These @ampla_sport shoes are so innovative! The carbon fiber plate will for sure to make me fast! #bibchat @BibRave pic.twitter.com/0QzM6vCx7z— RUN gina RUN (@hanzelboyzmama) August 23, 2016
I have worn these shoes for about one month, and in that time I have gotten a great feel of them. When I first put them on, my first expression was "Wow, these feel different!" They are bouncy and incredibly light! They are also padded in all the right places. I would characterize these shoes as a neutral cushion shoe. They also fit me like a glove. I ordered true to size with a 1/2 size factored in for my foot swell during running. Checklist Number One: Complete!
When walking, these shoes roll forward; initially you have to pay attention to your foot strike. This is due to the unique property of the carbon fiber plate on the bottom. At first, I thought maybe this "roll" would be a problem for me while I was running. It absolutely was not! I noticed my step was lighter and the force plate did not cause me to fall forward; which was my initial concern.
One obstacle I did face was heel slippage. However, I noticed the slip more with walking than running. I also quickly discovered a lacing technique that locks the heel in place. When I changed my laces to the "heel-lock," the slippage nearly disappeared! On the photo below - you can see how I laced my shoes. The right shoe (left in the picture) is most obviously laced more snug at my ankle.
My longest run in these shoes has been 10 miles and I completed that with ease. Please note: these shoes are really designed for shorter, more static runs like sprints. However, even though they were designed for speedwork, they definately can accommodate the longer runs as well. I really have been enjoying them as an alternative to my everyday training shoe. For a regular runner, these shoes make a fantastic 2nd pair. I'd leave all the short runs to Ampla and the longer distances to your other favorite.
Due to the design of these shoes and the action of propulsion, they should only be worn on the road or the track. I found out the hard way on gravel. These shoes do not allow for much movement side to side, so the uneven gravel roads in my town make it tricky. I stay to the track or the road with these!
Here are the PROS:
- Ultra light-weight
- Promotes good funning form
- Allows maximum propulsion forward
- Great training shoe for speedwork
- Reasonably priced; direct to consumer brand so no third-party mark-up
- Great design
- Love the retro-design, feel
- Small company
- TOP-NOTCH customer service and personal one-on-one email communications
- Not versatile on different terrain
- Heel-slippage; this could be a nuisance for some
- Some abnormal wear on sole - fairly quickly; customer service addressed this need immediately and it was found that it did not effect performance
Don't Forget! Join @ampla_sport & @BibRave for #BibChat on Sept. 20, 8PM CST (Psst! There might be prizes too!) pic.twitter.com/PCz1oqfoNh— AMPLA (@ampla_sport) September 16, 2016