It’s crazy to think that we’re already approaching the 5th version of the Saucony Kinvara. It doesn’t seem like that long ago that the original Kinvara appeared, accompanied by the hype of a cushioned trainer with a low heel-to-toe drop. Yet in the five years since its release, you can’t deny this iconic shoe’s influence on running shoe design.
The 5th iteration of the Kinvara (launching in May 2014) is one of the more staggering updates to the shoe that we’ve seen thus far, featuring a beefed-up aesthetic that seems to borrow design elements from Saucony’s more premium models. But the shoe is not actually bulked up – according to Saucony, the Kinvara 5 will tip the scales at the exact same weight as the current model. Saucony’s main goal with this update is to increase the shoe’s durability through the use of a higher quality upper mesh and increased high-abrasion rubber on the outsole, something we think many fans will appreciate.
Though we haven’t had a chance to check out the Kinvara 5 for ourselves here at R-Dub yet, we’ll be sure to provide more information when the samples start rolling through the office. In the meantime, please refer to Saucony’s blog for more details on this exciting update.
Followers of this blog may have noticed a number of recent posts on why people run (we should really turn this into a series), and this video by Anthony Nicolau does a great job of summing up the reasons. So whether you run for those who can’t, for the cure, or for year-round pumpkin spice lattes, take a look at the video and get inspired have a laugh.
Need a little inspiration to get out and run this weekend? We think this video will get your heart pumping a little bit. If not, at least enjoy some of the more visually pleasing running footage we’ve seen lately (though nothing in comparison to our very own videos, of course). Read more…
This runner probably didn't have good shoes for mud. Image: Competitor
With the changing of the seasons comes rain. With rain comes mud. It’s a fact of life that we must live with, but as runners we aren’t about to let a little slop slow us down. Running in muddy conditions can be fun, but it requires some extra consideration when it comes to your shoes, as your choice in footwear can be the difference between actually going on a run and a several mile slip n’ slide.
Before we get into the best running shoes for mud, it’s important to note that running on muddy trails may actually be harmful to the trail, and that more sensitive trails may suffer lasting damage with use in wet conditions. Be sure to know your local trail conditions and when in doubt, stick to the roads during and after any rainy weather.
Shoe Characteristics The main feature to consider when choosing your muddy run kicks is the outsole. Deep outsole lugs (look for 4-6mm or more) will sink into the mud, anchoring your foot and reducing the likelihood of slipping backwards upon toe-off. Equally important is the spacing of the lugs; lugs positioned farther apart from each other will allow mud to shed off the bottom of the shoe, preventing mud from accumulating on the shoe and weighing you down.
Though less critical, the material of the upper is worth paying attention to. A closed mesh upper, though less breathable than a traditional open mesh, will help keep mud and other debris out of your shoes for a more enjoyable running experience. Also, look for a shoe with a low profile platform (outsole lugs not included), which will bring your foot closer to the ground and offer increased stability over uneven and soft ground.
A Few Mud Masters
Inov-8 Mudclaw 265: This shoe, as its name suggests, is intended solely for use in muddy conditions. It features a large, 8mm average lug depth and a synthetic, Ripstop-like closed mesh upper. For those who want a lower and lighter option from Inov-8, the zero-drop Bare-Grip 200 is a good alternative.
Salomon S-Lab Fellcross 2: Like other S-Lab offerings, the Fellcross 2 is tuned for performance. Salomon’s patented chevron-shaped lugs provide unrelenting grip while a debris-free upper keeps your foot protected from the trail. Another nice option from Salomon is the Fellraiser, designed to perform well over soft ground.
La Sportiva Anakonda: Likely the most versatile shoe in this list, the Anakonda features v-shaped lugs that will grip pretty much any terrain, while a forefoot rock plate provides additional protection when the trail transitions from mud to something more technical.
New Balance Minimus Trail Zero v2:Though not available until April 2014, the Zero v2 looks to be a good choice for muddy conditions, featuring a low profile midsole and an average lug depth of 6mm.
New Balance has an update in the works for their ultra-minimal Minimus Trail 00, however the second iteration of the shoe bears little resemblance to its predecessor. Rather, the design of the Zero v2 was more inspired by the RX Terrain, a fell-specific shoe popular in the UK during the late 2000’s, complete with aggressive outsole lugs and synthetic suede overlays that give the shoe a throwback aesthetic. Read more…
On Sunday, October 13, Running Warehouse sponsored the 18th annual running of the City to the Sea half marathon and Seaside 5k. The half marathon, a fundraiser for Cuesta College Athletics, takes runners from our hometown of San Luis Obispo, CA, down to nearby Pismo Beach for a picturesque finish along the Pacific coastline.
Our film crew was on hand capturing the event both on Saturday for the pre-race expo (held in the Running Warehouse parking lot), as well as on Sunday for the race itself and the finish line festivities, and put together a short recap of the weekend:
Salomon recently kicked of their third season of their web series, Salomon Running TV, and in the first episode, they explore a question that hits us all as runners: Why do we run?
For many runners, the reasons are simple: Running keeps us healthy. It’s fun. It’s a great way to compete against ourselves, our friends, and our rivals. Maybe it provides an escape from the stresses of everyday life. For others, though, the reasons for running go much deeper.
This episode features Bernd Heinrich, a bestselling author, retired professor, and accomplished runner. Heinrich, who now lives in a log cabin in the wilderness of Western Maine, explains how running provides a connection to the natural world often lost in modern society, and that, as humans, we are all runners. That is why he runs.
Check out the clip below (it’s worth the 5 minutes), and tell us, why do you run?
Be sure to view our selection of Salomon footwear, apparel, and accessories for Men and Women.
Followers of high school cross country know that Sarah Baxter’s career has been nothing short of phenomenal, highlighted by the the then-junior running 16:00 at last year’s Mt. SAC XC Invitational, shattering the course record by 16 seconds.
Baxter is set to defend her title in this year’s running of Mt. SAC this Saturday, and our friends at Flotrack will be in attendance. In addition to their live coverage of the event, Flotrack is giving you an opportunity to win a pair of Brooks racing shoes by correctly predicting Baxter’s time over the three mile course. You can enter Flotrack’s contest by clicking here.
Back in the day, a shoe offering maximum support typically translated into a clunky and sluggish ride. Saucony made great strides in changing this perception with the Hurricane 14 a couple of years ago, which offered more severe overpronators with a lower offset and a more responsive ride without losing its plush fit and feel. Since then, changes have been minimal in the Hurricane series, a trend that continues with the 16th version of the maximum feature, maximum support shoe.
What to Watch For
Increased Heel Support: A redesigned Support Frame around the heel offers a more secure fit in the heel as well as increased support upon footstrike.
Added Reflectivity: Reflective details around the heel increase visibility when running in dark conditions.
Upgraded Mesh: A more premium upper mesh is introduced in this update for a plush feel as well as increased durability.
Carryover Ride: The tooling of the Hurricane remains largely unchanged in this update, save for an added flex groove in the forefoot for a smoother toe-off. The shoe will continue to have an 8mm offset.
Unchanged Weight: We expect the new shoe to be practically the same weight as the outgoing model, with maybe a tenth of a ounce difference.
Running Warehouse was recently joined by famed ultrarunner Anton Krupicka as well as filmmaker Joel Wolpert for a screening of Wolpert’s latest production, ‘In the High Country.’ The screening was followed by a Q&A session with Anton, touching on wide-topics from the film making process to Tony’s preference in underwear. The following day, we went out for a short morning group run with Tony. Also in attendance were Anton’s sponsors, New Balance and Ultimate Direction, who gave runners an opportunity to try out their latest wares.
Many of you may remember our contest leading up to the event, in which a winner was flown out to our hometown of San Luis Obispo to spend the weekend meeting Anton and running the local trails. That winner, Joel from Austin, Texas, shared his account of the weekend last week on our blog.
Our video crew was on hand to capture the event, and put together a recap of the weekend:
For those who follow Anton Krupicka more closely, a video of the full Q&A session is also available for your viewing pleasure: