Friday, October 19, 2012
New Shoe Debates
After running exclusively in the Brooks Cascadia for the last few years I've decided to experiment a little with something new.Its not that the Cascadia gave me any problems, its just that after training on the road this past summer in a pair of Saucony Kinvara 3 I've become somewhat addicted to the lower lighter feel. Funny enough when I originally switched to Cascadias it was because their heel was much lower than my previous Asics trail shoe.
I initially tried the Saucony Kinvara TR and found it to be a great shoe. Its light and grips well, the only downfall being a slightly smaller toe box,which is easily remedied by going up a half size.I had thought about the Brooks Pure Grit as well but the initial release of the shoe was black .Not a problem for most people but this is where I get a little strange.Black shoes don't feel fast,as a trail runner I look down a lot and the sight of a brightly coloured shoe makes my feet look faster.Kind of like a Ferrari wouldn't look near as quick if it was chocolate brown. Long story short when I went to visit my friends at Hamilton Runners Den and Dan Pauls held up the "nightlife" version of this shoe I was sold.
So now I have two pairs of shoes I like and the entire training season to try and decide which ones I like more.I'll be sure to keep updating as I go along, we are coming into the mud season now so some real testing should start soon.Maybe when they are both completely chocolate brown the decision will come down to more than the red laces on the Kinvara.