My review of the YakTrax Run Review is live on YouTube.
In the latest episode of the Fresh Brew Run Club, I did a review of the YakTrax Run, a slip-on attachment to running shoes. And just like Michigan weather clockwork, a snow squall struck the day after they came in the mail. So I took them out for a spin and gave my thoughts. Thanks for watching!
It took a little bit for me to figure out how to get on the YakTrax Run, but after some elbow grease, I managed to slip the YakTrax over my shoes. I will note, I attached these to the Nike React Miler, which is a little wider than the average running shoe. But after loosening up the rubber, they snapped right in place. I would recommend putting the YakTrax on the floor, then positioning your foot over it to attach.
The product has metal spikes in the front part of the shoe, and what I would describe as metal chains on the heel area. The trax (I’m not sure what to call this product, so let’s call it trax), are attached to the shoe by pulling over the toe and heel, then securing it over the upper with a velcro strap.
On the Run
For my review, I went for a four-mile run just hours after about 1-2 inches of snow fell. It was in the morning, so it was pretty powdery and few sidewalks were shoveled. Since I haven’t run in the snow since, well, ever, I took it easy, so I didn’t slip and fall right out of the gate.
The YakTrax held up great. The increased traction was immediately noticeable, but I wasn’t able to really feel them on my shoes. Going from snow to sidewalk wasn’t too big of an issue either. However, when I ran on more packed down snow, I did slip a little when planting my feet. The spikes weren’t exactly long enough to get a great grip. I don’t think this is too big of an issue, as a bigger spike would probably make running in more powdery snow much more difficult.
Overall, I really liked the YakTrax Run, based on my one run review. They fit great on the shoe, offered increased traction, and didn’t feel too noticeable while running. If you’re looking to keep your training going in wintry conditions, I would recommend the YakTrax Run. Check them out here.
I used this shoe for my easy runs and recovery runs, to take advantage of the stability and cushion when speed was not the main goal.
Pros of the Nike React Miler
Comfort is the name of the game. This was a great fit for my runs when I needed something to protect my sore feet from the pavement. There’s a lot of material between the road and your feet, and the upper locks in nicely around your foot to provide lots of stability.
This is a also a very durable shoe. Like I mentioned in my initial review, this shoe is built like a tank, with tons of cushion and a very durable upper. After runs on concrete, dirt, asphalt and grass, the upper shows almost no signs of wear.
The outsole held up very nicely as well. Since I used this shoe on my slower runs, my heelstrike was magnified, and I have begun to wear down the heel and forefoot rubber. However, I don’t feel like the shoe is comprimised at this point, and has a lot of life left. I only noticed a few areas where the react foam had creased, which is a big contrast to other Nikes that tend to crease and eventually crumble at those stress points.
Cons of the Nike React Miler
In order to remain durable, the shoe is pretty heavy. If you’re looking for a trainer to set a PR or run speed workouts, maybe look for something with a little less mass. The materials on the upper are also not super breathable, which can result in some sweaty feet on hot days.
I’m a huge fan of this shoe. It didn’t recive the typical Nike marketing push, but I found the Miler to be a rock-solid shoe for tackling long, easy and recovery runs. It’s a little on the heavier side, which might actually be an advantage if you rotate in a faster shoe for faster runs. Almost like baseball players taking practice swings with a donut weight on their bat before swinging the lighter, weight-free bat in the game.
The durability of the shoe makes it agreat investment. I have no doubt that I will be able to get 400+ miles out of the shoe before I need to retire it. It’s just a solid shoe. And since it’s has been out for a while now, you can find some fantastic deals.
Overall, if you’re looking for a comfortable, stable shoe and you’re not concerned as much about speed, I highly recommend the Nike React Miler.
Here’s why Nike Pegasus Turbo is my favorite shoe of all time; a review.
I love the Nike Pegasus Turbo. This isn’t so much a shoe review, but an ode to a model that is being phased out of existence. I’ve run over 1,200 miles in various colorways of this shoe, set my half marathon PR, run the streets of Madison Heights, London and Paris in a pair of these sneakers.
The Nike Pegasus 35 Turbo was released on July 19, 2018. It was marketed as the “advanced” version of the ubiquitous Nike Pegasus. I actually switched to the Pegasus 35 that year and ran my half marathon PR. I didn’t initially buy the Pegasus Turbo to run in, I just mostly liked the way they looked, especially the “hot punch” colorway. However, I couldn’t just let this comfortable of a shoe be relegated to trips to Kroger, so I started running in them, and haven’t looked back since. Even the shoe came out over two years ago, I still wanted to share my Nike Pegasus Turbo review.
Deion Sanders once famously stated, “If you look good, you feel good, and if you feel good, you play good.” If there has ever been a shoe that’s lived up to that quote, it is the Pegasus Turbo. The most distinct feature is the bold racing stripe down the middle, which is not something you normally see on a running shoe, and reminiscent of the original Nike Miler track spike. The over-sized Nike Swoosh on both sides stands out, and even the little flare on the heel can turn heads.
Nike went all out with the colorways on this shoe, from the original “hot punch” to allkinds of uniquecolorways not commonly associated with trainers.
These are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever run in. They are a very light shoe, but also maintain enough support to be an everyday trainer. The cushion on this shoe, thanks to the ZoomX foam feels incredible. It is one of the smoothest shoes I’ve ever run in. I am also a big fan of the amount of padding on the tongue and around the heel. While many shoes are opting for thinner material in these areas (like the Pegasus Turbo 2), the padding adds a level of comfort that makes up for the increased weight it adds.
This shoe is the perfect mix of something supportive enough to be an everyday shoe, but also light enough to be something worthy of race day. In a world of increasingly specialized shoes for different distances and events, this shoe is a rare Swiss Army Knife.
If there’s one downside to this shoe, it is the durability. While I can easily get 400+ miles on the regular Pegasus, the Turbo starts to break down around the 300 mile mark. The most noticeable area is the outsole, which tends to wear down quickly, depending on where you strike your foot. I’m a heel striker (currently working on changing that), so I wore down the heel area first. And once you burn through the outsole rubber, the ZoomX foam gets chewed up pretty fast. Otherwise, the seams, laces insole and upper held together very well.
The Pegasus Turbo 2
A year after the original Pegasus arrived, the Pegasus 2 was released. I was immediately disappointed to see the racing stripe removed in favor of a simpler design. I was further disappointed to find that the Peg 2 was basically a lighter, stripped down version of the original. The outsole and midsole remained the same, but the upper was replaced with a thinner material, removing all of the heel padding. The tongue was also replaced with a near paper-thin iteration. I found the new version to have less support and I’m not a big fan of the thin tongue. While I appreciate the effort to lighten the shoe, but I feel like it lost the comfort of the original. I still use my Pegasus Turbo 2, but mostly for speed work on the track.
It turns out the Turbo 2 would be the last of the Turbo models. Nike has no plans to release a third version of the shoe, but the chatter is the new Nike Tempo Next% is a Turbo-ish replacement. While the shoe has not released in the United States, the reviews elsewhere have been generally positive.
Until that replacement comes, I plan on continuing to re-up on the original Turbo, thanks to the secondary market. While I have also enjoyed the Nike Miler, I have yet to find a shoe with the flexibility of the Turbo. My Nike Pegasus Turbo review may be two years too late, but the shoe still holds a special place on my feet in 2020.
Have you run in the Pegasus Turbo before? Leave your review in the comments!
Summer is a time for lemonade, hot dogs and long runs, and the Nike React Miler seems to be a versatile option to get you from point A to point B (or point A to point A, if you run out and back). This first run review is based on one run of six miles, at just over 8:00/mile pace, on the sidewalk in a suburban and downtown area.
When the Nike React Miler first came out, I was slightly skeptical. It didn’t appear to get Nike’s typical massive marketing push or fanfare. However, this model has the opportunity to become a hidden gem, suitable for a lot of people.
Nike React Miler Review – First Impression
My first run in these shoes was a six-mile run at 8:00/mile pace. After lacing them up, it was apparent that this is a chonk of a sneaker. The React foam, the thick outsole and the strong upper material all work together to make this a heavy trainer. Throughout the run, it was obvious that this shoe leans more into the “stability” category, especially when compared to a Pegasus. It’s firm and you can really feel the React foam protecting your feet from the ground. I’m sure it will get a little more flexible as I break it in.
This shoe is very comfortable, but firm at the same time. I’ve run in cushioned shoes in the past, and it was obvious that many of them sacrifice a lot of stability in the name of comfort. However, this shoe felt well-cushioned without sacrificing necessary firmness.
I also like the tongue, which is a nice mix of Nike’s newer, thinner tongue design and a padded tongue. It didn’t slide around or rub on my ankle too much.
Even though I only ran in these once, I get the sense that this shoe will last a long time. The outsole is thicker and the materials appear to be durable enough to go 400+ miles.
Since the Nike React Miler has been out for a few months, it is starting to go on sale, so investing in a durable shoe below $100 is a great opportunity to finish your summer running strong.
If you are looking to set a PR on the track, qualify for the Boston Marathon or outrun a grizzly bear, these are probably a little too heavy for the task, especially compared to a Pegasus or Alphafly NEXT%. Bring the bear spray.
I also care about aesthetics, and this isn’t exactly the prettiest shoe in the world. It looks kind of bulky, and the color options aren’t exactly inspiring.
Finally, the shoe’s apparent durability might also mean your feet get pretty warm during a long run in the heat. It doesn’t have the greatest breathability, so maybe leave the wool socks at home.
The Final Brew
After one run, the Nike React Miler felt great. I also didn’t get that new shoe leg tiredness commonly associated with the first few outings. I fully expect this shoe to be a great addition to my rotation, specifically for long runs. It isn’t the fastest shoe on the market, nor will it win a beauty contest, but it will definitely keep your feet feeling good for miles and miles. My Nike React Miler review awards this shoe with a Seal of Freshness.
Have you tried the Nike React Miler? Have a question? Drop a comment below.
The Fresh Brew Run Club is a blog for the everyday runner.
We get up way too early. We put on short shorts, and head out to dodge cars, bikes, pedestrians and local cats in the blistering heat, cold and rain. And we do it all for extremely strange reasons, like crossing a line painted on the cement before a giant clock strikes a certain number, or to earn a piece of cheap metal attached to a ribbon with a bank’s logo on it. Or maybe we just want to get out of the house for an hour or so. Does that sound like you? If so, welcome to the Fresh Brew Run Club. Congratulations, you’re a member. Don’t expect your information packet in the mail anytime soon.
Running writing is weird though
Don’t get me wrong, there’s tons of great running-related work out there. But for every Running with the Buffaloes by Chris Lear, there are hundreds of tasteless “race day” recipes, useless fad workout ideas, reviews of gimmicky running “tools” like organic multi-directional space foam rollers, and flat out narcissistic running influencers bragging about their splits or how perfectly their outfit matches in a perfectly framed and edited photo on Instagram. Oh, you ran 10 miles and didn’t break into a disgusting sweat? Must be nice. It is incredible seeing people take something simple and turn it into a complicated, exclusive hobby for snobs.
That’s why I want to start writing again. Well for one, I miss writing. But I mostly want to bring a little fun to the running blogosphere. I’m not the fastest runner in the world; my fastest mile was in 10th grade (5:09, second place in the slow heat of the Anchor Bay Classic, thank you very much). But I’ve come to re-enjoy the sport over the past five years, and I have some thoughts.
I want to hit on the elements I enjoy, the random things that make me laugh in the middle of a long run and the stuff I like to use. Maybe bring up a few timeless debates, like running in the cold vs. the heat. Or the time that I thought it was a good idea to eat at an Italian fast-food chain the night before the state XC meet. I’ll also review some products I use and show some of my favorite places to run. Maybe interview a couple sled dogs. Who knows.
So what’s with the name?
Fresh Brew Run Club? What’s up with that? Before every run, I do two things: apply a thick layer of Body Glide and drink a cup of coffee. I never liked coffee, but I picked up the habit after a few years of working in the corporate world. It’s not so much the caffeine, but the idea of a liquid comfort blanket that I enjoy. I used to down a glass of C4 EXXXXXPLOSIVE LIQUID RAGE FUEL pre-workout before every run, but I don’t think artificially giving myself a heart murmur is a healthy way to start the morning. So I brew a cup of coffee.
For me, that first cup of coffee is as much a part of my running routine as tying my shoes or dodging a Jeep driver that thinks stop signs are optional. So that’s the name. Do I envision printing a limited run of t-shirts and giving them as Christmas gifts to my family? You bet. A brand is born. Happy trails!
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