“Diadora is an Italian sports brand with a history of designing and manufacturing technical apparel and footwear in the sports of football, tennis, athletics, cycling and motor sport, since its birth in 1948.”
Now Diadora has widen its array by introducing shoe technologies for running. I am so blessed to be able to review one of the top of the line shoe models of DIADORA — DIADORA Mythos Samurai III for Women. Before I tell you my personal experience with the shoe, first let me give you a brief description on the shoe’s technology.
DIADORA integrated the Axeler Technology™ into all running technology. Hardwork and extensive research was put into it to find the best solutions that would give runners around the world the greatest performance and comfort. Introducing the Diadora Axeler WI 5™ (uai faive) — a combination of Axeler String™ and Axeler Propulsion™. This system guarantees the maximum shock absorption, limiting the midsole torsion while enhancing elasticity. This system is based on the recovery of energy during the foot’s natural transition from heel strike to toe off where it will draw absorbed energy at the point of the heel impact by acting as a propulsive force.
- Upper: Nylon air mesh and Supreltech. Lining with special anti-bacteria treatment.
- Insole: Removable anatomical cotton jersey and shock-absorbing Elastom E.V.A. foam.
- Midsole: Moulded Elastom E.V.A. foam. Double Action² in the heel area. C.C.B.. Axeler Wi-5 Propulsion. Power Flow.
- Sole: Blown Flexoft Rubber in the front area. Special Duratech 5000 wearproof compound in the heel area.
- Color: C3570- White/Grey/Bright Rose (Women’s)
C4101 – Blue micro/Red orange (Men’s)
- Sizes:5 ½ – 9 (Women’s)
5 ½ -13 (Men’s)
As I was telling in the title of this post, I tried to run on this shoe a day after it was given to me by Royal Sporting House. I’m so thrilled by the looks of it. Physically its so chic, feminine because of the color and best of all VERY LIGHT, knowing it has Stability feature in it. My feet requires stability support and for the past (almost) 2 years Stability shoes from other brands never failed me. My only concern is that shoes with this special features are quite on the heavy side because of the technology they put into the shoes. That is why I am surprised and at the same time curious if Diadora Mythos Samurai is really a Stability pair. Based on the specifications of the shoes it is a shoe with Stability features located in the fore and rear foot, together with an exceptional support of the foot arch, plus Cushioning. I am scheduled for a long run last weekend (January 21) and I felt so good to hit the road for a training, with a new pair of shoes.The Feel
For this run I paired it with a Five Finger socks from Burlington. I decided not to use thick socks because it will only eat up the allowance for my feet. I’m wearing size 9 (USA) by the way and its the biggest size for women’s, if I wanted more space, I would be upgraded to Men’s size 8.5. It feels good to have room especially for the toes and to prevent dead ones after the run. The neck is not so tight when it is laced up, but it’s still something to find out if its blister free if I use ankle length socks (will have another review for this). The feet is well ventilated despite the hot pavements because of the nylon mesh and the “built-in drainage” underneath which makes the air circulate inside the shoes.The Ride
I am so amazed by how light this shoes is. This just makes you wanna sprint (but I don’t want to do that in a long run). I just thought its gonna be an easy breezy long run. After running almost 30 minutes my legs and feet still felt good. I didn’t have to drag my legs despite the uphills. Took some walk breaks and my legs didn’t feel tired yet. Jogged and walked until we reach the destination 10 kilometers from the starting point. I felt my right ITB acting up but I think its because of the zero mileage for the entire week, my bad.
What goes up must go down so we run and walked our way back to where we started. The cushioning was tested here and I’m really impressed because I cant feel the impact I create when I run the downhills. Just imagine how hard the pounding the feet make when running down the pavements. I can’t barely feel the ground as if I was wearing a thick pair of socks. I do this with my other stability shoes especially on longer distances races because I have this tendency to do heel striking especially when Im tired and dragging myself to the finishline. However, about 3 kilometers to our final destination I felt a burning sensation on my right pinky toe. I felt my feet expanded and ate the allowance of the shoe. Maybe its because of the shoe being narrow versus my feet being bony.
Based from running 20 kilometers below is my personal rating about the Diadora Mythos Samurai III
- Light weight
- Great ventilation
- Very nice color combination
- Reflectorized for night running
- Effective cushioning
- Reasonable price
- Narrow (subjective)
I would have to continue test running this pair for my future trainings (ex. speed). This post is based on my my box-to-road experience with the shoes. I highly recommend this to runners and newbies who prefer light weight shoes for trainings and racing for an average fast pace. This is a very good weapon to add to your collections.
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