I’m a huge fan of the Nike LunarGlide, especially Nike LunarGlide 2, which I used for my first 4 marathons! I think I had around 10 pairs of those! I kid you not. The next several updates of the Nike LunarGlide, however, weren’t as great as their predecessors for me. Now I have the Nike LunarGlide 5, which I can use for 10k training runs. With the launch of Nike LunarGlide 6, said to be the most stable Nike LunarGlide with lightweight cushioning, I’m curious to know if my feet will love them for long runs. (more…)
Compression technology is still a bit controversial. Some say it works, some think its benefits are all in the mind. As for me, I’ve tried quite a number of brands and I’m a huge believer in compression technology. Now, if that’s all hallucination, I’m not quite sure because I can be quite cray at times LOL! Kidding aside. Compression works wonders for me. I use them for training runs above 15k, occasionally for races, never ever leave home without them for a marathon since I use them during the marathon and after for quicker recovery. For races abroad, I even wear calf sleeves on the flight home to aid with blood circulation. (more…)
The Mio Alpha arrived at my home in a simple, inconspicuous black box with an image of the watch on it. To be honest with you, I had never heard of this watch so I wasn’t particularly excited about it, but one line completely changed all that for me. One panel of the box read: “The world’s first performance level, strapless continuous heart rate sport watch!” (more…)
For 2014, Newton Running introduces several innovations that further improve on the natural running experience.
THE FIFTH LUG
The Gravity III and Motion III Mileage Trainers and Distance III and Distance S III Speed Trainers feature the next evolution of Newton’s unique Action/Reaction forefoot technology with the addition of a fifth lug. The dynamic lugs align with the foot’s five metatarsal bones, thereby delivering more cushioning, greater responsiveness and a broader and more stable base underfoot.
“The fifth lug provides more ‘pop’, or the dynamic platform that gives Newton Running shoes their unique feel and ride,” says Newton Running President Craig Heisner. “POP is also an acronym for ‘point of power,’ which is the forefoot landing zone involved with a balanced and efficient run gait.”
Newton is also evolving its product architecture on the Motion III and Distance S III by offering a new Extended Medial Bridge (E.M.B), designed to provide a broader platform for added stability. Combined with a lightweight, laser-perforated micro-suede overlay on the upper, these two models provide runners with additional support under the arch without over-controlling the foot’s natural motion.
The new Mileage and Speed Trainers also debut major design changes that appear in all new Newton Running shoes throughout 2014. The changes include welded instead of stitched overlays, 360-degree reflectivity and subtle two-tone designs on the metatarsal stretch panels. The Gravity III and Motion III maintain a 3 mm drop from heel to toe, and the Distance III and Distance S III still have a 2 mm drop. This near-level platform supports a more balanced, natural posture, which is an essential component to efficient running.
NEWTON RUNNING (MEN) – DISTANCE III, P 7995
Newton is exclusively sold at RUNNR stores and selected Toby’s outlets. Visit its branches in Bonifacio High Street, Trinoma, Alabang Town Center, Ayala Center Cebu and RUNNR corners in Toby’s Shangri-la Plaza, The Block, Abreeza Mall, Davao and Lim Ket Kai Mall, Cagayan de Oro.
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Websites: www.newtonrunning.com or www.runnr.com.ph
I’ve been running with the Saucony Guide 6 for months now. I’ve been using it as my primary training shoe for long distances on weekends and it was my shoe of choice for Tokyo Marathon last February.
When I heard that the Saucony Guide 7 was about to be released I was both worried and excited. I looked forward to testing this fantastic pair of shoes and, at the same time, I hoped that Saucony didn’t make too many changes to an already great shoe.
The good news: they made only a few changes, which are truly upgrades and improvements to its predecessor! That’s a good thing because this is a multi awarded shoe. Since its original debut in 2008, the Guide was twice named the Independent Running Retailers Association (IRRA) “Shoe of the Year” (2009, 2010), Runner’s World “Editor’s Choice (2012) and Runner’s World “International Shoe of the Year” (2012).
SAUCONY GUIDE 7 FOR MEN
So, I’ve used the Saucony Guide 7 for over a month now and I can finally release an honest to goodness shoe review:
The Saucony Guide 7 is a stability shoe that provides flexibility, guidance, and support surprisingly without the bulk or the weight. The best way for me to describe it is that it’s a cross between the stability of an Asics Gel Kayano and the lightness of the Kswiss Kwicky Blade Light. Basically, the Saucony Guide 7 has successfully combined the best of both worlds.
The shoe is extremely stable and I like how it feels close to the ground since I’m an overpronator. It provides good cushioning, not the soft mushy type, but just the right amount to still be responsive. I also like how flexible the shoe is which I can tell by the sound of the shoe striking the ground. I’ve had shoes that sound like plywood hitting the pavement. The Guide 7 is close to silent and soft.
The forefoot area is wide and spacious, perfect for runners like me with annoying bunions. The heel cup hugs my foot comfortably. It doesn’t slide nor does it feel too tight.
To be honest with you, I didn’t feel a significant difference from the Guide 6 to 7 and that’s a good thing!
Nothing. This is the first time I absolutely have no complaints about the shoe.
PRODUCT DETAILS FROM SAUCONY:
So who can run in the Guide 7? The answer is: almost anyone.
Pronators appreciate the light stability and guidance, while neutral runners find that it offers a touch of support without over-correcting their foot through the gait cycle. It really hits a sweet spot for a large percentage of the running population. Its fully decoupled SRC (Super Rebound Compound) crash pad in the Guide 7 heel area provides a smoother transition at foot strike. Moreover, the outsole of the new Guide’s forefoot has been flared by 2mm for a more supportive platform during the latter stages of the gait cycle. The Guide’s 8mm heel-to-toe offset positions the foot during impact in a way that creates a greater range of motion for the Gastrocnemius-Soleus-Achilles tendon system, allowing for a more powerful running stride. The end result: the Guide is the ultimate training partner, providing both stability and flexibility in a surprisingly lightweight package.
UPGRADES FROM SAUCONY GUIDE 6 TO 7
Saucony has upped the Guide 7’s midsole technology game by adding a heel-to-toe PowerGrid insert for lightweight propulsion. The revolutionary PowerGrid foam is 15% lighter and 30% more durable than traditional EVA. Deeper flex grooves and improved toe-spring ensure the new Guide moves with the runner. At a mere 10 oz, the Guide 7 is significantly lighter than any other shoe in its class.
Runnr in Bonifacio High Street and Trinoma, Toby’s Mall of Asia, Planet Sports in Power Plant Mall, Secondwind Ortigas, major SM Department Stores nationwide and select Robinsonsons Department Stores.