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    • Background:
      • @RunTommy
      • Skechers Razor Elite
      • Tempo Runs preparing for the Naples Half Marathon. I plan on using the shoe in the Naples race or the HOKA CARBON X2!!!
      • HS runner in early 1990s. Took running back up in 2008. 1:15 Half Marathon. 2:52 Full Marathon. 2:54 on a crazy hilly course in Atlanta. (Near a PB and top overall Floridian and negative split the race)
      • Club Director Hillsborough Harriers. One of the best Middle School AAU Clubs in the United States.
      • Shoe Rotation : New Balance Beacon V2, Skechers Razor 3, Skechers GoMeb Speed 6, Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit, Razor Elite, Vaporfly 4%
    • Review:
      • I was already of big fan of Skechers to start with. It combined two of my favorite shoes the GoMeb Speed 6 upper and the Razor 3 and threw in a CF infused forefoot plate.
      • I just love this shoe. It is the lightest shoe I own, including XC flats. The only shoe I've ever had that is lighter is the Mizuno Wave Universe.
      • The turnover in the shoe is just amazing. I can average of 190+ spm in these shoes on a 2-3 mile tempo run.
      • Adequate cushioning and good responsiveness when going fast. When running slower paces the shoe feels cushioned, but not bouncy like a Pebax based midsole. The major difference I feel between the Razor Elite and the Razor 3 is basically the forefoot plate prevents toe-flexing and helps with the toe-off. I do dislike the lack of the eyelet to tie a Runners knot! The GoMebs have the extra eyelet and I can really winch-down to the laces and be completely locked in. I don't own the Speed Elite, but it also appears to not have the extra eyelet.
      • A complaint I have with the upper, is if you are living in a high-humidity environment where you will be sweating, moisture can build up inside the the shoe. It protects from water getting in, but at the same time, sweat doesn't go out. I live in Florida and did a 10k time trial during the summer (95% humidity every day) in the Mebs and they retained a lot of moisture inside the shoe.
      • The shoe fits true to size and has a a great racing feel to it for Speed work, Tempo work or races
      • Skechers also seems to give me exactly what I want in shoes and not all the stuff I don't. About half-way thru a 10k last month I was wearing a pair of Vaporflys and was starting to fall off pace. The shoes started to feel clunky and overbearing and the thought occurred to me that I could have raced faster in my lighter Razor 3s.
      • I think anything 13 miles or under, I'm grabbing the Razor Elite. Excellent stuff Skechers!!
I used to live in Florida (graduate of FGCU) and wish I could be at that race. Best of luck at the Race and Seth Demoor will be there as well.
 
#82
Background:
Review Shoe: Sketchers GOrun Speed Elite Hyper
Type of Runs: 3-12 miles paced between 7:30-8:30 per mile
Running experience/background: 37 year old running 30-40 miles a week.
Current shoe/gear rotation: Hoka One One Carbon X SPE, ASICS Metaracer
Distance: Over 100 miles each.

Review:
Comments on shoe performance: I’ll start with a question, would you race a bike on flat tires? If you’re new to carbon fiber plate shoes that is the closest comparison I can think of that almost everyone can relate to. Regular vs. carbon fiber shoes, it's the difference between riding a bike with flat or inflated ttires. They make that big of a difference. If the GOrun Speed Elite Hyper will be your first carbon plate shoe it is most definitely an improvement over non-carbon plate shoes, but there are still better options. Albeit, much more expensive options.
-Summary: The GOrun Speed Elite Hyper may be a mouthful to say, but makes up for it with its light weight. The shoe is in a weight class to be envied by all other shoes, contrasted by a stiff carbon plate, and lacking in one other important area.
Dislikes:
-The GOrun Speed Elite Hyper doesn’t feel secure in the heel. This makes me feel like I need to crank down on the laces when tying the shoes. However, I haven’t had any hot spots or rubbing issues while running.
- Have you ever kicked your opposite ankle while running? Well, the Sketchers GOrun Speed Elite Hyper designed the shoe with the carbon fiber plate protruding out of the sides of the shoes. If you happen to accidently nick your ankle, it will be painfully.
-Lace eyelets are not reinforced and the laces are now cutting through. I don’t know when they’ll break. All stitching is minimally reinforced, but seems to be holding. This is a pro and a con, a pro because it reduces weight, and a con because it brings into question the durability.
-With only a 4-5mm drop from heal to toe, others easily outperform the GOrun Speed Elite Hyper. Many offer 8‐10mm, and a more aggressive drop, in combination with the carbon fiber plate, gives an effortless transition throughout the entire run.
- The forefoot is minimally cushioned with a thin layer of foam. Combined with the stiff carbon plate I found the experience jarring on the legs for runs over 6 miles.

Likes: The stiff plate assists nicely up vigorous inclines. These shoes are extremely light weight and extremely breathable. I would take these shoes over any shoe without a carbon plate for runs under 6 miles.
Underfoot feel/experience: They feel like any other shoe until you start running, then the lightweight and carbon plate come alive.

Fit: They feel lose around the heal, and are hard to find the sweet spot between too tight and just right. Once found they fit nicely. Other sizes I wear comfortably are ASICS size 10, Hoka 9.5, Altra 9.5, Sketchers 10

General reaction/comments on overall performance: Relatively inexpensive upgrade from non-carbon fiber plate shoes. May be an option if you’re on the fence about carbon fiber shoes and don’t want to spend $200 and up on the more popular brands. I won’t buy these shoes again because the small heal toe offset and thin foam under the forefoot.
 
#83
Background

Shoe: Nike React Infinite Run Flyknit

Type(s) of runs: Daily Trainer, Long Runs, Recovery Runs.

Your running experience/background: I've been running since the age of 7. Mostly XC but last 3 years a lot of road running and track racing.

Current shoe/gear rotation: Nike React Infinite Run Flyknit, Nike Zoom Fly, Nike Pegasus 37, Inov8 X-Talon 212.

Approximately, how many miles did you run with the product? +400miles / +650km’s


Introduction

I bought this shoe at the beginning of 2020. At this point, this shoe was quite hyped up because of the producer, Nike, said that this shoe could increase the risk of NOT getting running-related injuries. They claimed this after experimenting with 226 runners during a period of 12 weeks. Half of them were running in the Nike structure 22 and the other half were running in the Nike React Infinite Run Flyknit. After this 12 weeks, they conclude that the risk of getting running-related injuries sank with 52% if the runner was running in the Nike React Infinite Run Flyknit compared to the Nike Structure 22.


First Impressions

Before I got it I had really high hopes. But when I finally got it I felt disappointed. In hand, the shoe felt very plastic and it wasn't what I thought it would be. During the first run and actually the first week with this shoe, I had the same feeling. My feet don’t felt locked down in the shoe and the Flyknit upper made my foot feeling like it would pop out.

This pair of shoes wasn't bad and is not even today after putting 650km's into it. What the problem was, in the beginning, was that I, at this point never had been running in that kind of shoe. Flyknit technology was new to me and something that I had to get into. And so I did.


Specifications

Upper: Flyknit

Midsole: ReactFoam

Offset: 9mm (Heel 33mm, Forefoot 24mm)

Weight:10.27oz / 291g (Men's size US10)

Pronation: Moderate

Arch Support: medium

Style: Neutral


How does the shoe work?

If we’re starting from the bottom. We have an outsole of rubber that is stretching from the heel to forefoot. I’m a heel striker when going in Long Run- or Easy Day pace (4”30-5”30/km) / (7”14-8”52/mile) which is almost the only paces I’ve been putting in this shoe. But the pattern or thread on the rubber has barely been worn down yet. Therefore am I claiming the outsole rubber durable and high performance ‘cause of grip on any surface in any condition as well.

Moving to the midsole. The midsole consists of Nike React foam. Soft, responsive and durable, many reasons to love that foam. The midsole has a “rocker” shape. It’s high, (see in specifications), and rounded in the heel and forefoot. It’s very wide as well. And making the ride through the stride smooth and very comfortable. Love it!

There’s no plate in the midsole which I think is good. Many shoes nowadays are produced with a plate, carbon or nylon. And I’m fine with plated shoes but I also think it’s necessary to run in non-plated shoes to maintain your strength in the foot and shank muscles.

In the top of midsole and at the beginning of the Flyknit there’s a piece of stiff rubber. Like a rail that starts by forefoot/midfoot, on each side of the shoe, and stretches all around the heel. This supportive rail combined with wide midsole profile is making the shoe stable, vertically, through heel and midfoot and making me think that the shoe works well on my long run sessions. And the rail also works like a pronation wedge. Pros and cons on that one. I’ve felt it supportive for myself but my friends with low foot arch experiencing it to make the midfoot feeling narrow.

I would not put it in the category of stability. There’s too much motion going on all through the midsole when I am twisting it holding the shoe in hands and bending it in opposite directions. And that’s the reason why I would not recommend the shoe to someone who is searching for a very stable shoe.

Moving on to the Flyknit upper. We have a Flyknit upper that feels like a sock on feet and excludes the tongue and ability to do the “runners knot”. I feel the upper like insecure. I would love to be able to do the “runners knot” on all my shoes.

Have the upper been breathing well? I don’t know. I’m sweating from my feet all the time but I haven’t come up with any problems with it so I think it works well.

I believe the upper as very durable and I have the first version. There’s a second version with three layers instead of two that the first one consists of and I have it at my place. I don’t believe the “upgrade” is necessary for durability but my feet feel more locked down.

The shoe is true the size.

I wouldn’t recommend the shoe for people with low foot arches and for people who have very wide forefoot. If you do not belong to these groups, go out and catch it! Fantastic shoe in my opinion.
 
#84
  • Background:
    • Shoe you are reviewing: Saucony Kinvara 11
    • Type(s) of runs (if applicable): Easy or tempo
    • Your running experience/background: 2-year high school XC and Track runner (Mile PR: 5:18 )
    • Current shoe/gear rotation: Asics Glideride (long run shoe)
    • Approximately, how many miles did you run with the product: 50 miles
  • Review:
    • Summery: What I like most about this shoe is that it provides comfort for those easy days and is lightweight enough for tempo days. At such an amazing price (110$) this shoe is an affordable do it all shoe. This shoe is also great for people who need a little support because the shoe has a hint of stability but is not noticeable when running. The upper on this is breathable and locks the foot in nicely, one of the best uppers I've worn. This is not a shoe for people with wide feet, the foot platform is narrow.
    • Likes: Light weight, gusseted tongue, little stability, tongue cushioning is perfect, a multitask-er (can get different types of run done), an awesome price of just 110$, great fitting upper and not to mention a fast looking shoe.
    • Dislikes: Traction is not the best, low durability because of the lack of rubber on the out-sole, not comfortable enough for long runs, a long break in period, not great for wide feet.
    • Underfoot feel/experience: The PWR midsole combined with the PWR+ topsole provides a fast springy ride with lots of responsiveness, I really liked how the faster I went the less I feel the shoe and the more I can focus on the workout. The shoe feels very lightweight on foot, giving you that race day feel. Didn't like the amount of rubber in the forefoot, not enough spring through the toe off.
    • Fit: The shoe feels one with your foot and has a surprisingly comfortable upper for such a light weight shoe. I even find myself wearing the Kinvaras when I'm not running.
    • General reaction on overall performance: The Kinvavra 11 has proven to be a great shoe, some may disagree but the more I run the more I enjoy running in them. Light enough for tempo and cushioned enough for easy days, I would even use these for my 5k or 10k races. The platform of the shoe is small and is not suitable for large feet. My biggest dislike in the lack of rubber on the out-sole, really disappointing for slippery runs. So far the out-sole has been holding out great and can't wait to take these to 100 miles and farther.
 
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Shoe:
New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v10
Types of runs if applicable:
I used the shoe for recovery runs of many distances, long runs up to about 16 miles, light tempo runs, and fartleks
Your running experience/background:
I started running in the Summer of 2015, ran four seasons each of high school XC and Track while training consistently in between them, and have been part of a competitive distance club since graduating high school. I’ve also been working at a run specialty store for a little over 2.5 years, so I’ve gotten to try many different models on my feet and have ended up with an excess of running shoes.
Current shoe/gear rotation:
Newton Distance 7
Hoka ONE ONE Rincon 2
Skechers GOrun Razor 3 Hyper
Nike Zoom Fly SP
Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next%
Nike Air ZoomX Alphafly Next%
Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2
Nike Epic React Flyknit 2
Nike Air Zoom Streak LT 4
Altra Escalante Racer
Adidas Ultraboost 19
Brooks Ghost 11
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20
Brooks Launch 5
Brooks Hyperion
Asics Nimbus 20
New Balance FuelCell Prism
New Balance Zante Solas
Saucony Endorphin Speed
Atreyu Voyager
About how much did you run in the product?:
I hit about 542.2 miles according to Strava.
Comments on shoe performance:
I primarily used this shoe for my daily mileage and long runs where it really shined. My legs felt protected throughout the entire run, but never felt like they were sinking into the shoe as it wasn’t excessively soft. Weighing in at 9.5oz in a size 9, the shoe is pretty light for its stack height and felt pretty nimble on foot. At almost 550 miles, the upper was still intact, the midsole still possessed a good level of protection, and most of the outsole wasn’t too worn away. I feel confident I could’ve reached almost 700 miles, but decided against it in order to move on to trying out other shoes. Therefore, durability was definitely on the better side as I usually retire high-cushion models around 500 miles.
Summary:
I can confidently say that the 1080v10 was one of my top three shoes out of what I’ve owned in 2020. Even if I had tested all of the running shoes on the market in 2020, it would very likely stay within my top ten. I would recommend this shoe to anyone looking for a neutral high-cushion trainer that provides a lively bounce. A MSRP of $150 (but currently on sale for $105) is not a bad price given that competing models tend to be around $140-$160. The stellar lifespan and quality do a great job of justifying the price point.
Likes/Dislikes:
The only drawback I found would be the responsive feel begins to fade around 200-250 miles, but this was hardly a major issue considering the shoe still performed like a great high-cushioned trainer up until about 550 miles.
Underfoot feel/experience
A large slab of Fresh Foam X definitely provides much more energy return than a typical shoe in the high-cushion category (From what I’ve heard the Hoka ONE ONE Mach 4 and Asics Nimbus Lite would have midsoles with similar blends of energy return and level of cushion). Most runners would avoid this shoe for track intervals or tempo runs, but it wouldn’t be a bad choice for marathon workouts due to the energy return. Many shoes with bouncier midsoles have a firmer underfoot feel, but the Fresh Foam X managed to feel soft and forgiving. The shoe wasn’t necessarily flexible in any way, but flex grooves prevented it from being as stiff or rigid as some of its high-cushion competitors. With an 8mm drop, the midsole manages to cater to runners who prefer either a high or low offset. I tend to favor shoes in the lower 4-6mm range as they are forgiving enough on the calves without forcing my feet to heel-strike, but 8mm still allowed for a smooth transition. As a neutral runner, I found that the amount of inherent stability provided by the shoe’s relatively high stack height was enough to get my legs through any long run.
Fit:
As far as the length, I went with my typical size which led to a great fit, but maybe negligibly on the longer side. The toe box didn’t seem to be as spacious as some of New Balance’s other models, but definitely provided more than enough room for my somewhat narrow foot. Midfoot lockdown was spectacular with the laces tightened, but wider feet would still feel comfortable (like many New Balance models with many available width options, the 1080 offers a 2E for men and 2A, B, D, and 2E as well). Wider feet would also appreciate the extremely soft and stretchy knit upper which would presumably expand where their feet apply pressure without causing blisters due to its softness and lack of seams. Heel slippage was never an issue once I utilized the runner’s loop (a little trick that I need to take advantage of with most of my shoes) to help gently cradle my narrow ankle within the heel collar.
General reaction/comments on overall performance:
The New Balance 1080v10 felt great when first picking it up at the running store and was still going strong over 500 miles later. I’m excited to try out the 1080v11 set to release in February after being so impressed with the v10.
 
#86
  • Background:
    • Shoe you are reviewing: Saucony Kinvara 11
    • Type(s) of runs (if applicable): Easy or tempo
    • Your running experience/background: 2-year high school XC and Track runner (Mile PR: 5:18 )
    • Current shoe/gear rotation: Asics Glideride (long run shoe)
    • Approximately, how many miles did you run with the product: 50 miles
  • Review:
    • Summery: What I like most about this shoe is that it provides comfort for those easy days and is lightweight enough for tempo days. At such an amazing price (110$) this shoe is an affordable do it all shoe. This shoe is also great for people who need a little support because the shoe has a hint of stability but is not noticeable when running. The upper on this is breathable and locks the foot in nicely, one of the best uppers I've worn. This is not a shoe for people with wide feet, the foot platform is narrow.
    • Likes: Light weight, gusseted tongue, little stability, tongue cushioning is perfect, a multitask-er (can get different types of run done), an awesome price of just 110$, great fitting upper and not to mention a fast looking shoe.
    • Dislikes: Traction is not the best, low durability because of the lack of rubber on the out-sole, not comfortable enough for long runs, a long break in period, not great for wide feet.
    • Underfoot feel/experience: The PWR midsole combined with the PWR+ topsole provides a fast springy ride with lots of responsiveness, I really liked how the faster I went the less I feel the shoe and the more I can focus on the workout. The shoe feels very lightweight on foot, giving you that race day feel. Didn't like the amount of rubber in the forefoot, not enough spring through the toe off.
    • Fit: The shoe feels one with your foot and has a surprisingly comfortable upper for such a light weight shoe. I even find myself wearing the Kinvaras when I'm not running.
    • General reaction on overall performance: The Kinvavra 11 has proven to be a great shoe, some may disagree but the more I run the more I enjoy running in them. Light enough for tempo and cushioned enough for easy days, I would even use these for my 5k or 10k races. The platform of the shoe is small and is not suitable for large feet. My biggest dislike in the lack of rubber on the out-sole, really disappointing for slippery runs. So far the out-sole has been holding out great and can't wait to take these to 100 miles and farther.
Nice Mile PR -

Nice review and if you're looking to add another Saucony to the rotation, you should try the Freedom 4...has same foam, PWR RUN PB, as found in endorphin series!

Happy Running!
 

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#87
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