Anatom NM1 Superlite

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Piggyback Rideplease
Reviewed: 06 November 2013

A great choice for "bare"/mid/fore-foot style runners.

Currently easy to find at a very good price compare to most of the competition.
Optional extra cushioning if you want it, less cushioning if you don't want it.
Great for road or dry easy trails.
Sizing is 1 (European) size larger than I'd expect with some but fine now you know this!
Fit is unusual in that it seems intended to be tight around top of foot. Took some getting use to but seems to work.
Currently available only in the one colour scheme (which is perfectly fine).
On first trying these on I wondered if it would be possible to use them at all due to the mid/top of foot tightness. I found that I had to be preparred to tweak the supplied lace tension and to believe that they might work to then give them a go. Glad I did!
The last few years I got going by starting properly barefoot to get my form off to a good start. Once up to about 5Km (on an easy solid surface) I then follow this by using some sort of shoe mainly because my form is simply not good enough to avoid some issues. I know for me that near the 5K mark it's time to think about some of footwear again.

I saw the Anatom shoes in RW & that they're British perhaps made me investigate further. That I could also get them for nearly half the quoted price made me press buy.

I'd ordered these as RW said they're super flexible & have almost no cushioning. Still barefoot I felt the onset of metatarsalgia. I figured I may need more cushioning so I also ordered some Sketcher Go-Bionic shoes.

I had a couple of weeks to get over my injury before the start of a 24 week marathon plan. The Anatoms arrived and I was not convinced that they'd be viable running shoes, they felt too tight to let my feet work. The Go-Bionics felt like heaven just in the house.

Injury over, I started my plan in the Go-Bionics with the inserts removed to get zero-drop. They felt great to start with but by the time my first run was over the side of one big toe joint was rubbed quite badly. Investigating it looks like a flap below a seem was the cause. Game Over for them.

All my subsequent training (3 1/2 weeks) in both cold UK and hot Malta conditions has been in the Anatoms.

In summary; great for road/easy dry trail, strange fit that works. My current #1 running shoe.
Score breakdown



Performance:
5.0
Comfort:
4.0
Value:
5.0
Fit:
4.0
Responsiveness:
5.0
Cushioning:
4.0
Comfort:
4.0
Breathability:
5.0
Durability:
5.0
Value:
5.0

Piggyback Rideplease would recommend this product
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