Thursday, 4 July 2013

Kalenji Kiprun LD

Being injured wasn't going to stop me taking my new trainers that I had received to review, out for a spin last Saturday.
A beautiful morning so I took myself down to my local parkrun to try out the Kalenji Kiprun LD pronation trainer.
Weighing in at 345g the trainer feels nice and lightweight and to look at appears to be a nice structured shoe. The Kiprun comes in 3 different models. The SD (short distance) MD (mid distance) and the LD (long distance).
Despite not being able to run far at present I chose the LD pronation model as once the ankle injury is resolved I will be ramping back up the distance and training for marathons again. also like many runners I overpronate and have flat arches, so the pronation model was good for me.
The following paragraphs best describe each model:

 The Kiprun SD, designed for races of around 10km, is a lightweight, neutral shoe which is ideal for fast training and interval sessions as well as shorter races. There is a specific EVA component in the midsole which provides a the essential boost for fast running, while the Kiprun’s proprietary CS® technology in the heel, creates long-lasting shock absorption. 
The Kiprun MD has been developed for half marathons, with a focus on cushioning. There are three layers of EVA, with varying densities to provide the optimum cushioning performance and forefoot cushioning provided by an insert which distributes impact reducing pressure on the first metatarsus. The shoe is also available in a neutral and pronation model for both men and women.
 The Kiprun LD has been developed for training for and racing in marathons and provides the most cushioning of all the Kiprun shoes. The heel of the shoe is made up of a series of decoupled pads which individually deform on impact to give the optimum shock absorption on long runs. With the addition of a TPU Pebax plate, which is a high-performance plastic insert delivering energy, flexibility, durability and comfort, this shoe is ideal for those looking to take their running as far as they can.

My parkrun covers a bit of all terrains (fields, towpath and gravel paths) so it was a good run out to put the trainer through it's paces. Clearly this is a road running shoe and the harder smoother surfaces were where they felt at their best.

Retailing at £74.99 this is a reasonable price compared to the bigger well known branded models. I've been through a lot of different trainers and I must say that these compared favourably against more expensive trainers.

The run was comfortable (despite my nagging ankle) and my feet felt secure and supported.

Appearance wise the trainer looks a little 'plasticky' with a lot of detailing on the shoe but no reflective elements which would have been nice but on the plus side good ventilation in the roomy forefoot of the trainer.
Overall this is a great trainer that would quite happily perform the miles for marathon training and I would not hesitate to use them. If you can get over any trainer snobbery you might have and don't mind turning up to the start line in a Micra rather than a Mercedes you may just be pleasantly surprised with the journey, after all it's mostly down to whose in the shoe and not the shoe itself isn't it?

Cushioning - 8 out of 10, Plenty of support in the heel and mid foot areas
Comfort - 8 out of 10, comfortable ride
Flexibility - 7 out of 10, A little rigid
Responsiveness - 7 out of 10, Not bad response from this budget trainer 

Overall 30 out of 40

1 comment:

  1. Hi there. You say that these are best on road; a lot of the routes near me are mainly through woodland areas - do you think these would be ok on woodland terrain as well?

    Kind regards