Un­der Ar­mour Charged Ban­dit 2 Clif Bloks En­ergy Chews Skech­ers Gomeb Strada 2 Asics Gel Kayano 23

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An­other com­fort­able train­ing shoe from Un­der Ar­mour, the Heathered up­per in the Charged Ban­dit 2 is light, breath­able and has lots of stretch. There’s a seam­less in­ter­nal heel cup and the welded seams through­out pro­vide lots of sup­port and com­fort. The Charged Cush­ion­ing mid­sole is firmer be­low the heel and softer be­low the forefoot to en­hance the ride and per­for­mance.

The only down­side with this stock­ing stuffer is they’re likely to get eaten be­fore you even get out to a work­out. These tasty chews pro­vide quick en­ergy dur­ing races or longer train­ing ses­sions. Each Blok cube con­tains 33 calo­ries, so it’s easy to keep track of your en­ergy in­take. Our favourite is the Moun­tain Berry, but there’s some­thing about the Mar­garita flavour that seems so ap­peal­ing, too.

You’ll get a lot more wear out of the Strada shoes than you’re used to get­ting in other Skech­ers shoes thanks to the durable Re­sagrip out­sole and mid­sole. There’s lots of cush­ion­ing and sup­port thanks to the moulded heel counter and Try-ply mesh sys­tem up­per, but you still get that “per­for­mance” feel and breatha­bil­ity that we love about Skech­ers shoes.

Sadly some of us can re­mem­ber when the first Gel-kayano came out. Now we’re up to the 23rd it­er­a­tion of this sup­port­ive, yet still per­for­mance-ori­ented shoe. This ver­sion uses Asics’ Dy­namic Duo­max Sup­port Sys­tem which is de­signed to only en­gage the foot when it’s needed – a wel­come ad­di­tion for those who don’t need much prona­tion or supina­tion sup­port, but want the sup­port and cush­ion­ing you’ll find in the Kayano. A new shape keeps the heel snug, but also pro­vides im­proved toe spring – ba­si­cally you’ll roll nicely off your toes.

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