Shoe Spotlight: Hoka One One Clifton 2

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The Hoka One One Clifton 2 has a lot to live up to. Its predecessor is Hoka’s top-selling shoe and a favorite of road runners who love to rack up miles. Fans of the original shoe can rest easy. Hoka’s mantra with this update was “don’t fix what isn’t broken.” The updates to the 2 are subtle, but oh so divine. Hot spots are a distant memory with a softer, lightly padded tongue. New no-sew overlays hug the foot in unwavering midfoot support. Plus, the ultra-cushioned, in-your-face midsole is just as plush as ever.

With the previous version of the Clifton, some runners experienced issues with blowouts in the upper. Hoka addressed this concern with a more durable, structured upper. Unfortunately, as a result the shoe weighs in about 1.4 oz. heavier and the shoe doesn’t offer the same high level of flexibility.

Overall, the Clifton 2 is still a comfortable, cushioned option for any road runner. Want to hear more about it? Check out what Ginger Runner has to say after putting some serious mileage on the style.

Shoe Spotlight: Under Armour Fat Tire

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When a couple of Under Armour employees were out running the trails, they saw a few “fat tire” bikes whiz past them and inspiration struck. What if the ultra-rugged tire tread found on Wild Grip’R bikes was adapted and repurposed for a trail shoe? And thus, the Under Armour Fat Tire running shoe was born.

 

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This innovative trail runner incorporates key Under Armour technologies such as a Storm water-resistance treatment and Charged foam with a thick, grippy Michelin green compound outsole. The hard-to-miss outsole packs plenty of plush while the micro-lugs handle rocky terrain with ease. From its bold colors to its bouncy feel, it’s unlike any shoe you’ve ever worn.

Would you wear the Under Armour Fat Tire? Let us know in the comment section below.

 

Tech Talk: Adidas Boost

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In 2013, Adidas launched a new technology they claimed could revolutionize the running industry—the Boost midsole. Now two years later, almost every shoe in Adidas’ running line (as well as many of its other sports footwear) are equipped with Boost technology. Plus, other running brands are launching their own version of the technology for Spring 2016.

So, what makes it so special? Most running shoes use an EVA foam-rubber midsole. Not Boost shoes. Instead, the midsole is made up of tiny spheres of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). Developed by BASF Global, the world’s leading chemical company, this TPU midsole underwent 3 years of research and development before it was introduced to the public.

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Adidas claims the Boost TPU midsole has many benefits over the traditional EVA technology. EVA is a responsive material that compresses with each step and rebounds to return energy to the foot. Over time, EVA can wear down, requiring the runner to invest in a new pair of shoes. Boost technology eliminates this problem with thousands of energy capsules that store and release energy only when it’s needed— without losing integrity.

While it’s still under debate whether or not Boost technology actually outperforms EVA, it’s clear that Boost does offer superior cushion for high-mileage runs. Don’t just take our word for it. We sent a pair to popular YouTube run blogger, Ginger Runner. See what he has to say about the Adidas Adizero Boston 5 Boost.

What do you think about Boost technology? Let us know in the comment section below.

Shoe Spotlight: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15

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The Brooks Adrenaline GTS  is back and it’s better than ever. In honor of this no. 1 shoe hitting our site with new technology and vibrant new colors, we’re shining a spotlight this month on what makes this style truly great.

The GTS line boasts some serious mass appeal. Whether your foot is narrow, wide or somewhere in between, the universal fit can handle it all. That’s why it’s Brooks most popular shoe. Equal parts support, cushion and balance, the new Adrenaline GTS 15 keeps that classic fit while incorporating new Brooks technology for a lighter, cushier ride.

The brand-new BioMoGo DNA midsole and Segmented Crash Pad provide plenty of flex underfoot while offering an effortless heel-to-toe transition. Meanwhile the moisture-managing, featherweight upper keeps things nice and breezy up top. Fast doesn’t have to be a struggle. Get your run pumping in the Adrenaline GTS 15, and let the endorphins takeover.

What do you think of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15? Let us know in the comment section below.

5 Marathons to Add to Your Bucket List

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Whether you have been running marathons for years, or are new to the marathon community, every runner should have a bucket list full of their dream courses. We know it’s tough to decide where to run your 26.2 miles, so we went through our calendar and chose the five top marathons you’re going to want to check out. It’s up to you to decide which one’s next on your list! Read More

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4 Racing Flats for Spring Races

With the winter weather dragging on (it has to end soon…right?) it can be hard to muster up the energy to even think about the finish lines at your spring and summer races. But they’re going to be here before you know it! And it’s paramount that you have the best gear to get you to the finish line. If you’re running a shorter distance (or are an efficient runner), racing flats could be something to think about adding to your rotation. They seriously slash the weight of traditional trainers to help you fly on race day. And if you’re gunning for a PR, you know every extra ounce of weight can add seconds to your finish time. Check out four of our top picks.
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Tech Talk: Saucony’s New Iso-Series

isofitWe’ve seen plenty of new technologies grace our warehouse shelves in the past few months, but few were as anticipated as those in Saucony’s Iso-Series. The new tech is found in Saucony’s top echelon of styles: the Triumph, Hurricane and the new Zealot, due out in March. So what’s new? Simply put—everything.
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8 Running Resolutions for 2015

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This is going to be your year. We can just feel it. To help you out, we’ve paired eight running resolutions with standout products to help you start 2015 on the right foot. Take a peek, and make 2015 the year of the run.

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Ginger Runner Holiday Gift Guide

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You know those days where running is the last thing you want to do? Ethan Newberry, aka the Ginger Runner, is looking to change that. His blog, gingerrunner.com, is brimming with reasons why you  should get out, get active and most importantly, have fun doing it. His humorous running gear reviews break down the tech specs so you know what you’re working with when you lace up and head out the door. Check out his top 10 picks for the holiday season.
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Light Up the Night in Reflective Running Shoes

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Running is our time to reflect—so make sure your shoes are paying their dues! These styles boast hi-vis fabrics and shiny detailing to give you one more layer of safety when you’re eating up miles before breakfast or taking a spin at dusk. Light up the night in one of these poppin’ bright picks.

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