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FIND YOUR FIT: SAVING THE PLANET

SUSTAINABILITY IN THE RUNNING INDUSTRY

Sustainability in the Running Industry

RUNNING SUSTAINABLY

Protect Our Winters, Runners for Public Lands, Native Womens Wilderness are just a few organizations promoting outdoor activity while simultaneously promoting sustainably-minded practices.

It’s no secret that climate change is happening – and as runners, we tend to notice changes within our environments rather quickly. Whether it be more air pollution (hello, Denver!), decrease in annual snowfall or even dangerous increases in precipitation and rain. 

However, running sustainably means more than just wearing plastic-free and recycled gear. Sustainability starts at the beginning of the production process, ensuring workers have fair wages, human rights, benefits and more. Below are some of our brand partners that are focused on both sustainable products and human rights.

SUSTAINABLY SOURCED:  Our definition: Materials that have little to no impact on the environment, including production process and post-consumption.

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POWERED BY PLANTS WITH REEBOK

Reebok has sustainability locked-in when it comes to sustainability practices by releasing their [REE]GROW and [REE]CYCLED lines of footwear and apparel. Employing eucalyptus bark, castor bean oil, bloom algae, natural rubber and recycled polyester into their manufacturing has allowed Reebok to stay ‘ahead of the thread’. 

Sustainable products available: Reebok Floatride Energy 3.0, Reebok Forever Floatride Grow

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ICEBREAKER MERINO SECRETS

For over 25 years, Icebreaker has led the way in outdoor sustainability apparel. Their secret? Dedication to sustainable methods…and their fan-favorite Merino wool. What is Merino?

 “Merino is super lightweight, soft, non-itchy, non-clammy, warm in the cold and cool in the heat. Plus, it has a miraculous ability to resist odor. Because it was made in the mountains rather than in a petrochemical laboratory. Merino wool fiber is naturally renewable, recyclable and biodegradable*.”

They have lofty goals of using only 100% natural fibers (goodbye, plastic!) by 2023. Beyond their materials, they look at the intersectionality of their workers + what sustainability means. We’re happy to have partners like them who exceed industry averages in labor practices, hours, wages, benefits and more. Learn more about their dedication to human rights here.

We’re happy to be able to sell a variety of icebreaker Merino apparel.

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QUICK SUSTAINABILITY TIP

Have shoes you no longer wear? Visit your local running store and ask if they have a donation bin for used shoes.

ABOUT THE LOOP

What is the loop? The loop is in reference to the lifecycle of a product. Instead of it going from production to business to consumer to waste, in a loop system the product is able to stay out of the landfill and looped back into recycling or other uses.

Adidas Sustainability

ADIDAS THREE LOOP STRATEGY

“Through sport, we have the power to change lives”

The team at adidas has a strong understanding of what it means to play for the environment. The were the first in the industry to bring eco-innovations to the mass market. They are founding members of Better Cotton, Leather Working Group and the Fair Labor Association. Their commitment has allowed adidas to pave a clear path for others to follow. Working toward a circular model (where products can be recycled, returned or remade once the user no longer needs it) has brought them to their Three Loop Strategy – Made with recycled materials, Made to be remade, Made to regenerate.

We’re proud to carry part of the adidas Parley collection. These adidas styles take plastic from the ocean and turns it into best-selling footwear.

Adidas sustainability: adidas TERREX Parley Agravic apparel

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ON CIRCULAR PRODUCT

The founders of On have always talked about growing up in the Swiss mountains. As such, they’ve always had an extreme appreciation for the natural world around them.

Enter the On sustainability model.

Firstly, taking into account materials – their studies showed that materials used in their industry is responsible for up to 80% of their footprint, meaning these would be top of mind.

Secondly, it’s known that the apparel and footwear industries, that On is also part of, make up roughly 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Thirdly, they believe the future of product is a circular economy and that they have the power to make it so.

On admits they have a long road ahead of them. With that, they have joined CEO4Climate, an initiative for Swiss businesses that are pushing the Swiss government to adopt a progressive climate policy. 

On Sustainability: Trail Tights, Running Shorts, Active Shorts, Tights Long, Insulator Jacket

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RUNNING: SUSTAINABILITY CHOICES

When it comes to finding our movement through sustainable choices, running footwear and apparel are an easy first step to take. With all of the options available today, the team at JackRabbit is excited to carry top sustainable footwear and apparel brands, making them readily accessible for our customers.

It’s time to commit; time to shop sustainably.

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ADIDAS ULTRABOOST 21 REVIEW

THE BUZZ

From its inception in 2015, the Adidas Ultraboost has been a maximally cushioned training shoe built on a thick, lively platform of extremely resilient Boost midsole cushioning. The Adidas Ultraboost 21 is the cushiest and most responsive version yet, serving up a springy ride that returns considerable energy in every stride.

Adidas Ultraboost 21 Review

WHAT’S NEW

The Ultraboost 21 has 6 percent more Boost foam in the midsole. It features an updated torsion system and rocker geometry that enhances forefoot stiffness by 15% for an even more responsive run.

In addition, the upper has been enhanced with a tighter and stiffer knit pattern to improve its fit and feel. The new, slightly wider overall footprint improves its stability and balance.

The compressive knit upper is made from a mesh material called PrimeKnit+, which contains 75 percent Primeblue yarns. It’s essentially a stretchy, full-bootie construction bolstered by a soft plastic exoskeleton cage. The cage wraps the saddle and an elf-like flare off the back of the heel to ease tension on the Achilles tendon.

Adidas has shown a huge commitment to sustainability with its marquee shoes. About 50 percent of the materials in the Ultraboost 21 are made from Primeblue yarn. This is a high-performance recycled material made from Parley Ocean Plastic recovered from the sea. Just as important, no virgin polyester was used in this shoe.

FIT, FEEL, RIDE

The Ultraboost 21 fits true to size with a medium-volume interior. It has a slightly more spacious heel and forefoot. This creates a locked-down feeling through the midfoot thanks to a soft plastic exoskeleton cage. This cage engages the Adidas “three stripes” logo and the lacing system. The step-in feeling is luxurious, both from the plus interior padding, the premium footbed and the soft maximally cushioned midsole that feels like a bed of bouncy rubber marshmallows. 

That sensation is accentuated when you’re running. The thick cushioning in the heel reduces ground impact shock and starts the process of rolling the foot forward. Once the new torsion system under the arch is engaged, it creates a gentle but distinct rolling sensation of being propelled forward toward toe-off. Ultimately, the Ultraboost 21 is a slightly heavier, well-cushioned trainer with a comfortable upper, responsive midsole and vivacious ride.

Adidas Ultraboost 21 Review

WHO IT’S BEST FOR

The Ultraboost 21 is a soft, lively everyday trainer that provides long-haul comfort and consistent flow in every mile. It doesn’t have the pep for faster workouts or races, but it’s ideal choice for long runs, recovery runs and moderately fast tempo runs.

Runners who appreciate maximally cushioned neutral shoes with enormous energy return will really love the Ultraboost 21. Taller and bigger runners will appreciate the proficient shock-absorption in every stride. Smaller runners or runners who like to “feel” the ground might find the midsole to be excessively thick.

Adidas Ultraboost 21 Review

PROS: ADIDAS ULTRABOOST 21

Our wear-testing runs determined that the Ultraboost 21 seems to help improve the recovery process after a long run. Normally it takes several days to recover from a two-hour training run. However, our wear-testers reported having fresh legs just a day or two after logging a moderately paced 15-miler.

There is a new Linear Energy Push torsion system embedded in the bottom of the midsole. This is essentially a curvy hard plastic plate with a two-pronged design that stretches from the midfoot to the forefoot. This system adds notable stiffness that works in conjunction with the shoe’s rocker geometry and Boost foam to promote forward prolusion.

The outsole feature three types of rubber with soft, medium and hard densities that combine to provide optimal traction, durability and flex.

Interestingly, Ultraboost shoes have always had amazing street cred. This is thanks to celebs like Kanye West, Carrie Underwood, Kylie Jenner, Jessica Alba, Meghan Markle and Sarah Michelle Gellar wearing these kicks casually or with athleisure apparel. And let’s face it, there’s no other running shoes that look good with a pair of jeans and a T-shirt.

Adidas Ultraboost 21 Review

CONS: ADIDAS ULTRABOOST 21

The biggest drawback of the Ultraboost 21 from a running point of view is the weight. No matter how you slice it, 11.9 ounces (for a men’s size 9.0), is a pretty heavy load to carry through every stride, even with the amazing energy return.

For slower to medium-paced runs, it serves up a flowy ride but it’s a challenge to run faster speeds for very long.

TECH SPECS

Adidas Ultraboost 21 Tech Specs

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