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K-Swiss has deep roots in fashion athletic footwear and, in recent years, has been pushing to become a formidable player in true performance running footwear. With their ‘Tubes’ line of shoes, I think they’re attempting to bridge the gap. The new K-Swiss Microtubes 100 Fit running shoe is an outstanding value at MSRP $80, looks great, and packs a good bit of performance for those bucks. The concept with the Tubes line is that the midsole base is composed of hollow tubes of rubber that ‘squash’ to absorb shock on footstrike, then rebound to propel the runner forward. The idea is basic physics and works quite well. Recently, K-Swiss has introduced ‘microtubes’ models with smaller tubes that provide the same cushion with a more responsive ride.
The upper mesh is very open and our testers reported that it ventilates well. The reinforcing overlays that wrap the saddle of the shoe are a rather stiff plastic and provide a very secure fit, but because the lacing system extends down toward the toe past the flex point of the shoe, some testers reported irritation on the tops of the toes from the stiff reinforcements.
Overall, we were impressed with the value presented by the K-Swiss Microtubes 100 Fit, and would recommend it for efficient, midfoot-striking runners looking for a lightweight tempo shoe.
For more information on the Microtubes 100 Fit and other K-Swiss footwear, visit www.kswiss.com or www.amazon.com/kswiss.