KSwiss is committed to getting triathletes out of T2 as quickly as possible and the release of the Kwicky QT2 (Quick Transition 2) is a testament to that. The shoe may be the fastest transition shoe on the market.
I have to admit that upon first look I felt like it looked a bit like a bed time slipper. As you can see there are no laces over the top like a traditional shoe. The few lace eye-holes it has can be found near the shoe’s opening. The upper is smooth and unstitched, giving it its’ slipper look. However, I got used to it pretty quickly and think it is a decent looking shoe.
When you break it down, the QT2 is simply the standard Kwicky with a different upper. So, if you care more about your performance, as you should be, then looks shouldn’t matter. These will slip on quick and comfortably.
Similar to standard Kwicky’s, as this pretty much is – you’ll find these to be light and comfortable. When you slip them on the first thing you will notice is that there is no tongue. Because it doesn’t have the standard lace design a tongue isn’t needed. This is not a feature they tout but I think it is worth mentioning. I wish shoe companies made more running shoes without the tongue. The feel on the top of my foot is seamless and smooth. You never have to worry about the tongue slipping around.
The quick transition system is for real. It really is a breeze to get in and out of the shoes. You can easily tighten down the shoe with a quick tug on the laces. A retention clip locks your fit into place. You’re good to go in the blink of an eye.
Another feature of the QT2 that is utilized in other KSwiss racing flats is a drainage system that allows water to flow through the shoe with ease, minimizing the swish of soggy shoes. Don’t hesitate to throw water all over yourself.
Give the KSwiss QT2 a try if you’re on the market for a performance racing shoe for triathlon. They are light and will give you a performance advantage you will need.
Check out KSwiss.com for more information on the Kwicky QT2.
Of all of the different shoes that KSwiss creates for the different niche markets, I have to say they really nailed it with running flats. Their second edition of the Kruuz line does not disappoint. In fact, they’ve gotten better than the originals.
The most obvious change to the K-Ruuz is the color. I honestly was not a fan of the two-toned blowing shoe look from the 1.0 version. They looked great on pro triathletes as they burned up the run course but these guys and girls would look good in clown shoes. So, to see the 1.5s in what they call “Fiery Red” was a great change. It certainly is fiery and stands out from the pack, but in a classy way. These will look good as a casual shoe after retirement from my fleet of running shoes.
This is all that really matters, right? First off, I have to say that the fit of the 1.5's is much better for me than the 1.0's, primarily in the heel, which was loose in the previous model. They are now snug and “just right.”
I didn’t take the shoes out for a test drive until two days before the Wildflower Long Course triathlon in May 2012. It was an easy 5k and was pretty eventful, which is good, especially when you plan on wearing a new shoe on race day.
Race came and went. My initial reaction was “A+.” I don’t know what else I’d need in a flat. It is comfortable, super light (5.5 oz) and looks good. However, considering the nature of the Wildflower course I’d say I may have been better off with something a little beefier. The majority of the Wildflower run is on a trail and there are rocky sections that beat up my feet. The Kruuz 1.5 handled it but I could be each bend of the shoe like it was a part of my foot. This is not good on the trails. I flew on the road sections.
Since Wildflower I’ve had numerous road runs in them and I have more coming in the near future. I love these shoes. If you’re looking for a flat you must consider these, whether you’re a pure runner or a triathlete.
Check them out online at KSwiss.com.
The K-Swiss Blade-Max Stables have been my go to shoes since I got them. I’ve had other trail runners that I’ve been using, but none that I’ve liked nearly as much. As much as some people like the new minimalist running shoes, I just haven’t been able to make the change. I can handle them, and even like them for road running, but for the trail I like to have a very supportive and stiff sole. The K-Swiss Blade-Max Stable is that shoe. The dual density sole with super foam soaks up bumps well. The sole was actually designed with tread to handle something more than just a gravel trail. Pronounced ridges provide good purchase on steep hard pack and rocky trails. The sole has a nice semi-stiff shank to give me the flexibility I need to run, but keeps endless rocks and roots from causing foot fatigue after just a few miles.
Along with designing a great supportive sole the uppers are nicely done as well. I don’t usually go sockless, but the interior has been designed with minimal seams in just the right places in case you’re racing XTERRA or just like to run without socks. The toe-box has been designed with a dual layer of mesh. A more rough mesh on the exterior increases durability while a super-soft mesh inside lets the feet breath while keeping things nice and comfy.
As far as colors go, you have your option of feeding your inner triathlete desire for really bright colors with the Fiery Red (I get a lot of looks). Or, you can go with the more subdues traditional K-Swiss look of white and blue.
I’ve been using these shoes not only on the trails, but on the road and in the gym. The cushy sole, well ventilated upper, and awesome colors, make this a shoe that works well everywhere.
K-Swiss Blade Max Glide
Over the past few years I've been trying out a number of different shoes as my distances have increased and I've begun running multiple marathons and half marathons in a single season. Though I've mixed in some more minimal shoes for my shorter runs, I've been using another shoe for my longer runs and races for the past 3 years. Needless to say, this is my first pair of K-Swiss running shoes. I average about 30 miles weekly, but since January have been building mileage to between 40-60 miles. So far, I've been able to run several long runs (a 17 miler and a 19 miler) and several shorter runs in the Blade-Max Glides.
Right out of the box, the shoes felt great. They had the right mix of cushioning and support without adding too much weight. The group that I run with commented on their design right away. Not that design outweighs function, these are noticeably a good looking pair of shoes (mine are red, black and white). I also liked the fact that the shoe felt roomy, especially in the toe box. After the longer runs, I didn't notice any hot spots or blisters. One other cool feature are the laces. I've run into issues in other shoes where the laces are too long and require double knots to keep me from tripping on them. The K-Swiss laces were the perfect length and locked into place right away due to their unique design. The also did not loosen up throughout the entire run. The ventilation in the shoe worked really well and I didn't find my feet overheating.
The only criticisms that I have of these shoes deal with the soles. I found that they were simply too "chunky". When my legs started to grow tired, I began catching my calves with the shoe from the opposite foot. Lately I've been running in compression tights and even noticed some fraying on the calf section from these shoes. The ridges on the bottom of the shoe also tend to catch a lot of debris and rocks, especially when I've added some trails to my longer runs. I've had to stop periodically to pull small rocks out of the bottoms of my shoes. Both of these aren't a huge negative, but I would look to see if there had been any modifications before buying another pair.
All in all, this is a solid training shoe that I would use for everyday training that runs and wears well.
K-Swiss Blade Light P
The very first K-Swiss running shoe I wore was the K-ona. I remember being amazed at the technology and weightlessness of the shoe while still being stable enough. Fast forward 3 years and I have found a new love and it’s called the Blade Light P. I love this shoe. For me, K-Swiss out does themselves with every shoe of theirs I try. I am already planning my race season around this shoe as it is a super cushioned race shoe. It weighs in at 9.3 oz, and while at first it has a rigid feel, it only took a few miles for the shoes to feel like I had been wearing them for hundreds of miles and they were a part of my feet. While I remember loving the K-ona, I still felt that I would not trust it on anything longer than 10 miles or so, as the stability wasn’t all the way there. I don’t feel that way with the Blade Light P as the shoe gives me the stability around my ankle and into the toe box without adding on a few extra ounces like other shoes do.
As with other K-Swiss running shoes, the stitches are right where they need to be, so that if I want to go sockless on an Olympic distance event or even an hour long track session, I wouldn’t need to worry about chaffing or any other skin related injuries. The laces are perfect as they don’t bunch up and I don’t feel the need to re-tie them with every time I wear them. The shoes include K-Swiss’s Flow Cool System™ which are vents around your toes for water drainage and also to keep air flowing around your foot. Also at the bottom of the shoe are more drainage holes so water can drain from your foot and not leave you running in a puddle. The one downside to them, is that little pebbles can find their way into the ridges, but it’s not that big of a deal to me.
If you are looking for a decently priced training & racing shoe and the biggest bang for your buck, I promise you that the K-Swiss Blade Light P will not disappoint. K-Swiss has changed my view on triathlon and add to my fuel for the multisport life by consistently giving the community solid running shoes to finish your race.
For more information about K-Swiss products go to: www.kswiss.com
When I was first given the assignment to review the K-Swiss Blade-Light Recover Shoe I instantly went into skeptic mode. Triathlon is a sport where trends come and go like a thief in the night. In my mind, the recovery shoe concept felt like a feeble attempt to convince triathletes to unload their wallets on another must-have product. What I got was a nice looking shoe without any big promises.
There is nothing like the smell of brand new sneakers. K-Swiss doesn’t disappoint. I opened the box and voila, a beautiful pair of black shoes trimmed with neon green staring at me. Naturally, I take a whiff. Then I take another wiff. It really is like a drug. They passed the smell test.
The next thing I noticed about the Blades is the lack of shoe strings. You slip them on just like a slipper, but without the Hugh Hefner look. Slip them on, slip them off- easy in and out. My feet were nice and cozy. They fulfill my comfort needs. Nothing extraordinary to say about the feel, other than they are nice and cushy. I think I’ll leave these by the front door so I can throw them on quickly as I head out.
They look good. My feet felt good. They were easy to get on and off. What else is a reviewer suppose to write? My analysis was complete. They are a nice shoe and I’d consider giving K-Swiss my credit card number if I were looking for some shoes to kick around in. I suspected that K-Swiss would want me to write about how they miraculously help you recover 25% quicker than not wearing their recovery shoe or how I can now knockout four-minute-miles (none of which I can do after wearing the Blade-Light Recover Shoe).
This leads me back to the info on the product page:
• Profile: An innovative recovery shoe for pre and post run, featuring Blade Light Technology.
8.0oz. 227.76g. They are light.
• Midsole/Outsole: A recovery foam footbed provides the most comfortable foot experience possible. They are comfortable.
• UPPER: A collapsible heel makes for easy entry and the midfoot compression sleeve helps promote circulation to speed recovery. They are easy to get on and off.
Where is the attempt to convince me that I’m a worthless athlete if I didn’t buy the shoe? As it turns out, K-Swiss was simply looking to give athletes a nice comfy shoe to kick around after workouts. Mission accomplished, K-Swiss.
Why You Should Buy Them – If you want an easy access shoe to get around in. It doesn’t matter if you workout much or not.
Why You Might Think Otherwise – If your budget is tight I’d consider some cheap flip-flops. They may not look or feel as good as the Blade-Light Recover Shoe, but you’ll live. These are a non-essential luxury item.
An innovative light-weight running shoe featuring Blade-Light technology and stability enhancement.
Weight- 9.0oz, 256.23g.
• Guideglide dual-density construction featuring Blade-Light cushioning and side drainage.
• Superfoam heel crash pad and footbed.
• Aosta II heel outsole and Duraplush forefoot outsole.
• Dynamic TPU arch support and 3D medial posting for enhanced stability.
• Seamfree technology heat welded seamless upper for total comfort.
• ion-mask™hydro-phobic technology for state of the art water resistance. (ion-mask™by P2i)
Wanting to be INSPIRED…is how it started for me with this pair of Kwicky Blade-Lights. I have always disliked running with a passion. I loved sports but never felt like I wanted to do anything more than the 10K that was required in high school on our first day if we wanted to do sports.
As I’m in my late 30’s, I’ve owned many workout shoes. Some made me feel like I’m wearing the most fashionable thing but still felt uncomfortable to run in or make me feel inspired enough that it would change my mind about running. When I got my first pair of Kwicky’s I couldn’t help but have a small little smile when I saw the color. It reminded me of when I was a kid and how that little kid seem to surface with a thought. On that same day I took it out for a test run; the 1st mile after all these years. They were super light-weight and so comfortable and I didn’t feel like my feet were dragging like I used to feel when running. The next several miles became easier and running became fun much to my surprise. I’m definitely not the 'Flash' or would ever become the world’s fastest runner, but I felt inspired by these shoes after all this time disliking running. I will be completing my 1st half marathon and full marathon this year which will be done in my Kwicky’s, it speaks volumes for me as a beginning runner.
I have been inspired. I’m loving my new found love of running and my Kwicky’s got me started. I’m looking forward to many more races in them and I know you will love them too.
For more information about K-Swiss go to: www.kswiss.com
These shoes look really cool, let's just get that out of the way. I really liked how the classic look stood out in the store next to all the neon nightmares, that look like my kids were left alone in the design department.
Paving the Future of the Sport of Triathlon
No doubt we’ve all heard about K-Swiss’ heavy involvement and 5 year contract with Ironman and if you haven’t heard the name Trek while looking for a bike, well, I just don’t think that’s possible.