£140 Should the lat­est Xodus be in your trail run shoe ar­moury?

220 Triathlon Magazine - - KIT ZONE -

Win­ter means one thing: it’s time to off-road run, pro­vid­ing a fresh al­ter­na­tive to road run­ning and tax­ing mus­cles – es­pe­cially core – that re­main pas­sive on the pave­ment. Trail run­ning re­quires a ‘durable’ shoe… and that sums up the third edi­tion of the Xodus per­fectly.

Start­ing bot­tom up, it re­tains the same out­sole as its pre­de­ces­sor, the dual-com­pound rub­ber and mul­ti­di­rec­tional lugs grip­ping terra-firma like its life de­pends on it. It’s se­cure, sta­ble and flows into the most sig­nif­i­cant evo­lu­tion over edi­tion two: the mid­sole, which now uses Saucony’s lat­est cush­ion­ing sys­tem, Everun foam, over the full length. That’s a pos­i­tive ad­di­tion as it’s one of the most com­fort­able and re­spon­sive ma­te­ri­als around.

And then there’s the im­pres­sive up­per, fea­tur­ing Saucony’s ‘Isofit’ de­sign. This flows into an in­te­grated tongue. Both fea­tures aim to lock down your feet se­curely, while de­flect­ing stones and de­tri­tus. Both fea­tures achieve this. The in­te­grated toe bumper is also a nice touch over clunkier ver­sions dumped onto many of its con­tem­po­raries.

So all good? Nearly. All these fea­tures knit to­gether nicely in use… un­til you crank up the pace. That’s when the lofty out­sole, mid­sole and up­per, which hit the scales at 366g, im­pair rather than en­hance your per­for­mance. It’s es­pe­cially no­tice­able as our off-road runs are gen­er­ally ticked off in light­weight trail shoes like Inov-8’s Talon. So def­i­nitely one for low- to mod­er­atepaced ef­forts rather than in­tense, faster ef­forts.

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