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The New Balance Fresh Foam 980: First Impressions

February 12th, 2014

Maximalism. It’s one of the buzzwords that has put itself into existence in the running world over the past year, indicative of a full pendulum swing away from the minimalist trend of the Born to Run days. What is it? The “maximalist” category hasn’t been clearly defined at this point, but the differentiator is an obvious one – plenty of cushioning.

So is this new trend just a revamp of plush traditional trainers like the Nimbus or the Vomero? Not quite, though some premium trainers are going in that direction. Instead, shoe manufacturers are looking for ways to incorporate learnings from minimalism into shoes with a lot more protection underfoot.

New Balance’s first contribution to this trend is the 980, which recently found its way to our doorstep. The 980 is the introductory carrier of Fresh Foam, a new compound that promises a super soft ride. Always fans of new shoes and new technologies, we were quick to give this new shoe a try. Read more…

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The Saucony Ride 7: A Continued Focus on Traditional

February 7th, 2014

One of the trends amongst running shoe companies that we’ve noticed recently is the increased focus on more mainstream, traditional footwear options. Though minimal and lightweight were very much in vogue over previous years, manufacturers are realizing that their core traditional trainers continue to be the driving forces within the running world, as most runners are sticking to their tried and true cushioned and supportive shoes. Read more…

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Ashton Eaton – The World’s Fastest Shoe Lacer?

February 3rd, 2014

Nike sponsored decathlete Ashton Eaton has a fairly impressive resume. Gold medalist, world record holder, etc. It appears, though, that lately he’s been focusing on a title that will easily cast a shadow over his other accomplishments: World’s Fastest Shoe Lacer.

Ashton, seen with the soon-to-be-released Nike Flyknit Lunar2, has a lot of event shoes, and it makes sense that he wants to be able to switch these shoes quickly between events for efficiency’s sake. Therefore, his contention for the coveted shoe-lacing crown shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone.

What is surprising, though, is that being the world’s greatest athlete doesn’t mean you don’t have to tie your own shoes.

The Nike Flyknit Lunar2 will be available February 6th. For more about the shoe, check out this video featuring Nike’s Senior Design Director, Rob Dolan:

[Videos via Nike]

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Hoka One One: The Sky’s the Limit

January 30th, 2014

It’s undeniable that in the past few years, Hoka One One has taken the running world by storm. Aided by a growing roster of athletes whose specialties range from the mountains to the track, the brand’s momentum has only increased as more and more runners see the benefits of having increased cushioning underfoot.

This video takes a look at Hoka so far: the brand’s history, the proliferation of its offerings, some of the concepts and technologies that make the Hoka ride so unique, and what to expect from Hoka in the future. Additionally, the video answers the age-old question – is it pronounced ‘one one’ or ‘o-nay o-nay”?

Hoka co-founder Nicolas Meroud states in the video that the sky is the limit for Hoka, and we couldn’t agree more. The Hoka Conquest looks to push new boundaries for the brand with innovative materials and an new aesthetic appeal, and with shoes like the lightweight Clifton and Huaka in the pipeline, we expect Hoka to continue taking off, reshaping the running shoe world.

Be sure to check out our footwear selection of Hoka One One for Men and Women, as well as the Hoka Evo Race 17L Hydration Pack.

[Video via Hoka]

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The New Balance RC 1600 v2: Speed Takes on a New Look

January 29th, 2014

The New Balance RC 1400 v2 has harnessed its fair share of attention in the running world as of late. Though not a huge update, the release of version two breathed new life into the shoe, making it a top choice for runners looking for a performance shoe that blends aspects of a lightweight trainer and a racing flat.

The 1400’s slimmed down cousin, the RC 1600, is set to receive a similar treatment this summer. Read more…

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The Brooks Glycerin 12 Looks to Up the Plushness

January 24th, 2014

Brooks Glycerin 12; M 10.9 oz, W 9.1 oz, $150*

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months (or have been running too much to take notice), you’re undoubtedly aware of the incoming Brooks Transcend, due to arrive next month.

Speaking of which, have you seen the new Runner’s World ad for the shoe?

The thing is, the Transcend is a support shoe geared towards moderate to severe overpronators. Why must neutral runners miss out on the fun?

This is where the Glycerin 12 comes in. Read more…

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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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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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