Waterproof Running Shoes vs. Water-Resistant Running Shoes
Is there a difference between waterproof running shoes and water-resistant running shoes? Yes there is and no there isn’t. These are two opposites answers but based on you needs the the the difference between the two can be insignificant or substantial. On the surface the names sound as if they serve the same purpose, and they do to a point. But a closer look at the two will help you to understand the difference. As well as help you make a better buying decision based on your needs.
To get started it is important to know that the ability to label anything as waterproof or water resistant is based on a rating that is measured by how well a fabric or material can prevent the entry of moisture under pressure.
Now that we have that out of the way let me start off with running shoes that are labeled as being waterproof. To be considered truly waterproof the shoes must be able to keep your feet dry under the most extreme conditions. Most waterproof running shoes are made with Gore-Tex, a waterproof/breathable fabric. This fabric is rated at being able to repel about 40 psi (pound per square inch) of water pressure, which is like being caught in a heavy rain storm.
Running shoes that are labeled as being water-resistant or water-repellent are made up of fabric or materials that provide limited protection from such elements as rain or snow. Fabric or materials frequently used for water-resistant running shoes hold can hold off between 3 to 5 psi of water pressure, which is like being light rainfall. Prolong exposure to wet conditions with this type of fabric or material will start to allow the moisture to enter into the shoe.
To summarize both types of shoes repel water. The difference is based on the length of exposure and amount of water pressure being forced onto the shoe. There is more technical information regarding this topic, but I wanted to keep it simple. Hopefully this little article was able to help clear up the difference between waterproof and water-resistant. So next time you are shopping for pair for your next extreme adventure or light jog you will be more informed and know which type is better suited for your needs.
Waterproof Running Shoes Manufactures include: Salomon, Nike, Saucony, New Balance, The North Face, Asics, Keen, LA Sportiva, Adidas, Merrell, Garmont, Montrail, Patagonia
The 851 represents a strong shift for New Balance, which has created an extremely lightweight performance shoe built low to the ground. Weighing in at at sleek 11.2 oz., this is the lightest shoe we tested in 2011. In bringing the shoe lower to the ground, New Balance has not sacrificed stability. For fast players who place a premium on changing directions quickly, stepping into the 851 after wearing heavier shoes that are built higher off the ground may well feel like trading in an SUV in favor of a sports car capable of cornering with more sharpness and authority.
New Balance has a well-earned reputation for creating performance shoes that place a premium on fit and durability. The new 851 retains those key qualities while offering a more cutting-edge cosmeticespecially in the striking black-and-yellow men’s 851and creating a shoe that is nearly three ounces lighter than the brand’s spring entry, the 1187. The synthetic mesh upper with internal support system contributes to both to the 851’s light weight and breathability, while the Ndure cage supplies reinforcement in toe drag areas while evoking a stylistic similarity to the Nike Air Max
Courtballistec 3.3. This is a flexible shoe that can be worn right out of the box. Male wear testers gave the 851 high marks for break-in time (9.4), weight (9.1), ventilation (9) and stability (8.7). In keeping with New Balance’s commitment of offering various widths, the 851 is available in D and 2E widths.
The 851 incorporates thinner EVA and is so strikingly light and low to the ground that some wear-testers questioned if the shoes’ durability and comfort will hold up over the course of time. (New Balance backs the 851 with a 12-month outsole durability guaranteethe longest of any shoe we tested this year.) Some wear testers reported the 851’s feather weight comes at the expense of the comfort that is a New Balance trademark, though the shoe scored an 8.8 in the cushioning category. The herringbone outsole offers a slightly simpler traction pattern than the more expensive 1187. If you’re a big, strong, physical player with a tendency to punish shoes, you may want to try the heavier 1187.
In our past reviews of New Balance shoes, wear testers have praised their performance and fit, though some pointed to the sometimes bland cosmetics and bulky weight as two areas the brand could improve. New Balance has listened to consumers in constructing a feather-light shoe that provides a stable ride in a more aggressive, eye-catching cosmetic. It will work best for quick players who crave maneuverability, and the shoe provides excellent value at a reasonable price. The 851 is a winner.