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Post  mountandog on Thu Sep 29, 2011 11:51 am

I'm currently running in Adidas Adios for my actual races, but train in other shoes. They are listed as 7.9 oz. I'm curious, are there any other lighter shoes out there appropriate for the marathon distance? Is getting much lighter than 7.9 too risky? I'm not suggesting opening the minimalist vibram, hattori, etc. discussion - I know you can ultimately train to run in these, I'm talking about something a little more mainstream and supportive.
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Post  Nick Morris on Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:42 pm

Nike LunaRacer is 6.6oz...

Probably one of the lightest racing flats that you will find that is not totally minimalistic.
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Post  Jerry on Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:50 pm

Asics Piranha SP®️ 3, 4.6oz, is the one I know of.

Never seen them, so no questions! lol!

Edit: not sure if this can be considered as marathon racing shoes neither.
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Post  mul21 on Thu Sep 29, 2011 1:38 pm

I think Schuey has run a marathon in the Brooks T7 and those are only 6.0 oz for a size 9. I couldn't wear them for a full, but they'd be perfect for anything up to a half.
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Post  Jim Lentz on Thu Sep 29, 2011 1:41 pm

The LunarRacer is pretty light. For myself a half is about as far as I would go in them. I raced a half in them pretty well and shortly after I finished the race I started to have bad cramps in the muscles of my arches.
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Post  Nick Morris on Thu Sep 29, 2011 1:42 pm

Yes, there are definitely lighter shoes than the LunaRacer, but they are for shorter distances.
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Post  Kenny B. on Thu Sep 29, 2011 1:53 pm

Brooks t7's I might break out for hartford Marathon. HM I seemed fine although quads were beat up for a few days after. Either those who my ronin 3's at 7 oz. Better decide soon!
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Post  Dave-O on Thu Sep 29, 2011 2:16 pm

Nike created the Lunar Spiders for the marathon, I believe specifically for Sammy Wanjiru. They weigh 5.3 ounces. However, it would take some time to build the ankle and foot strength to marathon in them.

I think Brooks and Adidas both have sub-6 ounce flats as well
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Post  Admin on Thu Sep 29, 2011 2:20 pm

I ran Chicago last year in Mizuno Universe... 3.6oz for size 9.

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Post  Jerry on Thu Sep 29, 2011 2:22 pm

@Mr MattM wrote:I ran Chicago last year in Mizuno Universe... 3.6oz for size 9.

No kidding. Should've asked for a tryout while we were just waiting in the corral. Approval
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Post  T Miller on Thu Sep 29, 2011 3:33 pm

I've run marathons in the Brooks T5 (5.9oz), the LunaRacer 1 (5.5), LunaRacer 2 (5.5) and this time I'm running in Spira Stingers (7.5). I've been fine with these shoes except my knees got really sore after running Boston in the Luna Racers even though it wasn't the first marathon I've run in them. You should consider the course when you're deciding which shoe to run in.
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Post  Jerry on Thu Sep 29, 2011 3:50 pm

Jerry hopes you guys elaborate more about the differences other than just the weight, because Jerry would like replacements for Lunar Racers, which causes some problem to his little toe every time.

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Post  mountandog on Thu Sep 29, 2011 3:54 pm

@Jerry wrote:Jerry hopes you guys elaborate more about the differences other than just the weight, because Jerry would like replacements for Lunar Racers, which causes some problem to his little toe every time.




Chop off the toe!! affraid
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Post  Nick Morris on Thu Sep 29, 2011 4:01 pm

I run my races in the Mizuno Wave Mushas (currently on version 3). They are 7.8oz...
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Post  T Miller on Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:08 pm

@Jerry wrote:Jerry hopes you guys elaborate more about the differences other than just the weight, because Jerry would like replacements for Lunar Racers, which causes some problem to his little toe every time.


Hey Jerry, which version of the LunaRacers do you race in? I think the LunaRacer 2 is a bit wider than the 1. I haven't tried the +2.
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Post  Schuey on Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:10 pm

@mul21 wrote:I think Schuey has run a marathon in the Brooks T7 and those are only 6.0 oz for a size 9. I couldn't wear them for a full, but they'd be perfect for anything up to a half.

Yes Jim is correct I do race in the T7's by Brooks, I started racing in them back when they were T5's and wore them for a marathon the first time in Boston. Love racing in that shoe.

@Jerry wrote:Jerry hopes you guys elaborate more about the differences other than just the weight, because Jerry would like replacements for Lunar Racers, which causes some problem to his little toe every time.


Jerry I would say try the Brooks T6's or T7's. The only difference between the two versions is the lacing system. The reason I say try them is that you will find that there is more room in the toe box compared to the Lunar Racer. Most Nike shoes are to narrow for me by the toes and it sounds like you have the same problem. I can get away with running 13 miles in them but more then that I started to get blisters on my outside toe and my foot feel uncomfortable.

I find that the wider toe box in the Brooks T series and comfortable and allows for the foot swell during a marathon and still feel comfortable. Not once have I had any feet problems from wearing them.
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Post  Schuey on Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:12 pm

@T Miller wrote:
@Jerry wrote:Jerry hopes you guys elaborate more about the differences other than just the weight, because Jerry would like replacements for Lunar Racers, which causes some problem to his little toe every time.


Hey Jerry, which version of the LunaRacers do you race in? I think the LunaRacer 2 is a bit wider than the 1. I haven't tried the +2.


For me the biggest difference between the two versions was that V2 heel and arch felt like that sat up much higher. But both shoe are still pretty narrow in the toe box.


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Post  Jerry on Fri Sep 30, 2011 6:25 am

@T Miller wrote:
@Jerry wrote:Jerry hopes you guys elaborate more about the differences other than just the weight, because Jerry would like replacements for Lunar Racers, which causes some problem to his little toe every time.


Hey Jerry, which version of the LunaRacers do you race in? I think the LunaRacer 2 is a bit wider than the 1. I haven't tried the +2.

I have the version 1.
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Post  Nick Morris on Fri Sep 30, 2011 6:52 am

@Jerry wrote:
@T Miller wrote:
@Jerry wrote:Jerry hopes you guys elaborate more about the differences other than just the weight, because Jerry would like replacements for Lunar Racers, which causes some problem to his little toe every time.


Hey Jerry, which version of the LunaRacers do you race in? I think the LunaRacer 2 is a bit wider than the 1. I haven't tried the +2.

I have the version 1.

Try the second version if you can find them. THey are a little bit heavier (less than .5oz), but as Tim said, they are a little wider.
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Post  Jerry on Fri Sep 30, 2011 10:47 am

@Nick Morris wrote:
@Jerry wrote:
@T Miller wrote:
@Jerry wrote:Jerry hopes you guys elaborate more about the differences other than just the weight, because Jerry would like replacements for Lunar Racers, which causes some problem to his little toe every time.


Hey Jerry, which version of the LunaRacers do you race in? I think the LunaRacer 2 is a bit wider than the 1. I haven't tried the +2.

I have the version 1.

Try the second version if you can find them. THey are a little bit heavier (less than .5oz), but as Tim said, they are a little wider.

No, thanks. Jerry needs a better reason to try an old model. Image, my friend! lol!
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Post  Tim M on Fri Sep 30, 2011 12:49 pm

The Brooks T7 Racers are the only way to go.
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Fri Sep 30, 2011 12:58 pm

I think you can race a marathon in the lightest shoe that you can handle. For me, this means something more along the lines of a lighter weight trainer like my Brooks Launch, but I have raced a half (and will again) in Adidas Tempos and Adios.
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Post  Dave P on Fri Sep 30, 2011 2:26 pm

@Jerry wrote:Asics Piranha SP®️ 3, 4.6oz, is the one I know of.

Never seen them, so no questions! lol!

Edit: not sure if this can be considered as marathon racing shoes neither.

The Asics Piranha SP2 has been my running shoe for all races (5K to Marathon) for a couple years now.
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Post  Jerry on Fri Sep 30, 2011 2:36 pm

@Dave P wrote:
@Jerry wrote:Asics Piranha SP®️ 3, 4.6oz, is the one I know of.

Never seen them, so no questions! lol!

Edit: not sure if this can be considered as marathon racing shoes neither.

The Asics Piranha SP2 has been my running shoe for all races (5K to Marathon) for a couple years now.

Does it have any cushion at all? I used Lunar Racers only because of Dave-O's comment that Lunar is the lightest marathon shoes with cushion, or something like that. On one hand, I don't seem to need any with my tiny weight; on the other, my feet always cramps during marathons; on the third hand, I thought everyone's cramp? I don't know.

Ascis should work for my wide foot with experiences of its other models.
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Post  mul21 on Fri Sep 30, 2011 2:48 pm

I think the Piranha is probably a bad idea for most for the marathon. There's literally almost no cushion whatsoever. I was actually going to comment on Dave's post and say that might have been a contributing factor to his recent difficulties in marathons.

Jerry, there's a few Asics models I think would work for you if you want to go that way. The Tarther or the Hyperspeed (both at 7.2 oz.) would be decent options, and if you're willing to deal with another half ounce of weight, the DS racer would be good too. I'm a bit biased as I've had nothing but really good luck with Asics. I do love my Mizuno Ronins too though.
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