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The Brooks Ghost 7: Much the Same, But Improved

January 22nd, 2014

Brooks has never been a company to tout crazy new innovative technologies or game-changing ideas. Rather, the company finds success in what it knows best: delivering footwear that simply works. No frills or gimmicks necessary (slightly out-there marketing aside, that is).

As such, its not often we see big changes in Brooks’ core model updates, with many of the shoes just receiving minor tweaks from year to year to refine a product that already works with a big segment of runners. Read more…

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New Balance Buyer Vs. Sales Rep Giveaway

January 21st, 2014

Update 1/21: Those of you who follow this blog were undoubtedly caught up in a recent runner’s duel that took place between our enthusiastic New Balance sales rep, Jason, and Erik, our very own footwear buyer.

In an intense half marathon in Carlsbad on Sunday, Erik put up a swift-footed performance, finishing in an impressive 1 hour, 27 minutes. As quick as Erik’s time was, however, it was not enough to match the 1:20 clocked by our New Balance sales rep, Jason.

Congratulations to all who picked Jason, the New Balance rep to come out on top in this intensely contested footrace, and special congratulations to Tyson in TX, the winner of the New Balance Buyer Vs. Rep Giveaway! Thank you to all who entered! Read more…

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Win an Entry to the SLO Marathon with FLUID

January 20th, 2014

Looking to come spend a weekend of running and funning on California’s beautiful Central Coast?

Our good friends at Fluid Sports Nutrition are giving you a chance to win a vacay weekend in our very own hometown of San Luis Obispo for the SLO Marathon and Half Marathon on April 26-27th.

Up for grabs is a prize package of 2 entries to the SLO Marathon or Half, hotel, dinner for 2, and wine tasting, all worth $1500.

Simply purchase either a 30-serving tub of Fluid Performance or a 16-serving tub of Fluid Recovery from Running Warehouse anytime between now and January 31st, and enter code FLUIDSM upon checkout. A winner will be drawn on February 14th.

Note that travel is not included within this promo.

For more info on the promotion and contest rules, please visit the SLO Marathon’s Promotions page.

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The New Balance 980 Trail Takes Fresh Foam Offroad

January 17th, 2014

New Balance 980 Trail; M 10.2 oz, W 8.1 oz, 4mm offset, $110*

The release of the New Balance 980 is upon us, and with it we will see the introduction of the company’s new Fresh Foam midsole material, which promises a super soft & pillowy ride, keeping in with the trend of increasing cushioning between you and the road. The 980, which features a flexible, 4mm offset to keep your stride uninhibited, is starting to get some buzz going for it and should be a good option for those who want a plush ride without the look of an oversized midsole. Read more…

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The Brooks PureGrit 3 Ups the Grittiness

January 15th, 2014

Brooks PureGrit 3; M 9.9 oz, W 8.1 oz, $120*

In its third iteration, Brooks’ PureGrit gets redesigned from the ground up, giving the shoe a beefier look and feel while sticking true to the concepts of low weight and a natural, uninhibited ride characteristic of the PureProject collection. Read more…

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Hoka Goes Lighter with the Huaka and the Clifton

January 14th, 2014

Hoka Huaka; M 8.9 oz, W 7.5 oz, 2mm drop, $150*

Over the past couple of years, Hoka One One has without a doubt carved out its niche in the running shoe marketplace, with many runners trying and sticking with their ultra-cushioned footwear models. One glaring drawback to their offerings, however, has been their weight – with their lightest models sitting well above the 10oz mark. Not very appealing to the runner seeking the benefit of lightweight. Read more…

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The Brooks Ravenna 5 is a Rave-Worthy Shoe

January 9th, 2014

So the Brooks Ravenna 5 recently showed up on our doorstep, and upon initial try-on, we must say that we’re seriously raving over this shoe. It may only be a couple of weeks into 2014, but we think Brooks’ latest update to their moderate support trainer could be a strong contender for our favorite shoe of the year. Read more…

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Running Footwear Predictions for 2014

January 7th, 2014

We’re in a midst of an exciting time for running shoes. If you follow the running shoe industry closely, you are aware of the different trends, innovations, and design philosophies that have come (and gone) over the past few seasons. Luckily for footwear-geeks (like ourselves), we don’t see these changes in trends going away anytime soon. Here are some of the things we think will make a splash in the running shoe world over 2014. Read more…

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5 New Years Resolutions for Runners

December 23rd, 2013

Hit the trails in 2014. Be a happier runner in 2014.

So the New Year is around the corner, and for many, its time to think of how to be a better person in 2014 than in 2013. You know, New Year, New You and all that.

Fitness-related resolutions amongst the masses are typically short-lived (just look at your local gym on January 2nd vs. February 2nd), but as runners, we can do better. So we put together five small suggestions on what we think will make a positive impact on your running, your enjoyment of running, and/or your hardcore score over this next year. Read more…

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Mizuno Goes Trail: Introducing the Wave Kazan & Wave Hayate

December 19th, 2013
Mizuno Wave Kazan, M 9.5oz, W 8.0oz, 12mm drop, $120*

Mizuno’s trail offerings in recent years have, for the most part, been limited to a single shoe, the Wave Ascend. And while the Ascend was a good performer, it was never really an attention-grabber in terms of offering a novel running experience. A more recent model, the Wave Evo Ferus quickly fell out of vogue with the decline in popularity of near-barefoot shoes and the subsequent end of Mizuno’s Evo collection.

Enter the Wave Kazan and the Wave Hayate. Designed around on the concept of adapting to uneven ground rather than simply going over it, the Kazan and Hayate were both built from the ground up to offer a flexible platform that can mold over the trail, resulting in a more nimble ride.

Mizuno Wave Hayate, M 8.8oz, W 7.2oz, 9mm drop, $110*

These two shoes aim to be a protection/performance power couple for Mizuno trail, similar to what Asics offers with the Fuji Trainer and Fuji Racer. The Kazan is, in a way, a rethinking of the Ascend, combining a nimble and flexible ride with a traditional geometry, while the Hayate is the lower weight & slightly lower profile little brother for the efficient runner looking for a little more speed.

While we are excited to see Mizuno expand within the trail category, we would like to see shoes with a lower heel-to-toe offset, especially with the Kazan. At 12mm, the design of the Kazan sits outside of the sub-10mm offset that is so hot in trail right now. The 9mm offset of the Hayate does fall within this category, but still, offerings in the 4-8mm range will be much more in touch with the trail world at this time.

What do you think of Mizuno’s latest foray into trail? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

*Footwear specs are supplied by Mizuno.

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