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RUNNING REMIXED: THE ON CLOUD X AND TODAY’S TOP WORKOUT PLAYLISTS

RUNNING REMIXED: THE ON CLOUD X AND TODAY’S TOP WORKOUT PLAYLISTS

For many of us, our workout playlists play an integral role in our fitness routine. Music choice can make or break a workout. 

Music can motivate us when we’re struggling for inspiration at the tail-end of a long run. It can help get us in the right mindset during a warmup routine. Music can even help us stick to a specific pace by providing a consistent beat.

Nowadays, it’s even easier to find the right music. Ever since the development of music-streaming apps, anyone with a smartphone has been granted access to virtually anything. Any song, artist, or playlist their heart desires.

AND you don’t even have to worry about holding your phone in your hand while working out, thanks to running belts and armbands. Now you can conveniently place your phone in a secured pouch, throw on some bluetooth headphones (we recommend Aftershoks) and you’re off to the races!

Overwhelmed by the infinite amount of playlist choices available at your fingertips? We feel you. To help you narrow it down, we’ve put together a little custom selection of Spotify playlists available for anyone to listen to on the Spotify app. Here are some of our favorite music playlists to pump our biceps to….

TOP WORKOUT PLAYLISTS

 

Dwayne Johnson’s Iron Paradise Tour Playlist

I mean…does The Rock ever really recommend something that’s not insanely good? *cough* Teremana *cough cough.*

 

Beast Mode 

A frequently updated schmorgesborg of today’s best pop, house, and rap music

 

Hype

If “Beast Mode” isn’t aggressive enough for you

 

Beast Mode Dance

If you’re a “every workout should feel like a party” kind of person

 

Gym Music 2021

Not the most creative playlist name, but this one has the best variety of current hits, curated by Future’s Finest


 

Power Hour

Great for stationary biking

 

Adrenaline Workout

For when you got a lot of stuff to work through

 

Running Playlist 2021

Again, putting the lack of creativity in the playlists’s name aside–come on people, stand out from the crowd a little!–this one is updated weekly and its fresh beats are guaranteed to get you through Cardio Day

 

THE ON CLOUD X

Looking for the right running shoe that can handle the treadmill just as easily as the weight room floor? We recommend the On Cloud X. 

The Cloud X is a lightweight, smartly cushioned shoe with an energetic pop, built for any gym activity. Its flexibility and breathability make it perfect for tempo runs and interval workouts, while its raised sidewalls and firm heel cap provide the right amount of stability for weightlifting.

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New Balance

NEW BALANCE FRESH FOAM 860v12 REVIEW

New Balance 860v12 Review

THE BUZZ

The New Balance Fresh Foam 860v12 has been a mainstay in the New Balance line-up for years. The 12th iteration has received considerable upgrades for the past two years. Its smoother and more comfortable than ever while still being supremely stable and secure.

The New Balance Fresh Foam 860v12 remains a workhorse of an everyday trainer for runners who need some additional support for pronation control with some modern, livelier features.

New Balance 860v12 Review

WHAT’S NEW

The 860v12 features a two-layer FuelCell/Fresh Foam X midsole package for the first time. This is a significant update that’s made it softer and slightly bouncier. It also has an improved engineered mesh upper and new lacing system that has enhanced the fit, feel and breathability.

Stability is derived from the firm and fairly traditional medial post — a large, wedge of higher-density foam under the arch along the inside edge of the foot — as well as the slightly wider footprint from the midfoot through the toe box.

While it remains a very stable shoe, the key aspect of the 860v12 is that it’s a smoother type of stable and not rigid and clunky like some of the previous editions.

New Balance replaced the elf-like Ultra Heel feature of the previous edition of the 860 with a more tradition padded heel collar with a slight flare to reduce Achilles tension.

The new upper, an updated lacing system, a firm heel counter and a heavier embroidered “N” logo combine for a secure all-around fit.

New Balance 860v12 Review

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The New Balance Fresh Foam 860v12 fits true to size with a medium fit from heel through the midfoot and a noticeably wider toe box than it previous had. (It’s available in two widths for men and women.)

There’s a sense of cushy softness as you as you step into these shoes and lace ‘em up. This is  because of the soft Fresh Foam X midsole top layer and also from the premium sockliner, padded tongue, lightly padded heal collar and the locked-down hold of the upper.

While the FuelCell foam provides a solid foundation that makes it extremely stable on the run, the layer of squishy Fresh Foam X cushioning helps create a softer, smoother and springier ride. It’s a good mix that feels great while still providing the stability that runners expect.

WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Runners who need or appreciate a super-stable training shoe for high-mileage training will like the 860v12 a lot. But it’s been improved so much, those who ran in the previous two editions probably won’t believe it’s the same model.

While it was a bit one-dimensional previously, the new model is more dynamic and versatile. It’s best for weekend long runs and mid-week maintenance runs, but it can definitely hold its own on moderately fast tempo runs, spontaneous fartlek runs and some longer intervals.

New Balance 860v12 Review

FRESH FOAM 860v12 PROS

The Fresh Foam X midsole compound is the softest and most compliant foam New Balance has in its lineup. The thin, full-length slice of that foam on the top of the midsole provides a hint of bouncy responsiveness in every stride. The ride is secured by the thick layer of FuelCell foam on the bottom.

The outsole is made entirely of blown rubber. This gives it sufficient grip on wet and dry pavement and plenty of durability. It’s very similar to the previous two editions of the shoe, with a slightly different pattern and marginally wider flex grooves.

Overall this shoe shines as a tried-and-true stability model with some modern flair. It’s not going to blow your hair back or inspire speed, but it’s reliable and slightly cushier and more comfortable than its predecessors.

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FRESH FOAM 860v12 CONS

The biggest downside to this shoe is that it’s heavier some of its contemporaries in the moderate stability category. If you’re running mostly slower to moderate paces, that’s fine. But if you running longer or faster, you’ll definitely notice the weight.

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Reebok

EXCLUSIVE REEBOK NANO X1 AT JACKRABBIT

Reebok Nano X1 Review

REEBOK NANO X1

The Nano X1 is Reebok’s premier training shoe and one of our bestselling all around cross training shoe for runners.  This year we have an exclusive colorway available only at JackRabbit.  Come find out what makes the Nano X1 a perfect cross training shoe for runners and

The Nano X1 has been designed to be the most supportive, comfortable, and versatile training shoe in Reebok’s collection. The goal was to make a version that was ready to take on and tackle any fitness demand thrown its way. That means lateral, vertical movements as well as stability for the demands of strength training.

Reebok Nano X1 - men's and women's

HISTORY OF THE REEBOK NANO X

A silhouette born more than 10 years ago that was originally created to meet the unique demands of athletes within the box, Reebok has continually evolved the Nano franchise over time to adapt with the fitness landscape and service the growing needs of the wider wellness community.

The Nano X1 is the most refined iteration of the popular training shoe, designed to be as versatile as today’s passionate fitness lover it was created for.

“Just like any great athlete who’s always looking to hit their next PR, we are not going to stop trying to set a new one either when it comes to creating great product.  And we’re confident, the Nano X1 is our best training shoe yet,” said Tal Short, Reebok Senior Product Manager.  “During a time when fitness is so critical to not just our physical, but more importantly, our mental well-being, we’re incredibly proud to be able to support the fitness community with a product that can help individuals and athletes of all levels train at their best.”

Reebok Nano X1 - side view

REEBOK X JACKRABBIT

JackRabbit is one of Reebok’s premier run specialty partners. Knowing the importance of cross-training for runners, JackRabbit has helped expand the Official Shoe of Fitness & Reebok’s training messaging to the running consumer. This colorway is exclusive to Reebok & JackRabbit and is a celebration of that partnership and Reebok’s commitment to expanding into the larger fitness community.

 

CROSS TRAINING FOR RUNNERS

The case for cross-training is simple: runners tend to stay healthier if they include a variety of physical activities, in addition to running, in their training program

Choosing a low-impact cross-training activity, such as yoga or cycling, will give your muscles a break from the high-impact stress of logging mile after mile. Giving your muscles a break in this way is imperative to a training cycle as it gives them a chance to rest, recover, and build back stronger.

Additionally, layering in strength training days that focus on core functional movements ensures that you have a strong foundation that won’t break down on long runs or during high-mileage weeks. The balance of these different types of activities is what will allow you to stay strong, recover right, and help mitigate overuse injury risk to ensure you can run stronger, longer.

The Reebok Nano X1 is  . It’s a key footwear option for those non-running days, no matter what type of activity you choose to add variety into your training.

Reebok Nano X1 - Cross training for runners

REEBOK INSPO

At Reebok, they are inspired by anyone who wants to move, no matter their movement. From a fitness newbie just learning the ropes, to a well-seasoned athlete, and everyone in between.

For the Reebok Nano franchise, this has meant expanding the shoe to the larger fitness community by making the most versatile version of our traditional training product to date.

Designed to be the official shoe of fitness, the Nano X1 fuses the comfort of a running shoe while maintaining the performance credentials of a superior training shoe in order to meet the demands of the modern-day fitness landscape.

It’s versatile in its nature, so whether it’s HIIT, bootcamp, cardio, dance, boxing, or functional training, the Nano X1 was engineered to perform and do the job it designed to excel at! Leaving you, fit, trained and ready to perform.

NANO X 2: KEY FEATURES

Comfort: The Nano X1 fuses Reebok’s Floatride Energy cushioning of a running shoe while maintaining the performance and stability of a training shoe

Speed: The Nano X1 boasts a sleek shape and design allow for maximum speed and run ability.

Control: For training, a stable base is key and the Nano X1 delivers stability to support varied workouts.

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hoka one one

HOKA BONDI X REVIEW

HOKA Bondi X Review

THE BUZZ

A maximally cushioned neutral-oriented training shoe designed for long-distance running on the roads, the HOKA Bondi X is a soft but energetic model built with a propulsive carbon-fiber plate embedded in its midsole.

Styled off the soft, comfortable and extra-cushy ride of the original Bondi, the new Bondi X features an extended rocker design for efficient heel-to-toe transitions and the firm plate for a boost of energy in every stride.

HOKA Bondi X Review

WHAT’S NEW

This is a brand new shoe in the HOKA line-up, one that combines the soft, plush feeling of previous Bondi models with the lively snap similar to HOKA’s Carbon X s racing shoes.

A new engineered mesh upper, a curvy carbon-fiber plate, a soft but resilient compression-molded EVA midsole and a shapely, swallowtail heel design for zonal energy disbursement and more fluid transitions all contribute to making the Bondi X what it is.

Like most HOKA running shoes, the midsole/outsole chassis has a pronounced rocker or convex shape that creates a rolling sensation to help guide your feet from touchdown to toe-off. It has an extended rocker design that took cues from the lengthy outsole that HOKA developed for its Clifton Edge shoe.

The addition of a carbon-fiber plate to a max-cushioned training shoe is designed to provide a stiffer, more energy-efficient movement through each stride. It’s not a nimble speedster, but it’s still a performance upgrade to the Bondi 7, which retains a softer step-through sensation for a different form of support and comfort.

The Bondi X has more cushion and a softer foam compound than the dual-density midsole of the Carbon X 2, which is more performance-oriented than the comfort-meets-performance combination of the Bondi X.

HOKA Bondi X Review

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The Bondi X fits true to size with a snug feeling in the heel and a slightly more roomy volume in the midfoot and forefoot. These comfy cruisers feel luxuriously soft and reliably secure the moment you lace them up, thanks to a cushy heel collar, a slim, secure tongue and a premium footbed.

But this shoe is all about a best-in-class maximally cushioned ride, and what gives this shoe considerable juice is the newfangled combination of its thick midsole and the carbon-fiber plate that serves up stabilizing structure and a spring-loaded ride.

While it’s not as light as the Bondi 7 or as race-day sharp at the Carbon X 2, it’s an idyllic combination that creates a lively, long-lasting vibe from the first mile to the last.

WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Runners who appreciate maximally cushioned shoes with a smooth, spirited vibe will relish in the fit, the feel and the ride of the Bondi X on long training runs. It is unfathomably soft in the heel and midfoot but relatively light and snappy as it rolls through to the toe-off phase of a new stride.

It’s an innovative combination designed to make the propulsive, efficient ride of carbon-fiber plate technology accessible for all athletes, not just competitive runners. It’s built for comfort and performance on long runs, but it’s not agile or fast enough to be marathon racing shoe (unless the finishing goal is more about comfort than speed).

HOKA Bondi X Pros

HOKA BONDI X PROS

The overall footprint of this shoe is extremely wide — one of the widest available in 2021. Combined with the structure of created by the carbon-fiber plate, it provides a feeling of inherent stability for most runners, especially on the latter miles of long runs.

Although it’s not a featherweight shoe, it’s very hard to believe a shoe with this much cushioning is as light as it is. The midsole foam is dense, but the carbon-fiber plate serves up a good amount of responsiveness so it’s a shoe that feels and runs lighter than you’d expect it to, given its considerable girth.

The low-profile engineered mesh upper offers a bit of foot hold from 3D hot-melt yarn overlays that’s designed for minimal weight and maximal breathability and durability.

It features a segmented outsole with sections of durable rubber in high-wear areas interspersed with exposed foam. The rubber provides exceptional grip on wet and dry surfaces, and the foam is durable enough that it won’t wear down significantly after months of high-mileage running.

While $200 is a relatively high price tag for a training shoe, our wear-testers believe the durability of this shoe will justify the investment. Based on the materials and how it is built, you can expect to get several hundred miles of quality training before you begin to see any wear and tear.

HOKA Bondi X Cons

HOKA BONDI X CONS

The Bondi X is an exceptionally high-off-the-ground shoe and thus is not especially nimble. If you like feel-for-the-ground proprioception or shoe with notable agility, this might not be your favorite shoe.

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SAUCONY ENDORPHIN PRO + REVIEW

Saucony Endorphin Pro + Review

THE BUZZ

The Saucony Endorphin Pro+ is a featherweight, top-tier racing shoe built on an energetic foam midsole embedded with a curvy carbon-fiber plate that enhances forward propulsion.

Designed for all-out racing from 5K to the marathon, it carries a higher price tag than the Endorphin Pro 2 ($200) but it’s lighter, more lively and faster than its predecessor. It’s also not as bouncy as some of the other models in the super shoe category.

Saucony Endorphin Pro + Review

WHAT’S NEW

The midsole foam is made from the same energetic PWRRUN PB compound as the previous versions of the Endorphin Pro, but this edition has a slightly leaner shape and a new flyweight upper and, as a result, it’s quite a bit lighter and more agile.

The Endrophin Pro+ is very similar to the original Endorphin Pro and Endorphin Pro 2, utilizing the same super-springy PWRRUN PB midsole foam and SpeedRoll technology with a similarly shaped carbon-fiber propulsion plate and rocker geometry. That’s still the speedy secret sauce, but there’s also a new featherweight mesh upper that contributes to this shoe being lighter, leaner and faster.

The outsole configuration of the Endorphin Pro+ is identical to the Endorphin Pro and Endorphin Pro 2. It features large sections of exposed foam complemented by high-abrasion carbon rubber in the forefoot and around the perimeter of the heel to keep the weight down, ensure optimal traction and maintain consistent durability.

The new upper is made from a premium, lightweight suede and an airy nylon mesh that combine to wrap the foot with a second-skin fit. The tongue is thin, smooth and perforated for optimal breathability and fit, there’s no heel counter and only a tiny bit of padding around the heel collar. The wrap-like fit is enhanced by Saucony’s FormFit technology, which allows the upper to move and stretch slightly while still keeping feet locked down to the chassis.

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The Endorphin Pro+ fits true to size with a medium to low interior volume from heel to toe. It has a snug, locked-down feeling from heel to toe with a tiny bit of wiggle room in the toe box.

There’s a sleek and semi-firm feeling the moment you lace up a pair of these thoroughbreds, similar to what you feel lacing up a pair of track spikes. Combined with the curvy carbon-fiber plate embedded in the midsole, it results in a lively but very rigid rolling sensation the moment you start running.

There is some softness in every foot strike, but that springiness is quickly converted into a forward rolling sensation by the carbon-fiber plate embedded in the midsole. The Endorphin Pro+ is a one-of-a-kind shoe that’s been stripped-down to make it as light and lean as possible.

WHO IT’S BEST FOR

If you’re seriously training to run a new personal best at just about any distance on the roads — but especially from 5K to the marathon — you will love the Endorphin Pro+.

You still have to put in the hard work, but this shoe might be the closest thing you’ll find to a magic bullet when it comes to guaranteeing a new PB. It’s light, energetic and extremely agile, ideal for quick-cadence running for long periods of time.

Endorphin Pro + Pros

ENDROPHIN PRO + PROS

Saucony’s original Endorphin Pro shoes were amazing, but its shoe designers figured out that a slightly leaner midsole thickness produced even better results. The PWRRUN PB midsole in the Endrophin Pro+ is about 4.5mm thinner than its predecessors, and that’s a big reason why Pro+ is more than a half-ounce lighter, more nimble and potentially much faster than its predecessors.

Like other racing shoes with carbon-fiber midsole plates, the Endorphin Pro+ feels better the faster you run. You can definitely use it for fast training — from tempo runs to track intervals — but it’s best when running at race pace for long stretches of time. It eats up the road like high-performance tires on a sports car. Because the curvy plate in the midsole, the Endorphin Pro+ feels awkwardly bouncy at slow to moderate paces. (In other words, it’s best for running fast!)

Given that it’s made for high-end racing, Saucony is only making this shoe available in limited quantities. So if you’re interested in running fast this fall, you’ll need to act quickly before inventory dwindles.

Endorphin Pro + Cons

ENDROPHIN PRO + CONS

The only slightly negative aspects to a shoe like the Endorphin Pro+ are that it’s limited to racing and very fast training, and the precious foams and delicate upper are not likely going to have long-term durability if you use it for more than that.

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Asics

ASICS GT-2000 10 REVIEW

ASICS GT-2000 10 Review

THE BUZZ

One of the time-tested models in the ASICS line, the ASICS GT-2000 is an everyday trainer that offers sublime softness and moderate support in stylish package that’s comfortable, durable and reliable.

It’s a light stability shoe capable of running easy miles at moderate paces or comfortably covering high-mileage volume while training for a marathon.

WHAT’S NEW

A new, single-layer upper, more gender-specific features, a lower heel-toe offset and an updated midsole platform combine to offer a softer, smoother ride while still providing ample support.

The GT-2000 10 is enhanced by a full-length layer of lightweight and responsive Flytefoam Propel cushioning, which adds a bit of high-energy pop into every stride. The primary midsole compound is a generously thick layer of Flytefoam, a unique compound that utilizes organic fibers to offer extreme resiliency and durability.

The GT-2000 utilizes 3D Space Construction technology in the heel to create an individualized midsole deformation in every stride to give men and women runners the best possible gender-specific ride and support for their gait pattern. It’s essentially a strategically designed 3D honeycomb feature that’s cut out from the top of the midsole that allows a runner to compress and flex the shoe appropriately based precisely how their foot rolls from heel to toe.

The lowered heel-toe ramp angle — from 10mm of the previous edition to 8mm in this shoe — has reduced the heel prominence and really adds to the smoothness and efficiency of the ride. 

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The GT-2000 10 has the same classic fit most ASICS sheos are known for, only slightly improved over last year’s version because of the new upper.

It fits true-to-size with a snug hold in the heel and slightly more roomy volume in the midfoot and forefoot. (It’s only available in a B width.)

There is a noticeably soft feeling as soon as you step into it and lace it up, thanks to the molded EVA sockliner, generously padded tongue and the wrap-like sensation of the new upper.

The ride is smooth and consistent, providing a feeling of shock absorption and semi-firm control in the rear and midfoot and an easy-flexing consistency in the forefoot.

It’s not an overly energetic ride — and not meant to be — but instead it excels with a great combination of cushioning, comfort and durability.

WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Runners who need or appreciate plenty of cushioning and a moderate amount of support will love this shoe. It can be a reliable, do-everything shoe, a long-run training shoe or even a race-day shoe for someone interested in finishing a half marathon or marathon comfortably.

It’s not light and snappy enough for short-interval speed workouts or all-out racing, but it can definitely execute tempo runs, fartleks and longer interval sessions if called up. Bottom line: it’s comfortable, durable and consistent.

ASICS GT-2000 10 Pros

ASICS GT-2000 10 PROS

Gone are the rigid plastic Trusstic system on the outsole and the dynamic Duomax system built into the medial sidewall to offer medial structure. Instead stability is provided by the LiteTruss, a system in which the outsole wraps slightly upward under the medial side of the arch. Coupled with the gender-specific 3D Space Construction, it allows runners to engage as much of the stability as they need without using all of the plastic components or denser midsole sidewall.

The new, single-layer, one-piece knit upper provides lightweight breathability, comfortably wrapping the forefoot while accommodating for a wide variety of foot shapes. It provides solid foot hold and comfort as it tightens and loosens in key areas to allow the foot to move naturally.

For what it offers in comfort and durability, the GT-2000 10 provides good bang for the buck. On a relative scale of shoe prices and features, it offers great value at a relatively low price point.

ASICS GT-2000 10 Cons

ASICS GT-2000 10 CONS

The GT-2000 10 isn’t as light, flashy or energetic as a lot of other shoes out there. But it’s still a real well-built shoe that scores high marks for cushioning, comfort and consistency and ideal to be a workhorse trainer in your quiver of shoes.

GT-2000 10 TECH SPECS

ASICS GT-2000 10 Tech Specs

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On Running

DAVID BROWN: ON ATHLETE AND THE WORLD’S FASTEST BLIND MAN

David Brown | On Athlete

Running 100m in under 11 seconds takes years of training, perseverance and complete determination. Doing it without eyesight: impossible…right?

But David Brown always kept dreaming of the impossible. Today, he’s the world’s fastest blind man. How did he do it? Find out in Untethered: The David Brown Story.

David Brown & Jerome Avery Adapt

Original story from On Running – Read fully story here

When David and Jerome sprint in perfect symmetry, it is the result of countless hours of training and constant adaptation. As the pair explain in the short film above, David is constantly taking cues from his guide Jerome, fine tuning the run from the gun to the finish line. We learn how adaptation has turned these two powerful individuals into an unstoppable team.

David Brown’s story is one of overcoming the odds. A three-time gold medalist, two-time record breaker and the first totally blind athlete to run 100m in under 11 seconds, his story transcends sport. To say he is an inspiration is putting it lightly.

Continue reading now:  https://www.on-running.com/en-us/athletes/david-brown-and-jerome-avery


TRAIN LIKE DAVID

David does the bulk of his training in the On Cloudstratus and On Cloudflow shoes.

David Brown On Cloudstratus

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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 Sustainability

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

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On Cloudstratus Sustainability

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

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ON CREWNECK

Sustainability On Apparel

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

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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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SUPERFEET ADAPT RUN MAX – COMING SOON

 

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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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