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veggieboy




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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Took about 5 mins to get used to feeling tall and that bizarrely they seem to encourage mid foot striking rather than heel striking which was what I expected.

I went with size 10 which is my normal size in Asics, although I am 10.5 in Adidas trail shoes due to the narrow toe box. The size was perfect for me using the thin Falke socks that came with them, although I will get a 10.5 in the trail versions to allow for thicker socks.

The ride is very forgiving and pavements which I normally try and avoid were no problem at all. Running on grass is really strange at first - almost like being on marshmallow.

Sitting here in the office and legs feel incredibly fresh despite a lack of long runs recently and my hardest ever interval session on the bike yesterday.

Did 12.5 miles in 1:50 with a rucksack including probably 3 mins at traffic lights.

Overall very impressed, especially with the RPE which seemed much lower than previously experienced for a time like that

Will try and do the same run on Thursday at the same pace in my usual road shoes and compare
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Veggieboy wrote:
about to set out for their first test.

A 12 mile run to work, mixture of trail and road

Currently feel very wierd


be interesting to hear how you got on with them

they do feel weird when you out them on - let alone when you suddenly feel 2" taller - but I have never found them strange to run in. they just feel like normal running shoes
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

fat buddha wrote:
Veggieboy wrote:
about to set out for their first test.

A 12 mile run to work, mixture of trail and road

Currently feel very wierd


be interesting to hear how you got on with them

they do feel weird when you out them on - let alone when you suddenly feel 2" taller - but I have never found them strange to run in. they just feel like normal running shoes


See my post above yours!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Veggieboy wrote:
fat buddha wrote:
Veggieboy wrote:
about to set out for their first test.

A 12 mile run to work, mixture of trail and road

Currently feel very wierd


be interesting to hear how you got on with them

they do feel weird when you out them on - let alone when you suddenly feel 2" taller - but I have never found them strange to run in. they just feel like normal running shoes


See my post above yours!


must have missed that somehow!

sounds like you're quite happy with them - long may it continue
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Veggieboy,

Sounds similar to what I experienced when I first started using them - funny thing is now I just can't seem to bring myself to run in anything else!

Re the mid foot striking - they actually have a low heel to toe drop so it does help - the good thing for people like me is that when the old ironman shuffle kicks in after about - erm a kilometre - they're great for heel striking too!

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did the Outlaw iron shuffle in my Hoka's on Sunday, very comfy, no blisters. Trail versions so some sticky noises when running on tarmac ! Longest run in them has been 48 miles on trails, love them !

I'd like to get a road specific pair but can't find anywhere with the right size (13 or 13.5) Mad
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

themoid

You could try: http://www.peteblandsports.co.uk/brands/hoka/

They have the stinson tarmac in a 13 - which could probably be used for downhill skiing as well! Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wots the score for overpronators.

Could you still put in a support insole (like FootDisc/currex)?

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Toyota_Crown wrote:
Wots the score for overpronators.


I'm not sure specifically but I think they may exaggerate any assymetric imbalances.

I'm now getting to the point that I think Hokas aren't for me, which is a pity because I really like the ride.

As I posted above somewhere I have a slightly odd gait in that my right foot flicks out slightly. Somehow this results in a weird sensation that my right heel is collapsing inwards. I'm sure this feels exaggerated in the Hokas because they are so much higher. I did a downhill speed session this week which was frustrating: I had the cushioning to really smash on down the hill but a weird lop sided sensation.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

got some today, the stinson evo b trail version.

first impressions:

they are the most expensive pair of shoes I have ever bought (execpt for a pair of danner arcadia i once bought when i was in the army) ffs
they are lighter than i expected, and lighter than they look
the sole is not as firm as i expected, but somehow seems more supportive
they fit perfectly with the socks i'd usually run in (i went up half a size)
they look strange and do feel strange when you first put them on.
they look really well made.

I shall be running a flat off road 10 miles in them on saturday morning with my new coach (my daughter, who will ride alongside me no doubt just slightly quicker than i want to go) so i will report back after that, but positive so far.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

markie r wrote:

they are the most expensive pair of shoes I have ever bought (execpt for a pair of danner arcadia i once bought when i was in the army) ffs


I bet you were well Ally with those Wink (early 90s?)
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jorgan wrote:
markie r wrote:

they are the most expensive pair of shoes I have ever bought (execpt for a pair of danner arcadia i once bought when i was in the army) ffs


I bet you were well Ally with those Wink (early 90s?)


yeah bought them to liberate Kuwait in, which i did single handedly obv.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 6:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been running in Nike Pegasus recently as they were the softest shoes ic oud find, but I bought a pair of Stinson Tarmac Hokas today. I will be doing a slow 10k in them tomorrow and will report back on how they feel. Walking around in them feels a little strange due to the rocker so. I am interested to see how that translates to running.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 6:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been running in Nike Pegasus recently as they were the softest shoes ic oud find, but I bought a pair of Stinson Tarmac Hokas today. I will be doing a slow 10k in them tomorrow and will report back on how they feel. Walking around in them feels a little strange due to the rocker so. I am interested to see how that translates to running.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had a pair of the evo trails for a few weeks now, I've used them for runs from 3-26 miles off road and yesterday I did a 7 miler on road just to see what they were like on Tarmac.
Personnely I love them, I've had slight heel pain in both feet for a while and wearing the Hoka's has allowed me to carry on running quite a lot of miles without making it any worse and possibly even making it a bit better.

I shall be investing in a pair of the road shoes asap, for all my session work etc on the Tarmac, I think the soles are more durable than the trail version and I've been in contact with Hoka about a waterproof shoe and the said they now do the RAPA NUI W new for this year, you have to be careful though as they do the original RAPA NUI which isn't waterproof, I shall be trying to locate some of these ready for the Caesars camp and winter100.
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