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The Salomon S-Lab Fellcross 3: Maximum Fellrunning Performance

March 19th, 2014

Salomon S-Lab Fellcross 3; 9.2 oz, 4mm Offset, $170*

There’s a select group of runners who strive for the harshest conditions you can imagine. Fellrunners, as they’re known, live for the muddiest, trickiest terrain, often adventuring the unknown with only a map to guide them.

The Salomon S-Lab Fellcross 3 is a shoe for that runner.

True to its S-Lab designation, the Fellcross has always been a tuned racing shoe that provides ultimate performance on the mountainside. The third version gets even sleeker than prior versions, and should be an even faster option for intense athletes. Read more…

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The Altra Paradigm: Natural Running meets Maximum Cushioning

March 14th, 2014

There’s no denying that maximum cushioned shoes have made quite a splash so far this year. Not just for ultramarathon runners anymore, runners of all disciplines are increasingly picking up on the leg-saving benefits of a low-impact ride. Altra has been one of the earlier adopters of maximum cushioning, and they’re looking to take their cushioning to the next level.

Altra previously hit the ball out of the park with the Torin and the recently released Olympus, both shoes packing plenty of plushness underfoot for a soft and protective run. With the Paradigm, Altra is seeking to crank the cushioning to eleven as a totally max-cushioned road shoe that should easily rival Hoka One One. Read more…

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The Saucony Cortana 4: Take A First Look

March 12th, 2014

Saucony Cortana 4; M 9.2oz, W 8.2oz, 4mm Offset, $150*

There’s no denying that Saucony’s Cortana is a little bit of an oddity. Maximum cushioning, plush features, a 4mm offset and a lightweight design – typically not things you would see in the same description. The fact that the Cortana sits in its own category, though, doesn’t mean that the shoe hasn’t gained traction amongst runners, and Saucony is not looking to slow down anytime soon with this low-profile premium neutral trainer. Read more…

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The adidas adizero Boston 5 gets Boosted

February 26th, 2014

adidas adizero Boston 5; M 8.8oz, W 7.4oz, 10mm offset, $120*

One of the more significant innovations in running footwear last year was the adidas’ new Boost midsole material. Though much of the hype surrounding Boost was simply that – hype – there’s no denying that the material offers a unique underfoot feel with plenty of rebound and bounce.

In its first year, the Boost technology was originally limited to just three models: the Energy Boost, the cushioned and supportive adistar Boost, and our favorite of the three, racing-oriented adios Boost. This year, adidas is indeed all in with this new midsole, as we will see the Boost treatment make its way into most of adidas’ other running shoe models, including their popular lightweight neutral trainer, the adizero Boston. Read more…

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The New Balance 1260 v4 Takes on a Sleek New Look

February 20th, 2014

New Balance 1260 v4; M 11.0oz, W 9.6oz, 8mm offset, $145*

Amidst all the lightweighteye-catching, performance oriented trainers and racing shoes slated for a summer 2014 release, there are a few new maximum support trainers that will make their way onto the feet of many runners as well. Though perhaps not as sexy as the many sleeker and lighter footwear options becoming available, the New Balance 1260 v4 is definitely a shoe that will cause people to rethink this admittedly traditionally drab category. Read more…

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Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2: Minor Tweaks to a Fast Shoe

February 17th, 2014

Mizuno’s footwear updates follow a certain pattern: a given shoe’s upper will undergo a change every year, while the midsole and outsole see a redesign in two-year increments.

The Wave Sayonara, Mizuno’s performance trainer that pushed the boundaries of lightweight last year with it’s innovative U4ic midsole material, will receive its first update this upcoming summer. Keeping true with Mizuno’s update pattern, the Sayonara 2 will see a platform carried over from its predecessor. Read more…

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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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