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of any iteration of the Kinvara
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The Ultra Trail is by far the best North Face shoe to hit the market.Nike Air Pegasus 83 Hombre  It has a lot going for it with a fantastic Vibram outsole, nice and secure upper with good room in the toe box for my medium/average width foot, and it provides a decent ride on smoother Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34 Damen terrain.The height and chunkiness of the heel, Nike Air Max 90 Homme along with the lack of rock protection are what hold this shoe back for me on technical trails. It reminded me of a blend between the Pearl Izumi Trail N1 and the New Balance MT101, but with less rock protection than either. The PI is better cushioned and more protective, but not as nimble feeling. The NB MT101 is more nimble, but lacks the nice ride that the Ultra Trail has on smoother terrain. Unfortunately, it seems there must always be compromises, and the TNF Ultra Trail falls short of being the ideal do-everything, all-around shoe that I hoped it would be. But for pavement and smoother trails it is a solid choice.You might be onto something with the durability of black vs. other coloured outsoles. For tires a substance called carbon black has traditionally been used as a measure to increase wear resistance and durability. Nike Air Presto Mujer Adidas NMD Womens As the name implies it also gives the tires their color. Carbon black has also been used in other rubber products to achieve the same gains. While carbon black in tires is more and more replaced by other substances with even better properties it might be fair to assume that these might be dark in color as well as thats what the customer is used to. Or Vibram really still uses carbon black.A few weeks ago I published a first impression review of the Saucony Kinvara 5 after taking them out for an initial 11 mile run. I’ve now run a bit over 40 miles total on the shoes, and I just returned from a 14 mile run in them earlier today. I though I’d share a brief update on my experience with the shoe.
First off, I’ll say that pretty much everything positive I said in the initial Kinvara 5 review still holds. The toebox on the K5 Nike Air Max 98 Dames is fantastic – it fits my foot perfectly, and may be the roomiest of any iteration of the Kinvara. The sole Nike Roshe Run Damskie has just the right amount of cush for my taste, and they have performed great on two 10+ mile runs and several shorter runs. I’d have no hesitation using these in a marathon – in fact, if I run one this Fall they are likely the early frontrunner for race day (still deciding on Fall races…).
The only real negative issue I encountered on my first run in the Kinvara 5 was some abrasion leading to hot spots on the outsides of both big toes. I’m happy to report that this issue has not recurred – I felt no discomfort in this area over 14 hilly miles earlier today.Some people have asked me about the puffy tongue and more plushly cushioned ankle collar in the Kinvara 5 – neither have bothered me at all. In fact, I like the added Nike Air Max 90 Pánské padding in both areas. I have also seen some comments about the ankle collar feeling high/tall in this shoe. Again, not an issue for me so far.
Finally, sole wear has been an issue in previous iterations of the Kinvara, particularly along the lateral forefoot. I’m a mild heel striker so most of my wear Nike Air Max Tavas Damenis on the heel, nothing unusual to report heAfter 40 miles in the Kinvara 5, I’m pretty confident that they will wind up on my list of top shoes of 2014. I might go so far as to say that this is my favorite Kinvara so far. After a disappointing iteration in v4, my old friend has returned in top form – the Kinvara is back!
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