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GO FOR THE W: WIN WITH NUTRITION

“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 Nutrition

WIN WITH NUTRITION

As runners and endurance athletes, sports nutrition is an essential part of your success in training and racing. Finding the nutrition that works for YOU is a process of trial and error.

The JackRabbit team has compiled a list of the top-selling sports nutrition including gels, bars, chews and hydration mixes to help you “Win with Nutrition” this season. Check out the top nutrition products from Maurten, GU, Nuun and more!

SHOP SPORTS NUTRITION

Gels from Maurten and GU

Gels pack energy-dense calories in easy-to-carry packet to help sustain energy demands for daily training and competition. Shop the top energy gels from Maurten, GU and more!

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Bars from Honey Stinger & UCAN

Raise the bar with great tasting and nutritious energy bars to keep you moving through your day or or workout. Shop top-selling bars from Honey Stinger, UCAN and more!

Win with Nutrition - Bars

 

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Chews from Honey Stinger & Medterra

Take a bite out of these tasty chews for a dose of carbohydrates and electrolytes before or mid-run to help get you going. Shop best selling chews from Honey Stinger and other brands!

 

SHOP CHEWS

 

Hydration from Nuun and Maurten

Easy-to-mix and great tasting hydration products keep you fueled for the long workouts. Check out the top-selling hydration products from Maurten, Nuun and more!

Win with Nutrition

 

SHOP DRINKS

Hydration Accessories from Nathan & Hydro Flask

You’ve got the gels, bars and drinks – now it’s time to carry them with ease. Shop the best-rated hydration accessories from Nathan, Hydro Flask and more!

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GO FOR THE W: WIN WITH RUNNING

“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 Run

WIN WITH RUNNING

JackRabbit wants to help you “Win with Running” by providing you the best gear, apparel and footwear to accomplish your goals. Check out top carbon-plated footwear from Saucony and Nike, best-selling socks from Feetures and Balega, and top trail footwear from HOKA and Altra. Go for the “W” this summer by taking your run to the next level!

SHOP RUN

Race Ready Footwear from Saucony & Nike

You’ve done the training, now chase that PR at your next race in these race-ready footwear picks. Check out the latest carbon-plated footwear from Saucony and Nike.

Win with Run Race Day Footwear

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Run Socks from Feetures and Balega

You can never have too many socks! Keep your feet happy (and dry) with these best-selling socks from Feetures and Balega.

Win with Run Socks

 

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Trail-Ready Footwear from HOKA and Altra

Look good and feel good on the trails this summer with these fast and stylish trail shoes from HOKA and Altra, including the new Hoka One One Anacapa and Zinal.

Win With Run Trail

 

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Insoles from Currex and Superfeet

For runners who need some extra comfort or stability in your shoes – shop the top insoles from Currex and Superfeet.

Win With Run Insoles

 

SHOP RUNNING INSOLES

 

Top Apparel from Saucony and On

Look good, feel good. Be seen this summer in brand new apparel picks from Saucony and On.

Win with Run Apparel

 

SHOP RUNNING APPAREL

Best-Selling Accessories from Garmin & Nathan

No stone left unturned. Turn your run up a notch with the latest tech, hydration and running accessories from Garmin and Nathan.

Win with Run Accessories

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SHOP ALL WIN WITH RUNNING PRODUCTS

Next up, Win with Nutrition! JackRabbit has all the bars, gels, drink mixes and mores to help you take your nutrition to the next level and “Go for the W”. 

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THE SAUCONY ENDORPHIN COLLECTION

Saucony Endorphin Collection

When Saucony unveiled its Endorphin Collection of shoes in 2020, runners of all ability levels were delighted with the cushy, energetic feeling that the Endorphin Shift, Endorphin Speed and Endorphin Pro provided for everyday training, up-tempo workouts and all-out racing.

It has updated each of those models for 2021 and added the lively and durable Endorphin Trail to the mix this year. Each of the four shoes in the collection is uniquely designed to provide the right amount of comfort, support, energy and speed for all of the running you do.

Saucony Endorphin Collection

Saucony Endorphin Shift 2

$139.95 | Soft, Stable Everyday Training Shoe

Offering an ideal combination of speed, comfort and structure, the Endorphin Shift 2 is maximally cushioned everyday training shoe that helps reduce the stress of running while giving you a spark of energy in every stride. If you’re the type of runner that appreciates soft, comfortable and effortless running with subtle support, lace up pair of Endorphin Shift 2 as your go-to training shoe.

The Endorphin Shift is a lightweight, smooth-riding, neutral-oriented shoe that gives off a soft, enjoyable vibe. It’s built on a lofty bed of PWRRUN cushioning, with built-in ride-stabilizing features and Saucony’s convex Speedroll geometry that guide and propel your stride with continuous momentum. With its supportive and breathable mesh upper, you can look forward to more comfortable, feel-good runs every day of the week.

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Saucony Endorphin Collection

Saucony Endorphin Speed 2

$159.95 | Versatile, Fast-Pace Workout Shoe

Soft, lively and bouncy, the Endorphin Speed 2 offer limitless energy and versatility for every type of running you do. You can wear it for slow and easy long runs and recovery runs, fast-paced workouts and tempo runs and even on race day.

The secret sauce of Endorphin Speed 2 is the combination of the highly responsive PWRRUN PB midsole foam and how the semi-firm curvy nylon plate and rockered Speedroll geometry helps create seemingly effortless forward propulsion. The Endorphin Speed 2 has been slightly updated a new mono-mesh upper made from recycled materials, a snugger fit in the heel, anti-slip laces and some soft, suede detailing.

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Saucony Endorphin Pro 2

$199.95 | Race-Day PR-Shattering Shoe

If you want to aim for a new PR in the 10K, half marathon or marathon, pull the Endorphin Pro from your arsenal and hang on for dear life. It’s an extremely energetic and wickedly fast shoe that is almost guaranteed to help you lower your times.

The Endorphin Pro 2 is a neutral-oriented, top-tier long-distance racing shoe built on a light and lively PWRUN PB midsole that’s embedded with a curvy carbon-fiber plate that enhances forward propulsion as you engage the rockered Speedroll geometry. It’s a featherweight and hyper-fast PR machine and an ideal choice for your next race. It was updated ever-so-slightly with more heel support, anti-slip laces for a more reliable fit and a new perforated mesh upper material for enhanced breathability.

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Saucony Endorphin Trail

$159.95 | Versatile and Electric Trail Shoe

With all of the best qualities of a road shoe captured in a trail runner, the Endorphin Trail will let you blaze paths to new adventures in animated comfort. With a soft and energetic midsole and reliable traction and protection, it’s a versatile shoe intended for both long adventure races and racing on a wide range of terrain.

A brand new shoe for 2021, the Endorphin Trail brings the same electric feeling to the trials as the Endorphin Speed 2 and Endorphin Pro 2 models bring to the roads. It’s built on a responsive but stable PWRRUN PB midsole chassis enhanced with Saucony’s Speedroll geometry that put a spring in your step going uphill and a soft cushy feeling as you cruise downhills.

There’s not interior rock plate, but it does have a quick-fit trail sleeve that provides a sock-like fit and also keeps trail debris at bay. The sticky rubber outsole features an array of medium-depth directional lugs that can handle mud, loose gravel, soft dirt and rugged rocks.

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BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS: AN INTERVIEW WITH LATOYA SNELL

Interview with Latoya Snell

We recently sat down with HOKA athlete Latoya Snell. We talked sport, the importance of authenticity, and breaking down the barriers of stereotyping and online criticism in the running space.

WHO IS LATOYA

Interview with Latoya Snell

First and foremost, Latoya is an artist. Through the lens of art, she has been able to achieve recognition in a multitude of spaces. She is a trained chef, journalist, speaker, plus-size-athletes advocate, LGBTQIA community member, podcast host, ultrarunner, content creator, and multi-sport athlete.

Those spaces might seem very different from each other, but Latoya believes they all have one thing in common.

“All of this is just artistry. When I look at running…that’s all this is. When I look at food, that’s artistry. When I talk to people and I listen to their stories, that’s artistry. It doesn’t matter what space I tap into. I’m always looking for the art.”

Art requires authenticity. Latoya understands the hard truth that authenticity requires vulnerability, which opens the door to criticism. In order to be true to herself, she has had to accept that criticism no matter the space she is in.

BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS: CRITICISM

What makes Latoya such a dynamic, interesting, colorful, successful person is her daily choice to wade her way through all the criticism and stay true to her authentic self. She recognizes the value of the powerful connections you can make when you are your most authentic. And her ever-growing number of supporters are proof that her authenticity is powerful and valued by her community.

BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS: STEREOTYPING

Latoya is no stranger to having to fight stereotyping. Since her emergence into the spotlight of the running world, she has had to deal with comments about her size. She has had to listen to comments about how her size does not conform to the stereotypical runners body. Comments like “It’s just not healthy being that size” & “It’s just not possible to be a runner when you are that size.” It is important to note that she has raced well over 200 races in her career, consisting of a large range of distances, and raced 35 of them in the year of 2019 alone.

Interview with Latoya Snell

BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS: FALSE FRIENDS

Even though she has won international recognition in the running space, Latoya still understands the importance of providing authentic support to the online running community on even the smallest level. She has been approached by fans mid-race who have asked for her help getting them to the finish line.

“Listen, we will hold hands together if we have to. We are going to make it across the finish line” she told one athlete who approached her during a marathon.

She even offered up her own race fuel to the athlete. Those types of connections matter so much more than the online trolling she receives every week. All too often, she has experienced an array of praise from folks who are too quick to turn their backs on her as soon as she breaks the mold of who they think she needs to be.

ADVICE FOR READERS

There are still too many athletes out there who do not feel comfortable or accepted in the running space, whether it be due to their size, shape, sexual orientation, background, race, or anything else. To those who struggle with online criticism, the commentary is something you cannot control. You cannot control what people say about you, but you CAN control the narrative that it creates.

“People think that in order to be body positive you have to smile through all of the criticism. No. I think that people should be allowed to sit with that and think about it for a minute and recognize being hurt. And that is a part of the process. Be okay with being hurt and acknowledge how that made you feel. Think to yourself, is any of what they said true? I think we need that moment of honesty with ourselves. We grow up in America to be taught to brush it off and move on. When you do that you lose honesty with yourself and the ability to be vulnerable.” 

The more vulnerable you are, the more meaningful your connections with others will be. That is how you will find your community and sense of belonging in the running space–or any space for that matter.

RAPID FIRE – I SAY, YOU SAY

Favorite Shoe — Hoka Arahi 5 and the Clifton Edge

Road or Trail — Road

Favorite Distance — Ultra’s

Favorite season — Fall

Next career goal — Triathlons

Book You’re Reading Right Now‘The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food: A Cookbook’ by Marcus Samuelsson

Favorite book‘The Color of Water’ by James McBride

Favorite Seasoning — Garlic

Current food obsession — Salmon

WHAT’S LATOYA CURRENTLY RUNNING IN?

HOKA Clifton 8

ARAHI 5

CLIFTON EDGE

 

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MIDNIGHT RUNNERS X REEBOK SYMMETROS REVIEW

 

Reebok Symmetros Review

Bobby, Anthony and Jeremy are runners part of the group, Midnight Runners of NYC. They each gave us their thoughts and feedback after running in the Reebok Symmetros running shoe.

WHO ARE THE MIDNIGHT RUNNERS?

The Midnight Runners are a global running crew, with a passion for music, fun at fitness.

Below is an interview with three of the Midnight Runners of NYC and their reviews of the Reebok Symmetros running shoe.

WHAT KIND OF RUNNER ARE YOU?

Bobby: I’d consider myself a “competitive casual” runner. I don’t officially compete anymore but running track at college definitely made me view running in a more serious light, which has stuck with me through the years.

Anthony: I only started running regularly in 2017. I’m definitely more of a “lifestyle runner” vs living a “runner lifestyle”. It’s my social circle and preferred mode of physical activity. I care about my races and paces, but I’m not too stressed about it. All of my vacations are races.

Jeremy: I am almost exclusively a non-competitive marathon runner. On average, I have run 3-5 marathons each year for the past decade. Occasionally, I will “race” a 5k/10k/half marathon, but as part of a marathon training program.

 

WHAT TYPE OF RUNNING/DISTANCE/MILES PER WEEK IS THE REEBOK SYMMETROS BEST FOR?

Bobby: I think it’s a very good mid distance shoe. I wouldn’t sprint in it and would probably want something a bit lighter for really heavy mileage, but I think it’s really nice for anything from the 5k-8/10 miles. I actually wear it to almost every Midnight Runners Bootcamp.

Anthony: I think it’s ideal for medium distances and seems like a good daily trainer. It is really comfortable and light for everyday paces. Actually, pretty ideal for most Midnight Runners distances!

Jeremy: Quicker running up to 10k/session on roads. I would feel comfortable logging up to 20 miles/week in the shoe.

Reebok Symmetros Review

WOULD YOU USE THIS FOR TRAINING/RACING/TRACK/ALL OF THE ABOVE?

Bobby: Training / track for longer repeats would be good. For me, it’s a nice road warrior shoe that stands up to the miles but isn’t too bulky to slow you down.

Anthony: Daily trainer, maybe casual racing. It’s perhaps a smidge too heavy for what I want as a racer, but I can see this being great for a lot of racers who are a bit more casual than me. Light upper is noticeable vs the FFEs, which helps push it to a casual racer.

Jeremy: I am using the shoe for speedier sessions, like Midnight Runners Bootcamp, but I would prefer a lighter shoe for track and racing.

HOW DOES IT FIT?

Bobby: Good fit! It is pretty true to size. My favorite part is the heel cup and back, which is really nice and prevents your foot from sliding back in the shoe when digging hard with speed.

Anthony: I feel it is a little tighter in the medial forefoot. I haven’t run enough in them to be able to decide whether that’s “supportive” or “too small”. I’m keeping an eye out to make sure I don’t end up pronating. Feels more supportive than the FFEs but at the same time feels more comfortable without being weighed down.

Jeremy: Fits well! The shoe offers enough support to keep my knees and ankles from aching but is light enough to allow me to run faster than marathon pace.

REEBOK SYMMETROS

Check out the Reebok Symmetros for yourself by shopping the men’s and women’s versions below

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FIND YOUR FIT: BEST SHOES FOR LONG RUNS

Best Running Shoes for Long Runs

LONG RUNS: WHY THEY ARE IMPORTANT

If you look at most traditional marathon training plans, odds are you will find a scheduled weekly long run in there, usually topping off at about 20 miles at the peak of the training cycle. It’s important for your body to build up its aerobic endurance in order to perform well on race day. Long runs also help teach your body how to be more efficient in its energy usage and oxygen processing. This education of the body through high-mileage workouts is great for every runner, not just folks training for longer races like a marathon.

While there are many benefits to adding a longer workout to your weekly training repertoire, there are a few things you have to watch out for. 

While we focus on building leg strength and aerobic endurance through adding on the miles, we must not forget who is taking the pounding the most with every step: YOUR FEET! 

As you add on the miles, your feet need all the help they can get to help cushion the impact of every stride. Which brings us to your choice in footwear…

FIND YOUR FIT FOR YOUR LONG RUN

Not all shoes are built for the same distance. Some shoes are lighter and made for tempo runs and short distance races. Some shoes have carbon-fiber woven into the midsole for snappy transitions in long-distance racing. And some shoes have an extra amount of cushioning built into the midsole for when you want to crank out a high-mileage workout.

A max-cushion shoe is the perfect choice for anyone looking to run 8+ miles in a single stretch. Here are our top picks for your go-to long run shoe.

BEST RUNNING SHOES FOR LONG RUNS 2021

Check out the list of the Best Running Shoes for long runs in 2021 below!

HOKA BONDI 7

Hoka Bondi 7 - Cushion

HOKA is no stranger to the idea of high-cushion running shoes. But if you really want to go all-out and give your feet the luxury they deserve, then look no further than the Hoka Bondi 7. 

The Bondi 7 is HOKA’s highest-cushion shoe, weighing in at 10.7oz — that means even more material between your foot and the ground. It also comes with a newly updated plush heel collar, made from ultra-soft memory foam. If you are gonna be in those bad boys for 60+ minutes, you might as well be as comfortable as possible right?

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HOKA Mach 4Men's HOKA Mach 4 Shoe Review

While we are on the subject of HOKA, we would be remise if we didnt mention to the new darling style that is quickly becoming everyones favorite: The HOKA Mach 4

This 4th generation model has taken several leaps forward in its design and performance capability. The Mach 4 is designed for logging long miles, BUT has the responsiveness and energy return of a high-quality race shoe. Weighing in at only 6.77oz, this trainer might just be the best speed shoe for long runs we have seen in awhile. 

If you are someone looking to test your speed at longer distances on a weekly basis, the HOKA Mach 4 is your best bet. 

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NEW BALANCE 1080v11New Balance 1080 v11 - women's

Speaking of LUXURY… the ultra-premium NEW BALANCE 1080v11 is NB’s answer to the question of how to best protect your feet from high-mileage activity.

Containing their Fresh Foam material, the impact of each step feels less intense and harsh on the foot. Plus, they have made their knit upper even more breathable and even stretchier than the last version, meaning your foot feels the love all around.

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ON CLOUDULTRAOn Cloudultra

ON’s solution to protecting your feet on long runs is manifested in their high-mileage trail shoe, the ON Cloudultra

What makes this shoe so unique is the the double the amount of Helion superfoam to help cushion every stride on your ultra-distance runs.

More clouds, more cushioning, more run. 

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ASICS GEL-NIMBUS 23

ASICS Nimbus 23

Positioned as their go-to trainer for long-run impact absorption, the ASICS Gel-Nimbus 23 is a perfect choice for logging lots of miles. Only weighing in at 9.2oz, the shoe’s use of the ASICS GEL technology provides the shoe with sufficient shock absorption without the need for extra material. 

The Gel-Nimbus 23 also has gender-specific cushioning pillars, designed to provide optimized cushion placement for every runner.

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FOUND YOUR FIT?

Found the one that’s right for you in this list? AWESOME! If not, check out the JackRabbit Fit Finder

Now go forth and crank out all those miles!

 

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NIKE ZOOMX INVINCIBLE REVIEW

THE BUZZ

The Nike ZoomX Invincible can probably be considered Nike’s first modern max cushioned training shoe. (Remember, Nike invented that category with the Air Max shoes in the late 1980s!)

It’s a light, soft and responsive premium daily training with copious amounts of midsole cushioning and a wide, exaggerated shape in the forefoot for added stability.

It’s definitely one of the best training shoes for Spring/Summer 2021.

Nike ZoomX Invincible Review

WHAT’S NEW

Although the ZoomX foam isn’t new — it’s also in the top-tier Nike Vaporfly Next% racer — everything else about this shoe is new. Even without the carbon-fiber plate of its race-day cousin, there’s nothing quite like the feel and ride of this shoe’s thick layer of Zoom X super foam. The sock-like upper and reliable outsole round out this incredible high-mileage trainer.

With a rocker shape to the midsole platform, the ZoomX foam provides support for the three phases of a runner’s stride. It offers flexibility when your foot rises off the ground. It has a smooth ride when your foot is moving forward and cushioning at ground contact.

Despite the marshmallowy soft midsole, the ZoomX Invincible Run Flyknit is very stable. To combat any feeling of instability, Nike made two sections on the outside of the forefoot bulge out. This creates a very wide, stable base.

The ZoomX Invincible weighs in at about 9.5 oz. for a men’s size 9 (and 7.6 oz. for a women’s size 7). However, it actually feels much lighter, almost like a performance trainer. Thanks to the bounciness of the ZoomX foam, it’s one of those shoes that runs lighter than its spec weight. It is also lighter than how it feels in your hand before you put it on. 

FIT, FEEL, RIDE

The ZoomX Invincible fits true to size in an athletic/snug way that is similar to how other Nike shoes fit. It also has just enough room in the forefoot to allow toes to splay.

The step-in feel is luxurious, with plush padding all around. It has a gusseted tongue to create a bootie construction that contributes to the secure, locked-down fit. The ride is buttery soft, smooth and somewhat bouncy, starting with a very cushy feeling at the moment your foot hits the ground.

Then there’s an energetic sensation. This allows it to easily roll through the midstance phase of a stride to the extra-wide forefoot for a feeling of stability as it enters the toe-off phase.

There’s not as much “feel” for the ground as some less-cushioned training shoes, but the excess cushioning doesn’t make it feel bulky or heavy. It feels light, bouncy, flexible and free. 

Nike ZoomX Invincible Review

WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Runners who appreciate soft, max-cushioned shoes will love the ZoomX Invincible Run Flyknit. It’s accommodating and comfortable at slower to moderate speeds and light and springy enough for running up-tempo paces.

It’s not a speed burner or a fast race-day shoe, but it can handle long runs with aplomb. All runners will love it for the forgiving, comfortable and energetic ride.

Nike ZoomX Invincible Review

PROS: NIKE ZOOMX INVINCIBLE

The evolved Flyknit upper is strong, durable and fits like a stretchy sock, keeping your foot secure with every stride. It has high-breathability zones where your feet heat up the most. 

ZoomX foam might not be as durable as other midsole materials. However, our wear-testers didn’t find any signs of wear and tear after about 100 miles of running in this shoe. The full-length rubber outsole and the smooth ride of this shoe should allow it to last for 400 miles or more.

The flexible, full-length rubber outsole has an array of miniature knobby lugs that grip the ground well and add both a touch of softness and spring in every stride. It doesn’t have any flex grooves like a lot of other shoes, but that doesn’t seem to inhibit the ride because the layer of rubber is so thin.

Nike ZoomX Invincible Review

CONS: NIKE ZOOMX INVINCIBLE

The tongue is well-padded but a little too short so it tends to slide slightly downwards during runs. But otherwise, the ZoomX Invincible Run Flyknit is a top-notch shoe.

TECH SPECS

Nike ZoomX Invincible Tech Specs

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MIZUNO WAVE INSPIRE 17 REVIEW

THE BUZZ

The Mizuno Wave Inspire has always been a durable, stability-enhancing shoe built with a good blend of comfort, shock absorption and support. The Mizuno Wave Inspire 17 is a mid-weight everyday trainer with remarkable cushioning, a plush step-in feel, semi-firm support and exceptional breathability.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 17 Reivew

WHAT’S NEW

The Wave Inspire 17 has been overhauled since last year. The changes are all good, starting with the addition of the new ENERZY foam wedge under the heel. ENERZY is a durable midsole compound that delivers excellent softness and rebound.

The ENERZY midsole foam below the Wave plate is 17 percent softer and returns 15 percent more energy than previous midsole compounds. This gives the shoe a smoother transition after the heel impacts the ground. A slab of lightweight, resilient U4ic foam remains on top of the Wave plate and the combination of all of it.This results in optimal shock reduction, long-lasting durability and a smoother ride.

Other updates include a semi-malleable TPU fan-shaped Wave plate in the midsole for softer stability. Also, it features a new lightweight engineered mesh upper for a cleaner look, better fit and enhanced breathability.

Another small but significant update is the addition of more ground contact in the outsole. There’s full ground contract from heel to toe under the medial side of the shoe. A slightly wider footprint, vertical decoupling in the middle of the heel and three small flex grooves under the forefoot all play key roles in the balance and stability of this shoe.

FIT, FEEL, RIDE

The Wave Inspire has always had a soft, comfortable and secure fit. That remains for the 17th edition, only slightly better this time around.

It fits true to size and secure with a medium width and interior volume throughout, only with a slightly more snug feeling in the toe box than some similar shoes. (It’s available in two widths for men and women.)

The step-in feel is comfortable and plush, with notable cushiness along the footbed, under the tongue and around the heel collar.

The ride has been dramatically improved in this version of the Wave Inspire. The shoe has designed to be softer and smoother without losing its penchant for performance. 

Mizuno Wave Inspire 17 Reivew

WHO IT’S BEST FOR

The Wave Inspire 17 is designed to be a workhorse trainer for overpronating runners who need a bit of support. It’s a great shoe for long runs, recovery runs and moderately fast tempo runs.

New runners will love the uplifting stability in every stride. Experienced runners will appreciate that support in the final miles of a long run. It might not be the best choice for a half marathon or marathon. However, it’s certainly a great training tool that can help get you to race day.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 17 Reivew

PROS: MIZUNO WAVE INSPIRE 17

The chassis gets its stable feeling from a softer fan-shaped Wave plate embedded in the medial side of the midsole, a secure heel counter and supportive overlays on each side of the upper.

For many years, the Inspire was a performance-oriented everyday trainer with a distinctly firm feeling under foot. Even though it always had a soft, plush interior, the Wave Inspire was on the stiffer end of the spectrum and, as a result, heel-toe transitions felt quite rigid. But this year’s version has a softer, more flexible and more energetic demeanor.

The exquisite, double-layered engineered mesh upper incorporates Waveknit technology with an embossed Mizuno logo. This mesh contributes to the fit, hold and lateral support of the shoe. The relatively low-volume fit in the forefoot gives the shoe an important-oriented feel. 

The bottom line? Mizuno has made this shoe more accessible to more runners, more comfortable and more fun to wear out on a run. And if that’s not a good reason to check it out, what else do you need?

Mizuno Wave Inspire 17 Reivew

CONS: MIZUNO WAVE INSPIRE 17

The Inspire 17 is slightly heavier and not quite as cushy compared to some of its contemporaries among everyday stability trainers.

TECH SPECS

Wave Inspire 17 Tech Specs

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GIFT GUIDE: TOP MEN’S ATHLEISURE WEAR

Whether you’re lounging on the couch, exploring the great outdoors, or (safely!) embarking on some urban adventures, refreshing your wardrobe with top men’s athleisure wear is a great way to stay comfy and stylish this winter.

Check out top athleisure wear for men on JackRabbit.com – they make great gifts for the guys on your list, and they also are great for treating yourself!

Take a look as resident style guru Chase walks us through three of his favorite athleisure outfits for the season.

Chase standing out in the Sand Dunes national park with text saying 'my top athleisure outfits by chase hawes'

Hi there, I’m Chase, the creative director at JackRabbit.  Aside from being creative in front of my (three!!) monitors all day, I love having fun with my wardrobe and putting together fun and fashionable looks.  Athleisure is having a big moment, and as someone who enjoys some outdoor activity and (a lot) of downtime relaxing, it’s the perfect mix of modern style and couch-to-outdoor comfort.

I love mixing my personal pieces and jewelry with high-quality athleisure gear to create unique looks that express my personality.  I’ve put together three looks I love, and have plenty of recommendations for gear that you or that special guy on your list are sure to love.  I hope you find some inspiration!

A Pop of Color!

For obvious reasons, those of us at JackRabbit LOVE the color red!  There’s a lot of red gear out this season, and I’ve used it to add some head-to-toe pops of color in my fun and cozy outfit.

For starters, I’ve grabbed a red Adidas beanie from my personal (and very large, I might add) collection of hats, and I’ve layered a long-sleeve Rhone shirt with red sleeve details over a bright red Alo yoga hoodie. 

two stacked photos of chase with his arms crossed showing the color details of the sleeves, and one of him unzipping the red nike hip pack

I’ve slipped into some super comfortable heather grey Vuori Ponto Performance pants (and cuffed them, because I’m short!).  Add in a red Nike Heritage Hip pack, and a bright red pair of the Nike Infinity React, and we’re ready to roll!

A Cozy Autumn Look

Fall is my favorite season – the temperatures begin to drop (great for my love of layering), the leaves change colors, a nice hot cup of tea every morning, and the occasional firing up of the fireplace.

I’ve started with (yet another) Adidas beanie from my collection in a burgundy color, and paired it with a fall-colored On Weather Jacket, layered over a cozy heather white tee from my closet.  I’ve added a pair of dark charcoal gray Vuori Sunday Performance joggers, and my personal favorite sneakers, the On Cloudflow 2.0 in a fun fall colorway. Granted, they’re next to me on the couch – don’t want sneakers on my table! So I’ve got on a cozy pair of JackRabbit No Show Tab socks as well.

two photos side by side - one of the On cloudflow sneakers, and one of the chest detail of the On weather jacket

I’ve thrown on some of my personal gold jewelry, and we’re on our way!  I recently wore this outfit out to the Sand Dunes National Park here in Colorado, but I also love to wear it lounging around the house cuddled up with a good book.

A Warm Winter Wardrobe

It’s getting cold out there!  However, it’s still a great time to be outdoors – and you can layer up and be stylish at the same time.

I’ve started with (you guessed it – an Adidas beanie!) in a muted orange color that I picked up from my local Boulder Running Company store, and paired it with a modern Nike graphic tee.  

two photos side by side - one is a detail shot of the Terra Kiger shoes and the other is a back view of the hood of the jacket detail

I’ve layered a New Balance Heat Tech jacket on top, slipped into some warm and sturdy Rhone Guru Pants, and paired it with a seasonally-colored pair of the Nike Terra Kiger 6 trail shoes – great for hitting your local trails or crunching leaves in the city.

Be Yourself!

I love to mix brands, colors, styles, and gear from my closet with hot new gear from JackRabbit – and I feel like I’m comfortable, stylish, and putting my unique style and personality on full display (even when it’s just me at home alone – remember to socially distance!) I highly recommend these pieces and many more we have available – either spruce up your own wardrobe, or get some great gifts for the guys on your list who value being cozy and stylish at the same time.  They’ll be sure to love it.

Happy lounging!

animated gif of Chase throwing leaves at the camera