One of the great things about being a coach is I get to try lots of new products that hit the market. This past week I was introduced to the Salming Distance D5.
As most of you know I have been an advocate of lower heel to toe offset shoes with wider toe boxes for years. So I am always a bit skeptical right off the bat when any new shoe arrives in my mailbox.
Let me just say. What an amazing surprise this shoe was! The Salming Distance D5 quickly answered the comfort question for me. The minute I put the shoe on my foot I made the aww that’s nice sound. I could immediately feel why the Salming Brand is the shoe of choice for Mark Allen.
However, it still had to face the run challenge. First. let me be upfront and say I haven’t done a lot of miles in this shoe but it has passed the test with flying colors of two different types of runs.
My first run was an aerobic base or zone 2 run that covered 10 miles on a course with moderate uphills and 3-6% downhills. The entire run my foot felt great, the responsiveness was excellent and the cushioning very nice. My second run was a run that included 90-second hill repeats. Again the shoe had a terrific feel on the flats, recoveries and allowed me to work the moderate climbs very easily. The real test for me comes post run. With 48 years of running on my feet, you can imagine how sensitive they are, especially to change. Well, again hats off to the Salming D5. My feet, legs, and body all recovered well with no residual pain or issues.
When I look to compare a newcomer to an industry standard. I chose the Saucony Kinvara to go against the D5. Both shoes weigh in at about the same weight, 7.9oz for the Kinvara and 8.0oz for the D5. However, the D5 beats out the Kinvara for a few reasons.
First and foremost is the great roomy toe box. My feet felt comfortable, relaxed and had plenty of room for my toes to splay naturally. A trait I don’t find in the Kinvara. Second, the outer sole of the D5 has a light coated rubber that protects the EVA from exposure which will allow the shoe to last longer for the average runner as an everyday trainer. Although not as flexible as the Kinvara for that reason, it increases the durability. The Kinvara wins the offset battle at 4mm to 5mm but most runners won’t notice that.
In a nutshell, I loved the Salming Distance D5 and in my quest to find the best non-zero drop shoe for me, this one is on the top of my list. I highly recommend it for runners looking for a great everyday road trainer or long distance race shoe.
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