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HELIOS

item #: 16Z
price: $120

MINIMALIST, HIGHLY BREATHABLE, FAST DRAINING NEUTRAL TRAIL SHOE PERFECT FOR ALL LEVELS OF TRAIL RUNNING AND LIGHT ROAD USE

HELIOS

MINIMALIST, HIGHLY BREATHABLE, FAST DRAINING NEUTRAL TRAIL SHOE PERFECT FOR ALL LEVELS OF TRAIL RUNNING AND LIGHT ROAD USE

  • Integral Gusseted Tongue
  • Construction for an excellent fit and easy use
  • Highly flexible morphodynamic™ midsole adapts to trail features and delivers the perfect amount of cushioning
  • Hydrain Nylon® mesh allows quick drainage while keeping out silt and sand

WEIGHT:  8.1 oz  / 231 g

LAST: Tempo 2

FIT: Medium/ Wide

UPPER: HyDrain Mesh/ Wicking EVA AirMesh /Poly Grid™ / TPU Lacing Harness/ PolyCap

LINING: Wicking EVA AirMesh (heel only)

MIDSOLE: MorphoDynamic™ Injection Molded EVA/ 2mm LaSpEVA

DROP (MM):  4mm

CUSHIONING: Midsole 35A 

SOLE: FriXion® AT/ VA Wave

SIZES: 38 – 47.5 (half sizes)

COLOR: GREY/ORANGE OR GREY/RED

ITEM NUMBER: #16Z

PRICE: $120 USD


Product Reviews

Bruce - Courtenay, BC
04.03.13

I just came back from running the 68-mile Coyote Backbone Ultra in my new Helios shoes, and they performed flawlessly over the trail. There was adequate support , cushioning and traction over the varied trail surfaces of dry dirt, sandstone and loose rocks. The mesh upper materials kept out all sand and dirt except a bit of the finest dust, while my feet remained cool and dry. The result of the breathability and great fit was zero blisters. You have to love such a lightweight shoe that still provides cushioning over such a long distance, though as with any minimalist shoe, you do have to take care not to step on a small rock directly under the ball of your toe or heel.

The toe bumper is welcome for the occasional kick to immovable objects, and the light structure of the shoe upper and heel cup provides a bit more support than the totally free feel of the Vertical K.

Traction with the Frixion AT tread was good on the dry surfaces in California; for wet conditions I prefer the stickier FrixionXF rubber on the Vertical K.

Durability looks good so far after approximately 100 miles on the shoe, with minimal outsole wear and no midsole compression evident so far. The uppers show no weakening or tearing at the toe flexion point

The only con that comes to mind is that I found the lacing a bit finicky to get the correct tension, with a fine line between too tight and a bit loose. However, once dialed in with some alternate lacing strategy, I never had to deal with it again.

All in all, I am very pleased with the Helios and have to add it as one of my favourites.

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  • Features
      • Integral Gusseted Tongue
      • Construction for an excellent fit and easy use
      • Highly flexible morphodynamic™ midsole adapts to trail features and delivers the perfect amount of cushioning
      • Hydrain Nylon® mesh allows quick drainage while keeping out silt and sand
  • Tech Specs
    • WEIGHT:  8.1 oz  / 231 g

      LAST: Tempo 2

      FIT: Medium/ Wide

      UPPER: HyDrain Mesh/ Wicking EVA AirMesh /Poly Grid™ / TPU Lacing Harness/ PolyCap

      LINING: Wicking EVA AirMesh (heel only)

      MIDSOLE: MorphoDynamic™ Injection Molded EVA/ 2mm LaSpEVA

      DROP (MM):  4mm

      CUSHIONING: Midsole 35A 

      SOLE: FriXion® AT/ VA Wave

      SIZES: 38 – 47.5 (half sizes)

      COLOR: GREY/ORANGE OR GREY/RED

      ITEM NUMBER: #16Z

      PRICE: $120 USD

  • Additional Info

  • Reviews
    • Bruce - Courtenay, BC
      04.03.13

      I just came back from running the 68-mile Coyote Backbone Ultra in my new Helios shoes, and they performed flawlessly over the trail. There was adequate support , cushioning and traction over the varied trail surfaces of dry dirt, sandstone and loose rocks. The mesh upper materials kept out all sand and dirt except a bit of the finest dust, while my feet remained cool and dry. The result of the breathability and great fit was zero blisters. You have to love such a lightweight shoe that still provides cushioning over such a long distance, though as with any minimalist shoe, you do have to take care not to step on a small rock directly under the ball of your toe or heel.

      The toe bumper is welcome for the occasional kick to immovable objects, and the light structure of the shoe upper and heel cup provides a bit more support than the totally free feel of the Vertical K.

      Traction with the Frixion AT tread was good on the dry surfaces in California; for wet conditions I prefer the stickier FrixionXF rubber on the Vertical K.

      Durability looks good so far after approximately 100 miles on the shoe, with minimal outsole wear and no midsole compression evident so far. The uppers show no weakening or tearing at the toe flexion point

      The only con that comes to mind is that I found the lacing a bit finicky to get the correct tension, with a fine line between too tight and a bit loose. However, once dialed in with some alternate lacing strategy, I never had to deal with it again.

      All in all, I am very pleased with the Helios and have to add it as one of my favourites.

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