Price and Protection
Price and protection were the most important things to me about this purchase.
I don’t plan on running all that much on trails, probably between 5 and 10 times a month, and only 3-8 miles at a time. So I really didn’t see the need to spend a lot of money on a high-end trail shoe.
I ended up getting the Adidas Vigor for about $60.00, it was on sale from $75.00, which I thought was a good deal.
It always takes me about an hour to figure out which running shoes to actually buy.
I tried on 5-6 pair of shoes and finally the Vigor fit the best, didn’t feel like I was wearing high heels and look/feel like they are going to protect the bottoms of my feet while running over at Bond Brook. The fact that they are a good-looking shoe design doesn’t hurt too much either.
Not Minimalist Shoes
The construction is certainly not a minimalist shoe and for trail running, I don’t think that I will mind a little more shoe after last week’s experience. The seams were straight and I don’t think that I would want to run in them without socks, the interior has a few areas that might create “wear” spots.
Time to Run
I went straight from the store over to the University of Maine @ Augusta trail system, got changed up and prepared to run. UMA is a very easy trail system (no single track and the hills aren’t too bad).
The only thing was that it was raining hard, which meant it was the absolute best day to try out a new pair of trail shoes – there was mud, wet grass, wet rocks, and the back field loop hadn’t been mown yet, so that was more challenge.
How did the Vigor’s perform?
I was pleasantly surprised at how well they did in the wet grass and packed mud that gets slimy and slippery. The best part was when I sought out rocks to step on, it wasn’t a big deal, the Vigor’s just handled them without any problems. I had great traction going up both the grassy hills and the loose dirt/rock hills.
For a moderately priced pair of running shoes, I was very impressed with the fit and feel that the shoes had. No hotspots or areas that felt uncomfortable, they were just very comfortable to wear.
The Vigor’s are heavier shoes than I have run in lately, but I am not looking to win any trail races or set the course on fire with my speediness. I got these for the protection they offer my feet from the ground. I run trails to have fun and enjoy – when I step on rocks, roots or the small stumps left behind and it hurts, I am not crazy about bruises on the bottoms of my feet.
The reality is that
the Adidas Vigor’s seem to met my need for protecting my feet, I was able to get them at the right price and I think they are great looking shoes. Nothing wrong with going three for three.
Now to get over to Bond Brook or other trails and enjoy bombing around on them.
Murphy’s law of running – I got home and the sun was shining, but that was okay, I got to play in the mud and guck, and got my trail shoes dirty
Run While You Can and Keep smiling – Good things will happen!
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