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Saucony Progrid Ride 4

The Saucony Progrid Ride 4 is the latest upgrade in the fan-favorite Progrid Ride series. It’s built to be lighter, faster, and more comfortable than its predecessor, and user opinions across the board confirm just that.

The shoe itself is made of a lighter material than the previous version. It is also consequentially more flexible, and sports a higher off the ground heel to cater to bigger runners who strike the ground hard during their strides. The higher heel is meant to produce a smoother transition for them while absorbing shock. Its soft overlay is designed for added comfort. The shoe’s distinguishing upgrade is its wider toe box to cater to wider feet, and possibly runners with flat feet and bunions. The shoe weighs in at 11.2 oz. for men and 9.4 oz. for women.

The overall impression this shoe gave off to casual and experienced runners alike was complete satisfaction. Many online reviewers listed the shoe to be a perfect five out of five stars in multiple areas of running shoe excellence, such as weight, fit, durability, and comfort. Runner’s World Magazine gave the shoe the Best Update Award for September 2011 for its improvements over the Progrid Ride 3. Users specifically liked the way the shoe gripped the arch, while others appreciated its balance and comfort.

Many hailed its breathability, as well as the wide toe box to cater to wider feet. Runners with narrow feet, however, were upset with the wide toe box. Distance runners were able to get many marathons out of it without straining the shoe or wearing it out, while runners who are new to the sport liked the shoe as an entry-level ride that made them feel like they can run extremely far distances without tiring. Runners noticed the shoe’s lightness over its predecessor.

Some didn’t appreciate the metallic grey appearance. Casual walkers and hikers also sought this shoe and were impressed by its comfort and support. Keen runners noted the shoe encourages proper running form, and were able to finish their runs with significantly lower minutes. Runners with shin splints claimed it eliminated the pain.

The few complaints for this shoe were mostly about how the toe box was too wide, and some fans of the Progrid Ride 3′s thought the 4′s were a let-down as far as fit, especially with the widening of the toe box. The noticeably higher heel got appreciative responses, however, with users claiming the heel did in fact provide a smoother transition and eliminated hard-hitting strides and the discomfort produced by them.

In conclusion, the Saucony Progrid Ride 4 is an excellent jet of a shoe that will impress runners of all shapes and sizes, as well as those new to the sport. Its overwhelming evidence of satisfied users all over the internet confirms its claims to be an upgrade over an already well-liked shoe in the Progrid Series. The balance of features are mass-appealing enough to satisfy even the most casual of runners, and its reasonable price make it a smart buy. Highly recommended.

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Reebok Realflex Run

The Reebok Realflex Run is a skeptical new kid in the class of barefoot running shoes, particularly because of its strange design and bizarre commercials. Many users of this shoe approached this ride as one approaches a funny-looking classmate, but for the most part, its feel and performance have won over the masses.

Described as Reebok’s answer to Nike’s Free Run, the Reebok Realflex Run is the company’s ride into the world of barefoot running. This trend toward running with a more natural gait has the allure of minimizing injury, and this shoe is designed to provide just that. It simulates shoeless-ness by providing an array of 76 sensors blocks at the bottom- called “running buddies” by Reebok-, which are used to give the foot a bone and muscle style of support and keep the runner close to the ground. The shoe itself, however, does not sport a low heel like most shoes in its class. The shoe is so flexible it can bend in a full circle, and weighs only around 8 ounces.

The way this shoe was received was almost comical by the running community, who dismissed the shoe’s elaborate commercial of “76 running buddies” as being a creepy marketing gimmick and a desperate attempt to catch up to the Nike Free Run. Many users, however, were delighted to be proved wrong, and were satisfied with the fit, comfort, and natural gait feel the shoe produced.

Users who compared this shoe with its rival the Nike Frees said these were more comfortable, and appreciated the presence of a tongue. Other satisfied users said this shoe was actually more comfortable than being barefoot, and opted to wear it in their houses. There was a general trend of newer runners gravitating toward this shoe, but most of them emerged satisfied with its performance.

The weight is said to feel light as air, and has been enjoyed by soccer referees, army runners, and casual runners alike. The fit of the shoe is said to easily conform to any shape, as shown by the shoe’s ability to bend in a full circle in its advertisements. When the shoe reached the experienced, distance runners, however, reviews took a drastic turn for the worst.

Many claimed this shoe was a fraud to the genre of free running, since it did not in fact have a heel that was low to the ground. Experienced runners complained the shoe could not hold its form, and became deformed after 4 months of extended use. They complained that the 76 sensors flattened with distance, and that the shoe provided no stability for runs over five miles.

Some said it felt like a toy shoe, while others complained that the heel rubbed against their ankle so much that they needed a Band-Aid. Experienced runners recommended that this shoe needed a stiffer forefoot to go distances without collapsing. Some runners even claimed that the shoe caused their foot to fracture because of its lack of support through long-distance runs.

In conclusion, the Reebok Realflex Run is mainly aimed at new runners, and can deceive you with its initially springy feel and comfort. However, high mileage hardcore runners will want to look elsewhere for a trainer.

Recommended for newbies runners and people who just want a comfortable walking shoe, or casual runners looking for a beginner barefoot shoe.

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Nike Zoom Vomero+ 6

The Nike Zoom Vomero+ 6 is an all-around all-star in the running shoe world, and most fans of this ride would attribute it to its luxurious yet simple sense of comfort. This shoe is known to treat it’s runners to an enjoyable ride, and has received rave praises as the best overall shoe a runner could own.

At 9.2 oz., this cushion running shoe from Nike is a springboard right out of the box. Its stiff forefoot is designed to get you running on your toes, and its soft blown rubber outsole is designed to carefully absorb impacts and gently keep your feet from being shocked. The reputation surrounded the Vomero series is the softness of its ride, and the Vomero+ 6 delivers in that regard with its structural designs and inner cushion. It also sports a plastic hold over the arch to snug the foot into place, and an outsole bevel that controls pronation and promotes stability.

Users of the Nike Zoom Vomero+ 6 gave this shoe five out of five stars on mostly all reviews on the internet that can be searched. It’s consistency in pleasing its users with its sense of comfort, durability, stability, and performance makes this an elite ride in its class. It has been described as treating runners to a “Cadillac” type of ride.

Users of were overwhelmingly impressed with its dependability to handle long distance runs and marathons without administering any blisters to the foot. The shoe held comfortably throughout rugged terrain such as hills and trails for runners who chose to take these rides there. Users who were into other activities such as lifting and cardio also chose these shoes as their go-to ride. They liked the weight and how it seamlessly kept up with them during even the most unforgiving runs through harsh environments such as downpours.

Followers of the Vomero series were avid about the line, and were rarely disappointed with this newest installment. Some, however, claimed the Nike Zoom Vomero+ 6 had a slightly narrower toe box than its predecessors, and caused some pain. While this shoe is depended upon and reviewed by mostly experienced runners, new runners also found this to be an impressive entry-level ride into the sport of running. Keen runners who know their performance statistics claimed this shoe improved their runs. While most runners of this shoe rated it five out of five stars, the favorable reviews tended to be given more by women than men, suggesting that women overall might be more impressed by this shoe than men.

Overall, the Nike Zoom Vomero+ 6 is a surefire go-to shoe for runners in search of a high-quality ride full of comfort and durability. Serious runners’ respect for this shoe combined with the Vomero’s existing reputation as an excellent comfort ride in the running world make this a choice that you can’t go wrong with if you have the money to afford it.

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Mizuno Wave Precision 12

The Mizuno Wave Precision 12 is a delicate balance between a shoe that achieves a free-fitting feel while still maintaining the stability of a snug fit. Its keen design is recognized in its subtleties by a few running shoe aficionados, but largely is gone unnoticed and labeled as just another comfortable ride for runners who don’t need a lot of support in their gait.

This cushioned running shoe from Mizuno is designed as a super light speed shoe, weighing in at only 9.5 ounces for men and 7.5 ounces for women. Its high profile in design, meaning the heel is elevated off the ground to absorb the impact of heel strikers. The upgrade from its predecessor the Mizuno Wave Precision 11 is that it’s lighter, but other than weight, not much has changed in its design. It is designed to have an open feel yet wrap the foot well, and is for runners who aren’t in search of gait correction or added support because of the efficiency of their natural stride.

Users and testers of the Mizuno Wave Precision 12 thought its light weight and feel struck them like second skin, and were enamored with the hug-like fit. While it did cater to more efficient runners, people who are just looking for a shoe to walk comfortably in were also impressed by the array of subtle features that add to its overall feel. The subtly of the shoe’s design is that it shatters the notion that soft rubber connotes a non-durable shoe, and overly firm foam material connotes poor traction.

Its designers have found a way to make the shoe durable while maintaining an uncanny amount of softness, as well as giving it good traction despite the outsole being so firm. The designers also incorporated Japanese wood block printing style art on the outside, which pleased and delighted many users since most running shoes don’t dabble in classic art. The lightweight of the shoe can be attributed to its honeycomb outlay, where the center of each honeycomb is thin yet durable. Users who are keen on the Precision line noted that this is where the shoe lost its weight from the predecessor.

The Mizuno Wave Precision 12 is described by keen users to be deftly made in the different balances it achieves between running shoe features that should not go together. Experienced runners were satisfied with the shoe’s ability to take long distance runs, noting it clocked out at a hefty 250 miles or so before having to be replaced. Hardcore runners who took the shoe up and down hills and elevated tracks were also satisfied. Some users however did not like the raised heel design, and commented that it caused blisters, while other users didn’t like the rigidness of the shoe’s mid-foot area. The shoe had an affinity for impressing runner’s right out of the box with minimal break-in time. In particular, users immediately noticed the roomy toe box.

Many users went to these shoes as their training buddy for marathons and competitive runs. The traction achieved by the firm rubber was also appreciated, and the shoe was called “grippy” by some users. Mizuno has a reputation for riding small, so users recommended that this shoe be ordered a half-size up to compensate for the discrepancy in fit.

In conclusion, the Mizuno Wave Precision 12 is a solid choice for experienced runners who have an efficient gait and do not need extra support. It’s also great for fans of light speed shoes that can take distances and the pounding that results because of its durability. Not a mass-appealing ride, but great for the niche of runners who would look for what it has to offer, as well as the aficionados of classic Japanese art in the running world.

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Brooks Summon 3

The Brooks Summon 3 is a quietly efficient neutral ride for new runners looking to step into the world of running. These economical shoes have proven to provide new and experienced runners alike with the essentials of a smooth run, without breaking their pocketbooks since its price is low compared to other shoes in the market.

The Brooks Summon 3, for starters, is relatively light at 10.6 ounces for men and 8.6 ounces for women. The shoe itself is the third installment of the Summon series, and boasts little to no changes over its predecessor since the Summon 2 was such a hit among its users. The shoe sports a good amount of inside support for tender new feet. It also has a wide forefoot to accommodate wider feet. It can be used for either fast or slow training sessions, depending on the intensity and experience of the runner in these shoes.

The soft heel is meant to cater also to the heel-striking tendencies of new runners, and give them the cushion they need to avoid injury or pain to the shins, knees, ankles, and back. The shoe itself is positioned by Brooks as its value shoe, and is meant to appeal to runners who do not yet think dropping large sums of money on running shoes is a wise investment.

Users of the Brooks Summon 3 were overall satisfied with the shoe’s performance, and agreed that it had the features needed to deliver a run free of excessive foot pain. They were satisfied with the shoe’s light weight, and claimed that it did not drag the feet during a run. They were also satisfied with the comfort, particularly by new runners stepping into the 5k circuit. Runners with wider feet also enjoyed the shoe’s accommodating interior design along with the cushioning it provided. Many runners labeled it to be a good buy that exceeded or met their expectations. If there was a weakness to this shoe it would be its wide toe box. Runners who dislike large toe boxes should avoid this shoe.

Some mentioned the shoe takes a little bit of breaking into to get used to. The fit, however, was said to be true to its size. Testers noted that the shoe’s design was good for underpronators as well, with its cushioning on the interior and mid-sole. There were mixed opinions about the shoe’s design, although many were outraged at the way the purple colors looked on the outsole. Some female runners, however, appreciated the shoe’s flamboyant appearance. The overwhelming response to this cushioned trainer from Brooks is its comfortable fit.

In conclusion, the Brooks Summon 3 does what its manufacturer intended: provide new runners with a solid entry ride into the running world without breaking their pocketbooks. Older and more experienced runners also confirmed the shoe’s legitimacy in the realm of quality running shoes, with its great combination of cushioning, weight, and comfort. Despite its flaws, this cushioned running shoe is a great buy, and new runners looking to get into the sport can’t go wrong if they step into these.

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Saucony PowerGrid Cortana

The Saucony Powergrid Cortana has been hailed as the minimalist shoe for the masses, since most shoes that simulate the barefoot running feel are too risky for runners used to being guided and cushioned by padded, conventional running shoes and their high-set heels. This shoe, however, is said to comfortably and securely bridge the gap from conventional running to natural running for anyone looking to explore that territory.

This neutral runner from Saucony is of standard width and mildly light weight, riding on feet at a low 10.8 oz. for men and 8.6 oz. for women. The main feature of this shoe is the heel. It is lower to the ground than most shoes of the conventional genre, which encourages the runner to run with a forefoot strike as opposed to a heel strike. This form of running is said to be safer and less prone to creating injuries for the runner, as shock and impact from the heel is eliminated. The design also features no notched near the mid-sole to encourage full ground contact and pull the runner closer to a natural gait.

The other distinguishing feature of this Saucony trainer is the powerfoam material, which is super lightweight, but provides an enormous amount of energy return. The shoe also has a great deal of overlay to lock the foot in place and provide support. Saucony previously put out a shoe of similar features called the Kinvara, and its warm reception by runners is what inspired the design of the Saucony Powergrid Cortana.

Users were skeptical of Saucony’s attempt to stand in the no-man’s land between barefoot running and conventional running, but many users have been proven wrong, much to their satisfaction. The Saucony Powergrid Cortana went on to win a number of awards from reputable running organizations across the board, including “Best New Show” from Running Network’s 2011 Fall Shoe Review, “Gear of the Year” from Outside Buyer’s Guide 2011, and Best Day View from the September 2011 issue of Runner’s World Magazine.

This award-winning ride has equally doused fears and skepticism surrounding the new hybrid genre of natural, flat-foot running and high-heel conventional running. Experienced runners noted the shoe ran well in all terrains, from treadmills to trails and everything in between. Other runners felt this shoe stood a level above other shoes in its class, and were impressed by its speed and comfort.

Distance runners were initially skeptical of its ability to survive high-mileage runs, but were proven wrong when the shoe held up. Dissatisfied users were present, however, as some agreed that the tongue of the shoe was problematic in that it slid around too much and created a pinching discomfort around the foot. Others thought the toe box was too narrow and created blisters and hot spots on the outer edges of the toes, which at its worst can be detrimental to a smooth run. Users who did not like the toe box said the shoe could use more room for the feet to spread, since it is a natural running simulator.

Others claimed that their arches rolled in uncomfortable when running in this shoe. On the flipside, fans of the genre agreed that it did what it claimed to do in correcting bad gaits that occurred at the end of runs, when runners became sloppy and tired. They also noted that it had more body and a fuller feel than most shoes in its class. Online running blog sites said the Saucony Powergrid Cortana actually defeats problems associated with free-run style shoes, particularly in how the powerfoam material is able to take an enormous amount of impact that comes from running so close to the ground.

The powerfoam was even said to condense, as runs became longer, like an organism that contracts on impact. Some users warn newer runners looking to explore the territory of barefoot running, as there are risks of injury associated with transitioning from guided high-heel shoes to shoes with a heel that is almost touching the ground. Runners new to the shoe described the initial fit as that of a slipper.

The price of the Saucony Powergrid Cortana is $145 retail, which is higher than most shoes in its class. Users, however, had no complaints with the pricing and said the shoe was worth it.

This shoe is an excellent guide for runners looking to explore barefoot, natural running and correct their gait. The movement toward forefoot striking as a form of running will aid many runners in their avoidance of injury, and this ride is proven as one of the more dependable and durable shoes to do the job.

Recommended for new runners of forefoot striking gaits and experienced runners looking to get comfortable mileage out of their barefoot-style runs without compromising durability in the distance.

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Brooks Glycerin 9

The Brooks Glycerin 9 is a big runner’s dream, with enough treatments in its features to accommodate even the most problematic of feet. It is also friendly to lighter runners looking for a spring in their step. Users and testers agreed that the shoe delivered on multiple fronts, and it scored satisfaction points across the board of runners of all shapes and sizes.

This cushioned runner is a heavy rider, weighing in at 11.9 ounces for men and 9.5 ounces for women. It is designed for bigger runners who pound the pavement with their gait, but also sports unique mid-sole foam that creates a spring to each step that lighter runners would appreciate and fall in love with. The crash pads on the bottom are segmented, and designed to create a smooth transition from heel strike to toe off. It’s a flexible shoe with a generous amount of memory foam. Compared to its predecessor the Glycerin 8, the Brooks Glycerin 9 sports a softer material over the arch and mid-sole.

This shoe is the rival of the Asics Gel-Cumulus as far as big runner cushion shoes go, and based on user and tester opinions, matches its rival step for step. Its roomy toe box was liked by runners with wider feet. It was also said to eliminate soreness caused by other shoes, especially among runners with foot problems. Runners who wore orthotics were able to comfortable step into this ride. Big runners with hard hitting strides liked the softness that this shoe provided, and were impressed with the way it was able to handle long distance runs while staying comfortable. Lighter runners also found favor with the Brooks Glycerin 9, saying that its springy mid-sole and foam in it was a plus. Some users noted that it could feel initially bulky, but after breaking in the shoe, it was fine.

Supinators commented that it corrected their pronation tendencies and eliminated the pain associated with it. New runners were also impressed with the feel of this shoe, and noted it to be extremely comfortable and stable. Runners as heavy as 200 pound and above were able to run marathons in these shoes with ease, and claimed that the shoe could last for as long as 250 miles before having to be replaced. Runners who were familiar with the Brooks Glycerin 8 said that this installment was indeed a great upgrade. Runners with high arches also commented that this shoe catered to their feet and aliened their pain. One complaint from the Brooks Glycerin 9 that trumped all the compliments, however, was that runners with overly wide feet felt the shoe did not fit well and was uncomfortable, despite being a shoe that was designed to cater to wider feet.

In conclusion, the Brooks Glycerin 9 is like a fan-favorite physician, as it caters to many big runners and issues associated with having hard-hitting gaits, pronation tendencies, and pain or soreness. The Brooks Glycerin 9 is also liked by new runners and light runners, making this a versatile ride. Highly recommended for big runners looking for a cushioned ride that can take the miles, eliminate the pain, and give them quality mileage from the moment they are broken in to the moment they are replaced.

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Brooks Ghost 4

The Brooks Ghost 4 is a sleek winner among its users and fans. The shoe sports a few key upgrades that keeps this lightweight fan favorite at the top of its shape as far as delivering a smooth, durable, well-cushioned, and comfortable run.

It is a light ride, weighing in at 11.5 ounces for men and 9.5 ounces for women. It is meant to be a springy shoe for runners looking for the optimal combination of weight, cushion, stability, and comfort. The segmented caterpillar heel outsole area is designed to isolate impact and provide a smoother transition from heel strike to toe off. It’s made of flexible material as well, and its shock absorption is meant to protect runners from injuries of all kinds.

From the predecessor the Ghost 3, the Ghost 4 has introduced Brooks’ acclaimed DNA technology- a special liquid built into the interior of the shoe and meant to condense at different levels depending on the impact given by the gait. This shoes is also one of the more environmentally friendly shoes on the market, made of a mid-sole material that degrades 50 times faster than ordinary running shoes in landfills. It also sports a special tab on the upper that holds the tongue in place so that it doesn’t slide around annoyingly during runs.

The Brooks Ghost 4 won the editor’s choice award in the September 2011 issue of Runner’s World Magazine. It also received rave reviews from users all over the board. Users that the upper material made the shoe feel like a second skin, and was easy on the feet. It is versatile enough to handle any kind of workouts you can dish out, from tempo runs to marathons. The Brooks DNA actually scored high marks with users, who attested that it was working in providing a phenomenal degree of cushioning and impact protection. Other users claimed it eliminated shin splints and other foot pains.

New runners said this cushioned running shoe made running easier and improved stats of their performance. Lots of users agreed that it was a good buy, and were satisfied in one way or another with the shoe’s array of proven features. The notion that there must be a trade-off in running shoes between flexibility and firm cushioning was negated, as some users claimed that this shoe found the balance between the two assets. Users claimed the caterpillar crash pad sole to be highly efficient in eliminating bumpy transitions. The shoe was also liked for its comfort among casual runners and workers who spend all day on their feet. The stride was described to be very secured and balanced.

Some users noted that the toe box was wider than its predecessor the Ghost 3. As far as durability, runners said that this shoe easily clocked out at 500 miles, and was more durable than they expected. Runners appreciated the new tongue tie and the way the heel cup fit, as well as the way the shoe wrapped around the arch snuggly and securely. Many fans of Asics actually chose this shoe as the better ride over most of Asics’s counterparts.

In conclusion, the Brooks Ghost 4 is a winner on many fronts, and can provide runners of any skill level or gait with an impressive, light, and smooth ride with cushioning to match any shoe on the market. It’s versatile enough for any kind of workout, and based on reviews, has done nothing but impress its users. Highly recommended for runners of any skill level looking for an impressive ride that weighs nothing next to and gives practically everything.

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Asics Gel Blur 33

The Asics Gel Blur 33 is another proven superstar in the world of running shoes, with satisfied users and tester across the board. The shoe is for the casual short distance runner and thrives in this niche. Its unique design promotes natural movement, and met with praise for the comfort and performance it provides

The Blur 33 is a lightweight, neutral ride with a few attributes that push it toward the edge of excellence. It’s Gel cushioning system, particularly in the heel of the shoe, make it a ride that gives off a smooth heel strike shock absorption.

It is also light in weight, weighing only 10.5 ounces for men and 8.5 ounces for women. Its flex grooves in the sole are meant to also aid in promoting a smooth transition. The mid-sole of the Asics Gel Blur 33 is another beneficial feature, made of a super light material called Solyte. The shoe sports abrasion rubber for durability, as well as an anti-odor shock liner. The outside of the shoe is dressed in reflective skin, so that visibility of the runner is enhanced in dark situations. The shoe’s name comes from the 33 bones in the human foot, and is meant to promote natural movement as much as possible with its design. It also contains a stitch-free upper for added comfort.

Users and testers of the Asics Gel Blur 33 gave this shoe high marks on several fronts. Runner’s World Magazine for one awarded it the Best Buy Award for the September 2011 issue for its pleasing array of performance features. It is meant to be a casual trainer, and has satisfied nearly every review-giving user in this class. It blew new runners away when they stepped into them for their first 5k. It was hailed to be a great combination of value and comfort, offering a solid amount of impact protection that users immediately noticed.

It was labeled to be a reliable daily trainer for low mileage runs and speedwork. Lots of users commented that they loved the feel of the shoe, particularly from the memory foam in the heel. Users also loved the way the transition was smoothened by the light mid-sole, and how it stayed close to the ground in a fashion that was flat and grippy. People who suffered from shin splints said this shoe alleviated the pain.

Other users noted that they liked how it was fairly durable. Dissatisfied users were few, but the ones that had negative things to say said that it took a little long to break in, but was fine after that. Users said the ventilation system of the shoe was effective, and maintained an airy atmosphere for the feet to breathe in. Lots of users went on to say that the Asics Gel Blur 33 was the best shoe they’ve ever owned.

In conclusion, the Asics Gel Blur 33 is a mass-appealing crowd pleaser with its cushioning and ability to make heel strike to toe off transitions smooth. It’s impressed a wide array of users, and is highly recommended for casual runners looking for a good buy and a great, smooth ride.

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Adidas adiStar Solution 2

The Adidas Adistar Solution 2 is a scarcely worn shoe with few followers, and the few users who have stepped into a pair of these were lukewarm in their response, while others were dissatisfied. The shoe itself promises to deliver high-impact protection to runners looking to avoid injuries, as well as a great traction system, but the bulk and actual performance based on user reviews and a lack of a following say otherwise.

The Adidas Adistar Solution 2 is heavy, and for reasons that don’t outweigh this disadvantage. It is 12.8 ounces for men and 10.9 ounces for women. While it is designed to protect the foot from impact, many other shoes in this class do the same without retaining the adverse bulk that this shoe packs. It props the foot high off the ground to protect the runner’s body from “pavement pounding”, and is designed with bigger runners who strike the ground with their heels in mind. The sole is an armor of foam, with very little flexibility. The shoe sports Adiwear on the sole to prevent damage and provide traction. There is a wishbone structure at mid-foot designed to allow both sections of the foot to operate independent of one another. Its sole is made of a combination of sticky rubber and continental rubber, which is designed to give runners a good sense of traction and road grip. There is Adiprene in the shoe, which is a full-length foot cushioning system meant to soften up the ride. The shoe also is designed to prevent foot distortion and twisting, thus giving it a dimension in stability. The Adidas Adistar Solution 2 is actually lighter than the previous installment of this shoe.

Users described the Adidas Adistar Solution 2 as a tank that is heavy and does not stand out in its feel or fit in any special way. It was found by users and testers to be bulky and heavy. The high-perch that the shoe puts the foot off the ground was not appreciated, as it added to the heavy feel, even though it was designed to protect the foot from impact. The lacing system was considered to be a mess, with no functionality as far as creating a good fit went.

The armor and weight of this shoe far outweighed the advantage it tried to create in giving runners protection from impact and injury, and was considered by many to be a bad compromise. Testers thought this shoe felt rigid. Some runners liked the good sense of traction created by the elaborately designed outsole, though that did not completely win them over.

The shoe was noted to be durable, and lasted users for miles on end. Some bright points were that some runners liked the narrow fit of the shoe, as well as the even sense of cushioning in the inside. Testers commended briefly the simplistic design of the shoe’s upper. The only purpose reviewers saw for this shoe was to protect beginning runners from injury, as its overly armored nature would provide ample pavement protection to any foot.

The Adidas Adistar Solution 2 retails for $120.

In conclusion, the Adidas Adistar Solution 2 is recommended for an extra small niche of beginner runners who are overly paranoid with injuring their feet. These shoes are not meant to go far because of their weight and rigidness, and do not have many redeeming qualities that stand above its flaws and would make this a good purchase. The few and far between users of this shoe were less than impressed. Recommended only if you are a beginner dabbling in the sport of running, are prone to injury, and have money to spend.

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