The Trance is a shoe that is classified by Brooks as their flagship support trainer with the most bells and whistles of any model in their support category. Yet the shoe at times seemed a bit lost. Yes it sold, but not nearly as well as the Adrenaline or the Beast which are industry leaders in their class. Customers know what to expect from these models every year and Brooks not only meets but exceeds these expectations. The Trance on the other hand seemed to be heading in a slightly different direction with each new model update. Brooks tried for years to establish the Trance with its own identity, yet it never really was a consistent story. The annual change of direction never allowed the model to gain much traction in the industry. The vision started to sharpen with the current Trance 9 and it now appears Brooks has a very clear direction for the shoe. With the new Brooks Trance 10, your search for a high end Adrenaline has been found.
Mizuno has always had a reputation for producing footwear that appeals to competitive runners. Their products have outstanding attention to detail, their materials and construction quality are some of the best in the industry and the fit and feel of the shoes scream “go faster!” For Spring 2011, Mizuno sets its sights on tweaking two of the industry’s best received racing flats, the Mizuno Wave Musha 2 and the Mizuno Wave Ronin 2 with the third generation of each.
The Mizuno Wave Musha 2 has a great following. Lightweight and responsive while delivering a touch of support, this model has proven to be one of the best sellers in the category for us. The shoe has proven so successful that Mizuno has decided to leave it largely untouched. The updated model for Spring ’11 offers the addition of two welded overlays in the forefoot to snug up the fit a bit. The only other change is the new color. The midsole, outsole carry over so the ride and performance remain the same as the current model which is a good thing. Overall, the Wave Musha 3 is a very cool looking update that should definitely perform as well as the current model.
Adidas has garnered a great following with their adizero line of shoes. Light in weight and built following a philosophy of including only what is essential, the adizero shoes fit perfectly in the current trend of less is more. The line has had great success over the past several years, so this September adidas is introducing a special edition Ekiden series of adizero shoes that will be available at Running Warehouse.
An Ekiden is a long distance relay race popular in Japan. The adizero Ekiden series draws inspiration from Japanese culture and the result is a unique look that, in this writer’s opinion, is fantastic. The only difference between the adizero Ekiden shoes and the normal adizero shoes is the cosmetic appearance of the upper.
Covering a spectrum of neutral shoes, the Ekiden series will include versions of the adizero Pro (the high performance racer is back), adizero Adios (the marathon shoe of choice for Haile Gebrselassie), adizero Rocket (versatile flat) and adizero Boston (lightweight trainer). So if you want to stand out this Fall be sure to pick up a pair. View all the shoes after the jump. Read more…
The Saucony ProGrid Kinvara has proven very successful, a nice example of the right product hitting the market at the right time. The combination of light weight, minimal heel/toe height differential, responsive ride and great graphics proved attractive to the growing ranks of runners experimenting with minimal-type footwear. Saucony is seeking to capitalize on the success of the Kinvara by expanding the concept and making the Kinvara experience available to more runners. Enter the Saucony ProGrid Mirage, a supportive version of the Kinvara for those slight over-pronators looking for a viable lightweight option.
Team Lifeline is a great organization that raises money for Chai Lifeline which is the international children’s health support organization that provides crucial emotional, social, and financial assistance to seriously ill children, their families, and communities.
Running Warehouse is partnering up with Team Lifeline by providing a free pair of running shoes for those that sign up and complete the program by raising the minimum fund needed to earn a free trip to the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon December 5, 2010 or the ING Miami Marathon January 30, 2011. Online coaching is provided to help reach your goals.
Details of the organization and the program can be found here: http://www.teamlifeline.org/
You need to enter “RW10” in the coupon field to identify yourself as a Running Warehouse customer and thus eligible for the free pair of shoes. Additionally, entering this code will grant you a $25 discount off the normal $75 registration fee. The offer is only available to new Team Lifeline Participants and expires July 31, 2010.
Additional questions about the program or this promotion can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org