Drunken Euphoria on tour
Reviewed: 16 December 2007
GOOD "ALL TERRAIN" CHOICE
Comfortable and seem to hug feet so they don't feel bulky. Seem to be robust, grippy on mud, rutted paths, trails, grass and stoney paths. Confidence inspiring. Flexible feel which offers control closer to barefoot running than most road and less-specialist trail shoes.
Grip on wet rocks, but so were my previous trail shoes (Saucony Approach). Can feel the lack of cushioning towards the end of prolonged outings (over 15m) but this is also expected. Ok for some road use, but again not for prolonged usage on this surface.
My previous trails shoes were Saucony Approach and these seemed the ideal replacement choice being from a company who specialise in off-road shoes. In direct comparison they offer superior stability, grip, comfort, feel over the Approach's and perhaps they only come (a close) second on cushioning, which isn't a major factor for mixed terrain runs under about 15m for me. Having said that my second and third runs in these were 6.5 and 21 miles so there is little or no break in required. Regardless of shoe model I sometimes get minor blistering on my heel from hilly, muddy, trail conditions and did get slight irritation on heels from first run in these. I have suffered no reoccurance, although I do apply surgical tape to back of heels for longer runs (as I have with previous trail shoes).
Choose roclites as your off-road mileage workhorse, you won't be disappointed. Seemed good for undulating cross country and my next test for these is long off-road races and ultra-mara's. These are not quite as grippy as mudrocs I gather, and for tough fell conditions I have mudclaws, these are more comfortable for all round off-road use.