– Mahatma Gandhi –
After a tour of the Oisans and Ecrins by stages and a TDS, I can now make a good return on Saucony Peregrine.
I discovered this shoes through the runblogger test (you have a translation by noobcoureur here ). Not necessarily fan of the brand Saucony, I was attracted to these shoes first by their weight (258gr in 42) and the 4mm only drop between the heel and the front . These are characteristics that place it in the category of New Balance MT101 or Mizuno Harrier.
But this is another blogger run article on the adaptation of the body to the hardness of the ground / cushioned couple that made me think. I let you read the article but to be simple, the author finds that his body responds well with very soft amortized (Saucony Kinvara), where no amortized at all (five fingers).But with a bit harder he does not feel good.
So far I have had shoes with hard amortization (mizuno harrier especially but also inov8, sportiva crosslite or montrail mountain masochist). As on my two ultras over 100km I had some pain in the pose of the foot towards the end of the race, so I wanted to try the shot with cushioning more “soft”.
Indeed, with the Peregrine we immediately feel that the sweetness is not fake, it is also a little confusing. At first, I wondered if I was still in the field of minimalism or if I did not resume the slope of traditional large depreciations.But after a few miles I quickly reassured, the low drop allows me to attack naturally with the forefoot, and the featherweight makes the shoe quite dynamic (not as much as Xtalon anyway). Nothing to report on the hook is very good.
On distances below the marathon I am strong enough to cash the roughness of the ground, so I will prefer X-heels 212 to feel the ground and have a more aggressive stride. But on an Ultra of 100km and more, I vote without question for the Peregrine , which I lose a little in sensation (we do not feel all the small pebbles and other roots) I gain comfort in the long term and therefore in well being mental. If the mind does not have to focus on the feet after 10 hours of running he can use his psychic energy to do something else.
And that’s what happened on the TDS. At no time did I complain of my feet .I only felt the formation of a little horn on the front of the foot at the impact. I thought for a moment that it was a blister but not even. The space in the front is wide enough for my foot so even with a swelling of the foot it does not feel cramped (provided you take a size a little above) and my toenails n ‘ have not suffered either.
In terms of resistance, it does not look too bad (will be seen after 1000km), the outsole does not seem almost worn despite the 300km of technical roads. The mesh seems to hold too, even if it seems the weak point of the shoe. By being very flexible it takes the shape of the foot which contributes to comfort.
If one considers that the perfect shoe is the one that meets your specific needs at a given time, then the Saucony Peregrine are without question my perfect shoes of the moment on ultras.
Below are some comparative photos with the other shoes mentioned:
+++ close to the ground and stable
++ light and dynamic, good grip
– rather hard cushioning
My opinion: On soft ground or fat it is a very good shoe. Hard cushioning is penalizing after the 10 hours of races.
Inov8 Xtalon 212:
+++ lightness, super aggressive, close to the ground and stable.
++ very resistant despite the featherweight
– little foot protection, very light cushioning
My opinion: Formula 1 of the trail shoe but does not forgive mistakes.
New Balance MT101:
+++ lightness, very dynamic
++ Very comfortable
– very little stability on technical ground (even more the European version), moreover the foot is not kept in reverse.
My opinion: great shoe on rolling ground or road to avoid for very engaged trails.
+++ soft cushioning and very comfortable
++ lightness and stability
– not very aggressive
I received several comments on tips regarding size matching.
Although there is no foolproof method that would replace 100% fitting, it is nevertheless possible to get a shoe on his feet with some precaution.
1. Set your size in UK size
All runnings shoes are produced in Asia and factories work for different brands.To avoid the problems of correspondence, the factories are used to using UK sizes as references (for the molds and it is the most important in the production process). Then free brands to adapt these sizes to national sizes (some retain 3/4 others round to 1/2, there are no rules).
So you will have a lot more luck than a UK 10 at Ascics corresponds to a 10UK at Mizuno than a 45 in each of the brands.
2. Search for information about shoes in European or American blogs.
Many of us test the shoes on our blogs and in general it is indicated if the shoe has a very large or very small cutting. This will allow you to adjust your choice for models a little out of standard. For example for Vibram Fife fingers I do 9UK against 10UK on runnings. On the picture at the head of the article, you can see that the Inov8 are thinner than the NB, but they are the same size.
3. Remember to take half a size above if you are not sure.
I refer you to the very good advice of Stu Mittleman If our foot was to choose his shoes without going through our brain he would choose automatically shoes 1/2 to 1 size above.
With these tips you can enjoy the benefits of the internet, good deals and a more important choice to equip you!
It had been some time since the idea circulated in the corridors of raidlight, what better to celebrate the arrival in a massif than to cross it running? But not easy to find a shooting window between the great races of each. TOE early July for Cyril, Tour Fiz Timothée end of July and TDS for me in August. Finally September seems ideal. Moreover since the beginning of the month we enjoy in Chartreuse a beautiful end of summer. The date is 17 September. We try to gather some ultra trailers around the project but we will be only three at the beginning.
3:44 I wake up before the ringtone of the laptop is good sign. A coffee, rice, bacon and an egg to make sure you get plenty of carbohydrates, protein and fat.
I take a look out the window, the summit of Chamechaude is clear we will avoid the rain for the departure although I remain quite pessimistic for the day, France weather forecast of heavy thunderstorms in the afternoon. So I choose to equip myself accordingly. Long shorts, R-dry short sleeves with cuffs and shelter jacket XP in the bag. Although off anything is obbligatory I took the reflex to always slip a small pochete with survival blanket and elastane tape in the bottom of the olmo bag. I also embark on a winter trail jersey story to return to dry in the train between Chambery and Grenoble.
4h35: I take Tim in front of his house, 5mn later we are in front of Cyril who is already ready.
After 35 minutes the car is parked in the parking lot of the boulevard de l’Esplanade. it is quite mild in Grenoble and we meet some partygoers returning from evenings very alcoholic in view of their approach. Same time, two different worlds.
Final settings, I realize that I left the front home, I also forgot the compotes, it’s more annoying. The TDS has taught me a lesson in food, I try a new way of feeding. Rather than being passive and waiting to be hungry or a refueling to feed me, I will try to take a gel per hour and a compote. For the compote will have to do without!
Go 5:20 it’s time to leave. I hold between Cyril and Tim to enjoy their light beam and go for the rise of the Bastille. Between parks, paths and stairs, we navigate in a setting conducive to an Urban Trail and little by little we discover the lights of the city below with in the center what should be the largest avenue in France if Napoleon had not cut the Jean Jaures class in two so as not to overshadow Paris (Thank you Tim for this morning course Urbanism).
First for Cyril, after only 20 minutes of racing, he discovers two light bulbs on the back of the feet. He uses the same shoes as on the tour of Oisans, but a simple passage to the washing machine seems to have a little distorted. He tries somehow to patch with my tape, but it will change the eraser quickly. It falls well the course passes 300m from home.
We leave the Bastille still asleep behind us and go right on Mount Rachais then after a small descent we resume the ascent to Fort Saint Eynard. These two climbs are part of the Gresivaudan Xpress Challenge. With this morning recognition we were able to find all the useful cuts !!!
We arrive at Fort Saint Eynard with the sunrise. The sky is a little overcast but the view below is very pretty. The fort seems to come out of another age with its ramparts, grilles and part buried in the side of the mountain. A long tunnel takes us to the crests and it is 3km of single track while recovery with right the cliff that falls right. I have fishing and have a lot of fun in this part. A little after 8am we cross the Sappey also still asleep. We continue then to the pass of Porte on roads broken down by the machines of loggers. Cyril is only troting even in the steepest climbs, it hurts him less than to put the heel, it’s still weird to walk at the same speed as a guy who runs and who seems not even s’ steam.
The suite brings us closer to our training grounds with the climb to the Charmant Som by the ridges and the descent on Saint Pierre by the slippery slabs especially as the rain has joined our adventure. I have followed my nutrition plan to a gel per hour, but the absence of compotes begins to be felt and my stomach requires solid.
Just before the little detour to change his shoes, Cyril picks up a huge drop and is already ecstatic for his meal the next day.
Around 11am we arrive at Saint Pierre for a lunch break. Noon sounds at the bell tower when we leave for the rest of the program: 1100D + to join the Col de Bellefond. The first meters of climb are difficult but once the digestion started I find good legs and leads the pace to the hut Bellefond where I am stopped by a huge Patou. First meeting with these shepherd dogs with such bad reputation.He barks a shot without approaching but lies down in the middle of the path.Fortunately Cyril is an expert on free-range dogs since they are around the world in a tramp style. He shows him a big rock as he walks, the dog departs but we look oddly pass. I’m not very reassured especially when he starts to run to catch us but the pebbles again raised the stop net. It will aboe again once or twice while we are already far history not to lose the face without doubt.
Once rocked on the other side of the pass we start crossing the high plateaus of Chartreuse. Even in the rain is a beautiful landscape with these many herds of cows and green meadows. But do not be fooled the way is traitor lapiaz, slippery stones, flooded paths, mud … everything is there to slow us down.
Little by little, in spite of our good rhythm, we realize that the path remains long and that time flies at full speed. As we are not great strategists we have not studied precisely the course and even less evaluated the time between stages.After all, it’s an Off there is no stopwatch. Except that the last train between Chambéry and Grenoble is at 20:21 and the prospect of spending the night in the station does not pack us too much. If we had thought a little about the question we could have done the opposite take the train in the morning is run to the car but hey it’s not our kind to plan.
In short, strategic decisions are needed. The first is not to go down on Saint Pierre d’Entremont by the GRP but to continue on the crossing of the highlands by the GR9. It seems shorter. but with uneven to pass the pass of the Alpette.The choice was perhaps not wise but the landscapes are sublime and the rays of suns that finally clear up the sky give back to pastures, leaves and other streams of beautiful colors. A last glance at the map shows us another 25 / 30km and only 2h30 before the departure of the train, while we turn at 6km / h since the departure. But the worst is that we did not see that the GRP bypassed the Granier pass by a small rise of 600d + before descending on Chambery. In other words, it is impossible mission. Once Epernay joins we will take the road.5km for 300d +, it reminds me oddly the TDS …
At 18h past we are at the Granier pass and fill up with coca and water at the local bar. At worst it’s 15km downhill it should do it, the pressure falls. The bartender, an athlete also, tells us that it is possible to join the path after 5km of road. That’s what we will do. But the closer we get to Chambéry and the more we are gardening, the GRP crosses other paths and small roads, not easy to navigate while our advance on the schedule decreases at a brisk pace. Suddenly we see a car at the end of a road with an open door, Cyril proposes to ask the shortest way to Chambéry, but when I arrive at the level of the driver it is a naked couple in full emotional fusion that I see and I can only throw a brief bow before moving on.
Finally I spot a last stretch of road that leads to the doors of Chambery (past a house once inhabited by Jean Jacques Rousseau!). To finish, we cross the center of Chambery by the pedestrian streets in front of the intrigues of the terraced Savoyards .
20h00 the station is in front of us just enough time to take an express pizza and our tickets and here we are warm on the train to Grenoble.
It’s simply the most beautiful OFF of my short trailer career. Even though the weather was not great we avoided the storms and even had the right to nice clearings. But it is especially the combination of a small group welded and the great diversity of the Chartreuse massif that has delighted me the most. On paper the 4000D + for 80km did not seem so difficult yet this massif is full of surprises, no path is alike you must constantly stay on guard and there are few times when it is possible to unroll.