Saucony Gift Certificate Promotion
Saucony and Onlineshoes.com have teamed up to offer a web promotion to the blogging community. When I was contacted by the rep from Onlineshoes.com to participate, I declined. I, personally, have never worn Saucony and did not feel comfortable writing about the company's products. Not to be outdone, the rep offered ME a gift certificate so I could try out Saucony myself and write a review. Snap!! :-)
My first big decision was which product to field test. I already have three pairs of shoes I am rotating, each with about 100 miles. I did NOT want to get another pair of running shoes. They would fall apart long before I put 500 miles on them. I went to Onlineshoes.com and reviewed the Saucony products. I spend a lot of time, not only creating web sites, but using them as well. The first thing I look for in a web site is apperance, ease of use, and response times. The Onlineshoes.com site is very well designed. It didn't take long for the Progrid Xodus Trail Shoes to catch my eye, for a couple of reasons.
1. I did not have any trail shoes.
2. They were a Runner's World Editors Choice
I added the shoe in my size to the cart and proceeded to checkout. When I went to pay, there was no option under Pay Pal to use the gift certificate I had been given. In Onlineshoes.com's defense, I had been told to use a credit card, and by proceeding down this path, I was successfully able to order my shoes without any problems. It was a big bonus for me that Onlineshoes.com offers free shipping. I hit the submit button and proceeded to wait.
Just as advertised, seven to eight days later, UPS dropped the shoes off at my door. I couldn't wait to try them on. Having done my home work, I ordered the Xodus true to size. That would be ten and a half for me. The first thing I noticed when I put them on my feet is that the fit was just a little tight around the forefoot. With Onlineshoes.com generous return policy, this did not concern me at all. I decided to take them out for a spin, and it ended up not being a problem.
To get to the trails behind my neighborhood, I had to run about 0.3 miles in the street. The stiff Vibram soles felt, well, stiff. They are a lot sturdier than the soles I am used to. They are not heavy, however, weighing in at about the same weight as my road running shoes. Once I made it to the trails, the shoes really began to shine. The Vibran sole gripped the loose gravel trail securely as I ran up and down the hills. The shoe was very light on my feet, very comfortable. The padding was just right.
The upper part of the shoe is made out of three different materials. There is the leather, which provides all the support. There is the light fabric in the toe box and the tongue, then there is the "side netting" that allows the foot to cool and remain dry. It is very comfortable, and the non-slip shoe laces are a bonus. It's easy to see why this shoe won an Editor's Choice from Runner's World.
Over all, I really like the shoes. I have an hour or so trail run this weekend coming up, and I can't wait to take them out to Red Top Mountain and give them another go.
The moment you have all been waiting for :-)
For your chance to win a $75.00 gift certificate for a Saucony product at Onlineshoes.com, tell me in the comments to this point what was/is the greatest impact your endurance sport has had on your life, and why! On July 2, 2009, my lovely assistant will pick a winner from all eligible participants. If you live outside the continental United States, you are not eligible. Sawry!!!
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