The Zeal Appeal: Introducing the IceBug ZEAL trail running shoes.
I was recently sent a pair of the ZEAL’s which is my second pair of IceBugs i’ve fortunately been able to wear for my trail running comps. When i received the Zeal’s i noticed that they were quite similar to the Accerleratis4 RB9X’s but once i had a closer look i noticed that there was more of a drop around the heel and generally more support covering the sole of the shoes. The grip is just as aggressive as the Acceleratis4 and only weigh a fraction more. The Zeals are perfect trail run due to the support and the traction and once again the RB9X technology means that the shoes have an all weather grip which worked out well over the 20k coastal track i ran over in Kurnell, NSW (Aus).
IceBug Australia stated that “The development of Zeal has taken more than three years and after numerous tests and prototypes it’s ready for launch. Upper material is a light yet durable nylon textile, and together with the lacing system it embraces the foot firmly. But it is the midsole construction, and the HGMS2 technology*, that is the true innovation. Zeal provides a stable but soft heel grip, this is the impossible combo, made reality through the moulded midsole cradle on the interior side of the shoe.The midsole not only adds superb fit, it also turns into the reinforcement protecting the foot in serious terrain. The height of the heel cup is slightly reduced at centre back in order to reduce the pressure at the Achilles tendon. The medium last is half lined with Quick dry mesh. The torsion and cushioning is in fine balance and together with the low sole profile the ground control is just outstanding. The outsole cleats are positioned so mud doesn’t get stuck, and as if the deep lug pattern wouldn’t provide traction enough the RB9X® outsole the benchmark among “sticky rubbers”!”
To purchase a pair of the ZEAL’s, head to: http://icebug.com.au/shop/mens/zeal-rb9x-grey-marigold/