Feet, Meet Flats!
This past Sunday, I did a tour de running shops. Mission: test various racing flats. It’s what we runners call “due diligence,” right? Except it’s way more fun, akin to opening loads of birthday presents. After some interesting conversation and a few test runs, I’ve chosen my first flats!
Without further ado, meet the Contenders:
Weight: 5.3 oz
Pro: Decent fit in upper and toe box. Sufficient support for comfortable foot strike.
Con: Padding in heel counter rubbed uncomfortably on test run.
Mizuno Wave Musha 5
Weight: 6.3 oz
Pro: Fit of upper and toe box was great.
Con: Heel was too roomy, slipping noticeably on the run.
Mizuno Wave Ronin 5
Weight: 6 oz
Pro: Quick try-on at the store, but wasn’t in a position to test-run them at the time.
Con: ? Hard to say without testing them out.
New Balance 1600
Weight: 5 oz
Pro: Comfortable, narrow cut fit well throughout shoe. Most minimal feeling model I tried.
Con: Not enough support during test run. Video analysis confirmed these offered less support than other models tested.
Nike Flyknit Lunar1
Weight: 5.7 oz
Pro: Breathable upper felt airy and light. (Unfortunately, could only try on in half size up.)
Con: No store I visited had my size in stock.
Nike LunaRacer 3
Weight: 5.1 oz
Con: The shoe Coach recommended, I wasn’t even able to test. Only one store I visited stocked this model, and they didn’t have my size.
Saucony Type A5
Weight: 5.2 oz
Pro: Familiar upper construction, comparable to Kinvaras. Comfortable fit. Firm sole and sufficient support, confirmed with video analysis.
Con: None noted.
My goal was to test all shoes with an open mind, and select the best fitting/feeling model. Taking several on test runs made for easy comparison. Each shoe had slight differences. Thankfully, choosing the best-feeling shoe for me was a snap.
The Type A5 has familiar construction and a similar fit to the Kinvara. The shoe’s lighter weight and firmer sole offer adequate support while providing a good feel during foot strike.
It seems my Saucony brand loyalty continues! Between the Ride and Kinvara, their line’s done well by me in the last round of marathon training. Hopefully this trend continues as I train for Chicago Marathon!
I’m looking forward to testing these further during short speed sessions, to start. Saucony Type A5, welcome to the family! #findyourstrong