PRODUCT REVIEW – Karhu Flow Fulcrum-Ride Shoes

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


About horowitzrun

Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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