|Avi - Bolt II|
As a Triathlete a few features on these shoes jumped out right away and they may offer some great benefits.
First, check out the the design of the back of the shoe:
As you can see the back has a tongue on it that allows for you to easily and, more important, quickly pull the shoes on your feet. This gives you a something to hold onto while pulling the the shoe on. This prevents you from "stepping" on the back of the shoe and stamping down on the heel. I actually practiced like I was in transition pulling these shoes on and the concept behind this design is fantastic for Triathlon. Also, this tongue acts as padding so these shoes can be comfortably worn without socks. The back of my old shoes made it difficult for me to go over a couple of miles without socks because they would rub and cause irritation. Now I have not ran in these yet but I am guessing this is no longer going to be a problem.
|Check out the height of the back!|
The second feature that I really like is that they come with a Lock-type of lace system:
As you can see in the picture these are the laces that came with the AVI-Bolt II's. This means I do not have to spend the extra cash (or time) on Yankz! I have been wearing these all night and the laces are extremely comfortable.
The third feature I noticed was when I picked up the AVI-Bolt II's they were very light. I checked the specs and they only weigh 8.5 ounces - this is awesome as I am a big fan of the lightweight minimalist shoe for running. However, after wearing them around they do seem to have a little more cushion then other lightweight flats I have worn in the past. I am REALLY hopeful that this shoe can be used for ALL of my training and racing, especially for the longer runs.
My plan is to start running with these shoes tomorrow and then after a few weeks write up a thorough review. My first impression is that I really like they way these shoes look and am optimistic they may be the affordable (only $68) racing shoe Triathletes have been waiting for.
More to come ....
|I know, I know- the legs need shaved Patrick!|
(Disclaimer: Avia Running is a sponsor of my Triathlon Team, Team Trakkers, and I received these shoe at no charge to use for training and racing. That being said I am in no way obligated to give positive reviews to sponsors. I will give you an unbiased opinion of every product I review.)