Monday, October 24, 2005

Saucony / New Balance and Brooks

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I currently have three pairs of running shoes on the go at the moment.

Brooks Addiction 6 2005
Saucony Trigon Responsive
New Balance 1060

I don't normally have more than two pairs but spotted the New Balance shoes for sale at a factory outlet in Keswick. I have to say for comfort and fit the New Balance shoes are the best of the three. They are the pair I would choose to use for any races I enter. However they are not great of road and i didn't expect them to be from the tread on the soles.

The Brooks Addiction 6 shoes get my vote for being the most durable particularly on the outer soles where I tend to wear out my shoes quickest. I have had previous addiction shoes and I would buy this model again .

The Saucony Trigon shoes are a bit of a mystery to me as I bought them a while back and I must have shoved them away and forgot all about them for 6 months. I can't understand where they have been but anyway I spotted them when I was having a clear out and almost chucked thinking they were an old pair.. These have great tread for off road and I am likely to use these a lot over the fields this winter.

When I buy shoes I am always happy to buy last years models I never buy the latest shoe at the top price. Perhaps I am missing out on something as I suppose you do get what you pay for generally.

When the running shoe reviews come out in Runners World I look but don't usually buy. It generally comes down to what is available from mail order outlets. I have bought from Wiggle, Bourne Sports and Sports Shoes Unlimited and all have offered good service.

I don't particularly care about the colour of running shoes they soon get dirty. I always consider durability and brand to be chief qualities that I consider when buying.

3 comments:

  1. Nice Blog!
    I hate my 3 week old pair of Brooke. I had to go out and buy a new pair of Asics on the weekend due to the pain I was getting running longer distances in the Brookes.
    I dont think i'll every change brands again.

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  2. Interesting. I usually make do with up to 2 pairs at time (plus trail and short race specials). For me, I have to have Fit and Support right, then Weight, Feel and other Features come in. Brand and Colour are a poor third place. However if a brand/model is known to me it shortcuts the process somewhat.

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  3. I guess brand loyalty really works. My first ever pair were New Balance they do seem to offer more choice when it comes to width of shoes. However I am always willing to try other brands if I see a good deal and I have had Asics before.

    I wish I had photographs of all my old shoes I would be quite interested to see pictures of shoes from 20 years ago!

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