By Blutarsky3 (Mobile, AL) on Nov 17, 2013
After roughly 50 miles, I decided to go ahead and review these shoes. I have been running 0-4mm drop shoes now for about 3 years but found that most shoes in this category either have limited mileage durability or limited cushion for the long haul. These seem to bridge that gap well. However, the "wide toe box" is just slightly too much for my taste(I have medium (D) width feet). I find it hard to get the perfect amount of holster-like feeling on the midfoot without having to tighten the laces way down. This is big for me, because I normally don't like tight shoes, especially at the mid-foot. I think this could be fixed with an adjustable elastic lace system?
For me, this seems to be a great training shoe, not so much a race day shoe. Running comfort is fine for the longer haul (10k-13.1), and there is a good amount of protection. They do feel pretty heavy though, and my training times are down a couple minutes. I am, however, accustomed to lighter shoes and this is probably because they are built with a very durable sole. That being said, I'll probably be able to run a lot faster come race day. Overall, this is a solid shoe that I plan to wear out. Oh, and remember to order a 1/2 size up.
By AL (Washington, DC) on Nov 18, 2013
I had the original Instincts and they lasted 2 years, a few hundred miles and the only spot that wore out is the rubber on the bottom. I have had the 1.5's for 3 months and the mesh upper has already torn just from regular usage training for a marathon. I don't know why the upper from the Instinct 1's was changed because they were perfect but this is definitely a big issue if shoes are already getting torn at 3 months.