snappy flex to help propel it and comes in at a very reasonable $135. It will release July 1, 2024

ASICS Noosa Tri 16 Video Review (21:00)