Trainer reviews are useless. The views are subjective and only relevant to the reviewer. Nobody should buy trainers without trying them on first and by then you're in the shop anyway. So what's the point?
Mark47, why don't you get something that can at least be upgraded with an HR strap later, unless you're absolutely sure you won't use one. It makes a real difference to the value of my individual training sessions. I'm not a very serious runner either, I mean, I run because I enjoy it and I manage 3 or 4 times a week, but I do like to get better.
You'll probably be looking at over £100 to get something with HRM, but you could even buy refurbed or second hand.
No, and I've never washed minAnita believe me, it needs it. It's odd, because customer services usually sort you out without too much fuss. Maybe try again, orgo to the shop where you bought it and tell them. They might be able to put some pressure on. Bit low volume for Watchdog!