Allbirds Tree Flyers running shoes Try to go the distance

Allbirds Tree Flyers running shoes Try to go the distance

Allbirds Tree Flyers running shoes Try to go the distance

When you first start running, the best purchase you can make is a versatile, everyday pair of running shoes. These are the kind of shoes that should remove a lot of the hurdles in tying and hitting the road as often as possible. The new Allbirds Tree Flyers are running shoes with that potential for many people. That’s what the company is aiming for here with their new midsole foam and updated design: an all-rounder that can appeal to new runners and experienced runners alike.

When Allbirds made the leap to producing durable running shoes, as it has done with its other shoes, it did so with mixed results. The first running shoes were fine, but they lagged behind the competition in many ways. With only a few models left, the Tree Flyers feel like a quantum leap for the company in sports and fitness, especially running.

In my first weeks with the shoes I was generally impressed. The price is not quite in line with other similar shoes, but their performance has come much closer. The Allbirds Tree Flyers are worth considering for people who run regularly and don’t stick to one path.

TL;DR

Pros

  • Stable ride with good traction
  • Lightweight upper suitable for many weather conditions

cons

  • Sock style upper may not support around the ankle
  • A relatively expensive running shoe

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Allbirds Tree Flyers Specifications:

Allbirds Boom Flyers
The Tree Flyers have a one-piece sock-like upper.
TYLER HAYES

Allbirds says the Tree Flyers are made for everything from long distances to tempo runs and even races. To achieve this broad goal, the shoes have a weight of 9.49 ounces and a heel drop of 8.5 milliliters. It makes them light and manoeuvrable. To me, they don’t feel as heavy as Allbirds’ other running shoes, the Tree Dasher 2, even if it’s only about an ounce difference.

One of the other things I noticed while on the road was the wider heel of the Tree Flyers. The shoes have a slightly wider base all around. I generally like that kind of feeling under my feet and think it’s more stable with regular daily use.

The eucalyptus fiber upper is like a sock, meaning it flows as one piece without a separate tongue. I like this style in theory, but it usually results in you not being able to secure the area very well on your ankle. Such is the case with the Tree Flyers. The top of the shoe felt looser during my runs. This was especially evident on fast corners or when weaving in and out between people.

The heel lock on the inside helped keep my foot in place, and the upper around the front of my foot was tight enough to keep it from slipping too much. However, if I’m being picky, I’d like a few more eyes higher, closer to my ankle.

Running with tree folders

Allbirds Boom Flyers
To me, the Tree Flyers have a firmer feel, which could make them less comfortable for longer distances.
TYLER HAYES

While Allbirds really wants to push the Tree Flyers like a shoe for any distance, in my experience they seemed more limited. Running a 5K trail every day felt good, but as I pushed the shoes further into the 5-mile range and beyond, I became less thrilled with their comfort.

I think the new SwiftFoam midsole tends to be firmer than springy. However, as long as you don’t expect a bouncy ride, I don’t think most people will be disappointed with what these shoes offer. This midsole foam reacts and will help you be faster. Keep in mind that on the longer runs it has the potential to feel harder under your feet.

The traction on the outsole was capable, and I never felt the possibility of slipping while running on sidewalks, streets and the occasional grass. Overall, there’s a lot to like about the way the Tree Flyers handle it.

In recent years, producing with sustainable materials has been a major topic of discussion. These Tree Flyers still use wool and have vegetable areas from top to bottom, but these days this is more normalized. Allbirds has more or less proven that reducing emissions doesn’t have to decrease running results, so there’s less to say about that now.

Should You Buy the Allbirds Tree Flyers?

Allbirds Boom Flyers
The shoes have a weight of 9.49 ounces and a heel drop of 8.5 milliliters. It makes them light and manoeuvrable.
TYLER HAYES

These shoes are versatile enough to handle many types of running, but in my testing I found they were effective for everyday use over shorter distances. I think the Tree Flyers lend themselves best to newer runners who are building their way up and finding their running style, although experienced runners need not fear.

While there are some minor comments I can make about specific parts of the shoe, the main concern here isn’t performance, it’s price. I think there are other shoes that have even more versatility or ride the same way but at a lower price. The cost of Tree Flyers can be a hurdle for people buying their first dedicated running shoe.

However, the value of Allbirds has always been a bit skewed. The cost of using sustainable materials means you’ll pay more for Allbirds products, at least in the short term. Either way, the Tree Flyers show how Allbirds continues to make progress in its performance running shoes.

Buy from Allbirds for $160.

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