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Asics Gel-Fuji Racer – First Look

November 30th, 2011

Asics Gel-Fuji Racer (sample shown)

Not long ago, you couldn’t find a trail shoe under 10 oz. But in 2011, our trail shoe sales have been dominated by sub-10 oz models: New Balance MT101 and MT10 Minimus Trail, Saucony Peregrine, and Inov-8 f-lite 195 and f-lite 230. So it’s no wonder that Asics has come out with a trail shoe based on elements from its road racing line.

The Asics Gel-Fuji Racer weighs in at a reported 8.7 0z (men’s sample size 9.0) which includes a forefoot rock plate and looks to be a neutral hybrid of the Hyper Speed 5 and DS Racer 9 with trail components. The outsole pattern of the Fuji Racer follows the Magic sole pattern from the upcoming Gel-DS Racer 9 and Gel-Hyper Speed 5, but is more filled in and utilizes a more durable tread material. The midsole is composed of Solyte for a resilient ride and a Trusstic System helps maintain midfoot integrity and proper flex points. A thin rock plate is sandwiched above the outsole to help protect against stone bruising. A minimal upper takes advantage of welded overlays for lightweight support and delivers great breathability and drainage.

We are excited to see how this shoe runs, because, on paper, it looks dynamite. But like you, we have to wait for its February 2012 release date. The Asics Gel-Fuji Racer will have an MSRP of $110 and will be available in both men’s and women’s versions with the same colors and graphics. (Estimated stack height: 22mm heel, 16mm forefoot).

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Asics Gel-DS Racer 9 – First Look

November 21st, 2011

Asics Gel-DS Racer 9 Men's Shoe (sample shown)

Regardless of what is happening in the minimalist running movement, some runners still need racing shoes with support for over-pronation. Although the number of support racing shoes has been limited, the Asics Gel-DS Racer, and in its absence, the Asics Bandito, have been reliable go-to shoes for the speedier over-pronators among us.

The Gel-DS Racer 9 (MSRP $100), available in February 2012, carries on the tradition of being light, supportive and purpose-built for speed. The newest DS Racer will be more flexible than the DS Racer 8. The enhanced flexibility comes from deep forefoot notches and a new outsole that takes design cues from the Hyper Speed 4 and the old Magic Racer. As a result of integrated support elements, the new upper promises a secure fit that is ideal for speed.

DuoMax is included for reliable pronation control and a Solyte midsole is combined with Rearfoot Gel for light and resilient cushioning. At a reported 7.7 oz (men’s sample size 9.0), the DS Racer 9 is the lightest support racing flat on the market (see the Brooks Racer ST 5 at 8.6 oz and the adidas adiZero Mana 6 at 9.1 oz for comparison). And for the first time, the DS Racer will be available in a women’s version.

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Garmin and iPhone: Together at Last

November 17th, 2011

Garmin ANT+ Adapter with Garmin Fit app

Peanut butter and jelly. Batman and Robin. Thunder and lightning. These things just go together, right? Well it’s time to add Garmin and iPhone to that list. Garmin just introduced the Garmin ANT+ Adapter for iPhone (MSRP $49.99) and the $0.99 Garmin Fit app. Now you can sync your iPhone with Garmin ANT+ accessories for live data right on your touchscreen. These accessories include:

The Garmin Fit app uses the iPhone’s built-in GPS technology to track speed/pace, distance and elevation when in-range of your phone network. When you finish a workout, just review your run summary and the Garmin Fit app will automatically upload data to Garmin Connect online. The app also serves as a clean interface with Garmin Connect, letting you view past workout summaries and routes on your iPhone.

Garmin Premium Heart Rate Transmitter

How’d This Magic Happen?

You might be wondering why it took so long to sync up the iPhone and Garmin products. While most smartphones utilize Bluetooth wireless technology, many electronic sports devices use a different low-power wireless technology called ANT+ to connect with accessories like heart rate monitors. Though people have been running with smartphone ‘fitness apps’ for a few years now, until recently smartphones and wireless fitness accessories were incompatible.

Compatibility

The Garmin ANT+ Adapter is compatible with iPhone 4S, 4 and 3GS, iPod touch and iPad. The Garmin Fit app requires these devices are running iOS4 firmware or later. With such simple compatibility and an easy-to-use interface, we expect the new adapter and app to be pretty popular with gadget gurus and everyday runners alike.

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Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS Watch – First Look

November 3rd, 2011

Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS Watch

Timex is adding a new option to their GPS line this fall with the run-focused Ironman Run Trainer GPS Watch. In many ways, the new Ironman Run Trainer GPS is Timex’s answer to the Garmin Forerunner 210 and Nike+ SportWatch GPS powered by TomTom. The Run Trainer will be available in 2 packages:

* Speed+Distance: Ironman Run Trainer GPS watch, $225.00 MSRP.
* S+D with Heart Rate: Ironman Run Trainer GPS watch and ANT+ Flex Tech Digital 2.4 Heart Rate Sensor, $275.00 MSRP.

Expect the new Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS Watch to be available November 2011.

General specifications

  • GPS Tech: high-sensitivity SiRFstarIV chipset
  • Speed + Distance: current & average pace/speed, current & total distance
  • Memory: 15 workouts & 1,000 laps
  • Timing: chrono, hydration/nutrition timers, auto lap, auto start/stop
  • Intervals: 5 timers, zones for pace, foot cadence, and heart rate
  • Display: 3 or 4 lines, customizable data fields
  • Data Transfer: USB cord to online Timex TrainingPeaks site
  • Battery: 9-hour battery life, rechargeable Li-Ion
  • Hardware: swim-friendly 50m water-resistant, INDIGLO back light, 6 push buttons
  • Accessories: compatible with ANT+ HRM and Foot Pod
  • Watch Size: 1.9” wide, 2.2” tall, 0.75” thick (48 x 56 x 19mm)

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Asics Gel-Hyper Speed 5 – First Look

November 2nd, 2011

Asics Gel-Hyper Speed 5 (sample shown)

The ever-popular Asics Gel-Hyper Speed racing shoe is a favorite among marathoners Ryan Hall and Deena Kastor. So when runners shouted don’t mess with a good thing, Asics took heed of those words and developed the new Hyper Speed 5 with few changes.

The shoe carries over the same Wet Grip outsole and Speva midsole from the last few iterations. These aspects continue to be combined with a slightly wider than average forefoot base. The result is a racing shoe that offers a bit more of a cushioned ride than typically found at the reported 7.0 oz weight (men’s sample size 9.0) and 14mm forefoot stack height. Additionally, the 7mm heel-toe offset finds a sweet spot among many runners.

So what was changed? The Hyper Speed 5 sports a new upper that maintains the key fit aspects of the Hyper Speed 4 but delivers a fresh look and a weight reduction of a reported 0.2 oz. The shoe will be available February 2012 and although the price has increased by $5.00 to an MSRP of $80.00, the shoe is still a bargain.

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