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ADIDAS SOLARBOOST REVIEW

 

ADIDAS SOLARBOOST – SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | JUNE 2019

The Adidas SolarBoost is the latest generation of shoes utilizing Boost technology, and it has impressed our seasoned reviewer.  Read on to learn what our pro-gear tester and guest writer Brian Metzler has to say.

THE BUZZ

The latest shoe utilizing Adidas’ game-changing Boost midsole foam is an amazing blend of function and fashion. The function is all about a smooth, soft and semi-responsive ride, while the fashion angle is centered around the idea that Adidas made a technically advanced shoe look cool and aesthetically pleasing. (Adidas said its designers took inspiration from both NASA design standards and the energy and colors the sun creates.)

WHAT'S NEW WITH SOLARBOOST

The SolarBoost uses a technological featured called Tailored Fiber Placement (TFP)—a new construction technique in which various sizes and densities of yarns recycled from ocean plastics are sewn together in a pattern that creates supportive, form-fitting sidewalls that wrap the midfoot and arch into a secure, comfortable cradle.

Other innovative features include a semi-firm, two-piece heel counter that adds support without stressing the Achilles tendon and a set of symmetrical reinforcing rails (known as the Solar Propulsion Rail system) down the medial and lateral sides of the shoe that guide and stabilize the foot as it rolls forward (with help from a firm plastic Torsion directional wedge sandwiched between the midsole and outsole).

Adidas Solar Boost - Energy and Environment

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

No question about it, the ride of the SolarBoost is soft and silky-smooth. Although it initially feels as if it’s a bit marshmallowy, the Boost foam seems to give it more of a springy sensation directly after impact with the ground. That sensation of energy return gives this shoe a vibrant feeling, although, truth be told, it’s not super-responsive compared to a few contemporary shoes with firmer foundations.

The innovative TFP sidewall engineering and stability rails are all that they’re cracked up to be. Our wear-test runs found that the upper was much more connecting and supportive than similar Adidas shoes (i.e., PureBoost, UltraBoost) that used some variation of lightweight compression knit upper materials.

Those shoes often resulted in a bit of a sloppy ride at the midfoot, but not with the reliably snug, super stable and forward-moving SolarBoost. To top it off, the interior is comfortable and the forefoot mesh material is supple and accommodating for all foot shapes.

WHO'S IT BEST FOR

Runners who appreciate a lot of cushion and a soft, energetic sensation under foot and yet also need a twinge of stability will like the SolarBoost a lot. It’s a versatile everyday trainer for a variety of slow to moderate types of runs and workouts from 2 to 12 miles.

We didn’t think it was ideal for fast intervals or short races, but it could be a good choice for a 10K, half marathon or a marathon because of its cushion and inherent stability.

PROS AND CONS OF ADIDAS SOLARBOOST

Adidas Solar Boost - Pros

Rubber is the heaviest and potentially the clunkiest part of any shoe, but Adidas found a way to keep the outsole weight from being overbearing or inhibiting the smooth sensation riding sensation of the Boost midsole.

The outsole of the SolarBoost is made of a thin matrix web of Continental rubber that offers optimal flexibility and traction without inhibiting the foot from moving naturally through the gait cycle.

Adidas Solar Boost - Cons

There’s not much not to dislike about this shoe, except that it’s not necessarily lightweight. At almost 11 ounces (for a men’s size 9.0), it’s noticeably heavier than many of its contemporaries in the everyday trainer category.

Although that’s not a factor for shorter or slower runs, it did become apparent when running longer and faster during our wear-test efforts.

ADIDAS SOLARBOOST SPECS

Adidas SolarBoost 19 - Specs

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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.”

 

 
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SAVE THE OCEAN ONE STEP AT A TIME IN ADIDAS ULTRABOOST PARLEY

 

 

 

 

SAVE THE OCEAN ONE STEP AT A TIME IN ADIDAS ULTRABOOST PARLEY 

There’s something about wearing environmentally-friendly shoes and clothing that not only looks good, but really does make you feel great about how your fashion choices are impacting the world in a positive way.
 

PARLEY SHOES 101: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW


 

Take the Adidas UltraBOOST Parley, for example. They’re not quite what Adidas would call “recycled shoes” but they’re pretty darn close! These pretty little things are made in collaboration with Parley for the Oceans, an organization that addresses major threats towards our oceans, the most important ecosystem of our planet. Adidas works with Parley to turn threat into thread and spin problems into solutions. How? By keeping plastic out of our oceans and transforming it into high-performance sportswear — in this case, Adidas UltraBOOST Parley running shoes.

Some of the space-dyed yarn in the Primeknit upper features Parley Ocean Plastic™, which is made from recycled waste that is intercepted from beaches and coastal communities before it reaches the ocean.
 

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And if that doesn’t tug at your heartstrings enough, let’s talk stats. These are some facts to think about when understanding the ocean’s importance and why it’s so critical to protect it:
 

  • – 99% of the biosphere is housed in the oceans.
  • – Every second breath we take is generated by the oceans.
  • – Every minute, the equivalent of a dump truck of plastic enters the oceans.
  • – Plastic is found in 90% of seabirds and more than half the world’s sea turtles.
  • – Between 57,000 and 135,000 whales are entangled by plastic marine debris every year.


 

 

 

 

Take all of that into account and I guarantee you’ll feel as good as I did stepping into a pair of Adidas Parley shoes that — even in its own small way — contributes a solution to a problem that’s our collective responsibility to fix. The Earth is our home, and we must do everything we can to take care of it because you know the sea turtles and whales didn’t make a mess of our oceans… we did.

 

 

ADIDAS PARLEY STAFF REVIEW

 

Loving the new adidas stella parley shoes
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If it’s not insanely obvious, I’m totally digging the “save the planet” story behind my new Adidas kicks. But I’m also pretty obsessed with the way they look on my feet… because these things are F.R.E.S.H!!

They’re super comfortable and break in really well. I’ve worn them running, to the gym, to work, and out and about around town. I’ve gotten no fewer than three compliments every day that I’ve worn them, and they definitely look way cooler in person than they do in pictures! Colorful space-dyed yarn creates a Patriotic mélange effect, while the outer cage provides a supportive fit with a flexible, durable outsole. I’m not a huge distance runner, so the Adidas Parley is perfect for my low milage workouts and cross-training at the gym.  There's a whole new Parley collection to choose from to suit your running and style needs. 

 

 


 

FEATURES OF THE ADIDAS SOLAR BOOST PARLEY

  • – TFP Textile:  Tailor Fibre Placement is a textile process used to produce fibre reinforced structures. Why is this important? It is the epitome of sustainable manufacturing significantly reducing waste. 
  • – Parley Yarn:  The solar boost collection uses Parley yarn. 
  • – Heelfit: The supportive heel construction is designed to specialy enable the free motion of the achilles.
  • – Available in neutral and stability: To meet every runner's needs, there are two versions in the Solar Boost collection.  
  • – Weight: 11 ounces, 9.8 ounces
  • – Drop: 10mm
  • – Price: $160.00

 


 

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ADIDAS: SUSTAINABILITY, PERFORMANCE, STYLE

 

 

ADIDAS: SUSTAINABILITY, PERFORMANCE, STYLE

 

 

WHY WE'RE CELEBRATING ADIDAS THIS SUMMER

As a running company, adidas has always been a leader in its commitment to sustainability. We tip our hats to their clear mission to include sustainability into the fabric of the company and are committed for the long term.

In 2017, adidas placed 49th in the Global 100 List of Most Sustainable Corporations in the World, a ranking that celebrates corporations that have been able to balance environmental, social and corporate performance.  It was the only footwear or apparel company to feature in the list.

As a German company, adidas has the advantage of having its roots in a country that has always been a leader for pushing the idea of using less, paying attention to our impact on the environment and being a team player when it comes to Mother Earth.

HOW IS ADIDAS COMMITTED TO SUSTAINABILITY?

As part of its mission, adidas is committed to taking responsibility for the entire lifecycle of the sport it supports.  That runs from respecting human rights to the supply chain to the end result of empowering people, improving health and inspiring others.

They have a road map through 2020 translating their sustainable efforts into tangible goals that have a direct impact on the world of sport.

SOLARBOOST: ROCKET SCIENCE YOU CAN WEAR

Alongside its commitment to sustainability, adidas continues to push innovation.  And who can say no to a shoe inspired by NASA engineering?  Launched this summer, SolarBoost is the new high-performance, lightweight shoe from adidas, that is indeed inspired by engineering by NASA scientists.

One of the key inspirations for SolarBoost is ‘confidence’ drawing on the lore that running enthusiasts (personally, we like to call ourselves running geeks!) run to gain self-belief in all aspects of their lives.  By equipping runners with their newest technology, adidas is giving every runner the tool to build their confidence with every step they take.
 

With that in mind, adidas introduced SolarBoost using their unique Tailored Fiber Placement, which is so precise that it gives a structured and flexible feel where runners need it most. Add to this a new energy rail to increase stability and you have a shoe that is going to give you a refined and more accommodating fit.

And, there’s more folks!

Let’s not forget adidas’ mission for sustainable footwear which is the core of their brand beliefs. SolarBoost features sustainable (and ocean-saving) Parley yarn spun without compromising durability or wasting materials. Read on below for more on the amazing Parley yarn.

To learn more about SolarBOOST, read the JackRabbit review from guest blogger Brian Metzler.

 

ADIDAS PARLEY: SUSTAINABILITY IS NOT A GIMMICK

Talking of their sustainability mission, adidas have publicly stated they want all of their shoes to be made using recycled plastic by 2020.

The story of an adidas shoe is more than just its performance and style. Adidas has brought sustainability to its high performance shoes partnering with Parley – a company manufacturing yarn from plastic removed from oceans.  The upper of every Parley shoe from adidas is made from 5% recycled polyester and 95% plastic waste dredged from the ocean.

Read more about the adidas/Parley story and our passionate support in a blog post from Emily, our ‘sustainability guru’ at JackRabbit and social media queen.
 

 

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MIZUNO WAVE SKY WAVEKNIT 3 REVIEW

 

MIZUNO SKY WAVEKNIT 3- SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | JUNE, 2019

The Mizuno Wave Sky Waveknit 3 is a new style with stand-out elements for runners looking for a plush experience that allows the foot to move naturally thanks to the waveknit upper.  

JackRabbit guest reviewer Brian Metzler evaluates the new Sky Waveknit style reporting 'thumbs up' feedback from run testers. 

THE BUZZ

The Sky Waveknit 3 is of the most exciting and innovative running shoes from Mizuno in several years.

The premise of this style is a comfortable, natural-flexing model for runners with neutral gait patterns, making this a shoe that should work for a wide range of runners. 

WHAT'S NEW: MIZUNO SKY WAVEKNIT 3

Mizuno’s new XPOP polyurethane midsole foam, innovative Foam Wave midsole design and Waveknit upper combine to make the Wave Sky Waveknit 3 a soft, plush and infinitely comfortable neutral shoe.

The new Mizuno Sky Waveknit 3 dials in with a 10mm heel-toe offset – this is a tad lower than most running shoes in Mizuno’s line and calls to runners who want the plush without the higher offset. 

The Sky Waveknit upper is made from a tightly knitted stretchy synthetic yarn that has a soft feel and provides dynamic stretch and hold abilities. But unlike some other knitted uppers, the Mizuno Waveknit technology creates uppers with a 3D shape that don’t unnecessarily crimp the toes.

Ultimately the knitted upper contributes to the Sky Waveknit's comfortable, uninhibited ride by continually adapting to the shape and movement of the foot.

Mizunos’ Foam Wave technology is all acronym and all on point: The XPOP foam couples nicely with the full-length U4ic foam midsole for cushioned comfort and response. The U4icX Strobel foam lining below the premium footbed and the podular U4icX midsole round out a truly exquisite cushioning experience. 

Mizuno Sky Waveknit 3 - Run on

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

First and foremost, our wear-testers reported that the step-in feel of the Sky Waveknit 3 is phenomenal. 

The style is enhanced with a cushy interior, soft, thick tongue, premium sockliner and firm internal heel counter, this shoe serves up a comfortably snug, sock-life fit throughout from heel to midfoot saddle to forefoot for most foot shapes.

The toe box might feel a tad snug for some runners when first laced up, but the soft and pliable Waveknit upper construction offers an adaptive fit expands and contracts slightly on the run.

The ride is soft, smooth and slightly springy with a noticeable energetic sensation as the foot rolls through the midfoot to toe-off.

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

The Mizuno Sky Waveknit 3 is a great topiont for runners who run moderate mileage and appreciate shoes with a soft, comfortable feel, trend-forward style and a floating sensation under foot.

It’s not that it wouldn’t be good for long runs, but its sweet spot is somewhere in the middle. Those work-week runs when you're going to quality over quantity in mileage. 

PROS AND CONS OF THE MIZUNO SKY WAVEKNIT 3

Mizuno Sky Waveknit 3 - Pros

Pros:Mizuno Sky Waveknit 3

The midsole: The XPOP is Mizuno’s next-generation polyurethane midsole foam that provides both great cushioning and noticeable responsiveness. Similar to Saucony’s Everun foam, it serves up a reassuringly stable yet mildly peppy ride.

Mizuno’sCloudwave technology provides amazing cushioning, light guidance and a more lively feel underfoot. It allows the foot to move naturally through the gait cycle without any clunky transitions from heel to midfoot to forefoot.

Five flex grooves in the forefoot of the outsole—including two deeper ones that span the width of the shoe—increase the pliability of this shoe, allowing the foot to move naturally to the toe-off phase of a stride.

Mizuno Sky Waveknit 3  - Cons

Cons: Mizuno Sky Waveknit 3

Although not heavy or slow, the Sky Waveknit 3 isn’t a lightweight shoe nor a speed burner.

It can get by doing some faster types of workouts like tempo runs, but our wear-testers didn’t think it would be a performance-oriented trainer or a race-day shoe for most runners.

MIZUNO SKY WAVEKNIT 3 SPECS

Mizuno Sky Waveknit 3 - Specs

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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.”

 

 
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HOKA CLIFTON 6 REVIEW

 

HOKA ONE ONE CLIFTON 6 – SHOE REVIEW

by MELANIE MITCHELL | JUNE, 2018

The HOKA Clifton was the shoe that changed runners' perceptions about what HOKA ONE ONE could be. When it broke into the running scene, the Clifton delivered the perfect combination of soft and light in a maximalist package that could go the distance with you. 

The Clifton quickly racked up awards and now onto its sixth edition, HOKA has continued to develop the sleek look, building upon what runners have always been drawn to in this maximalist running shoe.

THE BUZZ

The new HOKA Clifton 6 has capitalized on the success of previous models and added some stylish new elements for 2019 to raise the runway game for this HOKA classic.

Alongside the upgraded mesh upper, gone is the solid Hoka midsole look with some careful blending and texture added to create the illusion of a less maximalist shoe with all the maximalist benefits. 

Read on to learn all you need to know about the HOKA Clifton 6 for the 2019 running season.

 

WHAT'S NEW: HOKA CLIFTON 6

The HOKA Clifton 6 builds upon the successes of what was introduced in the #5.  The engineered mesh upper was a hit with runners and the new reiteration enhances the mesh, allowing for breathability and keeping the shoe as lightweight as possible.  HOKA has added in embroidery reinforcement to reduce layers and offering improved lock down of the mid-foot.

Already a lightwieght shoe, if you thought the HOKA Clifton couldn't get any lighter, then think again!  HOKA has managed to shave off 0.4oz from the men's shoe and 0.2oz from the women's.  While this might seem like micro-improvements, the effect on a long run knowing you're in a lighter shoe, might take you from a destroyed runner's soul to crossing the metaphorical finish line. 

The HOKA Clifton still features the Hoka’s EVA and early stage Meta-Rocker geometry for a classic, smooth ride.

HOKA ONE ONE Clifton 6 - Fit, Feel, Ride

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

FIT: HOKA has caplitalized on the winning overlay introduced in the previous edition making the Clifton 6 an airy style, perfect for summer running. As previously noted, the fit of the upper with precision-placed embroidery keeps the mid-foot secure once it's locked in with the lacing.  Note, the Clifton is also available in a wide version.

FEEL: If you're a regular HOKA Clifton wearer, slipping your foot into the Clifton 6 is like a going back home – albeit a home with brand-new lick of paint. It has the same springy feel with plenty of room to let your feet breathe and run on their own terms. For those new to the Clifton, this style is a perfect example of what a maximalist shoe should be; smooth, cushioned and stable, and ready for many miles ahead.

RIDE: The Clifton is known for the HOKA early-stage Meta-Rocker and the full compression EVA midsole and neither have changed in the sixth edition. The rocker sensation from foot-strike to takeoff is where this HOKA style comes into it's own. The Clifton is a stable shoe thanks to the geometry of the midsole and sole. The lightness of foot of the style is enhanced by HOKA strategically placing hi-abrasion rubber zones on the sole to ensure the shoe is as light as possible. 

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

The HOKA Clifton speaks to runners with a neutral gait and is a good for training runs and races on unforgiving surfaces. The runner who puts in the mileage will appreciate the Clifton for keeping their legs feeling fresh mile after mile, day after day.  Tired legs love the Cliftons, fresh legs love the Cliftons; the style soothes the former and supports the latter.

For those lower-mileage runners looking to add mileage over the season, we can almost guarantee you'll be tempted to run more once you've spent a few miles with your new Clifton bff. 

PROS AND CONS OF THE HOKA CLIFTON 6

HOKA ONE ONE Clifton 6 Pros

Pros: HOKA Clifton 6
The HOKA Clifton was always a lightweight shoe, and HOKA have somehow managed to make it even lighter – no runner can argue with that. 

Summer running is hot, and HOKA have delivered with a light mesh upper that supports, yet allows feet to breathe. 

If you're a runner looking for a maximalist shoe for the first time, the Clifton will not disappoint. 

HOKA ONE ONE Clifton 6 Cons

Cons: HOKA Clifton 6
We've said this before, and we'll say it again, if you’re looking for a con with the Clifton, the question to ask yourself is whether a max-cushioned shoe is right for you.  

If you’re a runner used to a less cushioned shoe, the HOKA Clifton will undoubtedly feel different, and change is scary to many!  However, go for a few runs and we think you’ll soon be drinking the Clifton Cool-Aid with us.

HOKA CLIFTON 6 – SPECS

Saucony Ride ISO 2 - Specs

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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 twilight years through sheer determination over talent. As a freckled person, she’s also holding out for sponsorship from a sunscreen brand.

 

 
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HOW TO DONATE USED RUNNING SHOES

HOW TO DONATE USED RUNNING SHOES

by BRIAN METZLER |

DON'T THROW AWAY YOUR RUNNING SHOES

DONATE THEM

By JackRabbit guest blogger, Brian Metzler

Those who know me know that I’m a true running shoe geek. I love running shoes, I wear-test hundreds of pairs every year and that also means I hate to part with running shoes. While
I have an extensive quiver of shoes in my garage, I do, unfortunately, have to discard a lot of running shoes. Some are badly worn out, but some have less than 100 miles on them.

So, what do I do with my old ones? I
never throw them in the trash. That would not only be disrespectful to the experiences I had in them, but also to the handiwork that went into building them by factory workers overseas.

Plus, it would be purely wasteful,
especially knowing there’s someone, somewhere who could benefit from getting them. I typically donate my used shoes to One World Running, a Boulder, Colo., organization that collects used
shoes, cleans them up and distributes them to people in need in Central America, Africa and the Caribbean. 

ONE WORLD RUNNING

The volunteer organization was started in 1986 after running journalist Mike Sandrock after he returned from a trip to Cameroon, West Africa. Many of the runners from Cameroon ran barefoot and afterwards, Sandrock convinced a group of Boulder’s
elite runners—including Lorraine Moller, Steve Jones and Arturo Barrios—to donate shoes to he could ship them to West Africa.

 A few years ago, I had the honor of joining One World Running on a service trip to help hand-deliver shoes to runners in Baracoa, Cuba. Watching an appreciative runner lace up a pair of my old shoes before going out for a run with him was one of the most gratifying things I’ve ever experienced.

“Running is all about community and really we’re one big community worldwide,” Sandrock says. “Sharing, giving back and helping others are vital elements of any community and especially within the running community. Donating shoes
offers the chance for people—especially young children and teens—to experience the same freedom, joy and community we get from being fortunate enough to buy new running shoes from a running store.”

For more than 30 years, a
group of volunteers in Boulder has collected, washed, and sent more than 50,000 pairs of shoes, as well as T-shirts and shorts, to needy athletes and children around the world. The Boulder Running Company has always been one of the biggest
collection points, but the project has grown as shoes and athletic equipment been sent in from around the U.S.

Do you have shoes you’ve run a lot of miles in and are ready to give up? Worn out sneakers can be put to good use
resurfacing tracks and playgrounds, while like-new shoes could be life changing to those without.

Here are organizations that will give your shoes a new life so they don’t have to wind up in a landfill.
DISCOVER ONE WORLD RUNNING

WHERE TO DONATE YOUR USED RUNNING SHOES

ONE WORLD RUNNING
This non-profit was one of the first organizations to collect shoes and athletic clothing for people in need in Africa, Central America and the Caribbean. oneworldrunning.com

GIVE YOUR SOLE
Give Your Sole collects used athletic shoes at races and distributes them to those in need around the U.S. giveyoursole.org

SOLES4SOULS
Soles4Souls says it delivered more than 19 million pairs of shoes in 125 countries since 2004. They collect new and gently used shoes for relief efforts and micro-enterprise business efforts in
Haiti, Central and South America and Africa. soles4souls.org

SHARE YOUR SOLES
With 1.8 million
pairs of shoes delivered to date, this Chicago-based organization collects gently worn shoes in Illinois, Indiana, New York, Pennsylvania and Arizona for worldwide redistribution. shareyoursoles.org

SHOE4AFRICA
In addition to collecting used shoes for distribution in Africa, this New York non-profit raised money to help build the first public children’s hospital in Kenya, a modern, 200-bed facility in
Eldoret. shoe4africa.org

NIKE REUSE-A-SHOE
Worn out shoes are recycled into a material called Nike Grind and used to
surface running tracks, playgrounds and indoor and outdoor athletic courts, with nearly 30 million pairs being repurposed since 1990. nike.com/help/a/recycle-shoes

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BEST TRAIL RUNNING SHOES 2019

 

TAKE IT TO THE TRAILS

by BRIAN METZLER |

 

 

TAKE IT TO THE TRAILS

TOP TRAIL RUNNING SHOES 2019

When it comes to trail running, the shoes you wear should match the surface of the terrain you run on most of the time. If you run in a pair that’s geared for a different type of terrain, it will feel awkward and potentially painful. While it’s easy enough to wear your favorite road running shoes on smooth, dirt trails, there are plenty of subtle and significant reasons a pair of trail running shoes will do the job more effectively. 

All trail running shoes can pretty much be fit into three categories: road-to-trail shoes, technical trail shoes and jack-of-all trails, do-everything shoes that can handle just about any kind of surface.

TYPES OF TRAIL RUNNING SHOES

ROAD-TO-TRAIL
These shoes feel a lot like your cushioned road running shoes and have a little bit of added traction and only a little protection. These shoes are fairly light, flex easily and don’t inhibit your stride whatsoever. You can run on mild dirt trails, gravel routes and paved roads with aplomb. 

TECHNICAL
These are built for the rougher, tougher terrain elements you’ll encounter in various regions: dry, rocky surfaces, soft, wet and muddy terrain, sandy desert trails or some combination of all of the above. These shoes typically are typically more burly and have protective toe bumpers, durable, grippy outsoles and sometimes rock plates sandwiched in the midsoles.

ALL-TERRAIN
These versatile models are the most popular types of trail running shoes because they can tackle most types of terrain well, with the sweet spot being the moderately technical terrain that might include some rocks, roots, gravel or mud. They’re typically soft and comfortable like road running shoes, but they also offer some trail-specific protection and traction.  

Here’s an overview of eight of the best trail running shoes available this spring.

 

SALOMON TRAIL

SALOMON SPEEDCROSS 5, $130
– Shoe type: Technical
– Weights: 11.6 ounces (men’s size 9.0); 9.9 oz. (women’s size 7.0)
– Heel-Toe Offset: men: 10mm (30mm heel, 20mm forefoot); women: 9mm (33mm heel, 24mm forefoot)

The Buzz: Salomon went back to the drawing board to revise the iconic Speedcross style built for training, racing and adventuring on both soft, sloppy, wet surfaces and technical, rocky terrain. The subtle but significant improvements to the Salomon Speedcross 5 include slightly larger outsole lugs that are more widely spaced, a completely welded upper for improved fit and flexibility and a deeper heel for more rear-foot stability and better heel-toe transitions.

Differentiator: The traction and agility served up by the Speedcross 5 are unparalleled. They provide sure-footed confidence in every stride, no matter the surface, steepness or speed. The new outsole lugs are bigger and wider, offering more stability while still providing exceptional grip and purchase. 

Buy the Salomon Speedcross 5 if: You run on wet, sloppy trails most of the time, this shoe is ideal for you. But it’s also a great shoe for running—and racing—on technical rocky terrain, over loose scree and gravel and through sections of sand.

SALOMON ULTRA PRO, $150
– Shoe type: All-Terrain
– Weights: 10.3 ounces (men’s size 9.0); 9.2 oz. (women’s size 7.0)
– Heel-Toe Offset: 8mm (24mm heel, 16mm forefoot)

The Buzz: This is the training version of the Salomon’s race-oriented S-Lab Ultra. The Salomon Ultra Pro is built with long-haul comfort in mind.  The Ultra Pro style offers ample cushioning, support and protection for running long on all types of trail surfaces. The Kevlar laces of the Quicklace system and the breathable, stretch mesh upper offer a connective and comfortable all-encompassing fit with a single pull. No struggling with your laces with this shoe, just slip on and run. 

Differentiator: The grippy Wet Traction Contragrip outsole rubber and directional 5mm lugs on the Salomon Ultra Pro offer reliable purchase on wet and dry terrain while also being subdued enough to run on smooth trails, gravel roads and pavement.

Buy the Salomon Ultra Pro if: You are looking for a comfortable and stable, high-mileage trainer that can cover a wide variety of surfaces with style and ease.
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LA SPORTIVA

LA SPORTIVA BUSHIDO II, $130
– Shoe type: Technical
– Weights: 10.5 ounces (men’s size 9.0); 8.8 oz. (women’s size 7.0)
– Heel-Toe Offset: 6mm (19mm heel, 13mm forefoot)

The Buzz: The Bushido II from La Sportiva offers an ideal combination of cushioning, stability, traction, protection and responsiveness for moderate to technical terrain. The cushioning and fit have been enhanced in the second edition (but La Sportiva shoes still fit about a ½ size smaller than most other brands) and a new dual-compound rubber offers superior traction on both wet and dry terrain.

The Differentiator:The Bushido II offers reliable stability and protection for running on craggy, off-caber mountain terrain via flexible rock plate embedded in the semi-firm EVA midsole, a TPU-enhanced frame and the versatile traction of outsole lugs that wrap the midsole to provide added traction and enhanced stability on off-camber terrain. Despite all of the protection this shoe offers, it’s pliable, flexible and full of energy.

Buy La Sportiva Bushido II if: You regularly run on rocky, mountainous trails and want a shoe that offers ample cushioning, stability and protection.
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SAUCONY

SAUCONY PEREGRINE ISO, $120
– Shoe type: All-Terrain
– Weights: 10.4 ounces (men’s size 9.0); 8.8 oz. (women’s size 7.0)
– Heel-Toe Offset: 4mm (25mm heel, 21mm forefoot)

The Buzz: Saucony upgraded the versatile Peregrine, the do-everything trail runner with its ISOFit system to ensure a snug, semi-custom, comfortable fit that adapts to the dynamics movements of your foot out on the trails. With ample cushioning from the dual-density cushioning platform and a grippy outsole, the new Saucony Peregrine ISO can tackle and adapt to all types of trails.

The Differentiator: The outsole of the Saucony Peregrine ISO has an array of directional lugs in a variety of shapes and sizes to ensure optimal traction on all types of wet and dry terrain without inhibiting the flex or the overall ride of the shoe. 

Buy the Saucony Peregrine ISO if: You need a versatile shoe for running a wide range of trails on a regular basis that include smooth, rolling dirt paths, trails with rocks and roots and even extremely rocky mountain routes.
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HOKA ONE ONE

HOKA ONE ONE CHALLENGER ATR 5, $130
– Shoe type: All-Terrain
– Weights: 9.4 ounces (men’s size 9.0); 9.7oz. (women’s size 7.0)
– Heel-Toe Offset: 5mm (31mm heel, 26mm forefoot)

The Buzz: A lightweight, maximally cushioned shoe, the HOKA ONE ONE Challenger ATR 5 serves up a comfortable fit and a soft ride on mild to moderate trails. Although it doesn’t offer much trail-specific protection, the updated outsole offers improve traction. 

The Differentiator: The HOKA ONE ONE Challenger ATR's high cushion-to-weight ratio, rockered (or convex) outsole profile and locked-down fit make it one of the smoothest-riding trail runners on the market. 

Buy the Hoka One One Challenger ATR 5 if: You’re interested in running a lot of miles on mild to moderate dirt trails, gravel roads and even pavement in a shoe that feels as smooth and comfortable as your road running shoes.

HOKA ONE ONE SPEEDGOAT 3 WP, $150
– Shoe type: All-Terrain
– Weights: 11.2 ounces (men’s size 9.0); 9.6 oz. (women’s size 7.0)
– Heel-Toe Offset: 4mm (32mm heel, 28mm forefoot)

The Buzz: With its thickly cushioned midsole and Vibram MegaGrip sticky rubber outsole, the HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat 3 WP is ideal for running long distances on moderate to technical trails—especially in wet, rainy conditions. A wider midsole and toe box make this version of the Speedgoat more accommodating to a wider range of foot shapes and allow for swelling on long runs.

The Differentiator: The thick cushioning and rockered (or convex) geometric profile serves up a smooth, soft ride that reduces hard heel striking and increases forward propulsion. The cushioning and design of the Speedgoat provides comfort, support and energy return for the long haul.

Buy the Hoka One One Speedgoat 3 WP if: You’re planning to run a lot of long trail runs or plan on racing a trail marathon or ultra-distance race, especially in a wet climate or over rocky terrain.

HOKA ONE ONE STINSON ATR 5, $160
– Shoe type: All-Terrain
– Weights: 12.1 ounces (men’s size 9.0); 10.7 oz. (women’s size 7.0)
– Heel-Toe Offset: 5mm (39mm heel, 34mm forefoot)

The Buzz: A maximally cushioned trail shoe built for mild to moderate terrain, the HOKA ONE ONE Stinson ATR 5 serves up a soft, smooth and consistently plush experience out on the trails. An updated toe box has helped refined the fit of this shoe, offering a better experience for a wider variety of foot shapes.

The Differentiator: The HOKA ONE ONE Stinson ATR 5 continues to be one of the most thickly cushioned shoes on the market. Combined with its rockered (or convex) geometric profile and soft cushioning, it serves up a rolling sensation that prevents hard heel striking, reduces impact stress and increases forward propulsion. 

Buy the Hoka One One Stinson if: You want a softly cushioned ride on mild to moderate trails, no matter if you’re running 5 miles or 50 miles.
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ON RUNNING

ON CLOUDVENTURE, $150
– Shoe type: All-Terrain
– Weights: 10.4 ounces (men’s size 9.0); 7.9 oz. (women’s size 7.0)
– Heel-Toe Offset: 6mm (25mm heel, 19mm forefoot)

The Buzz: Although the On Cloudventure is a trail shoe, it feels like a fast and light road shoe. On Running’s unique Cloud cushioning system wrapped with a thin but durable grippy rubber outsole offer great trail-specific vibe, but its agile, soft-flexing demeanor inspire fast running. The midsole pods have been re-designed for a softer, more fluid ride on all types of surfaces.

The Differentiator: The nimble, performance-oriented feel of the On Cloudventure makes it unique among its contemporaries. Although it’s not a featherweight shoe, it’s an agile shoe that is adept at quick-cadence striding, fast cornering and race-pace efforts for long periods of time.

Buy this shoe if: You typically run moderate to fast on mild to moderate trails and dirt roads without much trail debris.
SHOP ON CLOUDVENTURE

 
 

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FIRST LOOK: ADIDAS ADIZERO BOSTON 8

FIRST LOOK – ADIDAS BOSTON 8

by MELANIE MITCHELL | MAY 2019

FIRST LOOK: ADIDAS BOSTON 8

RELEASE DATE: JUNE 2019

The adidas Adizero Boston is a perennial racing or tempo shoe designed for fast-paced runs, and like the name suggests, it has marathons in its sights.  The 'Boston' as it's known, is without a doubt an iconic Adidas shoe
and a classic addition to any runner's shoe closet.

2019 sees the legendary adidas Adizero Boston getting some small, but noteworthy updates,
as it continues the trend of being a fast race and training shoe that beautifully combines support and cushioning in a lightweight package.

Read on to experience our first look at the new edition of the adidas Adizero Boston 8

Adidas Adizero Boston 8 - What's New

FEATURES AND WHAT'S NEW

ADIDAS ADIZERO BOSTON 8

adidas Adizero Boston 8

The adidas Adizero Boston is a shoe that needs no major updates; it's that good. But with all good things, a few tweaks can always make a good running shoe even better. 

The eighth reiteration of the Adizero Boston still has the classic adidas BOOST cushioning for 'endless energy'.  There is no need to make
changes to the modern, dialed in midsole made for speed and cushioning.  The Microfit construction of the Adizero Boston 8 continues its goal to provides a lock-down fit in the midfoot and heel for secure speed.  

The drop
on the Boston 8 remains at the classic 10mm and weighs in at 8.6oz (men's) and 7.1oz (women's) meaning the shoe continues to have one of the best weight to cushion ratios in its category.

What's New

The main updates on the Adizero Boston 8 lie in the upper design. The 2019 edition of the Boston debuts a more simplified upper design for a sleek, fast-looking shoe.  The upper now sports a light and breathable engineered
mesh coupled with internal reinforcements and some pioneering designs with a subtle camo edition sure to appeal to a new crowd of Boston soon-to-be fans.

Beneath the hood Adidas have used a slightly wider last on the Adizero
Boston 8, so it sports a more accommodating forefoot but still has a great race fitFaster heel-to-toe transition. 

Getting to the bottom of the shoe itself, the outsole of the adidas Boston 8 has new tooling and a redesign
that gives increased traction and higher responsiveness.  The sole continues to use Continental rubber ensuring solid traction on a variety of surfaces for an adidas no-slip guarantee. 

Adidas Adizero Boston 8 - Review

JACKRABBIT: STAFF REVIEWS

ADIDAS ADIZERO BOSTON 8

GABI: LIGHT ON HER FEET, FAST ON THE ROAD

CODY: URBAN RUNNER

MICHAEL: STAIR RUNNER

Adidas Boston 8 Specs - 2019

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HOKA CARBON X REVIEW

 

HOKA ONE ONE CARBON X- SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | MAY, 2019

HOKA ONE ONE has launched a highly anticpated and formidable, fast racing shoe in 2019, the Carbon X; a welcome addition to the high-performance shoe category.  The exciting style offers a new choice for runners looking for race day speed over their chosen distance.

The technology behind the HOKA Carbon X is bold, featuring a specially engineered carbon plate and agressive Metarocker for a smooth transition.

HOKA describes the shoe as 'maxmimally cushioned with minimal weight' which is sure to be a hit with HOKA fans and a strong new option for those ready to try the brand's fastest shoe to date.

JackRabbit guest reviewer Brian Metzler reports on the history of the development of the Carbon X and his take on his need for speed.

THE BUZZ

The HOKA Carbon X is a maximally cushioned racing shoe, built with a curved carbon-fiber plate sandwiched between two layers of midsole foam. The plate acts as a lever that contributes to a runner’s forward momentum, serving up a feeling of forward propulsion in every stride.

The Carbon X is very stiff with almost no flex, but that’s so the carbon-fiber plate can maintain the smooth rockered (convex) shape of the bottom of the shoe.

INTRODUCING THE HOKA ONE ONE CARBON X

What many might not know is the HOKA ONE ONE Carbon X shoe has been in the works for about four years, but HOKA wanted to make sure it got it right before bringing it out to the market.

The curved carbon-fiber plate featured in the Carbon X and Hoka’s aggressive rockered geometry are the key to the fast, fun, rolling sensation this shoe emits, especially at moderate to fast paces.

Although it has already gotten a lot of notoriety as an ultra-distance shoe—HOKA debuted the Carbon X with Jim Walmsley setting a new world best time for 50 miles (4:50:07) in a special event on May 4 in Sacramento, CA—our wear-test efforts would suggest the new style is ideal for distances from 10K to the marathon.

Saucony Ride ISO 2 - Run on

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The fit of the Carbon X has a race-ready snugness to it, with a thin, lightweight engineered mesh upper cinching down around the foot with the aid of an elastic interior bootie.

Once you’ve laced up these shoes, you feel a rolling sensation from HOKA's rockered (convex) bottom sole geometry.

The moderately soft two-layer foam offers just enough softness to cushion every stride, but it’s meant to feel more stable and smooth to create a very efficient rolling sensation from foot strike to toe off. One of the great things about this shoe is that it serves up a similar rolling sensation for a wide range of gait styles and paces.

You can land on your heel, your midfoot or your forefoot and the rigid plate will help you roll right through to toe-off. But the faster you run, the more you feel the propulsive, rolling feel.  The carbon fiber plate itself is designed to split and curl under the lateral toes so the foot can re-supinate just before the toe-off phase of a new stride and allow full propulsion from the foot in a balanced position.  
 

 

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

The Carbon X is a dialed-in shoe for just about any runner who is interested in running fast with efficient form for 10K to the marathon and beyond.It suits a wide range of gait styles and paces. 

Unlike the Nike Vaporfly 4% shoe, the midsole foam of the HOKA Carbon X isn’t marshmallowy soft but instead moderately soft and very stable.

PROS AND CONS OF THE HOKA CARBON X

Hoka One One Carbon X - Pros

Pros:Hoka Carbon X

The Carbon X performs much better at tempo pace and race pace than it does at a slower speeds. It takes a few moments to find a rhythm with the rocker profile, but once you get locked into the efficient gait pattern you'll feel a distinct rolling sensation that promotes forward momentum. 

There is no heel counter in the Carbon X, but the engineered mesh fabric around the back of the ankle is reinforced with extra stitching and an extra layer of interior fabric, combining for a lock-down feel once it’s laced up.

HOKA uses two different foams in the midsole of this shoe that are both moderately soft and resilient. The top layer above the carbon plate is a lightweight alternative EVA, while the bottom layer underneath the plate is a rubberized EVA foam that provides some added resiliency.

A major bonus is the HOKA Carbon X has a wide footprint compared to other racing shoes – making for ultimate stability. It starts with a moderately wide heel platform for a stable landing, then it tapers slightly at the midfoot before flaring dramatically at the forefoot.
 

Hoka One One Carbon X  - Cons

Cons: Hoka Carbon X

It's hard to find a downside to this new racing shoe. The only small downside at all is that it’s a little bit tough to get on your feet in the same way the Nike Vaporfly 4% is too. 

Because of the interior booty and snug heel cup, the laces have to be opened quite a bit before you slide your foot into it.

If you're a triathlete, you therefore might want to add in some practice for your T2 transitions!

HOKA ONE ONE CARBON X SPECS

Hoka One One Carbon X - Specs

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.”

 

 
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MOTHER RUNNERS SPEAK OUT

 

MOTHER'S DAY RUNNING WISDOM

by MELANIE MITCHELL  | MAY 2019

 

 

MOTHER RUNNERS SPEAK OUT

WE ASK, 'WHAT'S YOUR SHOE OF CHOICE?'

Mother Runners have taken on a tribal leadership of their own to the point we think they deserve the Upper Case lettering in the two words.  To describe yourself as a Mother Runner is a badge of honor.

You might run with your mother tribe, or take a solo outing when a window of run opportunity presents itself. Whenever you run, there is always a nod of recognition amongst the tribe, an unsaid, 'heck, yes' as we pass another Mother Runner out there conquering the world. 

What all Mother Runners are wise enough to know is running, like life, may ebb and flow but like a good friend, it will always be there.

We asked our resident Mother Runners at JackRabbit to share with us what shoes match their individual running vibe.  

 

KAREN MAHAKIAN

Karen is the sage of mother running, having clocked up decades in her running shoes while raising two kids and generally being an example to all around her. Consistency is her key;  she's BQ'd twice, taking her fave Saucony Guide shoes to the start line and through to the finish line of the famous Boston course. She intends to keep on running, sending a clear message to us all to keep on running too. 

“Running in my sixties, I love my Saucony Guide shoes! I have been running in them for years and the latest update is my favorite pair yet. These shoes have carried me through Boston. #BostonStrong!”

JENNIFER OVINGTON

Jennifer is mother to Mason and is on her post-natal comeback! She is learning to embrace the challenge that is running, biking and mothering all as the same one person.  Jen's go-to shoe of choice is the Saucony Ride ISO, supporting her journey as new mother, but same athlete.

“My new Saucony Ride ISO 2’s are the MOST comfortable shoe I’ve ever run in. I am confident these will help me crush my fitness goals!”

MELANIE MITCHELL

Melanie is our resident tri-geek at JackRabbit. Mother to a high-schooler and a tweenager, she is on the road to Ironman #2, an endurance sport she confides is way easier than parenting. Her go-to shoe is her beloved HOKA ONE ONE Clifton.

“Running as a mother is more than running. It’s a reset button, meditation, an inspiration. When you step into a pair of running shoes you are more than a runner, you’re an example far beyond the time on your Garmin. With a child hanging around my leg, to make it out the front door was sometimes a miracle, but running makes me a better version of myself, a version my kids are watching. 

I run in HOKA Clifton’s because they look after me when the ground beneath my feet is cruel. After all, even badass mothers need support along the way.”

AMY KELLY

Amy is our problem solver at JackRabbit, always ready to sort out problems and take the JackRabbit service to new heights.  As mother of a three year old Breck, she is also mothering to great heights too. Her preferred shoe is the Nike Pegasus, because they make her fly, just like the supermom she is.

“As a mom of a 3 year old, I am constantly running around!  Sometimes that is an actual run and sometimes that is simply running after this wild child of mine! No matter which type of “running” I'm doing, I am always wearing my Nike Zoom Pegasus 35 Turbo.  I could live in these shoes!  They are lightweight and durable and have shaved minutes off of my miles. 

These shoes always keep me on my toes – just like my son!”

KIRSTEN BOWEN

Kirsten is top-woman at JackRabbit and we look to her to lead the way.  She is also leading the way with three boys, with a set of twins in there!  Being on her toes is a given, so she has floated into the New Balance Fresh Foam More to keep her feet light, even when the going gets tough.

“Running is the most empowering experience. I love traveling and seeing the world on my morning runs. While cities are waking up I make my way around town, seeing incredible monuments up close, weaving through alleys and exploring new sight smells and sounds, the best part is getting lost and finding your way back.

Running has also been my guiding through life experiences: moving to new cities, having kids and working through daily thoughts. My new go-to shoe is New Balance's Fresh Foam More, it gives the right amount of support while still being flexible and responsive. All runs are always viewed through my Goodr's and Huma gel keeps me hydrated naturally.”

JESSICA GILLMAN

Jess is humble.  Describing herself at a 'fit-ish mom', this mother rocked the London marathon with a 3:15 and is still walking to tell the tale.  Jess NEVER stops. We know; we watch her every day.  A good, comfortable running lifestyle shoe is a must for this lady who never sits down.  She goes for the On Cloud every time. 

“My On Clouds have been my go to shoe not only for running but for my active lifestyle as a mom! I can wear these shoes with jeans or with my yoga pants and they always look and feel great.  Add to the list of things I love about the shoes is the fact they are as light as a feather. 

I always gets compliments on the shoes and can confidently say they are great for my “fit-ish” mom lifestyle.”

BRITTNEY HOSS

Brittney is our shoe leader at JackRabbit. If there is a running shoe to be found, she finds it. She is mother to two young boys and balances her running time wearing the New Balance Beacons.  She is making her running comeback this year with a 13.1 (oh, we have a training plan for that!) 

“Running when you're a mom can feel impossible. I stopped consistently running for almost a year after having my second baby, until recently. Now, I am training for my first half and have realized how much I missed the stress relief, energy power-up and reflection time running gives back to me.

I have been training in the New Balance Beacons and I absolutely love them. They are lightweight and cushioned, but still responsive so I don’t feel like I am sinking into them. Plus, they look great. Running in these shoes has given me the confidence to feel like a runner again!”
 

 
 

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