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FIRST LOOK: BROOKS BEDLAM

 

FIRST LOOK: BROOKS BEDLAM

 

 

BROOKS BEDLAM: SEPTEMBER 2018

Brooks launched the Levitate in 2017 with a completely new midsole featuring their 'DNA AMP' for a supreme energy return – learn more about this unique technology on our blog. Fall 2018 introduces the stability version of the Levitate hit the market – The Brooks Bedlam.

Pronators will welcome a shoe that meets their stability needs and puts responsive energy return at the forefront of the technology for the shoe.
 

BROOKS BEDLAM: FEATURES

Previewed earlier in the year, we had the chance to see the Brooks Bedlam in action.

First up, let's talk about the Brooks GuideRails – the part of the shoe that, as the name suggests, guides your foot into alignment and reduces heel and shin rotation which in turn, keeps excess knee motion.  The Bedlam features these essential rails and add to it the DNA AMP midsole which captures the force of each stride and gives a bouncier feel.

This reviewer is a JackRabbit uber-fan of the Levitate, so to see this type of technology offered to pronators, is a treat they are going to love.  Watch out for the Brooks Bedlam coming 09.01.18 to JackRabbit.com and our stores nationwide.

Added bonus?  The Bedlam is also a good-looking shoe with wickedly smart colors.  Add to that, the Fit Knit upper designed to be breathable with an ankle collar that adds to the sock-like feel of the upper. The Bedlam is a must-try this fall for any runner/pronator this year.

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NEW BALANCE BEACON REVIEW

 

NEW BALANCE BEACON – SHOE REVIEW

by MELANIE MITCHELL | AUGUST 27TH, 2018

Let’s welcome the new kid on the block! The New Balance Beacon is the newest member of the fresh foam family from New Balance.

Why are we excited about this new style at JackRabbit? From a an aesthetic appeal, it’s on trend with a mesh upper and a sleek look.  More importantly, what gets our slow and fast twitch muscles going, is the super light and fast mid-layer of fresh foam that makes this a near-perfect shoe for a fast 5k or knocking out high mileage with enough cushioning to save your bones.

Our JackRabbit trio of reviewers, each with their own personal running styles (endurance, track workout, and short and fast), took the New Balance Beacon to the max to see what it had to offer.

THE BUZZ

The New Balance Beacon has come out of the gates like a prize racehorse – and there’s good reason. So incredibly light you get an amazing bang for your buck in the weight category.

The simplicity of the Beacon is what is garnering the attention from reviewers nationwide. That and its featherweight.  A sleek knit upper and a one-piece midsole means this shoe checks a lot of boxes and at $120 is one of the best valued performance running shoe to hit the market.

 

ANNOUNCING THE 'BEACON' FROM NEW BALANCE

We asked JackRabbit runner Eric Hubbard to take a pair of the Beacons for a tempo run. Eric is our shoe guru here at JackRabbit, the man who gets to touch every, single pair of shoes that reaches you at JackRabbit.com. His latest accomplishment is the gruling Ragnar Relay Colorado, so we let him off with a shorter run for this shoe test!

“I ran in the Beacon for a speedy 3 miles to test not only the legendary Fresh Foam cushioning, but how this lightweight shoe could perform for speed. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised! Fresh Foam is a wonderfully soft feeling and the Beacon has it in spades. This, plus the engineered upper, allows the shoe to be wonderfully light and helps my strides be quick. My fear with many extra-light shoes is the lack of security around my Achilles and ankle; I’m pleased to say the Beacon was snug-fitting where I wanted it, while feeling free and light where I needed.

The great New Balance fit is present too, as the light and breathable upper allows my slightly-wide forefoot to have plenty of room and my toes to breathe.

Some runners might be concerned by the relatively low heel-to-toe drop of only 6 mm, but I found that the cushion and lightweight more than make up for any hesitation there.  I still felt propelled forward on my run. Similarly, Fresh Foam here does not provide the quickest of response, but I found no issue with feeling fast thanks to the other factors mentioned”

New Balance Beacon - Fit, Feel, Ride

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The Beacon is constructed with a more durable version of the Fresh Foam which is exposed to the pavement which eliminates the need for heavy rubber on the sole.

To get technical for a moment, the engineers have circumvented the durability challenge by using an injected, molded midsole (over a composite version) then adding EVA outsole rubber pods which rest in key abrasion areas.  It’s sweet to see and explains how they managed to keep the shoe at such a bantam weight!

Our test runners loved the fit in the heel and pliable midfoot and the accommodating toe box. They found the Beacon to be an easy shoe to run in for short, fast runs as well as recovery runs and that it was an easy an amenable shoe that flows with the natural movement of the foot.

Technical aspects aside, this is a good looking shoe and everyone at #teamjackrabbit have loved the aesthetics of the knit upper that does not over-compress the foot and actually looks as good with jeans as it does with spandex.

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

The New Balance Beacon is an all purpose shoe and a truly versatile shoe that accommodates both short and longer runs. Some runners will like the wider platform which  provides good stability for those who who run off road.

The Beacon is a great shoe for a half marathon although many will gain from it’s cushion/weight ratio for 10ks and under too.  We’re not coming down either side on this one as it’s such a versatile shoe and may be the best release from New Balance in years! The Beacon has a great chance of becoming a shoe that will be around for many years to come.

PROS AND CONS OF THE NEW BALANCE BEACON

New Balance Beacon Pros

The weight/cushion balance of the New Balance Beacons both men and women is perfect for days when you need to feel light on your feet – recovery runs when your legs might be feeling heavy and you need the mental (and physical) benefits of being light on your feet.  The toe box has great room if you’re the type of runner who leans towards blackened toenails and the look of the shoe is on trend.

New Balance Beacon Cons

There are few cons to this new shoe as far as our testers were concerned. If you’re a heavier runner or one who completely shreds soles, then another shoe might better accommodate you.  We’re all curious to see how the outsole foam holds up.  About 40 miles between the testers, we all need to knock out more miles on these new shoes to find out.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MELANIE MITCHELL

Melanie Mitchell is a triathlete with a gear problem. Having raced for more years than she cares to mention, she’s run in most shoe types at some point or another.  Originally from England, she started running in the rain and now runs in the Colorado sun and appreciates her luck every day.

As JackRabbit’s resident tri-geek, her goal is to keep racing long enough to qualify for Ironman World Championships in her 70's through sheer determination over talent. As a freckled ginger, she’s also holding out for sponsorship from a sunscreen brand.

 

 
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JACKRABBIT AT THE REEBOK CROSSFIT GAMES

 

 

REEBOK – CROSSFIT GAMES 2018

 

 

JACKRABBIT AT THE REEBOK CROSSFIT GAMES

As a retailer rooted in run, it is often you will see our employees out on the road or trails soaking in some vitamin D on a long run. Rarely you find us in a gym fully stocked with weights, kettlebells, and ropes. However, at JackRabbit we believe in transforming movement into adventure, so a few of us at the office took an adventure to Madison, Wisconsin.

JackRabbit blogger Kenzi Kaplan shares her experience of a weekend with some of the crossfitters in the world!

Why Madison? Well every July thousands of people flock to this Northern state for the Reebok CrossFit Games to watch incredible athletes accomplish physical challenges from all sports backgrounds.

 

HOW THE CROSSFIT GAMES WORK

In order to qualify for the Reebok CrossFit Games, athletes from all over the world must participate in the CrossFit Open which takes place in the Winter prior to the games. Athletes as young as 14 are invited to participate and see how they compare against the rest of the competitors.

The top competitors from the CrossFit Open will move onto the next stage in the competition at the CrossFit Regionals. At Regionals, the athletes will push themselves through a series of workouts to earn their spot as one of the 40 men, 40 women, or 40 teams at the 2018 CrossFit Games.

If an athlete earns their spot as one of the top 40 competitors in their category, they qualify for the 2018 Games in Madison. Make no mistake, the hard work isn’t over. Each athlete must train for every possible scenario at the CrossFit Games, because one element added to the games is the unknown.

MUM’S THE WORD. HOW CROSSFIT KEEPS IT INTERESTING

Dave Castro, the mastermind behind the CrossFit Games, loves to keep the athletes on their toes. Several events that the athletes will compete in are kept secret until just before the games, and in some cases, just before the event starts.

To be crowned “The Fittest On Earth” you must be skilled in almost every aspect of sport. At this year’s CrossFit Games, competitors were challenged in swimming, biking, gymnastics, running, strength and more. Points are awarded based on completion time in comparison to their peers, and the number of reps completed if you are not able to finish the event prior to the time cap.

Each workout is designed to test and push people to their limits. Unfortunately, we saw several top competitors suffer injuries along the way. Fan favorite, Sara Sigmundsdóttir, pushed through her rib injury for a couple events before being forced to withdraw from competition. We also saw Josh Bridges and Stephanie Chung’s performance deteriorate as each event was held.

Athletes were given 4 shoes to choose from as they competed. Despite having a few options, the majority of athletes favored the Reebok CrossFit Nano 8 Flexweave. The Reebok Nano 8 is the most versatile and dependable shoe in the CrossFit space. This would be one to consider adding to your shoe line-up for your cross-training workouts.

After 18 events, only three athletes would be crowned the Fittest On Earth at the Reebok CrossFit Games. In the team category, CrossFit Mayhem Freedom took the win accumulating 900 points during the games. For the women, Tia-Clair Toomey scored 1,154 points and secured her title as the Fittest Woman on Earth. Back-to-Back CrossFit Games Champion, Mat Fraser,  defend his title as the Fittest Man on Earth. Can I get a 3-peat?

 

 

RUNNERS > CROSSFITTERS

As runners, entering the world of CrossFit was a learning experience. One thing we loved was how the CrossFit Games, and CrossFit gyms across the country see the value of running and are adding more running into their workouts and competitions.

So if CrossFit is focusing on adding running, we believe we should dedicate more time to focus on our cross-training. Over the weekend, we participated in a couple of CrossFit workouts at CrossFit Recursive in Madison (thank you for hosting us)! The workouts were tough, but the value was long-lasting.

Adding weights to your workout can help prevent injury, improve your strength, and boost your speed. Although you might not be ready to jump on the CrossFit trend, don’t forget to mix in cross-training into your workout!

A SAMPLE CROSSFIT WORKOUT

In case you need a place to start, here is one of the workouts we completed at CrossFit Recursive. We love it because it has a strong running and cardio base! It is an easy one to get started with.

**Repeat this as many times as you can in 30 minutes. This workout is about endurance, so always try to remember to keep moving. Beware of starting at too fast of a pace because you will most likely burnout at the end. At the end, record how many times you make it through the series. If you make it through part of the series, add the completed reps as part of your score. This will be your performance benchmark that you can work on improving as you get stronger

If you end up loving this workout, CrossFit posts the Workout of the Day (WOD) online that you can access for FREE!

Although the workouts are free online, what gets people excited about CrossFit is the communities that are built in the gym. CrossFit affiliates have grown to about 14,500 gyms worldwide. If you are interested in joining, you can find the nearest CrossFit Box over at the CrossFit website.

It’s safe to say that we at JackRabbit loved learning more about the CrossFit community at the Reebok Crossfit Games, and encourage our community of runners to consider this sport for cross-training days!

 

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HOKA BONDI 6 REVIEW

HOKA ONE ONE BONDI 6 – SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | AUGUST 1ST, 2018

The Hoka One One Bondi has always shouted out loud with pride about super cushioning with its 36mm midsole!  No need to dial that back in a shoe that has worked well for so many and is now in its sixth version!

Guest JackRabbit
reviewer, Brian Metzler digs deep into the soul – or would that be sole? – of the new Hoka One One Bondi 6!

THE BUZZ

Running in the maximally cushioned Hoka Bondi 6 is like running on clouds—soft, smooth and almost effortless.

The most cushioned shoe in the Hoka One One lineup, the smartly revised Bondi offers one of the highest cushion-to-weight
ratios of any shoe on the market.

WHAT'S NEW WITH HOKA BONDI 6?

Minor adjustments have been made to the Bondi’s thick, two-layer midsole for a smoother, more consistent ride. The engineered mesh upper has been redesigned to offer a more snugged-down fit and greater breathability in the front of
the foot.

The heel collar has been enhanced to include more padding and more effective heel-lockdown capabilities – always a sought after enhancement for any running shoe. Finally, the bottom of the Bondi 6 shoe was
reconfigured with a wider range of durable rubber in a lighter overall outsole package.

Hoka One One Bondi 6  - What's New!

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The slight changes to the upper and heel collar of the Hoka Bondi 6 have really dialed in the fit of this high-off-the-ground cushioned cruiser. It offers a super secure feeling in the heel, a snug and connective midfoot/saddle sensation
and a slightly roomier forefoot with just enough room for toes to wiggle and splay. (Note: The toe box of the Bondi 6 is slightly narrower than the previous edition.)

Like previous editions, the Bondi feels sublimely
cushy underfoot with loads of long-haul comfort that allow the shoe to feel as good in the first mile as it does in the last. It feels cushy and forgiving, but not at all mushy soft like some maximalist shoes, thanks to the slightly
firmer consistency of the two-layer foam package.

The best aspect of this shoe is how the combination of a semi-firm flex pattern and concave/rockered design promote a reliable rolling sensation as the foot transitions
from footstrike to toe-off. The seemingly effortless ride produce from that unique design aspect greatly reduces the impact forces that occur as the foot hits the ground.

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

Any runner who enjoys plush cushioning will love the Bondi 6 as an everyday trainer, but especially for long runs and recovery runs.  Triathletes training on already tired legs, have long known the benefits of the Hoka Bondi, and this
new version is as kind to legs as all the versions before it.

The unique rolling ride is refreshing and fun, allowing runners who have suffered overuse injuries the opportunity to run without the detrimental effects
of the harsh repetitive impacts of heel-striking.

PROS AND CONS OF THE HOKA ONE ONE BONDI 6

Hoka One One Bondi 6 Pros

The widebody design of the chassis of the Hoka Bondi 6, combined with the consistency of the two-layer foam midsole, give this shoe a surprising amount of inherent stability.

Unlike some high-off-the-ground maximalist shoes,
the Bondi 6 feels quite stable, even when cornering and running steep downhills.

Hoka One One Bondi 6 Cons

Because of its girth and the amount of material it has, the Bondi has never been the lightest shoe on the market.

But our wear-testers agreed that this edition runs much lighter than it feels because of the way it rolls
through every stride.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRIAN METZLER

Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher and occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado.

He's the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine. He's the author of “Running Colorado's Front Range” and the
co-author of “Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running” and “Run Like a Champion: An Olympian's Approach for Every Runner.”