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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Geeking Out on My Running Shoes - Again

This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.

Saturday was my birthday and I got a few gift cards and with all that "extra" cash to spend, I had a choice of getting yet another pair of new running shoes (it was tempting) or get a few more little things that I would never consider getting:

  • a kitchen scale
  • a couple of books on running
  • a pair of winter running mittens

So yeah, I stayed with the running connected stuff, well sort of - what in the hell are you going to use a kitchen scale for???

Why...weighing my shoes of course!!! Who needs to weigh your food when it is much more important to know how much your shoes weigh.

Geeking out again - Harold!

So after opening up the box, I went ahead and weighed all but a few pair of running shoes (that I will get later) just to see what they actually weigh in at:

Pearl Izumi H3 v1

This one has the footpod on it, so it weighs .3 oz more ;-)

Under Armour Apollo 2

Pearl Izumi N1 Tri v2

Asics  Hyperspeed 6

Under Armour Bandit 2

Pearl Izumi N1 Trail v1

Nike LunarGlide 5

Nike Streak LT3

Nike LunarGlide 7
No huge surprises in the weight department, everything was within a .5 range of their listed weights and most of these are 8.5, not 9.0's so there is some variation.

A scale is something that I always wanted to get, but never really thought about actually getting until I had those gift cards. It was less than $20 bucks and while I might not use it all that much, it is a nice touch, when I want to see or talk about how much a pair of shoes weigh and not have to rely on someone else's weights and measures.

So what does a runner really need a kitchen scale for?

The smartest use would be to get food portions under control, but for this runner, I can geek out on my running shoes a little more :-)

Oh, I have a feeling that Mary might wash off the surface a few times to help her with canning and cooking every so often...if she can find where I hid it. :-)


  1. Love it. We still have an old manual kitchen scale under our island ... never thought about a digital. I have had more interested in the WiFi body scales - but those are ~$200!

    I never worry too much about the actual weights as much as the relative (since I'm size 13 everything is significantly heavier), and find that helps me. I think that sometimes it is deceptive due to materials and weight distribution so a scale might help. :)

    1. I have a certain weight range that seems to work better for me for my daily trainers and when I go above or below that it seems to affect how I run and recover. At times the published weights seemed at odds with the actual weights for me and since I wear smaller shoes than average, mine tend to be lighter.

      Also another reason I wanted it was if the shoes weigh significantly different from left and right, it might mean a flaw or defect in the shoes. One of the pair that I had trouble with had a .4 difference in weight and while that might be within manufacturing tolerances, what explains the difference and why do they bother me when I am running in them?

      So it gives me a chance to geek out and ask more questions about my running shoes :-)


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