Sunday, 29 March 2015

Everyday

"Everyday there's something that reminds me why I love this sport."
Bernard -Le Blaireau- Hinault


Friday, 27 March 2015

Shoeporn: La Sportiva - Helios SR

While a current test ride in La Sportiva’s Helios (check this) left me with tons of off-road excitement and a consistent associate through trails and muddy forest alleyways, the Italians are back with an updated version of this distinguishing off-road shoe.

Although the previous Helios was per definition a “mountain running” shoe, the Helios SR is per definition a “skyrunning” shoe. As running is one of the plainest exercises, it looks like the latest trend in off-road jogging asks to fill some more marketing cracks. Well, if “skyrunning” is highlighting the more technical part of “mountain running”, the Helios SR is closely what would suit for this kind of racing and running style.

Whilst a lot of trail running shoes are a copy of a copy of a copy, the Helios SR undoubtedly sticks out with the representative FriXion XT sole. Like the former Helios this sole works tremendously well and creates a faithful feel in the grip of this shoe. As the shoe could be described as a racing flat, it is essential to have a sole that brings a “grippy” performance when there is not much protection against bending within this low-cut shoe. With an additional rock plate the newest Helios SR is made for seedy and rocky trails and supports the performance of the sole without making it feel heavier or even harder and tighter towards the overall flexibility. As for myself I found the grip in this shoe further improved compared to the old model. Saying that I found the SR to be less comfy on tarmac. This shoe is made for rocks and technical trail. No doubt about that.

Another big difference to the former model is clearly the changed toe box. Although I love the present one the SR does not bid as much space and overall has a snugger fit. Saying that, it utterly makes sense to shape this kind of shoe a bit firmer and therefore allow less move in the shoe. I would love to have a go with to Helios SR on a course like the Dolomites Skyrace. The steep up and tricky downs on rocky trail with loose rocks would suit this one seamlessly. Speaking of the toe box it never was a huge problem for me. To get a full impression I used all sorts of socks from very lean to thicker ones and never really felt too tight. Saying that I have to point out that I prefer my laces not to be too tense which helps a lot with this shoe I guess. I consider this shoe as a racing shoe for techy mountain running, cross duathlons or triathlons as it would be perfect without socks.

Yet again a class act by Val die Fiemme’s very own La Sportiva. Grazie mille.

Tune of the day: Karen Silver - Nobody Else

A forceful item. Picturesque!
Sole Glance
Italo Funk - The unique stylishness sticks out.
Scuderia La Sportiva
In love with mountains since 1928. Some nice details on the tongue.
This kid likes to run fast.
Some nice view on the aggresive sole. The main feature of the Helios SR.
Bow side - La Sportiva strikes again.
Trustworthy partner.
Sir Grip-a-lot. No excuses!
Bellissimo

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Plavecký Stadium Podolí (Prague, Czech Republic)

Spend a good bit of time in the Podolí 50 meter indoor pool last week. Charming old-school facility over there in Prague. Check WIKI for more info and make sure to get some lanes in while you are over there. 








Sunday, 8 March 2015

Monday, 2 March 2015

shoeporn: New Balance - Fresh Foam Zante

This enthusing chunk of foot-apparel will hit the shelves of your preferred running dealer in just a few days. Brighton, Massachusetts, based New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. is on heavy rotation with attention grabbing releases. The unique looking green machine is the up-to-the-minute creation. Let’s have a closer look what it has to offer.



Look

There is not much doubt that New Balance got the design dead-on lately. Coming from a fairly tedious looking running shoe background, they are now hitting the market with very lean, fresh and tasteful looking performance shoes. Since last 2 years they picked up their game vastly. Further they keep introducing inventive product designs and concepts. The last few releases continued to hold this level and by expanding their Fresh Foam line 2015 starting with the latest Zante they keep improving even further!



Performance

Based on the Fresh Foam 980, the 213 grams light-weighty Zante is a tuned-up, thereof speedier version of this well know light trainer. A nice stretchy mesh upper creates a nice feel in the toe box and gives the feet good space without loosing a “grippy” fitting. While the mesh is soft it is likely to scratch on the sides (specially in the front), which happened to my shoes while unintentionally skidding a curb or a step.


With a sweet 6mm heel-toe balance it transports a reckless emotion straight from the first impression. Usually I’m fascinated by simpler runners with fewer drop, not so with the Zante. Besides the fairly huge portion of cushioning, I still got a straight, fast feeling while running thanks to a toe spring that reminds me a bit of the adidas Boost technology. It even supports a natural stride and an incredibly smooth heel to toe transition, which I found to be the highlight for myself. As I hit the ground with the forefoot I found this shoe to be very good. For people striking with the middle-foot I can see a bit more cushion and thereof a bouncy feeling due to the concept of the sole.


If you are looking for a well-designed, multitalented lightweight training shoe for your up-speed road workouts or long run, the Fresh Foam Zante is going to be your partner without a doubt. It will interest to see what’s next from a very active New Balance camp.