OVER­ALL VER­DICT

220 Triathlon Magazine - - Kit Zone -

Run shoe man­u­fac­tur­ers can be guilty of self-in­duced sab­o­tage, cre­at­ing so many shoes and so many dif­fer­ent sec­tors that the po­ten­tial con­sumer’s con­vinced that high spend equals peak per­for­mance and re­duced chances of in­jury. In­evitably, that pre­dictable but in­cor­rect equa­tion leads to a dis­jointed run gait and a costly physio’s ap­point­ment. So two key points: try be­fore you buy and don’t be sold by price.

That said, price isn’t re­ally an is­sue here with all shoes over the £100 mark. Call us thrifty but we’d ar­gue this is way above in­fla­tion for shoes that by their very def­i­ni­tion should fea­ture fewer ex­pen­sive tech­nolo­gies than high-mileage ef­forts.

What Hoka have achieved in­ge­niously with the Clay­ton 2 is meld­ing high-mileage com­fort with rac­ing speed for a truly stun­ning shoe. The Adi­das Adizero Adios 3 is a more tra­di­tional light­weight and fast shoe, al­beit the in­no­va­tive Boost mid­sole is al­ways a win­ner in the en­ergy-re­bound and com­fort stakes. But it’s Asics who beat both. The Roadhawk FF is sim­ply a su­perb shoe, of­fer­ing sta­bil­ity and com­fort at op­ti­mum pace. Just slip into your tri-suit, race belt, per­for­mance eye­wear and Road­hawks, and a new PB is (nearly) guar­an­teed.

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