It’s been a few days since our last update here at Ultra168, yet again, more jet-setting around the globe has taken us to destinations far and wide, but we’ll be back on track soon.
Coming shortly will be a review of the some of these bad boys, which have already been given rave reviews by the likes of irunfar.com. Part of my trip back to the UK meant that I could pick up a pair of these running shoes whilst back here in the Motherland, so I’ll be taking them for their first spin on Sunday as I venture out into some of the trails here in the UK. A new phenomenon for me, given that I only took up running seriously on my move to Australia, so UK trail running will seem a little alien to me. At least I won’t have to look out for snakes over here!
So far, they’ve passed the shopping test as I took them on their first venture to the local Tesco’s here in the UK (think Woolworth’s but 10 times bigger), and I’m pleased to say they felt rather good. It will mark a little bit of a move away from some of the ‘barefoot’ shoes that I’m used to, as these shoes have very little flexibility compared to the likes of the Nike Free and the Inov8 Talons, which I’ve been wearing solidly now for the last 12-24 months. The heel is very solidly constructed and not what I’m normally used to, which is zero support and 100% flexibility. It remains to be seen if this will give me an achilles trouble, which has been the case in the past with shoes that have heel support. Maybe I should get my hammer out just at the ready…
The sole is much ‘chunkier’ than I’m used to as well, and again, little to no flexibility, but very little heel to toe drop (4mm if I remember correctly), so a bonus for me. Indeed, they almost remind me of Brooks Cascadia in some respects. ne thing’s for sure, I’m very keen to give these a whirl as I make my final decision ahead of GNW as to which shoes to don for the hallowed turf of the Central Coast.
Having done the Glasshouse 50 at the weekend in the Inov8 Talon 190’s. I’ll confirm that these shoes are really only good for me in races of up to 50kms. Over and above that, the ‘talon’s’ are really felt as you push above 45kms. I still think they’re a great shoe, but for me, only on the shorter, faster stuff. If I get on well with the Saucony’s, then they could be the shoe for GNW. If not, then it will be the ever trusted Nike Frees, and leech heaven for me!