TRY SOMETHING NEW, TRY THE NEW ALTRA SOLSTICE
Nothing good comes from resting on your laurels.
That mantra also holds true for running shoes. Wear a pair of shoes one run too long and your legs are going to hate you for it.
Keep wearing the same shoes time and time over and you’ll never discover the cornucopia of running shoes that could open your eyes (and feet) to a whole new world.
JACKRABBITS HAVE THEIR SAY ABOUT THE NEW ALTRA SOLSTICE
One special treat at JackRabbit is getting to try new shoes, hot off the shoe press. It pushes us outside of our shoe-comfort zone and we love it.
Altra running launched the Solstice in January 2018, and we were given the ultimate privilege of sampling the shoe across all of our varied running legs.
We are marathon runners, triathletes, 10k-ers, Orange Fitness crews, and Friday-lunchtime runners. We like to think we cover most running bases with our collective running legs!
Here’s what our feet had to say about the Altra Solstice.
THE NEW ALTRA SOLSTICE – OUR FEET SPEAK UP
“Sooo I absolutely love these shoes. They are lighter than my Ons and way more comfortable. My toes have a lot of room to move without it being awkward or too big, it’s soft and malleable without losing that supportive feel. Compared to other “mesh like” uppers I’ve tried, this feels more strong knit. I have a high arch and this zero drop thing feels really natural when I walk. I don’t feel like I need to keep up with the shoe or the shoe has to keep up with me.
There is a crazy reflective back panel that I noticed when only a little sunlight was coming in from behind me. It’s was almost blinding, so that’s good for safety while running in the dark! The whole shoe feels the same, there’s no weird tightness or pressure in certain areas.
I would definitely recommend the Solstice after doing some really good walking around in these and even a short jog. Also they’re sleek and sexy which means I can be comfortable AND hot at the same time to fit my mostly black aesthetic.”
– Cam, JR design team, tall, lean and a born-to-be marathoner.
“First shoe that I don’t feel like my toes are all squished, but it’s still tight around my tiny heels!”
– Chloe, runner, email marketer and chief motivator
“Went for a run on the dreadmill, and I really like the Solstice! The toe box is a good kind of spacious, I’ve never run in Altra’s before and I really like that I have plenty of space in the shoe while still having the feeling of a light and lean shoe. Also feels much better when I get to watch Notre Dame lose in double OT while I run. Hooray!”
– Eric, the offical JR shoe guy, also known as Lord Hubbard
“I also did a treadmill run in the Solstice. I love that my favorite foot shaped toe box got a makeover, so it looks as good as it feels! Side note: I’m still an Escalante girl. I do have some critiques about the shoe and step in feel, but I did appreciate the Solstice updates as well.”
– Wendy, Marketer-in-chief and 13.1 slayer
“I’m an Altra Running newbie and typically prefer shoes with a decent amount of cushion, so I was pleasantly surprised by how good these felt when I first put them on. They definitely feel more “low to the ground” than what I’m used to, but I really love how much room there is in the toe box! My big toe sometimes pokes through the top of my shoes, but with so much space for my piggies to wiggle in this foot-shaped toe box, I don’t see that being a problem with the Solstice!”
– Emily, social media lady and JR paparazzi lead
“I went for a walk in these and just love how comfy they are. As a stability runner, I can’t say I’ll log a ton of miles in these specific shoes, but the wide toe box is refreshingly comfortable, and they’re pretty stylish! I can see myself including them in my sneaker rotation and probably breaking them in a bit at OrangeTheory or Fit36.”
– Chase, chief JR artist and soon-to-be Alaskan trail runner
THE LOW-DOWN ON THE ALTRA SOLSTICE
Read our full review on the new Altra Solstice, and learn how Altra took their design to a new level with the Solstice.
NEW BALANCE SHOES’ INNOVATIVE RUNNING TECHNOLOGY
FEARLESSLY INDEPENDENT SINCE 1906
New Balance has a history of marching to the beat of their own drum, confidently leading the charge on new technologies, rather than following the herd.
When New Balance was founded in 1906 in Boston, MA, the original design was inspired by the perfect 3-point balance of a chicken’s foot. This nature-made design led to New Balance’s first patent for metatarsal arch support with three support points.
This novel way of thinking about foot performance, carried over to New Balance’s revolutionary shoe design, with the debut of the “Trackster” in 1960. The Trackster was the first running shoe in the world to be offered in a variety of widths. It was also the first running shoe to feature a ripple sole.
BLAZING NEW TRAILS
Fast-forward 58 years, and we find New Balance’s forward-thinking technology has accelerated, providing a plethora of technologies, suited for a multitude of diverse runners. Some of the most conversed New Balance technologies are the “Fresh Foam” and “REVlite” midsoles.
Fresh Foam, featured in shoes such as the 1080, Zante and Vongo, is created from a single piece of foam that provides a plush, natural ride. This cushioned foundation allows for elements of stability without becoming rigid or overcorrecting running patterns. When you need to get where you’re going as fast as possible, look no further than the REVlite midsole, an innovative foam compound providing the same responsiveness and durability of foams 30% heavier. The REVlite midsole is featured in the Vazee Pace and 1400.
New Balance is always eliciting feedback, always looking for ways to improve, and never falling into a trap of complacency. This is significant for a company that has been in business continuously for over a century, and been producing high-performance running shoes since 1938. It would be all-to-easy to relax a bit and rely on successes of the past. The “Fearlessly Independent” mindset continues to produce shoes which incorporate technologies from the future, while bringing forward the rich heritage that precedes them.
A LASTING FIT
The core of New Balance’s performance design comes down to superior fit. The way a running shoe fits, begins at the last. A shoe last is a 3-dimensional mold on which the shoe is modeled and built. The greater a company’s variety of lasts, the more foot shapes it can accommodate. New Balance has more last designs than any other athletic shoe company in existence. It doesn’t require a huge jump in reasoning to determine, if you are able to find a shoe shape that perfectly fits your unique foot shape, you will experience enhanced comfort and performance during your run.
NO PLANS ON STOPPING
Being born-and-bred in America is important to New Balance, with a large chunk of their footwear lines being manufactured here in the USA. They remain as equally committed to advancing running technology as maintaining their heritage.
Whether as individuals, or as a running shoe company, it’s admirable to remain true to your core, and not be swayed by the masses and passing fads. New Balance has managed to retain a strong character, while seeking feedback, and always improving. New Balance is not afraid of continuing to lead the charge. Ideas being implemented in the near future give us reason to remain enthralled.
How appropriate that New Balance was founded in Boston. A company born in a city, both with a shared heritage of being fearlessly independent.
NIKE INTRODUCES THE EPIC REACT FLYKNIT
When Nike first introduced the REACT technology in 2017 in their signature basketball shoes, there was always the premise that the REACT technology would spring forth to other lines. Dear runners, that time is here!
NIKE EPIC REACT FLYKNIT- NEW TECH, NEW RUNNING SHOES
Today, Nike debuts its latest running innovation to the world – Nike Epic React. An update to classic Nike Lunar cushioning, the Nike Epic React debuts an entirely new foam technology that offers Runners a ride that is soft and springy, lightweight and long-lasting.
The Nike Epic React is all about getting up and going. It’s not hard to run. Instead, it’s the decision to go that holds us back. The mission of the Nike Epic React is to empower you to make the choice to run. Isn’t that what every runner needs?
JackRabbit will be carrying the new Nike Epic React, so stay tuned to our social media channels and blog feed for its arrival on 2.22
How will you react?
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THE NEW FLY COLLECTION FROM HOKA ONE ONE
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! OH GOD IT’S A METEOR!! Just kidding, it’s actually the new Fly collection from Hoka One One. “Fly” is all about taking the plush, ultra-cushioned feeling that has made Hoka a huge success in a short time, and producing shoes for a broader range of runners.
The Fly collection debuts three all-new shoes: The versatile Cavu, the speedy Mach, and the prestigious Elevon. Together, this trifecta is faster, lighter, and has more get-up-and-go than their Hoka ancestors.
If you’re wondering where these names came from – because I sure was – they’re all flight terms. Cavu is an acronym for “Ceiling and visibility unlimited,” commonly used by pilots as slang to describe anything that is desirable or sought after (like these shoes, duh). Mach is how aircraft speed is measured, makes sense since these shoes are FAST. Elevon, is not – as I first thought – a reference to the main character from “Stranger Things” but instead the part of a plane that provides pitch and roll control. #themoreyouknow
HOKA ONE ONE CAVU
Now boarding, Cavu. This is your multipurpose Hoka. Fly, run, jump, do whatever all over the earth. It’s like one of those planes that can land on water. Dunno if you’ll actually be able to run on water, but might be worth trying? It sports a coveted 4mm offset, which means your foot sits on more level ground. Simply put, this opens you up to move freely in a wide variety of ways. And with a bold and simple style, these could easily be an all-day shoe for you.
- – Lightweight, open engineered mesh for comfort and breathability
- – Thin, lycra comfort-fit bootie provides seamless layer next to your skin
- – Internal reinforcements for invisible support
- – PROfly™ midsole for a unique balance of PROpulsion and PROtection
- – R-BOUND™ outsole for soft ground contact and responsive cushioning
TECHNICAL SPECS: HOKA ONE ONE CAVU
HOKA ONE ONE MACH
Next on the runway, Mach. The Mach is birthed from award-winning Hoka One One Clayton lineage. If you liked the Clayton, you’ll love the Mach. This is an air force jet that you wear on your feet. Cushioned, light, and stylish, this is your shoe for pounding the pavement in comfort. You’ll log some serious miles on your frequent flyer card with this one.
- – Open knit pattern offers optimal breathability across midfoot and forefoot
- – Closed knit pattern offers structure and support in the arch and heel
- – Early stage Meta-Rocker for a smooth ride
- – PROfly™ midsole for a unique balance of PROpulsion and PROtection
- – Accentuated Active Foot Frame for increased stability
TECHNICAL SPECS: HOKA ONE ONE MACH
HOKA ONE ONE ELEVON
Ready for take off, is the luxurious Elevon. This shoe is first class all-the-way, baby! Birthed from “Competitor Magazine’s Editor’s Choice” award-winning Hoka Vanquish genes, Elevon takes comfort and responsiveness to new heights. With a super lightweight midsole and foot-cradling cushion, you will wonder if this shoe comes with complimentary drink service.
- – Lightweight, open engineered mesh for comfort and breathability
- – Padded tongue for additional comfort
- – Early stage Meta-Rocker for a smooth ride
- – Suspension construction featuring a PROfly™ top layer and a high rebound injection bottom frame
- – TPU stabilizing cup in heel for support and stability
TECHNICAL SPECS: HOKA ONE ONE ELEVON
SHOP THE COLLECTION
HOKA ONE ONE ‘FLY’ COLLECTION
― Leonardo da Vinci
Flight: As humans, we are mesmerized by it – both real and metaphorical. Song writers have written about it, da Vinci studied the physics of flight and admired its beauty. As runners, we too can channel flight when we’re on the road, on the trail. Just ‘turn your eyes skyward and long to return.’
THE SKY’S THE LIMIT WITH THE NEW HOKA ONE ONE FLY COLLECTION
When Hoka One One shoes hit the running market, they changed running for so many. Ultra-runners, Ironman triathletes, road beasts and trail lovers – they all adopted the max-cushion, super-light shoes in a way that left others wondering what they were missing out on.
Relentlessly committed to innovation, Hoka One One is still leading the way down the running trail with the sleek new FLY collection calling upon the lineage of their classics and reinventing them for today’s modern runner.
If you never considered Hoka One One before, now’s your chance to step into a whole new world. As the name suggests, these shoes are ready to take flight.
THE THREE KEY HOKA ONE ONE ‘FLY’ STYLES IN 2018
The trio of shoes in the new FLY collection call upon their inspiration from key flight terms. Their roots lie with the Hoka Vanquish and the award-winning Clayton before them and their future lies in the feet (and wings) of the modern runner.
COME FLY WITH ME
- THE HOKA ONE ONE ‘ELEVON’: Flight term: A moveable surface at the trailing edge of a tailless airplane (such as the space shuttle) that provides pitch and roll control.
The shoe: With lineage in the Hoka One One Vanquish two, this is a light, premium shoe with a seamless upper. Read our full preview on the Hoka One One Elevon
- THE HOKA ONE ONE ‘MACH’: Flight term: Air Forces generally use the term “Mach” to define the speed of the aircraft. Machnumber (named after Ernst Mach, the Austrian physicist) is the speed of an object divided by the speed of sound.
The shoe: The Hoka One One Mach has the award winning Clayton in its genes, taking speed to a whole new ‘mach’.Read our full preview on the Hoka One One Mach
- THE HOKA ONE ONE ‘CAVU’: Flight term: An acronym used in aviation circles meaning “Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited.” Commonly used by pilots as slang to describe anything that is desirable or sought after.
The shoe: The Hoka One One Cavu is for those who aspire to an unlimited view on both running and life with a smooth ride along the way. Read our full preview on the Hoka One One Cavu.
To learn more about each of the shoes in Hoka One One Fly Collection, and which one is right for you, fly on over to read our previews.
JACKRABBIT FLY PLAYLIST
Like philosophers of old and song-writers of today, Hoka One One beats to the sound of the same drum when they ask all of us, ‘why run, when you can fly?’
Listen to the JackRabbitRuns ‘FLY Through Your Run’ playlist on Spotify to spice up your run this month. We’ve rounded up A Flock of Seagulls, The Steve Miller Band, Kayne & Lupe Fiasco, with some addeed tunes from Nelly Furtado and Lenny Kravtiz. Run on, fly on!
JACKRABBITRUNS @ SPOTIFY: FLY THROUGH YOUR RUN
― Coco Chanel
TREADMILL TRAINING: FREE DOWNLOAD AND ESSENTIAL SHOES
When it comes to winter, sometimes a session on the treadmill is what it takes to get it done. You might (like me, foolishly) have signed up for an early race, don’t feel safe running in the dark, or old man winter has really dealt you a hard blow. We’re talking about you, New England!
FREE TREADMILL WORKOUT TO DOWNLOAD
If you can have a favorite treadmill workout (that might be an oxymoron), here’s my go-to training session; a tempo workout that keeps it moving (literally) and mixes up different paces and intensity. You’ll be so engaged, you’ll be through the workout before your mind has a chance to catch up.
TIPS FOR TREADMILL RUNNING
We’ve all seen the treadmill running disasters doing the rounds on social media. And while it is actually wet-your-pants hilarious to observe others getting it wrong, don’t let yourself down on the treadmill.
At JackRabbit we try to get every runner on the treadmill in our stores to get an overview of their running gait and let them experience a range of running shoes while actually running.
The result is us JackRabbits have had the opportunity to observe all types of runners on the moving belt of hell/heaven (depending on your view). And so here are our top tips on how to run on a treadmill to be safe:
- Side Rails: Stating the obvious, treadmills don’t stop when you do. Be sure to check yourself before slowing down. Place your hands on the rails and be prepared to jump on the side rails as a first instance.
- Eyes on the Prize: Your feet follow your eyes, so look straight ahead. If your focus is forward, you’ll have an easier time staying balanced, but we know the TV off to the side is tempting.
- Hard Stop! To be extra secure, take the time to clip the emergency STOP cord to the hem of your running shirt. Seriously, a friend of a JackRabbit learned that the hard way at college… no stop cord and ended up with friction burns on his face. Don’t Stop, Drop and Roll on a treadmill; it’ll hurt.
- Dry Land: Take your time getting off the treadmill to get your land legs back. We’re not joking when we say stepping off a treadmill can feel like you’re back on dry land after a long sea voyage. That even holds true for our treadmills here in landlocked Colorado! It can be a little disorienting after running in a stationary position to once again be moving!
RUNNING SHOES FOR THE TREADMILL
There are two considerations on what shoes to wear on a treadmill. You’re probably not going to be running a 20 miler on a treadmill – although we certainly know people who do. Check out runners Brian and Kara. They certainly knock out longer treadmill runs – and they wear Altras to do it.
However, If you’re doing anything between one and six miles, your choice of shoe can afford to be something lighter and with a little less cushioning.
The one (and some might say only!) benefit of a treadmill is it’s more forgiving than your concrete sidewalk. Way more.
The second consideration is if you plan on jumping off the treadmill to continue with some free weights, plyometrics or mix up the cardio hopping between a rowing machine and one mile repeats (my personal favorite way to treadmill it!)
If so, a lower profile shoe might also be the right combo. Here are our top recommendations of running shoes to take the treadmill session this winter.
Run on, JackRabbits. Summer race day glory awaits you.
RECOMMENDED TREADMILL SHOES