I've been lucky enough in my running career to receive support from some great shoe companies: from Nike, in college; to Brooks, when I ran for the Haddonfield Running Company during medical school and residency; and as part of the Inov-8 pro deal team in 2011. And I'm thrilled now to announce a partnership with Salming, which entered the US market last year and is making great strides on the running, triathlon, and trail running scene.
|The great Borje Salming.|
The running shoes are borne out of Salming's holistic approach to evaluating running form, exemplified by their innovative RunLAB in Gothenburg, which incorporates real-time stride analysis, motion capture, and video to measure individual biomechanics and then derive coaching plans aimed at increasing performance and decreasing injury risk. Salming's running shoes have garnered multiple awards overseas and debuted in the US late last year. While the RunLAB has not yet reached US shores, the brand is committed to bringing the insights gained there to their shoe design. Specifically, they focus on producing light, flexible shoes that allow for a "natural" foot strike and greater ground feel and proprioception.
Now, let's not get into a huge thing here. Few things polarize a friendly running discussion more than the debate over "natural" running, heel-striking vs. forefoot striking, barefoot running, minimalism, maximalism, and Born to Run. (BTW: They're making a Born to Run movie! With Matthew McConaughey! Tell me you're not gonna watch that.) It's my blog, so I'll tell you what I think (and feel free to comment below) and then we'll move on: I think that the minimalist movement, although it got co-opted and taken too far, spurred some of the best advances in shoe technology and design in the past thirty years. Whether or not you run in minimalist shoes, you've benefitted from the impact it had on the industry. Without people talking about heel-toe drop and foot strike, you never see Hoka One One, Altra, Scott, or a host of great shoes from New Balance, asics, and the rest of the shoe giants.
Trail T1, checks in at just over ten ounces. Stack heights are low, which does increase the ground feel and responsiveness, to some extent at the cost of cushioning, but not overwhelmingly so. They are modern shoes with a classic feel. Overall, they embody the brand's tagline, "No nonsense." These are no-nonsense running shoes.
|The Distance A2.|
I couldn't be prouder or more excited to be representing Salming in 2015 with a fantastic group of athletes (including local legends Bec and Laurel Wassner!), who are all much, much more accomplished than I. I'll be sporting the gear starting at next month's Mount Mitchell Challenge and throughout the rest of the year. Please check them out and hit me up with any questions you have about the shoes or the brand. Gonna be a great year!