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Brooks Cascadia 8 Sneak Peek

June 12th, 2012

Brooks Cascadia 8 Men's Trail Running Shoe


A trusted trail model that’s up for high-mileage training, racing and everything in between, the Brooks Cascadia 8 will see a few significant updates. It’s still set to remain a champ of comfort for distance trail running. This traditional trail shoe should continue to do a good job of navigating rocks, negotiating uneven terrain, and getting grip on hardpack and mud.

Brooks Cascadia 8 Outsole


What to Watch For

  • BioMoGo DNA Midsole: The midsole of the Cascadia 8 will feature a blend of BioMoGo and DNA cushioning, replacing the separate DNA inserts from prior generations.
  • Fresh Upper: Tight mesh keeps out grit and debris, while the stitched and welded overlays provide structure for a close fit.
  • Updated Crash Pad: The caterpiller crash pad design from prior generations is expanded and accented in this update for a smoother heel-to-toe transition.
  • Visible Rock Protection: You’ll be able to see the forefoot rock shield through the outsole of the updated Cascadia 8.

Launch Date
February 2013

MSRP
$120.00

Men’s Colors
Java/Red/Nightlife Brooks Cascadia 8
Blue/Grey/Black Brooks Cascadia 8

Women’s Colors
Blue/Red Brooks Cascadia 8

Brooks Cascadia 8 Women's Trail Running Shoe

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Saucony Peregrine 3 Sneak Peek

June 12th, 2012

Saucony Peregrine 3 Men's Running Shoe

A versatile, durable trail shoe, the Peregrine series is lighter than traditional trail models, with a protective upper, flexible midsole, and grippy lugs. The Peregrine 3 introduces a new upper only, meaning that the platform with its cushioned midsole and protective rock plate remains unchanged.

Saucony Peregrine 3 Women's Running Shoe

What to Watch For

  • Fresh Upper: FlexFilm overlays for lightweight structure are added to the redesigned upper, which also benefits from a molded toe cap and gilly lacing system.
  • Same Platform: No changes will be made to the midsole/outsole with this update. It remains trail-tough thanks to the External Bedrock Outsole and high-traction rubber.

Launch Date
March 2013

MSRP
$110.00

Men’s Colors
Blue/Citron Saucony Peregrine 3
Black/Orange Saucony Peregrine 3

Women’s Colors
Green/Pink/Citron Saucony Peregrine 3

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The North Face Spring 2013 Preview

June 12th, 2012


The North Face has been making trail running shoes since 2008. While their shoes have provided good traction on the trail, they haven’t gained much traction in the marketplace. For 2013, things might finally change. The North Face is introducing three new models: the Ultra Guide, Hyper-Track Guide, and Double-Track Guide. All three shoes will be built with 8mm heel-toe offsets and new platforms that stack a softer midsole foam on top of a firmer foam. This set-up should provide a comfortable, smooth ride.

We were pleased to see the Hyper-Track Guide and Ultra Guide come in under 10 ounces. A big departure from the original Rucky Chucky that tipped the scales at 14.5 ounces.

These new models launch February 2013. While the shoes look great and are lighter and lower, has The North Face made enough changes to be competitive in the trail running market (a market currently dominated by even lighter and lower shoes)? We think so. Want more info and pics? Check out our full The North Face Spring 2013 Sneak Peek.

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Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13 Sneak Peek

June 8th, 2012

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13 Women's Running Shoe

The Adrenaline is the go-to shoe for thousands and thousands of runners. So you shouldn’t be shocked to find out that Brooks took it easy in the updates department when it came time to revamp the Adrenaline GTS 12. After all, why mess with such a good thing?

The midsole of the 12 carries over, but the upcoming 13 sports subtle changes to the outsole and a fresh upper that looks nearly identical to the previous model.

What to Watch For

  • Outsole Updates: Brooks adds Omega Flex Grooves to the outsole for improved flexibility and better gait efficiency. They also redesigned the arch bridge.
  • New Upper: If you like the clean, simple lines of your Adrenaline 12s, you’ll feel right at home kickin’ it in the 13. Fit is unchanged, though there are now 3 elastic eyelets on the lateral side and redesigned placement of the elastic eyelets on the medial side, helping to create a more tailored fit.

Launch Date
January 2013

MSRP
$110.00

Men’s Colors
Blue/White/Black Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13
Lava/White/Black Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13

Women’s Colors
Blue/Silver Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13
Green/Silver Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13 Men's Running Shoe

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Saucony Cortana 2 Sneak Peek

June 7th, 2012


On first glance, you may be wondering why we’re showing you what seems like pictures of the current Saucony Cortana and saying it’s a new shoe. But look closer and you’ll see a carefully re-crafted upper that shaves over an ounce off the original Cortana, designed to retain a familiar fit and feel.

What to Watch For

  • Lighter Weight: The Cortana 2 loses over an ounce in both Men’s and Women’s models, thanks to the materials used in the new upper. Weights are estimated at just 9.8 oz (Men’s size 9) and 8.6 oz (Women’s size 8).
  • New Upper Design: The basic design elements of the original Cortana – open mesh, a structured heel, and a fade-out color scheme – are refined in this update.
  • Unchanged Platform: The midsole/outsole of the original Cortana carries over in the update to the Cortana 2. That means you still get a resilient ride along with a good amount of cushioning for higher-mileage runs.

Launch Date
October 2012

MSRP
$150.00

Men’s Colors
Black/Blue/Citron Saucony Cortana 2
Black/Red/White Saucony Cortana 2

Women’s Colors
Black/Citron/Pink Saucony Cortana 2
White/Red/Orange Saucony Cortana 2

Saucony Cortana 2 Women's Running Shoe

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Keep The Girls Happy: Running Sports Bras

June 6th, 2012

Tough Decision? We're Here to Help

Your sports bra is pretty much your most important piece of run gear. And like Joanna at right here, you may be overwhelmed by your options. But don’t fear – we’re here to, er, ‘support’ your effort to find the perfect run bra.

We recently tested seven different models to figure out which bras work best for women of different cup sizes. Choose the size that’s right for you and read on!

If you need help figuring out what size bra will fit you best, check out our Sports Bra Fit video on the Learning Center.

A or B Cup Bras

Women who are smaller up top can get away with a ‘less is more’ philosophy when it comes to sports bras. A classic compression sports bra often provides enough support, and can be a super comfy option, as many classic compression bras are seamless or nearly seamless. If you’re a smaller busted woman looking for more support, then try a bra with encapsulation and compression.

Bras Tested:

Best Support Overall: Moving Comfort Vixen

Alice says: “This bra offered superior support, with a great feminine silhouette. The back mesh is very breathable and stood up to hotter temps.”

Best for Longer Runs: Moving Comfort Phoebe

Alice says: “The snug compression of this bra gave me plenty of support for high impact activities, and was comfortable enough to wear for a long day on the trail.”

Stand-Out Feature: The North Face Stow-N-Go

Alice says: “The pockets on this bra are awesome! Because of the padding, even and iPhone fits comfortably in the large one. This was the least supportive of the bras I tested, but it still offered adequate support for running.”

B or C Cup Bras

For women who wear a B or C cup, encapsulation helps to provide enough support to keep the girls happy as you head out to hit the roads or trails. For even more support, try a bra that also has adjustability. If you can adjust the straps or the back closure of a bra, it will let you create a more custom fit for your body and your needs.

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Brooks Ravenna 4 Sneak Peek

June 4th, 2012

Brooks Ravenna 4 Men's Running Shoe

The Ravenna 4 gets a fresh upper for a new look and improved fit. Brooks is also updating the design spec to provide just a bit more cushioned feel. We expect the Ravenna to carry on as a nicely cushioned shoe with a flexible feel and smooth transition. That combination hits the sweet spot for many runners needing moderate pronation support.

What to Watch For

  • New Upper Design: A fresh look stays true to the Ravenna’s design heritage but introduces bold hues for Men and Women (along with more traditional colors).
  • Adjustable Midfoot Saddle: The band that wrapped up from the platform to the laces in prior Ravenna models is now adjustable and flexes with how much you tighten the laces.

Launch Date
February 2013

MSRP
$110.00

Men’s Colors
Green/NightLife/Silver Brooks Ravenna 4
Lava/NightLife/Black Brooks Ravenna 4
White/Blue/Black Brooks Ravenna 4

Women’s Colors
Blue/NightLife/Silver Brooks Ravenna 4
Flower/NightLife/Silver Brooks Ravenna 4
White/Blue/Lime Brooks Ravenna 4

Brooks Ravenna 4 Women's Running Shoe

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Introducing Saucony Natural Series

June 1st, 2012

Saucony Natural Series (Virrata, Kinvara 3 and Mirage 3 Shown)

Saucony recently unveiled the Saucony Natural Series, a three-shoe collection of lightweight performance running footwear inspired by the company’s award-winning Kinvara. The Natural Series will introduce the revolutionary and much anticipated Virrata, the lightest training shoe that Saucony has ever built. It also comprises the third and most advanced versions of the brand’s Kinvara and Mirage. Hallmarks of the Natural Series include weight reduction, increased flexibility and greater underfoot cushioning.

Virrata: Zero Drop, Light Weight

The all-new Virrata is a featherweight, natural motion running shoe that weighs in at just 6.5 ounces ─ over an ounce lighter than the Kinvara 3. By combining a 0mm heel-to-forefoot offset with an 18mm midsole of high abrasion EVA+ foam, the Virrata will be one of the most cushioned shoes for its weight on the market. Twenty-four ultra-springy pods on the outsole along with accentuated flex groves in the forefoot allow the runner’s foot to move naturally.

Kinvara 3: A Top Choice for Light and Low

At only 7.7 ounces, the Kinvara 3 (shop Men’s Kinvara 3 and Women’s Kinvara 3) is a performance training shoe that strikes a winning balance between weight and durability. Its 4mm heel-to-toe offset appeals to many runners, and its precision-engineered upper is lighter and more flexible thanks to FlexFilm technology, which secures and stabilizes the foot while reducing overlays. Saucony’s high abrasion EVA+ exposed foam sole allows for lightweight protection underfoot. The reengineered outsole includes a beveled heel to better facilitate a natural rolling movement from heel to toe.

Mirage 3: A Touch of Pronation Support

With a 4mm offset, the next generation Mirage will be almost an ounce lighter than its predecessor. The Mirage is a good choice for runners who want the benefits of a natural motion experience in a responsive ride with a touch of guidance. A supportive TPU arc below the arch of the foot provides nominal pronation support while the beveled, decoupled heel allows for a smooth, efficient transition. A reengineered forefoot with deeper, more substantial flex grooves promotes a smooth and nimble ride. FlexFilm technology welded onto the breathable seamless mesh upper secures and stabilizes the foot, simultaneously reducing layers to the shoe while increasing flexibility.

Natural Series Availability

The Kinvara 3 is available now at Running Warehouse, with new colors on the way in November. The Virrata and Mirage 3 launch in February 2013. All three shoes in the Natural Series come in Men’s sizes 7-13 and 14 and Women’s sizes 5-12.

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