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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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The Altra One2 Receives a Big Overhaul

March 25th, 2014

Altra The One2: M 7.5oz, W 6.6oz, 0mm Offset, $100*

The One2 (pronounced one-squared, not one-two) will be the first update to Altra’s low profile and lightweight performance shoe, and though the shoe will retain its fast, performance-oriented personality, this update is actually a fairly significant overhaul of the shoe. Read more…

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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 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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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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