The theory behind the carbon plate is generally one of providing a stiffer base within the shoe to push off from.
Combine this well enough in cushioning with the latest polymers that retain their shape better than ever and you have the magic formula.
Most brands have – or will have – a carbon-plated shoe by the end of the year, so lace them up and prepare for take-off!NIKE – Air Zoom Alphafly Next%
Price TBC, nike.com
Expected to be available to buy some time within the next month, this is the latest version of the shoe that reignited the carbon craze.
With 40mm of Zoom X cushioning, combined with a carbon fibre plate and now twin Air pockets, the Alphafly is crammed full of technology.
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WHEN looking for a trail or off-road running shoe, it’s often all about the grip. However, given that no two paths are the same, careful consideration is required. What’s the terrain like where you’ll wear the shoes the most? If you’ll be negotiating soft, wet and muddy conditions then look for deeper lugs. For tackling gravel tracks and forest trails then more evenly spaced lugs will work better. When it comes to cushioning, consider how hard the ground will be; if it’s soft then you’ll be fine in low-profile shoes, but on those firmer tracks reasonable cushioning will be called for.
WHEN it comes to ‘over-pronation’, a common question is ‘how much is over?’. With no hard and fast rules, it’s best to choose a shoe that instinctively feels right. Gait analysis can often assist in helping you make this choice and your specialist running store is always a good place to start if in doubt. To help you make that choice, here’s a selection of some of the best ‘support’ shoes around.
Need for speed
THE racing shoe segment of the market is becoming somewhat split. This is partially due to the rise of carbon-plated footwear but also the fact that many shoes are becoming much lighter. Here we take a look at some of the leading contenders to toe the line in.
You'd have had to have been running on a different planet to miss all the recent debate about carbon-plated shoes. The talk of bans and performance enhancement has been so widespread that even non-runners are asking their running friends about the potentially magical footwear.
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