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13 04, 2016

HOKA ONE ONE CLIFTON 2

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STATS:

Heel to toe drop 5mm
Stack height 29mm-24mm
Weight Men’s size 9: 235g women’s size 7: 203g

Features:

Ultra-Lightweight No Sew SpeedFrame Construction
Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry
Full-length Compression-Molded
EVA Midsole
Full Ground Contact Design
Strategic Rubber Placement for Lightweight Durability

What they say:

The lightest yet!
For 2015, the award-winning Clifton receives an updated upper with a focus on lightweight comfort in the cliFTon 2. A softer, lightly padded tongue provides increased protection across the foot, and structural overlays improve midfoot support. The industry-leading ride remains unchanged, and the road-focused outsole includes slight updates to the rubber placement to improve durability. When all is said and done, one of our favourite shoes just got better.

What we say:

So Hoka One One you say? You have heard something, somewhere about this shoe. What is it and what is it like? Well I have had the opportunity to run in the update of the Clifton with the Clifton 2. This is the first time for me in this Brand and type of shoe. The rocker/highly cushioned shoe has always been of interest to me and I wasn’t disappointed. First couple of short runs to adapt to the new style of runner had me thinking about my foot placement to make sure I was feeling comfortable with the shoes. After a while I didn’t even notice that how I was landing as the rocker in the Clifton, which sits around mid-foot, was helping my transition from mid foot to forefoot without any trouble at all. No stiffness in the forefoot and just felt plush from midfoot through to toe off. The increased stack height gives you that plush smooth feeling underfoot. Out for a 10km run next and the shoes feel great. The Clifton feels super light, which it is, […]

26 02, 2016

ASICS NIMBUS 18

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STATS:

Heel to toe drop- 10mm
Stack height 23mm-13mm
Weight Men’s size- 9: 315g
Women’s size- 7: 255g

What they say:

The GEL-Nimbus 18 is a comfortable and extremely well cushioned shoe for neutral runners and those with rigid foot types. This model incorporates Convergence GEL, an improved GEL that sits closer to the foot and increases cushioning and shock attenuation. A new Engineered / Jacquard mesh upper construction reduces the number of seams and material overlays, improving comfort and fit while a stronger External Heel Counter bolsters support for neutral runners. Built on a Fluid Ride midsole, and now with the addition of an Ortholite Lasting, you are guaranteed the plushest ride yet from a GEL-Nimbus.

What we say:

The Nimbus 18 hasn’t changed allot from the 17’s. This is when the Nimbus had an update on the tooling of the shoe. Asics decided to reposition the new Convergence GEL in the 18’s to be closer to the foot. This is to provide as closer to the foot cushion system when heel striking. This also provides more stability to the lateral side of the shoe and less likely to compress too quickly.

The weight of the shoe remains unchanged and so does the fit. However a nice new upper on the 18 gives it a close to foot fit feel and feels comfortable. No spots or seams to irritate the foot.
Tradition Nimbus wearers will continue to like the plush cushioned feel of the 18’s and should feel the benefit of the closer to foot feel of the rear foot gel. If wearing orthotics or inserts, these are easy to fit and feel comfortable in the shoe without losing any depth.

On first feel the 18’s feel plush and cushioned under the whole foot. […]

27 01, 2016

Salomon wings pro 2

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STATS:  

Heel to toe drop- 10m
Stack height- 20mm-10mm
Weight Men’s size- 9: 346g
Women’s size- 7: 305g

What they say:

Taking direct design and performance inspiration from S-LAB, the WINGS PRO is the ultimate, all-terrain trail running shoe.

What we say:

The Wings Pro has been a very good versatile shoe over its time and now it’s had an upgrade. Keeping with the traditional Wings fit the offers cushioning and stability for those who want to be sturdy yet comfortable on the trails.

There are a few notable differences between the models. First you see the upper has changed slightly. A new stitch on the upper and heat moulded mid foot wrap around rather than the stitching you used to see. Still has toe protection for the upper but the rubber toe guard has gone. Same lacing and tongue and same great heel counter that gives the foot stability. A slightly lower cut around the ankle so anyone who felt it was a bit high and may rub, will feel better in this.

Most notable is the change in the midsole of the shoe. The plastic stability piece that ran from heel counter to fore foot in the older model has changed to just incorporate the heel counter to mid foot. This has improved flexibility of the forefoot of the shoe. A great improvement of what was a stiff shoe. However still keeping the foot supported through the medial side but Salomon have now taken away the medial posting. Just using the plastic to offer the support in the midsole. Taking away the medial posting is not an issue as the plastic support does enough to keep the mid foot supported. Next we flip the shoe over and see that […]

15 01, 2016

Brooks Transcend 3

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New engineered laser-cut mesh upper offers a better fit and moisture management
Super DNA midsole provides the ultimate in adaptive cushioning
Rounded heel offers better alignment, minimizing stress on joints
Guide Rails
309g for men/269g for women
$260
24mm/16mm- 8mm drop

What they say:  

If you’re looking for the ultimate in cushion with great support, look to the Transcend 3. Our most technically advanced shoe provides an unparalleled soft ride and dependable, adaptable support to keep your body aligned, Go ahead, safely rack up the miles in plush comfort.

What we say:

Recently we received the Brooks Transcend 3 in store. There are some notable changes which have occurred between the Transcend 2 to Transcend 3. One big change is the weight of the shoe. The Transcend 2 weighed in at 356g for men and 275g for women while the Transcend 3 weighs in at 309g mens and 269g for women. This version also has greater flexibility through the forefoot allowing for a much more smoother ride.

Previous models I have found myself the Transcend has been difficult to fit orthotics in. The Transcend 3 feels deeper through the toe box and with the new engineered laser cut mesh upper it offers more width than previous models, making for a better fit for orthotics. Brooks have also stayed with their adaptive cushioning system of Super DNA which still give the consumer that very plush feel like previous Transcend Models.

Brooks have stayed with the guide rails from the previous model, however the guide rails are now moulded into the midsole. By doing this it has taken a considerable amount of weight out of the shoe. Previous version’s had glued on guide rails which added weight. With the guide rails also being softer it creates a […]

16 12, 2015

MIZUNO WAVE INSPIRE 12

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STATS:

Heel to toe drop: 12mm
Stack height: 24mm-12mm
Weight: Men’s size 9: 301g ; Women’s size 7: 244g

What they say:

The 12th edition of the Wave Inspire brings with it a reconfigured forefoot outersole design, a softer landing area and more reinforcement in the upper for a smoother run with uncompromising support.

An improved level of cushioning through the heel pad and strobel last allow for a smoother transition through midstance that compliments the support offered from the wave plate.

What we say:

The new Mizuno Inspire 12 has gone softer. This is a good thing. Allot of runners love the feel or the Mizuno range but have found them a bit firm. The new Inspire has addressed this with some added softness. This however doesn’t take away from the support or ride that runners have liked about the Inspires over the years.

The softness comes from an added 3mm of cushioning under the sock liner of the shoe to just add some plushness from heel contact to toe off. The shoe still has the same wave plate support for runners who need some medial support and still has the same feel. The inspire stays to the same heel to toe drop as previous models so good for runners who may have issues with lower tendon issues.

The only down side, if you can call it a down side, is they have increased the weight of the shoe. The reason I say down side is that over the years Mizuno has been known for light weight shoes and that has been a great difference for them. To see them go up in weight is not a negative but a change for them. Mizuno have always led the way with good distance shoes […]

7 11, 2015

SAUCONY TRIUMPH ISO 2

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STATS:

Heel to toe drop: 8mm
Stack height: 30mm-22mm
Weight: Men’s size 9: 293g; Women’s size 7: 243g

What they say:

The new triumph features an EVERRUN landing zone and Tri-flex outer sole and ISOFIT upper. The Triumph ISO 2 ups the ante for runners seeking supreme cushioning in a smooth, flowing ride.

What we say:

The latest updates on the second version of the Triumph ISO are great. A few reasons for this.

First we have the increase in cushioning with an added 3mm of foam under the sock liner of the shoe called EVERUN. This gives the shoe a softer feel but also a more responsive feel. Unlike gels, the material used gives cushioning but good response so you don’t feel like you’re on a boat floating around. You get a snappy response to help with toe off. Runners will enjoy the extra cushioning.

Secondly they have now created an improved flex groove system on the forefoot. The Grooves allow the shoe flex and feel more pliable under foot rather than stiff and ridged. Full ground contact and wider/slightly flared heel gives the shoe a great feel and response.

In comparison to Version 1 this shoe performs better on the treadmill with the new midsole design. Still a neutral shoe but a very stable version it is. Still on the 8mm drop so great for runners who want to have a slightly lower drop shoe and good for runners who may suffer shin splints. One of the best things this shoe offers is the extra cushioning but slightly lighter again. So no added weight.

Overall this update is very good. More cushioning, lighter weight, more stable and responsive under load. Idea for runners looking for a shoe for long runs and even races […]

31 10, 2015

SAUCONY GUIDE 9

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STATS:

Heel to toe drop: 8mm
Stack height: 27mm-19mm
Weight: Men’s size 9: 277g; Women’s size 7: 227g

What they say:

The Guide 9 advances the cushioning properties and underfoot feeling of its predecessor while still maintaining ample support and guidance to deliver a smooth, efficient stride. It’s best suited for runners needing moderate support in a high-mileage trainer.

The Guide 9 goes above and beyond the competition in the Stability category. Sure-footed guidance enhanced cushioning and energy return courtesy of EVERUN, and a smooth, sleek upper fit all come together to create the best Saucony Guide Running Experience to date.

What we say:

The Guide 8 has been a very good shoe for runners who need some medial support in their shoes. Now we move into the guide 9. Keeping with the old the update brings some added features along with sticking with what works.

The medial support stays the same in the guide 9 with the use of dual density but they have taken out the plastic truistic and filled it in with foam. This has no effect on the shoes performance. Increase flex grooves in the forefoot allows for a smooth toe off with no stiffness. The flexibility feels great and responsive under load and helps with toe off.

The new EVERUN cushioning gives the shoe an added bounce and responsiveness from heel to toe off. This just helps with cushioning from landing to responsive toe off without been too soft and floaty underfoot. Some people feel cushioning can reduce energy return as it is too plush under foot but this added 3mm gives the shoe nice soft feel but responsive. Great for long runs when you need a little more help form your shoes.

Once again the shoe stays light. Even […]

21 08, 2015

ASICS KAYANO 22

By | Type of Sport: | Shoe Reviews:

STATS:

Heel to toe drop: 10mm
Stack height: 30mm-20mm
Weight: Men’s size 9: 325g; Women’s size 7: 265g

What they say:
The Gel-Kayano 22 is a serious running shoe for those who experience mild to moderate over pronation through midstance. This shoe continues to offer its trademark comfort and support with the addition of a newly engineered jacquard mesh upper for breathability and a strengthened guidance trusstic, enhancing stability. A fluid ride midsole provides the ultimate soft under-foot feeling, while GEL units coupled with a unique rearfoot set up slows the speed of pronation to reduce soft tissue stress. The forefoot construction allows for much greater flexibility to deliver better running efficiency. Furthermore, rear foot comfort and support has been amplified through a new external heel counter.
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What we say:
So the Kayano 22’s are in. A couple of nice updates that we first notice are the upper and the gel. The upper has moved in line with other brands by offering a seam free upper. No stitched straps across the forefoot. In return you get a couple of straps on the inside of the upper to keep the foot in place and supported. First feel of the upper is great and feels comfortable. Feels like nothing will irritate the foot even if you are a slightly boarder fit. The gel has changed slightly with the positioning of it and how much there is. As the shoe is very soft on first feel with the fluid ride system to the shoe, Asics decided to reduce the gel and move it slightly forward in the shoe to give it more durability. This should mean same feel but less likely to laterally compress. […]

27 07, 2015

Wave Sayonara 3

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STATS:

Heel to toe drop 10mm
Stack height 20mm-10mm
Weight: Men’s size 9: 250g; Women’s size 7: 200g

What they say:

For ‘everyday’ fast, this lightweight neutral trainer has undergone an update this season, now a true neutral shoe with a parallel wave plate, sitting on a 10mm platform (20/10). Blown rubber has been incorporated into the forefoot for a more comfortable and durable landing, along with a more traditional two-piece upper transforms the Wave Sayonara into the lightweight option for everybody from the gym floor to faster intervals.

PODIATRIST: The neutral Wave Plate maintains the balance of the shoe medially-laterally and has a more comfortable forefoot feeling for the everyday runner.

What we say:

Great update on the previous model. Mizuno have done some nice updates from the sayonara 2 to 3. First thing to notice out of the box is the upper. With most shoe companies moving into heat moulded uppers this shoe is mesh all over. Wider and deeper in the toe box means it fits better. First feel is that it will accommodate more feet with that extra room and it feels plusher under foot. Thanks to the added 3mm of cushioning under the foot the shoe feels like it has more bounce to it. Very nice feel but still feels responsive. This shoe is a neutral shoe and true to its word. Unlike a lot of light weight runners it still has a 10mm heel to toe drop meaning you can move from your traditional training shoes to a race/interval shoe with confidence. It’s a perfect shoe to add to the mix and rotation. Use it as interval shoe/track work to race day to gym use. This shoe has it all covered.

Out on the first run it feels great, light and cushioned. Doing hills reps this morning covering 6km […]

9 07, 2015

New Balance Vazee Pace

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STATS:

REVlite midsole
Blown rubber outsole
Deconstructed heel counter
6mm drop
215g for men/184g for women
$180

What they say:

The Vazee Pace is all about speed. Designed for the runner after a fast ride a single piece REVlite foam allows for a light responsive ride.

What we say:

New Balance have just launched the Vazee Pace which will take over from the 890. The Vazee Pace is not to dis similar to the 890. One of the main changes is the drop of both shoes with the 890 being an 8mm and the Vazee being 6mm. At a run on the treadmill this shoe felt very lightweight but also very responsive under foot due to the blown rubber outsole.

At a first feel I felt as though the cushioning was slightly firmer than the 890, but once I broke into a run it provided a nice smooth ride. I would recommend this shoe to anyone who is looking for a lightweight trainer to do tempo runs or interval runs. This shoe would also suit our customers who are looking for a lightweight, low profile shoe to use in the gym.

In terms of fit I felt as though the Vazee pace was similar to the 890. The seam free upper was soft across the top of my foot. With the shoe being shallow in the forefoot it gave a nice glove like fit. In terms of width it felt slightly wider across the toe box. The Vazee comes in a D width for men and B width for women.

Other shoes which would compare to the Vazee Pace would be the Pearl N2, Pearl N1, Brooks Pure Project, Brooks Launch and the Asics DS trainer.