When pulling these out of the box they feel like nothing you have ever seen before. They are very light the foam feels so much different to normal eva, the streamlined shape is a little daunting, and the upper is a thin layer of mesh thats reinforced throughout the mid foot. One thing thats clear about this shoe is that its a running only shoe (no walking at all), itsdefiantly not beginners shoe, and is made for forefoot runners only.
The new zoom x foam is like no other foam available today. Boost, DNA, React, Eva run has nothing on this material. Ive always been a person to like a low profile sole with not to much cushioning, but never again will I go back to that. Although very soft the responsiveness of the foam deals with that very well making it not too unstable. Due to how thick the sole is you dont really notice the carbon plate. Your foot sinks into the foam making the reduced flex early noticeable. Only uphill tempo runs is there you really notice the decreased flex in the toe area. the outside doest feel too rugged but after running appears very durable. Its put in the places that it needs it to save weight.
The upper is light but strong. There double l
ayer mesh surrounding the mid foot for support, with the toe box being roomy. I feel like the heel cup / counter could be a little more fitted to prevent slipping but once running is not noticeable. It looks like they felt with this issue in the vaporfly elite which has the ankle high upper with flyknit. The mesh upper is extremely breathable and strong with ventilation holes dotted about.
After 3 months (running 7km 3x per week) of wearing these in they don’t feel too much different to knew ones. (ive just brought another set) The foam and upper have both lasted well with minimal compression within the foam. the outsole also appears very durable.
This is defiantly not a stability shoe. once you start to fatigue and drop backonto your heel a little more the shoe will really start to collapse in waters. The soles is extreme narrow though the mid foot and the foam very soft. this rules this shoe out for people with a history of overuse injury to knees back and feet that struggle to stay on their toes. That is unless you can fit it with an orthotics. I have alway had a big history of shin splints, and without an orthotic struggled a lot to run in theses shoes. below are images with and without an orthotics to show the increase in stability. The first picture is without and orthotic and the second picture has an orthotic. This minute change in pronation makes a huge difference for me in terms of preventing injuries and pain when running.
With an orthotic added I’m never going to run in another shoe again. The high price tag is justifiable for the new foam, carbon plate and light upper. T he Asics metarun is priced at $320 and I feel this is a step above that in terms of running performance. If you are going to make the move to this shoe make sure you know that it is a performance shoe, it is not very stable to prevent for over pronaiton, its not made for walking and its make for mid-forefoot running only. These points are not negative. its just a very specific shoe.
Rating – 9/10
+ve – responsive, supportive, light, fast, comfortable
-ve – heel cup doesnt fit smoothly.