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THE BROOKS DARE RUN BRA COLLECTION

BROOKS RUNNING: FROM SPORTS BRAS TO RUN BRAS

BROOKS REINVENTING THE SPORTS BRA

By Melanie Mitchell

There are many challenges we face when it comes to running as a woman, but our bras shouldn’t be one of them.  Any woman who traversed the joyous times of adolescence will remember the transition to a new-found normal when running. Suddenly you’re presented with breasts! And they move! You have to learn how to accommodate them in any sport, but none so much as running.

With that in mind, it’s no surprise many agree the sports bra has been the single most impactful (pun intended) invention in the world of women’s sports. To honor the invention, the three pioneering women credited with inventing the sports bra were recently inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

When it comes to support and comfort however, not all sports bras are created equal. Probably, every female runner has had one bad run-in with a sports bra: chafing, sweat alleyways, limited motion control and, of course, the dreaded uni-boob.

Brooks has been a forerunner in the world of sports bras, pioneering the development of ever-better bras based on scientific research and constant feedback from the runners wearing them. Not one to rest on their laurels, Brooks has again pushed forward the limits with their new line of run bras. Take note of the use of the word ‘run’ bra and not ‘sports’ bra. The new Brooks Dare Run Bras, are singularly designed for the high-impact nature of running.

Brooks Run Bras - A collaboration with the University of Portsmouth

BROOKS RUN BRAS: IT’S SCIENCE

With the new Dare Run Bras, Brooks has put 40 years of bio-mechanical research to work. Alongside real runners’ insights they partnered with the Research Group in Breast Health at the University of Portsmouth (UK) to conduct bio-mechanical testing on a wide range of sizes — not just the industry standard B cup.

With so many active women before us, that now means there is solid historical data and fine-tuned research, studied and reported upon to inform every decision behind the development of a progressive new run bra.

Each Brooks Dare Run Bra offers what is called ‘Run-Ready Support’, Brooks’ name for the perfect blend of hold-you-in support and pure comfort.

New for Fall 2020, the Dare Collection now is offered with expanded size offerings in select styles.

Brooks Dare Run Bras - Run Free

BROOKS RUN BRAS: FORGET ABOUT IT

The ultimate accolade for any bra is to forget it’s even there. Thanks to the bra-masters at Brooks they have gone to the max to get women runners as far down that path as possible. Each run bra in the Dare Run collection is seamless, soft, distraction-free comfort, so you can forget about your bra and focus on your run.

After all, isn’t that what all of us female runners aspire to? Pulling on our shoes and running, unlimited by our world, our minds, or our clothing.

6 COMMON BRA ISSUES BROOKS SET OUT TO SOLVE

Skip the on/off struggle. Changing into your run bra should be easy. If pullover bras don’t work for you, try styles with adjustable back closures, or even zip-front designs.

Stop straps from chafing. Chafing is the worst. Try adjustable straps to fine-tune the fit, or free-cut finishing which practically eliminates edges on straps.

Improve bra breathability. Get rid of boob sweat for good with styles that include mesh paneling, perforated cups, or strappy styles that minimize coverage.

No more nipping out. Stay confident in your coverage with styles that feature built-in molded cups or removable cups.

Smooth out pesky seams. Bras with nearly seamless finishing or bonded finishing — a fancy way of saying seams are adhered with heat instead of stitched — help eliminate seam-on-skin irritation.

Prevent bottom band chafing. Again, chafing is the worst. The innovative hidden bottom band acts like second skin to reduce irritation, while adjustable bottom bands can fine-tune your fit to make sure the band won’t move.

BROOKS DARE HIGH-NECK RUN BRA

Rock it solo or wear it layered. This streamlined style can do it all. The Brooks Dare High-Neck Run Bra features run-ready support, sweat-wicking DriLayer® fabric and free cut construction — no seams, no distractions — just you and your run.

BROOKS DARE STRAPPY RUN BRA

Who said strappy style can’t be supportive? The Dare Strappy Run Bra offers a strappy design for freedom of movement — except your boobs, those stay put — plus sweat-wicking DriLayer® fabric and a supportive hidden bottom band. Free-cut construction means no seams for zero distractions, letting you focus fully on your run with no chance of chafing.

BROOKS DARE CROSSBACK RUN BRA

A dreamy blend of seamless softness and support. Sometimes simple is best. The Dare Crossback Run Bra doesn’t have any zips, hooks, or fuss. Run-ready support, sweat-wicking DriLayer® fabric and a supportive hidden bottom band work together to deliver total comfort so you can run free from distraction.

NEW SIZES. Now available in 30-40 A/B, C/D and DD/E

BROOKS DARE SCOOPBACK RUN BRA

Get adjustable, supportive style in a runnig bra sans racerback. Offering run-ready support, adjustable straps and back closure, and a supportive, hidden bottom band, the Dare Scoopback Run Bra delivers total comfort on the go. Free-cut construction means no seams and no distractions — all you need to do is focus on your run.

NEW SIZES. Now available in 30-40 A/B, C/D, DD/E, F/FF

BROOKS DARE RACERBACK RUN BRA

Customized comfort: fully adjustable, with smooth shaping and extra breathability. The Brooks Dare Racerback Run Bra features run-ready support, adjustable straps and back closure, plus extra breathability thanks to perforated cups and mesh paneling. All designed to help you focus on your run, not your gear.

NEW SIZES. Now available in 30-44 B-F and 30-40 FF-G


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JACKRABBIT X SAUCONY: THE JACKALOPE PACK

 

JACKRABBIT X SAUCONY:  THE JACKALOPE PACK

by MELANIE MITCHELL  | FEBRUARY 2020

 

HAVE NO FEAR. JACKALOPE IS HERE

What is a Jackalope? Gifted with the speed of a jackrabbit and the endurance of an antelope, the Jackalope is every runner’s dream animal. Capable of tackling any distance with ease, the mythical Jackalope should inspire any runner to lace up their shoes and go! 

With that in mind and a design sense of humor in our heart, JackRabbit has collaborated with our pals at Saucony to allow runners to experience of the mythical Jackalope. The exclusive and limited edition Jackalope Pack is a collection of top styles from Saucony reimagined for JackRabbit, capable of tackling any distance with ease and guaranteed to guide you to victory*, no matter what journey you find yourself on.

We had the chance to sit down with Saucony Footwear Designer, Moira Cunningham, the color and trend lead, and ask her about the style and color inpsirations for the JackRabbit x Saucony Jackalope Pack. 

* ok, we cannot guarantee they'll guide you to an actual victory, but they will win you a style victory every time. 

Moria Cunningham - Footwear Designer Saucony

JACKRABBIT X SAUCONY: THE JACKALOPE PACK

What is the JackRabbit x Saucony Jackalope Pack all about?

Jackalope by JackRabbit and Saucony is a fun union of both brand personalities into a trend-forward color and graphic execution across some of our favorite runnning shoe models: Guide 13, Triumph 17, and Freedom 3.

We are responding specifically to two 2020 trends. The first is what I describe as Haven, an emerging leisurewear trend which elevates lounge- and athletic-wear by incorporating casual and outdoor style influences. The second trend is Fantasy, which has influenced everything from TV (e.g. the mainstream popularity of Game of Thrones) to food and beverage products (such as mythical Polar Seltzer flavors).

To merge Haven with Fantasy, I have created the Jackalope collection to celebrate Saucony’s partnership with JackRabbit..

What was the inspiration behind the Jackalope?

The Jackalope possesses mythical allure and personality traits that tie the JackRabbit and Saucony brands together. Both teams were very attracted to a specific quote that accompanied a Jackalope illustration we came across: “The most important thing is I believe in myself.” This quote breathed life into the mythical Jackalope and also inspired us when considered through the lens of running.

We want to inspire runners to believe in themselves and to have some fun along their fitness journeys. We also like to think that the Jackalope is so fast, you can’t even see it!

How did you choose the colors and design for the collection?

A lot of influences informed the Jackalope color palette. The core of the Haven trend is muted and foundational tones, including tinted neutrals and dusty pastels. The Jackalope traces its roots back to remote areas in Wyoming, inhabiting dry and rocky terrain, so I looked to natural and desert tones.

Finally, I looked to Jackalope interpretations in art, media, and products to find color consistencies. The resulting colors are a mix of Cameo Rose, Henna, and Granite and Rosin greens, reminiscent of desert landscapes. They are calming in a way that defines Haven and outdoorsy to align with the Jackalope theme. Additionally, to add athletic boldness, ViziRed and Black ground the palette across both genders.

The Jackalope tessellation pattern [showcased on the insole and the interior of the boxes] is something I am very excited about. I wanted to create something communicating quickness, community, and excitement, and this repeatable pattern just fits (that’s totally a pun).

I worked with a graphic designer who helped with the math on this special project so that each Jackalope fits like a puzzle piece with those around it. It is a unique and distinctive element to symbolize this exciting collaboration.

JackRabbit x Saucony Jackalope Pack

THE MAGIC OF DESIGNING THE JACKALOPE PACK

What is the shoe design process like?

For projects like these, the design process is about considering the partnership first and then interpreting the result through current and/or future trend. For this partnership, JackRabbit x Saucony = Jackalope; the graphics and palette I develop should support this story. Then, I consider seasonal trend: What does the Jackalope story look like for spring 2020? Because Haven is a big seasonal trend story for Saucony in 2020, a tinted neutral palette will be trend-forward and support our broader color approach. Interpreting Haven with a desert and natural color perspective will apply the trend to our Jackalope story for a fresh capsule of product unique to JackRabbit.

How do you determine what is on-trend or off-trend?

Color is interesting in regard to trend, because in a lot of ways it is very subjective. People have strong opinions about color, and sometimes those are unwavering opinions. Without the context of a story, color is left to be interpreted by a viewer in black and white terms. But, when color palettes become the communication element of a story, the story and color become indivisible; the story sells the color and vice versa.

I think that color trend is more about telling relevant stories in relevant ways than it is about very specific color choices. I want a positive response to my color stories, so I try to consider how I can make someone feel good or nostalgic or excited (etc.) by my palette and color pairing choices. One of the best (and simplest) examples I can think of for the marriage of story and color is how a response to color might change just based on the color name (a tiny story in itself). A pink named Bubble Gum will likely elicit a different response than the same pink named Pepto Bismol.  For my Color & Trend Lead role at Saucony, I aim to tell great stories with colors that supplement or enhance.

Which is your favorite design in the pack?

While I think all of the women’s options are great, I am most excited about the all of the men’s options. I think each are unique color and blocking executions that are both bold in blocking and understated in tone. The tension, especially in the tech running space, is really beautiful and unexpected. I look forward to introducing the JackRabbit x Saucony collaboration and sharing our Jackalope story with the world.

SHOP THE TENACIOUS JACKALOPE PACK

The JackRabbit x Saucony Jackalope Pack features three essential styles from Saucony: the Guide 13, Freedom 3 and Triumph 17.

The entire collection will be available from February 29th at JackRabbit stores and online at JackRabbit.com while stock lasts. 

 
 

 

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SAUCONY KINVARA 11 REVIEW

SAUCONY KINVARA 11 – SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | FEBRUARY 2020

THE BUZZ

The Saucony Kinvara is a classic amongst running shoes. It came to be fan favorite as a lightweight and fast running shoe, born out of the minimalist movement and the eleventh edition presents a new midsole offering and a fresher upper. 

Shoe reviewer, author and running shoe guru Brian Metzler reviews the 11th edition of the Saucony Kinvara to discover what's new, what's changed and it's all good news.

THE BUZZ

The Saucony Kinvara is a lightweight, neutral-oriented cruiser with a low heel-toe offset (4mm), and is a fun, versatile shoe that will make you feel fast and nimble every time you run. The Kinvara was one of the first shoes to emerge
out of the minimalist shoe revolution and remains a popular model because of its light, energetic vibe.

Saucony Kinvara 11 - What's New

WHAT'S NEW: SAUCONY KINVARA 11

Saucony overhauled the Kivara for its 11th edition and have given the style a new midsole compound, a new upper and all in all made it an even better shoe.

The Kinvara 11 maintains the lightweight, low-to-the-ground feeling as its predecessors but with a better fit and a more responsive ride.  

The updated engineered Jaquard mesh upper on the Kinvara 11 is similar
but slightly improved over the previous version. It allows feet to flex more naturally and freely while also improving the shoe’s breathability, fit and connective feel.

Saucony Kinvara 11 - Fit and Feel

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The updated Kinvara has a similar soft, light and modestly appointed step-in feel and fit to previous editions. It feels light, nimble and minimally designed, but not quite as soft as Kinvara 10.

The Kinvara 11 has a medium to narrow heel, a low-volume fit at the saddle/arch area and narrow and compact fit in the toe box. (It doesn’t seem quite as cramped as Kinvara 10 but it’s still noticeably snug around your piggies!)

Overall,
the Kinvara 11 has a sleek, locked-down feel that promotes agile, athletic running.

The new PWRRUN midsole and topsole cushioning is moderately soft and feels a bit more durable and stable than Everun foam of the past,
but it maintains the lightweight responsiveness and might even have a little bit more pop than last year’s model. The ride is light, energetic and flowy and quick. Our wear-testers felt it was ready to respond to just about any
kind of running.

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

Runners who appreciate lightweight shoes with a modest amount of cushioning will love the Saucony Kinvara 11.

The Kinvara can be a do-everything, workhorse running shoe for everyday training or it can be a go-to shoe for
faster workouts (tempo runs, shorter intervals on the track, mile repeats) or races from mile to the half marathon.

PROS AND CONS: SAUCONY KINVARA 11

Saucony Kinvara 11 - Pros

Pros: Saucony Kinvara 11

The Kinvara exudes fun, joyful running at any pace. It’s geometry and minimal structure  promote quick-cadence running, agility and good running form. Whether you’re running fast
or slow, you’ll feel the positive vibes it gives off.

This isn’t a shoe know for plush cushioning and a bouncy ride. But what it gives away in excessive creature comforts, it makes up with a lighter weight, performance-oriented
demeanor. If you’re going to head out on a run feeling tired or stuck in a training plateau, the Kinvara 11 is sure to rev you up.

Saucony Kinvara 11 - Cons

Cons: Saucony Kinvara 11

Even though the Kinvara can be an everyday workhorse for a lot of runners, it has never been overly durable compared to other trainers.

Like many modern training shoes,
the outsole is comprised of segments of exposed EVA foam and durable rubber sections. If you normally expect to get 400-500 miles out of a pair of shoes, you might scale that down to 300 or so for a pair of Kinvaras. 

SAUCONY KINVARA 11 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 “Kicksology“,
“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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ASICS EVORIDE REVIEW

ASICS EVORIDE – SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | FEBRUARY 2020

Interested in upping your run game this year? The brand new ASICS EvoRide could be your ticket to a quicker pace with less energy on a wide variety of
runs. 

Guest reviewer Brian Metzler gives his insight into this new style from ASICS that draws its inspiration of the MetaRide and GlideRide technology.

THE BUZZ

ASICS has re-emerged in 2020 with some stunning new shoe models, including the notable EvoRide, a neutral, lightweight performance-oriented training shoe built on a curvy undercarriage that promotes efficient running motion.

The ASICS EvoRide is a light and fast shoe with moderate cushioning and an energetic vibe designed to make running feel easier for all paces and
distances.

ASICS EvoRide - What's New

WHAT'S NEW: ASICS EVORIDE

Although it borrows its rockered Guidesole design from ASICS’ MetaRide and GlideRide shoes that were released in 2019, the EvoRide is a brand new model for 2020.  

ASICS designed the EvoRide undercarriage with a significantly
curved profile to encourage an efficient, rolling motion from foot strike to toe-off and reduce muscular output and fatigue in every stride.

The bottom of the ASICS EvoRide has segmented sections of grippy outsole rubber
in high-abrasion areas and exposed foam where there is less significant interaction with the ground.  The engineered mesh upper is stretchy and soft, but still offers a little bit of supportive structure to keep the foot in place.

ASICS EvoRide  - Fit and Feel

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

Like a lot of modern running shoes, the EvoRide has a snug fit in the heel and midfoot, but it’s a bit wider and roomier in the forefoot. It feels comfortable and secure when you step in and lace it up, but quickly you realize the
chassis of the shoes has a decidedly firm and athletic feel. That produces a unique rolling sensation that increases from heel to the midfoot to toe-off, resulting in a crisp and lively ride. But it’s also a very efficient ride,
too.

Although the EvoRide is entirely stable in all directions, it almost feels as if the shoe is encouraging you to fall forward in a controlled, rhythmic fashion as you roll through the phases of a stride.

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

Runners who appreciate lightweight, versatile training shoes with energetic pop will really enjoy running in the EvoRide. It’s ideal for running at a variety of paces, including tempo runs, long intervals and faster long runs,
but it could also be the everyday training shoe for an intermediate runner who doesn’t want to invest in more than one shoe. It could also be a great race-day choice for a 5K, 10K or half marathon.

PROS AND CONS: ASICS EVORIDE

Asics EvoRide - Pros

Pros: ASICS EvoRide

The single-layer FlyteFoam Propel compound in the midsole is a light, soft and resilient foam that’s built with eco-friendly components. It’s thicker in the heel — offering just enough
comfort and shock absorption upon impact with the ground — and thinner in the forefoot — for snappy toe-offs.

Aside from the subtle but significant boost of energy the EvoRide provides in every stride, it also seems
to help a runner recover quicker. Our wear-testers reported feeling a lack of lower-leg fatigue the day after a moderately hard 10-milers in the EvoRides. 

Interested in upping your run game this year? Lace up a pair
of EvoRide shoes and you’ll find yourself running faster with less energy on most of your runs. And when you actually want to run faster, the EvoRide will be there to answer the bell every time.

Asics EvoRide - Cons

Cons: ASICS EvoRide

The firm feel of the rockered chassis is distinct and impossible to ignore. While that allows for a supremely efficient ride, it might take some runners — especially those who are heavy
heel strikers — a few runs to adjust to it and find the rhythmic sweet spot.

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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 “Kicksology”, “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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BROOKS GLYCERIN 18 REVIEW

BROOKS GLYCERIN 18 – SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | FEBRUARY 2020

Onto its 18th edition, the Brooks Glycerin has lightened up for 2020 bringing in less weight and more cushion to this legacy go-to running shoe.

Guest reviewer Brian Metzler gives his insight into what else is new for this
perennial bestselling runner from Brooks.

THE BUZZ

Already one of the plushest and most cushioned neutral training shoes on the market, Brooks added more cushioning to the Glycerin 18 and improved the fit, the
feel and the ride while also making it noticeably lighter than the previous edition.

The Brooks Glycerin 18 is a durable, well-cushioned trainer with a noticeable amount of energetic pop.

Brooks Glycerin 18 - What's New

WHAT'S NEW: BROOKS GLYCERIN 18

The cushy midsole has been reconfigured with a tad more DNA Loft cushioning, resulting in a softer feeling in every stride without any loss of responsiveness or durability.

A new double-jacquard mesh upper with 3D printed
support elements provides more stretchiness, more breathability and slightly more structure for a better fit. The updated outsole provides ample flexibility and consistent ground contact for reliably smooth ride.  

On
the 18th edition of the Glycerin, the bottom of the shoe has been reconfigured with thinner layers of outsole rubber to provide optimal traction and energetic
toe-off. To keep the weight of the shoe moderately low, Brooks alternated sections of durable high-abrasion rubber in the rear of the shoe with sections of lighter, blown rubber in the forefoot.

Brooks Glycerin 18  - Fit and Feel

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The plush interior of the Brooks Glycerin 18 is infinitely comfortable for a wide variety of foot shapes. It has a narrow, locked-down fit in the heel and saddle
area with slightly more room in the forefoot. The snug fit and soft feel are enhanced by the premium Ortholite sockliner footbed, creating a luscious sensation in every stride.

With a thick, resilient DNA Loft midsole,
the Glycerin 18 is produces a soft but very resilient ride with easy heel-to-toe transitions. It’s not a shoe that will feel exceptionally fast or quick, but it is consistent, durable and endlessly energetic.

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

If your primary criteria in a running shoe is comfort and cushioning, you’ll love the Glycerin 18. It can be the go-to shoe for those training for a half marathon or marathon because it’s ideal for long runs and recovery runs and can
suffice for longer tempo runs.

Although the Glycerin isn’t designed to be an all-out speedster of a shoe, this version is lighter and faster than previous reiterations and could be the optimal shoe of choice for someone
hoping to finish their race in comfort and style.

PROS AND CONS: BROOKS GLYCERIN 18

Brooks Glycerin 18 - Pros

Pros: Brooks Glycerin 18

A stretchy internal bootie and cushy ankle collar provide a seamless, sock-like fit that allows the Glycerin to adapt to a wide variety of foot sizes, shapes and volumes.

Although most of the changes to the Glycerin 18 were minor, the overall improvement is considerable. It’s lighter, more flexible, more cushioned and generally
a better shoe for a wider range of runners.

Brooks Glycerin 18 - Cons

Cons: Brooks Glycerin 18

Given all of the refinements, we didn’t find any glaring drawbacks to the Glycerin 18. But a few of our wear-testers suggested that the maximal cushioning made it harder to have
a distinct proprioceptive “feel” for the ground.

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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 “Kicksology”, “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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ASICS GEL NIMBUS 22 LITE REVIEW

ASICS GEL NIMBUS 22 LITE – SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | FEBRUARY 2020

THE BUZZ

ASICS developed the GEL-Nimbus Lite to be a lighter, more agile and bouncier version of its popular GEL-Nimbus 22 cushioned neutral training shoe.

It
has a similar fit and feel as the traditional Nimbus, but it’s about 1.5 ounces lighter and has a much more energetic vibe and a more agile and nimble ride.

Asics GEL Nimbus Light - What's New

WHAT'S NEW: ASICS GEL NIMBUS LITE

Nearly the entire upper of the GEL-Nimbus Lite is made from recycled material. Plus, the single-layer Flytefoam midsole incorporates Cellulose Nanofiber, which
is a sustainable material that also increases the durability of the foam.

This model also has a softer midsole compound and ample flex grooves, but it noticeably lacks any type of rigid midfoot guidance system.  

The GEL-Nimbus Lite is somewhat of a hybrid between a traditional cushioned everyday training shoe and a lightweight performance trainer, and that makes it extremely versatile. It can tackle long runs with aplomb, recovery
runs with comfort and ease and even faster types of workouts like tempo runs, fartlek runs and longer intervals.

Asics GEL Nimbus LIght - Fit and Feel

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The step-in feel of the GEL-Nimbus Lite is sufficiently comfortable but not overly plush or soft. It doesn’t feature the overblown interior accoutrements of some contemporary training shoes, but the lack of girth is what helps keep
it on the lighter side.

The rear of the GEL-Nimbus Lite has a compact fit with an exoskeleton heel clutch, while the saddle is nicely integrated with the lacking system to adapt to different foot shapes and volumes.
The forefoot is refreshingly roomy, with room for the toes to wiggle.

The 'Lite' feels semi-soft and moderately light the moment you lace it up, but energetic as soon as you start running in it. Although the
midsole is comprised of a single layer of Flytefoam, relatively high heel-toe drop gives it a thicker/softer sensation in the heel and a lower/firmer feeling in the forefoot. That allows for comfortable footstrikes and snappy toe-offs,
especially at higher speeds.

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus Lite is ideal for a wide range of runners who appreciate lightweight but durable/cushioned training shoes.

One of the biggest draws to this shoe is that is really is versatile enough to be a long-run
specialist for a runner training for a marathon or half marathon, or it can be a do-everything shoe for runners who train with a one-shoe quiver. 

PROS AND CONS: ASICS GEL NIMBUS LITE

Asics Gel Nimbus Light - Pros

Pros: Asics GEL-Nimbus Lite

The single-layer Flytefoam midsole provides a smooth and dreamy ride, allowing the foot to move and flex naturally without any inhibition.

In addition to being eco-friendly,
the recycled polyester upper features lightweight 3D-Printed Overlays that provide seamless, irritant-free structure to the upper.

ASICS inserted its GEL technology cushioning pods directly under the heel and forefoot
for increased cushioning, comfort and bounciness.

The Nimbus Lite has reflective elements integrated throughout the design of the shoe, providing 
greater visibility at night and low-light hours after dawn and before
dusk.

Asics GEL Nimbus Light - Cons

Cons: Asics GEL-Nimbus Lite

Our wear-testers love this shoe and really didn’t find anything to complain about.

Runners who don’t appreciate higher heel-toe offset might find this one to be a
bit staunch (10mm for women, 13mm for men).

ASICS GEL NIMBUS LITE 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 “Kicksology”, “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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SAUCONY PEREGRINE 10 REVIEW

SAUCONY PEREGRINE 10 – SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | FEBRUARY 2020

The Saucony Peregrine is unique among trail running shoes when it comes to how it rides; it's a versatile terrain option.

As one of the top trail running styles, shoe guru Brian Metzler reveals what's to like about
the overhauled Saucony Peregrine 10.

THE BUZZ

The Saucony Peregrine has been one of the best-selling trail running shoes on the market for years, and with good reason. It’s comfortable, relatively light and nimble and performs well on a wide variety of terrain.

The
Peregrine is a neutral-inclined trail shoe with a low-to-the-ground feel with just the right mix of cushioning, traction and protection for almost any terrain.

Saucony Peregrine 10 - What's New

WHAT'S NEW: SAUCONY PEREGRINE 10

Although the previous model of the Peregrine was a very good shoe, Saucony completely overhauled this year’s edition and came up with an even better version with enhanced grip, improved durability, a better fit and a smoother ride.

For 2020, this trail running staple has a new midsole, an improved upper and an updated sticky rubber outsole. Just like Saucony’s Mad River TR trail shoe that debuted last year, the Peregrine 10 now has a customizable outsole platform with 12 designated port holes to drill through for improved drainage if you frequently run in sloppy conditions or to add screws for enhanced winter traction on ice and snow.

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FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The Saucony Peregrine fits snug and comfortable like a road running shoe, with a narrow heel cup and secure lock-down at the midfoot/saddle. The front of the trail running shoe is pretty compact, too, but because the new, semi-stretchy
engineered upper is free of overlays across the forefoot it allows toes to wiggle just enough to keep from feeling cramped. The thickly cushioned heel collar and tongue and moderately cushioned midsole serve up a plush step-in
feel that is appreciated out on the run.

Although the Saucony Peregrine is a midweight shoe, it tends to feel lighter than it is on the run, especially on more technical terrain. The ride of the Peregrine 10 is unique
among trail running shoes in that it rides smoothly and flexible on flat, feature-less trails but slightly more sturdy and aggressively while running over trail debris. 

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

The Saucony Peregrine 10 is for runners who enjoy a few days a week running a wide variety of trails. It’s ideal for smooth, rolling dirt paths, moderately technical
routes with some rocks, roots, gravel and other obstacles and sloppy trails with a lot of mud and moisture.

This trail running shoe can hold its own on rugged routes, but our wear-testers thought it lacked sufficient
sidewall protection for all-day slogs on rocky mountain trails.

PROS AND CONS: SAUCONY PEREGRINE 10 

Saucony Peregrine 10 - Pros

Pros: Saucony Peregrine 10

Saucony replaced the Everun foam in the midsole with its new, more responsive PWRRUN cushioning. As a result, the new Peregrine gives off a more energetic and protective feeling
under foot, especially when running at moderate to fast speeds.

A full-length, flexible, plastic rock plate provides ample protection against pointy rocks, roots and other irregularities on the surface of the trail without
inhibiting the ability of the foot to move nimbly. 

The new FormFit upper has been designed to cradle the foot and provide more adaptive fit and more protection than the previous ISO Fit upper and closure system. Our
wear-testers found it especially effective for keeping the foot locked down to the shoe while running on undulating surfaces.

Saucony Peregrine 10 - Cons

Cons: Saucony Peregrine 10

Although the Peregrine runs well on smooth dirt trails, the aggressive lugs aren’t conducive to running on paved roads or bike paths. It gives the shoe a bulky feeling and results
in a cumbersome ride.

It can still be used as a road-to-trail shoe if you start your trail runs on pavement, but it just won’t feel as smooth as it does on dirt.

SAUCONY PEREGRINE 10 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.”