The Altra Escalante has been a popular shoe over the past couple of years, BUT now the racing model is a step up for those looking to have a lightweight and slightly firmer in the Altra Ego midsole.
There is virtually no weight in the mesh highly breathable upper, and the shoe retains Altra’s two key features: a fully cushioned zero-drop and a toe-box that allows the foot to return to a natural position.
The latter is important as many normal wear and running shoe tend to have pointed toe-box’s that increase the lateral pressure on the big toe and promote the development of a bunion.
This is totally incorrect as the big toe is the key to a good drive off from the rear leg.
Keep in mind that fast running primarily comes from the backward motion / action / drive of the leg and opposing elbow that moves the person forward!
Stretching forward with arms or leg and foot actually slow or work against efficient action
The zero drop is both natural and makes it harder for the runner to ‘mistakenly’ land heel first.
The midsole is made from Altra’s Ego – the company’s high energy return compound, which I felt was too soft in the basic Escalante. The challenge with cushioning is to find the balance between protection and comfort for the long run, with the feel of the road which will allow you to feel and drive into the road. The racing version is slightly firmer which is a great improvement
Although the version in the video is blue and yellow and has the word Boston printed on one side, expect to find different name and colours throughout the year, and depending on where you are purchasing them.
This model has been associated with a number of the world’s major marathons so this upper aesthetics will change depending which event is being linked at the time. However the shoe is the same model.
Watch and listen to the video for more information
WARNING: IF YOU ARE MOVING TO THIS SHOE FROM A HIGHER DROP THEN INITIALLY USE HEEL PADS OF 6-8MM FOR THE FIRST COUPLE OF WEEKS, AND THEN DOWN TO 4MM AND FINALLY DOWN TO THE SHOE BY ITS SELF .