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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!

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New Test

We’re honoring Global Running Day in 2020 with the #JRGlobalMile. This year, JackRabbit is inviting the entire global running community to virtually come together to run on Global Running Day (June 3rd). We are asking all runners to run/walk/hike/skip 1 mile on Global Running Day.

This Global Mile will act as a symbol that although we can’t race together right now, we are still here to support each other, still here to push each other, and still here to inspire
each other no matter what happens.

As a celebration of our community remaining as strong and connected as ever, we are offering everyone who runs with us on Global Running Day a chance to win some fantastic prizes!

PRIZES FOR #JRGLOBALMILE

Prize Pack #1 ASICS footwear (up to $160 value), one piece of New Balance running apparel, one pair of feetures running socks, water bottle from Hydroflask, a pair of goodr sunglasses, UCAN protein drink mix

Prize Pack #2
New Balance footwear (up to $160 value), one piece of Nike apparel, one pair of stance running socks, a pair of goodr sunglasses, Addaday TYPE P PRO ROLLER

Prize Pack #3
Altra footwear (up to $160 value), one piece of running apparel from Under Armour, one pair of Balega running socks, water bottle from Hydroflask, a pair of goodr sunglasses, UCAN protein mix

HOW TO ENTER THE #JRGLOBALMILE

1. Join the JackRabbit Strava Club

2. Sign up for the GLOBAL MILE event on the JackRabbit Strava Club page

3. Lace up and run at least one mile on Global Running Day (6/3) and record it through Strava

4. Post a pic of your Global Mile run on your social media (static post in feed or IG story) and use the hashtag #JRGlobalMile

Prize winners will be picked at random from the pool of qualifying participants who shared a pic of their Global Mile. Winners announced the following day on June 4th!

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GLOBAL RUNNING DAY 2020

by JACKRABBIT | JUNE 2020

We’re honoring Global Running Day in 2020 with the #JRGlobalMile. This year, JackRabbit is inviting the entire global running community to virtually come together to run on Global Running Day (June 3rd). We are asking all runners to run/walk/hike/skip 1 mile on Global Running Day.

This Global Mile will act as a symbol that although we can’t race together right now, we are still here to support each other, still here to push each other, and still here to inspire
each other no matter what happens.

As a celebration of our community remaining as strong and connected as ever, we are offering everyone who runs with us on Global Running Day a chance to win some fantastic prizes!

PRIZES FOR #JRGLOBALMILE

Prize Pack #1
ASICS footwear (up to $160 value), one piece of New Balance running apparel, one pair of feetures running socks, water bottle from Hydroflask, a pair of goodr sunglasses, UCAN protein drink mix

Prize Pack #2 
New Balance footwear (up to $160 value), one piece of Nike apparel, one pair of stance running socks, a pair of goodr sunglasses, Addaday TYPE P PRO ROLLER

Prize Pack #3
Altra footwear (up to $160 value), one piece of running apparel from Under Armour, one pair of Balega running socks, water bottle from Hydroflask, a pair of goodr sunglasses, UCAN protein mix

HOW TO ENTER THE #JRGLOBALMILE

  1. Join the JackRabbit Strava Club
  2. Sign up for the GLOBAL MILE event on the JackRabbit Strava Club page
  3. Lace up and run at least one mile on Global
    Running Day (6/3) and record it through Strava
  4. Post a pic of your Global Mile run on your social media (static post in feed or IG story) and use the hashtag #JRGlobalMile

Prize winners will be picked at random from the pool of qualifying participants who shared a pic of their Global Mile.

Winners announced the following day on June 4th!

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REBOOT 2020

 

 

REBOOT 2020

by JACKRABBIT | JUNE 2020

 

CELEBRATING GLOBAL RUNNING DAY 2020
#JRGLOBALMILE

We can all agree 2020 has been a pretty strange year for everyone. So we’re hitting the re-start button this summer as a way to re-boot the New Year and start fresh again. 

Help us celebrate the “new normal” and whatever that means to you right now. Whether it’s setting a new personal fitness goal for the year, learning new things about yourself over the past few weeks, or just celebrating the small things in life that mean more now than ever before. 

At JackRabbit, we’re celebrating a new look and feel on JackRabbit.com with the launch of our new site design and experience, stores beginning to re-open across the country and of course, the opportunity to get back outside and into a slightly more normal adventure routine while still keeping a safe 6-ft distance!

Tell us how you’re rebooting 2020 and enter for the chance to win a summer prize pack including shoes, apparel and accessories to get you back out there this summer. Post a photo of your 2020 reboot on Instagram with the #JR2020reboot hashtag and tag @jackrabbit_original to be featured on our page!

 
 

 

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NEW BALANCE FRESH FOAM X COLLECTION

NEW BALANCE – FRESH FOAM X

by BRIAN METZLER  | APRIL 2020

THE NEW BALANCE FRESH FOAM X

There are a lot of components in a running shoe, but, in most cases, none is as notable as the foam midsole under your foot. If you have run in a few pairs of running shoes over the last few years, you’ll know that not all midsole
foams are made the same. But that’s not how it used to be.

From the mid-1970s (when running shoes were first built with layers of cushioning between the outsole and the footbed) until about 2010, most running shoes
featured a standard form of ethylene vinyl acetate, aka, EVA, which offered a moderate level of softness but not much resiliency, no matter what size the runner was or how their feet landed on the ground. Yes, some shoes used air
and gel packets and others had polyurethane inserts, but the main cushioning compound was typically EVA foam.

But then a midsole revolution started in 2010-2014 with several new types of foam—including Fresh Foam from
New Balance, Boost from Adidas and RMAT from Hoka, among others—that offered both plush cushioning and energetic rebound. 

The updated Fresh Foam X midsole foam is a modern version of EVA, a uniquely formulated compound injection molded in a heat press. It can be morphed to create single-layer midsole platforms that are either more or less supportive. The new formulation is softer, lighter,
livelier and can flex more dynamically than traditional EVA, so it can match or counteract the natural flex patterns of a runner’s feet.

New Balanced used data recorded from thousands of runners, and their engineers
and designers created concave and convex sidewall patterns and implemented laser engraving to alter levels of compression and resistance under impact as needed for either neutral or stability shoes. 

THE NEW BALANCE FRESH FOAM COLLECTION

There are a whole range of running shoe styles from New Balance featuring the Fresh Foam X midsole cushioning. From the classic, neutral-oriented 1080, the
lightweight, low-to-the-ground Tempo, the rugged and durable Hierro trail shoe, the maximally cushioned More, and the lightest of the Fresh Foam collection, the . 

Read on to learn which style in the New Balance Fresh
Foam X Collection is right for you. 

NEW BALANCE FRESH FOAM 1080 v9

Weights: 9.5 ounces (men’s size 9.0); 7.9 oz. (women’s size 7.0)
Heel-Toe Offset: 8mm (30mm heel, 22mm forefoot)

The Buzz: The luxuriously appointed, neutral-oriented New Balance 1080 trainer
is built for high-mileage training. This year’s edition has a new upper and a completely renovated midsole design with the softer, cushier and more energetic Fresh Foam X midsole foam. The new Hypoknit mesh upper is softer and stretchier
than the previous models and has fewer overlays, but it secures the foot better than previous editions.

New Balance didn’t rest on its laurels with one of its top-selling flagship shoes after 10 years. Instead, it broke the
mold and updated this premium high-mileage, neutral cruiser into a masterwork model that is lighter, has a better fit, feels more energetic and has a more striking appearance. The 10th edition of the 1080 the epitome of cutting-edge, data-driven
design, both for performance and aesthetics.

In a nutshell, the latest version of the New Balance 1080 has a more supportive fit, is much softer under
foot and serves up a much bouncier ride.

NEW BALANCE FRESH FOAM TEMPO

Weights: 8.5 ounces (men’s size 9.0); 6.4 oz. (women’s size 7.0)
Heel-Toe Offset: 6mm (24mm heel, 18mm forefoot)

The Buzz: The Tempo is a new model made with a data-to-design Fresh Foam X midsole to deliver responsive all-day comfort. The sleek, Hypoknit upper is constructed of performance-oriented engineered mesh with embroidery for a tuned, secure fit that offers
soft yet strategic support from heel to forefoot. 

The New Balance Tempo is a lightweight, low-profile shoe which carries over some of the agility and liveliness
of the Zante line. It features New Balance’s new trace fiber upper stitching—a similar look (and support function) to the 1080 v10—with a faster vibe geared for quick-cadence workouts. It can be an everyday trainer for advanced runners
or performance trainer for others.

NEW BALANCE FRESH FOAM MORE v2

Weights: 9.6 ounces (men’s size 9.0); 8.0 oz. (women’s size 7.0)
Heel-Toe Offset: 4mm (34mm heel, 30mm forefoot)

The Buzz: The New Balance Fresh Foam More v2 features the most amount of Fresh Foam X cushioning underfoot and delivers a soft, pillowy underfoot feel. A lightweight engineered mesh upper in combination with a 3D molded Ultra heel provides a reliably locked-down fit, arguably the
most stable ride among maximal shoes on the market. To reduce weight while maintaining a smooth ride, the More v2 features Fresh Foam X midsole foam with flex grooves in the forefoot and laser engravings on the lateral landing zone. 

The second edition of the Fresh Foam More serves up a softer and smoother ride. Although the Fresh Foam More is a neutral shoe, the midsole foam has
been engineered to be slightly firmer on the medial side and slightly more pliable on the lateral side to over a bit of stability for runners who mildly overpronate.

Only a few road running shoes have ever had this much plush
cushioning under foot. (The Hoka Bondi and Altra Duo are a few comparably cushioned shoes.) But unlike some high off-the-ground maximally cushioned shoes, the Fresh Foam More serves up a secure and stable ride without any side-to-side
wobbling.

NEW BALANCE FRESH FOAM HIERRO v5

Weights: 11.3 ounces (men’s size 9.0); 9.4 oz. (women’s size 7.0)
Heel-Toe Offset: 8mm (32mm heel, 24mm forefoot)

The Buzz: The New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro v5 delivers data-driven cushioning for off-road running, and it’s got one of the hottest looks of any shoe on the market. With a cushy and stable Fresh Foam X midsole and a grippy, Vibram Megagrip outsole, the reconfigured Hierro can tackle
moderate to intense terrain with aplomb. It offers trail-specific agility and protection and road-shoe comfort.

Whoever says it doesn’t matter what your trail running shoes look like haven’t worn the latest edition of the Fresh
Foam Hierro. This shoe is lit, and we’re not just talking about the eye-catching paint-splatter graphics package.

The updated version has a soft, gusseted tongue, an improved durable, mesh TPU-coated upper and a more secure
heel that helps ensure a locked-down fit and the inside of the shoe debris-free, while a reinforced toe bumper keeps your piggies safe.

And yes, we love the slick paint job, too.

NEW BALANCE FRESH FOAM 880 v10 

Weights: 10.3 ounces (men’s size 9.0); 8.9 oz. (women’s size 7.0)
Heel-Toe Offset: 10mm (28mm heel, 20mm forefoot)

The Buzz: The Fresh Foam 880v10 is an amazing rejuvenation of one of the most beloved performance silhouettes in the New Balance line. Updated with Fresh Foam X midsole foam technology to deliver durable, long-lasting cushioning with smoothness and responsiveness, it’s
a durable, energetic everyday trainer capable of running long or running fast.

A lightweight-yet-secure, stretchy Hypoknit mesh upper delivers a comfortable fit and breathable support without any hassles. The soft, engineered
mesh upper snugly wraps the top of the foot, providing a secure fit while allow the foot to move and flex uninhibitedly at high speeds. Meanwhile, the supportive midsole utilizes luxuriously soft Fresh Foam X cushioning for an ultimate
underfoot feel. The data-driven foam cushioning is engineered for precision comfort, providing an ultra-cushioned ride that’s ready to be your high-mileage workhorse.

Although it’s a neutral shoe constructed without medial posts,
the 880’s wider footprint helps give it inherent side-to-side stability. Two large horizontal full-length grooves on the outsole, coupled with a honeycomb pattern and blown rubber under the forefoot, give the 1080v10 a smooth ride with a peppy demeanor.

SHOP THE FRESH FOAM COLLECTION

JackRabbit has curated the Fresh Foam X collection in our stores and online.  Click on over to see all the color collections and styles featuring in the New Balance
Fresh Foam collection.

SHOP NEW BALANCE FRESH FOAM X

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Delays in processing and shipping orders due to COVID-19

To our JackRabbit Community:

The past couple of months have been challenging for many reasons and we want to say thank you for your support and patience during this difficult time. We’ve continued to prioritize the health and safety of our staff and community, but we know that has caused frustration with your orders and we’d like to apologize for the delay and fill you in on what is happening. As the Shelter in Place orders was put in place across the US, our retail locations were closed in accordance with state mandates. In the face of the pandemic, it was and continues to be first and foremost our responsibility to keep our communities, staff, and customers safe.

At the same time, with stores closed US customers were, for the main part, shopping online. As a result, we experienced a significant increase in online orders. The distribution of these orders is dependent upon our stores which are also our key distribution centers around the US. We have had to adapt and adapt quickly. We are currently operating at much less capacity in all locations, slowing down the speed at which we can process orders. Due to the increased online demand and distribution changes, we appreciate there have been delays. As a result, we have been working at the highest capacity possible to ensure we are safely processing and delivering orders. Our teams are working exceptionally hard every day to work towards getting back on track with orders, responding to customer inquiries, return requests all with the goal of getting runners back out there.

 

If you have an open order with JackRabbit, what is the best way to contact us?

We encourage you to email or use live chats. We assure you, we see every email and will respond. It just might take more time than we are all used to. In an attempt to try and help answer your questions we’ve included a culmination of FAQ below.

The entire team at JackRabbit is grateful for your business and we are grateful for runners. We are navigating this experience together and we appreciate your patience. Not only are we adjusting to the current situation, but we are also planning towards what the new normal might look like. What is certain are the continued benefits of running on so many levels. We will continue to run in whatever manner is appropriate to join our tribe of putting one foot in front of another. Thank you for your continued patience and may we run together – be it virtually, in spirit, or in parallel – for many years to come.

 

Shipping Updates/Timelines: 

As mentioned above, our stores and our fulfillment centers are not able to operate at full capacity which is delaying some order processing times. In addition, JackRabbit.com orders are shipped via UPS or FedEx who are also experiencing delivery delays. Please allow 10-14 days from the time you order. You can always track your items with the tracking number in the shipment confirmation email on the FedEx or UPS website. If you missed the email, you can view the tracking information on JackRabbit.com. Just log into your account, go to your Run Rewards summary and scroll down until you see your previous orders. Click on “view order” and find the link that says “track your order” to locate shipping information. Product availability will determine when items in an order will ship. Orders with more than one item may be shipped from separate fulfilling locations so you can get all your items as swiftly as possible. The delivery time for your order is based on the time it takes to process and pick your order in the warehouse PLUS the UPS transit time. Estimated shipping timeframes shown in checkout are just that…estimates. Please note: We are not currently shipping to PO Boxes, APO, FPO addresses.

 

FAQ’s

Are JackRabbit Stores open?

Yes, 35 of our doors are open and you can find a list of those stores + all the precautions we are taking to keep our staff and customers safe here

 

Does JackRabbit still have a customer care team available to service customers?

Yes, we do, but due to the high volume of orders and inquiries, our team is behind on responses. Please note that it may be a few days before we can get to your request.

 

What is the JackRabbit Return Policy? 

We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase and stand behind the products and services we provide. We’ve extended our return policy due to Covid-19 with that in mind. Our merchandise can be returned to us within 60 days from the date of the original purchase for a full refund.

To return merchandise, you may bring it back to any of our open store locations or mail it to the following address with the return slip that was included in your original shipment:

JackRabbit ATTN: Online Returns 2500 E. 1st Ave, Unit C West Denver, CO 80206

Please include your original receipt with the merchandise you are returning. All returns will require customer name, phone number, or email address, which can be filled out on the return slip. Footwear, Apparel, and Electronics should be sellable and have original boxes/packaging/tags. Unfortunately, we cannot return underwear, nutrition, and magazines. Refunds for returns made without a receipt will take the form of a store credit assigned to a customer account. We do not pay for return shipping, however, your initial shipping cost (if incurred) will be refunded. We highly recommend you insure the package as we cannot be responsible for returns lost in transit. As soon as we receive your returned item, a refund will be issued to your original method of payment. Please note that it may take 4-5 business days for the package to arrive back to us, plus up to another 7 business days for the refund to appear on your statement.

 

Exchange Policy:

The easiest and fastest way for the exchange process to occur is to send back your original order and order again or come to your local store to make the exchange. We are happy to send you a shipping label for the exchange of merchandise that is defective or incorrectly sent item (i.e. size/color). Once we receive your merchandise, we will send out a replacement item. Please allow 7 business days once the item has been received at our facility for the exchange to be processed. You can also exchange items at any of our open store locations or store locations offering curbside.

 

Product/Inventory Levels:

Due to COVID-19, we are experiencing manufacturer and distribution delays. Therefore we may be temporarily out of stock on items that we aren’t normally out of. Please be patient with us as we are re-stocking as quickly as possible, but we are receiving goods to replenish our inventory on a slower cadence.

 

Coupon Exclusions: 

We love to offer our customers occasional special promotions and coupons for our online and in-store customers. That said, there are a few things to note if you are taking advantage of these offers:

  • • Offers are for a limited time only. In no event will an offer extend beyond the expiration date, nor is the offer guaranteed to remain in place until the expiration date.
     
  • • Offers are not valid on gift cards, taxes, team sales, returns, or exchanges. Discount will be taken on eligible products only.
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  • • Select styles are excluded from coupons across these brands such as Adidas, ASICS, Brooks, Mizuno, New Balance, HOKA, Saucony, Nike, Under Armour, Garmin, Salomon, and Roll Recovery. Select styles of electronics and accessories are also excluded
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  • • Promotions cannot be combined with any other offer, coupon, or group discount. Promotions are run for a limited time, and we reserve the right to modify or terminate the promotion at any time without advance notice.
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  • • Unless otherwise stated, coupons can not be applied to sale items.  Discounts will not be extended toward any previous purchases or subsequent exchanges. Discounted amounts will not, in any event, be refunded.
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  • • Coupons used to redeem offer in-store must be surrendered to sales associates at the time of in-store redemption.
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  • • Limit one coupon redemption per customer per day.
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  • • JackRabbit reserves the right to cancel orders at any time based on our discretion.
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New Balance 880 & 860 – Review

NEW BALANCE 880 AND 860: ENGINEERED TO WITHSTAND

The New Balance 880 and it’s stability partner the New Balance 860, are the workhorses of running shoes. Both these performance shoes from New Balance protect, perform and should be considered as part of ‘long run’ options for any runner. As an added bonus, these long-time store exclusives are now available online! 

The New Balance 880 and 860 are some of the most popular technical running shoes and there’s a reason why. Think of them as dependable running partners who will see you though long run days with a smile.

The latest versions of the New Balance 880 and 860 have ‘no-sew’ overlays which translate to us running mortals as there’s a seamless upper material which screams out a flexible fit for every foot. 

The latest outsole has been specifically tailored to work equally well on wet or dry roads, so when you’re running long, the weather can turn and you won’t have to. 

NEW BALANCE 880 AND 860: SIBLING PARTNERS

New Balance 880

With you for the long haul. The New Balance 880 is your trusted run partner. For pro athletes to weekend warriors alike, the New Balance 880 has a secure fit thanks to it’s seamless design. Lace up and get ready to run long.

New Balance 860 Stability Shoe

Steady on the run. For moderate pronators the New Balance 860 is a durable shoe with premium materials. It has a stability post on the medial side just under the arch to counteract the pronation.

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Put Some Spring in your Step – Match Your Superfeet Insoles

THE KEYS TO YOUR SOLEMATE: SUPERFEET

Running insoles may confuse many as you stare at a wall of them coloring your local running store. But these slivers of color could be the answer to matching you to your perfect running shoe.

Insoles can improve the fit of your running shoes, make sure your arches are supported where they need it and they can provide extra stability and help to spread the running load when your foot hits the ground.  Add to that the two words every runner dreads – plantar fasciitis – insoles have been known to help the condition with their arch support and general foot stability for the runner. 

Just as every foot is different and every running shoe is different, a quality running insole can bridge the gap to turn the best running shoe into the perfect running shoe for you.

Superfeet are the ‘podiactric scientists’ behind some of the best running insoles available today. Their insoles use cutting edge technologies to produce insoles to suit a variety of runners. Superfeet have been gathering data on people’s feet for over 40 years; that’s a lot of feet! 

Superfeet has taken several key running shoes and paired them with the appropriate Superfeet insole to give you a solid grounding (pun intended) on how you can use an insole to dial in your favorite running shoe.

BROOKS GLYCERIN 18 – RUN COMFORT THIN AND WOMEN’S RUN COMFORT INSOLES

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.

Run Comfort Women’s: As the mantra goes, ‘women are not small men’, and their feet are no exception. With that firmly at the front of their mind, Superfeet have devised the Run Comfort Women’s running insole specifically adpated to the geometry of the female foot.   

This insole features a narrower heel and specific arch length alongside the tried and tested deep heel cup and impact technology to disperse impact. 

Brooks Glycerin 18:  Brooks labels the Glycerin as the ultimate in softness and supreme comfort – and it certainly delivers. This edition boasts a reconfigured midsole, allowing for more of their DNA LOFT cushioning underfoot for extreme plushness. We agree – it’s premium cushioning in the premium shoe. Take it to the next level with a Superfeet insole!

ON CLOUDFLOW & RUN COMFORT THIN

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.  

On Cloudflow: Take an even faster shortcut to a runner’s high with the Cloudflow. Refined with feedback from elite athletes, the incredibly responsive ride in this shoe gets even more comfort and kick with the addition of On’s new Helion super foam. Throw in some more technical advancements and a pair of Superfeet’s RUN Comfort Thin insoles, and you’re sure to reach a runner’s high every time!

NEW BALANCE 1080V8, RUN COMFORT MAX AND RUN COMFORT WOMEN’S

RUN Comfort Max: Engineered specifically for runners, these delightfully green insoles deliver maximum comfort while helping minimize foot fatigue. The result? Exceptional underfoot comfort, and extra miles on your training log, thanks to the Superfeet RUN Comfort Max.

This insole features a narrower heel and specific arch length alongside the tried and tested deep heel cup and impact technology to disperse impact. 

Run Comfort Women’s: As the mantra goes, ‘women are not small men’, and their feet are no exception. With that firmly at the front of their mind, Superfeet have devised the Run Comfort Women’s running insole specifically adpated to the geometry of the female foot.   

This insole features a narrower heel and specific arch length alongside the tried and tested deep heel cup and impact technology to disperse impact. 

New Balance 1080v8: The 1080v8 is New Balance’s flagship expression of how runner data, supreme comfort, and cutting edge visual design comes to life in one plush and sophisticated package. What’s not to love? Slip in a pair of Superfeet insoles and you’re ready to make a statement mile after mile.

SAUCONY KINVARA 11 AND RUN PAIN RELIEF

RUN Pain Relief: Do your feet hurt? Well, thanks to the Superfeet RUN Pain Relief Insoles, they don’t have to! These are specially designed to minimize the repetitive stress that can lead to foot pain. The result? Running without thinking about your feet! What more can you ask for?


Saucony Kinvara 11: The Kinvara 11 has a lightweight feel for a personal best. For all you runners out there working to achieve your goals, the lightweight Kinvara paired with the RUN Pain Relief insoles is exactly what you need to be efficient, go fast, chase PRs, and break personal records – pain free!

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Be Smart, Careful and Respectful, But Keep Training

Admittedly, this spring is a tough time to be thinking about our own personal running goals. With the dangerous and debilitating COVID-19 pandemic, there are more important concerns around the world and around the block.

For the time being, we can be grateful for our health and that we can still go running smartly and safely, even though limited by shelter-in-place regulations and social distancing practices. With races big and small being canceled or postponed, it might be hard to stay focused. But if you look at it from a glass-half-full perspective, you can actually train better because of the extended approach to your next race, says Boulder, Colo., coach David Roche.

Roche believes recreational athletes who adapt to the current situations and find ways to refocus on training could experience big breakthroughs by the fall. Developing consistency, doing regular core strength workouts, eating better, getting more sleep, and figuring out a way to maintain a work/life/family balance are some of the touchpoints that can be improved during this unique and trying time in the world.

“It’s not like you go run the most miles you ever have or anything like that,” Roche says. “But it is a time to do the training to where you want to go. That doesn’t mean you even know where you’re going. It’s just the idea of self-belief. If we don’t have races to train for, what are we training for? We’re training to find out what we’re capable of, and that’s independent of a race in the next few months.”

Don’t worry about specific training for a race, but instead focus on being consistent and thinking about long-term development and what kind of runner you want to be a year or two down the road.

“The way I like athletes to think about this is in a framework of long-term training without interruptions,” Roche says. “It’s not that much different in some ways than the period from December when you’re restarting your season. Every single breakthrough I have ever seen — and by breakthrough I mean people reaching a new level of performance — is preceded by one of these long, uninterrupted stretches of focused training. Yes, this is a very difficult time in the world and we should take caution and be safe with training, but this can be breakthrough season, too.

It’s not just the millions of recreational runners who are going through this, but elite, professional runners, too. The International Olympic Committee announced on March 24 that the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo would be postponed to 2021 and later USA Track & Field announced the U.S. Olympic Trials track and field championships would suffer the same fate. 

“We’re all in this together,” says Lee Troop, the Boulder, Colo.-based coach of a dozen elite runners, including newly minted U.S. Olympic marathoner Jake Riley. “We all have to make the best of a bad situation.”

First and foremost, Troop says, it’s all about having a proper perspective and realizing that a lot people are losing their jobs and getting sick and dying. Take care of yourself and your family and those around you the best you can, he says, but know that running can be part of the way you do that.

Understanding the proper time and focus on training is something that’s always important when training for a race, but it’s especially crucial now as we get through this challenging time. Being mindful and soaking in the benefits of a daily workout can make everything else in your life go more smoothly.

“We will eventually get out of this, but trying to remain positive is extremely difficult at best,” he adds. “But if you can get outdoors and do a run, the adrenaline you can get from doing a hard tempo run or the endorphin release you can get from doing a hard hill workout are still there. There might be no racing options at the moment, but the join and the thrill of being able to get out and run — providing that they’re social distancing — isn’t lost.” 

Coach David Roche and JackRabbit Runner Laura Cortez in closer and happier times!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRIAN METZLER

Brian Metzler is the author of “Kicksology: The Hype, Science, Culture and Cool of Running Shoes” (2019, VeloPress). He has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher and occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado. 

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

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