Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Best Running Shoes In The World!

Road Test Spira Stinger XLT

I raved about the Stinger Competition back in March 2009.



The Spira Competition 2009 shoes were incredibly light yet gave amazing cushioning and energy return!
Only problem was there durability, The tread soon wore down and the shoes made a strange SPLATTING sound on each foot contact with the ground, Imagine the sound of running in wet shoes!
Thankfully all these issues have been addressed with the new Stinger.
Unlike conventional foam shoes the springs in the Spira never break down [ my 4 year old Spira competitions still absorb shock well despite the completely trashed tread!]
Conventional foam shoes break down after only 200 miles and then you are left with a dead shoe that fails to absorb shock loads efficiently, Spira's coil springs are said to be good for 1000 miles!
Wearing the Spira Stingers you will find you recover faster after hard road sessions and races.
Your body will ache less.
Your feel more springy and efficient.
I would recommend these shoes for all road races from 5K - Ultra races .
They are fantastic for all road training!
And for Masters runners like myself they have to be the BEST ROAD SHOES IN THE WORLD!   
Price is comparable with Nike and far cheaper than Newtons racer.
I had to get my shoes from Ireland as there is no British supplier.
I got fantastic service from Rory at Spira Ireland and he even gave free shipping. 


Ewen said...

Thanks for the review Rick. They sound like an excellent shoe. One question - what's the fit like? Are they standard length? Wide or narrow? I prefer a wide shoe, but am OK with the Kinvara (not a wide shoe) with thin or no socks.


Hi Ewen, I wear the same sizing UK 10'5 in both the Spira and Kanvara.
The Spira I would say are maybe slightly wider but the same length.
But on the whole close to Nike fitting.
I would recommend emailing or calling Spira if you have any questions, they always seem very helpful!
I was reading a article the other day which gave scientific evidence that older runners start to lose their ability to absorb shock and return energy due to the muscles becoming less elastic with age.
My own feelings is that us Masters runners can get even more benefit from wearing these shoes than say a younger runner.
You will feel more springy and sharp as well as notice a faster recover between runs.

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Hi Rick,
Are you still as impressed with the Stinger XLT and Stinger Competition one year on?
Many thanks

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