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New Balance Minimus Trail Zero v2 Sneak Peek

November 8th, 2013

New Balance has an update in the works for their ultra-minimal Minimus Trail 00, however the second iteration of the shoe bears little resemblance to its predecessor. Rather, the design of the Zero v2 was more inspired by the RX Terrain, a fell-specific shoe popular in the UK during the late 2000’s, complete with aggressive outsole lugs and synthetic suede overlays that give the shoe a throwback aesthetic. Read more…

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Saucony Guide 7 – A Fresh Take on Traditional

October 30th, 2013

When more “minimal” footwear was on top of runner’s minds just a few short years ago, Saucony delivered a powerhouse performer with their Kinvara. It stripped away a lot of structure and offered a nearly level platform, but was still enough shoe for runners coming from a traditional trainer who wanted to play around with the whole minimalism idea.

Now, the pendulum is definitely swinging, and while the Kinvara continues to be a go-to shoe for thousands upon thousands of runners, Saucony is investing their energy in polishing up their already-accomplished traditional running footwear models.

Earlier this year, we saw a well-conceived refresh of the Ride, Saucony’s popular neutral daily trainer. The new Guide 7, their traditional support shoe, officially launches November 1, and over on the Saucony Blog they have a great post detailing the nitty gritty of the changes from the prior model. We love the design highlight sketches that Saucony has been including in their blogs on recent product, such as the ones shown to the right.

Read the blog for more information and more sketches showing off what makes the Guide 7 such a flagship model for the Saucony brand.

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Saucony Hurricane 16 Sneak Peek

October 24th, 2013

Saucony Hurricane 16 Women's Shoe

Back in the day, a shoe offering maximum support typically translated into a clunky and sluggish ride. Saucony made great strides in changing this perception with the Hurricane 14 a couple of years ago, which offered more severe overpronators with a lower offset and a more responsive ride without losing its plush fit and feel. Since then, changes have been minimal in the Hurricane series, a trend that continues with the 16th version of the maximum feature, maximum support shoe.

What to Watch For

  • Increased Heel Support: A redesigned Support Frame around the heel offers a more secure fit in the heel as well as increased support upon footstrike.
  • Added Reflectivity: Reflective details around the heel increase visibility when running in dark conditions.
  • Upgraded Mesh: A more premium upper mesh is introduced in this update for a plush feel as well as increased durability.
  • Carryover Ride: The tooling of the Hurricane remains largely unchanged in this update, save for an added flex groove in the forefoot for a smoother toe-off. The shoe will continue to have an 8mm offset.
  • Unchanged Weight: We expect the new shoe to be practically the same weight as the outgoing model, with maybe a tenth of a ounce difference.

Launch Date
February 2014 Read more…

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Saucony Type A6 Sneak Peek

October 16th, 2013

Saucony Type A6 Men's Shoe

Need a fast shoe? Saucony delivers with the Type A6, the latest update to the speedy Type A series. This road racer receives a complete redesign in this update, but fans of prior versions can rest assured knowing that this version looks to continue its tenure as a lightweight and responsive shoe that delivers performance for anything from the 5K to the marathon.

What To Watch For

  • Reconfigured Platform: An iBR+ blown rubber outsole is introduced for a more responsive toe-off, while drainage ports are retained for moisture management.
  • New Upper Design: The modified placement of FlexFilm overlays should result in a more secure fit while keeping the interior seamless for minimal irritation on the foot.
  • Reduced Weight: We measured the A6 at 5.4 oz for a Men’s size 9 and 4.5 oz for a Women’s size 8, which makes it a bit lighter than its predecessor.

Release Date
February 2014 Read more…

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Win the New Mizuno Wave Sayonara!

October 14th, 2013

The Mizuno Wave Sayonara is a lightweight, neutral trainer that’s all about performance. This shoe takes over where the Wave Precision left off, introducing a light, cushioned and responsive experience all in one package.

This contest is now closed. Congrats to our winners: Beth in Florida, Shannon in California, Billy in Pennsylvania and Kevin in New York. Thanks to everyone who entered!

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Get Your Asics New York City Marathon Gear

October 3rd, 2013

Fall is knocking on our door and that means cooler weather, shorter days, pumpkin spice lattes, and marathon season. The New York City Marathon, established in 1970, is one of the largest marathons in the world and one of five world marathon majors. There’s no better way to show off some Big Apple pride than with official 2013 ING NYC Marathon gear from Asics.

The 2013 NYC Marathon apparel is performance-oriented and looks good, so you can wear it while you train for race day and during post-workout activities around town. You can see the full Men’s NYC Marathon collection and Women’s NYC Marathon collection on our site, and also take a look at a few of our favorites below:

Marathon Storm Shelter Jacket

The Asics Marathon Storm Shelter Jacket (view Women’s) is a wind and waterproof full-zip jacket. The embroidered ING NYC Marathon logo on the front chest and across the back lets everyone know that you rocked in New York this year. A zip-off hood provides extra coverage while an internal mesh layer wicks sweat from your skin to keep you dry and comfortable. With ample storage room, this jacket is ready to tackle the winter weather and keep your essentials safe.

Marathon Course Map Tee

The Asics Marathon Course Map Tee is a great breathable, lightweight tee featuring the course map for the 2013 ING NYC Marathon prominently on the front. Polyester mesh provides lightweight breathability with moisture-wicking properties. The map on the front lets you show off the 5 boroughs you passed through on the way to the finish line.

JADE Thermopolis LT Hoody

The Asics Women’s Marathon JADE Thermopolis LT Hoody is all about warmth and functionality. The soft thermopolis fabric feels great against your skin and provides the extra coziness you want post-workout and pre-race.

A small zipper pocket on the front lets you easily store small essentials that you might need, and the silhouette is sure to flatter during your workout and while you’re out and about around town.

Gel Nimbus 15 NYC Shoes

NYC Marathon gear from Asics goes beyond apparel. The brand also produced a NYC Marathon Gel Nimbus 15 (view Women’s). The Nimbus 15 has an ultra-smooth and cushioned ride and plenty of protective Gel under the forefoot and heel. This neutral trainer has a flexible platform to ensure an effortless transition from heel to toe and a plush upper wraps around your foot for a personalized fit with an embroidered 2013 and NYC to let you show some big city pride.

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Asics DS Racer 10 Sneak Peek

September 27th, 2013

Asics Gel DS Racer 10 Men's Shoe

Over the past few months, we’ve shown you plenty to look forward to from Asics in 2014. Also included in their string of updates is a completely refreshed DS Racer, a shoe that has gone unchanged for several years.

We think Asics has done a great job redesigning their popular supportive racing shoe to give it a sleeker and more streamlined aesthetic that just screams, “fast!” And the best part? We measured the DS Racer 10 at an impressive 6.3 oz for a Men’s size 9 and 5.2 oz for a Women’s size 7, which makes this shoe among the lightest in the supportive racing flat category, and a great update that should make competitive runners excited.

What to Watch For

  • Entirely New: The platform and upper of the DS Racer 10 are all-new, but the design intent (a lightweight racing shoe offering a bit of pronation support) remains intact.
  • DuoMax Pronation Support: No fancy stability technologies here. Asics stuck to a traditional medial post design to deliver support for mild overpronation.
  • Reduced Offset: The DS Racer 10 incorporates Asics’ F.A.S.T. geometry, bringing the heel-to-toe offset down to 8mm to encourage a more efficient stride.
  • Low Weight: The DS Racer 10 is 6.3 oz for a Men’s size 9 and 5.2 oz for a Women’s size 7 according to our measurements.
  • Seamless Bliss: The use of welded overlays nearly eliminates interior seams for reduced irritations and hotspots.

Release Date
January 2014

MSRP
$110.00 Read more…

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Asics Gel Fuji Racer 3 Sneak Peek

September 25th, 2013

Asics Gel Fuji Racer 3 Women's Shoe

Good news, American trail racers! The Asics Gel Fuji Racer is back in the US market. Though the second version of the shoe never made it Stateside, the Fuji Racer 3 looks to pick up right where the original left off without missing a step.

Inspired by the successful Gel Hyper Speed road racing shoe, the original Fuji Racer made a nice splash in the trail running world, delivering a quick and lightweight ride with off-road ruggedness. We expect many of the same qualities in the new Fuji Racer 3.

What to Watch For

  • New Outsole: Increased ground contact as well as more aggressive lug pattern should improve traction, especially over wet surfaces.
  • New Upper: The design is all new, but the shoe retains a look much like the original.
  • Water Drainage System: Water drainage ports at the top of the midsole allow for more effective moisture management while increasing shoe flexibility.
  • Slight Weight Loss: We measured the Fuji Racer 3 at 8.5 oz for a Men’s size 9 and 7.0 oz for a Women’s size 8, a few tenths of an ounce lighter than the original model.

Launch Date
January 2014

MSRP
$110.00 Read more…

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Asics Gel Excel33 3 Sneak Peek

September 21st, 2013

Asics Gel Excel33 3 Men's Shoe

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Asics’ recently revamped Natural33 collection, with the Gel Excel33 2 being one of our top picks in running shoes this year. So you can bet we’re pretty excited for the third iteration of the Excel33, due in early 2014. All signs indicate that this shoe will continue to be a fast feeling and lightweight trainer capable of high mileage duty.

What to Watch For

  • FluidRide: The 3rd Excel33 utilizes a dual-layered midsole similar to that of the current Gel Lyte33 2 – which should result in a soft underfoot feel with a bouncy and responsive ride.
  • New Upper Design: A new engineered mesh design provides both structure and breathability in specific areas around the forefoot, while seamless overlays hold the midfoot and heel in place.
  • Weight Loss: We measured 8.9 oz for a Men’s size 9 and 7.1 oz for a Women’s size 8, about an ounce in weight savings for both genders compared to the previous version.

Release Date
February 2014

MSRP
$125.00

Men’s Colors
Royal/White/Flash Orange Asics Gel Excel33 3
Charcoal/Lightning/Yellow Asics Gel Excel33 3

Women’s Colors
Charcoal/Emerald/Hot Pink Asics Gel Excel33 3
Capri Blue/Orange/Black Asics Gel Excel33 3

Asics Gel Excel33 3 Women's Shoe

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Mizuno Wave Paradox Sneak Peek (updated 2/4/14)*

September 20th, 2013

The Wave Paradox is an entirely new model from Mizuno that will slot into the maximum pronation support category. That’s right, the Alchemy has been scrapped after 12 years of service in favor of a fresh design that relaunches Mizuno in this popular category that includes models such as the Asics Gel Kayano, Saucony Hurricane, and Brooks Trance (which becomes the Transcend in February 2014).

Among the differentiators for the Paradox will be its weight – just 10.6 oz for a Men’s 9 and 8.6 oz for a Women’s 8 according to Mizuno. The low weight in conjunction with substantial pronation support is exactly the paradox that gives the shoe its name.

What to Watch For

  • Lightest in Class: The Paradox is set to be the lightest premium, maximum support shoe when it is released, especially in the Women’s version, which is expected to be about an ounce lighter than its closest competitor (the Kayano 20).
  • Pronation Control: A Fan Wave plate design is used in the midsole to discourage overpronation and provide a stable ride.
  • Inspired by Zentangle Drawings: Mizuno claims that the graphic on the upper “is made entirely of straight lines.” We’re pretty sure we see more than a couple curves on the shoe, but this repetitive pattern was inspired by the zentangle drawing technique. *(Our original blog post attributed the pattern to a traditional Japanese drawing technique.)

Release Date
January 2014

MSRP
$135.00 Read more…

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