In-depth reviews of training shoes

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Nike Free Trainer VIII: A very good shoe for gym training

80/100 by Michele Cecchini
Nike Free Trainer VIII: A very good shoe for gym training
This is my review for the Nike Free Trainer VIII, which I have used for the past year during my HIIT training classes. Specifications Use: Gym training Arch support: neutral Price: Average £70  Closure: Laces with a glove fitting sensation I have used this shoe for cardio training, grit strength classes with various lifting in short but intense sessions, and plyometrics classes with steps with different levels of raises. (Check on Les Mills GRIT for a better[…]

Is Reebok Nano 9 the best Crossfit shoe ever? The shoe that divided the community!

94/100 by Jacob Becker
Is Reebok Nano 9 the best Crossfit shoe ever? The shoe that divided the community!
Crossfit—a high-intensity functional training or sport of functional fitness—has become very popular in recent years around the world. Reebok has been on the sideline since the start, and the Reebok Nano’s are their proposal for a shoe that will survive various types of exercises such as burpees, rope climbs, weight lifting, and running. I have been a huge fan of the Reebok Nano 4, and they have been used for almost five years. They just won’t b[…]

Vibram V-Aqua - Wet or dry, these shoes really grip

84/100 by Clete Dewispelare
Vibram V-Aqua - Wet or dry, these shoes really grip
Vibram provides a nice niche offering for any activity where water or damp conditions come into play with the V-Aqua.     I’ve had a few pairs of barefoot shoes ranging from Vibram Fivefingers to Merrell Bare Access. The barefoot concept is one that I generally abide by and subscribe to. The Vibram V-Aqua is a great--albeit niche addition to the Fivefingers lineup. It takes the previous models of shoes and strips them back to the most essential piec[…]

Vibram V-Train - A barefoot trainer for people with normal feet

76/100 by Clete Dewispelare
Vibram V-Train - A barefoot trainer for people with normal feet
If you are interested in a versatile barefoot alternative to traditional training shoes, the V-Train is the shoe for you.     I’ve had a few pairs of barefoot shoes ranging from Vibram Fivefingers to Merrell Bare Access. The barefoot concept is one that I generally abide by and subscribe to. The Vibram V-Train is a good, but not a great trainer that provides the right amount of shoe for barefoot training and any powerlifting. Upper First and forem[…]

Puma NRGY Neko Knit: The slipper shoe

45/100 by Brandon Law
Puma NRGY Neko Knit: The slipper shoe
You know when you have no intention to buy something, and then you decide to try it on, and it’s so comfortable that you have to buy it? That’s what happened to me with the Puma NRGY Neko Knit. I have never been a fan of Puma shoes. To me, they seemed inferior (in technology and comfort) to the heavyweights of the sports footwear industry. I’ve never seen a Puma shoe and thought to myself: I have to get that shoe! After trying this shoe on once and li[…]

Vibram FiveFingers VI-B: A comfortable women's barefoot shoe

85/100 by Tricia Scott
Vibram FiveFingers VI-B: A comfortable women's barefoot shoe
When the shoe is unboxed, it comes with a nice carrying bag made of the same material as the mesh upper. The shoe is vegan, and the colors are invariably bright.     This shoe will offer the experienced barefoot runner an incredibly close contact with the ground, and good fit around the heel, toes, and midfoot. For the new barefooter, as with any minimalist shoe, less miles and more attention to body feedback are needed to get the feet, tendons, and legs[…]

New Balance 517 and other budget running shoes

90/100 by David Cooley
New Balance 517 and other budget running shoes
I worked hard to get through school, establish myself in a career, and eventually to raise a family. All the while, I maintained a commitment to the fitness lifestyle. If someone had told me during my early 20s that I needed to spend $130 on a single pair of running shoes, I would have laughed them out of the room. Covering rent and daily living expenses was hard enough. That $60 pair that was on sale for $40 would have to work, and it would have to last a full year or[…]

Vibram V-Train - Crossfit just got trail friendly

83/100 by Jesse Sumrak
Vibram V-Train - Crossfit just got trail friendly
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of flying naked and free down the steep, craggy slopes of Rocky Mountain Trails. I wouldn’t know, but I’m sure it’s a thrilling experience. Although fully clothed, I’ve got a taste of the freedom and exhilaration through a new FiveFingers favorite: the Vibram V-Train.     Before I proceed with my tantalizing review of the Vibram V-Train, here’s a little background on my running and[…]

Inov-8 F-Lite G 290: All about getting it done

80/100 by James Hughes
Inov-8 F-Lite G 290: All about getting it done
No Nonsense. That’s what the F-Lite G 290 is all about, just getting it done. My pair are black and remind a little of old school football (soccer) boots. Generally, aesthetics aren’t a major concern to me – performance is far more important, but if you like a stylish shoe, this may not be the one for you or at the very least. It’ll take some getting used to.     It is a little bulky in size, particularly around the toe box if not[…]

New Balance 517: A great trainer for anyone

90/100 by David Cooley
New Balance 517: A great trainer for anyone
Are you interested in starting a fitness routine involving a variety of activities from walking to weightlifting? Or, are you a more experienced gym rat looking for a solid and durable training shoe that won’t break the bank? Either way, the New Balance 517 is a great option to consider.     I’m a fitness enthusiast in my mid-40s and was looking for a general trainer that I could wear in the gym. Recently, I’ve been guilty of wearing my[…]