|Sparkly new wheels!|
I finally get to the check-in desk just as one of the staff is closing the queue barrier. "Désolé, le check-in a fermé." (Sorry, the check-in has closed) ... aaargh! My watch reads 10.45am, bloody Air France! The SIA Paris office very kindly puts me on the next flight out .. which is tomorrow. So now I'm in an airport hotel with some time to kill. (The Air France Customer Service rep gave me a Gallic shrug and said they take no responsibility for my missed flight since I'm on a different carrier.)
So with all this time on my hands, I'm finishing off my trio of shoe reviews with the low-down on the Inov8 Road-X 233.
Road shoes! I only use road shoes if I have a road race or an interval workout on the track. The tally stands at 15 pairs of assorted trail shoes to one lonely pair of Adizero Boston that's seen better days. So when I saw the new Inov8 Road-X series, I figured I needed a new pair. I needed something to run the marathon in anyway. Inov8 have introduced a new range of road shoes, and since their strength and expertise lies in trail shoes for all terrains and abilities, I thought it'd be very interesting to see what they could do on the road.
|Road Runner .. Beep Beep!!|
The philosophy behind Inov8 shoes is to promote natural running, incorporating the natural biomechanical function and motion of the foot within their design. They provide shoes with different Shoc-zones that will guide a runner along a transition journey with natural running as the ultimate goal. Like the rest of my Inov8s, the Road-X 233 is a 2-Arrow shoe, meaning it's got a 6mm heel differential and whilst that's not bare minimum, it's still way less than conventional trainers.
The 233s are named for their weight .. 233g for a pair of size UK8. In my size, they look and feel light enough to be a long-distance racer. They have the Road-X sole, which provides a little more grip and stability than the Road-X Lite or Bare-X series. The 233s also have the Dynamic Fascia Band midsole,
|Post-marathon .. much better! This is what shoes are meant to look like!|
|Waiting to start the marathon|
|Great in the wet, too!|