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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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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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Asics Gel Lyte33 3 Sneak Peak

September 18th, 2013

Since its intro, the Gel Lyte33 has been overshadowed by the Saucony Kinvara and the Brooks PureFlow, its two closest competitors. That’s too bad, especially with the Gel Lyte33 2, the current version of the shoe that has one of the liveliest rides we’ve experienced in quite some time. We expect the Gel Lyte33 3 (that’s a whole lotta 3′s) to build on the positive traits of the latest version and offer the most dialed-in fit and performance of this shoe model to date.

What to Watch For

  • Serious Weight Reduction: Asics lists weights of 6.8 oz for Men’s 9 and 5.5 oz for Women’s 7. That’s down well over an ounce on the Men’s side and almost 2 ounces on the Women’s side.
  • Simplified Platform: The Gel Lyte33 2 combined Solyte and SpEVA midsole compounds to create a responsive yet cushioned feel. In the update, the SpEVA is replaced with a full Solyte platform, which is a big reason for the shoe’s weight reduction.
  • FluidAxis Continues: First launched on the Gel Lyte33 2, FluidAxis midsole geometry returns in this shoe and will be a part of all 33 collection shoes for Spring 2014.
  • Simplified Upper: Asics calls it “nearly seamless,” and it also has practically no overlays. We expect this new upper design to appeal to runners with a broad range of foot shapes.
  • LA Marathon Edition: Asics will again sponsor the Los Angeles Marathon in 2014, and will produce special Men’s and Women’s colorways of the Lyte33 3 to promote the race.

Release Date
February 2014

MSRP
$100.00 Read more…

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Mizuno Wave Hitogami Sneak Peek

September 12th, 2013


The Wave Hitogami is an entirely new model from Mizuno. In Japanese, hitogami means Human Gods – clearly what we all are when we are racing at our peak.

But what Mizuno giveth, Mizuno also taketh away. The Hitogami is the replacement for both the Wave Musha and Wave Ronin, two popular racing shoes that have built up a pretty good sized fan base over the past few years.

What to Watch For

  • Lightweight: We measured samples at 8.0 oz for a Men’s size 9 and 6.6 oz for a Women’s size 8. That’s a bit heavier than the current Musha and Ronin, but still pretty dang light.
  • Platform Measurements: We measured a 9mm offset with 23mm/14mm heel/forefoot stack heights. That slots right in between the Musha and Ronin, with the same overall offset.
  • New Cushioning Compound: Mizuno’s new U4ic midsole foam provides lightweight cushioning and replaces AP+ across almost all of the company’s 2014 line.
  • Neutral: Though it is technically replacing the Musha, the hitogami does not offer pronation support. The supportive options for race day are getting slimmer and slimmer, but runners who need a touch of support will still have the Asics Gel DS Racer, Saucony Fastwitch and Brooks ST 5.
  • Kabuki Theme: If you put the left and right shoes together so their laces touch, you’ll see the face of a kabuki theater performer. This isn’t just a neat design trick – Mizuno wanted to drive home the point that when you are racing, you can become someone else (like kabuki performers do in their makeup).

Release Date
January 2014

MSRP
$100.00 Read more…

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Asics DS Trainer 19 Sneak Peek

September 9th, 2013

A speedy option for the mild overpronator, the DS Trainer is a perennial favorite in the daily trainer category. Nothing earth-shattering for the updated 19th version of the shoe, but why mess with success, right?

What to Watch For

  • Engineered Mesh Upper: The bumble bee upper from the current DS Trainer 18 flies off into the sunset. In its place is an engineered mesh material with fewer overlays and seams.
  • Carryover Platform: No changes to the midsole or outsole in this update, so expect an underfoot feel identical to that of the DS Trainer 19.

MSRP
$120.00

Release Date
January 2014 Read more…

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Saucony Endorphin MD4 & LD4 Sneak Peek

September 5th, 2013

Molly Huddle & Duane Solomon show off the Endorphin LD4 & MD4 (Image: Saucony)

Though Saucony may not be the biggest name when it comes to spikes, there’s no denying that their track & field offerings have been impressive as of late. Their most recent distance spikes, the Endorphin MD3 and the LD3, were freakishly light, barely registering on our scales and serving as very strong contenders against the likes of Nike’s Victory and Matumbo models.

This year, it seems that Saucony has accomplished the impossible, making their Endorphin spikes even lighter and faster than before. Mind = Blown! In all seriousness though, expect this update to bring minor changes, improving upon a couple of already excellent spikes.

What To Watch For

  • Reduced Overlays: The MD4 and LD4 will feature fewer overlays around the rear and medial side of the shoe while strategically placing remaining overlays to maintain a secure fit.
  • Carryover Platform: Not messing with a good thing, the MD4 and LD4 will feature the same 6-pin and 4-pin spike plate as their respective predecessors.
  • Featherweight Construction: According to Saucony, the MD4 is expected to come in at 3.2 oz for a Men’s 9 and 2.8 oz for a Women’s 8, while the LD4 is listed at 2.8 oz (Men’s 9) and 2.4 oz (Women’s 8).

Release Date
November 2013

MSRP
MD4: $100.00
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Asics Gel Noosa Tri 9 Sneak Peek

September 3rd, 2013

Asics Gel Noosa Tri 9 Men's Shoe

For runners looking to get noticed, there have been few shoes visually louder than the Asics Gel Noosa Tri. This supportive performance trainer is set for an update in early 2014, and the 9th version looks to be just as wild as ever.

Aesthetics aside, don’t expect any huge alterations here – just a minor upper change that should make for a more comfortable running experience.

What to Watch For

  • Seamless Upper: For the first time, the Noosa Tri features a seamless upper construction, reducing hotspots and irritations especially when going sockless.
  • Carryover Platform: No changes to the midsole or outsole in this update, so expect an underfoot feel identical to that of the Noosa Tri 8.
  • Glow in the Dark Print: Glow-in-the-dark is back! Need we say more? Make sure you charge up the luminescent coating before you head out in the dark for maximum effect.

MSRP
$140.00

Release Date
January 2014 Read more…

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