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.


+ 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


+ 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


+ 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.

+ 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.

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.

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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

Now Open: Arena at Alabang Town Center

Sunday, 11 March 2018  |  News + Promos

Longstanding swimming brand known by the purist of swimmers, Arena Water Instinct, recently opened its flagship store at Alabang Town Center. The Arena Concept Store, prides itself of carrying top-level suits and gears, training suits, leisure wear and basic equipment to supplement your regular in-pool training routines.

with brand manager Luis Syquia, Monching Romano of Race Day, and triathletes Marge Camacho, Coach Don Velasco, and Ines Santiago (more…)

Now in Manila: Aetrex Lynco Orthotics

Sunday, 11 March 2018  |  Gear + Gadgets

with Peter Malkin, Vice President for Intl. Business Devt. of Aetrex Worldwide, Inc.

The past 6 months since my injury, I’ve never paid more attention to wearing the right shoes and insoles. After a 3-month hiatus from running, Dr. Canlas said that the main cause of my foot problems were my bunions which were exacerbated, get this, not by my running shoes, but my office shoes! Who would’ve thought, right?
So, I went on a shopping rampage for wider office shoes and insoles that could fit into regular shoes. I successfully found replacements for my ballerina shoes and heels as I switched to comfy loafers (3 of them lol). But, I couldn’t find insoles that could fit into my loafers. Until Aetrex. (more…)

Official Results: TBR Sun Life Dream Marathon 2018

Tuesday, 20 February 2018  |  Race Announcements

Congratulations to all finishers of the 9th TBR Sun Life Dream Marathon 2018!

Here’s the race summary for your first marathon:

Date: FEB 18 2018
Total participants: 1000
Total number of runners who started the race: 758
DNF: 11
Did not make the cut-off: 4
Official finishers: 743

Click below to view official race results:

Download / View PDF: Official Results TBR Sun Life Dream 2018_02.20.18

For any questions or clarifications, contact TBR Dream Hotline at or 0906-318-2723