Tevasphere Speed Review
Recently I received a package from Teva in the mail. I was expecting it but I did not expect everything that was in it. I received shoes, a technical t-shirt, a Cloud Walker Camelbak, and a GoPro Hero 3 camera.
I was sent the Tevasphere Speed shoes for my review. I was super excited to test them out and see what they had to offer. If I would have tried them on in a shoe store, I would have probably put them back on the shelf. They felt a little tight at the front end of the laces but loose in the toe box. At first I did not think they were very comfortable but I was eager to test them out.
I am glad I did. It took about a mile to get used to the fit and then I could feel the features that made them different. The first feature I noticed was the support pods. I initially thought they would be awkward and in the way but I could tell they added stability when I ran over the first tree root. In my normal trail shoes, when I would hit a root, I would be concerned that I would turn my ankle. In the Tevasphere Speed shoes, I could tell there was a difference. It felt really stable and created a nicer landing on uneven terrain. The second feature I liked was the rounded heel. I did not think it would make much of a difference and I did not initially notice it. However, the next run in my normal road shoes made me realize the heel’s difference. It felt as if I could not heel strike in the Tevasphere shoes because the rounded heel keeps it out of the way.
I have since logged 29 miles in them and consistently looked for new trails to test them out on. We have a state park within a mile of our house and I found excuses to explore new routes any day I could.
When we visited family in Cleveland, I made sure I found the nearest park and tested them out. I was looking for trails everywhere I went. I found a good app/website that helped in that endeavor — alltrails.com. You can track and upload your runs to the various trails around and it helps you find new trails in your area.
I did however get to test them out on a 5K trail race at Fort Yargo in Winder, GA. I did not place first but I did do well. Not only that but I was moving so well that I decided to test them out on a “hair pin” turn that was a little too muddy. The result is below. I bit it pretty hard but feel comfortable that it was not the shoes’ fault.
The bottom line for me is I liked the shoes even though I have not been able to test them at a venue they were designed for yet. These were designed with the obstacle course run in mind. The good news is that I have the Rugged Maniac (join Team BDR at this race) scheduled in less than a month so I will get to try them out there and hopefully let everyone know how they performed.
In the meantime, Teva was good enough to provide a discount code for anyone who wants to get a pair. The discount lasts from now until July 31. Go to Teva.com and input the following Coupon Code at checkout and receive 15% off of any single Tevasphere product. If you want two, you have to check out twice.
UPDATE: Teva has extended the discount until August 31 so if you have not purchased your shoes yet, you have more time.
Coupon Code: TSBLOG-ASWA-Y7KP-AXWO-5QAT