October 31 2017
These five pieces of winter gear make us actually look forward to training in blustery conditions.
The Tester: Erin Douglas
This 45-year-old resident of Washington, D.C.—who also happens to be WR’s art director!—runs to clear her mind. Her current goals are running more than 3 miles pain-free and possibly tackling the New York City Marathon for her 50th birthday! After spending several years recovering from chronic injuries, Douglas is picky about her footwear. She wants lightweight shoes that work with her custom orthotics and let her feet move naturally. She also likes a snug fit and wears a size 8.5.
Julie’s guidelines: Erin should try a neutral shoe rather than a stability shoe as this will work better for her orthotics. She could try shoes with different levels of cushioning to see what she likes best.
9.4 oz., 12mm drop
For Douglas, testing the Nike Air Vomero was like coming home. She actually has purchased three versions of the shoes and swears by the model! The new design lived up to expectations with good arch support, medium-plush cushioning and improved traction on wet surfaces. Her favorite aspect is the “Nike Flywire,” which has cords attached to the laces that can be tightened to cradle your mid-foot, providing zero in-shoe slippage, even when striding downhill.
6.7 oz., 6mm drop
These roadrunners made Douglas utter the magic words, “I felt fast for the first time in a long time!” The proprietary sole design, which includes little rubber rings that contract upon landing and expand when you take off, made Douglas spring o the ground with every step. From the just-enough cushioning to the secure fit, these shoes were a winning experiment for Douglas. She also said they had good traction on wet roads. The one drawback was she prefers thicker shoelaces.
9 oz., 6mm drop
“Fantastic” traction helped Douglas feel confident running over loose rocks, mud and roots on her favorite trail. The kicks offer a sweet spot between structured and lightweight, and Douglas reported that she felt at once sturdy and agile. Her narrow foot loved the tight fit around the heel and the roomy front, which gave her toes enough room to relax. The laces have a bit of give, allowing the wearer to get a good, locked-down fit.