Thursday, December 13, 2007

Nike Air Streak Vapor IV Review

Despite the many flats I've tried this guy still remains the champ when it comes to weight. 5.5 oz takes the cake against any other flat I've seen besides the Mayfly (a 4.0 oz flat for racing designed only to last 100k). You can see from the picture that they look a little cushier than the RC2, and they are. The base on the Vapor IV is kind of cushy/foamy and it's pretty comfortable. It has these little slots in the foam, I guess they're for ventilation, but what they are awesome at is grabbing little pebbles. Get used to wedging these out with a pencil after a few runs.

Adidas AdiZero RC 2 Review

This thing rocks, and is possibly the best running shoe I've ever had. As you can see from the pic there's very little heal to toe raise (good for a full elastic flex and preventing heal slamming as first contact). They're light at 6.4 oz, and they hold up better than many flats I've had. Just resting these puppies in your hand they feel like a feather, and though all your friends will tell you "oh I can't run in those" I've done weekly 17 milers on Sundays in them for weeks now (and all the miles between).

The official description follows: "The adidas adiZero RC 2 is an incredibly lightweight, yet well-cushioned racing flat for the competitive runner with a neutral foot strike. Air mesh upper. adiPRENE® provides protection from harmful impact forces. adiPRENE®+ maintains forefoot propulsion and efficiency. Torsion® System adds midfoot integrity. adiWEAR® outsole offers best durability in high wear areas. DSP delivers perfect grip, high durability and light weight."