Looking for another light weight minimal(ish) shoe for my rotation.
On the shortlist is the Mizuno Evo Cursoris, Inov-8 Road Xtreme 178 and 233.
Anyone had experience with any of these that they can report on?
Can't comment on the Mizuno but the 233's are my go-to for any sort of distance. I've put 600 miles on my first pair and they are still going strong and don't seem to disimiiar in feel to the new ones that I bought last month. They are light (270g for UK11, very low and very firm.
The 178's wouldn't work for me as a high milage shoe as I slightly supinate and so the lack of outsole (especially on the lateral side of the shoe) would be a problem for me.
Really, really like the 233's (compared against Nike free 3.0's, Kinvara's; these are the only other sort of middle minimalist shoes i've spent any sort of time in [except Saucony Triumph 9's which I just couldnt get on with])
I tried them on and they imediately felt comfortable. I was a little worries about the outsole -felt spongy as if they would last very long
+1 for the 233. I alternate with my saucony fast witch.
Skechers 'go run ride' -they are awesome and slightly more cushioned than the standard 'go run' version. they are 270g in size 11 snd the top of the shoe is as comfy as a sock. They are good for road and light trail. They are a 4mm drop according to the bumf and they are very comfy. They are not as well vented as my new bslance 1080s but they still are my first choice for a run.
I'm breaking in a pair of 233s with 150 miles and longest run being 20 miles so far. As mentioned above light, low and firm ride. It's hard to do my slow run in them.
I've stuck to road running and they've not shown many signs of wear. Despite concerns to begin with about grip on wet concrete pavement they've performed no worse than any other shoe I've worn. The outsole is very smooth with the sticky compound material.
I'm also alternating between the 233 and Road-X 255. Two completely different shoes. The 255s feel very much like the old Flyroc 310s but without the off road tread.
I just wish they were less that 6mm drop. But, comfort is the main thing.
Oh those Sketchers Go Run Ride look hidious to me. Chunky cusioning.
I can recommend the new balance mr10s, lovely and light, slipper like fit, and a bit of cushioning without losing any feel for the road.
NB seem to be too narrow a fit for my feet. love the look of them though
The skechers 'go run ride' are both chunky and cushioning- but rather comfy and fetching me thinks!! They are a minimalish/transitional with an extra few mm of sole and are lovely and wide (equates to 4E).
The original zero drop 'go run' and the 'go run 2' are more minimal- with the latter being a 4mm drop and much less chunky than the 'go run ride' which i'm using as my first step down towards true minimalist flats, so therefore I'm very interested in this thread.
NB also do a lot of 2E snd 4E shoes so it might be worth searching around. are your current shoes available in wide fit?
I'm actually running in minimal zero drops right now for runs up to 10 miles, but as I land very laterally these seem to give me burning sensation after about 6 miles, so I need something more cusioned for my longer runs. if it wasn't for this burning feeling I'd run in minimal ones all the time. I wear Inov8 bare X 150s and Saucony Hatorri.
I too land laterally then pronate until flat then supinate on take off..... Sounds like lots of work just scratching the ground
the burning (toes I'm guessing) sounds familiar and hence I bought some NB 1080s to wear on recovery walks and for generally kicking about in as most of my other shoes are plimsole type and also very flat.
The go run 2 is a neutral and cushioned/ish minimalish shoe, but most folk can not get over the brand snobbery. For example- Skechers is not even a choice on the what brand of shoes are you using question on the profile page, thats despite being endorsed by many a great ultra runner and marathoners.
the go run is similar to a Hattori but with a wider forefoot- though the go run 2 is less wide- but still about a 2E width.
Oh- but the go run 2 ar 4mm drop so probably no good for you.
i like a cushioned feel underfoot especially in the forefoot and love the go run ride for that reason- not because of the 4 mm drop not the fairly lightish Weight.
i hope you get around the burning feeling as iwikis a real pisher!
Dissappointly for my Road-X 233 I noticed there's a small localised area on the upper sole behind the little toe that's starting to fray and a hole will appear soon enough. Other than that for 300 miles they still look relatively new.
Mine went like that at about 400 miles, still going strong a few hundred miles on. And for £50 I won't complain.
Horse piss, I run in the 150's too and, believe me, the 233's give a much more minimal ride despite the extra drop. 180's are a different matter!
I haven't tried these but the Saucony Virrata look interesting!
sean Oc 4 wrote (see)
Mine went like that at about 400 miles, still going strong a few hundred miles on. And for £50 I won't complain. Sean I'll certainly persevere with my 233s as I very much like them. On appearance of the defect did you carry out any improvised repair? I'd have thought the tear would continue to grow without any such remedial work. I'm trying to figure out what I can do to postpone this. My pair were also £50 in grey/silver colour. Are they discontinued? I notice the Road-X 233s have a refresh in bright red on offer nearer to £100.
I'll certainly persevere with my 233s as I very much like them. On appearance of the defect did you carry out any improvised repair?
I'd have thought the tear would continue to grow without any such remedial work. I'm trying to figure out what I can do to postpone this.
My pair were also £50 in grey/silver colour. Are they discontinued? I notice the Road-X 233s have a refresh in bright red on offer nearer to £100.
You can still get the white/red ones for ~£50 if you hunt around. Failing that I know Pete Bland knocks two pairs out for £110.
Unless you stitch it I can't see what you can do? I've tried black witch and shoe goo on Baregrips and La Sportiva XC's but it doesn't really help.
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