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On Running

ON RUNNING: SUSTAINABILITY MVP

On Sustainability

Sustainability is on the forefront of brand initiatives and has been for years. For brands like On Running, sustainability is something that’s worked into the fiber of the brand. And to that we say HELL YES. More, please!

We love Mother Earth and need to do everything in our power to protect her. From what we wear to what we buy, every decision matters and you can do your part every day and choose to make a difference.

On has made really exciting moves to reduce environmental footprint, and they definitely are not stopping! Saving the planet is a team sport, so we’re here at JackRabbit to shout those awesome efforts from the rooftop and help educate customers and staff about how big of a difference it makes. 

Here are just a few ways On is making strides in sustainability…

NEW PACKAGING

You may have noticed a change in how On shoe boxes and hang tags look recently. Well that’s because On has changed their packaging to be more sustainable! You’ll start to see fewer black and white On shoe boxes and more brown boxes and apparel packaging/tags soon.

That’s because On has switched over to 100% recycled materials for sneakers and socks, and 99.9% recycled materials in apparel packaging! The boxes will now be mainly brown (no ink) with minimal water-based ink instead of the old fully PVC ink black boxes. Yearly, this will save about 160 tonnes of CO2!

Updating the all-black packaging for a lighter more sustainable alternative means On can use less ink in printing packaging. Plus the ink that’s now visible on the outside of the shoe box is a water-based alternative to the previous (plastic-derived) PVC inks, which is much better for the environment.

“Letting go of the all-black branding was a discussion for us. It’s quite bold I think, to do this as a young company. But when we looked at the numbers, it stopped becoming a question of if, and rather when,” says Maya Martin, Product Design. “The result is fresh, bright and optimistic and it still keeps the minimalistic, uncomplicated design we love.”

By switching to new packaging, each year On is projected to save at least: 

  • 7 tonnes of black ink 
  • 18 tonnes of paper 
  • 15 tonnes of plastic
  • 160 tonnes of CO2

If you’d like to dig deeper – read me!

MATERIALS AND PRODUCTS

Materials used in our industry are responsible for up to 80% of a company’s environmental footprint, so On made them a top priority. With sustainability at the core of how On works as a company, they don’t believe performance and sustainability are exclusive, but rather complimentary concepts to one another.

By introducing more recycled materials, reducing their CO2 footprint and creating circular systems for product life cycles, On is making real, impactful change while still producing the same premium performance shoes and apparel we all know and love.  

Check out our favorite sustainable must haves from On this fall

ON CLOUDSWIFT

On Cloudswift Sustainability

For swift runs in the city. Now with a 100% recycled mesh upper. 

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ON CLOUDFLOW

On Cloudflow Sustainability

Step in and you’ll feel the comfort of the improved upper – made from 70% recycled polyester.

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ON CLOUDSTRATUS

On Cloudstratus Sustainability

Around 75% of the polyester used is recycled, making the Cloudstratus forward thinking in more ways than one. 

SHOP MEN’S      SHOP WOMEN’S

ON CREWNECK

Sustainability On Apparel

A super soft wardrobe essential made with 100% organic cotton.

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Go For the W

GO FOR THE W: WIN WITH TRAIL

“Go for the W”

Throughout the months of July and August, the JackRabbit team wants to help you “Go for the W”. Going for the “W” can mean something different for everyone. Whether it’s winning a race, hitting a weight loss goal or just getting back into a routine – we want to help you get that “W”.

Over the next 8 weeks, you’ll find a great assortment of curated products to help you WIN in all different ways including: style, running, nutrition, recovery and more! We want to help you be the best you can be. That’s why we offer winning products to help find your inner champion!

Let’s all go for the “W”!


Go for the W: Win with Trail

WIN WITH TRAIL

“Go for the “W” by winning with trail. Escape the pavement and hit the trails this summer with these top trail footwear, apparel and accessory picks from HOKA, Nathan and more!

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TRAIL SHOES FROM HOKA

Take to the trails with these brand new trail shoes from HOKA including the Anacapa GTX and Zinal. Shop the full line of HOKA trail shoes.

Win with Trail: Hoka trail shoes

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TRAIL APPAREL FROM NIKE & RABBIT 

Run with style and comfort on the trails with the top trail apparel picks from Nike, Rabbit and more!

Win with Trail Nike Apparel

 

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TRAIL SOCKS FROM FEETURES & SMARTWOOL

When hitting the trails, it’s always important to have a good pair of socks. Stay dry and comfortable with trail socks from Feetures, Smartwool and more!

Win with Trail: Trail Socks

 

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TRAIL ACCESSORIES

Handle anything the trails throw at you with hydration products, headphones, accessories and more from top brands including Nathan and Amphipod.

Win with Trail: Trail Accessories

 

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TRAIL RUNNING BENEFITS

There are many ways to rejuvenate your running, but few as failsafe as trail running. Going for a trail run and implementing off-road running into your weekly regiment can work wonders for you with numerous physical, mental and emotional benefits.

Win with Trail: Trail Blog

 

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Training

RUNNING FORM: DOES ARM SWING MATTER?

Arm Swing

Guest blogger Victoria Junious is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and exercise enthusiast.

How much do you think about your arms when running? Should you? I mean, it is less likely that you are running on your hands. Are your arms really that important?

TLDR version: In my opinion, if you’ve got a bend in your elbow, your arms are comfortable at your side, and you’re not doing anything crazy like flapping them like a chicken when you run, then they probably make a small impact on your running efficiency (unless we’re talking about high level sprinting). If you want to know if your arms can tell you anything about the rest of your body, you want to read about my journey with my arms, or if you want to hear more about my controversial opinion, keep reading.

Before I get into this, I feel that a personal story is in order. When I was just a little baby athlete, running my first real track and field season, I was a…gangly mess. I was incredibly awkward, and learning how to exist as a fourteen year old in a body that is suddenly five-foot-nine is a recipe for disaster. Imagine the inflatable red guys that live outside of used car lots and you get the picture. I felt incredibly clumsy and that did not stop when I stepped on the track.

I remember walking up to my teammates after my first track meet had ended, thinking that they were going to congratulate me for placing in my first meet, only to walk into a relentless roast session at my expense. Somebody said that I looked like I was throwing up gang signs. Someone else said that they were surprised I did not hit myself in the face because my arms were so wild. I was mortified. Looking back on it now as an adult with a fully formed frontal lobe, I can see that they were just teasing, but needless to say, 14-year-old me saw no other option but changing her running form completely, as soon as possible.

Instead of letting my arms just do whatever it was that they were doing, I started making my arms and hands really really stiff. My thought process: “If I make my arms like little blades, they’ll cut through the air for me and I’ll go faster. Simple physics. Watch out Allyson Felix, I’m coming for you.” As a highschool freshman, I thought that I had cracked the code for real speed. No, I did not consult anyone, obviously. There were a few issues with my logic, but I had the spirit. Long story short, I ran with reckless abandon and spatulas for hands for a month. Exhibit A in all its cringiness is pictured below.

Running Form: Does Arm Swing Matter?

After a couple of meets, my brother had noticed that I was running like a weirdo and offered me some advice. “ Just relax. Take the imaginary skittles out of your pocket and eat them.” He demonstrated that all the movement was coming from his shoulder, and told me that his hands were not really that important. Simple enough. My brother was fast. I wanted to be fast, so I decided to listen to him. I should get him a little gift or something to thank him for that because Victoria Spatula Hands was not a good look in retrospect.

I did not really think about my arms for the next few years that I ran. I started performing better as I got older and more comfortable in my body, and no one really commented on them. That changed when I started doing summer track, and I was forced to run a 20 minute warm up every practice. *Gasp* The absolute horror. At this point in my career, I was very used to collapsing from exertion following anything over a 400 meter run. Although I had run cross country before, suddenly having to do it every day in the Texas summer heat, was a different animal. Long distance was super uncomfortable. I felt like I was using way too much energy, and every stride felt effortful.

Now, looking back on it, I was just out of shape. However, at the time, I was convinced that the long distance runners on my team knew something I didn’t, so I decided to poll them about the secret to their success. One of them commented on how much I moved my arms saying, “this is distance running, not sprinting. You don’t need to do so much with your arms. Make them like little pterodactyl arms.” He made running the warm up look effortless. I also wanted to run effortlessly, so I listened to him. Did his advice help? Maybe. However, running was still hard no matter how much I moved my arms, but the longer I did it, the easier it got.

I have heard so many things about arms and running throughout my athletic and professional career. They are moving too much, they aren’t moving enough. You shouldn’t let your shoulders move; you should swing them as hard as you can. Don’t let your arms cross midline. Keep your arms relaxed. If you want your form to be perfect, you need to do this. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. All of these mixed and opposing messages can get confusing, especially for a mid-distance runner caught in a love triangle between sprinting and distance running.

Instead of diving directly into hearsay, I want to start with some research. To my extreme surprise, I found that arm swing has even less impact on running efficiency than I thought. Pontzer et al. (2009) found that while there is shoulder muscle activation when running, the arms aren’t really driving movement. They found that the arms are more along for the ride, acting as “passive mass dampers powered by movement of the lower body, rather than being actively driven by the shoulder muscles.”

Although there is still more research to be done on the subject, I found a few other articles echoing the same thing. Hinrichs et al (1987) found that arm swing had little impact on forward propulsion in running. However, they did find that arm swing does have a meaningful impact on lift (vertical motion) when running, which becomes even more important at increased speeds (So it seems my summer track teammate might have been onto something with his pterodactyl arms after all).

Haile Gebrselassie (pictured below), long distance god, well known for being good at all things running (the man has 27 world records, and I suggest you Wikipedia his name, so that you can also sit in awe of him with your mouth open at his amazing accomplishments) is a testament to this. He has a “crooked” left arm, which does not swing like his right arm does when he runs.

He has been so successful, and yet, his running form is not “perfect.” His arm swing is not “normal,” yet his success speaks for itself. If his arms were the things driving his legs forward, wouldn’t they be driving him sideways? If arm swing was key to running efficiency, there is no way he would have seen the incredible success that he has.

Running Form: Does Arm Swing Matter?

In general, as I looked through the research on the subject, I found that arm swing has more impact at higher speeds, it has a little to do with maintaining balance, and it is reactionary to the leg movement, not the other way around. With keeping all of that in mind, my physical therapy brain extrapolates out that on occasion we might be able to figure out leg problems through identifying weird arm movements.

For example, let’s say that you have your arms too far abducted (out away from your side when you run (kind of like how a baby holds their arms when they are learning to walk)), this could indicate that you might be getting a little bit too much movement laterally. If you were my client, I would investigate how strong your glutes are. Although lateral balance is not a primary function of the arms (Arellano & Kram, 2012), the excessive arm movement could be due to excessive leg movement laterally, which would point me towards strengthening up the glutes.

However, it could just be how you run. Throughout all my years running, watching other people run, and studying running mechanics, it has become increasingly clear that while there are general rules that people should follow to run fast and far, running form also depends on the individual. This confusing gray area is what keeps coaches and physical therapists in business. (I do suggest that if you are having pain with running you come see one of us!)

I don’t think that runners should be as concerned with what their arms are doing as we have been taught to be. Yeah, they have some impact on speed, but wonky arms are not the end-all-be-all. No matter how efficiently you move your arms, if you want to be able to run longer than a 400 without collapsing, you need to increase your leg strength and cardiovascular endurance. If you want to run faster, you have to train to run faster, no matter how perfect your form is. All things considered, I think you should focus more on the extremities that are doing the running, your legs.


About the Author: Victoria Junious ran track and cross country at the University of North Texas where she got her Bachelor of Science in kinesiology. When she is not in the clinic, she spends her time eating doughnuts, lifting heavy things up and setting them down at the gym, and writing.

References

Arellano, C. J., & Kram, R. (2012). The energetic cost of maintaining lateral balance during human running. Journal of Applied Physiology, 112(3), 427-434. 10.1152/japplphysiol.00554.2011

Hinrichs, R. (1987). Upper extremity function in running. II. Angular momentum considerations. International Journal of Sport Biomechanics, 3, 242–263.

Pontzer, H., Holloway 4th, J. H., Raichlen, D. A., & Lieberman, D. E. (2009). Control and function of arm swing in human walking and running. Journal of Experimental Biology, 212(4), 523-534.

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Go For the W

GO FOR THE W: WIN WITH RECOVERY

“Go for the W”

Throughout the months of July and August, the JackRabbit team wants to help you “Go for the W”. Going for the “W” can mean something different for everyone. Whether it’s winning a race, hitting a weight loss goal or just getting back into a routine – we want to help you get that “W”.

Over the next 8 weeks, you’ll find a great assortment of curated products to help you WIN in all different ways including: style, running, nutrition, recovery and more! We want to help you be the best you can be. That’s why we offer winning products to help find your inner champion!

Let’s all go for the “W”!


Win with Recovery

WIN WITH RECOVERY

Go for the “W” this summer when you recover as hard as you train. Win with Recovery using the top recovery products from Hyperice, Therabody, and more!

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RECOVERY TOOLS FROM HYPERICE

Whether you’re a pro athlete, weekend warrior or simply just looking to live a healthier lifestyle – Hyperice has a recovery solution for you. 

Win with Recovery: Hyperice

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CBD PRODUCTS FROM THERAONE

TheraOne has organic CBD lotions, oils, and balms for calming post-workout inflammation and easing soreness, so you can get back to doing what you love sooner.

Win with Recovery: TheraOne

 

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RECOVERY DRINKS FROM NUUN

Jumpstart your muscle repair and rehydration with Nuun Recover’s all-star combination of Vegan BCAAs, electrolytes, L-Glutamine, and efficient carbohydrates.

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COMPRESSION GEAR FROM CEP & 2XU

Recover faster after those hard sessions with the top compression gear from CEP and 2XU. Compression gear improves blood circulation and oxygen flow to your muscles to reduce soreness after exercise or physical exertion.

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RECOVERY BOOTS FROM NORMATEC

The NormaTec 2.0 is the next generation of athlete recovery. The Leg Recovery System gives you fresh legs faster, helps you warm up pre-workout, and recover right post training and competition.

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Superfeet

SHAPE YOUR RUN: SUPERFEET ADAPT RUN SERIES

Superfeet Shape Your Run

SHAPE YOUR RUN

Introducing the new ADAPT Run Series

Superfeet has combined their ultimate step-in cushioning with a flexible, lightly structured shape that adapts to your foot’s natural motion and feels like part of the shoe.

WHY USE INSOLES?

You’ve seen the insoles at your local running store, but what’s the hype? Why should you use insoles?

  • Insoles can improve the fit of your running shoes
  • Insoles make sure your arches are supported where they need it
  • They can provide extra stability and help to spread the running load when your foot hits the ground.
  • Insoles have been known to help the condition with their arch support and general foot stability for the runner.

Superfeet ADAPT Run Features

The new ADAPT Run series of insoles from Superfeet include the following top features:

  • Durable Aerolyte™ dual comfort layer: helps your foot relax in the shoe and provides optimal cushioning for flat feet and sore arches
  • Responsive forefoot zone: blends cushioning & rebound to maximize energy transfer and help you get the most out of every step.
  • Energizing heel cushion: helps disperse impact with every heel strike, reducing excess vibration to fight fatigue and minimize stress and stress that can lead to conditions like plantar fasciitis and shin splints.
  • Adaptive Comfort Technology™: patented design, made to help your feet move the way they’re supposed to,  flexing with the foot for efficient heel-to-toe turnover and a smooth, easy ride.
  • Moisturewick™: improved wicking and breathability with odor control keeps feet fresh mile-after-mile.

ADAPT Run vs ADAPT Run Max

The new Superfeet ADAPT insoles are available in two profiles to fit all foot types; ADAPT Run and ADAPT Run Max.

Superfeet ADAPT Run Insoles

Flexible cushioning insoles for running shoes

Superfeet ADAPT Run

The Superfeet ADAPT Run series features the signature Superfeet shape in a lightly structured, cushioning insole. This makes the insole feel like a part of your shoe. The ADAPT Run insole adapts and flexes to your foot’s natural motion for a smooth ride.

The ADAPT Run insoles are made to fit well in running shoes including shoes with zero drop.


Superfeet ADAPT Run Max Insoles

A Deeper heel cup and higher arch profile

Superfeet Adapt Run MaX

Superfeet ADAPT Max insoles deliver unbelievable comfort and support without changing how your running shoes were built to perform. ADAPT Max insoles feature lightly structured support and maximum cushioning with a deeper heel cup and higher arch profile to help minimize foot fatigue.


SHAPE YOUR RUN

Paring your favorite HOKA shoes with a perfectly matched Superfeet insole

Superfeet Adapt Run Men's Matching

Women's Superfeet Matching

Now that you have a better understanding about the benefits of using insoles and the new Superfeet ADAPT Run series, let’s take a look at which insole works best with your favorite running shoes!

Superfeet and Jackrabbit have taken several of the best-selling HOKA running shoes and paired them with the appropriate Superfeet insole to dial in your shoe’s fit and SHAPE YOUR RUN.

ADAPT RUN + HOKA MACH 4

HOKA Mach 4 + Superfeet ADAPT Run

The Superfeet ADAPT Run series features the signature Superfeet shape in a lightly structured, cushioning insole. This makes the insole feel like a part of your shoe.

In its fourth edition, the Mach 4 takes its biggest leap forward, built on themes inspired by the Rocket X and Carbon X. Designed for logging long miles, this everyday trainer delivers a lively ride and energetic underfoot feel that is unquestionably HOKA.

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 SUPERFEET ADAPT RUN – COMING SOON

RUN COMFORT  + HOKA ANACAPA LOW

HOKA Anacapa Low + Superfeet Run Comfort

Designed specifically for running, Superfeet RUN Comfort insoles can help runners reduce foot fatigue while gaining efficiency. The Superfeet shape personalizes the shoe to your foot.

A sustainably crafted day-hiker designed for weekend adventures, the Anacapa Low GTX is a lowprofile take on the Anacapa Mid. Engineered from lightweight leather certified by the Leather Working Group, the versatile silhouette employs recycled polyester in the collar, mesh and laces.

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RUN COMFORT THIN  + HOKA ARAHI 5

HOKA Arahi 5 + 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.

Boasting a seemingly contradictory combination of maximum cushioning and minimal weight, the HOKA Arahi 5 delivers a soft smooth alternative to traditional support shoes. A brand-new shoe from top to bottom, the Arahi 5 was envisioned with a laser focus on fit.

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RUN ADAPT MAX  + HOKA CLIFTON 8

HOKA Clifton 8 + Superfeet ADAPT Run Max

Superfeet Run ADAPT Max insoles feature lightly structured support and maximum cushioning with a deeper heel cup and higher arch profile to help minimize foot fatigue.

The Clifton 8 continues to deliver the perfect combination of soft and light. Crafted with a lighter, more responsive midsole and the same ride characteristics, the Clifton 8 features a streamlined silhouette and updated upper made from engineered mesh.

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Altra

ALTRA PARADIGM 6 REVIEW

Altra Paradigm 6 Review

THE BUZZ

The Altra Paradigm 6 is a max cushioned/max stability shoe that serves up a blend of comfortable softness, energetic pop and structured support built on a balanced cushioning platform with an accommodating rounded toe box.

It’s an ideal choice for long-distance runs and high-mileage training for runners who tend to overpronate or supinate when they run. Subtle changes have resulted in an improved fit, feel and ride.

Altra Paradigm 6 Review

WHAT’S NEW

A lot has changed since the previous edition of the Paradigm was unveiled last year. The most notable updates are the addition of the new Altra EGO Max cushioning material in the midsole.

The Altra EGO Max midsole foam is absolutely luscious, a welcome improvement over last year’s Altra EGO compound. It’s lighter and springier but it doesn’t compromise the shoe’s stability. It feels better and has helps make the Paradigm run better without any inhibitions.

All Altra shoes are built with a Footshape toe box design. The toe box is wider and more rounded than most other shoes. This allows a runner’s toes and the transverse arch to splay and flex to allow for more effective muscular output for natural stability and optimal propulsion at the toe-off phase of a stride.

It might feel excessively wide when you lace it up, but it will feel smartly proportioned during a run.

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The new Altra Paradigm 6 fits true to size with a medium volume in the heel and midfoot and a slightly wider toe box — though not nearly as spacious as some previous editions of this shoe. (It’s only available in a standard width.)

The step-in feel is soft, plush and comfortably snug, thanks in part to the interior arch support mesh that gently wraps each foot.

The new Altra EGO Max cushioning material feels light, airy and responsive when you first lace them up and start running, but especially so late in a long run.

What you don’t feel is the distinctive only-there-when-you-need-it support that accommodates the specific medial and lateral rolling of each foot as it rolls through the gait cycle.

If your ankles tend to overpronate or supinate when you run — especially in the latter stages of a long run — the ride remains supportive, cushy, energetic and consistent.

Altra Paradigm 6 Review

WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Runners who appreciate a lot of cushioning and also need extra support to offset overpronation will love the Altra Paradigm 6.

The blend of comfortable padding and stability-enhancing structure are ideal for high-mileage weeks, training for longer races and long training runs.

It’s not a fast or especially agile shoe, so it’s not going to be a choice for faster workouts, up-tempo training or racing. But it’s as a reliable and comfortable as any shoe in the stability category.

Altra Paradigm 6 Review

ALTRA PARADIGM 6 PROS

The Paradigm 6 still provides subtle stability in every stride, but in a revised fashion from the previous edition.

Altra updated its GuideRail system to have two independent support rails on the medial and lateral side that provide stability to match a runner’s specific gait style and pronation/supination patterns.

It also removed the firmer SabiliPods in the base of the shoe to allow a more natural rolling sensation from touch-down to toe-off.

The reason Altra builds all of its shoes on a level platform is to allow the heel and forefoot of a runner’s foot to always be an equal distance from the ground. Unlike shoes with elevated heels and sloping profiles, Altra’s shoes create what the brand calls a balanced cushioning platform for optimal foot alignment and low-impact footstrikes.

Lastly, it brought a trimmed-down version of its InnovArch system that cinches in the foot with an interior netting integrated with the laces.

Altra Paradigm 6 Review

ALTRA PARADIGM 6 CONS

It might take some time to adjust to running in shoe with a level or zero-drop platform like this. Ultimately, it can be a great setup for a lot of runners to help their feet move and flex naturally.

But if you’ve been running in shoes with a high to moderate heel-toe offset of 8mm to 13mm, consider make a gradual transition into Altra shoes built on a level platform.

ALTRA PARADIGM 6 TECH SPECS

Altra Paradigm 6 Tech specs

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MEN’S ALTRA PARADIGM 6

Mens Altra Paradigm 6

MEN’S ALTRA PARADIGM 6 – COMING SOON

WOMEN’S ALTRA PARADIGM 6

Women's Altra Paradigm 6

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Puma

WHICH PUMA NITRO SHOE IS BEST FOR ME?

PUMA: Built for Speed

After the long (and continued) success in soccer and on the track, Puma has overhauled their entire running line in 2021 with the launch of the Puma NITRO collection.

“We believe now is the time for us to pick up speed again and spark change from the most sought-after marathon finish lines to local run communities.” -Puma

Along with the overhaul of products, Puma has developed new technologies to create an effortless run for athletes.

In 2021, Puma releases their NITRO line including 5 key styles: Deviate, Deviate Elite, Velocity, Liberate and Eternity. All these styles come equipped with Puma’s cutting edge NITRO foam.

WHICH PUMA SHOE IS BEST FOR ME?

With the introduction of 5 new styles, we want to help you determine which Puma NITRO style is best for you and your goals.

STEP 1: NEUTRAL OR SUPPORT/STABILITY 

First let’s begin with the type of support you need: Do you need a neutral shoe or a stability shoe (stability shoes are great for runners who supinate or pronate while running – learn more here).

NEUTRAL SUPPORT/STABILITY

PUMA ETERNITY NITRO

If you’ve chosen support and stability, the Puma Eternity NITRO is the shoe  for you! You lead the way, Eternity NITRO will keep you in line.

Puma Eternity Nitro

PUMA ETERNITY NITRO FEATURES

  • OPTIFIT offers a personalized fit for secure lockdown
  • runGUIDE keeps you centered for optimal alignment in every stride
  • Advanced NITRO FOAM technology providing superior responsiveness and cushioning in a lightweight package
  • PUMAGRIP durable rubber compound provides all-surface traction

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STEP 2: MORE SPEED OR MORE CUSHION

Great you’re a neutral runner! Next, what are you looking for in a shoe? Do you want a light-weight shoe for track workouts and tempos or a max cushion shoe that will be with you for the everyday and long mileage runs? Or do you want both speed AND cushion?

SPEED CUSHION

SPEED AND CUSHION

PUMA LIBERATE NITRO

If you’ve chosen more speed, then the Puma Liberate NITRO is the right shoe for you! The Puma Liberate NITRO is the fastest option for your shortest distance runs and races. Light and flexible, the Liberate NITRO leaves you feel free to push the limits!.

Puma Liberate Nitro

PUMA LIBERATE NITRO FEATURES

  • Ultra lighweight
  • Nitro – lightest and most responsive foam
  • New Fit – customized performance fit

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PUMA VELOCITY NITRO

If you’ve chosen more cushion, then the Puma Velocity NITRO is the best shoe for you! The Velocity NITRO is Puma’s flagship running shoe. This franchise has the new premium NITRO foam for cushioning and responsiveness..

Puma Velocity Nitro

PUMA VELOCITY NITRO FEATURES

  • Cushioned comfort
  • Nitro Foam – light and responsive
  • New Fit – shape designed for comfort

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PUMA DEVIATE NITRO

If you’ve chosen speed AND cushion, the Puma Deviate NITRO is the best shoe for you. The Devitate NITRO innovates the trend of max performance running shoes built to make running faster easier.

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Go For the W

GO FOR THE W: WIN WITH TRAINING

“Go for the W”

Throughout the months of July and August, the JackRabbit team wants to help you “Go for the W”. Going for the “W” can mean something different for everyone. Whether it’s winning a race, hitting a weight loss goal or just getting back into a routine – we want to help you get that “W”.

Over the next 8 weeks, you’ll find a great assortment of curated products to help you WIN in all different ways including: style, running, nutrition, recovery and more! We want to help you be the best you can be. That’s why we offer winning products to help find your inner champion!

Let’s all go for the “W”!


Win with Training

WIN WITH TRAINING

JackRabbit wants to help you “Win with Training” this summer by offering the products, training plans and tips to get you started or keep you motivated. Whether you’re training for a 5K, working up to a marathon or jumping boxes during Crossfit – we have the products to help you “WIN”.

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Cross-training Shoes from Reebok & Nike

Versatile workout shoes that are made for functional fitness. Take on your next strength or Crossfit workout with shoes from Reebok, Nike and more!

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ADIDAS 4DFWD REVIEW

ADIDAS 4DFWD Review

THE BUZZ

Your casual Friday street style is about to get A LOT faster because the new adidas 4DFWD is a REAL running shoe. It’s sustainable, it’s sexy and it’s FAST.

The 4DFWD utilizes data driven technology that combines more than 17 years of athlete insights and carbon technology. This technology produces a precision tuned 3D printed midsole which offers runners support and comfort.

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WHAT’S NEW

The new 4DFWD lattice is a totally redesigned 3D printed midsole that translates vertical impact from your down step into forward momentum, so you’re literally pushing yourself forward.

The midsole features a unique bowtie-shaped FWD cell which redirects energy from each step’s impact to create horizontal forward motion.

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FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The 4DFWD midsole provides runners with a super-lightweight premium upper that encases the foot in seamless sock-like fit.

Adidas uses historical mapping data to code the PRIMEKNIT upper to perfectly alight with the unique properties of the 4DFWD midsole. This mapping gives runners all the support and comfort they need while running.

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ADIDAS 4DFWD PROS

The midsole lattice construct is made of 39% bio-based 3D material which offers 23% more cushioning. This also generates over 3X as much forward motion when compared to previous generations of 4D midsoles.

The Primeknit+ upper is made from 50% recycled materials and no virgin polyester.

The rubber outsole is designed to work in harmony with the adidas 4DFWD midsole, providing superior traction for athletes.

The braking force experienced by the athlete during running is reduced on average by 15%as the midsole redirects these vertical impact forces into horizontal forward motion–delivering running economy comparable to that of Ultraboost midsoles in lab conditions.

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ADIDAS 4DFWD CONS

This is a great shoe from adidas, but at a price point of $200 and a weight of 11.7 oz it’s a bit on the high end of it’s comparable counterparts.

ADIDAS 4DFWD TECH SPECS

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On Running

ON CLOUDSTRATUS REVIEW

On Cloudstratus Review

THE BUZZ

Now it its second edition, the On Cloudstratus is a high-mileage, everyday trainer built for cushion, comfort and support.

It features an innovative CloudTec cushioning and support system that serves up a smooth, energetic and durable ride.

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WHAT’S NEW

The new Cloudstratus has been enhanced with a re-engineered midsole platform, a roomier forefoot, an improved outsole, a curvier rocker profile and an updated gusseted tongue. Those changes all contribute to a better fit, softer feel and improved overall performance.

The two-layer CloudTec midsole cushioning system has been updated with a softer Helion foam. The foam compresses and rebounds more effectively without bottoming out. It’s soft and responsive, not soft and mushy like the super-soft foam in some lighter training shoes.

The Speedboard plastic plate embedded in the midsole and rocker geometry are the key to both a smooth ride and slight propulsive feeling as the foot rolls through to the toe-off moment of a stride.

The rocker profile creates a significant toe-spring design in the forefoot to encourage forward propulsion, while the Speedboard provides a firm feeling ideal for launching off the ground at toe-off.

The new, one-piece upper is lighter, more breathable and more conducive to natural foot flex than the double-layered upper of the previous edition. It gives this version of the Cloudstratus a streamlined look and contributes to the improved fit, feel and ride.

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The new Cloudstratus fits true to size with a snug, narrow/medium fit in the heel and midfoot but a notably wider fit in the forefoot.

They feel comfortable soft when you step into them and lace them up. This is thanks in part to the foamy heel collar, comfy tongue and cushy sock liner. However, there’s a sensation of both soft and semi-firm the moment you start running in them.

In fact, the Cloudstratus has a firm flex sensation that’s similar to a racing shoe with a carbon-fiber plate, even though it’s not nearly as light and energetic.

The eight individual CloudTec midsole cushioning pods compress according to a runner’s specific gait pattern. The pods support the foot with a near-custom ride as it rolls to the forefoot.

The ride is smooth, moderately soft and noticeably snappy from slow to moderately fast paces.

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WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Runners who log moderate to high-mileage volume every week and appreciate near-maximal cushioning will love the new Cloudstratus.

It’s a trainer that offers a good mix of comfort, durability and support for daily training and long runs.

It’s resilient and bouncy enough to provide enough energetic pop for some faster workouts, including longer intervals and tempo runs.

It has enough cushioning and support for running a half marathon or marathon, but it’s not quite light enough for running all-out track workouts or racing shorter distances.

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ON CLOUDSTRATUS PROS

The fit has really been improved to accommodate more foot shapes with a more spacious toe box, improved heel hold, gusseted tongue, improved sock liner and updated “star” lacing system.

The enhancements have resulted in an adaptable, semi-custom, wrap-like fit that’s big on both comfort and performance.

This is one of the most eco-friendly shoes on the market. The shoe is made with 75 percent of the polyester content and 20 percent of the entire shoe made from recycled materials.

That includes the tongue, vamp, interior lining, sock liner, laces and upper are made entirely from recycled polyester.

The outsole has a redesigned tread pattern and a better mix of blown rubber and carbon rubber. This has improved the traction, softness and feel of this shoe.

A slightly wider, beveled channel underneath the foot allows for better heel-to-toe transitions, improved flex and, most importantly, fewer pebbles being caught on the run.

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ON CLOUDSTRATUS CONS

The Cloudstratus isn’t heavy, but it’s not quite as light as some high-mileage trainers in the same class.

ON CLOUDSTRATUS TECH SPECS

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