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PT-03 - M.H. : US Army Elite Athlete program

>>01 June 2005

I like the PT-03's a lot! When I read about all the features they had, I thought they would be clunky, heavy and stiff. But they are very responsive - plenty light enough for a training shoe and very comfortable. I was very pleased with the amount of cushioning. The stability is excellent for me - neither too much or little. I am rather efficient bio-mechanically, with a bit of pronation. There was neither too much nor too little motion control.

The only negative thing I noticed was the laces occasionally untying. I am sure this is due to the round laces. But I like the lacing system overall. The lace "loops" make for a comfortable fit and easy tightening and loosening. The metal "grommet" for the last eyelet holds the lace firmly in place. I'd rather double tie the laces and keep the metal eyelet than go to non-round laces. But if non-round laces will work with the metal eyelet, I'd suggest switching to those.

I did experience a bit of rubbing on the side of my heels, but this was during two back to back long runs during a trip. I would normally alternate shoes (and not do back to back long runs) so I'm sure that wouldn't be a common occurrence. I don't think it had anything to do with the fit of the heel or the shape of the insole.

I have somewhere around 150 miles on the shoes, and they are holding up very well. Only minimal wear on the outsole and no discernible breakdown of the midsole. Those miles included a lot of running on trails.

Overall, I am very pleased. I'd gladly put them in my stable of training shoes.

US Army Elite Athlete program