Friday, March 14, 2008
Asics Ohana Racing Flats! I'll Take 2 Pairs Please....
That shoe is the Asics Ohana Flat - currently being closed out - and everything I've heard about it is that it's an awesome flat - I've never owned a pair. I went over to RoadRunnerSports to read reviews, this shoe got a score of 4.9 out of a 5, the highest I've ever seen - 17 different reviews - below are 4 views of this shoe. 1) Good news and bad news -- I concur with what most others have said about the Ohana. It's light, well cushioned, very well ventilated, and has a great outsole tread that works on dirt and grass as well as pavement. The downside: it is designed for higher-arched runners, and has no midfoot support for us lower-arched types unless we use an after-market support insole or orthotic. The trusstic plastic is so thin that you can easily bend the shoe double in the middle. If you are a high-arched neutral runner looking for a speedster, buy it now before the remaining supply is exhausted. If you are low-arched and need stability, better look elsewhere. 2) This shoe is a great compromise between impact protection and weight. If you are running a lighter shoe like the Mayfly and feel you are getting too much impact induced fatigue try the Ohana. I'm running about ten seconds a mile faster in the Ohanas than in the Mayfly with less fatigue. The Ohana is a great shoe for the mid to light weight runner with neutral pronation. 3) Recently ran the Fargo Marathon in these, and they performed very well. Trained in them for approximately 150 miles before the marathon, doing workouts and one or two longer runs to get my calves adapted to the lower heel height. No blisters, no sore calves, nothing--which is really something! I wear 2080s for day-to-day training, and these fit and feel like a leaner, meaner version. Great flat. Minus one star because I think the upper is far too flashy. It reminds me of a street-racer modified Honda Civic. Save the flash, and just give me the great shoe. 4) Finally! Asics kept making race shoes that either 1) Had too little forefoot cushioning and too much weight (see any of the DS Racers or 2) Had no durability or lateral control (see Magic Racer.) Now, this thing comes out and is fairly light and is so durable and with just the right amount of stability through thew arch and toebox, I went through my first pair because I couldn't resist using them as my everyday trainers. Now I have a second that I using for a marathon and I can't wait. I put 100 miles on these things before I saw any wear and there was no loss of stability. Please, Asics, don't do what you often do and screw this design up or discontinue it (see DS Trainers #'s 8-10.) If you are a smaller runner who runs on the forefoot, get this shoe. [END] I bring this up to say I think I'm going to buy 2 pairs - they're within the buy point I like - $70 after shipping and taxes, etc. I will share - Eastbay.com Coupon Code LKS17CCB = 20% off of purchases over $99 @ Eastbay.com - where the Ohana is available @ $80, all sizes. Meaning 2 pairs can be had for $128! This is a shoe that many places still sell at $100 a single pair. Shipping on 2 pairs of shoes from Eastbay is about $10 - I've never been charged tax too! This might just energize my training. If you've never tried a pair of flats....from all I know, this is a great great shoe. Have a terrific day.
at 11:19 AM Posted by Smith