Saucony Guide 8

Saucony took the Guide 7 to places its never been before, the release of the 8 will be just continuing a good thing. They modified the plastic mid-foot shank and extended the SRC Impact Zone to improve the transition from heel strike to toe off. Saucony also added seamless overlays to the forefoot which helped to both give a comfortable next-to-foot feel and also dropped weight slightly.

  • Powergrid
  • 8 mm Drop
  • Weight - Men’s - 9.9

                           Women’s - 8.4

  • Extended SRC Crash Pad
  • Release Date - 11/1/14
  • Seamless Overlays

Asics Electro 33

Dan Says: Although we've seen a decline in lightweight/minimal shoes, there are still many that prefer a flexible feel. Shoes like the Asics Electro 33 fills a giant void in the industry for runners that like a lightweight feel but also require some medial support. Without the use of a post, the Electro gets its medial support from what Asics calls "FluidAxis". Much like Nike's "Dynamic Support", they play with the volumes and densities of the mid-sole foam to give a flexible/lightweight feel that also delivers light to moderate pronation control. The Electro 33 is sacrificing a bit of stability for a well designed lightweight and flexible feel.- FluidAxis - 10 mm Drop - Weight - Men's - 8.5 oz.,Women's - 7.1 oz. - Retail - $110 - Seamless Upper - Engineered Mesh - SoLyte Mid-sole Foam.

Saucony Omni 13

Dan Says: It's easy to assume that a moderate stability shoe just has more posting than a light stability, however, more measures have been taken to correct the greater rate of pronation. The new Saucony Omni 13 is the perfect example of that. When taking a close look at the mid-sole/out-sole of the Guide and the Omni, you'll see the glaring difference being the ground contact in the mid-foot of the Omni vs a plastic torsion piece in the Guide. A greater amount of posting in the Omni and designing the mid foot with more ground contact will give a greater degree of stability than what the Guide's posting & torsion piece have to offer. No drastic changes have been made from the Omni 12 to the 13. Tweaking the upper by adding some seamless overlays and modifying the mid-sole/out-sole for even more ground contact were the most notable updates. And remember, Saucony does not make a double wide. - 8 mm Drop - Weight - Men's - 11.2 oz - Women's - 9.3 oz - Retail - $130

Nike Pegasus 31

How many time have you heard "I think I used to run in the Pegasus when I was in high school"?

Nike's flagship shoe that has been going strong since their debut in 1983 has just reached the 31st version. More mid-foot ground contact and an easier transition from heel-toe is trending in neutral shoes right now and the Pegasus is following suit. Dropping the Pegasus to a 10mm offset, filling out the mid-foot, adding a "crash rail" on the lateral side and increasing the sprung toe angle all help aid in an easy transition from heel/mid-foot strike to toe off. Also, Nike has done away with + sensor capabilities in both the Pegasus 31 & the Vomero 9.

Brooks Glycerin 12

The 12th edition of the Glycerin brings Brooks' float aspect of the spectrum to a whole new level. They focused on making the ride incredibly smooth and plush, even taking a few points from the Transcend. A solid mid foot platform, beveling the heel and adding "Super DNA" gives the Glycerin 12 an even smoother ride and 25% more cushion!

Features

  • Super DNA = 25% More Cushion
  • 3D Fit Print
  • Retail - $150
  • Release Date - June 1st
  • Ideal Pressure Zones
  • Beveled Heel
  • Conformable Midfoot Saddle
  • Weight
    • Mens - 10.9 oz
    • Womens - 9.1 oz

Nike Vomero 9

The Nike Vomero is the epitome of marshmallow soft and things are no different with this version. No changes to the midsole were made; however, the upper did get some tweaks. By adding new-age materials the Vomero gives a fit that is both snug where you want it and forgiving where you want it. A softer and more locked down feel is what you'll get with the new Vomero 9.

Features

  • Dynamic Fit Upper
  • Flywire
  • Reflective "Second Skin" Mesh
  • Heel & Forefoot Zoom Air Units
  • Weight
    • Men's - 11.4 oz
    • Women's - 8.9 oz
  • Retail - $130
  • Asymmetrical Mid-foot Torsion Piece
  • Cushlon
  • BRS-1000 Outsole Rubber

Asics Nimbus 16

Brands face a predicament from time to time: how do you update an existing top selling premium shoe? Well, Asics seemed to do exactly that without sacrificing what runners fell in love with years ago. New to the Nimbus this year is gender specific features, the women's top layer of FluidRide is softer than the men's, and also increasing the offset in the women's for Achilles relief. By adding more Gel, more FluidFit overlays and giving an easier transition by tweaking the Guidance Trusstic System, the Nimbus 16 is sure to give customers that premium feel they're looking for.

Features

  • FluidRide
  • FluidFit
  • Guidance Trusstic System
  • Guidance Line
  • Retail - $150
  • Weight
    • Men's - 11.4
    • Women's - 9.4
  • Offset (drop)
    • Men's - 10 mm
    • Women's - 13 mm - Women's Specific Plus 3 Offset
  • Gender Specific Cushioning

 

Asics Gel Cumulus 16

With the Ghost 5 being the #1 seller in the neutral category, the Cumulus 15 was often overlooked. Asics updated the Cumulus 16 with exactly what it needed for the competitive market we?re in. Not only were they able to add more GEL (GEL=cushion) but they were able to shave nearly an ounce from the previous version. In a few simple words, the Cumulus 16 is a lighter, softer, more plush version than the 15th installment.

Features

  • Weight
    • Men's - 10.6 oz
    • Women's - 8.5 oz
  • Drop - 10 mm
  • IGS - Impact Guidance System
  • Fluidride Midsole
  • Fluidfit Upper
  • Guidance Line
  • ComforDRY Sock-liner
  • Lighter AHAR Forefoot Rubber
  • Retail - $115

Saucony Kinvara

Saucony has made a significant update with their flagship lightweight shoe, the Kinvara. With the 5th instalment in the series, Saucony has focused on developing a more durable shoe with the same minimal feel. Adding more iBR+ rubber & isolating the crash pad helps the Kinvara wear better and gives a smoother transition. The 4 was notorious for small rip and tears, so Saucony replaced the "mono-filament" mesh with equally lightweight/breathable and more durable & flexible mesh. Also adding Pro-lock to the midfoot for a secure fit. And doing this all at the same weight as the 4!

Features

  • Pro-Lock Midfoot Upper
  • Powergrid Rearfoot Midsole
  • iBR+ Rubber Outsole
  • Lets Go Red Wings!
  • Soft Run-Dry Collar Lining
  • Flexfilm
  • Weight
    • Men's - 7.7 oz
    • Women's - 6.7 oz
  • 4mm Drop
  • Retail - $100
  • Release Date - May 1st

Nike Zoom Fly

The Zoom Fly is a new release by Nike and is a perfect option for track season. It falls into the lightweight stability category and has a faster feel than most comparable to it. With a feel similar to the Structure and a retail of $90, this is a great shoe for the high school student or the beginner runner.

Features

  • Dynamic Support
  • Zoom Forefoot Unit
  • Phylon & Cushlon Midsole
  • Weight
    • Men's: 8.8 oz
    • Women's: 7.9 oz
  • 8 mm Drop
  • Retail - $90
  • BRS 1000 Rubber Outsole
  • Breathable "Sandwich Mesh"
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