Kalenji Kiprun XT7 Trail running shoes Review

For the past few years, for my training activities (trail running) and for my hiking trips, I have been using the Bushido by La Sportiva. Overall I was very satisfied from those shoes, but due to the fact more than one pair of Bushidos I used, got damaged in the same areas (toe cap), I have decided to check out a different pair for the future. Upon some research and my previous experience with the products of Decathlon, I have decided to buy the Kalenji Kiprun XT7 trail running shoes.

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Pair of Kalenji Kiprun XT7

The reason I decided to try a different pair of shoes, was mainly because I could not find the Bushido II in the size and colour scheme I wanted, but also, the retail price of 155 euro, in my opinion is not justifiable.

Living in Greece, I obviously tend towards trail running, and there are many different trails. Much of the year the ground can be pretty dry, but it’s also important to retain some grip on wet rock or muddy terrain when it rains.

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Kalenji Kiprun XT7 in action

Fit & Comfort

I have a normal shaped foot and I did not have any particular fitting issue with the Bushido. Though, by using the La Sportiva Bushido for various activities, I have noticed that sometimes I have a heel lift and therefore, when I know I will have a demanding training, I always need to lace the shoes in a secure way by using the “athletes loops“.

From the other side, with the Kalenji Kiprun XT7, I never experienced such an issue. Both the Kalenji Kiprun XT7 and La Sportiva Bushido are size 46 EU and I was positively surprised that with the Kalenji Kiprun XT7 since day one, I never experienced any heel lift.

From the other side, the Kalenji Kiprun XT7, in size 46 EU is few millimeters longer than I would expect. This has as a consequence, that the shoe is just a bit longer than it should be for a perfect fit. The length of my feet are 28,7 mm and should the Kalenji Kiprun XT7  be produced in 45 2/3, I would certainly go for it.


see other product reviews from Decathlon here:


Unfortunately, Decathlon is producing full sizes, and therefore I should choose between size 45 EU and size 46 EU.

Another point I should make regarding the Fit & Comfort, is the fact that in the shank area, between the insole and outsole, there is an injected plastic that provides a rigidness and stability to the shoe, but at the same time, on my feet feels a bit with “extra pressure”. Though, I only feel this if I walk, instead if I hike actively and/or run I do not feel this extra pressure, but I only feel extra support.

Decathlon, claims that “The reinforcements around the perimeter keep your feet fully supported“.

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Side profile

Upper

The Kalenji Kiprun XT7 is made of breathable material, thick foam at the heel and tongue and the materials used are 50% Polyurethane, 50% Polyester for the upper and of 85% Polyurethane, 15% Polyester for the lining and sock.

This footwear comes in two colours, the one you see in this review, the Petrol blue and in Black/gold combination.

The lacing system is standard with no whistles or bells aside from a neat little elasticated pocket to store the tied bow/s inside. I’ve found this to be incredibly effective at making sure that laces don’t come undone whilst running. So far I run on several occasions in them and found them to be well supported and comfortable.

The the front part, especially on the toe box, there is a protective layer around the front of the shoe meaning less chance of stubbing toes in scree and on tree roots, which means less pain if you do so. Also, I particularly like the reflective material that is applied on the shoes, so they stand out when illuminated in the dark.

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Top view of XT7
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Shoe lace pocket and Kalenji logo
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laces
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XT7 toebox
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toes protection area

Midsole & Cushioning Technology

The K-RING is exclusive heel cushioning technology in the form of a ring located in the heel: The hole in the middle disperses the shockwave. Kalensole is the EVA foam used in the midsole. Decathlon claims that It took them three years of research in order to create this exclusive composition that improves cushioning by 34%, propulsion by 25% and provides better temperature stability and durability!

The stated percentages, I sincerely can not verify them, but I can certainly verify that the Kalenji Kiprun XT7 is very comfortable and pleasant to wear shoes.

On the contrary, compared with the Bushido by La Sportiva, I miss the “rock plate”, that provides extra support against rock edges.

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Kiprun trail Logo
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Kalensole detail
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detail

Outsole

The Kalenji Kiprun XT7 with their widely-spaced 5 mm lugs to fluff out mud more effectively, the shoes literally bite into the ground and on muddy terrain you’ll see and feel great performance. Decathlon, claims that with the new rubber component provides 42% grip, though, I can not confirm this percentage.

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Kalenji Kiprun XT7 Outsole
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Outsolr detail view of the 5 mm lugs
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Outsole – Lugs pattern
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KALENJI KIPRUN XT7 front part
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Kalenji front logo

In Action

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Kalenji Kiprun XT7 in action

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Kalenji Kiprun XT7 side view
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Kalenji Kiprun XT7 in action

Bottom Line:

Having used the Kalenji Kiprun XT7 for more than 3 months and 150+ km now, having done many different activities (trail running, hiking, backpacking, scrambling) and having reached many mountain peaks, I can certainly recommend this pair of shoes.


Materials

  • Outer sole: of 56% Rubber Synthetic, 44% Ethylene Vinyl Acetate
  • Upper: of 50% Polyester, 50% Polyurethane Lining and sock of 85% Polyurethane, 15% Polyester

Disclosure: Product(s) discussed in this article were purchased by Olympus Mountaineering from a retailer. I do not accept compensation or donated product in exchange for media placement or product review coverage.


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2 thoughts on “Kalenji Kiprun XT7 Trail running shoes Review

    1. I agree with you and in my opinion, you are doing right. Of course, each person has his/her own preferences and hiking style.

      In addition, should the trail running shoes get wet, it is far easier and quicker to dry compared to the heavy duty hiking boots.

      Also you, happy hiking and stay tuned, because in the coming days there will be some new hiking posts on this blog.

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