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Product testing, used, abused and generally thrown around to see if we can break it. Kit, gear, equipment and footwear comparisons.

Tried, Tested & Abused – Altra Timp 5

The new Altra Timp 5 boasts maximum comfort for spending all day out on the trails. Accelerate Community Run Leader Carlton has been putting them to the test in Peak District. Continue reading to find out his thoughts on Altra’s new cushioned trail shoe

Straight out of the Box

Taking these shoes out of the box, I was immediately struck by the bright colours: these luminous yellow ones are not for those wanting to blend in (other colours are available).The shoes look big both in terms of the wide toe box and ample midsole cushioning but I found them surprisingly light: my size 8s were just 277g on the scales. They are well designed for trail running with a reassuring toe guard, a flexible lacing system and a gusseted tongue to stop debris getting inside.

I was initially perplexed by the loop at the front of the laces and the Velcro tab on the heel but apparently these accommodate gaiters. I’m sure this might be a useful feature for some, but I have never heard of anyone running in gaiters so it did seem a bit unnecessary.

The Vibram sole is as colourful as the upper. The 4mm lugs are well spaced and I was interested to see how they would cope with really muddy paths.

First Run


Feeling slight conspicuous in my new fluorescent shoes among the grizzled runners of the Peak District, I went out for a 10km trot around Stanage Edge over a variety of paths and terrains. The shoes were a perfect fit for my shoe size and the spacious toe box let my feet spread and breathe while the combination of laces and fitted heel held me snug and secure throughout the run. I was initially concerned that the side of the shoe came up quite high and would rub my ankle but this didn’t happen as I scampered around.

These are zero drop shoes and the lack of elevation at the heel is not something I am used to. I noticed the difference it made to my running form as I found myself less likely to heel-strike and this improved my steadiness particularly when the ground was unpredictable.

The thick midsole proved extremely comfortable, offering lots of bounce and a surprising amount of stability which helped me feel more confident running on the uneven terrain. The outsole really held onto the gravel paths and forest trails. Despite all the cushioning, I found the shoes quite responsive and nimble over roots and more technical rocky sections. I was surprised at how grippy they proved to be on the particularly muddy parts of the run and having been submerged numerous times, how quickly the water inside displaced.

 Conclusion

These shoes are very comfortable and soak up bumps on the trail while remaining pleasantly responsive. Combined with the roomy toe box, the shoe is really well suited for long runs. Although, I’m not sure what they would be like if I was wearing gaiters at the same time!

How do they sound?

The men’s can be found here >> and the women’s can be found here >>. Or if you are not quite convinced, pop down to the Accelerate Running Store and try a pair out for yourself!!

Altra Escalante 3 – Tried, Teasted & Abused

A classic in the Altra line up but with some tweaks to pull it in a sleek and speedy shoe.  With a new knit upper and an updated midsole its Altra’s answer to a more traditional racer/trainer. Team Accelerate Athlete Will Burton is a big fan of Altra, he’s been putting the new Altra Escalante 3 through it’s paces. Continue reading to find out his thoughts.

The Altra Escalante 3 is a minimal and lightweight shoe, perfect for running workouts and road races. I have been fortunate enough to test them over the last few weeks and have found them a great addition to my line up of running shoes. I have been a fan of Altra shoes for a while now, favouring the Altra Via Olympus for my recovery runs and Sunday long runs. I also like the Torin’s and have used them for steady runs, workouts and races. But as versatile as these shoes are, I prefer something more minimal for my sessions and race days. The Escalante 3 fits the bill.

STRAIGHT OUT THE BOX

Straight out the box the shoes felt great. The flat laces combined with a soft tongue and snug heel made the shoe feel comfortable and like an extension of my foot as soon as I put them on. The slim stack height of the shoe and trademark Altra zero drop from heel to toe also helps the shoe feel neutral. The vivid red mesh of the shoe and rich red laces look great, and we all know that good looking running shoes make you go faster! The shoes come in lots of other colour ways if this isn’t to your taste.

FIRST RUN THOUGHTS

The shoe felt very responsive and close to the ground from the first run. I felt agile and able to accelerate quickly and didn’t feel like the shoes would take long to ‘break in’. However, similarly to when I tested out the Altra Olympus, I felt it necessary to put a lace lock in the top of the shoe to keep my foot firmly in place when on the move (have a look at this video if you have not done this before). This is a matter of preference but it worth trying out to see how it feels. I do this with most of my shoes.

I haven’t worn a shoe this minimal for quite a while but was really impressed with how it has felt in my recent training. I think the shoe is great for track and road sessions where you want to run fast with a quick cadence. So far, I have used them for a 12 x 300m session and fast fartlek session, feeling able to kick hard from the first rep. They feel especially good after warming up in a slightly heavier and softer shoe. I think it’s always good to warm up in a heavier shoe as it helps you feel light and nimble when you start moving at speed. The shoe also felt great when doing drills before running sessions. Their minimal profile gives you a responsive feel underfoot and allows you to dial in the technique of your drills, improving your running form overall. In terms of racing, this shoe would be great over the 5k and 10k distance.

CONCLUSION

This shoe might take a few runs to get used to if you are used to more cushioned, high stack shoes. But it is an excellent option for runners wanting to take their training and racing more seriously, shaving seconds off their 5k and 10k personal bests. For longer races I’d favour something a little more cushioned but for road races of this distance it would be perfect. I plan to continue using this shoe for track sessions, tempo runs and road races as we come into the spring and summer season. Combined with something more cushioned like the Altra Olympus this shoe is a great, lightweight addition to your running shoe rotation.

The men’s can be found here and the women’s can be found here. Or if you are not quite convinced, pop down to the Accelerate Running Store and try a pair out now.

Scott Supertrac Speed RC Review By Athlete Jonah Cooper

As a keen trail and fell runner, it is important that I have a shoe that I can trust when running on technical terrains. Having had some fell running shoes that I haven’t liked so much before, I had high expectations when I was given a pair of the new Scott Supertrac Speed RC to test out, a shoe specifically designed for the quintessentially British “Fell run”. This isn’t to say I wasn’t excited, however, because straight out of the box I knew that they would certainly live up to their name- “Speed”. Immediately, the weight of the shoe, or should I say, “non- weight”, was noticeable, with them weighing in at only 215. On first looks, the lightweight upper and 7mm lugs added to the great aesthetic of the shoe.

Initial thoughts.

After displaying them on my bedroom floor for a couple of days, it was finally time to put them to the test. Straight away, I noticed the lightness of the shoe. The lightweight upper allowed for less weight in the shoe, while still providing a tough and durable barrier for my foot. The perfect combination of the lower stack height and harder yet responsive midsole underneath allowed me to have enough ground feel to stay stable on the technical terrain of Loxley Common, but also a good amount of push back from the floor, allowing me to pick up the pace on less technical areas. This overall created a smooth ride, whilst having the luxury of being able to feel the ground beneath me. I also noticed that the gusseted tongue kept my foot secure in the shoe, whilst adding some extra comfort round the middle of my foot. This combined with a bit of a wider toe box at the front of the shoe made for a comfortable and breathable shoe.

 

Race Testing.

I then wore the Supertrac Speed RCs for a 5k fell race in the Peak District, to test how fast they really would be, in conditions that were wet, muddy and slippery, where I quickly found out that wet limestone is rather slippery, but then again, nothing grips on wet limestone. It’s safe to say that they certainly lived up to their name, and I didn’t need to worry about falling or slipping, as the shoe perfectly balanced being able to grip on grass, tree roots, mud, grit, gravel and boggy terrain, whilst being comfortable and securely locked in. Furthermore, the shoe has enough grip to be secure and fast and the way up and down, but the lugs are far enough apart that no mud or grass gets stuck in between them, meaning the shoes don’t get clogged up. This may seem like an over-the-top point, but would you want to be running down a 40% slope with minimal grip because of clogged up shoes? This, in my opinion, is one of the features that sets this shoe apart from its competitors. Another final thing to mention is that this shoe can cope with all the distances. I wore this shoe for a trail half marathon in the Cheviots, where they felt just as good for this distance as they did for a 5k fell race.

 

Conclusion.

Overall, the Scott Supertrac Speed RC certainly lives up to its name. Lightweight, grippy, and most of all speedy, this is my favourite fell running shoe I have ever worn, a bold claim given the array of shoes I have tried before. You should certainly consider the Scott Supertrac Speed RC for your next fell running shoe.

Like the sound of these beauties? Come and give them a try in-store or order a pair online. You can find Men’s Here and Women’s Here

 

The Saucony Xodus Ultra 2

Accelerate Community member and Accelerate Trail Runners Run Leader Graeme is back again and has been lucky enough to get his hands on another pair of the Saucony Xodus Ultra’s, but this time it’s version 2. Now available from the Accelerate store, to find the specs of the shoe Click Here >>. Keep reading to hear how he got on!

I reviewed the Saucony Xodus version 1 back in May 2022 and have now done over a 1000k on them – The review on the version one can be found Here>>; this review is a comparison of that version so I’ll focus on the differences I’ve noticed after ~50k with runs on mixed terrain (tarmac to fell) ranging from 7k to 26k.  I’m being a bit picky.

Straight out of the box

The upper is stiffer, less stretchy — more protective I suppose — so I was unable to tighten it up in the same way over my lumpy feet.  That said, I did this last time as I thought they were slightly too big – same size this time and they didn’t feel too big – certainly for longer runs where feet need to expand.  The forefoot is spacious as before.  The laces have changed too – round and quite chunky,  not the original stretchy, flat ones.

The ride feels firmer than before – but the sole has not changed!  So it must be me: too used to my now slipper-like v1s – after 20-30k they feel as before, so it was me.  Very comfortable in both heel and forefoot.

That upper…

What I’ve noticed is that there seem to be two versions of the upper – and this is not just a colour thing – mine are a claret colour – interesting – all others I’ve seen are grey.  On inspection the grey ones have a different (softer?) upper, more akin to the v1, plus the inner forefoot gusset seems to be of a lighter / thinner material, plus the laces are the flat stretchy ones.  Most unusual.  In summary the grey ones are much more like the v1s but are still a more robust material.  The inner gusset now covers the whole forefoot – the v1 had it just around the mid foot.

The upper foot shape has changed a bit – see comparison photo – and there is now a useful looking rand around the whole shoe next to the sole – to protect more I suppose.  My concern was that it would keep water in – didn’t seem to make any difference, which was good.  The change in upper shape may be holding my foot more naturally, requiring less tight lacing.

I can only really comment on my claret version but personally, I prefer the previous material but I like the new foot shape change and the welt – I’d prefer a softer, thinner material as previously it only started to fail on me after 1000k, so not bad.

Conclusion

Pros: new grey colour looks good; same plush ride but with good ground feel.

Cons: check out if you want the claret or the grey style; the upper may be a bit stiff for some.

Summary

Fundamentally the same as the version 1 with a more robust upper.  My go-to, long run shoe again.

You can find the Men’s Here and Women’s Here. Alternatively, pop on down to the shop and give them a try.

The Scott Supertrac Amphib, Tried Tested and Reviewed

Team Accelerate and Scott Supported athlete Harvey has been busy putting the new Scott Supertrac Amphib to the test.

Anyone who has seen me run or race off-road in the last few years will have likely seen the Scott Supertrac RC on my feet. So when Scott started developing the Amphib, a shoe designed around the Supertrac but with a lighter and faster draining upper, I was sent a prototype pair in the post and I was pretty excited (massive understatement). Now seeing them on the store shoe wall is even cooler.

I have been using them for a while now and are the shoes I reach for if I’m heading into the hills. I have raced in them most of last year and this year. They feel great and perform even when they are covered in mud. A real winner for the depths of winter.

What’s different?

The most common question about the Amphib is why choose them over the standard Supertrac RC. To answer this question it’s best to outline the differences.

Scott has used their iconic radial traction pattern outsole and AeroFoam+ midsole which are both found in the Supertrac RC.

The real change comes to the upper, Scott has used a KPU upper that provides a rugged and highly durable mesh that maintains excellent levels of drainage. Ideal if you are wading through water and want your shoes to drain fast.

Scott has worked really hard to make sure they don’t lose the fit of the upper. It’s great to see this be perfected over the prototypes. In the final version, Scott has nailed it with the perfect blend of a secure hold without feeling restrictive.

In conclusion, they are great if you are heading off the beaten track and encountering lots of mud, water and bog. Events like swim runs and obstacle course racing they will be ideal for.

Like the sound of that, come and give them a try in-store or order a pair Here

 

 

Tried, Tested & Abused: Altra Lone Peak 7

It’s not very often that I get to write a review. Coming across any type of shoe in a size 14 can be hard work. When it came to getting my hands on a pair of the new Altra Lone Peak 7, I was excited for a new experience on the trails.

Specs

  • Trail running
  • 0mm Drop 25mm stack height
  • 314g in men’s 8UK
  • 262g in women’s 6UK

Straight out of the box

Wow, just look at the size of them. I know it shouldn’t surprise me but it just amazes me how big they actually are. Sliding them on, my initial thoughts are they feel great. They feel very spacious in the toe box which allows my toes to relax while still having a secure fit around the heel. When lacing them up they feel very lightweight, like I’ve got nothing on my feet. Which I appreciate as I’m already quite a big heavy lad.

Famously, Altra are known for their zero drop shoes. This is something that I haven’t tried before and I and looking forward to giving it a go. Now it’s time to get them onto the trails!

First few miles

For my first test run in the Altra Lone Peak  7, I hit the trails of a very muddy Rivelin Valley. They felt plush under foot and could handle everything that the valley threw at them. From loose gravel to boggy water logged paths, they got me through with ease.

The spacious toe box feels amazing as my feet can splay out naturally. The MAXTRAC rubber lugs and a new outsole pattern gives fantastic grip and traction in thick mud. The Altra Ego midsole feels very responsive which makes the ride on the trails go by like a dream, not needing much effort!

After about 7k down the valley, they felt just as good as when I first put them on. No aches, no rubbing, a shoe I would happily wear all day.

Conclusion

After a few more runs up and down the valley, they still feel just as good as the first run. The wide-fitting toe box and well cushioned midsole giving them a great level of comfort. Making the ride feel like a dream no matter the trail. This is complemented by the MAXTRAC rubber lugs which have given me confidence that I won’t slip even on wet and muddy trails.

If you looking for a wider-fitting shoe to take you on most trails, the Lone Peak 7 should definitely be on your list to try.

You can find the Men’s Here and Women’s Here. Alternatively, pop on down to the shop and give them a try.

Scott Ultra Carbon RC, Tried, Tested and Abused

It’s happened, carbon plates have finally made their way into trail running shoes. The idea does not completely convince me. However, these shoes are doing a very good job of changing my mind. Scott has saved no expense on them, packed them full of their latest tech, and used the innovation they have become famous for.

  • Trail running and racing shoe
  • 5mm drop 25mm in the heel 20mm in the forefoot
  • 300 grams in my size 8UK

Straight out of the box

I was very lucky and got a pair a few months before they were released so have done plenty of running in them by this point. Going back to my first run and initial thoughts. Slipping my foot into them the over-ruling factor is comfort. The upper is a light and breathable mesh that moulds to your foot shape instantaneously. It feels wider in the forefoot compared to other Scott models which are good if you are stepping up the distance. For the cushioning Scott often have a reputation for their shoes being on the more responsive and firm end of the spectrum, with the Ultra Carbon RC, this is no longer the case. Thanks to the combination of the plate they have managed to soften up the midsole foam without compromising on the responsiveness, A real win!

The outsole is on the lighter end of the trail grip but I have been very surprised with how capable they are when it comes to the mix of terrain they can handle.

Running feels easy in them, unlike some carbon shoes it doesn’t feel like I have had to change how I run in them. The plate isn’t that noticeable until you start running faster then you can feel it subtly ping you forward. A great feeling, especially when you begin to tire towards the end of your run.

Conclusion

A few months on, plenty of miles were run and some raced. They are still a shoe I reach for if I want to feel faster. Still, with the same comfy feel every time I put them on. Some downsides I have found are on more technical terrain you lose ground feel and they feel clunky and oversized, this is more taking the shoe on the wrong trails, but something to be aware of if you are planning on taking them more off-trail.

Pros:

  • Super Comfy
  • Cushioned and responsive
  • Surprisingly grippy
  • Wide fit in the forefoot

Con’s:

  • Loss of ground feel on more technical terrain

Like the sound of going faster? Pop down to the store to try a pair today or follow the link Here to grab a pair today.

Tried, Tested and Abused, the On Cloudgo

Team Accelerate’s resident marathoner Andy Shelton has had the chance to test out the newest in the On Running lineup, the Cloudgo. Andy admits to being a big On fan and has had “possibly every running shoe they have released since the brand started.” Keep reading to hear his thoughts on their latest creation and if its a thumbs up from him.


The On brand has continued to grow and develop its range of running, hiking, and lifestyle shoes over time. I am constantly surprised at the innovation that they have been putting into their new shoes. Each year On Running manages to design a running shoe that exceeds expectations and consequently shuffles my ranking of On best shoes.

So far this year, On has already overdelivered with 2 new running shoes that have wildly stood out. These stand-out On running shoes include the Cloudmonster (for running long and comfortable), and now the CloudGo (for easy training and longer runs)

So here is what is going on with On’s latest addition….

It’s most certainly an understated running shoe from On. When I opened the box I didn’t really expect much from it just by judging the exterior of the shoe.

Well after using them, I was wrong!!! OK, I was partly right in my judgment because the Cloudgo really doesn’t have one stand-out feature or unique selling points that target it to a specific type of runner. Surprisingly, this is exactly what makes the Cloudgo one of those shoes that, put simply, does everything well without trying to be too much.

The Cloudgo is a neutral, medium-width shoe, and the toe box feels airy – so if your midfoot, and toes are average width then the Cloudgo should feel great in the toe box. It’s a similar feel to the Cloudsurfer.

It has a medium arch that sits ever so slightly more towards the front of the shoe than I’m used to with On running shoes but they feel extremely comfortable right out the box like On shoes generally do. If you’ve worn On’s before and enjoy the feel, then the Cloudgo won’t disappoint, it will likely impress because On has made some great improvements to the cushioning around the heel, and tongue area.

The Cloudgo feels similar to the earlier updated Cloudstratus, in terms of padded cushioning and comfort in the upper, and also the cushioning underfoot to some degree.

That’s a good thing by the way because in both these shoes I enjoy running long distances on concrete and asphalt. The outsole used for the On Cloudgo is quite unassuming but the multi-directional micro-tread patterns mean they can hold their own in wet conditions very well, trust me as they offer plenty of grip, when the conditions aren’t good. The Cloudgo works well on mixed terrain too, including gravel, hard-packed dirt, and very light trails.

I wouldn’t recommend wearing them on technical trails as the tread just doesn’t have the lugs to support uneven terrain., but they have even changed the depth of the lugs underneath, so they aren’t stone grabbers anymore.

This isn’t the bounciest, most fun ride of all the On Running shoes, however, that title still belongs to the On Cloudmonster. Check out the previous review I did here if you really want to turn up the fun while running.

The Cloudtec pods in the Cloudgo are large and as supportive as the Cloudstratus , although the Cloudgo is a lighter shoe with a bit less cushioning in the midsole, and a lot like the Cloudsurfer in terms of how they feel underfoot.

This understated performance makes it tricky for me to put a finger on what actually makes this shoe so good. The only thing I can really say is that they just work well, without trying to be anything ground-breaking. On have gone back to basics and have ultimately created a relatively simple yet effective running shoe that JUST WORKS WELL!

On a personal note, I love the design. As I said earlier though, there’s nothing all that flashy about them, they are comfortable and perform extremely well.

On Cloudgo upper is made with sustainable recycled materials. I really like the little details on these running shoes, from the streak of white lines that run all around them, to the almost camo pattern in the mixed weave/stitching pattern that you can see in the orange parts of the upper. The mesh material used for the On Cloudgo upper is quite thick, comforting, and surprisingly breathable. The shoe is made with 30% recycled materials while the upper is made with 90% recycled polyester. The material used for the interior is very soft on the top of your feet which is so important if you’re planning longer runs in these.

There are areas in the upper that have been protected with strips of ‘no-sew foil’ which will firmly hold fabrics together without the possibility of materials fraying. Everyone will appreciate every move the On brand makes to help improve sustainability in the manufacturing process.

My final conclusions are these, how do I describe the feeling of the Cloudgo: unassuming, reliable, and comfortable!

This is one of those running shoes that you can rely on, is unassuming, yet performs to very high standards.

It’s a workhorse you can rely on which allows you to get in plenty of training miles in total comfort.

PROS

  • Very comfortable out the box.
  • One of those shoes that JUST WORKS. I like how they haven’t been over-engineered.
  • Unassuming yet a high performance shoe – I find myself running faster than usual.
  • Medium cushioning gives them comfort and responsiveness – this makes them great for half marathon and even marathon running.
  • Very reasonably priced for such a workhorse of a shoe that just does it all well!

CONS

  • The design looks a bit unassuming – some will love that; others may prefer something else.
  • I’d like to see more daring colourways. But this is a personal thing.

Get here pair today you can find the Men’s here and the Women’s here

 

Scott Pursuit, Tried, Tested and Abused

My name is Will and I have been running with the Accelerate team for around 4 years now. I enjoy all types of running but am currently studying in Manchester, so do a lot of my training on tarmac and in parks and will be reviewing the Scott Pursuit. Keep on reading to find out my thoughts!

Straight out of the box

Straight out of the box the shoes felt plush and cushioned. The soft tongue and laces made it easy to get a good lace lockdown in the shoe, stopping my feet from slipping around. The 30mm stack height and rocker shape of the shoe did feel unique, especially after running in more minimal shoes like the Saucony Kinvara before, but I quickly got used to this and liked it. I run in a UK size 10 and have found the Pursuits fit true to size. I also like the different colourways (grey-black-lime green, blue-orange and dark green in men’s sizes, and navy-yellow, green-red and purple in women’s sizes) which is always a bonus!

First run thoughts

For my first run in the shoes, I did an easy 6-mile loop from my house. The soft midsole of the shoe was really comfortable running on a mixture of tarmac and dirt trail. Despite the cushioned feel of the shoe, they felt snappy and responsive. The rocker shape of the shoe helped me to promote an efficient midfoot strike and by the end of the run, I had no aches or pains which I sometimes suffer from with inefficient foot placement. The shoes felt snug and secure throughout the run. They were stable and grippy on slightly wet tarmac and soft trail but wouldn’t be appropriate for a muddier trail. The shoe is designed primarily for road running but can handle dry, non-technical trails.

Despite running less than 50 miles in the shoes so far, I have done lots of easy runs, an 11-mile long run, a fast Parkrun and a 12 x 400m session in them. The shoe is not designed as a racer but it has nevertheless felt comfortable and fast for all the types of running I have thrown at it. The shoes were also quick to break in, any initial stiffness alleviated after two runs in the shoe.

Conclusion

The Scott Pursuit is the best all-round running shoe I have used. From fast sessions to long slow runs, this shoe fits the bill. Using the shoe, I have been able to run further and faster with less fatigue the following day.

The men’s can be found here and the women’s can be found here. Or if you are not quite convinced, pop down to the Accelerate Running Store and try a pair out now.

Tried, Tested and Reviewed, True Motion Aion Next Gen

Team Accelerate athlete and marathon runner Andy Shelton has been clocking up the miles in the new True Motion Aion Next-Gen. Keep reading to find Andy’s thoughts on the new Aion Next Gen below.

Who are true motion, and what are they about.

True motion is a German based company whose ethos is putting the runner first. No fancy gimmicks, they are using science to help people enjoy running and stay injury free.

Are the shoes different, yes, they are and for this reason they are wanting to make shoes that are as comfortable, natural, and efficient as possible.

So recently I have been asked to take the Aion Next Gen shoe and put it through it paces. As people know I’m an Ontm fan and have a large rotation of stability and carbon plated shoes.

Is this shoe going to be different, I’m not a stranger to True motion as I have a pair of the Solos in my shoe rotation, and I have been very impressed with overall robustness of that shoe. I have ignored all the sales talk about the shoe, and this is what I think.

 Straight out of the box

They look neat and tidy, looks a well-made shoe, with nothing flashy about it, a pure shoe for running.

Love the colourway as it is nice and understated.

I took the shoes on a few runs furthest was about 16km and how did the shoe feel, all I can say is that they were a joy to my achy feet. Comfort is the buzz word and comfortable they are, this is due to the more cushioned U-Tech midsole which offers up a really soft landing.

The 3D MotionBridge structure also extends around the heel of the shoe for enhanced security and support. The outsole incorporates rotated TrueFlex flex grooves in the front of the shoe which enhance comfort when you push off from your toes. The sustainable Regrind Rubber outsole offers excellent traction and durability, so it gives confidence in the wet (it was raining heavily during the test)

The fit of the shoe was excellent, it felt stable and really secure on my foot, and it nice to know that the material used in these shoes is from sustainable resources.

Who do these shoes suit, in my opinion anyone, if you going to buy the shoes, I would go up ½ a size as this will help your feet and toes, with the little upsizing you will benefit from the extra cushioning. U-Tech Aion (Next Gen) is True Motion’s most luxurious, premium feeling shoe and is an excellent addition to your running shoe rotation, it is excellent for any runner looking to treat their feet kindly on easier or steady-paced runs.

The Aion Next gen specs are as follows:

  • Weight: 270 grams (slightly lighter than previous models)
  • Drop: 10mm
  • U-Tech structure centres forces applied during the gait cycle
  • 3D MotionBridge structure helps transfer energy and offers a smooth transition

Overall conclusion

You aren’t going to go super-fast in these shoes, as they aren’t the lightest of shoe as they aren’t designed for this they are for long easy steady runs, these are definitely a road shoe.

For comfort and running enjoyment these are definitely for you, and you will not be disappointed as you will get lots of happy miles running in the Aion next generation.

Are you sold on them and want a pair right now?

The men’s can be found here and the women’s can be found here. Or if you are not quite convinced, pop down to the Accelerate Running Store and try a pair out now.

More information about the True Motion and their range can be found Here. Or watch the video below.

 

Tried, Tested and Abused: True Motion Aion

When looking for a new pair of running shoes there are a few simple guides to follow. Firstly. do they fit, second are they comfy, and finally do you enjoy going for a run in them. Stick to that and you are in a good place. The new Aion from True Motion certainly ticks these boxes for us.

Designed for use as an everyday road running shoe, that can clock up the miles day after day. Keep reading to find out how we got on.

Let’s start with a little background, True Motion is a German based running shoe brand with the goal of runner first. Focusing on natural movement and human mechanics, the resulting shoes have a running experience, unlike anything I have tried before.

True Motion Aion Specs:

  • 10mm drop, 25mm in the heel 15mm in the forefoot
  • 290g in men’s size 8UK and 250g in women’s size 6UK
  • Full length U-TECH midsole
  • 3D-MotionBridge

Unboxing

Any shoe that you are greeted with a postcard from the designer, you know you are on to a winner.

Straight out of the box, they have a futuristic look to them, not your traditional trainer. First to catch my eye is the red Motionbridge wrapping around the heel of the shoe, there to help stabilize your foot and lock you in the shoe. Underneath sits the bright, shiny, and slightly sparkly U-Tech midsole. Flip the shoe over and it reveals a horseshoe shape with empty space under the heel, this is the key to their revolutionary design. As you land your foot sinks into the space, putting you in a more natural position and allowing you to align your body from ankle, knee to hip, before firing you forward. All wrapped in a light, breathable mesh upper with reflective detailing to help keep you visible.

Slipping my foot into them the first thing I feel is the horseshoe shape under my foot. It feels firm to start with yet once you get moving and the U-TECH begins to work you get the full effect and suddenly they feel plush and much softer. Hopping onto the treadmill the first few steps feel very strange, this is quickly replaced by a feeling I can only describe as gliding. I can no longer feel any weird bits under my foot when it lands just a smooth consistent base. The Spring forward is more notable now, the result a very snappy transition every time you land, great if you ever start to feel tired it can whip you back into shape.

After 60km of use

Jack was lucky enough to get a pair a few months before anyone and has been busy getting out and running in them.

“Months on and I still have the same interest and excitement surrounding them”

Having had the Aions for a few months now I still have the same interest and excitement surrounding them. I’ve mostly been using them for my easy going runs when I have been after that little bit of extra comfort. Which they have do provide very well; highly comparable to Brooks Glycerin in that respect.

I have tried using them for a few faster sessions in which I found them to be a little out of their comfort zone. Going around a fast, downhill corner I found them unstable, perhaps this was down to the hilly nature of Sheffield. However, the horseshoe shape makes it feel as though I am rolling out of the shoe. This would be my one quibble with them. The solo may solve this issue for me with the complete forefoot!

I’ve run between 60-70km in them roughly thus far, I don’t run with a watch so I haven’t accurately recorded the mileage.  They are wearing very well in all with the biggest change being they have softened through the shoe most noticeable under my forefoot. This isn’t surprising given I do land on the forefoot consistently.

To get your own pair of True Motion Aions follow the link Here for men’s and Here for women’s. More information about the True Motion Range can be found Here. Or watch the video below.

 

Tried, Tested & Abused: True Motion Nevos

One of three shoes available from True Motion, the Nevos sits alongside the previously reviewed Solo and Aion.  Each shoe offers something slightly different in the range.

The Solo (reviewed here >>) is the speedier of the three shoes with the Aoin (reviewed here >>) a terrific everyday training shoes.  Whilst the Nevos sits firmly between the two. It is designed to combine excellent cushioning (Aion) and responsiveness (Solo), arguably the best features of the other shoes.

For those of you investigating True Motion for the first time may be interested to learn why the Team here at Accelerate is so excited to be using and stocking True Motion.  Read our introduction here >>

The New Kids on the Block: True Motion

 

The key to the True Motion Nevos is two fold:

  1. Taking them out of the box you can clearly see the ‘U-Tech’ heel cushioning unit.  Well, it does more than that as it all about ‘support and security’ for the heel. This is designed to centre the heel for natural limb alignment.
  2. The cushioning material of the shoe utilises a unique foam that is responsive, in fact it is claimed that an energy return of 75% is possible.

So all of this should result in a stable, cushioned and responsive feeling shoe.
Tue Motion say about the Nevos…

You enjoy a soft touchdown like on a forest floor, you feel the natural stability and security in your entire running geometry and experience a push-off so dynamic, you can barely await your next steps. The U-TECH Nevos is a functional revolution. We are certain: if you experience this unprecedented running sensation of freedom and security, you will no longer want anything else!

So how does all of this add up in reality?  Well there is only one way to find out and that’s to try a pair on and go run.

Picking the shoe up out of the box and you can get the impression it’s well made. A plush heel cup, lightweight breathable materials that are soft and easy to handle. Onto the foot and there is an immediate feeling of comfort and standing in them does, as has already been reported in the other two styles, they do feel a little odd.  Not uncomfortable, just different.  Fit is pretty good and they size up as I would expect.

Time to Run

First run was around the streets of Sheffield, taking in the River Don and the Olympic Legacy Park.  A mix of typical urban running surfaces. It took a moment to feel and understand the shoe, again something all the Accelerate reviewers have noted. A couple of kilomters in and all this was forgotten as I realised  I was just running. Movement felt natural. I was upright, no leaning forward nor any hint of an overstride. Running felt natural and easy.
Over time the cushioining and impact protection felt awesome, not too much and not to little.  A real blend of coping with a few miles and also not leaving you wanting more from the shoe.  This continued in every run undertaken in the Nevos.  The stated responsiveness was also very obvious. Pick the pace up and it felt like the shoe really was giving.

The balance between cushioning and responsivenes is a joy

I am now into a little over 50km of running in the Nevos. Yep, they are the best road shoe I have run in this year.  The Nevos is a real winner for me.  Which, is actually saying something.  I like the Saucony Kinvara, yet the Nevos are just more responsive.  For me they knock spots of the ‘ON’ Running Flow. It’s like True Motion took the best from both these shoes and blended them together to give us the Nevos.
An everyday, training shoe, well yes. A longer distance racer, well, actually why not… even a fast 5k is not out of the question.

For me these are a real contender for the Best New Shoe of the Year.  Well worth trying!

True Motion Nevos – Men’s

  • Road Running
  • 10mm drop 24mm/14mm
  • 280g in men’s size 8UK

Find out more Here >>

True Motion Nevos – Women’s

  • Road Running
  • 10mm drop 24mm/14mm
  • 240g in women’s size 6UK

Find out more Here >>

More information about True Motion and their range can be found Here. Or watch the video below.