Kwicky Blade Light (2011)
Written by: Jeroen van Geelen
Date: Tue Dec 07 2010
Furthermore, if the Blade Run and Blade Race models were introduced a couple of months earlier K-Swiss would have placed even higher in the Kona shoe count, pros or no pros.
The latest model of the K-Swiss running collection is another lightweight training/racing shoe. The Kwicky Blade Light is built using the same midsole technology as in the Blade Run and the Blade Race. But the Kwicky Blade Light is lighter yet than the Blade Run.
The Kwicky Blade weighs a mere 9oz, exceptionally light for a shoe with enough cushioning to train in. That said, if you are an efficient, and not too heavy, runner with a midfoot or forefoot strike, you might be able to make do with this shoe for training. It grants almost the same feeling as the Blade Run. Personally I think this shoe will make an excellent racing shoe for a lot of athletes; Chris Lieto, who raced in them this past year in Kona, seems to agree.
But a truly new development is the Ion-Mask hydrophobic technology. The Ion-Mask is a transparent coating which maintains breathability but gives the shoe a water resistant layer—not only on the upper but over the complete shoe. This process occurs at the end of the shoe's production, so the coating covers the upper, the laces and the midsole.
The thought behind this feature is when you are running a longer race—say, a half-marathon or longer—especially in warm weather, cooling off with lots of water poured over your head or sprayed over your body doesn't soak your shoes—no more squishy running.
The predominantly yellow shoe pictured is the women's version, the gray with yellow accents is the men's shoe.
[Editor’s note: Our capable editor-at-large for footwear Jeroen van Geelen owns Total Running, one of the more important running and triathlon retail establishments in The Netherlands.]
Do you subscribe to the "natural" running philosophy, but need a bit more support? This shoe borrows from both the Kinvara and a regular training shoe. Saucony is about to score another hit in this architectural theme. 11.16.10
The Kinvara, available soon, is the latest lightweight trainer in the Saucony line. Already seen on Lindsey Corbin's feet during Kona '09, this is a great shoe for neutral runners. 2.02.10
Reviewed by: Mark Shepherd, Jan 21 2011 3:47AM