Review – Asics Kayano

The Asics Kayano shoes have ben around for a number roof years now, so much so that the current version has the number 21. The shoe is designed for overpronators and has ample cushioning to provide comfort on long runs.

I started using these shoes a few years ago and have happily used version 19, 20 and 21.

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The colour schemes are a very much a personal choice, me, I like them especially the orange.

With all running shoes the big question is what are they like to run in? The good news is that the answer is simple, they are great. The comfort provided by the cushioning is very good, but then again there is a decent amount of it, not to the level of Hoka One One but still a decent amount.

I have found the initial wearing in process can be a bit trying, as getting the lacing right to hold the foot stable and not get hot spots can take a few goes, but once that is sorted there are no other problems.

The shoe for me is not as hard wearing as some other makes I have had, I find that within 500km not only is the comfort going, but I have worn a hole in the inside of the heel of the shoe. Now, I have to say that I do seem to do this to most makes of shoe I have owned, but with the Asics the breakdown in the cushioning and the hole do seem to appear earlier than with others.

The price is a draw back with these shoes, they are pricey at full price, if you shop around you can get them discounted, but they are a high end shoe.

In conclusion, do I like these shoes? Yes, would I recommend them, well if they suit your running style then yes, they do cost a bit but the comfort they provide is worth it.

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Saucony Progrid Guide 6

I will start this review by saying I have been a long term fan of Saucony running shoes, I have had many pairs, including Omni Progrid 8,9,10’s and I also bought these shoes myself so this is my opinion based on spending my own money.

Tis review is also my initial review, as once I have used them more I will do another review.

These shoes are a lighter model than my previous Omni’s and that was the main reason for their purchase, I wanted a faster shoe.

The colour scheme are very much love or hate it seems, me I like the flash green, my boy thinks they are too bright! You have to make your own mind up.

The fit, is lie that of other Saucony shoes I have owned in that they are very comfortable, and this pair had the added bonus of me not having to play around with the lacing to get them comfy.

In use I have to say I really did notice how much lighter than my previous shoes they were, and this lightness did not mean less stability in fact I would say the stability was the same as the Omni’s. Having now done a straight run and a hill rep session in the shoes I can say that I am impressed, a fast(ish) light stability shoe.

As I said at the start this review is only my initial thoughts and once they have been used more I will write another review. But so far I would say I am impressed.

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Mizuno Wave Evo

Here are the details of the new Mizuno Wave Evo shoes, if you decide to buy some, please let them know you read about them here.

To view the range go to Miznuo

Press Release

Wave EVO Cursoris

Unique Wave Technology for mid/forefoot strike runners

Over the last few years, there has been extensive research and testing carried out on running styles. There is speculation on whether there is an ‘optimum style’ in order to minimise injury risk and maximise efficiency.
Until recently, running shoes have been evolving to provide cushioning and support. However due to recent research, trends are now taking a different direction, where the feet and body are allowed to work more naturally.
With this increasing popularity of mid/forefoot running, Mizuno is set to launch an innovative masterpiece – the Wave EVO Cursoris. This is a running shoe that allows the foot to function more naturally, whilst still providing technologies in the shoe to help the runner and improve their midfoot running, particularly when they are first attempting a midfoot strike.
Mid/forefoot striking is best achieved either with bare feet, or shoes with a flat midsole, allowing natural movement of the body and foot. The Wave EVO Cursoris accommodates this with a zero drop midsole ramp from heel to toe. The midsole is 12mm ap+ cushioning foam, for moderate protection, and has deep multi directional flex grooves allowing for a more natural gait.

Mizuno’s unique EVO Wave technology is cleverly positioned in the mid-forefoot to provide a responsive cushioning and stability to aid the ride experience.

Flat, light and flexible; the Wave EVO Cursoris is constructed with a wide forefoot to allow the toes to spread which helps naturally stabilise the body, while the midfoot offers a snug secure fit.

The Wave EVO Cursoris is an ideal shoe for runners transitioning to mid/forefoot running efficiency.
ENDS
Wave EVO Cursoris RRP – €110, £85
Male/Female Weight – 205/175g

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Wave EVO Levitas

Unique Wave Technology for mid/forefoot strike runners

Over the last few years, there has been extensive research and testing carried out on running styles. There is speculation on whether there is an ‘optimum style’ in order to minimise injury risk and maximise efficiency.
Until recently, running shoes have been evolving to provide cushioning and support. However due to recent research, trends are now taking a different direction, where the feet and body are allowed to work more naturally.
With this increasing popularity of mid/forefoot running, Mizuno is set to launch an innovative masterpiece – the Wave EVO Levitas. This is a running shoe that allows the foot to function more naturally, whilst still providing technologies to help the runner and improve their midfoot running.
Mid/forefoot striking is best achieved either with bare feet, or shoes with a flat midsole, allowing natural movement of the body and foot. The Wave EVO Levitas accommodates this with a zero drop midsole ramp from heel to toe. The midsole is 8mm ap+ cushioning foam, for light protection, and has deep multi directional flex grooves allowing for a more natural gait.

With the midsole 4mm thinner than that of the Wave EVO Curosis, the Wave EVO Levitas is also lighter and therefore ideal for those already running mid/forefoot or for lighter/faster runners tackling shorter distances.

Mizuno’s unique EVO Wave technology is cleverly positioned in the mid-forefoot to provide a responsive cushioning and stability to aid the ride experience.

Flat, light and flexible; the Wave EVO Levitas is constructed with a wide forefoot to allow the toes to spread which helps naturally stabilise the body, while the midfoot offers a snug secure fit.

The Wave EVO Levitas is an ideal shoe for midfoot runners, or runners who are transitioning to mid/forefoot running efficiency.
ENDS
Wave EVO Levitas RRP – €115, £90
Male/Female Weight – 195/160g

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