Aircast A60 Ankle Brace – The Review

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A couple of months before going to Sweden I went to the podiatrist for my right ankle. The sprain that occurred before my San Jose Spartan Race seemed to flare up again. During my runs and just walking around the house the pain began to get worse. Whenever I go to the doctor to ask about an injury, I am nervous they will want me to stop all physical activity involving the injured area. Yet, the podiatrist I saw actually encourage me to keep being physically active, but in a cautious manner. They recommended for me to purchase the Aircast A60 Ankle Brace.

The Aircast A60 Ankle Brace

Main Idea

Just the words of an ankle brace have me tense up. I dislike the idea of my ankle relying on something external. The more it relies on the brace the less likely it will strengthen to its previous state. However, the podiatrist assured me that this brace is different. They explained the brace allows more flexibility compared to other ankle braces. There is support on the lateral and medial sides of the ankle but less support on the anterior and posterior. I loved this because it allowed me to run at my normal gait. My foot was still able to flex and extend, but now I had the extra support to prevent any ankle rolling. Since living in Sweden, there are numerous trail runs and I have had my fare share of possibly rolling my ankle. The Aircast A60 was there to prevent any such thing.

Comfort

The brace is extremely comfortable. I always wear it with a sock underneath. There is a neoprene sleeve that wraps around your ankle. On either side exists plastic plates to prevent rolling and closer to the top of the ankle joint is Velcro to put it into place. Then there is a strap that wraps around your ankle in a spiral to lock it into place. Since it allows me to run my normal gait, I forget about it shortly after starting my run. It is not overpowering, and gives a more soothing feeling while wearing it. I have taken it on some longer runs and there has been discomfort what so ever.

Wrap-Up

I would thoroughly recommend the Aircast A60 Ankle Brace. It has helped me a ton to speed up the recovery process. In addition, the neoprene allows for greater water resistance compared to other braces. So, you are still able to wear it during that obstacle race you don’t want to miss.

Mitch

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Inov-8 X Talon 212 Shoe Reassessment

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I purchased the Inov-8 X Talon 212s back in October 2016. It took 4 races and many trail runs to beat up these pair of shoes. I am thoroughly impressed with how well they performed through my training and runs. After a month of using these shoes the Inov-8 X Talon 212s I wrote a review you can find it here. Now, I want to reassess the shoes to let you know how they have held up for the past few of months.

Comfort

After a couple of races, it became clear what was first to go in the comfort department. The insole of the shoe lost a bit of support after a couple of races. So, there was less of an arch. However, The reduced arch support was no major issue. If you would have a problem with it, I would recommend putting in your own soles when you purchase the shoes.

Another issue with the shoe comfort was a reduction in the stiffness of the shoe. I tend to like stiffer shoes because it holds my feet in the same position throughout my runs. I could just tie the shoe tighter but that has caused me discomfort in the past. During the San Jose Super the lack of stiffness let my feet slide forward in the shoe, especially on the downhills. The constant bashing of the toes caused some pain. Yet, on my next run with the shoes I tied the laces tighter and there was no issue with foot movement with in the shoe.

Durability

My Inov-8 X Talon 212s always experienced rugged terrain. So, the shoes always received a beating when used. But, the outside fabric of the shoe held up remarkably well. There was very limited damage that only included some wear on the colors. The laces remained in great show with no sign of them fraying.

The only reason I retired my old pair of Inov-8 X Talon 212s is because the worn down outsole. On the outsole are talons that were greatly reduced after a few months. The shoes did not grip like they used to. Also, I could definitely feel the decreased protection from the used outsole.

Wrap-up

Overall I for sure received a great amount of use out of the Inov-8 X Talon 212s. I used my new pair in my most recent race, the Boise Sprint. I see myself being quite loyal in the future to the Inov-8 X Talon 212s. If your looking for a competitive edge or just want a great trail run the Inov-8 X Talon 212s are for you! Comment below if ypu want to know anything else about my experience with the Inov-8 X Talon 212s, and I will get back to you!

Mitch

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