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SAUCONY RIDE 13 REVIEW

 

SAUCONY RIDE 13 – SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | JUNE 2020

THE BUZZ

The Saucony Ride has always been known as a versatile, comfy cruiser and the 13th edition will be a fortunate find for runners who appreciate neutral-oriented everyday trainers that can do a little bit of everything well.

There have been several key updates to the Saucony Ride 13 from last year’s version, the Saucony Ride ISO 2 make this one of the best updates on the market in 2020.

 
Saucony Ride 13 - What's New

WHAT’S NEW: SAUCONY RIDE 13

The Saucony Ride 13 has been overhauled with a new foam package, a new upper and a new look. This year’s edition puts more spring in every step, thanks to a more responsive midsole cushioning package. Saucony’s FORMFIT system cradles a runner’s feet with a near-custom fit that can accommodate a wide range of foot shapes very comfortably. There’s just enough room in the forefoot for the toes to flex and splay to optimize the energy output as the foot pushes off the ground.

Finally, a new, seamless upper on the Ride 13 helps provide a better, more accommodating fit, while an updated outsole adds flexibility and durability.

Saucony Ride 13 - Fit and Feel

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

Saucony ditched its cumbersome ISO Fit closure and replaced it with a more streamlined lacing system and a new engineered mesh upper. This offers a better, more all-encompassing fit for a wider range of foot shapes on the Saucony Ride 13.

The step-in feel of the Ride 13 feels soft and comfortable, with rear-foot security provided by an interior heel counter and a slightly wider toe box for more wiggle room in the forefoot. The new foam midsole package, in concert with the new upper and updated outsole, really puts a fun, fast and fresh sensation in every stride.

The bottom line? The Saucony Ride 13 fits, feels and flows like a dream.

WHO’S IT BEST FOR?

Runners who appreciate neutral training shoes will love the vibe and versatility of the Saucony Ride 13. It’s durable and comfortable enough for long runs, but it’s light and fast enough for speedier sessions like tempo runs, hill repeats and longer intervals.

The Ride 13 could be a race-day shoe for 5Ks, 10Ks and half marathons and marathons.

PROS AND CONS: SAUCONY RIDE 13

Saucony Ride 13 - Pros

Pros: Saucony Ride 13

The PWRRUN EVA midsole compound offers great impact cushioning and durability like a workhorse trainer, but it’s also very energetic and responsive like a lightweight performance trainer.

The new upper has a much cleaner design, not only in appearance but also when it comes to comfort and functionality. It is made from a breathable, engineered mesh with 3D printed overlays that provide for a secure, accommodating fit for a variety of foot shapes.

The outsole of the Ride 13 has been updated to include more blown rubber segments, fewer carbon rubber sections and less exposed foam that combine to add to the cushy, lightweight feel of the shoe while also providing durability.

Saucony Ride 13 - Cons

Cons: Saucony Ride 13

There really aren’t any drawbacks to the Ride 13, but there is noticeably less structure and support from the foam midsole than in earlier editions.

That’s not an issue for a neutral runner with a sturdy gait, but it’s not something that will benefit runners who mildly overpronate.

TECH SPECS: SAUCONY RIDE 13

Saucony Ride 13 - Tech 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 “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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GLOBAL RUNNING DAY 2020

GLOBAL RUNNING DAY 2020

by JACKRABBIT | JUNE 2020

We’re honoring Global Running Day in 2020 with the #JRGlobalMile. This year, JackRabbit is inviting the entire global running community to virtually come together to run on Global Running Day (June 3rd). We are asking all runners to run/walk/hike/skip 1 mile on Global Running Day.

This Global Mile will act as a symbol that although we can’t race together right now, we are still here to support each other, still here to push each other, and still here to inspire
each other no matter what happens.

As a celebration of our community remaining as strong and connected as ever, we are offering everyone who runs with us on Global Running Day a chance to win some fantastic prizes!

PRIZES FOR #JRGLOBALMILE

Prize Pack #1
ASICS footwear (up to $160 value), one piece of New Balance running apparel, one pair of feetures running socks, water bottle from Hydroflask, a pair of goodr sunglasses, UCAN protein drink mix

Prize Pack #2 
New Balance footwear (up to $160 value), one piece of Nike apparel, one pair of stance running socks, a pair of goodr sunglasses, Addaday TYPE P PRO ROLLER

Prize Pack #3
Altra footwear (up to $160 value), one piece of running apparel from Under Armour, one pair of Balega running socks, water bottle from Hydroflask, a pair of goodr sunglasses, UCAN protein mix

HOW TO ENTER THE #JRGLOBALMILE

  1. Join the JackRabbit Strava Club
  2. Sign up for the GLOBAL MILE event on the JackRabbit Strava Club page
  3. Lace up and run at least one mile on Global
    Running Day (6/3) and record it through Strava
  4. Post a pic of your Global Mile run on your social media (static post in feed or IG story) and use the hashtag #JRGlobalMile

Prize winners will be picked at random from the pool of qualifying participants who shared a pic of their Global Mile.

Winners announced the following day on June 4th!

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REBOOT 2020

 

 

REBOOT 2020

by JACKRABBIT | JUNE 2020

 

CELEBRATING GLOBAL RUNNING DAY 2020
#JRGLOBALMILE

We can all agree 2020 has been a pretty strange year for everyone. So we’re hitting the re-start button this summer as a way to re-boot the New Year and start fresh again. 

Help us celebrate the “new normal” and whatever that means to you right now. Whether it’s setting a new personal fitness goal for the year, learning new things about yourself over the past few weeks, or just celebrating the small things in life that mean more now than ever before. 

At JackRabbit, we’re celebrating a new look and feel on JackRabbit.com with the launch of our new site design and experience, stores beginning to re-open across the country and of course, the opportunity to get back outside and into a slightly more normal adventure routine while still keeping a safe 6-ft distance!

Tell us how you’re rebooting 2020 and enter for the chance to win a summer prize pack including shoes, apparel and accessories to get you back out there this summer. Post a photo of your 2020 reboot on Instagram with the #JR2020reboot hashtag and tag @jackrabbit_original to be featured on our page!

 
 

 

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ASICS GEL KAYANO 27 REVIEW

ASICS GEL KAYANO 27 – SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | MAY 2020

THE BUZZ

Now in its 27th edition, the ASICS GEL Kayano has been one of the best-selling shoes of all-time because of the comfort, style and support it serves up for a wide range of runners.

It’s a premium everyday training shoe
that provides maximum stability with exceptional cushioning and interior creature comforts.

Asics Gel Kayano 27 - What's New

WHAT'S NEW: ASICS GEL KAYANO 27

The ASICS GEL Kayano 27 has been overhauled with three key changes to create a more stable, more dynamic and more comfortable experience.   

2020 updates include a sturdier external heel counter, gender-specific support
in the undercarriage, deeper flex grooves in the forefoot of the outsole and a more breathable engineered mesh upper.  

One of the key updates to this edition of the Kayano is the gender-specific Trusstic support system
embedded in the undercarriage. It’s specifically tuned to the slightly different men’s and women’s foot shapes, movement patterns and stability needs. 

The outsole on the ASICS GEL Kayano 27 has five segments of high-abrasion
carbon rubber in the heel for durability and four sections of lighter, blown rubber compound in the forefoot separated by deep flex grooves for optimal responsiveness, agility and flexibility.

Altra Paradigm 4.5 - Fit and Feel

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The ASICS GEL Kayano is one of best-fitting and most comfortable everyday training shoes available for overpronating runners with low to flat arches. With a cozy interior, soft, wide tongue, contoured footbed and slightly wider toe
box, the fit is better than ever for runners with narrow to medium feet.

The upper on the ASICS GEL Kayano 27 helps contributed to a dialed-in fit by maintaining its structure as it adapts to the shape and volume of
a runner’s foot throughout the stride cycle. The enhanced, dual-density midsole on the Kayano serves up plush cushioning, responsiveness and stability for long runs, plus a little bit of energetic pop for moderately fast tempo
runs.

The ride is extremely stable and secure, but it doesn’t feel controlling or inflexible.

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

Runners who appreciate a luxurious feeling, soft cushioning and reliable support will love the ASICS GEL Kayano 27 for long runs, tempo runs and recovery runs with ease.

Plus, its comfort and support allow it to be an ideal
half marathon or marathon shoe for a wide range of recreational runners.

PROS AND CONS: ASICS GEL KAYANO 27

Asics Gel Kayano 27 - Pros

Pros: ASICS GEL Kayano 27

The new engineered upper is more breathable and more dynamic than the previous edition, allowing it to adaptively secure a wide variety of foot shapes through the specific movements
of the gait cycle.

The angular perforations open and close slightly to increase air flow and breathability to wick moisture away from a runner’s feet.

The Kayano has a relatively high heel-toe offset compared
to a lot of other shoes (10mm for men, 13mm for women), but that allows it to have a split personality with a soft, cushy feeling in the heel and a low-to-the-ground sensation in the forefoot.

Asics Gel Kayano 27 - Cons

Cons: ASICS GEL Kayano 27

The Kayano is slightly heavier than some contemporary training shoes and it carries a higher price tag than many shoes. But you definitely get what you pay for!

TECH SPECS: ASICS GEL KAYANO 27

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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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BEST WOMEN’S RUNNING SHORTS 2020

BEST WOMEN’S RUNNING SHORTS – 2020

by MELANIE MITCHELL  | MAY 2020

TOP RUNNING SHORTS FOR WOMEN

There is a certain time of year when it’s time to pack away the tights and capris and crack out the old legs in the fresh air. While we all might have that, ‘ouch, I never realized my legs were that pale’ feeling, there is still something liberating about running free unrestricted by fabric. I don’t know about you, but I always think I run just a little bit faster when I ditch the 0.01oz of extra fabric in a pair of tights.

2020 might be strange year, but the seasons will still change and we will still run. And our shorts will be running with us. Here are a selection of our favorites now available at JackRabbit. Keep your running cool as the temperatures rise.

Nike Women's 7

NIKE 7″ FAST RUNNING SHORTS

First up is a compression short from Nike, the 7″ Fast Women’s Compression Shorts. For a compression short, this is packed with essential pockets. These women’s running shorts feature a pocket at each leg for gels and chews (and we reckon you can even fit a Stroopwafel in there) and one at the front waistband providing storage for a key or card/back zipper pocket.

Great for long runs and track workouts, the fast short have adjustable fit-drawcord and sweat drifit fabric technology.

INSEAM: 7 Inches
TYPE: Compression
BEST FOR: Long runs and track workouts

Nike Eclipse Short 3 inches

NIKE ECLIPSE 3″ RUNNING SHORT

The Nike Eclipse 3″ running short is a traditional running short ready to be your workhorse on early morning or late afternoon runs.  Again pockets rule!  These women’s running shorts feature a unique slide pocket as well as a zippered back pocket is large enough to hold a mobile phone.

Long runs are all about comfort and the wide, knit elastic waistband has an internal drawcord for a personalized fit. No tummy pressure with these shorts, or if you’re feeling a little gastro rumblings, you can adjust to your needs.

The proprietory Nike Flex fabric stretches with your body with side panels that are perforated to help enhance ventilation.

INSEAM: 3 Inches
TYPE: Non-compression

Nike Women's Tempo 3

NIKE TEMPO 3″ LX RUNNING SHORTS

Not all running shorts should be black! The Nike Tempo LX Women’s Running shorts are as subtly bold as your training should be. So be inspired by your shorts and color up your run. These dynamic running shorts feature a secure zipper pocket in the back that can hold your phone. Nicely, a vapor barrier helps guard your stuff from sweat (who wants a sweaty gel chew?) and the internal drop-in pocket on the right stashes a card or key.

The Tempo LX Running Shorts are super lightweight with a stretchy sweat-wicking tech woven fabric.

INSEAM: 3 Inches
TYPE: Non-compression
BEST FOR: Summer running

JackRabbit 3

JACKRABBIT 3″ WOMEN’S RUNNING SHORTS

Yes, short lovers, JackRabbit has shorts too! We set out to create a series of essential running gear, and these shorts are the fruits of our labor.  With a back zipper pocket and a comfort waistband, these are your go-to essentials when you just need to get it done!  Slip ’em in your work bag, throw on your running shoes and get that run checked off your list.

The JackRabbit women’s running shorts are made from breathable, tech fabric that’ll wick your speed sweat away like a charm.

INSEAM: 3 Inches
TYPE: Non-compression
BEST FOR: Weekday training runs

Brooks Greenlight 7

BROOKS GREENLIGHT 7″ RUNNING SHORTS

Lay down your run with some compression fashion from Brooks. High perfomance as well as high style, the Brooks Greenlight Compression Running Shorts are a must for tired legs and when you need a little extra support.  Doubling up, we also like these for strength workouts and plyometrics – which as runners, we all do regularly, don’t we?!

Sewn from ‘DriLayer HorsePower fabric’, these compression shorts holds you in for a slimming, supportive feel. The flat, wide power waistband stays put without the hassle of a drawcord. These are mid-rise short, so no slippin’ down and tugging up needed.

Again, pockets are of utmost importance and these compression shorts featre two pockets – one sweat resistant (yeah!) – in the slimming waistband keep your keys and phone close.

INSEAM: 7 Inches
TYPE: compression
BEST FOR: Long runs where chafing is not an option.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MELANIE MITCHELL

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

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

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TOP RUNNING SHORTS FOR MEN 2020

BEST MEN’S RUNNING SHORTS – 2020

by MELANIE MITCHELL  | MAY 2020

TOP RUNNING SHORTS FOR MEN

Gentlemen, it’s time to break out the shorts and get running. 2020 will be a memorable year by any standards.  At JackRabbit we challenge everyone for mental and physical wellbeing to be consistent with your runs. Whatever the year presents, a running routine lends itself to beginning or ending the day on a high note.

With that in mind and to help keep your cool as the temperatures rise, here are a selection of our favorite men’s running shorts now available at JackRabbit for the 2020 summer running season.

 

Nike Men's Running ShortsNIKE 7″ DRI FIT FLEX STRIDE 2-IN-1 SHORTS

The best of two worlds is found in the Nike Dri Fit Flex Stride 2-in-1 Shorts.  Compression shorts underneath with a lightweight fabric overshort. Support and freedom in one, not a bad combination.

These men’s running and exervise shorts feature 2 side pockets and a zipper back pocket big enough to hold phone. Add to that, there is an adjustable fit drawcord to keep the shorts exactly where they should be.

INSEAM: 7 Inches
TYPE: Compression
BEST FOR: Runs and general workouts and streetwear

 

New Balance Impact Shorts

NEW BALANCE IMPACT 5″ RUN SHORT

Classic navy from the pioneers at New Balance, the Impact 5″ Running Short has the perfect inseam – not to short, not too long, just right. These tech running shorts feature drop-in hip pockets and zip pocket at the back to keep valuables safe. The running shorts have a comfort elastic waistband with internal drawstring to dial in the fit and an inner brief for added comfort.

For a nod back to the glory days of running, the New Balance Impact Shorts features a small side split for increased mobility; you won’t be held back on your hill repeats in these.

INSEAM: 5 Inches
TYPE: Non-compression
BEST FOR: Training runs and racing

 

Brooks Sherpa 5 Inch Men's Running Shorts

BROOKS SHERPA 5″ SHORTS

The Sherpa 5″ Running Shorts are a classic running short from the revered Brooks Running. The ‘Sherpa’s’  reveal two angled envelope pockets – one on each side – to give you a double option of where you want to stash your gels and other run nutrition. Inside there is an inner security pocket for your phone or keys.

Keeping things cool, there is a sweat-wicking mesh brief liner and to keep things safe, there is a stretch drawcord on the elastic waistband. All you need to do is pull on these shorts and go.

INSEAM: 5 Inches
TYPE: Non-compression
BEST FOR: Weekday training runs

 

Rhone 7 inch Men's Running Shorts

RHONE 7″ VERSATILITY LINED RUNNING SHORT

Rhone is the Mercedes of men’s running apparel. Understated, exquisitly tailored and of unparalleled quality. The 7″ Versatility Lined Running Shorts are made from Italian lightweight fabric with flatlock seams that lends an cooler sophistication as well as temperature to your runs. Inside they have layered in a zippered invisible pocket and a lightweight boxer brief liner with their GOLDFUSION™ Anti-Odor Technology.

INSEAM: 7 Inches
TYPE: Non-compression
BEST FOR: Training runs and general fitness

 

Under Armor Men's Running Shorts

UNDER ARMOUR QUALIFIER SPEEDPOCKET SHORTS

For those gentlemen into the skinny jeans look, the Under Armour Qualifier Speedpocket Shorts are made for you. These UA Speedpockets are almost tailored shorts with a fitted next-to-the-skin feel without the squeeze of compression shorts. This cut means they are optimal for runs where you don’t want to feel the fabric flapping, but you’re not ready to go ‘full on Kipchoge’ in your running attire. While they are more fitted, they are also fully flexible; you won’t be held back by these shorts.

Keeping to the sleek design, these men’s running shorts have an expandable center-front waistband pocket that is water-resistant to keeps your phone secure and importantly offers no-bounce storage.

INSEAM: 7 Inches
TYPE: Fitted and flexible
BEST FOR: Training runs

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MELANIE MITCHELL

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

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

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