Karhu might be the oldest shoe company you’ve never heard of. Born in Finland in 1916, Karhu, which is Finnish for “bear”, began producing equipment for track and field events, and found its stride producing track spikes and road shoes. In 1987, Karhu introduced it’s “fulcrum” technology, which is designed to pivot the foot on landing, thereby minimizing bounce and increasing running efficiency.
I tested the Flow Fulcrum Ride shoe. It looked like a different kind of shoe right out of the box, with a love-it-or-hate-it color scheme (I loved it). It is advertised as being appropriate “for the performance neutral runner seeking lightweight foot strike management with a highly responsive, durable forward ride.” Weighing in at just under 9 ounces, it certainly felt light and fast. On the road, it did feel responsive, as promised, with good heel to forefoot transition and good traction. It’s mesh top was very breathable.
If you’re used to heavy shoes with lots of stabilization, this would not be the shoe for you, but if you like a fast, light ride but aren’t interested in minimalist shoes, give these a try. They retail for $114.99. For more information and to find a dealer near you, visit www.karhu.com