Posts Tagged ‘Natural Running’

ASICS 33-DFA | First Look

December 29th, 2014

ASICS 33-DFA Men's Shoe Blue/Yellow/Black

Available February 2015 – MSRP $90.00

The ASICS 33-DFA is a natural, low stack height option ideal for everyday training or uptempo running.

Tech Specs

  • Stack Height: 19mm Heel, 15mm Forefoot, 4mm offset
  • Weight: 8.7 oz (Men’s size 9.0), 6.9 oz (Women’s size 8.0)

Competing Shoes

  • Brooks PureFlow 3 – MSRP $100
  • Saucony Kinvara 5 – MSRP $100

Why should I be interested about the 33-DFA?

Rounding out our first looks on the ASICS Natural33 collection, the 33-DFA will look to cater to the pseudo-minimalist market with a low stack design and natural running concepts in mind.  The name “DFA” stands for Deep FluidAxis, representing that the FluidAxis flex grooves cut deep into the midsole to allow for the natural rotation of the foot while running. For additional information regarding ASICS’ FluidAxis technology, check out our first look blog on the ASICS 33-FA. With a forefoot stack height of 15mm, the 33-DFA should provide the most ground feel of the series for an enhanced natural running experience.

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Brooks PureGrit – First Look

August 17th, 2011

Brooks PureGrit Men's Shoe October 2011 Color

Runners seeking a more natural foot motion inevitably should find themselves running on trails. The natural terrain of the outdoors is more forgiving on the body compared to the paved world. As such, reductionist running shoes have taken hold of the trail running market. A reductionist shoe has at least one of the following attributes when compared to a traditional running shoe: sits lower to the ground, has smaller heel-toe offsets, greater flexibility or lower weight.

For Spring 2012, Brooks is providing a new trail shoe within the reductionist arena. The PureGrit has a 4mm heel-toe offset, is light weight (men’s size 9.0 is 8.9 oz, women’s size 7.0 is 7.6 oz), utilizes a split-toe outsole to better engage the stabilizing nature of the big toe at toe-off and has a round heel to promote a more forward landing position.

A unique feature of the PureGrit is the slightly concave shaped outsole, which splays out under ground contact for a stable and smooth ride. A broad base further promotes stability and the lug pattern keeps the runner connected to the ground. The PureGrit will compete directly with the Saucony Peregrine and New Balance MT110/WT110 (a January 2012 update to the MT101/WT101).

Brooks PureGrit Women's Shoe April 2011 Color

The Brooks PureGrit has an MSRP of $100 and is expected to be available in our Running Warehouse, San Luis Obispo retail store in October 2011, while the online release of the shoe,, is January 2012.

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