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SALOMON SENSE RIDE 3 AND SPEEDCROSS 5 REVIEW

SALOMON TRAIL RUNNING 2020

by ANDREW LYLE  | MARCH 2020

SALOMON TRAIL RUNNING

SALOMON SENSE RIDE 3 & SPEEDCROSS 5 REVIEWS

Born of mountain blood, this new Salomon trail running duo is built for taking on whatever technical terrain your heart desires. Whether the conditions be wet or icy roads, tough trails, or running up the mountain, the Sense Ride 3 and the classic Speedcross 5 are ready to take you on your next trail running adventure.

SALOMON SENSE RIDE 3

From casual trail blazers to seasoned trail champions, the Salomon Sense Ride 3 is ideal for everyone, combining the best road running standards with the latest surface-gripping
enhancements. It is the ultimate sweet spot of trail shoes. Features include: 

– A single layer of anti-debris mesh, close to the foot, for maximum feel.
– Minimalistic and strong Quicklace™ for one-pull tightening. It
an easy-on, easy-off kind of trail shoe.
– Ground filter and grippy Contagrip® outsole that delivers confidence on wet, dry, hard or loose surfaces.

SALOMON SENSE RIDE 3

The updated Salomon Sense Ride 3 has a super comfortable step-in feel with plenty of space in the toe-box. The heel-cup is snug and sturdy, easily able to absorb shock/vibration. 

In wet and snowy conditions, your feet will still stay snug and dry, thanks to the anti-debris mesh of the updated Sense Ride 3.

The easy, quicklace system allows you to avoid messing with laces. Just tighten them and
tuck the string under the laces on the tongue. When tightened fully, the shoe feels like you’re snug as a bug in a rug.

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

The Salomon Sense Ride 3 is for those trail runners who like to dabble in both road terrain and rocky, technical conditions. The new Sense Ride 3 can handle it all. Given
the size of the toe-box, it's a solid choice for runners with wider feet or those who prefer a roomier fit for their toes. 

Salomon Sense Ride 3 Specs
– Terrain: All types of terrain
– Weight:
280g
– Drop: 8mm

SHOP SALOMON SENSE RIDE 3

SALOMON SPEEDCROSS 5

Built in mind for the most dare-devil of runners, the Salomon Speedcross 5 is ideal for adventuring on extreme terrain. It can handle the both extremes, from technical
and rocky surfaces to soft, sloppy, and wet conditions. 

If you dream of pushing your limits in the most challenging conditions, this trail running shoe is for you.

SALOMON SPEEDCROSS 5

The Salomon Speedcross 5 features larger lugs with more space and an updated geometry, delivering better push-off grip and braking grip, in all surface conditions.

The new version of the Speedcross has a welded upper, with dissociated sensifit arms. It moves more naturally with your foot, and dials in the comfort

The heel unit of Salomon Speedcross 5 creates a cradle for your heel,
ensuring clean foot strike and stability through the stride.  

The newly-updated Speedcross 5 uses Ortholite foam that provides long-term cushioning and breathability, ensuring it won’t hold moisture during your muddy/sloppy/wet
adventures. You can feel secure in knowing you will have dry and comfy ride the entire time.

The heel cup stays secure throughout the run, helping to prevent any rubbing or blisters. 

The bigger lugs grip the ground
really well, ensuring you feel secure, whether you’re on a mountain top, or your muddy, backyard trail.

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

The Salomon Speedcross 5 is for anyone who is ready to take on the next big adventure in their running career. The Salomon Speedcross 5 is built to last through the
most extreme conditions. 

Given the weight of the shoe, runners will find the best experience running shorter miles in the Speedcross.

Salomon Speedcross 5 Specs
– Terrain: Muddy and soft terrains
as well as rocky and technical
– Weight: 320g
– Drop: 10mm

SHOP SALOMON SPEEDCROSS 5

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New Balance 880 & 860 – Review

NEW BALANCE 880 AND 860: ENGINEERED TO WITHSTAND

The New Balance 880 and it’s stability partner the New Balance 860, are the workhorses of running shoes. Both these performance shoes from New Balance protect, perform and should be considered as part of ‘long run’ options for any runner. As an added bonus, these long-time store exclusives are now available online! 

The New Balance 880 and 860 are some of the most popular technical running shoes and there’s a reason why. Think of them as dependable running partners who will see you though long run days with a smile.

The latest versions of the New Balance 880 and 860 have ‘no-sew’ overlays which translate to us running mortals as there’s a seamless upper material which screams out a flexible fit for every foot. 

The latest outsole has been specifically tailored to work equally well on wet or dry roads, so when you’re running long, the weather can turn and you won’t have to. 

NEW BALANCE 880 AND 860: SIBLING PARTNERS

New Balance 880

With you for the long haul. The New Balance 880 is your trusted run partner. For pro athletes to weekend warriors alike, the New Balance 880 has a secure fit thanks to it’s seamless design. Lace up and get ready to run long.

New Balance 860 Stability Shoe

Steady on the run. For moderate pronators the New Balance 860 is a durable shoe with premium materials. It has a stability post on the medial side just under the arch to counteract the pronation.

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Put Some Spring in your Step – Match Your Superfeet Insoles

THE KEYS TO YOUR SOLEMATE: SUPERFEET

Running insoles may confuse many as you stare at a wall of them coloring your local running store. But these slivers of color could be the answer to matching you to your perfect running shoe.

Insoles can improve the fit of your running shoes, make sure your arches are supported where they need it and they can provide extra stability and help to spread the running load when your foot hits the ground.  Add to that the two words every runner dreads – plantar fasciitis – insoles have been known to help the condition with their arch support and general foot stability for the runner. 

Just as every foot is different and every running shoe is different, a quality running insole can bridge the gap to turn the best running shoe into the perfect running shoe for you.

Superfeet are the ‘podiactric scientists’ behind some of the best running insoles available today. Their insoles use cutting edge technologies to produce insoles to suit a variety of runners. Superfeet have been gathering data on people’s feet for over 40 years; that’s a lot of feet! 

Superfeet has taken several key running shoes and paired them with the appropriate Superfeet insole to give you a solid grounding (pun intended) on how you can use an insole to dial in your favorite running shoe.

BROOKS GLYCERIN 18 – RUN COMFORT THIN AND WOMEN’S RUN COMFORT INSOLES

Superfeet Run Comfort Thin:The Superfeet Run Comfort Thin insole is 20% thinner than other Superfeet styles for the runner who needs a slim fit in their shoes, but also need the support of an insole. The thin profile works with your race shoes and offers no extra bulk for a dialed in fit.

Run Comfort Women’s: As the mantra goes, ‘women are not small men’, and their feet are no exception. With that firmly at the front of their mind, Superfeet have devised the Run Comfort Women’s running insole specifically adpated to the geometry of the female foot.   

This insole features a narrower heel and specific arch length alongside the tried and tested deep heel cup and impact technology to disperse impact. 

Brooks Glycerin 18:  Brooks labels the Glycerin as the ultimate in softness and supreme comfort – and it certainly delivers. This edition boasts a reconfigured midsole, allowing for more of their DNA LOFT cushioning underfoot for extreme plushness. We agree – it’s premium cushioning in the premium shoe. Take it to the next level with a Superfeet insole!

ON CLOUDFLOW & RUN COMFORT THIN

Superfeet Run Comfort Thin: The Superfeet Run Comfort Thin insole is 20% thinner than other Superfeet styles for the runner who needs a slim fit in their shoes, but also need the support of an insole. The thin profile works with your race shoes and offers no extra bulk for a dialed in fit.  

On Cloudflow: Take an even faster shortcut to a runner’s high with the Cloudflow. Refined with feedback from elite athletes, the incredibly responsive ride in this shoe gets even more comfort and kick with the addition of On’s new Helion super foam. Throw in some more technical advancements and a pair of Superfeet’s RUN Comfort Thin insoles, and you’re sure to reach a runner’s high every time!

NEW BALANCE 1080V8, RUN COMFORT MAX AND RUN COMFORT WOMEN’S

RUN Comfort Max: Engineered specifically for runners, these delightfully green insoles deliver maximum comfort while helping minimize foot fatigue. The result? Exceptional underfoot comfort, and extra miles on your training log, thanks to the Superfeet RUN Comfort Max.

This insole features a narrower heel and specific arch length alongside the tried and tested deep heel cup and impact technology to disperse impact. 

Run Comfort Women’s: As the mantra goes, ‘women are not small men’, and their feet are no exception. With that firmly at the front of their mind, Superfeet have devised the Run Comfort Women’s running insole specifically adpated to the geometry of the female foot.   

This insole features a narrower heel and specific arch length alongside the tried and tested deep heel cup and impact technology to disperse impact. 

New Balance 1080v8: The 1080v8 is New Balance’s flagship expression of how runner data, supreme comfort, and cutting edge visual design comes to life in one plush and sophisticated package. What’s not to love? Slip in a pair of Superfeet insoles and you’re ready to make a statement mile after mile.

SAUCONY KINVARA 11 AND RUN PAIN RELIEF

RUN Pain Relief: Do your feet hurt? Well, thanks to the Superfeet RUN Pain Relief Insoles, they don’t have to! These are specially designed to minimize the repetitive stress that can lead to foot pain. The result? Running without thinking about your feet! What more can you ask for?


Saucony Kinvara 11: The Kinvara 11 has a lightweight feel for a personal best. For all you runners out there working to achieve your goals, the lightweight Kinvara paired with the RUN Pain Relief insoles is exactly what you need to be efficient, go fast, chase PRs, and break personal records – pain free!

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Be Smart, Careful and Respectful, But Keep Training

Admittedly, this spring is a tough time to be thinking about our own personal running goals. With the dangerous and debilitating COVID-19 pandemic, there are more important concerns around the world and around the block.

For the time being, we can be grateful for our health and that we can still go running smartly and safely, even though limited by shelter-in-place regulations and social distancing practices. With races big and small being canceled or postponed, it might be hard to stay focused. But if you look at it from a glass-half-full perspective, you can actually train better because of the extended approach to your next race, says Boulder, Colo., coach David Roche.

Roche believes recreational athletes who adapt to the current situations and find ways to refocus on training could experience big breakthroughs by the fall. Developing consistency, doing regular core strength workouts, eating better, getting more sleep, and figuring out a way to maintain a work/life/family balance are some of the touchpoints that can be improved during this unique and trying time in the world.

“It’s not like you go run the most miles you ever have or anything like that,” Roche says. “But it is a time to do the training to where you want to go. That doesn’t mean you even know where you’re going. It’s just the idea of self-belief. If we don’t have races to train for, what are we training for? We’re training to find out what we’re capable of, and that’s independent of a race in the next few months.”

Don’t worry about specific training for a race, but instead focus on being consistent and thinking about long-term development and what kind of runner you want to be a year or two down the road.

“The way I like athletes to think about this is in a framework of long-term training without interruptions,” Roche says. “It’s not that much different in some ways than the period from December when you’re restarting your season. Every single breakthrough I have ever seen — and by breakthrough I mean people reaching a new level of performance — is preceded by one of these long, uninterrupted stretches of focused training. Yes, this is a very difficult time in the world and we should take caution and be safe with training, but this can be breakthrough season, too.

It’s not just the millions of recreational runners who are going through this, but elite, professional runners, too. The International Olympic Committee announced on March 24 that the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo would be postponed to 2021 and later USA Track & Field announced the U.S. Olympic Trials track and field championships would suffer the same fate. 

“We’re all in this together,” says Lee Troop, the Boulder, Colo.-based coach of a dozen elite runners, including newly minted U.S. Olympic marathoner Jake Riley. “We all have to make the best of a bad situation.”

First and foremost, Troop says, it’s all about having a proper perspective and realizing that a lot people are losing their jobs and getting sick and dying. Take care of yourself and your family and those around you the best you can, he says, but know that running can be part of the way you do that.

Understanding the proper time and focus on training is something that’s always important when training for a race, but it’s especially crucial now as we get through this challenging time. Being mindful and soaking in the benefits of a daily workout can make everything else in your life go more smoothly.

“We will eventually get out of this, but trying to remain positive is extremely difficult at best,” he adds. “But if you can get outdoors and do a run, the adrenaline you can get from doing a hard tempo run or the endorphin release you can get from doing a hard hill workout are still there. There might be no racing options at the moment, but the join and the thrill of being able to get out and run — providing that they’re social distancing — isn’t lost.” 

Coach David Roche and JackRabbit Runner Laura Cortez in closer and happier times!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRIAN METZLER

Brian Metzler is the author of “Kicksology: The Hype, Science, Culture and Cool of Running Shoes” (2019, VeloPress). He 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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LET’S GO STREAKING: WHY RUNNING IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL

LET'S GO STREAKING

by BRIAN METZLER  | MARCH 2020

WHY RUNNING EVERY DAY IS GOOD FOR YOUR SOUL

By Brian Metzler

I ran a pretty basic 4 miles today. 

And by basic, I mean simple and slow, uninspired and otherwise uneventful. Not something I would ever post about on social media.

But it was also entirely
meaningful and purposeful and I am very glad I laced ‘em up and went out the door. In fact, it’s probably the most important I’ll do all day. 

Now that’s it’s been several hours, I can feel the positive reverberations of that
slow, seemingly “blah” run pulsing through my body. My legs feel pleasantly fatigued though still warm and loose. But more importantly, I can feel the positive vibes in my brain, and my heart is alive. I am present in the moment and I
am happy.

Although I have been running for a long time, I have never been a runner who tracks mileage, analyzes workout data or even pays attention to how many consecutive days I have run. There is purpose to my running, but
I typically don’t think too much about it after I’m done. And I’ve definitely never been a streaker — someone who runs every day for the sake of running every single day. 

(Yes, I have had many friends who have done this often
and I have always been impressed. And I am amazed by runners like Jon Sutherland and James Patterson, who have both run every single day for more than 50 years! Heck, I’ve
been amazed and impressed by friends who have run every day for a single year.)

And so I have to confess that today’s run marked 21 consecutive days of running for me. What?! I know, it’s no big deal, except that it’s
likely my longest streak in years. Or at least the longest one I’ve paid attention to. I didn’t intend to start a streak three weeks ago, I just kind of fell into it as a way to get in shape. But it’s definitely become a thing for me because
I don’t want to end it. 

But that’s largely because it’s given me daily purpose filled with positivity. Because it coincided with the coronavirus pandemic becoming more of an issue in the U.S. and, specifically my hometown of
Boulder, Colorado. They city and state went under a shelter-at-home order recently as part of the national efforts to “flatten the curve” and reduce the spread of the highly contagious virus. Fortunately it allows for limited outdoor recreation
as long as social distancing protocols are followed. 

It’s a tough time for all of us —  some much tougher than others — but running every day is the key to keeping my sanity.

“No one is going to ‘happy’ their way
out of this, and that’s OK,” says Boulder-based running coach David Roche, and co-author of “The Happy Runner: Love the Process, Get Faster, Run Longer.” “We can hopefully find the daily beauty in every little thing we have to do and that
we like to do, and that includes running. If we’re forced to run inside or run around back and forth in a small area near our home, there’s so much gratitude to be found in those processes. Just the act of doing it can be rich.” 

Truth be told, I am not in shape yet and probably a long way from it, but my daily experiences have been rich and I appreciate the physical, mental and emotional boost each one has provided me. It’s help me avoid getting too dark about
the current state of the world, the economy and horrific scenarios that’s happening in some of the country’s coronavirus hot spots. 

It’s given me balance, allowed me to work better (including writing about the importance of
running during challenging times) and allowed me to generally be more calm and pleasant around family, friends, co-workers and everyone else I encounter (from 6 feet away) during this stressful time.

And, lately, it’s inspired
me to look forward to my next run. And that’s a good thing.

Now that I have acknowledged that my 21-day streak is actually a streak, I realize that it’s so much more than that and that it’s so much greater than the sum of its
parts. It’s become something I rely on for so many things. It’s a daily affirmation of so many things that are meaningful to me.

I just want to keep on running. Every day. Why? Because I have learned to trust the process and
found that, ultimately, there is great inspiration in the process. And that reminds me that running is about the journey, not the destination.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRIAN METZLER

Brian Metzler is the author of “Kicksology: The Hype, Science, Culture and Cool of Running Shoes” (2019, VeloPress). He 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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RUNNING BRANDS CHIPPING IN TO HELP COMBAT COVID-19

 

RUNNING BRANDS HELPING WITH COVID-19

by BRIAN METZLER  | MARCH 2020

 

RUNNING BRANDS CHIPPING IN TO HELP COMBAT COVID-19

By Brian Metzler

Along the Merrimack River in Lawrence, Mass., there are dozens of former factory buildings that are being converted to condos and shops and modern office buildings.

But there is one particular old factory that’s still a factory. And for most of the past four decades, it has produced New Balance running shoes.

The Boston-based shoe brand has always taken great pride in being the only sporting goods brand to manufacture running shoes in the U.S. Now it’s pivoting some of its domestic factories into production facilities for personal protective gear necessary in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

When every other brand sent its shoe manufacturing overseas in the late 1970s and early 1980s to reduce costs, New Balance went the opposite direction and restored a 19th century textile factory building in Lawrence and started making its 990 series running shoes there. 

Since its re-opened in 1982, American workers have produced 15 million pairs of shoes from that factory. It’s a testament to the brand’s commitment to domestic jobs, but it has always allowed the Boston-based company to speed up innovation or pivot production in time of need. They can produce prototypes, custom footwear or one-off models for an athlete or a promotion in a pinch.

As of last week, New Balance was using that facility to produce prototypes of face masks for doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers caring for the rush of patients suffering from the coronavirus. The company says it will scale its process and adapt its other domestic factories accordingly beginning this week.

“The global COVID-19 health crisis has called on individuals and organizations to bring their expertise and resources to solve new and extraordinary challenges,” New Balance announced on its website recently. “We are coordinating our efforts with our government officials and local medical institutions as well other U.S. consortiums and testing facilities.”

The brand has also committed $2 million in non-profit grants through the New Balance Foundation to support local, regional and global communities as the world battles the COVID-19 virus. 
It’s another sign of the running community coming together in a time of need.

“We firmly believe it is our civic duty to support our communities in need around the world,” said Anne Davis, managing trustee New Balance Foundation. “As we witness the growing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are inspired by the acts of humanity, kindness and compassion that have emerged in support of one another during this health crisis. Guided by our values, NB Foundation will remain generous, flexible and responsive recognizing the uncertainty created by these challenging times.”

 

Face Masks for the Front Line - Covid 19

MORE BRANDS, MORE ACTION

Several other brands in the running and endurance sports industry are doing their part, too. Nike and Superfeet are also making mask and face shields for healthcare workers, while Nike, Under Armour and Brooks have pledged money for coronavirus response efforts. Plenty of other brands are donating in-line product to first responders and healthcare workers.

“Companies like Nike need to do our part,’ Nike CEO John Donahoe said during a Q3 conference call. “Based on needs identified by the teams and health professionals at Oregon Health & Science University, our teammates are working right now about how to best help, including prototyping face shields of OHSU and others.”

 
 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRIAN METZLER

Brian Metzler is the author of “Kicksology: The Hype, Science, Culture and Cool of Running Shoes” (2019, VeloPress). He 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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BE SMART, CAREFUL AND RESPECFUL, BUT KEEP TRAINING

 

KEEP TRAINING

by BRIAN METZLER  | MARCH 2020

 

BE SMART, CAREFUL AND RESPECFUL,
BUT KEEP TRAINING

By Brian Metzler

Admittedly, this spring is a tough time to be thinking about our own personal running goals. With the dangerous and debilitating COVID-19 pandemic, there are more important concerns around the world and around the block.

For the time being, we can be grateful for our health and that we can still go running smartly and safely, even though limited by shelter-in-place regulations and social distancing practices. With races big and small being canceled or postponed, it might be hard to stay focused. But if you look at it from a glass-half-full perspective, you can actually train better because of the extended approach to your next race, says Boulder, Colo., coach David Roche.

Roche believes recreational athletes who adapt to the current situations and find ways to refocus on training could experience big breakthroughs by the fall. Developing consistency, doing regular core strength workouts, eating better, getting more sleep, and figuring out a way to maintain a work/life/family balance are some of the touchpoints that can be improved during this unique and trying time in the world.

“It’s not like you go run the most miles you ever have or anything like that,” Roche says. “But it is a time to do the training to where you want to go. That doesn’t mean you even know where you’re going. It’s just the idea of self-belief. If we don’t have races to train for, what are we training for? We’re training to find out what we’re capable of, and that’s independent of a race in the next few months.”

Don’t worry about specific training for a race, but instead focus on being consistent and thinking about long-term development and what kind of runner you want to be a year or two down the road.

“The way I like athletes to think about this is in a framework of long-term training without interruptions,” Roche says. “It’s not that much different in some ways than the period from December when you’re restarting your season. Every single breakthrough I have ever seen — and by breakthrough I mean people reaching a new level of performance — is preceded by one of these long, uninterrupted stretches of focused training. Yes, this is a very difficult time in the world and we should take caution and be safe with training, but this can be breakthrough season, too.

It’s not just the millions of recreational runners who are going through this, but elite, professional runners, too. The International Olympic Committee announced on March 24 that the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo would be postponed to 2021 and later USA Track & Field announced the U.S. Olympic Trials track and field championships would suffer the same fate. 

“We’re all in this together,” says Lee Troop, the Boulder, Colo.-based coach of a dozen elite runners, including newly minted U.S. Olympic marathoner Jake Riley. “We all have to make the best of a bad situation.”

First and foremost, Troop says, it’s all about having a proper perspective and realizing that a lot people are losing their jobs and getting sick and dying. Take care of yourself and your family and those around you the best you can, he says, but know that running can be part of the way you do that.

Understanding the proper time and focus on training is something that’s always important when training for a race, but it’s especially crucial now as we get through this challenging time. Being mindful and soaking in the benefits of a daily workout can make everything else in your life go more smoothly.

“We will eventually get out of this, but trying to remain positive is extremely difficult at best,” he adds. “But if you can get outdoors and do a run, the adrenaline you can get from doing a hard tempo run or the endorphin release you can get from doing a hard hill workout are still there. There might be no racing options at the moment, but the join and the thrill of being able to get out and run — providing that they’re social distancing — isn’t lost.” 

David Roche and Laura Cortez

Coach David Roche and JackRabbit Runner Laura Cortez in closer and happier times!

 
 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRIAN METZLER

 

Brian Metzler is the author of “Kicksology: The Hype, Science, Culture and Cool of Running Shoes” (2019, VeloPress). He 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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NEW BALANCE 880 AND 860 | JackRabbit Review

 

NEW BALANCE 880 & NEW BALANCE 860

by JACKRABBIT |

 

 

NEW BALANCE 880 AND 860: ENGINEERED TO WITHSTAND

The New Balance 880 and it’s stability partner the New Balance 860, are the workhorses of running shoes. Both these performance shoes from New Balance protect, perform and should be considered as part of ‘long run’ options for any runner. As an added bonus, these long-time store exclusives are now available online! 

The New Balance 880 and 860 are some of the most popular technical running shoes and there’s a reason why. Think of them as dependable running partners who will see you though long run days with a smile.

The latest versions of the New Balance 880 and 860 have ‘no-sew’ overlays which translate to us running mortals as there’s a seamless upper material which screams out a flexible fit for every foot. 

The latest outsole has been specifically tailored to work equally well on wet or dry roads, so when you’re running long, the weather can turn and you won’t have to. 

 

NEW BALANCE 880 AND 860: SIBLING PARTNERS

New Balance 880 2019

New Balance 880

With you for the long haul. The New Balance 880 is your trusted run partner. For pro athletes to weekend warriors alike, the New Balance 880 has a secure fit thanks to it's seamless design. Lace up and get ready to run long.

New Balance 860 v9

New Balance 860 Stability Shoe

Steady on the run. For moderate pronators the New Balance 860 is a durable shoe with premium materials. It has a stability post on the medial side just under the arch to counteract the pronation.

 
 

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Put Some Spring in Your Step – Match Your Superfeet Insoles

 

FIND YOUR PERFECT MATCH: SUPERFEET & TOP RUNNING SHOES

 

 

THE KEYS TO YOUR SOLEMATE: SUPERFEET

Running insoles may confuse many as you stare at a wall of them coloring your local running store. But these slivers of color could be the answer to matching you to your perfect running shoe.

Insoles can improve the fit of your running shoes, make sure your arches are supported where they need it and they can provide extra stability and help to spread the running load when your foot hits the ground.  Add to that the two words every runner dreads – plantar fasciitis – insoles have been known to help the condition with their arch support and general foot stability for the runner. 

Just as every foot is different and every running shoe is different, a quality running insole can bridge the gap to turn the best running shoe into the perfect running shoe for you.

Superfeet are the 'podiactric scientists' behind some of the best running insoles available today. Their insoles use cutting edge technologies to produce insoles to suit a variety of runners. Superfeet have been gathering data on people's feet for over 40 years; that's a lot of feet! 

Superfeet has taken several key running shoes and paired them with the appropriate Superfeet insole to give you a solid grounding (pun intended) on how you can use an insole to dial in your favorite running shoe.

 

BROOKS GLYCERIN 18 – RUN COMFORT THIN AND WOMEN’S RUN COMFORT INSOLES

Superfeet Run Comfort Thin:  The Superfeet Run Comfort Thin insole is 20% thinner than other Superfeet styles for the runner who needs a slim fit in their shoes, but also need the support of an insole. The thin profile works with your race shoes and offers no extra bulk for a dialed in fit.

Run Comfort Women's: As the mantra goes, 'women are not small men', and their feet are no exception. With that firmly at the front of their mind, Superfeet have devised the Run Comfort Women's running insole specifically adpated to the geometry of the female foot.   

This insole features a narrower heel and specific arch length alongside the tried and tested deep heel cup and impact technology to disperse impact. 

Brooks Glycerin 18:  Brooks labels the Glycerin as the ultimate in softness and supreme comfort – and it certainly delivers. This edition boasts a reconfigured midsole, allowing for more of their DNA LOFT cushioning underfoot for extreme plushness. We agree – it’s premium cushioning in the premium shoe. Take it to the next level with a Superfeet insole!
 

ON CLOUDFLOW & RUN COMFORT THIN

Superfeet Run Comfort Thin: The Superfeet Run Comfort Thin insole is 20% thinner than other Superfeet styles for the runner who needs a slim fit in their shoes, but also need the support of an insole. The thin profile works with your race shoes and offers no extra bulk for a dialed in fit.  

On Cloudflow: Take an even faster shortcut to a runner’s high with the Cloudflow. Refined with feedback from elite athletes, the incredibly responsive ride in this shoe gets even more comfort and kick with the addition of On’s new Helion super foam. Throw in some more technical advancements and a pair of Superfeet’s RUN Comfort Thin insoles, and you’re sure to reach a runner’s high every time!

NEW BALANCE 1080V8, RUN COMFORT MAX AND RUN COMFORT WOMEN'S

RUN Comfort Max: Engineered specifically for runners, these delightfully green insoles deliver maximum comfort while helping minimize foot fatigue. The result? Exceptional underfoot comfort, and extra miles on your training log, thanks to the Superfeet RUN Comfort Max.

This insole features a narrower heel and specific arch length alongside the tried and tested deep heel cup and impact technology to disperse impact. 

Run Comfort Women's: As the mantra goes, 'women are not small men', and their feet are no exception. With that firmly at the front of their mind, Superfeet have devised the Run Comfort Women's running insole specifically adpated to the geometry of the female foot.   

This insole features a narrower heel and specific arch length alongside the tried and tested deep heel cup and impact technology to disperse impact. 

New Balance 1080v8: The 1080v8 is New Balance’s flagship expression of how runner data, supreme comfort, and cutting edge visual design comes to life in one plush and sophisticated package. What’s not to love? Slip in a pair of Superfeet insoles and you’re ready to make a statement mile after mile.

SAUCONY KINVARA 11 AND RUN PAIN RELIEF

RUN Pain Relief: Do your feet hurt? Well, thanks to the Superfeet RUN Pain Relief Insoles, they don’t have to! These are specially designed to minimize the repetitive stress that can lead to foot pain. The result? Running without thinking about your feet! What more can you ask for?

Saucony Kinvara 11: The Kinvara 11 has a lightweight feel for a personal best. For all you runners out there working to achieve your goals, the lightweight Kinvara paired with the RUN Pain Relief insoles is exactly what you need to be efficient, go fast, chase PRs, and break personal records – pain free!

 
 

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Concierge Service Available

GET YOUR GEAR FROM OUR RUNNING EXPERTS WITH CONCIERGE SERVICE

 


We want to help you stay active in these trying times, and remain a resource for you as a go-to place for knowledge and expertise. Therefore, in select stores and markets we are pleased to be offering a personalized concierge service to help keep you running!


SERVICES INCLUDE:


  • – Curbside pickup (where available)
  • – Phone orders with free ship-to-home service
  • – Virtual store visits via preferred social media channels (Facetime, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, etc.) and email to help you find the right products for your needs
  • – Virtual video fittings via email or preferred social media channels




Call, email, or message your stores for more details and to get fitted in the right gear to keep you moving.

NEW YORK

JackRabbit West Side – 917-338-4988 – 140 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

JackRabbit Third Ave – 212-223-8109 – 1051 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10065

JackRabbit Union Square – 646-355-1982 – 42 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

JackRabbit Brooklyn – 917-780-4446 – 151 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

JackRabbit Rye – 914-921-1825 – 37 Purchase St, Rye, NY 10580

Bronxville Running CO – 914-337-7177 – 52 Pondfield Rd, Bronxville, NY 10708

NEW JERSEY

JackRabbit Hoboken – 201-984-3952 – 127 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

JackRabbit Morristown – 973-401-1300 – 31 South St, Morristown, NJ 07960

JackRabbit Summit – 908-516-2357 – 355 Springfield Ave #1, Summit, NJ 07901

JackRabbit Westfield – 908-654-9900 – 123 Quimby St, Westfield, NJ 07090

JackRabbit Ridgewood – 201-670-1828 – 258 E Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Princeton Running CO by JackRabbit – 609-252-9110 – 108 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542

MASSACHUSETTS

Greater Boston Running Co Lexington – 781-863-0200 – 1728 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 02421

Greater Boston Running Co Swampscott – 781-780-4181 – 429 Paradise Rd, Swampscott, MA 01907

Greater Boston Running Co Newburyport – 978-255-1737 – 27 Water St, Newburyport, MA 01950

VIRGINIA AND WASHINGTON DC

Richmond Road Runner – 804-353-8365 – 3002 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221

VA Runner Fredericksburg – 540-548-1566 – 1993 Carl D. Silver Pkwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

VA Runner Woodbridge – 703-491-4593 – 14210 Smoketown Rd, Woodbridge, VA 22192

Georgetown Running CO – 202-337-8626 – 3401 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

INDIANA

Indiana Running CO Bloomington – 812-822-0327 – 121 N College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404

JackRabbit Greenwood – 317-887-0606 – 1251 US-31, Greenwood, IN 46142

JackRabbit Broad Ripple – 317-202-0202 – 1079 Broad Ripple Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220

JackRabbit Fishers – 317-579-0909 – 8965 E 116th St, Fishers, IN 46038

Blue Mile Carmel – 317-571-0505 – 2452 E 146th St, Carmel, IN 46033

NORTH CAROLINA, TENNESSEE AND FLORIDA

Capital RunWalk Raleigh – 919-828-3487 – 430 Woodburn Rd, Raleigh, NC 27605

JackRabbit Nashville – 615-649-8589 – 1513 Demonbreun St, Nashville, TN 37203

Surf Outfitter by JackRabbit –  813-489-4587 – 1607 W Swann Ave, Tampa, FL 33606

TEXAS

Texas Running CO Austin – 512-795-2022 – 9901 N Capital of Texas Hwy #160, Austin, TX 78759

Rogue Running Austin – 512-373-8704 – 410 Pressler St, Austin, TX 78703

RunOn! by JackRabbit River Oaks – 713-487-2111 – 2012 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019

Texas Running CO Sugarland – 281-240-2215 – 15890 Southwest Fwy #600, Sugar Land, TX 77478

RunOn! Frisco – 469-287-5226 – 8300 Gaylord Pkwy , #21 Frisco TX, 75034

RunOn! McKinney – 972-540-0333 – 5180 West Eldorado Pkwy , #200 McKinney TX, 75070

MICHIGAN

Running Fit Ann Arbor Downtown – 734-769-5016 – 123 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Running Fit Ann Arbor West – 734-929-9022 – 5700 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Running Fit Northville – 248-380-3338 – 17783 N Haggerty Rd C, Northville, MI 48168

Running Fit West Bloomfield – 248-626-5451 – 6623 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield Township, MI 48323

Running Fit Traverse City South – 231-933-9242 – 3301 W South Airport Rd, Traverse City, MI 49684

Running Fit Traverse City – 231-932-5401 – 300 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684

KANSAS AND MISSOURI

Garry Gribble’s Running Sports Topeka – 785-273-1456 – 2130 SW Wanamaker Rd, Topeka, KS 66614

Garry Gribble’s Running Sports Overland Park – 913-469-4090 – 11908 W 119th St, Overland Park, KS 66213

Garry Gribble’s Running Sports Lawrence – 785-856-0434 – 839 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044

Garry Gribble’s Running Sports Kansas City – 816-363-4800 – 8600 Ward Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64114

COLORADO AND UTAH

Boulder Running Company Boulder – 303-786-9255 – 2775 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302

Boulder Running Company Denver Cherry Creek – 303-847-4123 – 2500 E 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80206

Boulder Running Company Littleton – 303-932-6000 – 8116 W Bowles Ave, Littleton, CO 80123

Boulder Running Company Greenwood Village – 303-770-5131 – 8545 E Arapahoe Rd c, Greenwood Village, CO 80112

Boulder Running Company CO Springs – 719-278-3535 – 3659 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Striders Ogden – 801-621-1444 – 1937 Washington Blvd, Ogden, UT 84401

Striders Layton – 801-728-9121 – 7030, 1776 N Hill Field Rd # 4, Layton, UT 84041