Shoe Review: Nike Epic React

Sunday, 6 May 2018  |  Gear + Gadgets

When I’m testing a great shoe, I usually can’t stop myself from posting a great review as soon as I possibly can.  For the Nike Epic React, I was so busy training – and running in them as much as I could – that I apologize for the delay in posting; I didn’t get to share with you how awesome I think they are (although I think you would’ve read the millions of reviews by now).  Despite the tardiness, here’s my take on them. (Disclaimer: I speak so highly of them that you would think I got paid for this, but, nope, this is really my honest and unbiased opinion on the shoe.)

TECHNICAL SPECS:

Shoe type: Neutral cushioning
Heel to Toe drop: 10 mm
Weight: Men’s (size 10) – 239 grams / 8.43 oz | Women’s (size 7) – 233 grams / 6.2 oz
Price: Php 7,645

Whenever a shoe is released into the market with much fanfare and boasting of brand new technology, I always have one eyebrow raised. Running for over a decade and reviewing shoes for several years has taught me to always be wary of shoes that get everyone jumping on the bandwagon even if sometimes the shoes look like it came from another planet. Ugh… I truly hated it when everyone started going minimalist (remember, Vibrams?), then a few years later, everyone went maximalist with crazy thick midsoles. C’mon guys! When will we all learn that this is all marketing and experimenting with shoes usually lead to injury.

Anyway, I digress. When Nike came out with the Vaporfly, I was nonchalant. Of course, I was thrilled to watch the Breaking 2 effort of Eliud Kipchoge in his Nike Zoom Vaporfly Elite and I was over the moon watching Shalene Flanagan win the New York City Marathon in her Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%, but I dunno the thick midsole of those shoes just didn’t (and still don’t) interest me at all.

Then, the new Nike Epic React appeared… with all the fanfare, and the social media hype, and non-stop comparison to adidas Ultraboost. I was hesistant… but it definitely piqued my curiosity.

Nike sent me a pair for road testing at the perfect time. Not only was I dying to test this shoe, I had also just recovered from my 3-month injury and was starting to build mileage and work on my speed again. I was ready to try out these babies.


– Used the Nike Epic React at Pinoy Fitness Sub-1 Hour Race. I felt like I was flying! –

FEATURES:

The Nike Epic React Flyknit combines Nike React foam midsole with a Nike Flyknit upper to deliver a lightweight, soft yet responsive ride.

  • Nike React Foam cushioning is responsive and lightweight. React boasts of 13% more energy return and is more durable than Nike Lunarlon cushioning.
  • Flyknit upper results in a featherweight, formfitting and virtually seamless upper. With the bootie-style construction, the tongue is seamlessly part of the upper.
  • Foam outsole resists compression and keeps its shape
  • Heel shelf stabilizes the back of your foot to help keep your heel from rocking as your foot lands
  • Synthetic suede heel lining helps prevent slippage and blisters
  • Fits true to size for a snug fit

TBR REVIEW:

PROS

After running more than a dozen runs in my Nike Epic React, with my longest run at 16k in them, here’s what I have to say:

  • BEST NIKE SHOE EVER in my book! I used to be a big fan of Nike Lunar Glide and ran more than a couple of marathons in them. I had over 8 pairs of those shoes lol. My next fave was the Nike Zoom Structure. But, the Nike Epic React is the best Nike pair I’ve ever tried. I thought it wouldn’t work for my flat-footed, overpronating foot with bunions.  But, since my injury, this is the only pair I can run with comfortably without the need for my customized insoles. Amazing.
  • The Nike Epic React fits snugly like a sock, just like other Flyknits, but this is the one shoe that I felt crazy comfortable in. I usually test a shoe first by walking around in the shoe store or at home and this one just felt right. It hugs your foot in all the right places, plus the Flyknit allowed for flexibility for my bunions and breathability during these hot summer days.
  • This shoe offers the right balance between cushioning and responsiveness. There’s something about the new React foam that provides just the right amount of bounce along with the soft cushy feel. I can run strong and fast in these lightweight shoes while still feeling secure and stable since it felt close to the ground.
  • I usually have a shoe for interval and tempos and another shoe for long runs. While I’d say the Nike Epic React is more for the former, I was amazed that it held up (and felt very comfortable) even when I ran long and slow in them.
  • These shoes are great to look at. How often do you find running shoes that perform and are also “japorm” at the same time? Truth be told though, I cringe whenever I see people using this as a lifestyle shoe. It’s such an amazing running shoe that I save mine for training and racing.  Using it for anything else is almost sacrilege.
  • I like the fact that Nike discussed durability this time since that’s always been an issue with me when it came to Nike shoes. I always felt they wore out fast and I always needed at least 3 pairs leading up to a marathon. While I’ve owned this pair for less than 6 months and cannot attest to its durability just yet, I’m impressed with reviews saying there’s no degradation on the running experience since React foam is more durable than Lunar foam. We shall see about this, but I’m hopeful!

CONS

  • Despite the comfort, I do get a weird blister underneath my big toe whenever I use my Nike Epic React. Thankfully, just a bandaid on the affected area prior to the run solves the problem.
  • Love the white outsole, but it looks old and dirty just after three uses.

TBR VERDICT

I love love love this shoe. This is, bar none, my favorite Nike shoe since I started running.

Sign Up: GoWell Run Stronger on 21 April 2018

Thursday, 12 April 2018  |  News + Promos

GoWell, Sun Life’s wellness community, holds regular community workouts throughout the city.  The events are open to all members of GoWell.  Membership is free!  Just visit their website to sign up!

The next community workout is GoWell Run Stronger.  Click HERE if you wish to reserve your slot!   (more…)

Sitting is the New Smoking. Take a Stance.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018  |  Gear + Gadgets

I can work non-stop on my Mac for hours. Hours, I tell you! I can zone out working on a design or a business plan the same way I do during a marathon. Before I know it, hours have passed. Now, multiply that by days, and weeks, and months, and I’ve learned through this recent CNN article that, despite my daily workouts, I still risk dying early because I’m sitting too long at my desk. Ugh. It freaks me out.

Thankfully, this new company made up of young, health-conscious, and forward-thinking individuals found a solution for us. Enter the Philippine’s first standing desk: Stance.

Stance offers different models of standing desks, but I’m quite happy with mine. It’s in black, sturdy yet sleek. I can easily adjust its height with the pull of a lever. When not in use, I can push it down so it isn’t even bothersome.

Working while standing took a bit of getting used to but, after a couple of days, I found that it allows me to focus better, keeps me more alert, allows for more blood circulation, and, if what all these experts are saying is true, then this standing desk is actually helping me to live longer!

For more info or to order products, contact:
Website: http://stancephilippines.com/
FB: Stance-Standing Desks
Instagram: StancePhilippines

Shoe Review: New Balance Fresh Foam Lazr Hyposkin

Monday, 2 April 2018  |  Gear + Gadgets

New Balance recently released the Fresh Foam Lazr Hyposkin and I was fortunate enough to be one of the first three recipients of this shoe in the Philippines! Watch my unboxing below… and, yes, the music you’ll hear is coming from the box! How cool is that?

New Balance Fresh Foam Lazr Hyposkin was engineered using data from New Balance’s sports research lab to provide uncompromising performance for athletes on the move.

TECHNICAL SPECS:

+ Shoe type: Neutral cushioning
+ Heel to Toe drop: 6 mm
+ Weight: Men’s – 274 grams / 9.7 oz | Women’s – 233 grams / 8.2 oz
+ Colorways: Men’s – Military Foliage Green with Phantom & Sea Salt and Phantom with Castlerock & White | Women’s – Elderberry with Daybreak & White and Phantom with Castlerock & White
+ Price: Php4,995


FEATURES:

+ Digitally-enhanced Fresh Foam via infrared laser engraving in the midsole sidewalls, footbed, and outsole
Outsole features larger hexagons that disperse impact in high pressure zones and smaller hexagons in low pressure zones
+ HypoSkin upper that adapts to the shape of the foot for a flexible and natural movement
+ Perforated upper that acts like your second skin while providing targeted flex and support through pattern density
+ Bootie construction
+ Two-way stretch sock-like collar construction
+ Lightweight solid rubber outsole
+ No-sew material application

TBR REVIEW:

PROS
+ More cushioned and flexible ride. The new Fresh Foam midsole of New Balance definitely offers a softer and more comfortable ride than the old Fresh Foam. It was also responsive and bouncy, not too soft that you’d feel your foot sinking into the soles. The laser-engraved flex grooves moved with the foot with ease!
+ Very light. Wow, this shoe was probably the lightest New Balance shoes I’ve ever tried and we can still have the new Fresh Foam to thank for that.
+ Streamlined look. This shoe veers away from the traditional running shoe of New Balance. It’s definitely more sleek and more modern keeping up with the current trends in the market. Although I recommend that you use your running shoes only for running, gym shoes only for the gym, and lifestyle shoes only for walking or travelling, I would say this shoe can be used for all that. It’s a jack-of-all-trades performing well and looking good whether working out or walking.
+ Value for money. Considering the prices of running shoes nowadays, this shoe is a pretty affordable at P4,995.

CONS
+ Awkward fit. The Hyposkin upper didn’t really conform to my foot and I didn’t feel the usual sock-like experience I have with other brands. Could it be the sizing? Perhaps. But, I’ve been a consistent women’s size 9 with New Balance for years now. I found the creases in the upper a bit awkward for one that was supposed to hug my feet. While the bootie construction made it easy to slip the shoe on, I found the heel collar a bit bothersome too.

TBR VERDICT
If you’re a neutral runner looking for a light, fast, and sleek training shoe, this may be the shoe for you. It offers a very comfortable and responsive ride that moves with your every step. Go to a store and fit instead of buying online to ensure that sock-like fit truly works for you. It’s a good purchase considering it’s sleek look, good performance, and affordable price.

WHERE TO BUY
NB ATC, BHS, Glorietta, Trinoma, SM Aura
Planet Sports ATC, GH, Glorietta, Trinoma, Powerplant Mall
Intersport Vertis North
Secondwind Ayala Malls The 30th

SOCIAL: @newbalanceph #newbalanceph

Vermosa: New Sports Hub in the South

Sunday, 1 April 2018  |  News + Promos

Ayala Land recently opened Vermosa Sports Hub, the country’s first premier and professionally managed sports facility, located at Vermosa, Daang Hari Road cor. Vermosa Blvd. in Imus, Cavite. It is situated within the 700 hectares of space in Vermosa, a masterplanned mixed-use estate of Ayala Land.

Nice seeing tri friends again at the Vermosa opening

with tri friends from Alveo tri team: Jay Caniza, Rico Manuel, and Gutz Gutierrez

with one of my fave fit couples Suzi and Paolo Abrera

Vermosa Sports Hub is home to groundbreaking features that include the following:

+ the Philippines’ first 9-lane track oval built in accordance with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) standards. Fee: P90 for 6 hour use.

+ Olympic-size swimming pool equipped with the latest timing system by Omega and the Anti Wave Starting Blocks. Fee: P220 for 4 hour use.

+ Sante Fitness Lab, one-stop shop that will include a strength and conditioning fitness facility, sports rehab areas, a dance studio, a spinning class area, bike shop and services, a nutrition and fitness café, VO2 max/lactate testing by using a machine that can test an individuals level of oxygen while training , plus conference and lecture rooms to be managed and operated by Sante Health & Fitness, Inc.

+ a standard sized football field with natural grass and a sand sub-base, which makes it an ideal playing surface that is able to divot, or give way, under foot traction

+ The Vermosa Sports Hub will also soon unveil bike lanes, jogging paths, and other outdoor sports facilities

+ Retail outlets will soon open which will include health and sports merchants

Athletes may avail of a 20% discount for special passes until April 2018: (rates may change w/o prior notice)

Annual VIP Pass – Php 5,600
1 Month Unlimited Pool Pass – Php, 2,250
3 Months Unlimited Pool Pass – Php 5,600