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8 Running Competition Shoes Winter 2022
Published : 01/04/2022 15:15:35
The competition shoes don't stop evolving. Since a few months ago, the carbon plate is the most popular, but there are competitions in tartan tracks where they are not allowed...
Here we bring you 8 models that will allow you to improve your personal bests.
Takumi Sen 8
The Takumi Sen 8 is part of the Adizero world, the word used by adidas to define their most exclusive and technical items aimed at achieving maximum speed.
The adidas Adidas Adizero Takumi Sen 8 is designed for blistering speeds in races from 5K to half marathon. And they are intended for runners who run at 4:00 min/km or less.
They are very light, weighing 185 grams.
The upper is made of textile material that incorporates at least 50% recycled materials.
In the midsole you will find Lightstrike Pro cushioning with ENERGYRODS shafts inside. You will feel a greater sense of strength and momentum in each of your steps.
The outsole is a Continental rubber compound.
The 6 mm drop is a bit high for the usual size of a racing shoe (heel height: 33 mm and forefoot: 27 mm).
Nike Vaporfly Next% 2
The Vaporfly Next% 2 is an authentic racing shoe that will give you speed, cushioning and response. We highlight that in this version 2 they improve the comfort and breathability.
With them you will feel that greater energy return to beat any personal best in competitions of any distance.
The upper is made of a more breathable mesh fabric in those areas where it is most needed. It has a reinforcement along the forefoot to give you more durability. Tongue is slightly more padded for comfort.
The lacing system does not have a band on the arch of the foot, in order to lighten the weight of the shoes.
Nike ZoomX foam midsole, which has achieved Nike Running's best energy return to date. With a full carbon fibre plate for that powerful reactivity.
There is an internal foam capsule in the heel for additional cushioning.
Outsole with flex grooves for increased traction on asphalt or smooth ground in a variety of weather conditions.
ADIDAS Adizero Adios Pro 2
Here you have the fastest shoes of the German brand to date, with them records were broken just after launching them in 2021. Made from the experience of Adidas' elite athletes, they have become the favourite shoes of many advanced runners to run from a 10k to a marathon.
Its midsole is made with a double layer of its famous Lightstrike Pro foam, a very light and reactive compound. Inside it are the Energyrods carbon shafts, which give you more propulsion in each stride.
The upper is very breathable and lightweight, and is made from 50% recycled materials.
Like adidas technical models, the rubber outsole is made of Continental rubber, a material that will offer you more grip in both wet and dry conditions.
Hoka Carbon X 2
The Hoka Carbon X 2 are so far the fastest running shoes from Hoka Running. Ideal for racing thanks to their speed and propulsive power.
The Hoka Carbon X 2 is perfect for medium to light weight runners with a lively pace on every run. If you run marathons in under 3 hours, these shoes are perfect for you.
When you run with them you will see that they are a high performance running shoe. This is achieved thanks to the carbon fibre plate together with the aggressive Meta-Rocker technology. A combination that gives you a lot of response.
Comfortable and breathable structured technical mesh upper. With a reinforced tongue for a comfortable fit.
Anatomical structure around the Achilles heel.
Removable moulded EVA insole.
PROFLY midsole that cushions your footsteps and gives you a strong boost thanks to the carbon fibre plate.
The outsole is also made of EVA foam. You will notice that it provides a light contact with the ground and improves the responsiveness of the cushioning.
Nike Zoom Fly 4
Here's a great running shoe for competition with which you can get the most speed out of every run. As the little sister of the Vaporfly Next%, they are perfect for light to medium weight runners who run at fast paces.
The Nike Zoom Fly 4 is also inspired by the Vaporfly. And just like the famous Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% they feature the carbon plate in the midsole, which gives you more momentum in every stride.
The upper has been completely renewed, making it more breathable.
React midsole offers a soft and responsive ride.
adidas Adizero Adios 6
The highly desirable Adidas Adizero Adios 6 have been given a major restyling and new materials have been added. All to keep increasing but the competitive spirit they have always had.
The Adios 6 mean lightness, reactivity and dynamism. They are ideal for competitions or certain very specific quality training sessions.
A very technical running shoe that has established itself as a classic shoe for breaking records. And it is far from the maximalist profiles so fashionable lately.
It is especially recommended for runners who always go at full speed, with good running technique and who are going to beat their records.
Upper made of very light technical fabric with abundant perforation for great ventilation capacity.
Midsole with a combination of Lightstrike and Lightstrike Pro foams for lightness, reactivity and energy return.
Durable Continental rubber outsole.
Under Armour Ua Flow Velociti Wind
The Under Armour Flow Velociti Wind is a very fast running shoe for runners who demand high performance. They are aimed at runners with very fast and lively paces.
Upper made of technical Warp mesh, very light and breathable, with a good fit.
UA Flow midsole with a lighter, more reactive and responsive foam. Optimised for cushioning while still being able to reach racing speeds.
Connect your shoes to UA Mapmyrun to track your running stats for later analysis and improvement.
Super durable UA FLOW outsole increases traction on the ground for a lighter, smoother ride on any surface.
Lightweight 241g and 8mm drop.
Saucony Endorphin Pro 2
This and the Speed 2 are the most recent on this list in terms of release.
The Endorphin Pro 2 from Saucony is a flying shoe with a carbon plate. They are part of the pure competition and high performance group.
In this version 2 the novelty is that now they have that plate, as it is a very continuist model.
For a flying shoe it is surprising that they have a drop of 8 mm. This gives enough cushioning and protection for long distance running.
Technical mesh upper with an updated pattern to be more breathable and anti-slip laces.
Midsole with PwrRun PB compound, Speedroll geometry and carbon plate.
SPEEDROLL technology propels you forward effortlessly, so you can run faster, rather than harder. In fact the carbon fibre plate is shaped in an "S" curve for powerful transitions and maximum SPEEDROLL effect.
XT-900 rubber outsole with reinforced areas for extra durability.
Men's weight 213gr.