11:51 Friday 21 February 2014

REVIEW: Running shoes will keep you on a firm footing


21/02/14 Karrimor Review Pix - ANT, AshbourneKarrimor Running Gear for Review. 21/02/14 Karrimor Review Pix - ANT, AshbourneKarrimor Running Gear for Review.

ABOUT 12 months ago, regular readers may remember my review of Karrimor’s excellent D30 trail runners, which were a superb quality waterproof trail shoe for very little money, so when Sports Direct offered me a chance to review thier D30 soled conventional running shoe, I rapidly laced up and hit the streets.

Straight out of the box, the D30s feel like a quality shoe, with a very comfortable fit, thanks to the Aegis Microbe Sheild lining, which also helps to prevent odour in the long-term.

The breathable mesh upper is the usual standard fayre for any decent running shoe, and during my regular runs, managed to keep my foot temperature under control and sweat to a minimum.

When it comes to picking a pair of trainers for running, comfort and build quality is paramount, and most trainers at this price point will tick all the boxes, meaning there has never been a better time to get your runners on, however it is the sole of the D30s that makes them stand out on their own.

As the name suggests, the D30s feature Karrimor’s D30 sole technology, which is packed full of technology to make your longer runs so much more comfortable.

The D30 technology maximises shock absorption when your foot experiences high impact with the road to minimise shock through the foot and legs, this is teamed up with gel technology specific to both the forefoot and rear foot to make things very comfortable indeed.

the final piece of the sole technology comes in the form of a decent TPU shank to the arch to aid under-foot stability, a design trait I mentioned when reviewing the previous years D30s, and some thing which makes a great deal of difference, especially on more uneven ground.

The D30 running shoes also feature a full length softer density ride line, which along with the specific gel technology, aims to make moving through the gait cycle more comfortable.

Karrimor also states these running shoes are suitable for runners with a high or low arch, to help them appeal to a wider range of runners.

In practice I found the D30s to be very comfortable, both on the treadmill and out on the road.

They lace up well and dont rub at all - which is not something that can be said for all running shoes, plus the black finish makes them perfect for the winter.

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