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Mizuno Wave Rider 15 – First Look

August 18th, 2011

Mizuno Wave Rider 15 Women's Shoe (1 of 3 colors for December 2011)

In attempt to improve the fit of the Mizuno Rider series, Mizuno made several upper adjustments with the introduction of the Wave Rider 14. As a result of the fit changes, many Rider loyalists became alienated with the Rider 14 and some have gone to a different shoe. While the Waver Ride 14 still sells in large numbers Mizuno needed to make some fit tweaks to maintain and regain its loyal followers.

With the Wave Rider 15, Mizuno has reverted back to  most of their previous fit components. Gone is the lateral lace tab and the ankle/achiiles collar has been lowered to match the height of the Waver Rider 13. Additionally, the eye-row stays are back to being parallel. This new “old” fit should get previous Rider wearers to come back to the 15th version.

Two other changes for the Rider 15 are the addition of flex controllers to the forefoot outsole and the Wave Plate has been moved slightly higher within the midsole. Flex controllers  work with flex grooves to improve efficiency at the latest stage of toe-off and were introduced via the Wave Creation  12. The slightly higher position of the Wave Plate within the AP+ misdsole should make the shoe landing a tad more forgiving, but since this is a Mizuno shoe, the ride is expected remain on the firmer side and feature a smooth heel to toe transition.

It may not be readily known yet, but most running shoe prices across all brands are increasing with the 2012 models. The Waver Rider 15 will have an MSRP of $115. Reported sample weights have the Men’s size 9.0 at 10.6oz and the Women’s  size 7.0 at 8.7oz. In addition to three colors being available for each gender in December,  a limited edition color commemorating the 15th anniversary of the wave Rider 15 will be available in November.

Mizuno Wave Rider 15 Men's Shoe (1 of 3 colors for December 2011)

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Brooks PureGrit – First Look

August 17th, 2011

Brooks PureGrit Men's Shoe October 2011 Color

Runners seeking a more natural foot motion inevitably should find themselves running on trails. The natural terrain of the outdoors is more forgiving on the body compared to the paved world. As such, reductionist running shoes have taken hold of the trail running market. A reductionist shoe has at least one of the following attributes when compared to a traditional running shoe: sits lower to the ground, has smaller heel-toe offsets, greater flexibility or lower weight.

For Spring 2012, Brooks is providing a new trail shoe within the reductionist arena. The PureGrit has a 4mm heel-toe offset, is light weight (men’s size 9.0 is 8.9 oz, women’s size 7.0 is 7.6 oz), utilizes a split-toe outsole to better engage the stabilizing nature of the big toe at toe-off and has a round heel to promote a more forward landing position.

A unique feature of the PureGrit is the slightly concave shaped outsole, which splays out under ground contact for a stable and smooth ride. A broad base further promotes stability and the lug pattern keeps the runner connected to the ground. The PureGrit will compete directly with the Saucony Peregrine and New Balance MT110/WT110 (a January 2012 update to the MT101/WT101).

Brooks PureGrit Women's Shoe April 2011 Color

The Brooks PureGrit has an MSRP of $100 and is expected to be available in our Running Warehouse, San Luis Obispo retail store in October 2011, while the online release of the shoe, www.runningwarehouse.com, is January 2012.

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Running Capris: The New Wardrobe Essential

August 16th, 2011

The Capri Takes on the Short

The run apparel industry has expanded dramatically over the past couple decades, and it is continuing to venture into new corners of every runner’s wardrobe. No longer is the race day outfit limited to lightweight shorts and a tee (or split shorts and a singlet, more specifically). These days, you are just as likely to see people running in skirts, brightly colored knee socks, and shrugs. One relatively recent run apparel phenomenon has been the embracement of the capri – a versatile, technical and rather fashionable replacement for the classic short.

Not only has this category of technical apparel blossomed in popularity; it has also expanded in scope of features. Running capris are now offered in a variety of fabrics, fits, and features, and there are even a few flashy prints on the market these days.  The influence of fashion-forward female runners has not compromised the performance and inherent versatility of run capris, however. In fact, such designers have merely increased the breadth of options for both female and male runners alike. (“Man-pris”, as they’ve been called, have sold surprisingly well, offering better cold-weather coverage and a high-mobility fit.)

Women on the lookout for reliable capris can hone in on a few key differentiators including fabric feel, aesthetics and performance details. The breakdown below reviews the features that might affect your buying decision, and gives examples of capris that highlight these features.

Asics Thermopolis LT Capri, Nike Low Rise Capri, Pearl Izumi Aurora Splice Knicker, Zoot Pulse Capri, Craft Active Run Capri

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Lava Gel – Insight

August 11th, 2011

Lava gel is no longer available at Running Warehouse. For information on the company and where to purchase its products, please visit www.squeezy.com.

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Brooks Adds GORE-TEX To Their Shoe Line

August 2nd, 2011

Brooks Adrenaline ASR GTX Women's Shoe

In an effort to keep runner’s feet more comfortable on a year-round basis, Brooks is introducing waterproof versions of their two most popular shoes: Adrenaline GTS 11 and Ghost 4. By fashioning GORE-TEX GTX uppers into the same patterns used on the breathable mesh versions, Brooks is able to provide its familiar, great fit in a package that keeps water out . While shoes with GTX uppers will be warmer than the mesh versions, the GTX upper is breathable and should provide foot comfort, in damp or cold conditions, from Autumn through Spring.

Brooks Ghost GTX Men's Shoe

The Brook Ghost GTX is simply the Ghost 4 with a GTX upper, while the Adrenaline ASR GTX is a GTX version of the Adrenaline ASR 8, which is a trail/road version of the Adrenaline GTS 11. By incorporating the more aggressive outsole from the Adrenilane ASR 8, The Adrenaline ASR GTX, is a worthy shoe for snow, wet and dry streets and all but the toughest trail conditions.

The GTX shoes come with a $20 premium over their non-waterproof brethren and are both priced at an MSRP of $120. Availability is August 2011. Get direct online access to the shoes at Running Warehouse: Brooks Adrenaline ASR GTX Men’s Shoes, Brooks Adrenaline ASR GTX Women’s Shoes, Brooks Ghost GTX Men’s Shoes, Brooks Ghost GTX Women’s Shoes.

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adidas adiZero Feather – First Look

August 1st, 2011

adidas adiZero Feather Men's Shoe (September 2011)

Currently, an adidas shoe with the new-look, horizontal three-stripes, signifies a fresh product that is all about speed. This certainly applies to the adiZero Feather (pictured above). By stripping down the upper to its bare essentials, reducing the shoe’s foot-print through strategic cutouts and utilizing a super light midsole foam, this shoe comes in at a reported 6.2 ounces (men’s size 9.0). Combine the low weight with a propulsive underfoot plate and you have got a speed demon. The specs suggest this shoe should excel during interval training, but we will have to get our hands on a pair to determine its best use. Look for the limited edition adiZero Feather to be available at Running Warehouse in September 2011 (MSRP is $115.00).

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