The first pair of trainers that I received as part of an ASICS FrontRunner UK kit drop was the Tartheredge. As a racing flat, the Tartheredge was perfect for running fast. In actual fact, I liked the shoe enough to warrant spending some of my own money on a second pair! Having recently received the Tartheredge 2, I thought that I should spend some time reviewing this latest instalment.
In terms of making a comparison to its predecessor, it is probably best to start with "what's new?":
- Improved fitting over the top of the foot
In comparison to the original, the Tartheredge 2 is a little more forgiving if you have wide feet. While you want racing flats to have a snug fit, the older model did seem a little too snug at times.
- New upper mesh
The upper construction of the Tartheredge 2 is made from Sandwich MESH fabric. This is designed to improve the airflow around the foot, while improving the fit of the trainer. When you look at the side-by-side image of the two models, this difference is pretty clear.
- Sunrise Red colour option
Sometimes it is nice to feel fast, even if you're not doing the shoe justice! For me, an orange/red colour achieves this. Perhaps this colour choice will let you win that pre-race battle with your inner chimp too?
While the new features have improved this pair of trainers, the similarities also speak volumes to the shoes appeal and overall performance. The main similarities are as follows:
- FLYTEFOAM Propel technology
This patented midsole material is made to achieve high energy return. When running fast, this allows for an efficient midstance to toe-off transition. This material is also very light and durable.
- DUOSOLE technology
The DUOSOLE is the outsole of the trainer, made with a two-stage urethane resin design. The sole is flexible and offers excellent grip on road surfaces, even when wet underfoot. This gives you plenty of confidence when taking a corner at speed!
- Lightweight: 184g (6.5oz)
The Tartheredge 2 weighs in at 184g (6.5oz). This is the same weight as the original Tartheredge, while being lighter compared to similar trainers from competing brands.
In popular culture, sequels typically pale in comparison to the original. Just think about American Psycho 2 and Jaws 2. Although not a movie, the Tartheredge 2 actually manages to improve on the first instalment, while the similarities allow it to maintain its high quality performance. For a performance shoe without a carbon fibre plate (check out the ASICS METARACER for that!), the Tartheredge 2 is a fantastic starting point for those chasing fast times on the road.
The TARTHEREDGE™ 2 running shoe is the complete racing and fast-paced training package. The shoe has been updated with a better fit, especially over the top of the foot. Featuring a new mesh upper, this technology helps keep feet cooler and more...SHOP NOW
Postdoctoral Research Fellow from Exeter
Club: South West Road Runners / Exeter Triathlon Club
Coach: Phil Wylie
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