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adidas adiZero Hagio – First Look *Update

September 12th, 2011

adidas adiZero Hagio Men's Shoe (Hagio sample with incorrect "Feather" name shown)

Come January 2012, the hugely popular adidas adiZero Rocket will be gone and in its place will be the adiZero Hagio (MSRP $90).

The Hagio carries over the midsole from the adiZero Pro. And with a light weight upper and new outsole, the Hagio is expected be an ounce lighter than the adiZero Rocket. The featherweight upper utilizes vast areas of open mesh for superior breathability and weight reduction. Strategically placed laminated overlays help secure the foot and deliver a sleek appearance.

By stripping away oustole material, the Hagio is more flexible than the Rocket and additional weight savings are found in the outsole design.

All of the standard adidas technologies are still here. Full forefoot ADIPRENE adds durable comfort and provides good rebound for a responsive toe-off. The TORSION SYSTEM maintains structural integrity of the midsole’s midfoot. ADIWEAR provides durable wear at the heel and blown rubber in the forefoot provides added cushioning is light in weight.

Built on a 6mm heel-toe offset, the low-profile Hagio is ideal for faster running and racing. Specified at 6.0 ounces (sample men’s size 9.0), this shoe weighs the same as the Brooks T7 Racer, but should deliver greater durability. Expect this shoe to compete directly with the Asics Hyperspeed 4 and Saucony Type A4 ( the Hyperspeed 5 and Type A5 will be available February 2012).

Of note, the Hagio name  pays homage to the shoe designer of the same name who has had a great influence over the development many adiZero racing shoes.

adidas adiZero Hagio - outsole view (sample shown)

*The original post stated the adiZero Hagio carried over the midsole of the adiZero Rocket. However, the midsole of the Hagio is carried over from the adiZero Pro. The Rocket midsole was derived from the Pro midsole.

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New Balance RC 1400 – First Look

February 9th, 2011

New Balance Men's and Women's RC 1400 Racing flat

After years of hit and miss in the racing flat arena, New Balance finally nails it with the RC 1400. Fresh looks, a no-sew seamless upper and a rev-lite midsole firmly place the 14oo in the “must be considered” category of neutral racing shoes that, based on the runner’s ability, can span distances from 5K to Marathon. At a reported 7.1 oz for a men’s 9.5 (5.7 oz for a women’s 7.0), the 1400 comes in lighter than The Asics Hyper Speed 4, adidas Adios and Mizuno Ronin 3. The Nike LunaRacer is still lighter, but the 1400 is clearly on target to take on the big guns in the elite marathon world. With the upcoming lightweight 890 and Minimus line set for release in February and March, respectively, and now the 1400 coming in July, New Balance appears to be in the middle of a revolution and the right guys are winning. The 1400 has a list price of $100 and will have men’s and women’s specific fits.

Men's only color of the RC 1400

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Asics Gold Account Meeting 2010

June 10th, 2010

It was time again for the RW crew to head to the annual Asics Gold Account Meeting held this year at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort just outside of Austin, Texas.  This annual meeting is held to provide the top Asics running specialty accounts across the nation an opportunity to meet face to face with key people at Asics and to see the upcoming Asics product for future seasons.

Joe and 96 Olympic Marathon Bronze Medalist Denna Kastor at the 2010 Asics Gold Account Meeting

Joe and '04 Olympic Marathon Bronze Medalist Deena Kastor at the 2010 Asics Gold Account Meeting

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