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Saucony Triumph 11 Sneak Peek

August 29th, 2013

The Saucony Triumph has been gaining momentum in recent years for its extremely well-balanced cushioning and responsiveness. The Triumph 9 achieved a big sales gain, the Triumph 10 is going strong, and Saucony doesn’t want to mess too much with a good thing in its upcoming update. Read more…

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Brooks PureConnect 3 Sneak Peek

August 28th, 2013


Of all the shoes in the PureProject line, the PureConnect has been a favorite among RW staffers. It offers a responsive ride but still gives you a good amount of protection thanks to full-length BioMoGo DNA midsole. We also like the close-to-foot, performance-oriented fit of the upper. The PureConnect 3 keeps the formula the same with just a few key updates.

What to Watch For

  • All-New Design: The PureConnect 3 is the first full update – upper and platform – since the launch of this shoe.
  • Increased Heel Bevel: The Ideal Heel is more rounded in an effort to provide a more fluid transition for forward foot strikes.
  • Repositioned Split Toe: Instead of allowing just the big to to move independently, the new split toe design treats the first two toes as a unit.
  • Updated Nav Band: The band extending across the midfoot is wider and changes from fabric to silicone, providing a more consistent and secure fit.
  • Slightly Modified Fit: The PureConnect 3 will have a slightly narrower last in the midfoot for a more streamlined fit, while the toe box is opened up just a bit with greater depth for a more generous fit up front.

MSRP
$100.00

Release Date
December 2013 Read more…

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Brooks Ravenna 5 Sneak Peek

August 27th, 2013

The Brooks Ravenna 4 is a Runner’s World Best Buy, and we think that the upcoming 5th version of the shoe will have a very good shot at a repeat title, given that the all-new design gets updated technology without any bump in MSRP.

What to Watch For

  • BioMoGo DNA: The midsole of the Ravenna 5 uses an integrated BioMoGo DNA foam/cushioning blend, compared to previous models with separate DNA inserts in the BioMoGo foam. The difference? More consistent cushioning throughout the platform.
  • Revised Support: Though the Ravenna 5 falls in the same support category as its predecessors, the medial post and thermoplastic shank have been updated to integrate better with the rest of the midsole for an even smoother run experience.
  • On a Diet: Brooks lists weights for the Ravenna 5 as 10.3 oz for a Men’s size 9 and 8.5 oz for a Women’s size 7.
  • Adjustable Saddle: The V-shaped strap spanning from the midsole to the laces provides a secure wrap for the midfoot and heel.

MSRP
$110.00

Release Date
January 2014 Read more…

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Saucony Peregrine 4 Sneak Peek

August 26th, 2013

The trail runners here at the ‘House have found a lot to like about the Peregrine: it’s light, protective, flexible and offers lots of grip. The upcoming Peregrine 4 is the first full redesign in 2 years, but the same basic formula remains.

What to Watch For

  • Reduced Weight: Expect the Peregrine 4 to be about a half ounce lighter than the current model in both Men’s and Women’s versions.
  • New Upper: A redesigned upper provides more support in the heel.
  • More Grip: Outsole lugs with added depth improve traction. In particular, the braking lugs in the heel are much more robust.
  • New Rock Plate: The nylon fiber mesh plate reduces weight and also adds flexibility while still providing protection from rocks and other debris.
  • Power Up: The ProGrid heel cushioning unit will be replaced with PowerGrid for more optimal shock absorption.

Release Date
January 2014

MSRP
$110 Read more…

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New Balance 980 Sneak Peek

August 25th, 2013

This spankin’ fresh model from New Balance is getting some serious buzz. The 980 introduces the brand’s latest midsole compound – Fresh Foam. How can you tell that it’s fresh? Just like a good pear or kiwi, you squeeze it, of course! But Fresh Foam isn’t the whole story here – the elemental design of the shoe makes it a welcome competitor in the popular class of shoes including the Saucony Kinvara, Brooks PureFlow and Pearl Izumi EM Road N2.

What to Watch For

  • Fresh Foam: This new compound is designed to deliver soft, plush cushioning to runners who want a more “natural” experience.
  • No-Sew Upper: All overlays on the 980 are welded in place to keep the shoe light.
  • 4mm Offset: We measured stack heights of a sample of the 980 at 26mm/22mm heel/forefoot.
  • On the Light Side: At 9.3 oz for Men’s size 9 and 7.2 oz for Women’s size 7 (RW measurements), the 980 is light compared to traditional running shoes, but a bit heavier than many other elemental models.

MSRP
$110.00

Release Date
February 2014 Read more…

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Asics Gel Electro33 Sneak Peek

August 23rd, 2013

Asics Gel Electro33 Women's Shoe Blazing Yellow/Silver/Mint

In case you haven’t noticed, Asics’ 33 collection is being revamped. The upcoming lineup is losing a few models, while others are being introduced to create a collection focused on providing the runner with a natural running experience.

Among the newcomers is the Gel Electro33, which gives runners a cushioned platform similar to the Excel33 along with mild support for overpronation. Based on our experience with other recent shoes with the 33 designation, the Electro33 should deliver a great run. At 9.6 oz for a Men’s size 9 and 7.3 oz for a Women’s 7 (our measurements), we expect this shoe to be a great alternative to the Asics DS Trainer for those looking for a bit less structure.

What to Watch For

  • FluidAxis: The backbone of the 33 collection, the unique FluidAxis midsole design allows for the natural motion of the foot from heelstrike through toe off.
  • Pronation Support: Similar to what we’ve seen in the Super J33, the Electro33 features a two-density midsole for mild to moderate support.
  • Heel Cushioning: The Electro33 features Gel cushioning in the heel for durable impact protection.
  • No Sew Upper: An engineered mesh upper provides seamless structure over the forefoot, while welded overlays around the midfoot and heel keep your foot locked in place.

MSRP
$110.00

Release Date
February 2014 Read more…

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Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 Sneak Peek

August 23rd, 2013


A go-to shoe for many runners who want a stable, cushioned ride, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS is a perennial favorite. Not wanting to mess with a good thing, Brooks goes easy on the updates to the upcoming Adrenaline GTS 14.

What to Watch For

  • New Platform: The GTS 13 carried over the platform from the GTS 12, but the 14′s midsole/outsole is all-new. Brooks added a bit of foam to the lateral side of the shoe for full ground contact and a smoother heel-to-toe transition.
  • New Upper: The redesigned upper features improved mesh and even higher quality materials, along with better midfoot support through the more structured midfoot overlays.
  • Identical Weight: Brooks lists the exact same weights for the GTS 14 as the GTS 13, for both Men’s and Women’s models.

MSRP
$120.00

Release Date
December 2013 Read more…

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New Balance 890 v4 Sneak Peek

August 22nd, 2013

The New Balance numbering system can cause confusion from time to time, but there’s no confusing the fact that the 890 series has been a reliable performance shoe for neutral runners. The upcoming fourth version of this model introduces a whole new look, with a comprehensive redesign from heel to toe.

What to Watch For

  • Weight Reduction: New Balance claims weight decreases of nearly an ounce in v4, with Men’s size 9 at 8.5 oz and Women’s size 7 at 6.7 oz, compared to NB’s official weights for v3 at 9.4 oz and 7.5 oz, respectively.
  • No-Sew Upper: Stitches be gone! The upper of the 890 v4 features all welded overlays, which reduces weight and the risk of irritation.
  • Increased Toe Spring: The amount the platform curves up at the toe has been increased slightly for a better transition at toe-off.
  • More Generous Toebox: Prior models of the 890 have been known for their shallow toebox, and NB decided to add a bit more material to provide an accommodating fit to more runners.
  • Same Offset: We expect the 890 v4 to continue to fall in the 7mm-8mm drop category.
  • Widths Available: Like prior models, we will carry the Men’s version in 2E widths.

MSRP
$110.00

Release Date
November 2013 (one Men’s and one Women’s color)
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Asics Gel NoosaFast 2 Sneak Peek

August 21st, 2013

Asics Gel NoosaFast 2 Women's Shoe

When we recently reported the return of the Asics Gel Hyper Speed, a lingering question was the fate of the classic racing flat’s supposed successor, the Gel NoosaFast. Well, the triathlon-inspired racer is here to stay, and will be available alongside the Hyper Speed in Asics’ domination of the 10k to half marathon racing shoe market.

This favorite of Kiwi-turned-American triathlete Matty Reed will see minimal changes in its first update, so expect a fit and feel very similar to the original version. Weights will be close to the first NoosaFast; we measured version 2 to tip the scales at 6.2 oz for a Men’s size 9 and 5.4 oz for a Women’s 7 (compared to 6.6 oz and 5.9 oz, respectively, for the current model).

What to Watch For

  • Lowered Heel Tab: The NoosaFast 2 will feature a lowered heel tab, reducing rubbing and irritation on the Achilles tendon.
  • Fewer Overlays: The printed overlays will be limited to around the rear of the foot for a more flexible forefoot fit while maintaining security around the heel.
  • Carryover Platform: The midsole and outsole go unchanged in this update, drainage holes included.

MSRP
$100.00

Release Date
January 2014 Read more…

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Salomon X-Wind Pro Sneak Peek

August 19th, 2013

Salomon X-Wind Pro Men's Shoe

In 2014, Salomon is set to introduce its CityTrail line, a collection of shoes designed to take on the urban environment as well as the off-road terrain that the company knows so well. Among the new offerings is the X-Wind Pro, and if it looks somewhat familiar to you, that’s because it is actually an update to the XR Crossmax. In fact, this shoe goes largely unchanged from the XR Crossmax 2, so fans of the currently available version of this versatile door-to-trail trainer should have little to fear going into this update.

What to Watch For

  • New Name, Same Ride: Despite its new moniker, the X-Wind Pro features a mid/outsole combo unchanged from that of the XR Crossmax 2, so we can expect a similar cushioned feel underfoot.
  • Reduced Weight: The X-Wind Pro is expected to come in at 11.3 oz for a Men’s size 9 and 9.5 oz for a Women’s size 7, a nice reduction over the XR Crossmax 2.
  • Lower Price Tag: A drop in price is a welcome rarity these days. Fans of the XR Crossmax can take the 10 George Washingtons they’re saving off MSRP and buy themselves a nice lunch.

MSRP
$130

Launch Date
January 2014 March 2014 Read more…

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