Short Sprints: Nike Zoom Air Structure 18

Media test running the NIKE Zoom Air Structure 18

You might be surprised by what running shoe companies have come out with in their latest models. Take for example the latest iterations of the Altra, Hoka One One and Saucony shoes. These running shoes may look big and chunky but are actually very light and more advanced in built. The newer models are also pushing the boundaries of technical innovation.

Let’s look at NIKE’s latest offer, the Nike Zoom Air Structure 18. Last Wednesday evening, i hied off to the Nike Park Store in BGC as NIKE Philippines was going to have this model tested by me and 5 other bloggers and from those in media on a group run which also coincides with the Nike Running Clinic being held nearby.

The numbers speak for themselves. The Air Structure has been one of Nike’s best selling models to date and here now is their 18th version!  True to Nike’s innovation, this venerable stability shoe has been updated regularly from its previous incarnations.

We went to the nearby Track 30th Park which is a few steps outside the Nike store and put on this model in our sizes to get a feel for the kind of support, flexibility and stability they’ll give when you actually run in them. As a warm up, we did 3 loops of 300 meters each of easy jog inside the park’s perimeter after which we did running drills to loosen up the muscles.

With our first few steps in the NIKE Air Zoom Structure 18, here are my initial impressions of the shoe:

FIT and FEEL:

It has a decidedly snugged fit, enhanced by a contoured arch, narrow mid foot, an accommodating toe box and a smooth upper which is made comfortable by its “Flywire” technology. It is superbly light, and you’ll detect some bouyancy that springs back immediately after foot impact. I also noticed the super secure heel which did not play around while doing our warm-up stretching and running drills.

Doing dynamic stretching with the Nike Zoom Air Structure 18

CONSTRUCTION:

At quick glance, it has a great looking upper with its famous seam-less mesh. The “Flywire” technology is incorporated into the lacing system that wraps the foot nicely for a very snug fit. The Structure 18 incorporates yarns and fabrics that were knitted right into the Flyknit upper, which helps reduce seams, weight and areas of friction and keeps the shoe lightweight. The result is a more  precise fit that adopts to the foot in motion and gives it a plush look.

PERFORMANCE:

This short test run entailed us to do a warm-up jog for about a kilometer and about 20 minutes of running drills.  To give this shoe a final test, the Nike coach asked us to do 6 x 100 meter sprints with about 70-80% effort. We were grouped in pairs and while doing the sprints, we were mindful how the shoe would react to fast paced running.

The feel on these fast pacing was SMOOTH! No issues about hot spots, irritations, nor dragging. It offers a soft, resilient ride and feels more comfortable at fast speeds which may be due to the easy flexing upper.

The other runners in our wear-test group found the ride to be a little bit bouncy but surprisingly stable for such a soft trainer. For me, the agility and responsiveness in the midfoot and forefoot were more than adequate which i believe would be ideal for a marathon.

The shoe’s outsole with lugs similar to those of trail shoes

CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATION:

I really can’t give an all-out endorsement regarding this shoes’ performance because the wear-test limited us to just doing short interval sprints for a few minutes and to give it a full recommendation should also entail testing on how they would perform during long runs and races. Unfortunately, we had to return the shoe after this initial test.

However, based on my initial impressions, i would give this high marks for its sublime feel during the speed work-out. This shoe is sufficiently cushioned and it’s spry enough to be able to rev up for faster paced work-outs. I also liked the snug and secure heel cup and accommodating but not baggy forefoot.

Suggested Retail Price for the Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 is PHP6,095.00 for both Men’s and Women’s models.

Women’s model

PRESS RELEASE:

New Nike Air Zoom Structure: Stability Has Never Been Faster
The 18th version of the beloved workhorse delivers stability and performance that are unshakeable at high speeds.

Strength and growth come from continuous effort — but growing up doesn’t have to mean slowing down, as proven by the new, revolutionary Nike Air Zoom Structure 18. Now in its 18th version, the Nike Air Zoom Structure raises the bar for a running shoe that delivers both speed and stability.

Over the last two-plus decades, Nike designers have debunked the notion that stable means slow. They’ve constantly pushed to make the Nike Structure shoe lighter, smoother and more responsive without sacrificing any of its vaunted stability features. The design of the Structure 18 is a quantum leap from past versions where designers revolutionized it from top to bottom.

The Nike team worked closely with elite athletes such as 10,000m silver medalist Galen Rupp and 3,000m world junior champion Mary Cain for insights to bring the distinctive shoe across the finish line. Rupp, who runs nearly all of his 120 miles per week in the Nike Structure, said the Structure 18 gives him a more stable ride and feels faster all the way through his runs.

“The Nike Structure is the only shoe I’ve trained in since I started running, so it feels special to me to have input in the design of the new one,” Rupp said. “I love the Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 because it hugs my foot in the right places, providing the support I need to go the distance. I was really surprised when I picked them up and felt how light they were. It’s like Nike found a way to magically shave a few ounces off, and because of that, I feel like I can run faster in them.”

The Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 delivers uncompromising stability through the combination of an upper featuring Asymetrical Dynamic Flywire and a triple-density Dynamic Support system in the midsole. The new contoured last — created to provide a better fit and more responsive ride — combined with Nike Zoom Air cushioning, provides added toe spring for the snappy, quick-off-the-ground feel athletes expect from Nike Zoom Air.

Designed to provide runners with support and cushioning, the innovative Dynamic Support system uses opposing wedges of foam with different densities to help slow the rate of pronation. Designers enhanced the support in the Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 by adding a third, high-density foam to the existing system. When needed, the three-density Dynamic Support system kicks in to help provide added support and enhance the smooth transition upon foot strike.

The design also features a Nike Engineered Mesh upper with Asymetrical Nike Flywire cables that wrap the foot and provide support without the bulkiness of previous models, letting the foot move naturally. Nike Engineered Mesh also improves comfort and breathability. Nike Engineered Mesh enables designers to precision-engineer ventilation and lightweight support where needed most, improving comfort and breathability.

Nike’s Zoom Air technology is the fastest, most responsive Nike Air cushioning, making it the cushioning of choice for many elite and everyday athletes. Highly responsive Nike Zoom Air cushioning in the forefoot combined with the added toe spring of the new Zoom last, provides the Structure 18 with a responsive snap and fast transition.

“We designed the Zoom Air collection to be a revolution in speed,” said Rob Dolan, Nike VP and Creative Director, Footwear. “Whether athletes are racing or training, they repeatedly ask for Zoom Air because they love that fast, snappy, responsive ride and the energy return they get from it.”

For the first time, the Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 will be available for customization with NIKEiD on nike.com starting Sept. 25. NIKEiD will exclusively provide choices in widths, sockliners and personalization with colors, color-fade graphics and characters. The inline Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 will be available on nike.com starting Oct 2.

The Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 is part of a collection of Zoom Air running shoes that includes the Air Zoom Pegasus 31, Air Zoom Elite 7 and Air Zoom Streak 5.

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Meb’s Skechers GOMeb

Move over Adidas, Brooks and Nike! There’s an emerging kid on the block making waves and is generating lots of interest in the running community! Quite a few eyebrows have been raised when Meb Keflezighi debuted Skechers new GOmeb Speed 3 shoes at the recent 2014 Boston Marathon winning it in 2 hours 8 minutes and 37 seconds!

Not many know that Meb has been wearing the Go Run and lately his signature model, the GOMeb Speed since 2011 and has since won numerous marathons and shorter races on it including the 2012 USA Olympic Trials and the Houston Marathon.

Skechers Philippines is now drum-beating its distinct models, the GORun and GOMeb (Speed) models which is experiencing brisk sales following the win of Meb at Boston. Designed for speed with improved performance technologies to promote a midfoot strike, it fosters a “barely there” experience while offering cushioning and impact protection.

The GOmeb Speed 3 shoes however has not yet been released globally but its earlier versions, the Speed 1 and Speed 2 are readily available in their local stores. Also worth mentioning is that the latest of their popular Go Run series, particularly the Go Run 3 will be made available in a few weeks time.

I would like to try out the latest iterations of the Go Run soon as they’re more cushiony than the original version which didn’t sit well with my feet. I think these shoes have come a long way in making inroads for the serious runner and based on reviews that i’ve read so far, the comments are mostly favorable.

Getting Meb to run and endorse the shoe was one great step in breaking into the vast market of performance running shoes and will all the positive responses it got, this brand will linger on for good!

Nice one, Skechers!

Skechers Go Run 3 available in May, 2014

PRESS RELEASE:

“With the support of the Skechers Performance Division by my side every step of the way, I have won for the city of Boston, and for the entire U.S.,” said Meb Keflezighi at his Boston Marathon presser.

Skechers GO Run ambassador and Americaâ’s #1 marathoner Meb led the pack of elite runners to the finish line in the 2014 Boston Marathon in his high-performance Skechers GO Run (GOMeb) shoes.

Skechers GO Meb, available locally

Meb’s victory became a feel-good story in the running community, following the devastating bombing incident in last year’s Boston Marathon as he is the first American to win in the prestigious Boston Marathon after three decades with a new personal-best time record of 2:08:37.

Vice President of Merchandising and Marketing for Skechers Performance Division Rick Higgins said, “We are so proud of Meb and his monumental accomplishment on what was clearly a very emotional day, if [he] can do it in Skechers shoes, so can you.”

The Skechers Performance Division first signed Meb in 2011 to represent the Skechers Performance Division as it launched its new footwear line. The Skechers GORun is designed for speed with its innovative M-Strike Technology to promote a mid-foot strike (two-point step: mid-toe), allowing more fluid and powerful strides than a heel strike (three-point step: heel-mid-toe).

Meb transitioned from a heel strike to a mid-foot strike runner with Skechers GORun, giving him an effortless and faster take off. Since that time, Skechers M-Strike Technology’s influence on the improvement of Meb’s PR (personal record) has been evident.

At 36, he ran in the NYC Marathon in Skechers GORun back in 2011 and posted a personal-best time in finishing sixth in New York that day, and then lowered it again in winning the U.S. Olympic trials just two months later. Meb also won more than five key races, including the U.S. Half Marathon Championship in Houston in January 2014, and the U.S. Olympic Trials in Houston in 2012.

While his winning the 2014 Boston Marathon might have come as a surprise to many given his age during the race was just two weeks before Meb turns 39, he attained greater achievements and established his personal best time record, running like a blur ever since he shifted to Mid-foot Strike Technology with Skechers GORun.

“It’s a pretty massive deal for a non-traditional running shoe company,” said Eric Smallwood, senior vice president of Front Row, a Philadelphia marketing and analytics company focused on sports. “If you’re a runner and you get a PR (personal record) in a new pair of shoes, you’re sticking with those.”

Are Skechers Performance shoes any good? Smallwood’s say: “They win marathons don’t they?”

 

Skechers Launches The Go Run 2

Buoyed by the success of its Go Run minimalist shoe, Skechers has recently launched the Go Run2. The Go Run 2 has been freshly improved, the upper has a more breathable and secure stretch mess and most important update is reducing the curve or the “bump” at the midsole that irritated many runners who wore the previous version of the shoe.

Skechers Go Run 2 (photo by pifflesinc2)

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I was able to attend the launching of this shoe last week and i must say that i was mostly impressed by its new features, the much improved upper mesh and the different color combination that came with it. The features were explained by Ms. Kaye Ko, Products Consultant for Skechers and Skechers Running Ambassador/Triathlete Martin Lorenzo.

I wish i could test run this updated shoe and observe for myself how this stacks-up with the original Go Run which i fondly called the “Keflezighi Go Run” and was able to review previously, here.

Here are the salient features of the shoe and the Press Release that goes with it:

Go Run 2–Men’s model (Red-Lime)

Men’s (Blue-Yellow)

Women’s Go Run 2– (Pink-Lime)

Women’s (Coral)

Skechers Launches Skechers GOrun2

Run Faster with a Mid-Foot Strike

 

Do you want to run faster, stronger, longer? If you’re a runner looking for ways to enhance your efficiency, speed and overall performance, try looking into your running technique and re-think your shoe choice.

Global footwear leader Skechers launched GOrun2, the sequel of the successful GOrun performance shoe. This updated shoe helps runners run faster with a mid-foot strike, allowing them to achieve their personal best time.

Different color combinations are available

Skechers GOrun2:  Designed for Speed

Skechers has gone the extra mile by helping runners transition to more efficient mid-foot strike running rather than heel striking through its GOrun series. Skechers GOrun running shoes features the M-Strike Technology. Inspired by barefoot running, the principles of minimalism encourages runners to run more naturally by positioning the body for an efficient mid-foot strike in order to run faster, stronger, and longer.

More color combinations

Deemed to be the next generation of serious minimal running shoes, GOrun2 boasts of its GOimpulse sensors which are found underneath the soles. These make the wearer more responsive in running in any surface type. The shoe is made of breathable four-way stretch mesh toe panels and custom fit insole for comfort. The added Resalyte midsole absorbs the impact to prevent injuries.

Skechers GOrun2 features a minimal heel lift at 4mm to keep the foot in a nearly neutral position. The best part is its weight. GOrun2 is as lightweight as can be, allowing the wearer to run faster and more efficiently. Moreover, it comes in striking color combinations.

Accolades from the Elites

Skechers GOrun ambassador, Olympian marathoner and America’s fastest marathon runner Meb Keflezighi attributes his success to his trusty performance shoes of choice.

“Skechers’ new performance shoes change the way I run for the better,” said the number one marathon runner in the United States. “I’ve been a heel runner my entire life, but I am now wearing Skechers to maximize the efficiency of my foot strike. My shoes are my most essential piece of equipment and right now, Skechers has the footwear I need to succeed,” added Keflezighi.

Skechers Ambassador/Triathlete, Martin Lorenzo

Ms. Kaye Ko (L) and Ms. Niza Forschler, Skechers PR Manager

Filipino top age grouper tri-athlete Martin Lorenzo believes that it is crucial to look for the right lightweight shoe that promotes a mid-foot strike to avoid or lessen injuries and improve on speed and efficiency. He recounted his search for the perfect pair of running shoes to accompany him in his races. The tedious task ended when he found Skechers GOrun 2.

“I bought myself different pairs of shoes and tested each one. What came on top is the Skechers GOrun 2. It is well-designed, lightweight, very comfortable, and well-ventilated for our tropical climate. It exceeded my expectations on every count,” shared Lorenzo, a consistent podium finisher in his age category and a passionate athlete who races in local and international triathlons and marathons.

Lorenzo added that “Skechers GOrun2 makes a great transitional shoe for runners who are still heel striking.  Adopting the mid-foot strike is important for runners who want to improve on their running technique and speed.   With Skechers GOrun2, no matter how you force yourself to run heel strike, it forces you to land mid-foot for easier transition.”

Bloggers during the launch

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Available in the following Skechers’ stores: Glorietta 2, TriNoma, SM Mall of Asia, Robinsons Galleria, SM North Edsa-The Annex, Robinsons Place Manila, Lucky Chinatown, Market! Market!, Festival Mall, SM Fairview, SM Dasmarinas, Marquee Mall, SM Pampanga, Ayala Center Cebu – Active Zone, Abreeza Mall Davao, Gaisano Mall of Davao, SM City Davao, and Centrio Mall Cagayan de Oro.

For more information, log onto www.skechers.com.ph, visit Facebook page SkechersPhilippines or follow SkechersPH on Twitter.

Skechers GOrun 2 is designed to help you run faster with a mid-foot strike.

A Look At The Nike Flyknit Lunar 1+

NIKE is certainly one of the leading shoe innovators in the running scene and they’ve taken it another step further with the launch of their newest running shoe. The Flyknit Lunar 1 is a lightweight shoe that’s  snug and agile, fits like a sock and is as light as a feather.

The Nike Flyknit Lunar 1 features an innovative upper, constructed entirely of tightly woven polyester yarn that varies in density: more open in targeted areas that need greater flexibility or ventilation and tighter in areas that demand support.

This ultra-light (just 8 oz. in a men’s size 10) shoe combines revolutionary second skin fit and ultra-soft Lunarlon cushioning to give the perfect run — every stitch, every stride.

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Last week i was fortunate enough to attend the launch of the Flyknit Lunar One+ at the NIKE Park at Bonifacio High Street, the Fort, Taguig and had a chance to test run this shoe around High Street for about 15 minutes.

These unique high mileage trainers get their name from the yarns and fabrics that were knitted right into the Nike Flyknit upper, which helps reduce seams, weight and areas of friction and keeps the shoe lightweight. The result is a more  precise fit that adopts to the foot in motion.

The initial results of our short test-run proved positive. Nike’s Lunarlon, the shoes’ cushioning trademark is quite evident so the result is excellent absorption in a featherweight package that’s lighter than many racing flats. Some of the test runners/bloggers found the forefoot area to be a little narrow although others, including myself thought it to be snug and comfortable.

The run testers

Here are some details of the Flyknit Lunar 1:

Nike Flyknit Lunar One

the running enthusiast - nike flyknit lunar1+

SECOND SKIN FIT AND ULTRA-SOFT LUNARLON COMBINE IN NIKE FLYKNIT LUNAR1+

Performance technology is engineered to give runners the perfect run – every stitch, every stride.

PHILIPPINES, FEBRUARY 2013—Runners lacing up in preparation for the spring race season won’t make sacrifices. They need a shoe that fits perfectly to take on the miles, has enough structure to feel supportive, offers cushioning for amazing comfort – and sports some style on top of it all.

With this inspiration, the lightweight Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ brings the virtually seamless upper using Nike Flyknit technology together with the plush, responsive cushioning of Lunarlon.

Since its launch in February 2012, Nike Flyknit technology has redefined the development and creation of footwear with its ability to be engineered to provide a more precise fit for the specific needs of the foot.

Support and structure are knitted right into the Nike Flyknit upper, which helps reduce seams, weight and areas of friction and keeps the shoe lightweight.  This spring the Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ provides support, flexibility and breathability with a more cushioned midsole – a great solution for everyday runners.

The Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ combines Nike Flyknit with plush, responsive Lunarlon. The resilient foam provides ultra-soft cushioning, and springy response and support. The Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ has a neutral platform that benefits a wide array of runners looking for a responsive and well-cushioned shoe.

Strategically placed durable rubber inserts in the outsole deliver maximum impact protection in key areas on the heel and forefoot. The upper incorporates dynamic Nike Flywire, adaptive support that tightens and relaxes to accommodate the natural motion of the foot.

Nike Flyknit construction also eliminates the need for the multiple materials and material cuts used in the uppers of traditional sport footwear manufacturing. This revolutionary construction reduces waste by an average of 80 percent in the Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ when compared to typical Nike running footwear.

Nike Flyknit Lunar 1+ display at the Nike Park, Bonifacio High Street

Nike Flyknit was created for performance in world-class marathon events, and many elite runners have crossed the finish line in the Nike Flyknit Racer, part of the first Nike Flyknit collection. The Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ expands the franchise to the everyday runner, offering a bright color palette to make sure runners look as great as they feel on the road. (Press Release)

The Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ will be available at Nike Park Fort and Nike Stadium Glorietta 2 from February 1, 2013.

SRP: Php 6,795

Mizuno.ph Launches the “BE” Shoes

After running a hard, long race particularly a marathon, it’s always nice to wear your flip flops which gives your aching feet a nice soothing feeling, providing your feet a breather after they have been battered from the long run.

There’s another mode of getting your feet relaxed, and not only does it provide comfort and relief but also strengthens and activates your foot muscles while not running. It’s called the “BE” recovery shoes from Mizuno. Inspired by the Japanese Waraji sandals with the toes protruding over the front edge, this shoe allows the toes to move naturally up and down, to curl and grip, which activates the muscles of the foot.

I was fortunate enough to be invited at the launching of this shoe last Thursday at the Mizuno Head Office in Paseo Magallanes. It certainly has the looks of a minimalist shoe, weighs just 7 ounce and has about a heel to toe drop of 6mm.

Features

  • Activation Sockliner – Dips the toes to activate your muscles.
  • Dynamic function heel counter – cups your heel to improve is cushioning function.
  • AP+ midsole- Offering cushioning and comfort at footplant.
  • Be footprint outsole – Lightweight and durable.

Mizuno BE

With the women’s colors on left and right models

No, that is not Sheryl’s pet squirrel but the Waraji sandals from which the Mizuno BE was based

Various running personalities graced the BE’s launching led by Mizuno’s charming Brand Manager, Jai Cortes, friend Noelle (The Kikay Runner) and other Mizuno endorsers like Patrick Joson, Anton Del Rosario, Ige Lopez, The Running Wild Team and Mizuno representatives to the Osaka Marathon, among others.

Mizuno’s Jai Cortes

Philippine Azkhal’s Anton Del Rosario and The Kikay Runner

Mizuno BE Shoe is available in three unique colours, (Silver/Anthracite/Chinese Red) (Strong Blue/Silver/Ember) for Mens & (Silver/White/Electric) for Women. The minimalistic construction of the shoe weighs at 7 oz (200g) and is now available at Mizuno outlets.

Retail selling price at P3,995.00

Thank you to Mizuno Philippines for our sample pairs!

With Reebok Brand Ambassador Blas Tiangco who seems to be in love with the Mizunos!

Nice color schemes. More colors to come

Noe available at all Mizuno stores

The footprint outsole which is lightweight and durable

The Saucony Kinvara-3 Comes To Manila

Within only the first 3 years since its introduction, the Saucony KINVARA series has been an overwhelming success in the world of minimalist running shoes winning various industry awards for their innovations, new technologies and favorite sports shoes in the running world.

Similar to the popularity of Saucony’s once revered old model, the JAZZ, the KINVARA has been well received, not only from the minimalist shoe enthusiasts but also to the majority of runners seeking a well-balanced, all-purpose running shoe. The Kinvara and the Kinvara-2 have accumulated a long list of following and it has maintained its fine performance and dependability.

Now comes its 3rd iteration, the KINVARA-3 which is now made available in the Philippines.

I was able to attend this shoes’ launching a few days ago and from the looks and feel of it, having tested it for a few strides at the Riovana Store, i think many are going to love its fit, looks and responsiveness.

I’m really tempted to get a pair but while still contemplating to do so, here’s a short write-up of the shoe taken during its launching:

The Saucony Kinvara-3

Saucony launches the award winning KINVARA – 3

Industry’s Most Highly Anticipated Shoe of the Season is now in the Philippines

Today, Saucony unveils the all-new Kinvara 3, the industry’s most highly anticipated shoe of the season and the third update to the brand’s award-winning natural motion running shoe.  Saucony continues to inspire runners to find their personal “strong” through running with the much-anticipated arrival of Kinvara 3.  The all-new Kinvara 3 is the third edition of the iconic Kinvara, a minimalist shoe that is renowned for being lightweight and highly responsive.

Of all the shoes released by Saucony, runners and retailers are especially excited by the new Kinvara 3,” said Chris Lindner, chief marketing officer for Saucony. “The Kinvara was among the first natural motion running shoes available in the marketplace and positioned Saucony as an industry leader in the category. The Kinvara 3, an even better technical running shoe than its predecessors, delivers more than a great shoe: It inspires an incredible running experience. People just can’t wait to get it on and go.”

Saucony is a top name in running, an authentic performance footwear brand.  Throughout the years, Saucony has become legendary with its trailblazing innovations and cutting-edge technological expertise, including pioneering the minimalist shoe category – the buzz in the running community today.

Kinvara 3: So Much Technology, So Little Shoe

The next-generation Kinvara, weighing only 7.7 ounces (based on a men’s size 9), is a performance training shoe with a 4mm heel-to-toe offset that positions the runner’s foot during impact in a way that creates a greater range of motion than traditional running shoes (with a 12mm heel-to-toe offset) for the Gastrocnemius-Soleus-Achilles tendon system, allowing for a more powerful running stride.

Taken during the launching

Saucony has taken the Kinvara 3 to a whole new level with a precision engineered upper that is lighter and more flexible thanks to FlexFilm™ technology, a lightweight, highly dynamic flexible film affixed onto the breathable mesh upper that secures and stabilizes the foot throughout the gait cycle. Memory Foam heel pods in the collar ensure an ultra-secure ride.

Saucony’s high abrasion EVA exposed foam midsole allows for lightweight protection underfoot, while maximizing rebound and flexibility. After studying wear patterns on thousands of test shoes, Saucony adjusted the outsole design on the new Kinvara 3 to increase durability and promote an even smoother transition.

XT-900 carbon rubber pods were strategically placed on parts of the Kinvara 3’s outsole for enhanced durability without adding weight. The reengineered outsole includes a beveled heel to better facilitate a natural rolling movement from heel to toe.

About the Award-Winning Kinvara

The Saucony Kinvara, launched in early 2010, has been recognized with numerous industry awards including: 

“Best Debut” (Runner’s World magazine, Summer 2010);

“Gear of the Year” (Outside magazine, Fall/Winter 2010);

“Best Shoe in the Performance Category” (The Running Network, Fall 2010);

 “Best Debut” (Endurance Sports Media Group, Fall 2010);

“Best Buy”- Kinvara 2 (Runner’s World Awards 2011);

“Best Update”- Kinvara 3 (Runner’s World UK 2012), among others.

Available now at RIOVANA BHS and Katipunan Ave. Stores

Distribution outlets

The Kinvara 3 is available in specialty run retailers and major department stores nationwide. It retails at about P4, 590.00.

With Jojo P and Pedz (photo by Jojo Pauly)

For more information, go to http://www.facebook.com/SauconyPhilippines or follow SauconyPH on Twitter.

–Press Release–

The Nike Running Shield Pack Collection

Designed for wet weather running that would surely adapt to the seasonal monsoon rains and typhoons now gripping the country, NIKE is now introducing its running shoe SHIELD Pack collection.  The Shield pack running shoes are designed to ward off water in wet weather conditions through its inner sleeve innovation that doesn’t compromise its breathability.

It also has some reflective features that attracts attention and visibility even in dim-light conditions while adding some flash to the look.

The Shield Collection is now introduced in the NIKE LUNARGLIDE+ 4 SHIELD,  the NIKE FREE RUN+ 3 SHIELD and the NIKE PEGASUS+ 29 SHIELD.

More here on its features and advantages, the SHIELD Collection:

PRESS RELEASE:

Introducing high-performance gear designed for the country’s extreme weather conditions:

Southeast Asia faces its annual wet and cool season through the monsoon months, with the highest rainfall at the end of every year. Running in the rain can be an exhilarating experience, but it can be dangerous as well. Wet tracks reduces grip, and reduces visibility.

The rain should not deter runners from their runs, and this Holiday ’12 season, Nike introduces products to keep runners dry, protected and comfortable.

The NIKE SHIELD PACK– a collection of running footwear to suit each unique running style –is  updated with the Nike Shield technology, igniting runners every day and night of this season no matter rain or shine. It features a highly reflective inner sleeve that performs triple duty—it’s reflective even in dim light for safety; it makes a barrier that resists water in wet conditions, but stays breathable; and the reflectivity adds some flash to the look.

The Shield Pack collection consists of the NIKE FREE RUN+ 3 SHIELD, NIKE LUNARECLIPSE+ 2 SHIELD and NIKE PEGASUS+ 29 SHIELD.

So in this wet, rainy season, there is no reason not to continue running.

FOOTWEAR:

NIKE LUNARGLIDE+ 4 SHIELD

Men

Nike Lunarglide+4 Shield

The Nike LunarGlide+4 Shield delivers an ideal blend of lightweight cushioning and support with the winter protection of Shield. Designed for every runner, this style has been updated for cold, wet weather with the Nike Shield Pack. A reflective inner sleeve creates a barrier that resists water without compromising breathability and stays visible in low-light conditions while adding some flash to the look.

Nike Lunarlon and Flywire technologies combine for exceptional comfort and an adaptive, glove-like fit in a lightweight package. Nike’s Dynamic Support system provides the stability runners need without the added weight. Deep Nike Natural Motion Engineering flex grooves along the midsole and outsole encourage flexibility for a smooth, efficient stride, and BRS 1000 carbon rubber in the heel adds durability in this high-wear area.

NIKE LUNARGLIDE+ 4 SHIELD

Women

Nike Lunarglide+4 Shield Womens (Right)

The popular Nike LunarGlide+4 Shield has been modified for inclement weather with the Nike Shield Pack. Runners still find the great fit and excellent blend of cushioning and support in a lightweight package, but the updates allow for training no matter rain, cold or dark. The highly reflective inner sleeve performs triple duty—it’s reflective even in dim light for safety; it makes a barrier that resists water in wet conditions, but stays breathable; and the reflectivity adds some flash to the look.

Nike’s innovative Lunarlon cushioning offers a lightweight, smooth ride, Dynamic Support adds comfortable stability and the dynamic Nike Flywire technology adds a customizable, glove-like fit.

NIKE FREE RUN+ 3 SHIELD

Men

Nike Free Run+3 Shield

The men’s Nike Free Run+ 3 Shield combines the benefits of natural motion with special protection from the rain and the cold. A Nike-exclusive BW2 mesh allows for a no-sew bond, increasing water resistance and providing a lightweight ride, and its weatherized finish keeps the foot dry without compromising breathability. Reflective overlays keep the runner visible and stylish.

Nike Dynamic Fit technology wraps the foot for a glove-like feel and the customizable laces accommodate a variety of arches, while the whole lacing system is offset to help reduce pressure on the top of the foot. Flex grooves and diagonal cuts along the length and width of the midsole enhance flexibility and natural motion and help increase foot strength.

NIKE FREE RUN+ 3 SHIELD

Women

Nike Free Run+3 Shield Womens (Middle)

Women can experience the foot strengthening benefits of natural motion with added winter weather protection. The Nike Free Run+ 3 Shield uses lightweight Nike-exclusive BW2 mesh that allows for a no-sew bond to increase water resistance. The weatherized finish helps the feet stay dry and highly-reflective overlays keep them visible and stylish during runs in the dark.

Nike Dynamic Fit technology wraps around the arch for a glove-like feel and customizable fit and the low-profile, Phylite midsole provides a resilient ride and doubles as an outsole, reducing the overall weight.

NIKEAir Pegasus+ 29 SHIELD

Men

NikeAir Pegasus+29 Shield

Find the cushioning and smooth ride preferred by neutral runners with added winter protection in this adaption of a legendary Nike running shoe. The Nike Air Pegasus+29 Shield uses breathable mesh with a   weatherized finish. The highly reflective skin bonded to the backside of the mesh also improves water resistance and remains visible in low-light conditions, while adding some flash to the look.

NIKEAir Pegasus+ 29 SHIELD

Women

NikeAir Pegasus+29 Shield Womens (Left)

The long beloved Nike Air Pegasus running shoe has been updated with winter running protection. The Nike Air Pegasus+ 29 Shield for women delivers the cushioning and smooth ride that neutral runners want with water resistant mesh to help keep the feet dry. A highly reflective skin bonded to the backside of the mesh further enhances water resistance, and ensures visibility in low-light conditions, while adding some flash to the look.

The welded, ultra-lightweight underlay wrapping the forefoot delivers flexible support while the internal heel counter means a snug and secure fit. The Nike Zoom unit in the heel adds comfort underfoot.

PRICE LIST:

NIKE FREE Run+3  Shield–  P 5,495.00

NIKE LUNARGLIDE+4 Shield — P 5,795.00

NIKE PEGASUS +29 Shield — P 5,495.00

Accessories:

Breathability, ventilation and comfort come together in the NIKE RELAY TOPS (men’s and women’s). The Nike Dri-FIT knit fabric enables premium sweat management, while ergonomic seaming with flat-seam construction follows the body’s natural contours for reduced irritation, a flattering fit and a full range of motion. Mesh underarm panels and the dropped and vented hem augment the cool comfort. The NIKE RELAY top features reflective elements as well, keeping the runner visible in the dark. A reflective headphone cord loop at the back of the neck also means runners can listen to their music without distractions.

NIKE TWISTED TEMPO SHORTS for women pack high-performance features into stylish and comfortable running shorts, available in a wide range of color combinations with contrasting diagonal panels. The Nike Dri-FIT fabric and built-in Dri-FIT crepe liner helps keep runners dry. A zipper pocket provides secure storage for a small media player.