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ALTRA PARADIGM 4.5 REVIEW

ALTRA PARADIGM 4.5 – SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | APRIL 2020

THE BUZZ

The Altra Paradigm 4.5 is a maximally cushioned road running shoe built for supreme long-haul, cushioning and comfort. It has a unique stabilizing structure in the
rear of the shoe that guides the foot after it hits the ground and rolls forward, making it a great choice for runners who overpronate.

The biggest perk of ther newest model of the Altra Paradigm is that it’s a bona
fide cushy cruiser.

Altra Paradigm 4.5 - What's New

WHAT'S NEW: ALTRA PARADIGM 4.5

The only major change to the Altra Paradigm is the stylish, sleek knit upper that has given the shoe a more performance-oriented fit and a better look. The new upper allows it to fit better, feel better, run better and look better.
 
The reason Altra builds its shoes on a level and balanced platform is to allow the heels and forefoot of a runner’s foot to always be an equal distance from the ground. Unlike shoes with lifted heels and sloping profiles,
Altra’s shoes creates what the brand calls an optimal alignment and that cultivates better running form and encourages a low-impact foot strikes.

Altra Paradigm 4.5 - Fit and Feel

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The well-padded interior of the Paradigm 4.5 makes it feel comfortably snug and secure in the heel and midfoot, although it does have a slightly wider fit than many
Altra shoes. The forefoot is typically wide because of the “Footshaped” toe box. The step-in feel of this shoe absorbs your feet the moment you lace them up, a sensation somewhere between a comfy bedroom slipper and a foot massage.

The AltraEgo midsole is not marshmallowly soft, but instead responsive and energetic. For such thick cushioning and rear foot structure, it really flexes quite well and is appreciably agile. It’s not really a shoe made
for up-tempo running, but it’s smooth and effective from marathon race pace to 10K pace, and on long runs at any pace, it’s an absolute dream.

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

Runners who appreciate max cushioned shoes — and especially those training for marathons or ultramarathons — will really enjoy the new Altra Paradigm 4. Long weekend
runs are idyllic in the Paradigm, both because you feel as good in the final miles as you did when you started but also because you’ll likely experience less inherent soreness in the days that follow.

In addition, Altra’s
women’s models are built with Fit4Her Technology, a design system that caters to the specific anatomical differences of female feet — a narrower heel and midfoot, a higher instep, a longer arch and unique metatarsal spacing.

PROS AND CONS: ALTRA PARADIGM 4.5

Altra Paradigm 4.5 - Pros

Pros: Altra Paradigm 4

The AltraEgo midsole cushioning serves up an energetic vibe that both dampens impact and puts a noticeable spring in every step. The interior cushiness is further enhanced by a 5mm
sculpted footbed. 

The Paradigm has a unique take on structural guidance with integrated StabiliPods in the bottom of the shoe to create a stable platform and a GuideRail system for individualized medial/lateral support
— but only when you need it. The asymmetrical design with medial flaring increases lateral support for weak or tired feet and is ideal for both neutral runners and those looking to upgrade from the limitations of traditional medial
posted models.

The new engineered mesh upper offers structured stretchiness that enhances the comfort and improves the locked-down fit in the midfoot. The perforated toe box is noticeably breathable, creating interior
air flow that helps wick and evaporate moisture away from a runner’s feet.

Altra Paradigm 4.5 - Cons

Cons: Altra Paradigm 4

Runner beware:the Paradigm 4.5 is a lot of shoe — maybe too much for runners used to models that are lighter and lower to the ground. It tips the scales on the slightly
heavier side, but within the range of other maximalist models.

TECH SPECS: ALTRA PARADIGM 4.5

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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ALTRA SOLSTICE XT REVIEW

ALTRA SOLSTICE XT – SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | APRIL 2020

THE BUZZ

Altra has made a name for itself making running shoes built on a a balanced level platform and foot-shaped toe boxes. It’s taken those same principles to create the Solstice XT,
a lightweight cross-trainer. It’s very light, flexible and sufficiently cushioned, but supportive and durable too.

Altra Solstice XT - What's New

WHAT'S NEW: ALTRA SOLSTICE XT

The Altra Solstice XT has been updated with a new upper wrapped with a rubberized frame for added support and durability. It’s a performance-oriented upgrade, but
it’s also breathable and comfortable, too.  

The reason Altra builds its shoes on a level, balanced cushioned platform is to allow the heels and forefoot of a runner’s foot to always be an equal distance from the ground.
Unlike shoes with lifted heels and sloping profiles, Altra’s shoes creates what the brand calls an optimal alignment and that cultivates better running form and encourages a low-impact foot strikes.

Altra Solstice XT - Fit and Feel

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

Like all Altra shoes, the Solstice XT is snug and secure in the heel and midfoot but slightly roomier in the forefoot. Although it feels amply cushioned from the midsole and thin, cushy insole, it also feels low to the ground, and
that contributes to its ability start, stop, turn and twist with more control.

The Altra Solstice XT is surprisingly supportive for as light as it
feels, allowing it to have side-to-side dexterity without rolling over.  It’s flexible enough to do short runs and sprints, but sturdy enough for weight lifting, CrossFit exercises and quick-cadence agility drills.

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

Recreational athletes who take pride in mixing up their weekly workout regimen with a variety of cardio workouts, strength workouts, CrossFit, short-distance running spurts and sprint drills will love this shoe.   

In
addition, Altra’s women’s models are built with Fit4Her Technology, a design system that caters to the specific anatomical differences of female feet — a narrower heel and midfoot, a higher instep, a longer arch and unique
metatarsal spacing.

PROS AND CONS: ALTRA SOLSTICE XT

Altra Solstice XT - Pros

Pros: Altra Solstice XT

The Solstice XT has a full sticky rubber outsole for optimal traction and stability for the dynamic, multi-directional movements of cross-training.

The midsole is made
from a thin layer of high-abrasion EVA foam that offers moderate cushioning and resiliency. The grid-like grooves in the midsole keep the shoe light, but also allow the feet to flex natural for greater quickness and agility. 

We love how inherently athletic this shoe is, but we also like the lifestyle vibe it oozes, too. It looks good with jeans, shorts, yoga pants and other casual threads.

Altra Solstice XT - Cons

Cons: Altra Solstice XT

The Altra Sostice XT isn’t a shoe that’s geared for running long distances. You can use it in a pinch to run 3 miles or so, but it doesn’t have the cushioning or long-haul comfort
for going longer than that. But remember, it's a versatile cross-training and not a high mileage trainer.

TECH SPECS: ALTRA SOLSTICE XT

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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ALTRA LONE PEAK 4.5 REVIEW

ALTRA LONE PEAK 4.5 – SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | APRIL 2020

THE BUZZ

The Lone Peak 4.5 represents the evolution of the original trail shoe that helped Altra launch a new paradigm in shoe design a decade ago. The brand was founded on
the idea that runners are best served by running in shoes with a level platform with a wider toe box to allow their feet to move and flex naturally, as they do when they’re barefoot.

The Lone Peak is a versatile, amply
cushioned shoe with a moderately aggressive outsole and conducive to running on a wide range of trail surfaces.

Altra Lone Peak 4.5 - What's New

WHAT'S NEW: ALTRA LONE PEAK 4.5

The latest edition of the Altra Lone Peak has been overhauled with a new midsole foam formula, a slimmed-down upper and an updated lacing system. Those changes have
resulted in an easier-flexing demeanor, a more secure, locked-down fit and more resilient and more long-haul cushioning and comfort. The bottom line is that Altra made a very good shoe much better.  

Other key features
include a quick-drying mesh upper that provides breathability, protection and a more structured fit, a gaiter attachment to secure Altra’s Trail Gaiters (sold separately) for over-the-ankle protection against debris and a MaxTrac
Outsole that has anatomically-oriented features that align with the positioning and movement of the metatarsal bones and toes.

Altra Lone Peak 4.5 - Fit and Feel

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The Altra Lone Peak 4.5 has a comfy, cushy step-in feel that is accentuated by the updated lacing system and new upper that allow for micro-adjustments and a more
secure fit. Combined with the easy-flexing behavior, the shoe feels pretty much like it’s an extension of your foot. With 25mm of stack height under your feet, this shoe won’t feel like it has too much cushioning or too little
for most conditions, but just the perfect amount.

The Altra Lone Peak 4.5 is able to tackle a wide variety of terrain with aplomb because it has a rock guard embedded in the midsole and the outsole offers a combination
of grip, traction and durability with low-profile lugs.

More than ever, the Lone Peak can smoothly adapt to mild, moderate and technical terrain. The increased flex makes it feel better on smooth, dirt trails, while
the subtle but significant rock guard keeps sharp rocks from creating a stinging sensation under your feet.

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

While all levels of trail runners will appreciate the Lone Peak 4.5, experienced trail runners who typically run on moderately technical and more challenging terrain will love this shoe the most.

While it runs well over
smooth dirt, the biggest selling point of the Lone Peak 4.5 is its versatility and its ability to conquer rugged terrain, too. 

Also of note, Altra’s women’s models are built with Fit4Her Technology, a design system
that caters to the specific anatomical differences of female feet — specifically a narrower heel and midfoot, a higher instep, a longer arch and unique metatarsal spacing.

PROS AND CONS: ALTRA PROVISION 4

Altra Lone Peak 4.5 - Pros

Pros: Altra LonePeak 4.5

All Altra shoes are built with a “Footshape” toe box that is wider and more rounded than most other shoes, thus allowing a runner’s toes and the tranverse arch to
splay and flatten to allow for more effective muscular output when a foot lifts off the ground at the toe-off phase of a new stride.

The midsole is primarily comprised of a resilient material called
A-Bound, a recycled, eco-friendly compound that provides exceptional impact cushioning and energy return. The cushioning and the flexible StoneGuard offer protection from roots, rocks and other trail debris without inhibiting the
natural flex of the shoe and foot.

The reason Altra builds its shoes on a level platform is to allow the heels and forefoot of a runner’s foot to always be an equal distance from the ground. Unlike shoes with lifted
heels and sloping profiles, Altra’s shoes creates what the brand calls an optimal alignment and that cultivates better running form and encourages a low-impact foot strikes.

Altra Lone Peak 4.5 - Cons

Cons: Altra LonePeak 4.5

The Lone Peak 4.5 isn’t heavy but it isn’t the lightest trail shoe in its category, either.

If lightweight shoes are more of your jam, you might find
this slightly heavier on smoother trails. But what you give up weight, you tend to sacrifice in protection, durability and comfort. 

TECH SPECS: ALTRA LONE PEAK 4.5

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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NIKE AIR ZOOM PEGASUS 37 REVIEW

NIKE AIR ZOOM PEGASUS 37 – SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | APRIL 2020

THE BUZZ

Originally introduced in 1983, the Nike Pegasus is the best-selling running shoe of all-time, and for good reason. Although it’s gone through many changes
and even complete overhauls since that time, it’s always been known as a dependable, everyday training shoe for a wide range of runners.

This year’s “Peg” remains as a versatile, do-everything workhorse that’s equally
adept at handling long runs, speed work and races.

Nike Pegasus 37 - What's New

WHAT'S NEW: NIKE PEGASUS 37

Nike did a major remake to the Peg for the 2020 edition, with significant changes to the midsole cushioning platform, a new upper and a softer, springier
ride. The midsole is now made from React foam and features a considerably thicker Zoom Air bag in the forefoot that’s been tuned differently for men and women. It was capped off with a sharp, new look from an updated, lightweight,
engineered upper that features a fast, translucent vibe. 

Responsive React foam has replaced CushBlon foam as the primary midsole cushioning element and that’s good because React is lighter and its more responsive. While
previous Pegasus formerly featured a thin, full-length Zoom Air bag as a cushioning enhancement, Peg 37 only has an articulated Zoom Air bag only in the forefoot, but its more than twice as thick and provides a lot more energetic
pop as the foot leaves the ground in the toe-off phase.

Nike Pegasus 37 - Fit and Feel

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

True to most Nike training shoes, the Pegasus has a rather narrow, athletic fit.

This year’s version of the Nike Pegasus retains the heel
collar that tapers away from the Achilles tendon but features a new band through the arch that does a better job of ensuring a more secure fit at the midfoot. The step-in feel is moderately soft, but the men’s and women’s feel
slightly different this year because the forefoot Air bag has been tuned to feel softer for women and slightly firmer for men. The significant changes to the midsole cushioning elements — including that the React foam foundation
is lighter, cushier and livelier — have led to a softer, smoother, snappier ride.  

When the footwear team started working on the update to the Pegasus, the prototype wear-testing process determined that women preferred
softer midsoles than men. With the softer React foam and the slightly less firm Zoom Air bag in the women’s version (15 psi compared to 20 psi for men), the Pegasus 37 is a shoe that’s specifically geared for women.

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

Everybody loves the Nike Pegasus!

Olympic champions Joan Benoit Samuelson and Mo Farah are huge fans of the Pegasus, but it’s versatility and reliability make it an ideal shoe of choices for new runners, committed recreational
runners, high school runners and just about everybody in between.  

PROS AND CONS: NIKE PEGASUS 37

Nike Pegasus 37 - Pros

Pros: Nike Pegasus 37

The best aspect of the Pegasus has always been its versatility. The Peg 37 retains that resourcefulness as it serves up consistent cushioning for long runs, a responsive ride ideal
for tempo runs and track intervals and a comfortable interior for everyday use.

The outsole is similar to previous editions with a combination of blown rubber segments for traction and carbon rubber segments for durability.
The updated waffle design and low-profile lugs provide reliable traction on a variety of surfaces in wet or dry conditions, including concrete bike paths, asphalt roads, smooth dirt trails.

Nike Pegasus 37 - Cons

Cons: Nike Pegasus 37

Because it has a soft demeanor and offers little support, the Pegasus has always been best for runners with a neutral gait. That’s fine for runners who run with a mild pronation pattern
in every stride.

The Nike Pegasus is not an unstable shoe, but it doesn’t have as much structure as a lot of models.

TECH SPECS: NIKE AIR ZOOM PEGASUS 37

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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ALTRA PROVISION 4 REVIEW

 

ALTRA PROVISION 4 – SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | APRIL 2020

THE BUZZ

Always a key shoe in Altra’s lineup, the newly re-designed Altra Provision 4 is a moderate stability shoe for mild overpronators. Like all Altra shoes, it features a level, balanced platform and a wide, foot-shaped toe box to accommodate for the natural movements of the foot.

The new profile of the Altra Provision is an eye-catching upgrade and will be sure to appeal to those who already love the style and a tempting offer to those mild pronators ready to slip on a pair. 

 
Altra Provision 4 - What's New

WHAT'S NEW: ALTRA PROVISION 4

The Altra Provision 4 went through quite an overhaul from the previous edition, coming away with a lighter weight, cleaner design and a better, more resilient midsole. All of those made huge improvements and resulted in a more athletic vibe and a smoother ride. The Provision 4 is also a smidge lower to the ground and almost a half-ounce lighter.  
The light-but-supportive engineered mesh upper allows for cooling airflow to pass through the shoe, allowing the foot to stay cool in warmer weather and to quickly wick moisture away from a runner’s feet.  

With every stride, the magic of Altra’s zero-drop platform and relatively wide toe box come into play. While the foot is able to roll through the gait cycle without being burdened by an elevated heel, the toes have room to splay at the front of the shoe to set up for an optimally efficient toe-off phase of the stride.

Altra Provision 4 - Fit and Feel

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

When you slip your feet into a pair of Altra Provision 4's and lace ‘em up, you will get a feeling of roominess from in forefoot and a reliable, snugness in the medium-width midfoot and heel. There’s a comfy step-in feel that is best characterized as soft with a touch of bounce.

While softness is a characteristic of most shoes, the distinct bounce of the Provision 4 comes from the combination polyurethane insole and the A-Bound material in the midsole. The ride is buttery smooth and subtly supportive, as the GuideRail system and Dynamic Arch offers plenty of stability precisely when and where it is needed while each foot rolls through the gait cycle. While you don’t feel the support, you will definitely feel the bounciness in each step. 

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

Runners who mildly overpronate — in other words, those whose feet tend to roll inward after impact with ground — will absolutely love this shoe. Not only does the Altra Provision 4 provide necessary support, but it’s also comfortable, light and energetic. That’s a far cry from what traditional stability shoes feel like.

When it comes to short or long training, the Altra Provision 4 is a great everyday training shoe for shorter and longer distances, but it also might be the shoe of choice for a half marathon or marathon.

PROS AND CONS: ALTRA PROVISION 4

Altra Provision 4 - Pros

Pros: Altra Provision 4

The Altra Provision diminishes a runner’s unique pronation pattern with a combination of stabilizing technologies — a wider base, the GuideRails system with reinforcement along both sides of the foot (but higher into the sidewall on the medial side) and the Dynamic Arch wrapping lacing system that prevents respond to pressure and help keep arch from collapsing.

The fourth edition of the Altra Provision is moderately light, but it feels lighter on the run because of the bouncy characteristics of the recycled, environmentally friendly A-Bound midsole material. That makes long runs feel less grueling and up-tempo workouts just a tad easier. 

The outsole is comprise from several specifically shaped segments of durable rubber that coincide with the cushioning, stability and flex features of the shoe. It offers great traction (even through wet conditions) and durability for long-wearing performance.

Altra Provision 4 - Cons

Cons: Altra Provision 4

If you need and appreciate stability shoes, there isn’t much not to like about this shoe. The only minor nitpicks our wear-testers could find were the low height of the toe box and the inability to integrate well with most custom insoles, but otherwise we love everything about it.

TECH SPECS: ALTRA PROVISION 4

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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NEW BALANCE FRESH FOAM X COLLECTION

NEW BALANCE – FRESH FOAM X

by BRIAN METZLER  | APRIL 2020

THE NEW BALANCE FRESH FOAM X

There are a lot of components in a running shoe, but, in most cases, none is as notable as the foam midsole under your foot. If you have run in a few pairs of running shoes over the last few years, you’ll know that not all midsole
foams are made the same. But that’s not how it used to be.

From the mid-1970s (when running shoes were first built with layers of cushioning between the outsole and the footbed) until about 2010, most running shoes
featured a standard form of ethylene vinyl acetate, aka, EVA, which offered a moderate level of softness but not much resiliency, no matter what size the runner was or how their feet landed on the ground. Yes, some shoes used air
and gel packets and others had polyurethane inserts, but the main cushioning compound was typically EVA foam.

But then a midsole revolution started in 2010-2014 with several new types of foam—including Fresh Foam from
New Balance, Boost from Adidas and RMAT from Hoka, among others—that offered both plush cushioning and energetic rebound. 

The updated Fresh Foam X midsole foam is a modern version of EVA, a uniquely formulated compound injection molded in a heat press. It can be morphed to create single-layer midsole platforms that are either more or less supportive. The new formulation is softer, lighter,
livelier and can flex more dynamically than traditional EVA, so it can match or counteract the natural flex patterns of a runner’s feet.

New Balanced used data recorded from thousands of runners, and their engineers
and designers created concave and convex sidewall patterns and implemented laser engraving to alter levels of compression and resistance under impact as needed for either neutral or stability shoes. 

THE NEW BALANCE FRESH FOAM COLLECTION

There are a whole range of running shoe styles from New Balance featuring the Fresh Foam X midsole cushioning. From the classic, neutral-oriented 1080, the
lightweight, low-to-the-ground Tempo, the rugged and durable Hierro trail shoe, the maximally cushioned More, and the lightest of the Fresh Foam collection, the . 

Read on to learn which style in the New Balance Fresh
Foam X Collection is right for you. 

NEW BALANCE FRESH FOAM 1080 v9

Weights: 9.5 ounces (men’s size 9.0); 7.9 oz. (women’s size 7.0)
Heel-Toe Offset: 8mm (30mm heel, 22mm forefoot)

The Buzz: The luxuriously appointed, neutral-oriented New Balance 1080 trainer
is built for high-mileage training. This year’s edition has a new upper and a completely renovated midsole design with the softer, cushier and more energetic Fresh Foam X midsole foam. The new Hypoknit mesh upper is softer and stretchier
than the previous models and has fewer overlays, but it secures the foot better than previous editions.

New Balance didn’t rest on its laurels with one of its top-selling flagship shoes after 10 years. Instead, it broke the
mold and updated this premium high-mileage, neutral cruiser into a masterwork model that is lighter, has a better fit, feels more energetic and has a more striking appearance. The 10th edition of the 1080 the epitome of cutting-edge, data-driven
design, both for performance and aesthetics.

In a nutshell, the latest version of the New Balance 1080 has a more supportive fit, is much softer under
foot and serves up a much bouncier ride.

NEW BALANCE FRESH FOAM TEMPO

Weights: 8.5 ounces (men’s size 9.0); 6.4 oz. (women’s size 7.0)
Heel-Toe Offset: 6mm (24mm heel, 18mm forefoot)

The Buzz: The Tempo is a new model made with a data-to-design Fresh Foam X midsole to deliver responsive all-day comfort. The sleek, Hypoknit upper is constructed of performance-oriented engineered mesh with embroidery for a tuned, secure fit that offers
soft yet strategic support from heel to forefoot. 

The New Balance Tempo is a lightweight, low-profile shoe which carries over some of the agility and liveliness
of the Zante line. It features New Balance’s new trace fiber upper stitching—a similar look (and support function) to the 1080 v10—with a faster vibe geared for quick-cadence workouts. It can be an everyday trainer for advanced runners
or performance trainer for others.

NEW BALANCE FRESH FOAM MORE v2

Weights: 9.6 ounces (men’s size 9.0); 8.0 oz. (women’s size 7.0)
Heel-Toe Offset: 4mm (34mm heel, 30mm forefoot)

The Buzz: The New Balance Fresh Foam More v2 features the most amount of Fresh Foam X cushioning underfoot and delivers a soft, pillowy underfoot feel. A lightweight engineered mesh upper in combination with a 3D molded Ultra heel provides a reliably locked-down fit, arguably the
most stable ride among maximal shoes on the market. To reduce weight while maintaining a smooth ride, the More v2 features Fresh Foam X midsole foam with flex grooves in the forefoot and laser engravings on the lateral landing zone. 

The second edition of the Fresh Foam More serves up a softer and smoother ride. Although the Fresh Foam More is a neutral shoe, the midsole foam has
been engineered to be slightly firmer on the medial side and slightly more pliable on the lateral side to over a bit of stability for runners who mildly overpronate.

Only a few road running shoes have ever had this much plush
cushioning under foot. (The Hoka Bondi and Altra Duo are a few comparably cushioned shoes.) But unlike some high off-the-ground maximally cushioned shoes, the Fresh Foam More serves up a secure and stable ride without any side-to-side
wobbling.

NEW BALANCE FRESH FOAM HIERRO v5

Weights: 11.3 ounces (men’s size 9.0); 9.4 oz. (women’s size 7.0)
Heel-Toe Offset: 8mm (32mm heel, 24mm forefoot)

The Buzz: The New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro v5 delivers data-driven cushioning for off-road running, and it’s got one of the hottest looks of any shoe on the market. With a cushy and stable Fresh Foam X midsole and a grippy, Vibram Megagrip outsole, the reconfigured Hierro can tackle
moderate to intense terrain with aplomb. It offers trail-specific agility and protection and road-shoe comfort.

Whoever says it doesn’t matter what your trail running shoes look like haven’t worn the latest edition of the Fresh
Foam Hierro. This shoe is lit, and we’re not just talking about the eye-catching paint-splatter graphics package.

The updated version has a soft, gusseted tongue, an improved durable, mesh TPU-coated upper and a more secure
heel that helps ensure a locked-down fit and the inside of the shoe debris-free, while a reinforced toe bumper keeps your piggies safe.

And yes, we love the slick paint job, too.

NEW BALANCE FRESH FOAM 880 v10 

Weights: 10.3 ounces (men’s size 9.0); 8.9 oz. (women’s size 7.0)
Heel-Toe Offset: 10mm (28mm heel, 20mm forefoot)

The Buzz: The Fresh Foam 880v10 is an amazing rejuvenation of one of the most beloved performance silhouettes in the New Balance line. Updated with Fresh Foam X midsole foam technology to deliver durable, long-lasting cushioning with smoothness and responsiveness, it’s
a durable, energetic everyday trainer capable of running long or running fast.

A lightweight-yet-secure, stretchy Hypoknit mesh upper delivers a comfortable fit and breathable support without any hassles. The soft, engineered
mesh upper snugly wraps the top of the foot, providing a secure fit while allow the foot to move and flex uninhibitedly at high speeds. Meanwhile, the supportive midsole utilizes luxuriously soft Fresh Foam X cushioning for an ultimate
underfoot feel. The data-driven foam cushioning is engineered for precision comfort, providing an ultra-cushioned ride that’s ready to be your high-mileage workhorse.

Although it’s a neutral shoe constructed without medial posts,
the 880’s wider footprint helps give it inherent side-to-side stability. Two large horizontal full-length grooves on the outsole, coupled with a honeycomb pattern and blown rubber under the forefoot, give the 1080v10 a smooth ride with a peppy demeanor.

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Delays in processing and shipping orders due to COVID-19

To our JackRabbit Community:

The past couple of months have been challenging for many reasons and we want to say thank you for your support and patience during this difficult time. We’ve continued to prioritize the health and safety of our staff and community, but we know that has caused frustration with your orders and we’d like to apologize for the delay and fill you in on what is happening. As the Shelter in Place orders was put in place across the US, our retail locations were closed in accordance with state mandates. In the face of the pandemic, it was and continues to be first and foremost our responsibility to keep our communities, staff, and customers safe.

At the same time, with stores closed US customers were, for the main part, shopping online. As a result, we experienced a significant increase in online orders. The distribution of these orders is dependent upon our stores which are also our key distribution centers around the US. We have had to adapt and adapt quickly. We are currently operating at much less capacity in all locations, slowing down the speed at which we can process orders. Due to the increased online demand and distribution changes, we appreciate there have been delays. As a result, we have been working at the highest capacity possible to ensure we are safely processing and delivering orders. Our teams are working exceptionally hard every day to work towards getting back on track with orders, responding to customer inquiries, return requests all with the goal of getting runners back out there.

 

If you have an open order with JackRabbit, what is the best way to contact us?

We encourage you to email or use live chats. We assure you, we see every email and will respond. It just might take more time than we are all used to. In an attempt to try and help answer your questions we’ve included a culmination of FAQ below.

The entire team at JackRabbit is grateful for your business and we are grateful for runners. We are navigating this experience together and we appreciate your patience. Not only are we adjusting to the current situation, but we are also planning towards what the new normal might look like. What is certain are the continued benefits of running on so many levels. We will continue to run in whatever manner is appropriate to join our tribe of putting one foot in front of another. Thank you for your continued patience and may we run together – be it virtually, in spirit, or in parallel – for many years to come.

 

Shipping Updates/Timelines: 

As mentioned above, our stores and our fulfillment centers are not able to operate at full capacity which is delaying some order processing times. In addition, JackRabbit.com orders are shipped via UPS or FedEx who are also experiencing delivery delays. Please allow 10-14 days from the time you order. You can always track your items with the tracking number in the shipment confirmation email on the FedEx or UPS website. If you missed the email, you can view the tracking information on JackRabbit.com. Just log into your account, go to your Run Rewards summary and scroll down until you see your previous orders. Click on “view order” and find the link that says “track your order” to locate shipping information. Product availability will determine when items in an order will ship. Orders with more than one item may be shipped from separate fulfilling locations so you can get all your items as swiftly as possible. The delivery time for your order is based on the time it takes to process and pick your order in the warehouse PLUS the UPS transit time. Estimated shipping timeframes shown in checkout are just that…estimates. Please note: We are not currently shipping to PO Boxes, APO, FPO addresses.

 

FAQ’s

Are JackRabbit Stores open?

Yes, 35 of our doors are open and you can find a list of those stores + all the precautions we are taking to keep our staff and customers safe here

 

Does JackRabbit still have a customer care team available to service customers?

Yes, we do, but due to the high volume of orders and inquiries, our team is behind on responses. Please note that it may be a few days before we can get to your request.

 

What is the JackRabbit Return Policy? 

We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase and stand behind the products and services we provide. We’ve extended our return policy due to Covid-19 with that in mind. Our merchandise can be returned to us within 60 days from the date of the original purchase for a full refund.

To return merchandise, you may bring it back to any of our open store locations or mail it to the following address with the return slip that was included in your original shipment:

JackRabbit ATTN: Online Returns 2500 E. 1st Ave, Unit C West Denver, CO 80206

Please include your original receipt with the merchandise you are returning. All returns will require customer name, phone number, or email address, which can be filled out on the return slip. Footwear, Apparel, and Electronics should be sellable and have original boxes/packaging/tags. Unfortunately, we cannot return underwear, nutrition, and magazines. Refunds for returns made without a receipt will take the form of a store credit assigned to a customer account. We do not pay for return shipping, however, your initial shipping cost (if incurred) will be refunded. We highly recommend you insure the package as we cannot be responsible for returns lost in transit. As soon as we receive your returned item, a refund will be issued to your original method of payment. Please note that it may take 4-5 business days for the package to arrive back to us, plus up to another 7 business days for the refund to appear on your statement.

 

Exchange Policy:

The easiest and fastest way for the exchange process to occur is to send back your original order and order again or come to your local store to make the exchange. We are happy to send you a shipping label for the exchange of merchandise that is defective or incorrectly sent item (i.e. size/color). Once we receive your merchandise, we will send out a replacement item. Please allow 7 business days once the item has been received at our facility for the exchange to be processed. You can also exchange items at any of our open store locations or store locations offering curbside.

 

Product/Inventory Levels:

Due to COVID-19, we are experiencing manufacturer and distribution delays. Therefore we may be temporarily out of stock on items that we aren’t normally out of. Please be patient with us as we are re-stocking as quickly as possible, but we are receiving goods to replenish our inventory on a slower cadence.

 

Coupon Exclusions: 

We love to offer our customers occasional special promotions and coupons for our online and in-store customers. That said, there are a few things to note if you are taking advantage of these offers:

  • • Offers are for a limited time only. In no event will an offer extend beyond the expiration date, nor is the offer guaranteed to remain in place until the expiration date.
     
  • • Offers are not valid on gift cards, taxes, team sales, returns, or exchanges. Discount will be taken on eligible products only.
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  • • Select styles are excluded from coupons across these brands such as Adidas, ASICS, Brooks, Mizuno, New Balance, HOKA, Saucony, Nike, Under Armour, Garmin, Salomon, and Roll Recovery. Select styles of electronics and accessories are also excluded
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  • • Promotions cannot be combined with any other offer, coupon, or group discount. Promotions are run for a limited time, and we reserve the right to modify or terminate the promotion at any time without advance notice.
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  • • Unless otherwise stated, coupons can not be applied to sale items.  Discounts will not be extended toward any previous purchases or subsequent exchanges. Discounted amounts will not, in any event, be refunded.
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  • • Coupons used to redeem offer in-store must be surrendered to sales associates at the time of in-store redemption.
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  • • Limit one coupon redemption per customer per day.
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  • • JackRabbit reserves the right to cancel orders at any time based on our discretion.
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Reviews

ASICS GEL CUMULUS 22 REVIEW

ASICS GEL CUMULUS 22 – SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | APRIL, 2020

The ASICS GEL Cumulus has reached its 22nd edition and deserves a hearty round of applause. JackRabbit guest reviewer Brian Metzler reports on the 2020 edition of this perennial bestselling running shoe.

THE BUZZ

One of the classic, everyday neutral trainers in the ASICS line, the Cumulus continues to evolve as a durable, well-cushioned and moderately supportive shoe for a wide range of runners.

The ASICS GEL Cumulus is built for high-mileage training, but it’s also a great option for a casual runner who runs a few days a week.

ASICS GEL Cumulus 22 - What's New

WHAT'S NEW: ASICS GEL CUMULUS 22

This year’s much-improved edition of the GEL Cumulus has been updated with a new engineered mesh upper, softer cushioning and a more energetic ride.

ASICS have added more volume in the toe box of the Cumulus 22, a better foam package in the midsole and deeper flex grooves in the outsole for an improved ride. Most importantly, this 2020 edition of the GEL Cumulus is lighter
than ever, with nearly a full-ounce slashed from last year’s model!

The upper on the GEL Cumulus 22 has been updated with a new, one-piece mesh upper and seamless 3D print construction.  This has reduced weight, enhanced breathability
and contributes to a better fit with a twinge of support.

ASICS GEL Cumulus 22  - Light to trot

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

As with previous models, the GEL Cumulus 22 fits snug in the heel and saddle/arch area for medium, but this edition is noticeable more roomy in the forefoot.

The fit has also been enhanced by a new engineered mesh upper that adapts to various foot shapes while also adding a touch of support.

The 2020 edition of the ASICS GEL Cumulus 22 has a soft, plush and comfortable
step-in feel and that continues when you lace them up and start running. This shoe has always felt smooth from touchdown to toe-off, but the biggest differences in this edition is that it’s slightly softer, lighter, bouncier and
more flexible than ever before.

All of this contributes to the exceptional comfort and consistent performance, especially over moderate to long runs. 

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

Experienced marathoners and half-marathoners have always loved the GEL Cumulus for its long-haul comfort and consistency and they’ll appreciate this edition
for its durability and improvements.

Add to this, new runners who run less frequently and lower weekly mileage will appreciate its comfort and smoothness at a wide range of paces.

PROS AND CONS OF ASICS GEL CUMULUS 22

ASICS GEL Cumulus 22 Pros

Pros: Asics GEL Cumulus 22

The upgrade from a Flytefoam midsole to Flytefoam Propel gives this ensures slightly softer landings and a more comfortable ride. The midsole package serves up exceptional bounce-back
and responsiveness, utilizing organic super fibers to help reduce packing out that traditionally happens with softer, low-density foams.

The combination of rear and forefoot GEL capsules helps reduce shock absorption
while a firm heel counter and structural inserts under the arch help guide the foot to a controlled and efficient gait pattern.

All of the positive changes really make the GEL-Cumulus 22 a great choice for an everday
trainer. It’s just versatile enough to run at a variety of speeds and can run short to long distances with comfort and consistency.

ASICS GEL Cumulus 22 - Cons

Cons: Asics GEL Cumulus 22

The only thing this shoe’s not really adept for is fast-paced running.

The lighter overall weight make it a great choice for a 10K, half marathon or marathon, but it
doesn’t have quite enough giddy-up for speed workouts or fast intervals on the track.

ASICS GEL CUMULUS 22

ASICS GEL Cumulus 22 - Specs

SHOP ASICS GEL CUMULUS 22

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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Interviews

5 WAYS RUNNING COULD CHANGE IN THE NEW NORMAL

 

HOW RUNNING COULD CHANGE

by BRIAN METZLER  | MARCH 2020

 

5 WAYS RUNNING COULD CHANGE IN THE NEW NORMAL

By Brian Metzler

The Boston Marathon postponed? Running stores closed? No Olympics this year? Statewide orders to stay at home? Trailheads and running tracks off limits? Yikes!

Yeah, the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic is real and it’s even affected our ability to run and exercise. First things first, our personal exercise habits are far less of a priority than the thousands of people who are ailing from the coronavirus. 

To do our part, we must continue to follow social distance guidelines and be respectful about how we interact with other people in public places. We can and should keep running, but we need to do our part to help reduce the spread of the virus. 

Eventually, things will be somewhat normal again, even if it’s a decidedly new normal. Here are some ways running might change as that new normal emerges in the second half of 2020 and beyond.

1) Running Resurgence
For now, we should all embrace running in any way we can, even if it’s just for a 20- to 30-minute daily jaunt around our neighborhood as a daily dose of therapy or affirmation that life is good.With gyms, yoga studios and swimming pools mostly off-limits, running is all we have, and it’s going to lead to a big boom in participation by the time summer rolls around.Sports Illustrated wrote about “running as the outlet” to escape the quarantines and awkwardness of social-distancing recommendations while The New York Times called it “A Back-To-Basics Exercise Boom,” and Running USA has suggested we need to get ready for the Third Running Boom

2) Running Shoe Revival
Having been cooped up because of necessary quarantines and stay-at-home orders,  we’ll all likely appreciate the simplicity of running. All you really need is a pair of shoes, right? Regardless of when races return, expect everyone you know to be buying a new pair of running shoes soon. It will be the new currency of cool, just as it was during the original running boom of the 1970s. Some new models might be late arriving because factories and the production supply chain have been greatly impacted, but there are lots of great shoes debuting this summer and fall. Fast runners, slower runners, new runners and savvy veteran runners will all be able to embrace the notion that, “Happiness is a New Pair of Running Shoes.”

3) The Race is On
This fall could bring about a renewed marathon mania, if — fingers crossed! —big-city races are held as planned. With Boston (Sept. 14) and London (Oct. 4) rescheduled for the fall and Berlin (Sept. 27), Chicago (Oct. 11) and New York (Nov. 1), there could be five Marathon Majors in a six-week period, not to mention many other enticing races from 5K to half marathon. With new runners and veteran runners eager to participate after months of training, it could bring about a huge surge of participation and excitement. But let’s be real and realize that there’s no guarantee those races will actually happen this fall, so maybe we’ll have to wait until next year.

4) Let’s Hit the Trails
Trail Running has been growing for years, but it could grow exponentially through the rest of 2020 given the concerns about overcrowded city parks and mass participation events. If you consider that thousands of people have been hitting the trails since mid-March and the notion that many cooped-up runners are thinking about big, life-changing goals, there’s a good bet that trail running and ultrarunning will get a huge boost through 2021 and beyond.

5) The Rise Inexpensive and Virtual Events
Virtual races have always been a bit quirky, but they suddenly mean a lot more now because we don’t have any other platform to go all out and enjoy the spoils of our efforts. If you haven’t tried Zwift, you should! The virtual running platform is growing by leaps and bounds. Look for more free and inexpensive community-based events to thrive in the second half of 2020 and into 2021. And expect expensive, top-tier events to fall off from previous participation because of the new wave of frugality sweeping the U.S.

 
 

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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