Archive for February, 2011

Mizuno Global Elite Apparel

February 10th, 2011

Men's 2011 Mizuno Aero Split Short and Aero Singlet

In the past, you may have seen an elite athlete wearing a fantastic apparel item and said to yourself “I want that”, but the product was not available to the general public. Times are changing. In the last few seasons, adidas and Nike have made their respective elite level adizero and Race Day collections available to consumers. Last year Asics got into the game with their Total Impact Line (TIL). The latest player to join the fray is Mizuno, with their Global Elite collection.

Mizuno has long been known for advanced technical apparel, and the Global Elite Collection is their latest showcase. The collection is highlighted by a race singlet and split short and also includes an Aero Tee and the super light Cabrakan Jacket. The Aero Split Short is nearly as light as air and offers a modified half split for great range of motion. The short also offers a laser cut pattern for ventilation and reduced weight. Up top, the Aero Singlet demonstrates great attention to detail. Using a 4-needle flat lock stitch, the Aero singlet provides great comfort. It also has a burn-out mesh back for superior ventilation.

The Global Elite Collection will be available for men and women and is expected at Running Warehouse in early March, just in time for a Spring marathon. For those interested pairing Mizuno’s elite racing shoes with their race apparel, the Wave Ronin 3 ties into the Global Elite Collection and is now available in Antrhacite/Orange for men and White/Orange for women. The updated Wave Universe 4, Mizuno’s lightest racing shoe, will be available in Orange/Antrhacite in July 2011.

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New Balance RC 1400 – First Look

February 9th, 2011

New Balance Men's and Women's RC 1400 Racing flat

After years of hit and miss in the racing flat arena, New Balance finally nails it with the RC 1400. Fresh looks, a no-sew seamless upper and a rev-lite midsole firmly place the 14oo in the “must be considered” category of neutral racing shoes that, based on the runner’s ability, can span distances from 5K to Marathon. At a reported 7.1 oz for a men’s 9.5 (5.7 oz for a women’s 7.0), the 1400 comes in lighter than The Asics Hyper Speed 4, adidas Adios and Mizuno Ronin 3. The Nike LunaRacer is still lighter, but the 1400 is clearly on target to take on the big guns in the elite marathon world. With the upcoming lightweight 890 and Minimus line set for release in February and March, respectively, and now the 1400 coming in July, New Balance appears to be in the middle of a revolution and the right guys are winning. The 1400 has a list price of $100 and will have men’s and women’s specific fits.

Men's only color of the RC 1400

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