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.
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
Over the past year, we’ve seen New Balance’s Minimus line shift away from their near-barefoot offerings. The new focus? Shoes that offer a low profile, yet retain a touch of protection from the ground.
The New Balance Zero v2 embodies this change in the Minimus ideology. While the Zero v2’s predecessor, the 00, was about as little shoe as you could get without venturing into ‘it’s just a sock’ territory, New Balance’s latest addition to the line packs more than a little bit underfoot. It really is a different shoe. Read more…
For 2014, the Nike Free collection takes on a new look, in what is one of the more significant updates since the debut of the Free in 2004. Despite numerous changes in the line, however, the goal of the collection remains constant: to deliver a natural running experience. Read more…
Look at the feet of any Nike-sponsored athlete at the starting line of a major marathon and you’ll likely see one of two shoes. The first is Nike’s Flyknit Racer, one of their innovative marvels of the past two years, a shoe that Nike has been sure to pump plenty of marketing dollars into. The other – a bit of a cult classic, a shoe that flies under the radar yet remains a contender for the podium. The Nike Zoom Streak has long been a favorite of competitive marathon runners, and for good reason. Read more…
Brendan Murray is a product manager for New Balance, and is currently leading the charge on the re-issue of the now classic Trail 101, which is expected to become available in 2015. As some of you may remember, the NB 101 was one of the first lightweight trail shoes to hit the market. Originally released in 2010, the 101, along with its predecessor in the 100, helped pave the way for an entire movement of lightweight and low profile footwear, affecting how we envision trail-specific running shoes today.
We were lucky enough to get Brendan to answer a few questions about the upcoming re-issue of the Trail 101, the production process of the shoe, and about the design process of new footwear in general.
(Turn on the subtitles. Unless you speak both English and French. And if so, très bien!)
One of the joys of running is exploration. It’s a great way to see new things, take new paths and to take in new sights and sounds. But exploration isn’t just about going somewhere new. It’s about seeing something in a new light, in a way that you wouldn’t notice just in everyday passing. Running provides us with the opportunity to gain a new perspective on our surroundings and ourselves, and to fulfill the human need for discovery.
With its new CityTrail collection, Salomon, a brand deeply embedded in the mountains, turns its eye towards an entirely different kind of trail: those laid out in the city around us. Taking to the streets of Paris, Salomon explores the urban environment, showing us that sometimes all it takes to get away from things is to embrace and to rediscover the things around you.
Be sure to check out our selection of Salomon shoes, apparel and accessories for Men and Women.