When it came to innovation during 2017 there has been little to get excited about. Saucony, have led the way in increasing the distribution of its Everun midsole compound which was launched in 2016. So there has definitely been more options available through their range via a number of updates.
So with that in mind who are this years contenders:
New Balance 1080V8:
We definitely liked this high mileage and ever popular training shoe for its
– Stable Running Platform
– Great fit across a range of feet
– High levels of cushioning
– Availability of widths
On Running CloudFlow:
A new introduction at the end of last year that was aimed at mid mileage runners or those looking for a faster feeling racer trainer.
– Responsive under the foot
– No fuss upper that is highly breathable
– Surprisingly well cushioned
Mizuno Wave Shadow:
Brand new for 2017 and a very positive step by Mizuno in bringing through an 8mm drop training shoe for mid mileage or faster paced training.
– Stable mid to rear foot
– Transition from heel to forefoot
– Responsive, yet with a higher than expected cushioning level
Scott Palani Trainer:
A completely redesigned shoe for 2017 and a category Scott are less known for:
– Rocker design of midsole enabling a good toe off position
– Ideal for straighter shaped feet
– Good levels of cushioning retaining some responsiveness
– Grip in the wet
Saucony Ride 10:
A go to shoe within the store and one that has proven to be a solid shoe with incarnation. Everun has been added in the form of a piece above the main midsole unit, referred to as a ‘Top Sole’.
– Stable Platform
– Universal fit, especially the women’s specific version
– High levels of cushioning
So the Best in Test Road Running Shoe 2017 is… go on someone hit the Drum Roll switch please…
The On Running CloudFlow!
The reason, I haven’t taken them off my feet when road running this year. The others great to test, yes, don’t get me wrong, I just want to run in this shoe. I also loved the hose pipe technology.
What a great feeling shoe. Cushioned and oh so responsive at the same time. The ‘Cloud Technology’ really shines and works so very well. You land, the ‘Clouds’ (hose pipes) crush to cushion and then stay crushed so you do not lose so much power during the push phase. For me this is the first time that an On Running Training shoe has really hit this concept well and truly for six. The CloudFlow definitely sits in that mid mileage section of the market, or perhaps someone wanting their first longer distance racer. To be honest I reckon I would be just as happy in them over 5k.
Grip is much improved, especially on wetter surfaces and I very much like the no fuss upper which is nice and secure, with top marks for breathability. Perhaps my one gripe would be the width, a little more would have been ideal.
Overall, I think a worthy winner of this category. The blend of cushioning and responsiveness really is where it is at for the CloudFlow and as to the colour options…there’s enough to suit pretty much any taste.