Amidst all the lightweight, eye-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…
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…
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…
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…
In case you haven’t heard of Nick Symmonds, he’s kind of a big deal. He’s the 2013 IAAF World Championships silver medalist, and the third-fastest American 800 meter runner, ever. He’s also a top notch beer miler.
In an attempt to add to his list of accomplishments, Symmonds will headline an attempt at the 4×800 meter relay World Record at the 2014 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, this Saturday, February 8th at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, MA.
Symmonds, who recently signed a sponsorship deal with Brooks, will lead a Brooks Beasts Track Club team also featuring Matt Scherer, Mark Wieczorek, and Cas Loxsom. Their time to beat: a swift 7:13.94, a record set at this very meet back in 2000 by a Global Athletcs & Marketing team of Joey Woody, Karl Paranya, Rich Kenah, and David Krummenacker.
So, Running Warehouse is teaming up with Brooks Running to host a prediction contest. Simply enter your predicted times for Nick Symmonds’ 800m split as well as the Brooks Beasts TC overall time for your chance to win!
Prizes are as follows:
- 3 individuals with the closest guess to Symmond’s split time will win their choice of Brooks shoes featured at Running Warehouse.
- 3 individuals with the closest guess to the overall team time will win their choice of Brooks shoes featured at Running Warehouse.
- The individual who is closest to predicting both the total overall time as well as Symmonds’ split time will win a pair of Brooks shoes and a poster signed by Nick Symmonds.
Entries must be received by 5:00 PST on Friday, February 7, 2014.
View contest rules here.
This contest is now closed. Congrats to the following winners:
Adam from NY, Brandon from TX, and Adam from IL, who had the closest predictions to Symmonds’ 1:49.37
Ryan from IN, Leiba from NY, and Thomas from CA, who had the closest predictions to the Beasts’ 7:18.52
Matthew from WI, who was closest in predicting both Symmonds’ split and the Beasts’ overall time.
Thanks to all who entered! Be sure to keep an eye on this blog for future contests and giveaways.
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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]
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.
[Video via Hoka]
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…
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months (or have been running too much to take notice), you’re undoubtedly aware of the incoming Brooks Transcend, due to arrive next month.
Speaking of which, have you seen the new Runner’s World ad for the shoe?
The thing is, the Transcend is a support shoe geared towards moderate to severe overpronators. Why must neutral runners miss out on the fun?
This is where the Glycerin 12 comes in. Read more…
Brooks has never been a company to tout crazy new innovative technologies or game-changing ideas. Rather, the company finds success in what it knows best: delivering footwear that simply works. No frills or gimmicks necessary (slightly out-there marketing aside, that is).
As such, its not often we see big changes in Brooks’ core model updates, with many of the shoes just receiving minor tweaks from year to year to refine a product that already works with a big segment of runners. Read more…