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Carbon Plate Running Shoes - Are They For Me?

Want to discover more about the benefits of carbon plate technology then take a look at our explainer article.

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Adding carbon fibre to a running shoe has two key benefits, it increases energy return from midsoles and adds stability to inherently unstable super foams. Carbon fibre plated running shoes are not all designed the same. To explain further, carbon fibre plated running shoes are designed for different types of runs. Whether that’s slower to steady paced runs, short and fast intervals and long distance events. Our carbon fibre plate running shoe article on The Run4It Journal has more information about how they help. At Run4It, we have a range of carbon fibre running shoes so you can choose the model that best suits your needs and goals. Models such as the Nike Zoom Fly are designed to help lower the stress placed on your muscles and legs at slower to steady paces. Perfect when you’re feeling tired and want to make your runs a little bit easier. When you want to run fast, carbon fibre plated running shoes such as the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly and Nike Alphafly and Saucony Endorphin Elite should significantly improve your running economy. Simply meaning less energy is required to run at a given speed. Helping you run further and faster, while also reducing the recovery time from hard efforts. We also stock the podium topping adidas Adizero Adios Pro. Rather than using a carbon fibre plate, the adidas Adizero Adios Pro features carbon infused ENERGYRODS. In our experience, this provides a slightly smoother underfoot experience than carbon plated options. As super foam running shoes with carbon plates or structures can lessen the impact on your legs, we recommend using them for some training sessions in addition to your racing. This also means you'll be used to them for race day. It's widely documented that runners are able to increase the volume and intensity of their weekly training by using super shoes in key workouts, such as intervals or race paced sessions. However, we know these are expensive and not as durable as everyday options. While some runners accept this, there are more durable options that provide similar benefits. For example, models such as the Saucony Endorphin Speed features a super foam based midsole, but uses a nylon plate as opposed to a carbon fibre plate. The nylon plate features wings that provide more stability. While nylon is not as responsive as carbon, it still enhances energy return and the midsole construction tends to be more durable. Models such as these also have slightly more outsole rubber than their super shoe counterparts, which adds weight, but critically makes them last longer. This is the same for models such as the adidas Adizero Boston. It's effectively a more durable version of the Adizero Adios Pro.

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