Saucony Endorphin Racer
Every once in awhile I like to scan the brand pages over at Running Warehouse to look for new shoes that are coming out. I spent some time this morning doing this, and quickly found myself drooling over a few models that I hadn't yet heard about (hello Saucony Endorphin Racer!). I thought it might be fun to put together a list of shoes that interest me and that I'd like to try out this year. Some have been out for a bit, others are not yet available but are coming out within the next month or two. I have not yet seen any of these in person. The list below will give a good sense of the type of shoe that I like, and how I narrow down models that I'd like to review here on Runblogger. Most are road shoes, most are on the more minimal side, and many more >>
Mon, Jan 26, 2015
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Saucony Zealot Instagram
I spent the morning reading some of the early reviews of the Saucony Zealot (links at bottom of post). Though every reviewer has a slightly different take, some of the commonalities I found among them were that the shoe was a bit firmer than expected, the ISOFIT upper is unique and well-made, and the fit is fairly roomy in the forefoot (overly-so for some). These three characteristics sum up fairly well my own experience with the Zealot, which along with the Breakthru is one of two new models added to the Saucony line so far this year. (Disclosure: the shoes reviewed here were media samples provided free of charge by the manufacturer.) Specs My pair of the Zealot in size 10 weighs in at just over 9 oz per shoe, and stack heights reported by Running Warehouse are 22mm heel, 18mm forefoot (in a blog preview RW reports stack as 28mm heel, more >>
Wed, Jan 21, 2015
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Skechers GoMeb Strada Tongue
Last week I reviewed Meb Keflezighi's racing shoe, the Skechers GoMeb Speed 3. In this post I'm going to introduce you to his training shoe, the Skechers GoMeb Strada (I believe Kara Goucher is also training in this shoe now). I've been involved with the development of the Strada since late 2013, so the shoe has been in the works for quite a long time. I'm going to keep this post brief since I'll be writing a full review in a few weeks – just waiting to get a few runs in a final production sample that is en route. The GoMeb Strada is essentially a cushy, neutral shoe (think Nike Pegasus cush) with a rubberless sole. Instead of a traditional outsole, Skechers opted to make the sole from two types of foam – a softer foam for the majority of the midsole, and a slightly firmer, more abrasion resistant foam more >>
Tue, Jan 20, 2015
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Skechers GoMeb Speed 3 Tongue
Among the Skechers Performance lineup of shoes, my favorites have been the GoRun and GoBionic models (unfortunately the latter is being discontinued). I ran in the GoRun Speed 1 and 2, but the shoe was not a great match for me. A little too narrow, a little to firm under the heel for long distances, and a bit too much stack and weight for shorter speed workouts/races. It just didn't fit well into my training arsenal. I received my first wear-test pair of the Skechers GoMeb Speed 3 last February and I was impressed (Disclosure: I've been helping Skechers out with shoe development for several years). The prototype that I received felt markedly roomier with a stretchier upper mesh, felt considerably more flexible, and had a more resilient/bouncier feel underfoot. It felt like a very different shoe from the previous models (note: the name has been changed from GoRun Speed to more >>
Mon, Jan 12, 2015
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Altra Halo
I've read a few stories over the past few days about a new Altra shoe called the Halo. Looks interesting and thought I'd share here. The Halo has a sensor built into the sole that apparently can detect cadence, foot strike location, and ground impact force and send that info to a synced iFit watch or a smartphone. Devices that measure cadence have been around for awhile, but a shoe that can show foot contact location and impact force could be interesting. A big question will be pricing – will runners be willing to shell out $180 for this technology? There's also the question of what to do with the info that the shoe provides – there's no conclusive data showing that one type of foot strike is best under all conditions, and there is considerable debate about whether impact force is related to injury risk. I'm also not sure which exact more >>
Thu, Jan 08, 2015
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Scosche Ryhtm Plus
Last summer I reviewed the Mio Link wrist-mounted heart rate monitor and found it to be a great alternative to a traditional chest strap HRM. It measured my heart rate accurately, and synced perfectly with both my Garmin 620 and Vivofit. I had to return the Link to the manufacturer after writing my review, but was very tempted to buy one for myself. Instead, based on the recs of some running friends, I purchased a Scosche Rhythm+ HRM instead. I'm actually quite glad I did as my overall experience with the Rhythm+ over the past several months has been fantastic. The Mio Link and Scosche Rhythm+ share a lot of similarities. Both offer an alternative to the traditional chest strap heart rate monitor, both measure heart rate via sensors and LED lights that measure blood flow through the skin, both lack a screen, and both pair with other devices via Bluetooth more >>
Wed, Jan 07, 2015
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