Tuesday, June 13, 2006

3 New Darlings!!

Montrail Susitna II XCR
Susitna II
This Montrail Shoes was given to me for the Upcoming Mount Kinabalu Climbathlon!

The Susitna II XCR is Montrail's highest performance trail runner to date.
A new platform with four foam densities and a molded plate to dial-in an optimal ride that is smooth for road and stable for trails.
Dry Shell™ technology with GORE-TEX® XCR creates a complete waterproof shell around the entire shoe and enhances breathability and comfort.
IntegraFit™ technology for a supportive feel in the arch, firm heel hold, and smooth contact pressure for a variety of foot shapes.
TerraFlex™ technology that combines a high-traction outsole, a protection plate, and a shock absorbing midsole.
Multi-density EVA midsole.
Gryptonite™ GT outsole is non-marking and has great friction on a variety of trail conditions while being hard enough for high mileage.
Weighs 12 oz./0.34 kg.

Tested the shoes on tarmac road, found there are sufficient flex n cushions on this shoes unlike many trail shoes which are built to be very rigid ... the gel padding on this shoe provides adequate cushion n flex for forefooter like me. Will be testing the shoe at MR or BT during the weekend if time n weather permits...

Mizuno Wave Rider 9
Mizuno Wave™ 9 - SmoothRide Engineered, Composite Parallel wave for superior shock absorption and dispersion with a great transition to boot.
SmoothRide™ - Engineering approach to minimize the rapid acceleration and deceleration of the foot during transistion, creating the smoothest ride possible.
AP Mid Sole - Lightweight, responsive, yet durable cushioning copolymer.
VS-1 - Shock-absorbing cushioning compound found in the heel.
Mizuno Intercool - Full-length midsole ventilation system reduces heat and humidity build-up inside the shoe.
AIRMesh - Provides the utmost in breathability and comfort of the upper.
X-10™ - The most durable carbon rubber that allows for longer wear in high impact areas and supplements traction at heel strike.
SmoothRide Engineered - SmoothRide Engineered, solid rubber forefoot outsole design for durability and flexibility.

This is my second WR.. the first being WR7 which was good and comfortable which it lasted, i was rather disappointed when the cushions started failing in less than 6 months usage ( hehe.. in those days, i din track its mileages )

Ran about 15km with my new Darling WR9, the shoe is much lighter and the fit was snug than my previous WR... i din experience any issue with the shoes during run. Hope this time, the lifespan of WR9 can last at least 800 km!

Mizuno Aero 4
Mizuno Wave Aero 4 Racing Shoe. This Mizuno racing shoe has been developed for the racer or runner with a neutral foot type who wants great cushioning and flexibility. Composite smoothRide Engineered Wave construction developed to ensure efficient neutral cushioning. High memory Pebax material combined with metal mesh, The Wave immediately returns to its original shape. It is highly recommended by Mr Hunk , Ironman SC5 who use them in his fast n furious training runs.

I am planning to use this lightweight shoes for the upcoming AHM n SCSM. Hopefully, the cushions are sufficient for marathon distance. I will test out this Darling Aero in future LSD runs !!


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