The second half of the year always sees a number of new shoes and updates to existing models land on the shelves. As ever some are better than others and as is always the case, the proof is in the running.
Last month saw the arrival of the Scott Kinabalu 2.0 RC and a real marmite shoe that has proven to be. A classic case of if the fit works then you will probably love the shoe and certainly the feedback from the Team Accelerate Scott runners proved something most of us now realise, you have gotta try the shoe on and check you are happy before heading out the door for a run.
You can read a review of the culmination of the testing for this shoe here >>
So for the second half of 2019 I have picked three shoes which I believe fit the bill for many a runner and in the case of the Saucony Mad River, a shoe that offers amazing levels of versatility. And I suspect it will fill the gap that exists for those who swim-run. With that said let’s start on the roads…
Saucony Ride IS0 2
The Ride has been a staple of the Saucony stable for many years. The shoe has evolved over the years yet continues to be a cracking everyday shoe for those running around 25-30 miles a week looking for just the one shoe. Higher mileage runners will use this as their longer run-day shoe to back up their faster feeling responsive shoes for those mid week sessions.
The New Ride ISO 2 has the same levels of cushioning as in the previous model. Traction will not change a great deal either.
The key to the update is the upper. The ISO fit has been updated to provide greater fit and comfort around the foot. The addition of FORMFIT technologies help the shoe to mould and adapt to the shape of the runner’s foot, even during the run. Certainly, having tried the shoe on, it is definitely more plush and the fit does feel good.
If you are on the lookout for a mid to high mileage comfortable shoe, then this should be on your try on list. Oh yes, it’s a touch lighter too.
Key Update: “Updated ISOFIT and all new FORMFIT technologies adapt to the shape and motion of the runner’s foot”.
VJ Sport MAXx Trail Shoe
Well, if there is one thing we keep hearing from customers about the current VJ range is grip! Especially on rock.
With the same outsole compound being used in the all new MAXx we reckon that as far as trail shoes go then this could be hard to beat for grip and traction. You have to remember that it is not an off-trail shoe, it is built with trails in mind in all but the worst conditions. The square lugs are well spaced for mud clearance, flat topped so that they grip better in the wet and onto rock.
The upper is what you would expect, a sandwiched mesh for breathability and to be quick drying.
New Shoe: Well worth checking out if you are looking for grip on trails and mountains.
Saucony Mad River TR
Ok, so the name caught my attention… “What’s this?” Is this the most versatile trail shoe yet made?
Possibly the first thing you’ll notice is that there are numerous lace holes. Simply, so that you can customise the fit to ensure a better fitting shoe. There may appear to be less under your foot compared to say the Saucony Peregrine, yet the early reports suggest the midsole blends great cushioning with reasonable ground feel.
Now here’s the thing… especially if you are into your DIY, on the outsole of the shoe you will see a series of marked circles that are numbered. You can open up some of these for drainage so making the shoe an option for those that swim-run in the great outdoors. The other option with these numbered circles is that they will take a screw in stud or spike for deep mud or snowy winter conditions.
Grip wise, out of the box, they are a definite trail shoe (mountain or valley) and if the Peregrine is anything to go by, they shouldn’t be too bad on wet rock either.
New Shoe: Versatile, great if you love DIY ;-) and definitely worth checking out for anyone who swim-runs or is looking for a lower profile and responsive trail shoe.
So there you have it…July is going to be interesting and personally I just have to get my feet into a pair of the Mad River, if nothing else, for the name alone! Oh yes, I like a spot of DIY too!
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