I just recently posted about how I choose to review products with this post – And I am happy to say I had an opportunity to review a product I had been keeping my eye on for some time!
Intro: Thanks to my partnership with FitFluential I was afforded the opportunity to test out and review the new Virrata. The shoes came in the mail late Friday – I tried them on and loved them immediately.
I have been reading great things about this shoe – so I was pretty excited to finally get my feet in a pair of them.
I decided to knowingly break one of the 10 commandments of running - I wore my shoes for a run right out of the box. Not just any run though – I busted out 17 miles in them Saturday morning. Keep reading if you want to see how that played out.
From the website: Stripped down to strong. The Virrata is our lightest and most flexible training shoe and allows your foot to move naturally. We removed everything that isn’t helping your run improve. What remains is a feather-light, ultra flexible shoe with advanced cushioning that promotes a powerful stride and allows your foot to move the way it was meant to.
Built on a 0-mm offset, this shoe lets your feet do the work while providing plenty of protection from the road. The breathable mesh upper makes the shoe incredible lightweight and quick-drying to run in wet weather conditions. Weight: 6.5oz.
I wore my shoes for a run right out of the box.
Light weight -Coming in at only 6.5 oz this shoe is light enough for racing – I wear the Hattori a lot – they aren’t much for offering support on roads – These aren’t much heavier.
But firm - It’s got enough cushion to pound out some serious miles – Let’s talk about that. I ran 17 miles today – In my first run with these shoes. 17 miles and they fit like a glove – they held up like a pair of champs.
Zero Drop – I have been in zero drop shoes from the Hattori to the Skeletoes for some time now. I have looked at the Altra. Having an option of running with zero drop and cushion is the way to go! The issue with the hattori is lower leg fatigue for me over 15 miles – None of that with the built in support.
Comfort – From the minute I put them on my feet just said “ahhhh, thank you” For real folks- try them on – you owe it to yourself.
Room for improvement: A little shiny on the front for my liking – For real – That’s it. I love shoe design – I wasn’t too happy with the gloss on the front – overall they look great though.
Overall: The Saucony Virrata retails for $90.00 and can be bought in many local running stores or at the Saucony site – I loved the shoe – The price is pretty spot on – I would suggest if you have thought about going to a 0 drop shoe you do. Take a look, try em on – test em out, let me know what you think!
Maybe it’s time to to test out the Peregrins - – I loved the kinvara – I love the hattori – and now I love the Virrata. Well done Saucony, another great product.
***Saucony sent me the Virrata shoes as part of the Fitfluential Ambassador Program – The review however is all mine***