Treksta Edict Review
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As changes in running shoes has been in the fast lane, many runners are becoming more acceptable to these changes to see if a different feel, fit, or look might be right for them. Treksta, a footwear company with a focus on the evolved shape of the foot has recently come out with the Treksta Edict Trail Running Shoe.
To start, I think it is good to get an understanding of what makes Treksta different from other footwear companies. Here is a short video from Treksta that will give you a good understanding of their fit. Please keep in mind this video is for education and marketing purposes.
The Treksta Edict upper is made from a breathable mesh allowing for breathability, but it also allows for smaller dirt particles to get through the shoe. Typically if you’re trail running, you won’t mind a little dirt. The upper provides a nice wrap around the foot, providing a secure fit so you are less likely to get foot movement while running that helps reduce twisting an ankle. In the toebox, I found the Edict to provide ample amount of room for your toes to move around, but not too much room, just right. In the heel, I found no slippage which helps prevent blisters.
As mentioned in the video, the fit of Treksta shoes is a little different than most trail running shoes. In the footbed, you will notice a different feel than the typical trail running shoe. For starters, there is arch support, meaning the arch is a little higher than normal trail running shoes. This is supported by a small piece of hard plastic in the arch of the the insole on the Treksta Edict. I am not a huge fan of this arch support, but I don’t find it to be a deal breaker. Speaking of insoles, the Edict insole is a lot different from standard trail running shoes. Most trail running shoes have a cheap blown EVA insole that doesn’t provide a lot of support or structure. For the runner that wants a little more support in the insole or footbed, they will be impressed. This footbed is customized to every feature of the foot, providing a customized, yet different feel. I have to admit, it takes a little bit to get used to.
The midsole of the Treksta Edict provides ample cushioning and help your foot from feeling the rocks and sticks on the trail. The outsole of the Edict is a little different from most other trail running shoes. What sticks out most is the size of the lugs on these shoes. The amount of traction on the Treksta Edict will handle most trails (~70%) but it doesn’t perform great in every situation. If you run a lot of technical trails and are hopping from side to side or find your self on loose gravel, the Edict doesn’t perform as well as other trail running shoes with more aggressive lug patterns. The other difference you will see on the outsole is that the outsole is flat. Treksta claims this will help you stay more grounded with the ground surface, but I wasn’t able to see any difference while running.
I’ve tested out the Treksta Edict’s on a number of different trail conditions in varying distances. I’ve tested these shoes out on dry rocky trails and wet sloppy and slippery trails. I found they performed okay for the most runs, but I would like to see more aggressive lugs on future models. For distances, I ran anywhere from 5 miles to 24 miles at a time in these shoes and they felt fine in the varying distances I ran in them.
The Treksta Edicts weight in at 10.9 oz. for a men’s size 9 and 10.1 oz. for a women’s 8. The shoe has heel to toe drop of 12mm, going from 22mm in the heel to 10mm in the toe. With that drop, I would not classify this shoe as minimalist or barefoot, but it is lightweight for a trail running shoe.
For more info on the Edicts and other Treksta footwear, visit www.backcountry.com.