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SHOE REVIEW: Tracksmith’s Eliot Runner


As a little bit of a operating nerd and sneakerhead, once I heard Tracksmith was releasing their first shoe the “Eliot Runner” again in September, I used to be instantly excited to present this shoe just a few whirls round Toronto’s concrete jungle. 

In case you are unfamiliar with Tracksmith, they’ve at all times prided themselves on being the higher echelon of operating gear, creating well-designed, high-quality merchandise with a prep-school vibe. However whereas lots of the world’s operating manufacturers dip into the shoe recreation first earlier than increasing to clothes, Tracksmith has carried out the alternative. 

Tracksmith Eliot Runner
Photograph: Tracksmith

The model’s inspiration behind the creation of the Eliot Runner was to offer runners with a mushy, resilient and responsive trip throughout a wide range of terrain. The Eliot Runner matches Tracksmith’s conventional esthetic to a T, with a suave and easy design, in which you’d really feel equally at residence in at your non-public tennis membership, as to your on a regular basis runs.

Specs

Class: Impartial
Males’s: 260 g (9.2 oz.)
Ladies’s: 226 g (8 oz.)
Drop: 9 mm
Stack peak: 33.5 mm (heel), 24.5 mm (forefoot)
Match: True to dimension
MSRP: CAD $291
Out there: Now

Higher

One of many first issues I seen when making an attempt it on was its easy throwback sneaker match. Signature particulars, from the navy sash on the facet, to the crimson racing stripe on the rear, to the woven label on the tongue strongly characterize the model’s aesthetic. The higher and lacing types are one thing you’ll see from operating manufacturers within the 90s. However in at the moment’s era, the classic look has turn into cool and trendy.

Though the higher is a bit slim from the midfoot to the forefoot, I discovered its design fairly easy and cozy for simple runs. The tongue is a tad on the cumbersome facet throughout fartleks or fast pickups, however all in all, the higher is essentially the most upscale characteristic.

Tracksmith Eliot Runner
Photograph: Tracksmith

Midsole

The midsole is arguably essentially the most important side in creating a fantastic on a regular basis operating shoe, and Tracksmith took a novel method when designing the midsole on the Eliot Runner. The sock liner is triple the thickness of a typical sock liner and is fabricated from Pebax, an ultra-lightweight, high-performance foam curated to satisfy excessive requirements of cushioning and efficiency. This mushy foam sits on prime of a firmer midsole. 

On simple runs, I seen the shoe’s firmness on every stride. It’s marketed as having excessive cushion and propulsion throughout all terrain, however, operating on pavement, I didn’t really feel quite a lot of cushioning. I didn’t discover the propulsion till I began utilizing it for sooner efforts. The light-weight Pebax foam together with the shoe’s stiff midsole helps it carry out properly throughout tempo runs and interval coaching.

At solely 260 grams for a males’s dimension 9, the Eliot Runner positions itself as a light-weight and versatile coaching shoe.

Outsole

The outsole could be the Eliot Runner’s most underrated characteristic. The shoe handles all circumstances properly with its non-marking, grippy and rubberized outsole designed to deal with something the New England local weather throws at it.

Rain or shine, the shoe grips the roads, tracks and trails with authority. I by no means as soon as needed to fear about footing.

Tracksmith Eliot Runner
Photograph: Tracksmith

Verdict

After years of labor on the design and creation of the Eliot Runner, the shoe was not a house run, however I’d say Tracksmith reached base safely. One factor I believed they nailed was the bodily esthetic of the shoe—it’s easy, it’s beautiful and sheds gentle on the model’s Boston beginnings. Each time I pulled these out for a run, I had somebody asking the place I obtained them. I really feel the higher of the Eliot Runner additionally makes it look sensible and versatile for extra than simply operating. One other side they effortlessly nailed was the grippy, sneaker-inspired rubberized outsole. 

In my view, the agency midsole detracts from the shoe’s consolation for the lengthy haul, however it will be nice for an informal runner in search of a trendy pair to run a quick 5K or 10K in. Two fashions I’d say are corresponding to the Eliot Runner are the Nike Zoom Fly and the Brooks Levitate; each types have snug uppers with light-weight midsoles to deal with quick runs and speedwork.

Tracksmith is prepared to guess that most individuals who strive the Eliot Runner will like it, so they’re providing a 30-day or 100-mile assure. Take a look at extra about it right here.



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