First impressions: Topo Ultrafly 2

First impressions: Topo Ultrafly 2

Last year I tested out the Topo Fli-Lyte 2, a lightweight shoe from Topo Athletic with 3mm heel drop. This time I decided to buy the newly released Ultrafly 2 in order to check out how their more stable shoe would perform and if I, as a more overpronated runner, could have a shoe that fit me better.

It's more foot-shaped than a conventional running shoe and builds on the natural runner school of thought, where the toes get more space and thus should contribute more to the stability. It does, however, compared to barefoot shoes, offer a huge amount of cushioning for the longer runs. So far I've run on forest paths, gravel and asphalt in order to make up my mind about the shoe. 

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First impressions: Mizuno Inspire 14

First impressions: Mizuno Inspire 14

Last years best shoe in my opinion was the Mizuno Inspire 13, which I just love to run with. I still have it to this day, and use it on occasion when I want a shoe that just works and that I am comfortable with. It’s my safe bet.

This years shoe, the Mizuno Inspire 14, has now been with me for about 50k on gravel and asphalt. Has the Inspire improved?

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First impressions: New Balance 1080 v8

First impressions: New Balance 1080 v8

Before leaving for Australia I got two pairs of shoes to review, the first one was the New Balance Zante v4, and the second was the New Balance 1080 v8.

Last years entry into the 1080 line (v7) was one of the best shoes I tried in 2017. Not only did it give a softer ride than I was used to, but it also still had some responsiveness to it. So how well would the new version do compared to the old one?

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