Tue Apr 12, 2016 9:26 am
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5. There is a thin layer of cushion in the midsole Nike Air Max 2016 Leather Pascher ¨C again, I don¡¯t have calipers to measure at home, but it feels only a tad thicker than in my KSO¡¯s. Despite this, these shoes are very low to the ground.6. Very flexible ¨C can be rolled up into a ball (see below).Nike Sneakerboat II Flexible.7. Upper is fabric-only. No support of any kind, although the outsole does curl up a bit under the arch.
Going solely on specs, the Fresh Foam 980 is clearly not a ¡°maximal¡± shoe. With a stack height of 25mm heel, 21mm forefoot and a weight of 9.1 oz it¡¯s actually pretty similar to shoes like the Saucony Kinvara, Brooks Pureflow, and Asics Gel Lyte33, all of which could be considered lightweight trainers. And perhaps most perplexingly to me is the fact that the Fresh Foam doesn¡¯t really feel all that soft. To me, the Kinvara 5 is a much softer shoe. This isn¡¯t a New Balance Femmes pas cher bad thing, I just think the Fresh Foam has been poorly marketed.
Given all of this, how does the Kinvara actually perform? Below are my thoughts.Saucony KinvaraAppearance: As I¡¯ve mentioned in other shoe reviews, I¡¯m a sucker for a shoe that looks good. The Kinvara is a fine looking shoe, but not overly flashy like some of the others in my collection (Brooks Launch and Mach 12 come to mind). The upper is mostly just white and black on my pair (though I have seen pictures of a slick all-red version), and the sole is bright red. Saucony offers the Kinvara in a wide variety of color schemes, mostly by varying the midsole color, and this is a testament to the marketing effort they are putting into this shoe. Rarely do we see a lightweight training shoe with so many color combinations to choose from.
Like gateway drugs, I have found that many people who make the transition to minimalist running begin the process with a gateway shoe. A gateway shoe is one that has many of the characteristics of a truly minimalist shoe, but still possesses some of the creature comforts of the familiar, high-tech, big heeled shoes that most runners have run in for the past 20-30 years. A gateway shoe gives a runner a taste of the freedom offered by a truly minimalist shoe (or, god forbid, running barefoot), and once a runner tries one of these out, it¡¯s often a quick slide to the point where they, somewhat paradoxically, succumb to the throes of a raging minimalist shoe addiction. Sadly, it¡¯s an addiction that I know all too well.
Purchase the Nike ACG Sneakerboat II at Eastbay.com (Eastbay mistakenly call these shoes the ¡°Sneakboat¡± on their website, but gets it right in their print catalog).Purchase the Nike ACG Sneakerboat II at Onlineshoes.com.Below are is a picture of the Sneakerboat II i Nike Roshe Run pas cher n all black, as well as a picturn all black, as well as a picture of the sole.