Comments: These are solid shoes, I mostly ran in Free's before the Hagio so it took some time to get used to. They're awesome for speed and tempo. Long runs (13 milers) feel good in them, although i feel like my foot has to work a little harder to get into the rhythm at the beginning, def can't tie them too tight or they will swell ur foot up, also the ankles are a little looser then I would like them to be. But they're great on all terrain except for smooth hallway floors and snow.
From: Galo Vasquez, Cortlandt Manor, NY, USA
Comments: Follow up review from norway as well! This shoe has helped me break all PB's this year and I just love the energy return. I tried them in the marathon as well - and there was no problem at all! Actually, my legs never felt better. Im a midfoot/heel striker. Ran 2:49:46 and im using this shoe on all distances now. Now im just very worried they will discontinue this shoe. I dont get more than 100miles out of the shoe. Very bad durability, but when its SOOO FAST who cares =)
From: Espen, Norway
Comments: Okay. This shoe deserves a follow up review after a few more months of extended wear.
1) The overlays are brutal. Even if you go half a size up and tie the shoe loosely, they will still kill your feet. It might be a problem with my specific foot, but the lateral side of my pinky toe is always painful after a run in these. Feels like my used up pair of Adizero Rockets have more width than the Hagio's. (both 10.5)
2) The tongue never stays put. I don't know how else to describe it, but it never stays put. It always manages to scoot to the outside.
-fluorescent yellow (ymmv)
From: Jules, Southern California
Comments: Great shoe. You will barely feel the weight. The black nubs on the sole do wear out pretty fast, so keep that in mind. Not like it will stop me from putting on 400+miles on this baby. One concern though... what's up with the color on the update? It looks like "salmon" or whatever color they call that these days. Flourescent yellow was cool. This is not. Really. It's not! I can't wait for that Japanese flat to arrive. We in the USA have been missing out.
From: Jules, Southern California, USA
Comments: Here are the negative points of the shoe: You cannot wear this shoe sockless, it has "overlays" on the inside of the shoe (underlays?). The overlays are unlike a seam where you will eventually develop a callus, they will just eat your foot whenever it gets sweaty. The material for the upper is brittle, it tears very very easily. Other than that it's a fantastic shoe! it's cheap, great cushioning for long distances, and it has a great fit for anyone with wide feet and "normal" length toes (not Morton's toe).
From: Ken, SLC, Utah, USA
Comments: Having never owned a racing flat, but having become accustomed to light weight, low drop trail shoes, I picked up some Hagio's on a whim, along with some Nike Streak XC 3's. So far I'm loving both shoes, with about 20 miles on each pair in the last week. The Hagio's stiffer midsole material and minimal but effective "torsion system" are well-paired, giving these shoes the responsive, automatic toe-off of a heavier, fully cushioned "rouluer," while still feeling completely uninhibiting as a racing/training tool. Unfortunately, my Hagios are already starting to fall apart after three runs; the stiffer plastic overlay posterior to the toe box abrades the the lighter mesh in front of the laces when I flex my toes and bend the shoes, and I'm concerned my shoes will have big holes in the toe boxes after just a few more outings. Additionally, the plastic rubber cleats, though they certainly provide great traction on all surfaces, are already starting to fall off. I'll add that I'm not traditionally hard on shoes, getting at least 300 miles on a variety of makes and models.
From: Chris, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Comments: These shoes are great, very light and fast feeling, with just enough structure for some distance - for me, perfect for up to a half marathon I think (I just ran a 10mi PR in them). They are also quite firm feeling underfoot, with a small heel to toe drop, both of which I appreciate. Both the Lunaracer and the HyperSpeed blister my feet and/or big toes, but not these.
From: Mike, Sterling, VA, USA
Comments: Low heel lift (though still noticeable), lightweight, brightly colored, and best of all WIDE toebox. most racing flats are too narrow for me but these shoes fit great. I have only put a few miles on them so far but I am looking forward to running many more in them
From: Chen, Boston, MA USA
Comments: I got this shoe and I really like them I have run as far as 13 in them, but they only have about 100 miles on them and are starting to fall apart. Not happy with the durability
From: Matt, West Lafayette, IN, US
Comments: After reading the feedback here at RW I decided to use these shoes during a Half Marathon this weekend. First of all, I'm used to race in adios and do prefer 11mm heel-to-toe. However, I could get away with the 6mm drop. These shoes are faaaaast! I ran a new PB 1:23:27 and the shoe felt great the whole distance. I'm a mid-foot striker doing about 60-70 miles a week. I'm on the heavy side (BMI about 24,8) but had no problem. These shoes look and feel a lot like the Adizero Pro. If you like the Adios 1 and want something even lighter - try it! The shoe has a lot of toe box room and might be more true to size than the adios.
From: Espen, Norway
Comments: I was sad to see the Rocket go, but after the first test run in the Hagios, my separation anxiety was all but gone. The shoe hits a sweet spot for me in terms of moderate protection, responsive ride, and shallow profile. The forefoot feels a touch thicker than the Rocket, but it's by no means a sluggish feeling shoe. The upper fits great for a guy with tons of toe-splay, perhaps only marginally narrower than a Wave Universe (half size up). The only qualm I have is with the welded section just at the base of the tongue that rubbed the tops of my toes raw during the first run (sockless).. I'm sure this can be prevented by simple wearing socks, though the buckling effect of the "sprint web" upper there would be something I'd like to see improved in the next version. 8/10
From: Tim, Vancouver, Canada
Comments: I usually wear a size 10 or 10.5 (depending upon the width) in most of the trainers and racers I purchase. Shoe Fitter suggested I get a 10.5 but I ordered size 10 after reading another shoe review. I needed to return for a size 9.5 for a proper fit. There is plenty of forefoot room for my not so narrow foot and the 9.5 allowed me a better and proper flex and toe-off. The road feel is typical for a light racer, not too soft but enough cushion to survive a half marathon or up to 25k
From: Ron, Zeeland, Michigan, USA
Comments: I really like this shoe. It feels like a wider/roomier and firmer version of the Zoom Streak XC2. If the Zoom Streak XC2/3 is too cramped for you and/or you'd like a similar shoe that's suitable for longer races the Hagio's worth a try. They're great in the rain - traction is superb and they drain extremely well. I like a slightly snugger fit in my flats than in my trainers and unfortunately this one is a bit looser. I may size down by a half for my next pair but that may force me sockless, which may turn out fine with this upper. The only issue with the lacing is that the eyelets are really small and barely accommodate the laces, despite how narrow those are. I'm wondering if B and Susan left the lacing as shipped (threaded outside-in) instead of relacing them inside-out?
From: Sky, HVL, CA
Comments: Awesome, light weight shoe. Wear them sock-less and no blisters or annoying rubbings or any sorts. Perfect for sunny conditions here in Southern Cali, as the upper is light and lets in the breeze. Have some concerns on how well they will hold up in the rain though....My one gripe is the lacing system. Man, it seems as if its backwards to every other shoe I've owned. Might take a little longer to get the lacing down, but once that's out of the way, you are left with a great shoe that will take you as fast and as far as you want! Have not ran any races in them, put have put in some 15milers w/no problems. In total, I would give this shoe a 9 outta 10, only because the Saucony Type Grid A4 is the standard above all standards IMHO.
From: B, Orange County, CA USA
Comments: These shoes are really light and comfortable and have lots of toe room. But the lacing system is awkward and makes the shoe hard to adjust. I've never had a shoe with this problem before. I also don't like the plastic overlay on the shoe because it squeaks when it rubs against anything. The upper looks like it would keep your feet cool in hot weather. However, I hope it doesn't let in too much debris.
From: Susan, Thetford, VT, USA
Comments: I ran the Miami ING on January 29th in this shoe. I typically do not run in a new pair of shoes fearing blisters and strange shoe related, uncomfortable rubs after long miles as the shoe breaks down, but this shoe was outstanding right out of the box and onto the streets. The 5 oz, maybe slightly heavier depending on the size of the shoe, was super light. I have run in a variety of adizero running flats (ace, rocket, and ekiden,) and this one ran faster, and lighter and had more stability throughout. I was very happy with these shoes. These shoes have an aggressive traction pad at the front of the shoe which gives it a more speed based appeal, but it worked very well as a long haul runner. 26.2 miles isn't a sprint in my mind, but the lightness of the shoe really paid off in the end and allowed for positioning sprints to avoid crowds of runners efficiently. At the end of the run my feet were not throbbing in pain, my knees were not sore or swollen, and other than my typical aches and pains, the shoes held up to their end of the bargain.
From: Matthew, Miramar, FL USA