In-depth reviews of running shoes

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Columbia Montrail FKT- Stable and grippy trail runner

90/100 by Edie Sequerth
Columbia Montrail FKT- Stable and grippy trail runner
Though I won’t be setting any FKTs (fastest known time) in this shoe, I was pleasantly surprised by the performance of the Montrail FKT by Columbia. It has flexibility where you need it, but it’s also stable in the heel and midfoot, so you aren’t slipping around in the shoe when going over uneven terrain. What is the most striking (pun intended) about this shoe is that the outsole is so grippy that I could take it over wet soggy grass and then onto the[…]

2019 Chicago marathon with Hoka One One Gaviota 2

96/100 by Mark Clements
2019 Chicago marathon with Hoka One One Gaviota 2
I am a 42-year-old runner, about 170 pounds and 6’ 1” tall. I race all distances, from 5ks to marathons, and spend at least half of my year training for an upcoming marathon. The Gaviota 2 is a supremely cushioned, maximal stability running shoe. The foundation is mega-wide, and my feet felt like they were being sucked into plush, form-fitting, memory-foam cushioned shoes.       At first, I thought for sure they would be too bulky,[…]

4% faster or 4% poorer? Does the Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% live up to the hype?

95/100 by Samuel Chua
4% faster or 4% poorer? Does the Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% live up to the hype?
The Nike Vaporfly Elite was created in conjunction with Nike’s Breaking2 project, to see if it was possible for a human to break the elusive 2-hour barrier in the full marathon. They came fairly close, with Eliud Kipchoge missing the mark by a mere 25 seconds. The Nike Vaporfly Elite, however, is not available to consumers. Instead, The Zoom Vaporfly 4%. The Zoom Vaporfly 4% retained the same traits as the Elites but feature a different upper.     The Zo[…]

Nike Epic React Flyknit - Truly Epic or Overhyped?

85/100 by Samuel Chua
Nike Epic React Flyknit - Truly Epic or Overhyped?
The Nike Epic React Flyknit. Even before it came out, there were tons of hype surrounding the shoe. People questioned if this was Nike’s response to the extremely popular Adidas Ultraboost. Nike went with a robust marketing campaign, including heavy advertising of pictures of the shoe on pillows, sponges, and springs. Marketed as ‘incredibly bouncy’, providing ‘crazy comfort’, and a ‘lightweight and soft yet responsive ride, mile after[…]

ON CloudStratus - Reach for the skies, but the clouds are the limit

84/100 by Samuel Chua
ON CloudStratus - Reach for the skies, but the clouds are the limit
On Running. I love a company that is not afraid to try new and different things. Their shoes have always intrigued me with their unique designs and fancy looks. However, It has been a brand that has not impressed me, and yet I try their new offerings in hopes that they get it right. The On CloudStratus is a huge improvement from the company, but On Running must take some serious considerations from consumer feedback to keep up with the other running brands.   Weight[…]

Asics Gel Contend 5: Discount trainers for the not so serious

65/100 by Sudeep Gupta
Asics Gel Contend 5: Discount trainers for the not so serious
I am a casual runner and split my runs daily in two quick sessions averaging around 10k in total daily and then some walking. The photo below is after six months of using Asics Gel Contend 5. As you can see, the shoe material is still in good shape and form. First impressions Right out of the box they do not look premium (I have seen road shoes look a lot better at this price). They are lightweight and do not weigh the foot down. They seem stiff, and they need around 20[…]

Training with my Under Armour HOVR Velociti 2

92/100 by Robert Hawley
Training with my Under Armour HOVR Velociti 2
Upon receiving the Under Armour HOVR Velociti 2, first impressions were very good. Opening the box revealed the striking colours. The bright blue and orange are a great combination, guaranteed to stand out.     On the underside lid of the box, it was apparent that these were also more than just a "normal" pair of trainers. They have a built-in GPS tracker which works with "MapMyRun" app via a smartphone. Even before I tried them on, I downloaded the app and we[…]

Under Armour HOVR Sonic 3 – Top running trainer manufacturers be prepared because there’s a Sonic storm in town!

95/100 by William Sanderson
Under Armour HOVR Sonic 3 – Top running trainer manufacturers be prepared because there’s a Sonic storm in town!
Let’s start with a bit of honesty. As runners, we’re all a bit of a brand snob. We don’t normally look to diversify from the beaten track unless we’ve had a recommendation that blows our minds.     Lots of people recommend Hoka for their padding. Lots of people recommend Nike for their range. On, Asics, Brooks and Saucony are not an unfamiliar sight at a race either. I’ve been aware for a while that Under Armour started making tra[…]

Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2: How a great tempo shoe got even better

90/100 by Pierre Jambet
Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2: How a great tempo shoe got even better
The Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 looks good—it really does! But even for the vain runner, there should be more to a shoe to justify a $180 price tag.     I was able to snatch a pair for about half that, so if you’re interested, I highly highly recommend looking around and waiting for a deal, as much as I like this iteration, I think it would be a lot to ask to spend that much money buying it at full price. Money aside, let’s dive in. It looks go[…]

Mizuno Wave Horizon 4- A hefty shoe

85/100 by Bailey Heidingsfelder
Mizuno Wave Horizon 4- A hefty shoe
I like the design of the Mizuno Wave Horizon 4. It is very bulky, unlike a traditional running shoe that has a sleeker kind of look. Just because something is bulky doesn’t mean it has a bad design, it just means that its a different style.      This shoe also has a few different colors that while not numerous will go with most outfits. Overall, I would not detract from the shoe based on the design.   Comfort/cushion  When I first saw the[…]