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REVIEW: Nike Vapor Street

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Disclaimer: I currently own three pairs of Vapor Street, all of them purchased at full retail. The opinions herein are my own.
The Nike Vapor Street is Nike’s attempt at a casual lifestyle version of the very exclusive unicorn that is the Nike Zoom Vaporfly Elite. Many in the running community saw it as lifestyle shoe, and hoped (myself included) that interest in the Vapor Street would draw sneakerheads’ attentions away from the Vaporfly 4% and allow real runners to finally get their hands on some 4% magic. The reality is that the 4% is still incredibly hard to come back, and is still being sold at ridiculous prices on the resale market, while the Vapor Street sits on shelves in the likes of Dover Street Market and End Clothing, amid a lukewarm response from shoe collectors.
I saw the Vapor Street for what it really is- a cheaper trainer version of the Vaporfly Elite. Where else can you get your hands on that incredible anatomical fit knit upper that only the Vaporfly Elite has? As it…

REVIEW: Salming Enroute

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I was recently very pleased to find out that we finally have a distributor for Salming running shoes in Singapore. I currently own two other pairs of Salming shoes, the Distance 2, and Distance 5, and had to get both of those overseas as they were not available locally.
The Salming Enroute is not a new release. It's been around for about a year already, but I never got round to trying it because it's quite expensive to import from overseas. A little background for people who are not familiar with the Salming brand. First, it's a Swedish brand. They have been around for a while but they started out in racket sports making Squash shoes, and only moved seriously into the running shoe market in the past couple of years. 
Per Salming's website:


The Salming Rule of 5In our holistic view on running – Full Body Running with its hub and five spokes is the foundation when we build running shoes. The design and construction of our shoes can be derived from the natural running techni…

First Impressions: Skechers GoRun Ultra R2

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Skechers has had a few years to evolve as a brand now, and while their shoes have been a little hit and miss for me, they have come out with some really good models so far in 2017. I was very impressed with both the GoRun 5, and the GoMeb Razor as trainers. As far as maximalist shoes go, I did not have the best of luck with Skechers as the shoes somehow did not work great for me.
Previous maximal models I had were the original GoRun Ultra v1, and the GoRun Ultra Road v1. The GoRun Ultra caused me to develop hot spots under the balls of my right foot, and the Ultra Road v1 while very cushioned and soft, was in fact a little too soft and energy sapping for me for most runs.
Stats Heel stack: 30mm Forefoot stack: 26mm Drop: 4mm Weight: 240g (8.466oz) in US9.5 including insole
UPPER AND FIT The shoe fits me true to size, although like many Skechers models, I could conceivably go down a half size here, as the shoe has a very generous overall volume. The shoe uses a seamless knit mesh for t…

Review: ASICS Roadhawk FF

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Disclaimer: This shoe was provided to me at no cost for the purposes of a review

Athleisure shoes have been popping up for a while now, and are aimed at bridging the gap between casual fashion and performance running shoes. This athleisure market has been slowly gaining traction in recent months, and with the likes of Nike and Adidas doing very well with their sneaker sales, it was only going to be a matter of time before the other brands got in on the act. Brooks, for example, will be releasing an athleisure version of its ever-popular Launch in the near future. The first dip in the pond by ASICS probably started with the Gel Quantum 360 Knit released earlier in the year, though it was quite heavy and consequently was not very versatile as a running shoe. Now, they've come up with a far more versatile shoe in the Roadhawk FF which has garnered a lot of positive feedback thus far. I was very excited to try out this shoe, after finding a real diamond in the rough with the Noosa FF e…

Review: Gold Coast Marathon 2017

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It's been quite a while since I last wrote a race report but since a few people have indicated interest in one, I figured it'd be worthwhile doing. The Gold Coast Marathon has a special place in my heart since it was also the venue of my first ever overseas marathon, and also the race that secured my BQ timing that led to that memorable Boston race back in 2014. (race report here) For people who haven't read it, my original race report for the Gold Coast Marathon 2013 was posted as a Facebook note here.
This year, I was originally scheduled to race Dubai in January, and then have a stab at a PB by racing at Berlin again in September. See here for my 2014 Berlin Marathon race report. However, we found out my wife was pregnant with a due date in the third weekend of September, and so we settled on doing the Gold Coast Marathon instead, it gave me a good 4-5 months of preparation and it was pretty much as late as my wife could travel on the plane in July.
Having done the Gold…