Sunday, March 5, 2017

Salming Speed5 Review

Salming Speed5
For 2017, Salming Running has decided  to do a total make over of Speed, one of Salmings original line up shoes. Speed has been my to go shoe for faster runs and the marathon distance. A snug, low to the ground and light shoe that have served me really well. The new Speed5 is something totally different. With Speed5, Salming are placing Speed in the same category as their new shoe EnRoute, but Speed is a hair lighter then Enroute. They both are built on the same last, with some minor differences. EnRoute has a softer cushion and a torsion unit in the midfoot. Speed5 is more firm and does not  carry the same torsion unit. The uppers in the both shoes are totally different.  Here are some of Salmings data regarding Speed5:
  • Weight: 8.7 oz (US 10 Men)
  • Drop: 6 mm
  • Color: Ceramic Green/Black (Men)
  • Color: Shocking Orange/Dark Orchid (Women)
  • Stack: 22 mm center of heel 16 mm ball of foot
  • Midsole: Recoil™ + Recoil R™
  • Outsole: Durable lightweight rubber

Salming Speed3 in the background

Salming are using two different types of mesh in the upper. In the the midfoot, together with the EXO Skeleton we see a very thin, firm mesh. Same mesh has been used on earlier Speed as the third layer, but server here as a single layer. You can literally see straight thru the shoe.  Together with the Exo Skelton the midfoot is very secured and at the same time the mesh breathes very well. I could see how this mesh can benefit a triathlete who need good drainage. 

The toebox of Speed is wide and offer a more softer mesh, to avoid hot spots. The toes get a lot of room to spread out. The wide toe box takes away the snug fast feeling, the original Speed offered the runner. Speed offer a soft thick ankle collar that protects and heel does not slip.
Together with the snug fit in the midfoot area and the wide spread toebox you get a nice fit, but it does not feel as fast as the name Speed should, more like a performance shoe.
 EnRoute upper kind of looks like the old Speed upper so maybe the EnRoute upper would have been more suitable for Speed5 and the other way around?

+ Nice mid-foot wrap, with open mesh

-Too wide toe box for my like, feels like toe box and mid-foot wrap are not synchronized together.

Speed and EnRoute are built on the same last, with a Recoil compound as the main ingredients. While EnRoute offers more cushion, Speed5 has a more firm Recoil solution. The firmer Recoil works better when you pick up the pace, but can be a bit harsh on your legs at lower paces. Speed does not have the same torsion unit as EnRoute, instead its built in, like Salming Miles, in the Recoil material for a better heel-toe transition. Speed5 and EnRoute share the same outsole pattern, blown rubber. The rubber cover most of the parts of the outsole and offer good grip on pavement, wet and dry. Of course Salming 62%/75 degree approach is in cooperated in the midsole/outsole. With first flexgroove after 62% of the shoe in a 75% degree for a natural flex . The flex grooves are deep and offer a great flex in the fore foot that works with your transition.

+Firm ride, but need to be high pace to take advantage
+Great flex in the forefoot

-At the same time the firmness of this shoe can be to much when you run easy pace.
-Could see a more aggressive outsole pattern, for a faster feel.

EnRoute on the left, Speed5 to the right

Over All/Ride
Speed has got a bit of a cult status back in Europe and Sweden, so I can see how many runners questions the extra weight and "more shoe". Speed5 is more in the performance category now and Salming D5 will represent the brand in the marathon flat category, as D5 have lost some of its weight. The new Race5 is also like a good option for the runner who seek the old raw"Speed feeling".

As mentioned above the ride of Speed5 is firm and responsive, according to me, this is a shoe for the faster days, not the recovery day or easy miles. I have now over 50 miles on my Speed5 and I feel the Recoil foam has started to ease up a bit, so my conclusion is that Speed5 needs some break in time. This is my second shoe from Salming that are using the Recoil foam, Miles was my first shoe. I hope Speed5 Recoil offers the same durability as my Miles. My first pair of Miles has now over a 1000 miles and still going strong. If I can get 1000 miles out of a pair of performance shoes, that would be fantastic!

Salming Speed5 is very close to Salming EnRoute and I can see how Salming wants to build on the EnRoute momentum and have a faster option for those runners who are using EnRoute as their daily trainer. To get an even more faster feeling of Speed5 I would have loved to see a more streamlined upper.

 Disclosure of Material Connection: I receive Running shoes from Salming Running North America as part of their Salming brand ambassador program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Salming 2017 Overview


Salming enRoute Men

enRoute: This is an awesome addition to the Salming  line.  Very lightweight, yet with premium cushioning. Incredible dual density midsole makes for a very responsive and snappy ride. The only shoe available in multiple colors.  High recommend.  Size up half size in the enRoute!


Salming Miles Men
Miles: This is our heaviest shoe,and robust. Despite this the Recoil midsole material offers a great energy return and a pop feeling. You can easy pick up pace with Miles, it feels lighter on the run.  Any Florida Gator fans out there will love the men’s color scheme.  Great daily trainer, you will get upwards of 600-1000 miles in this shoe.
Salming Distance D5 Men
 Distance D5: The Distance is the shoe that put us on the map, after being named the 2014 Runner’s World Best Debut.  Check out reviews of the D4 for an idea of how this shoe will perform, D4 for was more of a preformance trainer. Some tweak on the upper, with a wider toebox. D5 could be your best friend on marathon day.  Great trainer or race day shoe.

Salming Speed 5 Men

Speed 5: The Speed received a complete makeover this year, and it now is without question my favorite shoe in the lineup. I have used both Speed 2 and 3 as my Boston shoe and are looking forward to again use Speed for this year. Now with the new Recoil midsole, that will give extra energy return.
Salming Race 5 Men

Race 5: This shoe will get you noticed, especially at night with its completely reflective upper.  Great for tempo work or those 5k – 10k races. In the past some of our elite ambassadors have worn it during marathons.

Salming Trail T3 Men

Trail T3: Great all terrain and all round trail shoe. Very sticky grip but can be used on just about any surface, including asphalt.  The T3 was designed to keep water out.
Salming Elements Men

Elements: A more robust trail shoe with a very aggressive tread.  Best for OCR, single track trail races.  Designed to let water out. Drains exceptionally well.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Salming Winter Gear - Tights

The Swedish brand Salming has been known for its running shoes for a couple of years now. A few runners (at least in US) are aware of Salmings apparel.

As a nordic brand, Salming knows a few things about cold weather running gear and how to design functional tech gear, that works. Of course each runner is different and can tolerate weather differently, some runners put tights on at 40f others at 30f etc. Myself like to put thin long tights on around 32f, which leads  us in to:

Salming Core Tights .This is a basic pair of tights with that will hug your legs without out getting to sloppy. What I really like with Salming Core tights is the wide waist band that does not cut in to your waist while running. This tights are for late fall, when the winds and temps can get a bit brisk and chilly.  I have not put any layers under these other then underwear/short tights.

Plus vs Minus

-Wide waist band
-Reflective logos in back and front
-Back pocket (Enough for a few gels and a key)

-Lack  of zipper for ankles, a bit annoying to put on and off.

Salming Run Wind Tights
These are a pair of tights you wanna wear when the weather gets really tough and rough. Wind, snow, really cold, rain, you name it. These guys can handle it all. The big bonus on a really cold day is that you can layer up under these tights. They are tight enough to wear without base layer, but gives you enough space for your base layer,when you need it.
 The windstopper protection and water repellent  in the front blocks the wind and the chills and will keep you warm. I will take these tights on really windy day or a rainy day around 32f, just to block wind and rain. If you don't have the winds around these temps, the thermal layer makes them to warm.
Wind tights shines on the really cold days, layered up with base layer and wind proof under wear (the secret to a pain free and warm run). The thermal part of these tights makes you feel secured and warm during your run.
Same as the Core tights, the Wind has a really nice wide waist band, that does not cut in, and secures the fit. Add to this the preshaped knees for a better fit and a 4-way stretch fabric.

Plus vs Minus

-Windstopper and water repellent
-Reflective logos, strategically placed
-Thermal layer
-Great fit

None (on a cool winter day)

Again, Swedes know how to do apparel for cooler and gnarly conditions, if you like their shoes, you will like the apparel.....

Disclosure of Material Connection: I receive Running shoes/gear from Salming Running USA brand ambassador program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Salming Distance 4 Review

Salming Distance 3 was recently released and I have not had a chance to review that edition yet. Rumors started that Salming D4 limited edition was going to be released during the summer. Sure enough pictures started to leak out of an "all black" shoe called D4. D4 was first released in Europe and a couple of weeks later in USA. A little bit of a strange release as D3 was recently released and Im not quite sure why. One thing I know, Im glad they did. Its such an great update.

Salming Speed, Distance and Race have been around for three years now, with only few tweaks as updates for each edition and year. Salming D4 Limited Edt is the biggest update so far on the Salming Running original shoes, not Miles or the trail shoes included.

In this update you will find all the technologies from the earlier editions: Runlite (update, lighter and more responsive)  Exo Skeleton, Torsion Efficiency Unit, TGS 62/75

D4 has a 2 layer construction instead of 3 as the earlier editions of  Distance had and is to the most part seamless. The upper feels a lot lighter and hugs the foot in a less compressed way. As mentioned above the foot is secured by a 2 layer construction and the Exo Skeleton helps to secure the foot from moving to the sides. It has been a very hot and humid summer here in NJ, and the D4 has been handling it very well, the mesh feels light and breathable In some case the overlays on running shoes can interfere with the shoes mesh and the breath-ability. The D4 has minimal and strategical overlays that does not interfere.

 Im allergic to brands who does not pay attention to the laces. Salming does a great job with the laces and D4 ones has stayed tied. They are on the  thinner side and can cut in on top of your feet if you laces them to hard.

Color, D4 limited edition comes in an "all black color with some red details, kind of a stealth look. Its either you hate it or love it. I love the black color but Im aware that black might not work for everyone, its personal preference.

The biggest change when it comes to the midsole is the new Runlite midsole material and the new outsole material TOC66 (Traction Outsole Control 66). Its now lighter, has a more responsive feel to it and are more flexible. I hate to use the sentence "the shoe feels faster" but that's just the way the new Runlite midsole material and the shoe makes you feel. With the responsiveness and flexibility you get a less restricted toe off and a smoother flow.

The rest of the midsole/outsole stays the same, you find the same Torsion Efficiency Unit as older version of Distance and the same outsole traction pattern. Ive now 90 miles on my D4 and so far no wear and tear on the outsole.

Sum Up
Its a weird release for sure but Im very excited. D4 brings more joy to my run. Its a great update that makes sense. Salming has done small tweaks over the years on the Distance, but D4 is the first one were you can really tell the difference. You will still find the same original idea behind the original Distance, but D4 has now received a well needed face lift,

Distance 4 is now a great contender to other brands marathon racing shoes, like Adidas Adios Boost and New Balance RC 1400. D4 feels lighter, more responsive and it feels like the shoe comes more to life, compare to older versions of Distance. D4 is like a Distance with a Turbo Charger! 

Ive used D4 to all kind of runs and D4 can handle them all. I wouldn't hesitate at all to take D4 the full 26.2, or just use it as my daily trainer. You can throw anything on D4 and it can handle it all.

Now since  D4 is closer to a marathon racer, I'm curious what will happen to my old Salming marathon/tempo shoe, Salming Speed!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I receive Running shoes from Salming Running North America as part of their Salming brand ambassador program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Boston Marathon 2016

This was the first Boston Marathon that I did not really know where I was standing, when it comes to training. Usually I have about +1000 miles, all outdoors. This year, Jan-Feb were all on treadmill, after midnight, after work. Usually in bed at 2am. Running with a newborn is a real challenge and I had to get my miles in whenever I could. March and April I did most of my runs with Ella in the stroller, most of my miles I could keep my target pace but it was tiring. So with that in my mind, I was not really sure. All I knew was that I had done my very best and in the end that is all you can do. I couldn't have done this training without all the support from my wife Erin! Taking care of Ella when I have been on the treadmill in the middle of the night!

Weather forecasts called for warmer weather but the forecast were mixed. I was not sure how warm or cold it was going to be. I was prepared for hotter conditions, salt tab and I also brought two gel flasks with SOS rehydration, plus I would get two new bottles at mile 14. As fuel this year I had been training with UCAN generation, I would also get two Untapped Maple gels at mile 14 as back up.
Again I was picking Salming Running Speed 3 as my shoes. I used Salming Speed last year as well and I know they will give the best protection and feel for the 26.2.

This year we also decided to go up Sunday, which meant early morning, 4am and of course Ella did not let us sleep at all. So I think that the lack of sleep had a big impact on my Monday performance.

This was also the first year I had to take the bus out to Hopkinton. I meet up with two team mates from Team Wicked BonkProof  , Carsten and Zach. Before the race we sat by the start, close to Porta Johns with no lines #protip.
The heat had already started to hit us, around 60-65f, not perfect as you have to sit and wait for 3 hours. But I enjoyed really great company. Still the plan was to run a sub3.

As the race started the temp had reached 70f, everything felt good and I tried to control my pace, not to bank time on the downhills. Even if the split did not hit the 6:45 I had planned for I was not worried, first couple of miles were all under 7. I made sure to hydrate well, first a sip of SOS and then a cup from water station. Im not a strong runner in the heat (must be my Viking blood) and at mile 7-8 I started to feel that I wouldn't be able to keep a sub3 pace the whole way to Boylston Street. Time to go for plan B, run steady an safe to secure a BQ for 2017. I always make sure I have a back up plan. My last couple of marathons I have been forced to make pit stops to empty my blatter. At mile 10 the first stop came. It probably only took me 30 sec but still annoying. This was not my only stop, about 5 miles later it was time for #2. It was not an emergency stop but I played it safe. I'm not sure why I had to go #2 but I would think the heat had a big part of it, maybe the UCAN but I have been fine during training. I think I lost about 3 minutes at this stop.

I was carrying my second load of UCAN in a AmphiPod belt and two small 4oz bottles, as soon as I had finished those at mile 13, I ditched the belt as it started to chafe when the bottles were empty. As mentioned above I was going to receive two more bottles of SOS and two gels at mile 14.
13.1 I passed around 1:31:45, for a second I was thinking of picking up the pace again as I was thinking this is not to much behind, but again I stayed with plan B to run steady and BQ.

When you hit the Newton Hills (mile 16-21), your really get a proof if you have been running smart. I look around and I see runners who start to walk. Still keeping a steady pace and counting down the Hills. Finally Im at the HeartBreak Hill and I see another Swedish runner, I cheer on him and he respond "I'm smoked". At the top of the hill you know its mostly downhill to the finish. Here I take the first of my two gels, UCAN was not enough for me and the full 26.2. Second gel I took 3 miles later. These two gels helped me to keep up the pace for sure. I did try to pick up pace where I could but mostly I played it safe. Its always great to get closer to the finish line and the last miles closer to Boston. I think this is the first year I have been focusing more on the crowd, trying to suck in the atmosphere. At mile 25 my left hamstring started to cramp up, I stopped for a few to massage it and then pick up my pace again, this happened again on the final stretch, not a big deal. I played it safe again and stopped.

Best Reward
My time ended up being 3:12:35, not my best time but Im very proud of myself for how I ran it and with all preparation and sleepless nights I been thru. The best reward was to see Ella and Erin. She such a happy girl and when she grabbed my medal I knew she one day will be a Unicorn Hunter!

Also a big shout out to Salming Running USA for all help and support, Im so proud and honored to be able to wear Salming and Swedish gear!

Also Sundog Eyewear, great eye wear for a sunny day, like Boston Marathon day was!

Caleb Masland for great coaching and training plan. Adjusting my runs to fit my schedule, treadmill and stroller running! Best coach out there!

Pros 2016:
-Meet Ella and Erin after, best reward ever!
-Great hydration plan (not UCAN included)
-Prepared race plans, turned to Plan B when A did not work and did not stress out about it.
-New BQ
-Meet TWB lads
-Salming Gear! (Split shorts, Race singlet, hat, Speed3)

Cons 2016:
-Energy source, UCAN did not last the whole 26.2 for me. Used back up gels (pros to be prepared)
-Pit stops, could have been the heat. Did not eat anything that im not familiar with.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Salming Miles Review

Salming Miles Review
Salming Miles is a brand new shoe from Salming Running, meant to go the long distance. According to Salming: "The purpose of the Salming Miles running shoe is to add a more cushioned shoe without compromising the Salming concept and principles. It is built to stand the tear and wear of long distance asphalt and tarmac running. Miles has a Drop 4mm construction but compared to the popular and award winning Distance model, Miles has more heel and fore foot cushioning and the new responsive Recoil midsole compound."

Miles is compared to the Salming's other trainer "Distance". To me "Distance" is more of a performance shoe. When comparing Miles with Distance  its a big difference. Miles is a lot of shoe. When I say a lot I mean a lot of everything, I will go in detail under each section of the shoe. Distance is more snug and has a more performance oriented feel to it.

Weight: 11.4oz, size 9 US
Drop: 4mm
Stack Height: 25mm heel - 21mm forefoot

Before this review, I have used "Miles" during my Boston training, so far I have put over 300 miles on my pair.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I receive Running shoes from Salming Running North America as part of their Salming brand ambassador program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Miles offer a seemless upper made out two layers of mesh , plus the " Exo Skeleton" that keep the foot in place. The upper is very roomy with an oversized toebox for a great toe display. At first I did not like how the mesh kind folded unnaturally in the forefoot but after a few "break in runs" it seems like the mesh has adopted to my foot or molded itself after my foot if you like.
The toebox is very roomy and there is plenty of room for your toes to display. When looking at the upper it seems like its a lot going on. When I first saw pictures of "Miles" I thought "man that is a lot of overlays". The darker blue stripes has no function its just part of the visual design.
Laces are of a strechy round fabric, that helps to secure the fit. Salming did not go cheap on the laces, they offer probably the longest laces I have ever seen........

Salming offer a new midsole compound called Recoil. After 300+ miles the Recoil still looks like new. Recoil makes Miles shine, the shoe weight is about 11oz but with the energy return that Miles
offer the shoe feels lighter while you're running. You can easy pick up the pace with Miles and take advantage of the Recoil midsole energy return. 
Miles has a lot of outsole rubber and deep lugs, according to Salming website the lugs are 8mm deep. The thickness of the rubber feels a bit overkill to me. According to the website the outsole should provide great grip on "gravel, rocks and roots" as well. As I understand this shoe is built for roads in mind and I cant quite understand why Miles has these deep lugs and amount of rubber. The durability of the rubber has been great but is on the firmer side. The lugs/rubber still looks like new after 300+ miles as well. For sure the lugs and rubber provide a great grip on all kinds of surfaces and it makes the shoe almost a hybrid road/trail shoe. Midsole also offer a torsion unit for some extra sturdiness in the midfoot area.

Sum Up
It took about 50 miles for me to really start enjoy this new shoe offer from Salming. At first I thought the Miles was to clumpsy and to much shoe. But as the shoe was "broken in", I started to really enjoy the energy and protection Miles offered. I was surprised how well the new Recoil adopted to my running, long runs no problem, the protection is there.  When I wanted to pick up the paces, the Recoil compound responded really well and Miles felt light on my feet.
The outsole rubber and the lugs under shoe felt a bit to much. All other Salming road shoes has a thinner layer of rubber and the durability and grip has worked great, Miles could use the same amount of rubber as its Salming siblings for a better road feel and lighten up the shoe. Miles might be the Ultrarunners dream, it can for sure go the distance, has enough protection and offers great grip on both roads and trails.
I have to give Salming credit for the laces, some companies goes cheap but that is not the case here, the only thing is, you can cut the laces in half and you still have enough.
I ended up doing most of my Boston training with Miles and I like the shoe a lot, of course their is room for improvements but Miles fits in well with the other Salming shoes.

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