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K-Swiss K-Ruuz 1.5 – Our Take

March 27th, 2012

K-Swiss K-Ruuz 1.5 Women's Running Shoe

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Run K-Raazy K-Wiick in the K-Swiss K-Ruuz 1.5, an impressively lightweight racer with a touch of pronation support.
(View Men’s K-Ruuz 1.5 and Women’s K-Ruuz 1.5)

Big Updates

  • Lighter Weight: The K-Ruuz 1.5 is down to 6.0 oz (Men’s size 9), over an ounce lighter than the already trim original model.
  • Improved Upper: Featuring a seamless design, the K-Ruuz 1.5 is now built on a Strobel last stitched to a foam base for better cushioning and treated with a water repellant to minimize water intrusion.

Road Test

The 1.5 after the name of the latest K-Ruuz isn’t just K-Swiss having fun with numbers. The latest K-Ruuz doesn’t go to a 2.0 because it carries over the mid/outsole from the original model but attaches an entirely new upper.

So is this “half” update only half-baked? No way. The original K-Ruuz was the most remarkable shoe in the K-Swiss line, and our testers found the updates in the 1.5 to be nothing but improvements.

Let’s start with the new upper. When you first slip on the shoe you’re likely to notice the locked-in feel of the heel collar. The shoe feels like it’s holding onto your foot even before you cinch up the laces. But once you do tighten ‘em up, the next thing you’ll notice is the great fit in the midfoot and forefoot. A few testers wanted to see a little more structure in the midfoot, but no one felt that the shoe slopped around.

The mesh upper offers amazing ventilation. We didn’t get a chance to try out the shoe’s wet-weather performance. With a new water-resistant treatment on the upper, carryover drainage holes in the platform, and a very stable ride, the K-Ruuz 1.5 is worth considering on days when the weather is more naughty than nice.

And let’s not forget some of the other good stuff from the original model. The K-Ruuz 1.5 still offers one of the smoothest transitions of any racing flat. It’s a comfortable ride for heel strikers and mid/forefoot strikers alike. One thing we’d like to see is a little more spring on toe-off. K-Swiss may not be on your radar when you think of lightweight racing flats, but with the K-Ruuz 1.5, we think the brand has earned your attention.

Runners Say

“Kudos to K-Swiss for taking a lightweight shoe and making it even lighter and just plain better. They didn’t mess with success in the platform, but put some better engineering in the upper.” – Matt

“Great shoe. If I had to nitpick I’d like a little more lateral support in the midfoot, and I’m not a big fan of the color combo.” – Daniel

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K-Swiss K-Ruuz. Racing Flat or Bowling Shoe?

February 10th, 2010

K-Swiss gets serious and enters the racing category.

K-Swiss K-Ruuz

K-Swiss K-Ruuz

New for Spring 2010 is the K-Swiss K-Ruuz racing shoe. With it’s three color upper, a top down view of the K-Ruuz looks strikingly like a bowling shoe. After trying it on, I noticed it fits a bit like a bowling shoe. You know, like the one’s you rent. It’s very roomy in the forefoot and runs a little big (better size down). The K-Ruuz even feels a little like a bowling shoe in as much as it’s very light and close to the ground. But when it comes to performance the parallels end.

It better be light and flexible with a good road feel.

It is. At 7.1 ounces (size 9) the K-Ruuz is an average weight racing shoe. With a 19mm-9mm heel-to-toe ratio the shoe offers a good road feel and smooth ride. A multi-piece outsole is quite flexible and  delivers great traction. The roomy upper is super breathable, light and provides a great option for runners with wider feet. Rounding out the shoe construction are drainage ports in the sole, which allow excess fluid to drain out and keeps the weight down.

How does the K-Ruuz compare to the competition?

As a support racer, the K-Ruuz is most comparable to the adidas adiZero Mana and Mizuno Musha 2. It’s lighter than both the  adiZero Mana and Musha 2 and sits closer to the ground than the adiZero Mana. However, the low weight comes as a result of less pronation control. Granted, the Mana doesn’t offer all that much more control, but the Musha 2 does a respectable job for bio-mechanically challenged runners. Thus, the K-Ruuz is best suited for mild over-pronators or neutral runners competing in 5k and 10K distances and has the range to carry faster runners over longer distances.

Bottom Line:

K-Swiss enters the racing shoe market with a very mild support shoe, that has a roomy fit and weighs a touch less than it’s competitors.

Click here for the Women’s K-Swiss K-Ruuz

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