TEST OF SPEEDTRAIL:
A super shoe that surely will generate a great deal of buzz. The first day I wore it surprised me; I began an uphill run and after a while I told myself: Geez, you’re moving today, and the shoe feels really light … This gave me my first good vibe about the shoe, the shoe’s grip is more than outstanding. It’s a shoe designed to help you run very fast, short, medium and even long distances because the configuration of the sole is never going to fail you. Right now, I would say it is the most stable, lightweight shoe available to meet market stability standards.
For lightweight runners, say between 65 and 80 kilos, this is the only shoe to date that has lightness and stability together. I’m not saying it’s the lightest, but it has a protective feature to help you avoid injury and the perfect sole will make you feel like you’re wearing gloves on your feet – the ideal combination that everyone seeks. The vibrating system used for the sole is one thing, and the material this brand uses between the sole and shell is the best. It’s composed of three parts: a highly resistant heel, very strong in the middle area, and medium strength in the metatarsal area, plus it has very acceptable flexibility despite the material. I should mention that it is a demanding shoe but one which will give you no major problems.
We are used to very soft shoes and soft cushioning and all which it implies. Usually, most shoes come from the world of athletics and the softer they are, the more problems they present. This shoe is near perfect in its construction; it has a few bugs but none worth noting. The LAFUMA brand, and especially the SPEEDTRAIL model, is the only one which offers pronation control because pf its use of the right material, something other brands claim to do but rarely deliver. Running tests were done on all types of terrain — stone slabs, paths, cross country, clay, rock, wet, etc. and the shoes held up nicely. It’s not a shoe for winter but if you don’t mind getting wet, the shoe’s perfect sole will tolerate the inclement conditions well. Along rock and flagstone paths, the shoe is most striking, though perhaps the shoe may not be up to speed on uneven surfaces because the shell of the shoe does not support the traction of sole-ground-foot the best. My suggestion is you tie your shoe up well, though by doing so you will feel a certain tightness of the internal lacing in the forefoot.
PRO: Reliability in lightness and stability. – Control and grip. – Comfort. – Breathability. – Safety in fast technical areas and descents. – Resistant material. – Sole almost perfect.
CON: Demanding material. Lacing may disturb persons with wider feet. It has long lacing, but no big deal.