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Ryan K.

Ryan K.wrote a review of on March 1, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The integrated chalk ball is annoying if you are not using it. And on the first day of having it the plastic ball that keeps the string from feeding back through the bag broke. Luckily I noticed it right when it happened and tied a knot in it so the problem is solved. That’s what I get for buying a $30 chalk bag.
But the material of the bag is SUPER nice!

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Ryan K.

Ryan K.wrote a review of on May 9, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large
Size Purchased: 11.5

I tried these out for long runs and they caused me quite a bit of knee pain. I normally run in the minimus or barefoot and am a forefoot striker. These just have too much heel and the added stability isn't something I liked too well. They feel very comfortable though. I would size down a half size from your normal NB size.

If you can handle the amount of drop these will be fantastic distance shoes.

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Ryan K.

Ryan K.wrote a review of on April 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

They are just as good as the first edition when they first came out. I wore them on an easy seven miles to make sure they were going to work alright. Felt weird having shoes on after running barefoot for so long, but I think these are the best shoes you can get. Fits right along with my normal street shoe sizing.

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Ryan K.

Ryan K.wrote a review of on April 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I ordered a large in this because thats what I wore in the AK 2.0 This one was significantly bigger. I had all the straps bottomed out and it was still sloshing around.

The feel of it is def a step up from the AK 2.0 I wish backcountry had one in a Med.

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Ryan K.

Ryan K.wrote a review of on April 25, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

My last pair of shoes were Helios SR with the footbed removed. I ran in them till I wore through the sole and into the padding. I got these to replace them for trail running and flatiron scrambles and they were everything I could have wanted. Ultra minimal no padding and felt great with no footbed. Very roomy in the tie box and I sized up half a size than my normal running shoes and they were perfect. Only problem was they were very narrow where my arches should be. I flat feet and it put a lot of pressure on them when I tried to move with them. So I returned them and got a different pair of shoes. If it wasn't for the arch issue I would have worn these for a long time.

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Ryan K.

Ryan K.wrote a review of on May 21, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small

I've been running for as long as I can remember and these are the worse shoes I've had. I've done a lot of minimalist and barefoot running for the past decade and wanted to try a more durable shoe so I had these and the Salomon speedcross 3.

The mutants felt like they had a significant higher drop than the speed cross and I felt like I couldn't get my heel out of the way even though these have the same drop. I didn't have the same problem with the Salomons.

The rubber was significantly sticker than other trail shoes I've used and bounds better than the speedcross.

They did a great job of protecting my feet.

I took them out on a 10 miler and ended up with the worse knee pain that ive had in a long time and the first blister I've had in years. That's more than likely due to how it changed my running style more than a defect with the shoe itself. If you are used to forefoot striking or minimalist running shoes I wouldn't look to closely at these.

They got wet at the end of my run on a stream crossing and took about two days to dry out. They did drain very quickly immediately following the crossing.

And finally the stitching was coming apart after 15 miles as well.

I normally wear a 11.5 and got a 12 in these and they were a great fit.

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