Kalenji equipment

How do you get on with them?

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19/08/2008 at 15:23

Hi all, newbie here.

 I started running not long ago with a BRAT runner, but found my nails going black due to bad shoes. I have now bought some 'Kalenji' running shoes from Decathlon, their own brand I believe.

Just wondering who else may have used this equipment, personally I find them VERY comfortable, and they suit me as the type i have helps with mild pronation. ANyone know how they are overall, after running for a few weeks with them?

19/08/2008 at 15:26
Sorry can't help I use the shorts and tops, and find them as good as my ron hills and asics,, but have never been brave enough to try the shoes, I know my DS Trainers are right for me so haven't wanted to change them.
19/08/2008 at 15:29
I have some kalenji brand gear and it's fine, never tried the trainers, sorry.
19/08/2008 at 16:05
same here - have the kit but not tried the running shoes

I think you just need to see how they go over a long time markos as if you think they're fine stick with them. I wouldn't be at all surprised if they aren't a big brand name rebranded and remodelled for Decathlon, or using old lasts from another brand.....

19/08/2008 at 16:36
Same here, tried the kit, which is very good. Haven't been brave enough to try their trainers!!
19/08/2008 at 21:20
I have the socks and the sports bras - both excellent.  The shorts are crap - they ride up my legs, and don't breathe so I sweat like a pig - I'd quite happily pay 3 times as much for Nike.
21/08/2008 at 11:32

My other-half-to-be has some Kalenji running shoes that she got in France. They seem quite good for the money. She is by no means a big runner but for the walk/run type of stuff that she does they do the job well. She has more of an off-road type as most of our runs are up in the woods.


21/08/2008 at 12:10
Shorts, leggings and vests are fab. I've done several marathons and ultras in them without any probs.

Never been brave enough to run in their trainers though
21/08/2008 at 12:23


I would not be brave enough either.  My friend got shin splints after wearing them for a couple of months! She then got fitted with "proper" running shoes, and took the Decathlon ones in to show the shop manager  and he was horrified at the state of them.  I woudnt care, she paid about £50 for them, and for that you can get a pair of last seasons Asics or Nike's!  You may be more lucky, but I would not be too keen personally.


22/08/2008 at 16:07

I brought a pair of there Inspid ones.

I was just starting out and did not want to spend a lot of money on a pair of shoes until I sorted out my running style. There where great to start with but did not last very long.

I had not noticed that they had lost a lot of there bounce until I tried on a pair of Saucony ProGrid Triumph 5. I was surprised as I am not a heavy weight either and I only had them for 5 month and put around 300Km on them.

22/08/2008 at 16:41


I use their gear and think it's excellent, just as good as any other brand i've tried.........However, there's no way i'd risk a 20 miler in a pair of own brand runners.

22/08/2008 at 16:43
Nor would I, plus, if you go on the net and look for bargains, branded shoes, especially last seasons colours can be found dirt cheap, so I really don't see the point?
15/09/2009 at 19:56


I picked up a pair of £35 Kalenji trainers today from Decathalon.  They felt more comfortable and lighter than any equivelant branded trainers of a similar price.  Bearing in mind that i have only bought some running shoes to go on occasionaly short runs (i.e. sub 10 miles) once or twice a week will they be suitable?

A mate of mine who is a runner works at Decathalon and recommended them to me. I appreciate that most people here are "pro" runners where as I am just looking to keep fit through using them for running and maybe badminotn/squash.  I don't want shin splints or robotic legs though!

 The equivalent priced Nikes look pretty basic - should i exchange them?

Your thoughts appreciated.



Edited: 15/09/2009 at 19:58
16/09/2009 at 00:58


Hate to say this but 2 runs per week of up to 10 miles is actually quite a lot!  Enough to do yourself damage if the shoes are no good for you anyway.

I think the advice you will always get on here is go to a proper running shop and get some shoes fitted.  They're the one thing you can't scrimp on.

Also, running shoes aren't really suitable for other sports like badminton and squash - they will wear in different places and you need more lateral support for those types of sports.

16/09/2009 at 07:50

OK, thanks Beanie1.  It sounds like if I stick to what i aspire to then I would be best getting some proper running shoes fitted and ditching them for squash/badminton, using proper trainers for those sports instead.

 While I'm still testing the water however should I stick to the Kalenjis or swap them?  I assume getting shoes fitted would cost substantially more than £35 and I've not decided if I'm going to keep this up long term.  Am looking at the following three pairs:




Many thanks.

Edited: 16/09/2009 at 07:50
26/08/2010 at 00:42

My God .. its why dont bother coming on here very much .. there are so many pretentious 'brand' victims.

So lets throw the cat in amongst the pigeons shall we? .. 

I run 30-40 miles a week. I have a pair of Kalenji shoes.. best decision I made.


26/08/2010 at 06:50

Actually, they are not brand victims. A number of posters have complimented Kalenji for their kit (tops, bras, leggings etc) but have expressed reservations about their shoes. That seems a perfectly rational approach to take.

If Kalenji shoes suit you - brilliant. I`m not sure what qualifies you to comment on other peoplesshie preferences and requirements.

For me, I tend to agree with the other posters. Whenever I go to Decathlon I pick up Kalenji running vests - they`re usually very good and last well. That has not been my experience of their shoes which seem to last about half as long as my Nike shoes (though it`s hard to put a precise figure on it).Incidentally, I run double your mileage and sometimes more.

I`ve also noticed that our kids wear out Decathlon trainers at amuch faster rate than Nike, Adidas etc.

If you have found shoes that suit you - stick to them - just avoid the prescriptive b*ll sh*t.

Edited: 26/08/2010 at 06:52
26/08/2010 at 09:56

Being a brand victim is b*ll sh*t - just because its not in the £70 bracket. Absolute pathetic snobbery.  If people had any integrity outside their wallet and cared less about marketing manipulated peer pressure they'd realise it  too. 

Regress your running gait back to how you ran as a child "naturally" and dont 'pound' and you'll find injuries occur less and less and relate much less to the name you have on your footwear.  But I dont expect the pony tail and butt hugging posers to be curious about this .. just those interested in their LONG term health and fitness.

..and thats all I'll say on this.  Do what you want.  I'm gone.

Edited: 26/08/2010 at 09:59
26/08/2010 at 10:12
errm - correct me if I'm wrong but isn't Decathlon/Kalenji/Quechua/Tribord and all the other names that Decathlon own also "brand" names???

you like Kalenji, others like Asics/Nike/whatever. and Decathlon are very very good at brand promotion and recognition which is why they are such a large successful business

so stop being an arse and bleating about brand names and accept if whatever you buy is for for your purpose, then let it be.
M...eldy    pirate
26/08/2010 at 10:16
Ooh a 2 post flounce,  havent had one of those for a while 
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