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Ultra Endurance trainers review

After four week’s of running with the Ultra Endurance trainers I’m getting on pretty well with them. 

The tongue is a little thinner than I'm used to

The tongue is a little thinner than I’m used to

Sometimes you can have quite a shock going between trainers, but I’ve not had that with the Ultra Endurances. I have come across to these from Saucony Excursion trainers, which are considerably well-padded. In comparison, the Ultra Endurances are thinner, but this doesn’t mean they are a stripped-back lightweight pair of trainers; in fact, they are very supportive and ultra comfortable.

The only thing I have found strange is the tongue; it’s a lot thinner than on other trainers I have worn and it extends up over the top of the foot. It’s taken a bit of getting used to. Looking more closely, it’s actually a gusseted tongue to reduce debris getting in and to be fair, it does hold my foot firm.

DSC_3352One feature I really like is the wide toe box. I often find my big toes catch the side of trainers, but the Ultra Endurance gives them room to wriggle. There’s also large bumper around the front giving excellent protection from rocks and will extend the life of the trainers.

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The Snake Plate

The word Snake Plate is written down the side and this ‘plate’ adds protection in the forefoot of the shoe.

And around the back of the heel is a Cradle that holds your foot stable.heel box. Inside the heel area is FlashDry fabric so the trainers can wick sweat away and dry out quickly.

The Vibram Megagrip sole lives up to its name. It has just enough lugs to allow you to run on a fairly muddy trail, but if you were going to be running long distances in really claggy stuff then you maybe need something with more aggressive lugs. The Ultra Endurances perform very well in the rain however, and the Vibram sole is reassuringly sticky over wet rocks and roads.

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I really like that the Ultra Endurance trainers don’t set out to be a lightweight trainer, instead they feel like they will give you day-in and day-out use and really will endure the test of time.

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Try them out, I’m sure you’ll get on equally well with them.

www.northface.co.uk 

 

About the author: Dan Tye

Dan came up with the idea for Adventure 52 after meeting so many like-minded people who love all kinds of adventure activities. He started out as pilot in the RAF, has worked as a ski instructor and has spent the past 12 years as an editor and journalist for motorcycling, aviation and adventure magazines.

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