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HOKA ONE ONE Clifton Review

September 10th, 2014

Men's & Women's Clifton models

At a Glance:

  • 7.8 oz (Men’s size 9), 6.8 oz (Women’s size 8 )
  • 6mm Heel to Toe Offset
  • 29 mm heel, 23 mm forefoot
  • With a soft and quick feel, the Clifton delivers maximum cushioning with HIP CMEVA Midsole.
  • At faster speeds, transition to the forefoot feels effortless due to the Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry
  • With a full Ground Contact design, a stable ride is achieved without feeling overly bulky
  • The SpeedFrame upper design offers a snug fit during runs no matter what pace you run

Verdict: The HOKA Clifton is in a class of it’s own. This ultra-lightweight shoe partners well with efficient runners looking for a suitable tempo shoe while the large midsole shape and high ride height provide a soft forgiving experience on the roads at any pace.

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ASICS GEL-Kayano is 21 and Running Warehouse is Celebrating!

September 1st, 2014

Happy Birthday Kayano!

When the lead footwear designer at ASICS, Toshikazu Kayano, made ASICS’ most advanced running shoe in 1993, he could hardly imagine how his creation would look 21 years later. While shoe concepts often start within a shoe company’s product development department, with thought toward reaching different customers and filling holes in the existing product line, this shoe was unique as the original concept came from Mr. Kayano himself. Naming the shoe in his likeness was originally a temporary plan as a placeholder during the development phase, with a different name intended to be created to take its place as the shoe came to market. However, the name Kayano became popular among the developers and the GEL-Kayano was born. To date, this is the only ASICS shoe ever named after a designer.

As with any 21 year old, the GEL-Kayano has gone through many changes to get to their current state. With every trend setting innovation that the GEL-Kayano brought to the industry, great care was taken to ensure that the shoe’s legendary ride persists undiluted.

ASICS GEL-Kayano 1 Running Shoes

The ASICS GEL-Kayano is born!

The GEL-Kayano Trainer was born in 1993. From birth the Kayano, broke barriers for comfort and support in the industry. With GEL units in the heel and forefoot and supportive elements in the midsole and upper, the shoe delivered a premium experience that ASICS didn’t offer in other models. The first Kayano was the most expensive running shoe in the industry and many people doubted ASICS’ ability to sell a shoe at its price point. “Trainer” was initially included in the name to reflect runner’s lexicon for high mileage running shoes but the shoe came out right as cross-training became popular and the word “trainer” was dropped from subsequent models.

ASICS GEL-Kayano was definitely advanced at age 5. The age many of us first went to school!

By its 5th generation, the GEL-Kayano had started to excel among its running shoe peers. Sales exploded with the 3rd rendition when ASICS included the first Trusstic System included in that model. The Kayano reached its 5th year in style as it started really showing off with more exposed GEL units than before and a bold logo on the side. 5 is the age that many of us experienced our first day of school, the Kayano was certainly prepared to be the coolest kid in class.

ASICS GEL-Kayano 10 Running Shoes

Big innovation to the upper came when ASICS GEL-Kayano hit double digits.

By the time the Kayano reached double digits, it had taken comfortable support to the next level. With four years of refining its impact guidance system the shoe’s ride grew ever smoother. For the first time ever the GEL-Kayano X (the shoe had been showing off its age in Roman numerals in the title from VII) featured Biomorphic Upper Fit, with upper materials that give an equivalent custom fit experience to the GEL units underfoot.

ASICS GEL-Kayano 13 Running Shoes

Teenage years for the Kayano would be very fruitful. The 13th generation was improved above and below the foot.

When the Kayano became a teenager it gave up on Roman numerals and took on more GEL in the midsole than ever. This GEL was added without making the shoe heavier thanks to lighter materials in the upper. The updates included in the GEL-Kayano 13 would lay a foundation for some very successful subsequent years.

ASICS GEL-Kayano 16 Running Shoes

ASICS GEL-Kayano's sweet sixteen came on the heels of 2 Runner's World Editor Choice Awards for best shoe.

When the Kayano reached its sweet 16 it was coming off of consecutive Runner’s World Editor’s Choice awards. The GEL-Kayano 16 introduced the Guidance Line, a groove that spanned the shoe from heal to toe to encourage an efficient stride without sacrificing support. As many of us did, the Kayano certainly passed its driving test on its 16th birthday.

ASICS GEL Kayano 18 Running Shoes

The 18 year old ASICS GEL-Kayano graduated from high school at the top of its class.

The GEL-Kayano 18 celebrated its status as a legal adult by shedding over an ounce to be the lightest Kayano to date and with out losing any of the innovative features that made the shoe so successful. With the drop in weight the Kayano became more flexible but managed to stay incredibly cushioned.

ASICS Gel-Kayano 21 Running Shoes

ASICS GEL-Kayano is 21 and is ready for everything that comes with such the milestone!

And that leads us to the Kayano’s 21st birthday. The GEL-Kayano 21 retains everything that has made it great and, coming in at 11.5 oz is the lightest yet. The FluidRide midsole compliments the FluidFit upper perfectly to conform to the unique needs of every foot while keeping the foot springing toward each stride. GEL cushioning units continue to provide the lasting protection from the road and this generation has the most gel yet. While the Kayano is a shoe that accommodates all footstrike points, a larger portion of the additional gel is in the forefoot, upping the protection for forefoot and midfoot strikers. A new heel crash pad engages the Guidance Line earlier in the ground contact cycle and the Guidance Line has been reshaped to bring the foot through the optimal movement and waste as little energy as possible when toeing off to the next stride.

Kaizen is a Japanese word that refers to continual improvement.  Perhaps no other shoe in the industry embodies this philosophy like the GEL-Kayano. The 21st birthday is the ultimate coming of age moment for Americans and signifies that one is finally entrusted with virtually all rights and responsibilities of an adult. It provides and opportunity to reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and look forward to future improvement and success.

Whether you are a Kayano faithful or have never tried the shoe, join Running Warehouse in celebrating a shoe that continues to set innovative trends for the industry and keeps runners around the world hitting the pavement for mile after mile.

We will have a more detailed review of the new Kayano when we can thoroughly test the shoes.

Pre-order the ASICS Gel-Kayano 21 and buy other ASICS shoes here: Men / Women

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HOKA ONE ONE Huaka Shoe Review

August 26th, 2014

At a Glance

  • 4mm offset (26mm heel, 22mm forefoot)
  • Weight: 9.2 ounces (men’s size 9); 8.2 ounces (womens size 8 )
  • RMAT midsole for smooth shock absorption
  • High abrasion rubber zones for sticky grip
  • Lightweight SpeedFrame upper maintains breathability and prevents debris from entering

Verdict

A soft, low offset road trainer, the HOKA ONE ONE Huaka provides maximal cushioning for plenty of shock absorption along with a performance-oriented feel when paces pick up.

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New Balance 980 Trail Shoe Review

August 20th, 2014

At a Glance:

  • 4mm offset (24mm heel, 20mm forefoot)
  • 10.5 ounces in weight (men’s size 9)
  • Fresh Foam midsole technology that delivers plush cushioning
  • Multi-directional lugs that offer traction for climbing and descending
  • No-sew synthetic mesh upper and gusseted tongue designed to keep out debris

Verdict:

A low offset, highly cushioned trail shoe that meets the demands of daily trail runners as well as fans of the New Balance 980 road version.

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Saucony ISO-FIT: Improving fit with each step

August 8th, 2014

Saucony ISO-FIT: 2015 Saucony Triumph

For Spring 2015, Saucony is rolling out a premium fit construction for three shoe models in their new ISO-Series. With the goal of reducing points of pressure caused by interaction between the foot and the shoe’s upper, Saucony created ISO-FIT.

ISO-FIT technology virtually eliminates the bunching or creasing in the upper that results from the change in shape of the runner’s foot and shoe during the gait cycle. This should drastically reduce pressure points that cause blisters and other irritation. This is accomplished by what Saucony is calling a “floating support cage,” allowing supportive elements to react independently to foot movements rather than being influenced by other movements of the upper. In addition to the “floating support cage,” an “ultra-soft inner fit-sleeve,” creates a sock-like wrap around the top and sides of the foot.

So what does all this mean? Well, we had a chance to try on the new Saucony Triumph, and the initial step-in feel was very plush and while we cannot yet comment on how it feels on a long run, if the Saucony data is correct, long-term comfort should be outstanding. Look for ISO-FIT this November with the release of the new Triumph. The ISO-series Hurricane will hit the market January 2015 and a new shoe, the Zealot will follow in February.

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Shoe Review: Saucony Ride 7

July 21st, 2014


With the seventh edition of the Ride model, Saucony continues its tradition of providing a highly cushioned neutral shoe with an elemental feel. While trends over previous years have been focused on minimalism, Saucony has instead catered to many runners still looking for additional cushioning. Across the brand, Saucony has committed to lowering weight, lowering offsets, and creating a platform that sits closer to the ground, yet still providing more cushioning than a bare to the bone minimal or barefoot engineered shoe. The Ride has become a staple trainer for the neutral runner looking for a soft underfoot feel.

Summary:

  • 8mm offset (28mm heel, 20mm forefoot)
  • 9.3 ounces in weight
  • Removal of medial shank creates a more flexible feel and reduces weight.
  • Addition of plush rubber pods provides a soft feel.
  • 20% greater ground contact due to redesigned outsole
  • Additional vertical flex grooves in forefoot make toe-off smoother

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Shoe Review: Nike Zoom Pegasus 31

July 18th, 2014

The Pegasus series has become a favorite of many runners over the years and the legacy continues with the recent release of the Zoom Pegasus 31. (Check out RW’s first look at the Pegasus 31 from May here.) The Pegasus is traditionally known to be a neutral daily trainer suitable for long distances, but in an effort to make the shoe better, the 31st edition gets revamped with a faster road feel.  To help fine-tune this “fast feel,” the Nike development team received technical suggestions from the 5000m and 10000m Olympic Gold Medalist Mo Farah resulting in a firmer ride built for performance.

Overview:

Nike lowered the heel drop to 10mm, 2mm lower than its predecessor, to engineer the quicker design.  The lowered drop, while not massive, can be a factor in promoting more of a mid-to-forefoot strike while running.  Another significant update is seen in the addition of a slightly elevated forefoot, resulting in a smoother and quicker transition of the foot during forward propulsion. Through research, analysis, and feedback from wear testers, who logged over 16000 miles, the new quick and responsive Zoom Pegasus 31 was born.

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QUICKSTART Shoe Donation Program: Need Schools and Organizations

June 24th, 2014

It should go without saying that we at Running Warehouse love running. Runners with the goal of providing as many people as possible the tools to get out and run founded the company. With that same ethos in mind, we have started the QUICKSTART shoe donation program to provide gently used shoes to schools and organizations that encourage youth running.

Where do the shoes come from?

When their first home doesn’t work out, Running Warehouse willfully accepts the returned shoes back in our warehouse and collects them for donation. Every shoe is inspected upon return and the shoes selected for donation show slight wear and tear. We believe every shoe selected is still deserving of many more miles in the future.

How can you be involved?

Running Warehouse needs more schools and organizations to be involved! We believe there is great need for programs like this and we are blessed to be able to give back to the running community. Whether the shoes are going to the next generation track stars or simply kids who wouldn’t otherwise exercise, we want these shoes on their feet. So tell your friends, relatives, colleagues, neighbors, strangers, teachers and coaches about our program. We truly understand the value of a pair of shoes and we want to share the love.

As of right now we are only looking for schools and youth programs to donate to and are not accepting additional donated shoes.

What are the eligibility requirements?

Recipients must be a state or nationally recognized educational institution or registered 501(c) non profit organization which:

  • Has an official program which encourages running in the Middle to High School age group
  • Is seeking between 5-25 pairs of shoes per year
  • Is based in the United States

Please visit our website to fill out an application if you are interested in joining the QUICKSTART program

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Team Garmin-Sharp takes New Balance to the Podium

June 18th, 2014

At the surface, New Balance seems an odd sponsor for a professional cycling team.  Perhaps, the Running Warehouse blog is an unusual place to find a blog about a professional cycling team. That said, we’ve got these shoes in our warehouse and we are pumped for this year’s Tour de France.

New Balance 890 Garmin Race Team Shoes

Sponsors Garmin and Sharp adorn the blue jerseys. Check out the socks!

With one of the younger stars of the peloton, Andrew Talansky, coming off of his win at Le Critérium du Dauphiné, the NB logo on the left breast of the team uniform is primed for some exposure in July’s Tour. The American’s rise to prominence is well timed for New Balance, a company that regularly boasts about the footwear that they create in American factories.

That said, sports sponsorship is a lot more than logo exposure. Ideal partnerships add value to the sports property beyond a check and the company gets to tell a story about how they help the team to glory beyond putting food on their table. So what is the story that New Balance is creating? New Balance makes shoes and apparel for several sports, but Cycling is not one of them and Team Garmin-Sharp already has an apparel sponsor in Castelli.

Officially, New Balance is the “exclusive off-bike footwear and athletic clothing supplier” to the team. They will provide shoes, like those above, as well as apparel for the team to wear when they aren’t tearing up the streets on their bikes on the pro tour. The argyle infused 890v4 has already graced podiums around the world and there is a good chance that the shoes will be leaving footprints on podiums in France. The team is certainly adorned in New Balance when they hit the gym or trails for cross-training. They did just that when some of the riders traveled to Boulder to run with New Balance’s Jenny Simpson, Emma Coburn and Anton Krupicka.

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Meet the Nike Zoom Pegasus 31

May 23rd, 2014

There are few running shoe lines with the longevity and history close to that of the Nike Pegasus. The Pegasus has provided runners with reliable, high mileage cushioning for over three decades and if it’s slowing down, it’s sure not showing it.

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