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TOPO ATHLETIC SHOES

Topo Athletic: Shoes at Intersection of Natural and Practical

Since its inception in 2013, the mission of Topo Athletic has been all about making exceptional shoes that help runners, hikers and walkers enhance their natural stride. In essence, Topo shoes are designed at the sweet spot of where instinctive human movement meets modern comfort, wellness and performance. 

Topo Athletic creates gimmick-free, lightweight shoes built for functional performance. Every shoe provides a secure fit in the heel and midfoot, has a low heel-toe offset for uninhibited natural foot movement and a roomy toe box to allow the toes and forefoot to splay optimally.

The Topo Athletic tribe is diverse, made up of trail runners, 5K runners, obstacle course racers, ultra-marathoners, fitness buffs and triathletes. Some Topo fans are just into living a healthy lifestyle and want a comfortable pair of shoes that are lightweight and don’t constrict the foot from heel to toe. Topo believes that everyone can benefit from shoes built specifically for the natural movements of your feet.

Topo Athletic Phantom

  • Price: $135
  • Weights: 9.8 oz. (men’s 9.0); 8.1 oz. (women’s 7.0)
  • Heel-Toe Offset: 5mm; 30mm (heel), 25mm (forefoot)

A versatile, everyday training shoe for road runners who love a natural flex and feel.

A lightweight, cushioned road running shoe, the Phantom offers plenty of cushioning and puts a bit of energetic pop in every stride, courtesy of Topo’s new Zipfoam midsole compound. A breathable, engineered mesh upper with low-profile overlays and an external TPU heel counter offer well-placed support and security. No matter if you’re training for a marathon, racing a 5K or just heading out for an easy weekend run, the Phantom can do it all.

Topo Athletic UltraFly 3

Topo Athletic UltraFly 3

  • Price: $130
  • Weights: 9.6 oz. (men’s 9.0); 7.7 oz. (women’s 7.0)
  • Heel-Toe Offset: 5mm; 28mm (heel), 23mm (forefoot)

A stable, versatile and smooth road running shoe with a tinge of support.

A well-cushioned, everyday trainer with a touch of stability-enhancing guidance, the Ultra Fly 3 rides smoothly and feels sublime on long runs, tempo runs and recovery runs. With an external TPU heel counter and EVA medial post, Ultrafly 3 offers rear-foot stability and light pronation resistance. An engineered mesh upper provides a seamless and breathable fit, while a molded foam collar and Ortholite footbed offer additional comfort.

Topo Athletic Mountain Racer

  • Price: $140
  • Weights: 9.8 oz. (men’s 9.0); 7.7 oz. (women’s 7.0)
  • Heel-Toe Offset: 5mm; 30mm (heel), 25mm (forefoot)

A premier, lightweight, agile speedster for running your favorite trails.

The Mountain Racer is a light and lean trail runner shoe built for moving fast over ever-changing terrain. It serves up optimal traction from its Vibram Megagrip outsole, while the three-piece injected-molded EVA midsole offers the ideal flex and comfort for fast-pace running. A lightweight rip-stop mesh upper with printed overlays offers a secure fit, while medial and lateral drainage ports enhance water release and quick drying.

Topo Trailventure WP, $160

  • Price: $160
  • Weights: 14.5 oz. (men’s 9.0); 12.1 oz. (women’s 7.0)
  • Heel-Toe Offset: 5mm; 30mm (heel), 25mm (forefoot)

A modern hiking boot chock full of comfort, support and durability.

With a modern take on the classic look of a hiking boot, the lightweight Trail Venture WP (waterproof) is built for comfort and control on fast-paced hiking adventures over rugged terrain. It has a full eVent inner-bootie construction to keep feet dry and comfortable in every condition, while a Vibram Megagrip outsole provides secure footing on wet and dry terrain. An abrasion-resistant, rip-stop mesh upper, full-length rock plate and over-the-ankle molded foam collar round out the serve up comfort, protection and support.

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INTRODUCING THE HOKA CLIFTON EDGE

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The HOKA Clifton Edge has arrived, and we’re impressed at JackRabbit at this exquisitely energetic shoe.

When HOKA ONE ONE debuted a decade ago with maximally cushioned running shoes, it started a foam revolution. One of the first HOKA models that made waves was the HOKA Clifton, which combined copious amounts of midsole cushioning in a super-light package that created an almost euphoric floating sensation in every stride.

While the updates to the original Clifton continue to provide runners with that joy, the new HOKA Clifton Edge is a soft, light and exquisitely energetic shoe that puts a springy sensation in every step.

This new forward-thinking style combines HOKA’s most responsive midsole and softest, lightest foam ever and its signature rocker-shaped outsole with a unique, extended heel geometry that results in a soft, gliding sensation at foot strike and lively feel as the foot rolls to the toe-off phase.

Hoka Clifton Edge - JackRabbit

The HOKA Clifton Edge is an impossibly light and smooth shoe with a next-generation design that produces a smooth, resilient ride. A vertical pull tab for easy entry, a padded collar for ultimate comfort and a rubberized EVA outsole for a light, snappy ride round out this innovative new shoe.


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ABOUT BRIAN METZLER

Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher and occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado.

He’s the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine. He’s the author of “Kicksology“, “Running Colorado’s Front Range” and the co-author of “Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running” and “Run Like a Champion: An Olympian’s Approach for Every Runner.”

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SAUCONY ENDORPHIN PRO REVIEW

SAUCONY ENDORPHIN PRO – SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | JUNE 2020

THE BUZZ

The Endorphin Pro is Saucony’s long-awaited entry into the world of long-distance racing shoes. The Endorphin Pro features a carbon-fiber plate embedded in a soft, resilient midsole foam.

This new style has been in the works for two years from Saucony. It debuted on the feet of Saucony pros at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in February in Atlanta, including women’s second-place finisher Molly Seidel.

Saucony Endorphin Pro - What's New

WHAT’S NEW: SAUCONY ENDORPHIN PRO

The Endorphin Pro is a brand new racemshoe that represents the best of Saucony’s engineering and design efforts. It’s built on Saucony’s SpeedRoll technology, a forward-leaning geometry that propels you forward with the feeling of continuous momentum, so you can run faster and more efficiently without running harder.

The Saucony Endorphin Pro feels light, firm, energetic, efficient and smooth, especially at faster speeds.

Saucony Endorphin Pro - Fit and Feel

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The Saucony Endorphin Pro fits snug and lean around your feet from heel to toe with a tiny bit of wiggle room in the toe box. The step-in feeling is soft, but the interior comfort isn’t overwhelmingly cushy and plush. It’s a lightweight shoe that without much structure — there is no heel counter and barely there upper, though the sockliner is highly molded and provides additional support in the heel and arch.

The magic of this shoe becomes apparent once you put it in motion. We found it to be light, lively and surprisingly stable during our initial training runs. It has a decidedly stiff flex demeanor, but it produces a buttery smooth rolling sensation from the moment your foot impacts with the ground to the moment your forefoot lifts off the ground to start a new stride.

For those reasons and more, we consider this race shoe to be one to be among the very best of this new class of carbon-fiber-enhanced racing shoes.

WHO’S IT BEST FOR?

Runners who are training with performance-oriented goals in mind will love the Saucony Endrophin Pro. It’s light, it’s fast and it’s efficient. It makes running fast speeds smoother and easier and can help take you down a path of progression in your fitness and your racing goals.

The secret sauce of the Endorphin Pro is SpeedRoll Technology, the combination of the new ultralight PeBa-based PWRRUN PB foam midsole cushioning and the full-length, S-curve carbon fiber plate embedded in the middle of it. The curvy carbon-fiber plate acts as a lever that propels a runner’s foot forward after impact, but it also reduces energy exerted from the muscles of the forefoot as it lifts off into a new stride and decreases fatigue in the lower calf muscle and Achilles tendon.

PROS AND CONS: SAUCONY ENDORPHIN PRO

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Pros: Saucony Endorphin Pro

The Endorphin Pro has a moderate 8mm heel-toe offset, which falls into the modern sweet spot of heel and forefoot stack heights. It doesn’t feel as high off the ground or as egregiously bouncy as some of the other shoes in this category.

The lightweight upper of the Endorphin Pro is breathable and accommodating, thanks to the FORMFIT technology that wraps a runner’s foot and ensures a personalized, locked-in fit for optimal performance.

This shoe has been in the works for nearly two years and has helped Saucony elite athletes Jared Ward, Molly Seidel, Parker Stinson and Noah Droddy run fast times, set records and achieve new levels of success.

The Endorphin Pro is a part of a series of shoes that includes the mid-range Endorphin Speed and cushier Endorphin Shift. Each shoe shares some of the same basic design tenets and materials.

Each of those shoes will be released in July 2020.

Saucony Endorphin Pro - Cons

Cons: Saucony Endorphin Pro

To keep the shoe extremely light, Saucony used only small sections of durable rubber on the outsole, so there is a lot of exposed foam that is susceptible to wear and tear as the miles add up.

It’s not a huge detractor (as most shoes in this category are built with similar outsole design constructs) but it’s a reminder that this shoe should be reserved for racing and key speed workouts.

TECH SPECS: SAUCONY ENDORPHIN PRO

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRIAN METZLER

Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles. He has 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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SETTING RUNNING GOALS WITHOUT RACES

Setting Running Goals Without Races

7 Reasons to Keep Training Without a Race on Your Calendar

By Brian Metzler

Well, 2020 sure has been an odd year for running, hasn’t it?

All those amazing running goals we all had at the start of the year — running Boston, finishing an Ironman, entering a trail race … heck, even competing in that local 5K race — all vanished amid the Covid-19 pandemic. We’re all in this together, but all is not lost.

Remember, running has not been canceled!

Even though thousands of races have been called off, there are plenty of reasons to keep training. As the country re-opens and a some kind of new normal begins to emerge, there are plenty of reasons to keep training and setting running goals even though there are no races.

1. Indulge in the Vibe

Right about now, we could all use some kind of daily affirmation to remind us that, amid the challenges and stress we’re all facing, life is good. And that’s what running provides us, even without seeking it. You don’t need any more motivation to keep running than to know that running makes you feel good — physically, mentally, emotionally — and it can be just the stress-relieving panacea you need right now. Running cannot solve our challenges, but it can create balance, provoke thoughts and stir the soul of those who engage in it on a regular basis.

2. Embrace the Journey

You probably can’t train for that race you had hoped to, but you can still train as if you were going to race it. The thrill and reward of training doesn’t have to be tied to a finish line moment or a new PR.

Remember, the destination is the journey of fun, fitness and yes, even sometimes frustration. But the journey continues on a daily basis and amid the strain, struggle and the fatigue, it is always restorative and rejuvenating. As Boston Marathon champ Des Linden says, you just have to keep showing up.

3. Run Faster

Running faster workouts can be one of the hardest parts of training, but they can also be very rewarding and a good way to up your fitness level. As you build your aerobic base and endurance, you become stronger and more capable of running faster. Start implementing some sort of up-tempo speed workout once or twice a week — a tempo run, a fartlek workout or intervals on the track — and consider turning your next long run into a progression run in which you pick up the pace for the second half.

4. Run Virtually

Virtual races not only give you an inspiring goal to shoot for and a good reason to follow a training program, but many also raise money for charities and other good causes. While it might seem odd to pay money to train for what will be a time trial that you’ll be running alone, you can eliminate that awkwardness by signing up with a friend to share the journey of training and racing.

It’s not about the metal and the T-shirt — which most virtual races offer as part of the sign-up package — it’s about the progression you make toward your running goals.

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5. Challenge Yourself

There are plenty of ways to challenge yourself on a weekly basis despite not having any races on your calendar. Consider chasing Strava segment leaderboards and Fastest Known Times (FKTs) on you local or regional trails. Do a benchmark workout every two or three weeks on the same day — perhaps a 10K tempo run or 6 x 800m repeats — to be able to compare your efforts and track your progress. No doubt your improved fitness will allow you to do those workouts easier at the same pace or faster.

6. Find a Race

Even though the Boston Marathon, Western States 100 and Bolder Boulder 10K have been canceled, some races are still happening. Several states are starting to allow running races to take place this summer and fall, including Utah, Alabama, Montana, Wisconsin and Washington.

Although there is no guarantee they’ll remain on the schedule, you might be able to find a race and run your heart out after all.

7. Plan for Next Year

If you are resolved that you won’t be racing until next year, there’s still plenty of reason to train and set running goals this year. The miles you log and the fitness you gain this year can have physical and mental carryover effects to 2021.

The chances of improving your 2021 marathon time or finishing your first ultra-distance race can be greatly enhanced by increasing your mileage, improving your strength and increasing your speed this summer and fall.

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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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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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!

FOLLOW JACKRABBIT AND OUR RUNNING CREW

Follow JackRabbit and our running lives on Facebook where we share training tips, interviews and gear guides for every runner’s lifestyle.
Comment below how many
pairs of running shoes you have in your collection?  There is no shaming here at JackRabbit!