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Alton Sports Ambassadors – Testing out the ON Cloudventure Peaks

On Thursday Aug 2nd, our intrepid band of Alton Sports Ambassadors assembled at Alice Holt Forest in order to meet up, touch base and road (well, trail) test the awesome ON Cloudventure Peaks. Oh, and have coffee. Can’t run without there being a coffee at some point.

After a prompt arrival – our Ambassador team who are based all over the South Coast congregated around ON expert rep, Carlos, who talked us through the shoe. It’s a super-light shoe that has great grip but can be used from short races – to all your super long marathon adventures! He talked about how the speedboard in all ON shoes will help propel you forward as well as the tough outside layer not threading if caught on a run.

  • Runner profile – Runners looking for a lightweight trail competition shoe with downhill cushioning
  • Goal – Reach places others can’t first
  • Heel-toe offset – 6 mm | 0.23 in
  • Weight – 260 g I 9.2 oz (US M 8.5)
  • Category – Trail

After a brief convo, the crew set off around the undulating Alice Holt trails! If you haven’t run there before then it’s a beautiful forest location just outside Farnham in Surrey. There’s a tough parkrun there – the course is fantastic. We set off around some of the other trails in order to give the shoes a good testing.

The great thing about running shoes is that they’re all different and if you don’t try to run in a few styles, then you’ll never find a shoe that you might love! Our Ambassadors (some who had never ran in ONs) agreed with this sentiment…

Sasha:

“Love the ON Cloudventure Peak. I got a pair last winter when the mud had got too much and I need a trail shoe with real traction. These didn’t disappoint. Great grip, giving real confidence on the trail but a smooth ride on the road as well. A fabulous all round shoe.”

Adam:

Adam went straight in the deep end and wore his for a 100 mile race the following weekend!

Shortly before taking on an Ultra Run along the classic trail of the North Downs Way, I discovered the ON AdventurePeak Cloud trail shoes.  This was perfect timing as I was still looking for the right soled shoe to deal with the hot baked uneven mud from the summer we had been experiencing. I am also not one to shy away from a bit of attention, so these bright orange, super light-weight trail shoes became my hot favorite to run in on the trails. Not just for the colour, the fit was comfortable too.  The low cut around the ankle allows for a full range of movement on a variety of rough varied  terrain. The sole is designed for multi terrain which is not out of place or uncomfortable on the road surface.  The unique CloudTec sole design gave me great cushioning and control under my feet whilst descending, yet remained firm enough for when powering through up  those hills. The ON AdventurePeak Cloud are like no other shoe I have worn before and are now my go to shoe when I hit those trails.!”

Photo credit – Stuart March.

Adam also very kindly brought along his drone and got these cool pics…

Debs:

“I’ve managed a few short runs on the South Downs & Surrey Hills so far & loving the responsiveness of them, esp downhill. Still making my mind up on road to trail. Overall love them!”

Phil:

“So far really impressed with the ON shoes; lightweight responsive shoe with good grip and a great feel.”

Al:

Initially I was a little skeptical of the ON shoes concept, but my preconceptions rapidly started to recede once I the Cloudventure Peaks on my feet… Some shoes just feel ‘right’ as soon as I get them on my feet and the ONs definitely feel into this category. Out running they felt quite firm/responive but still with a comfortable ride from the suspended/sprung ‘lugs’ on the sole. They have been great on both trail and road surfaces, will certainly be doing more running in them!”

Dave:

“I am doing the Stockbridge 10K in September & I will be proudly wearing these. I found the “ride” very comfy and I had a spring in my step, the footbed is very bouncy & they felt like I had been wearing them for months not minutes. I was very impressed.”

Jhon:

“I’ve never ran in an ON shoe and they’ve a totally different feel to any other shoe I’ve ran in! Looking forward to trying them out at a parkrun / trail race soon! They’re so light and super-comfortable!”

So, there we have it! The ON Cloudventure Peak was a resounding success… but don’t take our word for it. Check it out online or pop into any of our stores and try it on!

A massive thank you to our Ambassadors for taking the time to test the shoes out… you’ll be hearing a lot more from them in the near future.

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ALTON SPORTS AMBASSADORS: Mizuno Shoe Testing on the Endure 24 Course

Wednesday May 9th, 2018. It’s one month until Endure 24 kicks off at the Reading site (there’s one in Leeds, too) and we’ve set a crack team of Alton Sports Ambassadors along to the Endure 24 course to a) try on some awesome Mizuno trail shoes and b) run the Endure 24 course whilst taking a bunch of pics for the very blog you’re reading. The weather is set to mild & sunny, with a light wind and it’s perfect conditions for a jog around the course, where in a month’s time, thousands of endurance athletes of all abilities will help create a vibrant running festival in this beautiful Berkshire setting.

Before we set off on our midweek trail adventure, Graham from Mizuno talks us through the shoes and kit that’s our adorning our feet and bodies and tells us all about the course and the Endure 24 event. Each lap is 5 miles long and you can either run the event on your own / in a pair or in a team. You can run as many laps as you want but each runner in a team must do one lap! You might think that running 5 miles then having a break and smashing out another 5 would be easy, but it’s a proper endurance event and taxing on both the mind and the body!

After the intro, we had the pleasure of running around the course and testing out the Mizuno Trail shoes! Our team was made up of runners of all ages, abilities and genders – just as it should be. Alton Sports’ Ambassadors – Chris, Adam, Alastair and Georgie and Scott from our team and myself. Today we were testing four different trail shoes – the Rider GTX / Hayate / Mujin GTX / Daichi. We did our best to put the shoes through their paces… we ran through muddy puddles, across the stony terrain and up the course’s legendary Heartbreak Hill! Once was hard enough but a few times would definitely be taxing. We took the shoes for more testing by jumping over hay bails, and we stopped to make some cool little vids to see how responsive they were to the terrain. We agreed that all the shoes were a) comfortable and b) very suited to the Endure 24 course. The Michelin outsoles provided some super grip and Mizuno has developed ‘MIZUNO WAVE ‘, an original technology that provides the right amount of cushioning and stability your body needs. Just so you know, you can also come and try the Mizuno Running Solution (a detailed gait analysis) at our Alton and Farnham Stores to find your perfect shoes.

After a fun loop in the early May sun we headed back to our vehicles for a quick debrief and a couple of Clif bars for refuelling. The latter is not an advert, we were hungry! At Alton Sports, we’re very lucky to have a team of Ambassadors who love running as much as we do. Massive thanks to them for coming out and testing the shoes! Good luck if you’re running Endure 24 – it’s an amazing event with a real festival / party atmosphere (maybe due to the camping!) – we are sure you’ll have a great time and no wonder it’s called ‘Glastonbury for Runners.’ There’s still a few days to enter the Leeds event here.

Check out the course map here! 

The good news is that if you’re at Endure 24, then you’ll be able to come and see us as we’ll be there, too, with any running bits you might need. And of course, we’ll be running in it, too! Can’t miss out on running up Heartbreak Hill a few times 😉

Check out the full range of Mizuno shoes on our site!

Last but not least, it wouldn’t be Alton Sports with a mega deal for you all! Silva are one of Endure 24’s sponsors and we’ve got this super Outdoor Bundle deal up on our site. Ideal if you’re running Endure 24 or any other event this summer!