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adidas adiZero Hagio – First Look *Update

September 12th, 2011

adidas adiZero Hagio Men's Shoe (Hagio sample with incorrect "Feather" name shown)

Come January 2012, the hugely popular adidas adiZero Rocket will be gone and in its place will be the adiZero Hagio (MSRP $90).

The Hagio carries over the midsole from the adiZero Pro. And with a light weight upper and new outsole, the Hagio is expected be an ounce lighter than the adiZero Rocket. The featherweight upper utilizes vast areas of open mesh for superior breathability and weight reduction. Strategically placed laminated overlays help secure the foot and deliver a sleek appearance.

By stripping away oustole material, the Hagio is more flexible than the Rocket and additional weight savings are found in the outsole design.

All of the standard adidas technologies are still here. Full forefoot ADIPRENE adds durable comfort and provides good rebound for a responsive toe-off. The TORSION SYSTEM maintains structural integrity of the midsole’s midfoot. ADIWEAR provides durable wear at the heel and blown rubber in the forefoot provides added cushioning is light in weight.

Built on a 6mm heel-toe offset, the low-profile Hagio is ideal for faster running and racing. Specified at 6.0 ounces (sample men’s size 9.0), this shoe weighs the same as the Brooks T7 Racer, but should deliver greater durability. Expect this shoe to compete directly with the Asics Hyperspeed 4 and Saucony Type A4 ( the Hyperspeed 5 and Type A5 will be available February 2012).

Of note, the Hagio name  pays homage to the shoe designer of the same name who has had a great influence over the development many adiZero racing shoes.

adidas adiZero Hagio - outsole view (sample shown)

*The original post stated the adiZero Hagio carried over the midsole of the adiZero Rocket. However, the midsole of the Hagio is carried over from the adiZero Pro. The Rocket midsole was derived from the Pro midsole.

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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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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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Saucony Triumph 9 – First Look

July 13th, 2011

Saucony Triumph 9 Women's Shoe November 2011 Color

Big changes are coming from Saucony. Over the last few seasons, Saucony has introduced new shoe models or updates with a 4mm heel-toe drop (see: Kinvara, Kinvara 2, Mirage, Type A4, Fastwitch 5). The thinking is a 4mm heel-to-toe offset puts the foot in a more natural position and  better enables a midfoot strike compared to the traditional 12mm differential. By providing shoes with a 4mm offset, Saucony has sufficiently answered the call for “natural running” footwear. Taking the movement one step further, Saucony introduced the zero drop Hattori in May 2011. This thin, level shoe provides essentially no cushioning, but protects the skin of the foot to allow for running on man-made surfaces.

While the 4mm and 0mm selection of Saucony shoes has provided solutions for some, many runners still seek a traditional feel or want to move toward a more natural platform, but find a 4mm offset to be too drastic a change. The Saucony solution, as evidenced by several updates for Spring 2012, is to provide runners with shoes built on a platform with an 8mm heel-toe offset. This platform will work for heel-strikers, and at the same time it won’t interfere with a midfoot strike. Another debatable benefit is, as the midfoot-striking runner fatigues the foot-strike will move toward the heel, thus the platform will provide better function at the end of long runs.

Leading the way in the 8mm revolution is the Saucony Triumph 9, and the 8mm heel-toe drop is not the only change with this dramatic update. In addition to the 8mm platform differential, the Triumph 9 swaps out ProGrid cushioning in favor of PowerGrid with PowerFoam, which is being introduced in the new Saucony Cortana (July 2011). The advantages of the technology shift are reduced weight and a softer yet responsive feel. Furthermore, the Triumph 9 moves to an injected molded foam construction that further reduces weight and increase softness. While these changes may alienate some of the current Triumph loyalists, this is not the first time the Triumph has undergone radical changes. Saucony reinvented themselves with a very fresh and polarizing Triumph 4, that was lighter, softer and more colorful than previous models. The change resulted in a hugely popular shoe that changed the look of future Saucony shoes. Over the years, the Triumph has crept up in weight and firmness and thus has had hard time competing in the premium neutral-cushion category. With the Triumph 9, Saucony becomes relevant again.

The Saucony Triumph 9 has an MSRP of $130 and the weight specifications indicate 10.9 ounces for a men’s size 9 and 9.6 ounces for a women’s size 8, which is over an ounce lighter than the Triumph 8. However, and this has happened before with Saucony, the production weight will probably come in a tad lighter. The Triumph 9 has a projected release date of November 2011 and will be available online from Running Warehouse.

Saucony Triumph 9 Men's Shoe November 2011 color

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Brooks PureConnect – First Look

July 12th, 2011

Brooks PureConnect Men's Shoe April 2012 Color

To address the current trends toward “barefoot” and “minimalist” running, more and more shoe companies are providing options to meet the demand. Where on the barefoot-to-traditional shoe continuum product offerings fall varies from company to company. For Spring 2012, Brooks is introducing a line of shoes, under the heading PureProject, that slot between the midpoint of the continuum and the barefoot end. While the PureProject shoes may not be nearly barefoot (think Merrell Trail Glove or Saucony Hattori), they certainly reflect the less-is-more concept and provide a unique foot-fuction philosophy that should resonate with a lot of runners.

With the PureProject, Brooks brings forth 5 innovations to enhance the sensory aspect of running. 1. Ideal Heel uses a unique heel geometry, which reportedly results in the initial ground contact point occurring 2cm forward compared to traditional shoes. 2. Toe-flex utilizes a split-toe midsole/outsole configuration to better engage the big toe’s natural stability function at toe-off. 3. Nav Band hugs the midfoot with an elastic band for a secure fit. 4. Anatomical Last allows for the toes to splay during ground contact and allows the shoe to better follow the contours of the foot. 5. BioMogo DNA is a midsole blend that truly adapts to different ground forces, so the running experience is unique to the pace of the run; a softer feel exists at slower paces and a firmer feel is present at faster paces.

Leading the way in the PureProject is the PureConnect. This shoe is the most minimal of the shoes in the PureProject launch. With a 4mm heel-to-toe offset and a reported midsole height of 14:10 (14mm in the heel, 10mm in the forefoot), The PureConnect puts the runner close to the ground and delivers a great feel for the road. Specifications indicate a weight of 7.2 ounces for a men’s size 9.0 and 6.5 ounces for a women’s size 8.

The low weight, small heel-toe differential and adaptable midsole that firms up as the pace quickens combine to provide a unique sensory experience that is sure to hit the sweet spot for runners that seek a touch more protection than the nearly-barefoot shoes provide. If you love the Saucony Kinvara but find the Saucony Hattori to be too minimal, chances are good that the Brooks PureConnect will be in your closet next Spring.

The Brooks PureConnect has an MSRP of $90 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. Learn about the other shoes in the PureProject line (PureFlow, PureCadence, and PureGrit) in future blog posts.

Brooks PureConnect Women's Shoe October 2011 Color

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Asics Top Impact Line 2011

May 10th, 2011

Asics Women's TIL IM Bra Top & CB Sprinter and Men's TIL Singlet & Split

Lightweight, supportive and radical in design, this year’s Asics TIL pieces are crafted to realize the Asics motto: Sound Mind, Sound Body. Just like the 2010 Collection, this year’s rendition of the global Top Impact Line is truly technical, providing innovative fabrics and exceptional racing-specific designs. With reflective wing accents, superior fabrics and a dramatic, hard-core appeal, the TIL collection demonstrates Asics function at its best.

But function isn’t all that Asics has mastered with this year’s Top Impact Line. In 2011, Asics is clearly tapping into the competitive spirit and pride of runners … and it’s working. The prints are bold and the fabrics are eye-catching. Take the TIL Jacket, for example. With a visually-textured sheen and lots of reflectivity, this piece is making a statement: Imagine race day, you’re scoping out the competition and the game of intimidation has already begun. But as the tensions mount, you realize you’ve got your lightweight black and silver armour on and you’re ready for battle. This essential piece will be a shield against unpredictable pre-race conditions, but it will also show off your confidence. It’s water resistant and semi-fitted with stretch panels around the shoulders to allow for unhindered arm movement and great speed.

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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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