COWAN! on the Skydex Battle Trainer Running Shoe

November 22, 2013  
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Skydex Battle Trainer Running Shoes

The extent of my knowledge about Skydex products involved their Advanced Combat Helmet Pads. Those (as many of you can no doubt attest) made my varied ACH helmets much more comfortable than the foam donut from the PX stuffed into my K-pot (remember those days?).  So when I received a pair of their Battle Trainer Running Shoes to evaluate, my first response was what in the hell do these guys know about shoes?  I mean, it was like Viagra making a ladder.  Sure, both of them get you up, but in different ways and just because Skydex knew about cushions for my headpiece did not mean they knew anything about cushioning athletic footwear.

I fully expected these shoes to fall somewhere between my hard shell backpack and a pile of “advanced urban camouflage” fatigues when I threw them in the closet of gear that I would never use.  Well, I wore them around town for a few days and found them damn comfortable and perhaps even a bit stylish. That didn’t mean they were the prodigal replacement for all my athletic footwear, though, so I pulled my current running shoes out of my gym bag and tossed them in.  As of writing this, I have over fifty miles run in them, and I have to say that despite a little more weight than I am used to (I normally run in New Balance Minimalists), they are comfortable, breathable, and handle varied terrain without notice.  Of course, that wasn’t enough for me to be sold, so I opted to use them for other activities as well.  Squats, deadlifts, box jumps, sled pulls and teaching on my feet for 8+ hours – the Battle Trainers did not disappoint.  In fact, unless Skydex wants them back, I have every intention of keeping them in my gym bag. 

Skydex Battle Trainer Running Shoes in mud

The magic seems to be in the design; the heel of the shoe has a Skydex proprietary impact pad, as does the toe. The soles are reinforced at the toe and sides to stabilize the foot and pad during strike and propulsion of the foot.  None of these features can really be appreciated until putting them on, but I can tell you that of the last 3-4 pairs of running shoes I have owned, these stand a good chance of being the first pair to get a repeat buy when I wear them out, though by the looks of the stitching and overall construction that won’t be for some time. I will probably get a second pair to teach in, as the magic padding seems to make my life a lot easier when standing for extended periods of time.  I can’t reiterate how comfortable these shoes are.  If healthcare.gov required you to physically stand in line, these would be the shoes to do it in. 

Skydex Battle Trainers in red dirt/mud

Oh, and they come in a high-speed Desert Digital-ish color for those who need footwear to match your desert environment workout attire. You know, if you’re one of the die-hards who refuses to make the stylish switch to metrotactical grey!

Respectfully,

Breach-Bang-COWAN!

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Aaron Cowan

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Aaron Cowan is a patched Minion and an idiot savant of the tactical variety from a little place we like to call Hotlanta (though apparently no one from down there actually calls it that). COWAN! is the Lead Instructor and HMFIC of program development for Sage Dynamics who believes every article should be roughly the equivalent of a doctoral thesis, which is of course something we absolutely appreciate. To call him thorough would be to damn him with faint praise. We call him COWAN! because anything in all caps with an exclamation point after it must be awesome. A former infantryman turned PSC contractor and LEO, COWAN! has served in several SWAT and training billets. He also has an unseemly and disturbing fascination with horse head masks. Sage Dynamics is a reality-focused firearms and tactics training company that provides practical instruction for the civilian, police and military professional. An identical twin whose brother went on to become Agent 47, COWAN! is the author of the Rushing Winter novels and the designated fluffer on the set of numerous training videos here on the Sage Dynamics YouTube page. Sage Dynamics is on Facebook here; you can follow them on Instagram here and of course you can read his occasional informed and sagacious rumination here on Breach-Bang-Clear. Grunts: rumination.

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