Weight: 206g (M) 189g (W)
‘A fast, everyday shoe that has something for everyone.’
nitrogen injected midsole foam (DNAflash) gives lightweight bounce
toe-off lacks snap for short, super-fast runs
excellent multitasker and well cushioned ride
If you’re a lighter, more efficient runner then this will serve perfectly well as an everyday training shoe. It has the adaptable nature of a Saucony Kinvara, an Under Armour Machina or a Nike Pegasus Turbo. For the masses though it really comes into its own for the 10K to half marathon range.
The etchings on the outsole look less like traditional outsole groves and more like shallow cross hatchings – we wondered if they would supply the necessary bend in the right places to help with a smooth transition - but they did their job excellently, the ride was smooth and, unlike shoes with deeper grooves there was never ay chance of any detritus getting stuck in them.
The responsive midsole
The key USP of this shoe is the responsiveness: there are no rockers or plates or other devices designed to push your foot through from heel to toe quicker - and yet the weight and the fluid design of the midfoot section are two of the factors that combine to give a bewitching sensation that the shoe has become an extension of your foot as you run. A midsole foam called DNAFlash, injected with nitrogen, is extremely durable for the low weight. On the downside the toe-off could be better; the cushioning up at the front, while not poor, is just…meh. Neither firm nor soft and offering little in the way of pop off the toes.
A breathable upper
‘I have narrow feet and the fit if this shoe was just perfect for me,’ says RW Gear Editor Kerry McCarthy. ‘For once I didn’t have to lace the shoe in a different way to make it fit properly around the toebox and heel.’ It’s also extremely breathable. Our testers pounded out miles aplenty in these - everything from track sessions to long training runs – and they all reported a pleasing lack of hotspots, blisters or excessive sweatiness.
As a well cushioned, fast, slimline shoe that’ll provide a consistent ride across middle distance endurance races, this is a very, very good option.
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