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Review of The Saucony Virrata


One of the hardest parts of running for me isn't the training or the racing; it's the shoes! There are so many different kinds out there! With all the different brands and styles, finding one that fits perfectly for you can be a challenge. And it was with great fortune that the Saucony Virrata found me. 

The Virrata, which is a Finnish meaning "Flow", could not have been more aptly named. 

One of the most overwhelming things about going into a store looking for running shoes is the sheer number of choices you're faced with, and let's face it, we're naturally drawn towards the first thing that looks good. Right from the start when I saw the packaging, I knew I was in for something special with the Virrata.  


Now, granted when it comes to running shoes, looks aren't everything, but these shoes look amazing! The Virrata pictured are just one of a multitude of color options available, so you can find a color to fit your personal taste.


One of the first things I noticed when I took the Virratas out of the box I sat there thinking to myself, "I see the shoe, it's in my hand, I know I'm holding it, so why does it feel like there's nothing there??"

These shoes are amazingly light, weighing in at just around 6.5 ounces for a size 10 men's shoe, you really feel like you're holding nothing in your hand at all. This comes largely from the foam cushioning in the bottom of the shoe. While the Virrata is designed as a minimalist shoe, Saucony set out to provide a layer of cushioning for those are seeking more protection for their feet than the normal minimalist shoe tends to provide. This cushioning is embodied within a material that Saucony calls EVA+ that is carved into pods on the soles of the shoe providing for a more flexible movement.


Another factor in the light weight of the shoes is the the body of the shoe is made of a lined mesh which not only helps eliminate a great deal of weight from the shoe, but also provides a tremendous amount of airflow through the shoe allowing your feet to breathe much more comfortably.

The breathable Virrata material
So, how do they perform? As I do with any new running shoe, I wore the Virrata for seven straight days of running to break them in and give them a full test. One of the first things I noticed when I put the shoe on is that while the weight of the shoe was tremendously light on my feet, the support was incredibly strong! This is a huge plus for me since I'm constantly trying to find running shoes that provide strong support while not weighing me down while running. The Virrata does not disappoint!

The Virrata has a "zero drop" design, which means that there is no difference in the height between the heel and the ball of the foot which is meant to encourage a midfoot strike rather than the heel strike many runners have become accustomed to in an effort to lead to a more natural stride. And it works!

There is no question that the Virrata is a fantastic running shoe. After a week of wearing them, I found my legs weren't as fatigued when I finished workouts, and my feet had no discomfort at all. Since the majority of my training is done on a treadmill, having a shoe with a cushion that can absorb the abuse the treadmill can inflict is a huge asset and the Virrata pays immensely. Now I can't wait to test them in their first race!




I received a complementary pair of Virrata to test for review purposes, however all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

4 comments:

  1. Love love love your blog! Fantastic stuff!
    I'm in the market for new shoes and i've never checked out Saucony, I think I will now.

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    1. Thanks! Glad you like my blog! They are definitely a great shoe if you're looking for an incredibly lightweight shoe that still gives you support.

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  2. I was at a running store today and this shoe was suggested to me. After putting them on and taking them for a little jog across the parking lot, I am feeling like they might be a good shoe for me. Unfortunately most of the reviews I have read so far on them is that the tread really doesn't hold up well. After wearing them for a while have you noticed that they soles wear out easily?

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    1. So far, they've held up really well. I haven't had any problems at all, and the treads still looks really good, but I'll keep an eye on them and see if they start to wear prematurely.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Review of The Saucony Virrata


One of the hardest parts of running for me isn't the training or the racing; it's the shoes! There are so many different kinds out there! With all the different brands and styles, finding one that fits perfectly for you can be a challenge. And it was with great fortune that the Saucony Virrata found me. 

The Virrata, which is a Finnish meaning "Flow", could not have been more aptly named. 

One of the most overwhelming things about going into a store looking for running shoes is the sheer number of choices you're faced with, and let's face it, we're naturally drawn towards the first thing that looks good. Right from the start when I saw the packaging, I knew I was in for something special with the Virrata.  


Now, granted when it comes to running shoes, looks aren't everything, but these shoes look amazing! The Virrata pictured are just one of a multitude of color options available, so you can find a color to fit your personal taste.


One of the first things I noticed when I took the Virratas out of the box I sat there thinking to myself, "I see the shoe, it's in my hand, I know I'm holding it, so why does it feel like there's nothing there??"

These shoes are amazingly light, weighing in at just around 6.5 ounces for a size 10 men's shoe, you really feel like you're holding nothing in your hand at all. This comes largely from the foam cushioning in the bottom of the shoe. While the Virrata is designed as a minimalist shoe, Saucony set out to provide a layer of cushioning for those are seeking more protection for their feet than the normal minimalist shoe tends to provide. This cushioning is embodied within a material that Saucony calls EVA+ that is carved into pods on the soles of the shoe providing for a more flexible movement.


Another factor in the light weight of the shoes is the the body of the shoe is made of a lined mesh which not only helps eliminate a great deal of weight from the shoe, but also provides a tremendous amount of airflow through the shoe allowing your feet to breathe much more comfortably.

The breathable Virrata material
So, how do they perform? As I do with any new running shoe, I wore the Virrata for seven straight days of running to break them in and give them a full test. One of the first things I noticed when I put the shoe on is that while the weight of the shoe was tremendously light on my feet, the support was incredibly strong! This is a huge plus for me since I'm constantly trying to find running shoes that provide strong support while not weighing me down while running. The Virrata does not disappoint!

The Virrata has a "zero drop" design, which means that there is no difference in the height between the heel and the ball of the foot which is meant to encourage a midfoot strike rather than the heel strike many runners have become accustomed to in an effort to lead to a more natural stride. And it works!

There is no question that the Virrata is a fantastic running shoe. After a week of wearing them, I found my legs weren't as fatigued when I finished workouts, and my feet had no discomfort at all. Since the majority of my training is done on a treadmill, having a shoe with a cushion that can absorb the abuse the treadmill can inflict is a huge asset and the Virrata pays immensely. Now I can't wait to test them in their first race!




I received a complementary pair of Virrata to test for review purposes, however all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

4 comments:

  1. Love love love your blog! Fantastic stuff!
    I'm in the market for new shoes and i've never checked out Saucony, I think I will now.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! Glad you like my blog! They are definitely a great shoe if you're looking for an incredibly lightweight shoe that still gives you support.

      Delete
  2. I was at a running store today and this shoe was suggested to me. After putting them on and taking them for a little jog across the parking lot, I am feeling like they might be a good shoe for me. Unfortunately most of the reviews I have read so far on them is that the tread really doesn't hold up well. After wearing them for a while have you noticed that they soles wear out easily?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So far, they've held up really well. I haven't had any problems at all, and the treads still looks really good, but I'll keep an eye on them and see if they start to wear prematurely.

      Delete