Cheers Gaz, great review.OK so I've had a couple of runs now in the tecton x. I did 11 hungover miles in them on Sunday and to be fair they probably got me that far, as it was a struggle!!
Tried them again yesterday morning in better nick, as I have said they are comfy, but not too comfy once you get going, plenty of ground feel etc, I've seen reviews where folk have said they so good they using them on roads as well, sorry but that sounds like bullshit to me, maybe I'm just used to better road shoes, but they feel just OK on the hard stuff, certainly not worth splashing the price they cost just for road use.
However once you get on the trails they do kind of come alive, across the grass they are superb and you do feel a lot of bounce in the green stuff, I tried a bit of speed across rocky terrain for a mile or so, and boy do they perform well, sooo fast, I knocked over a minute of my previous strava segment times and wasn't going full hammer, and didn't have the feel of the rocks digging into my feet either...bliss!!!
I think with the carbon plates, they maybe needed a few miles to break in, as the bounce and energy return did come more on my second run, I reckon you could run a lot of miles in them and they would help "save" your legs a bit.
The only thing I can compare them to is maybe the salomon ultra glides, but maybe they a bit more springy for obvious reasons. Worth the cash? Maybe, only a maybe from me so far, oh and definitely go half a size up
They featured in June/July trail running mag and received plenty of plaudits.
Long runs I wear the Brooks Cascadia 16s and although there not the fastest they are a proper workhorse and can never remember any discomfort in my feet regardless of the terrain. Get a bit of stick Brooks but I find them fantastic.
I picked up a pair of Higher state (sports shoes own brand) soil shakers as they were only 40 quid last week. Got lugs like a cheap pair of 80s football boots but they have had some decent reviews so looking forward to giving them a go this week.
Manchester half tomorrow. Going to take it easy with the match later and then kick on next week on the trails.