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UK Gear’s training shoes were originally designed in association with the Royal Army Physical Training Corps (RAPTC). These elite fitness professionals were closely involved in the development and tested our products in some of the most inhospitable conditions on Earth. Only when approved by the Military do we consider our products... Built to survive.

PT-03 - Runner's World Forum

>>06 July 2006

"For those that haven't heard of them, the UK Gear running shoes were created in conjunction with the British Army.

The British Army was looking for a good training shoe to give to their cadets. After a lot of research, which included 150 pairs being wear tested by people in the British Army, the PT-03 SC (stability shoe) and PT-03 NC (neutral shoe) were released. UK Gear also worked with the German army to create a trail running shoe, called the XC-09".

So after having talked to a rep from UK Gear, and a man in the British army that was allowed to come to the States to help present the shoes, I was really excited to run in them. Mine finally arrived yesterday, but I wasn't able to get a run in until this evening.

I'm 5'11" tall, weight about 193lbs, am a neutral to slight underpronator, and usually run around 20 miles per week. Today's run was a little over 5 miles.

I don't feel any difference between how my feet feel now, and when I first started my run. The cushioning feels great, but not in a soft way. The "ride" of the shoes felt great. I didn't recognize any "free fall" what so ever during my run. They felt extremely smooth.

No matter how much I stretch my calves, they always start cramping up on me about 3 miles into my run. And once I stop they get really tight for about 15 minutes. Even though I did feel some tightness, it was not nearly as much as usual.

If it wasn't for the fact I was tired, it wouldn't feel like I ran any more than 2 miles in them. I was a little worried about the fit of the shoe, seeing as how I had to replace the insole due to my high arches. There are no extra eyelets on the upper (those found lower and further back than the "top" eyelet on most running shoes), so I thought that that coupled with the thicker insole would cause heel slippage. But I got none of that. They fit great too.

I think I've found my new "go to" shoe. If you get the chance, I highly recommend giving these a try. Of course, the only thing I don't know yet is how they wear. The rep from UK Gear told us that they last as well as Kayanos do. And knowing how much an army runs, I'm sure they were built to last.

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