HYPE: This Season’s New Running Shoes & Gears

Its the new season and as usual, all the major sporting apparels and brands are coming out with their latest gadgets, gizmos and gears! With really exciting major races coming up such as the Adidas KOTR, Nike We Run Singapore (happening in September-October period), Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore and also the likes of Singapore G1,  NEA 10th Anniversary Charity Run/Walkathon and the National Day Run, one can expect to don on new gears to boost your running experience.

Add flava, add colour, add style. 

Well scroll down below to check out my Top 6 shoes and gears coming your way this season.

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REVIEW: The Nike LunarEclipse+ 2

(Shoe review by our running and fitness kaki – Taufiq)

At first glance, the LunarEclipse+ 2 looks pretty remarkable with the simple colour combination of neon orange and green with a base colour of black. The fact of the matter is that it is definitely an impressive shoe with some heavyweight specifications to its name. You will find the Lunareclipse+ 2 incredibly comfortable when you first put the shoe on for the first time. True story.

The shoe is generous with its inner cushioning that fits and wraps around nicely around your feet making it a joy to walk in. The sole cushioning is plentiful as well which starts from the toes all the way to the heel. LunarEclipse+ 2 has a good heel support on the achilles tendon and along with the heel cushioning, makes the shoe ideal if you want to hit a good mileage for your run.

Nike Llunar Eclipse+2 specs

The LunarEclipse+ 2 is definitely made for long-distance running. It is a little heavy for my liking but I understand the need to substitute lightweight for long-distance comfort and durability. Another issue about the shoe is that the midfoot portion is narrower and since I tend to purchase shoes half a size smaller, there was a slight ache on my foot when I wore the shoe for long periods of time. I recommend that you try the shoe out in person and make sure you have the right size which is comfortable for you as the portion for the toes is also slightly narrower.

You can get your Nike LunarEclipse+2 at all Nike boutiques and leading sports shops.

Till then, happy running y’all. 🙂

Check out also the The Nike Shield Pack for your Lunar rides. Click on the image!

P.S, Check out our last year’s review on the Nike Lunar Eclipse+: HERE

P.P.S, Ladies, have you registered for the Nike Goddess 5K Run?

Exclusive preview of Brooks Green Silence 2011!

Brooks eco-friendly running shoe – The Green Silence 2011 .

Last month or so, i got my hands on the newest range of shoes by Brooks – The Green Silence 2011. From my understanding, it has not been sold here in Singapore as of yet thus, getting my hands, or should i say my feet on this shoe is a really awesome feeling! 🙂 Supposedly to be the world’s first environmentally friendly shoe with 75% of the components are from recycled materials, this is one shoe which you can say, leaves minimizes carbon footprint (pun intended). 😛

The first thing that you will notice when you pick up the shoe is how light it is. To be honest, i’ve NOT tried on New Balance’s NB890 (but my partners have). The GreenSilence, is by far the most lightest running shoe that i have ever worn. The comfort isnt compromised though. Its not as if they placed plastic bottles as the inner soles of the shoe, haha. With a minimalist design and material used, Brooks have created a shoe that is not only light but also comfortable to my liking although i would have preferred it to have a little more fit around the heel portion.

COMFORT:

Somehow, the funny alignment of the shoelaces and its tongue (which isnt centralised like most shoes) doesnt  seem to come loose as compared to the normal times i wore for gym or everyday use. The position of the tongue of the shoe and its eyelets were in such a way that when you tighten the laces, the upper of the shoe seems to “wrap” itself around your feet. Giving it a tight yet comfy fit (because the upper portion of the shoe is made out of, how do i put it in layman’s terms…hmm… mesh-like material?). As you can see from the photo, the upper has many breathable “holes” making the shoe light AND also snugs your feet like a sock as you tighten the laces around your feet. Because it doesnt have a rigid structure, the shoe will “follow” the width of your feet. And allows your feet to be in its original shape as you run.

You might feel that it doesnt have those padded cushions on the upper blah blah blah, but surprisingly, it gives a nice wrap around your mid foot. Safe and secure feel as you run in them. The only downside i would feel is that the heel tab could have been better designed to give a better fit.

TRACTION:

It does provide a firm and solid traction while i used it to run 12km in the 2XU’s run on the 10th of April 2011. The sole of the shoes were designed in such a way to minimize wastage of material on unnecessary areas of the sole. From the picture above, you can see that a lil bit of more traction and paddings were placed at strategic locations on the soles. Smart move i must say. Although running with the GS2011 made me run striking heel first on the ground, sufficient cushioning was provided which was pretty surprising considering the fact that the soles were not fairly thick. Made for runners with neutral feet like me, it was  a comfortable run less the part where it started to rain a bit and water seems to effortlessly trickle into the front portion of the shoe making my feet wet faster. On a side note, as i ride a bike, i could feel the wind blowing onto my feet as i travel with them. Thats how airy they are! Hahaha. 🙂

SAVING GAIA:

Lastly, like i mentioned earlier, this shoe is all about run fast, run happy and save the earth while at it. Pretty impressed with the fact that a racing shoe could be created with recycled items and such. Kuddos to the people over at the Brooks lab.

(taken from http://www.brooksrunning.com/eco-friendly/gs_ecobuilt,default,pg.html)

Key Green Features:

  • BioMoGo, the world’s first-ever biodegradable midsole for running shoes
  • 75% of the shoe’s materials are post-consumer recycled
  • Biodegradable insole and collar foams
  • Laces, gillies, and reinforced webbing are 100% post-consumer recycled
  • Water-based adhesives are used throughout
  • All dyes and colorants are non-toxic
  • Packaging is 100% post-consumer recycled

Constructed with roughly half as many parts as comparable shoes, the Green Silence requires less petroleum and energy to make. Of course, the shoe manages all of this while delivering the premium performance expected from Brooks.

CONCLUSION:

All in all, the shoe has served me well in a couple of training runs and races. Like i said before, i like shoes which are light and not too bulky in shape. If you gotta run, you gotta run in style. And the Green Silence 2011 has done well to meet those criteria of mine. 😛 If you’re looking for a shoe to do your tempo run or interval training, its a good shoe. However, this shoe might have been used by Scott Jurek to run a 24 Hour Run and broke the American record while at it (for good reads check out: Scott Jurek’s Blog) , i would recommend users of this shoe to take it easy and run easy with it first. Don’t go for marathons yet but prolly it will be good for 21km races. 🙂

Reduce your carbon footprint. Move forward. Run Happy. 🙂

Exclusive preview of the New Balance 890s!

 

On the 30th of March 2011, New Balance made its exclusive preview of the lightest shoes of its class – RevLite NB890, and I am honored to be invited to experience the lightness of it first hand. As a runner, if running is our weapon, then shoes are our armors. In order to have an enjoyable run, it is important to have a pair of shoes that has a good feedback. As for myself, shoes are really personal. Depending on how your feet land as you run, NB890 does not caters to every individual runner (but hey, there’s not one model that suits perfectly in everyone’s feet).

 

The new RevLite is suitable for runners with neutral feet, and fellow heel-striker as it has plenty of support at the back of the shoes. People who land forefoot/mid-foot such as myself might find this pair of shoes of not so much of a shock-absorber. However, I have to admit that NB890 is one of the lightest pair of shoes I have ever tried on. Every single stride feels natural and the foot just kicks off by itself one after another. So in comparison, the new RevLite weighs 9.6 oz whereas Nike LunarLite weighs 11.4 oz.

Unfortunately, with limited trial session, I cannot tell you the mileage of the NB890; or write a more accurate review of the shoes. However I will definitely use them to teach my aerobic class!  And what I am looking for is a pair of trainer that will give me maximum support and cushioning due to the nature of the high-impact movements in the class. Until then, so long. Watch out for more updates 🙂

XOXO
Dev
P.S, I’ve already used it for my aerobics class and i prefer to use this shoe for all the high-impact movements (in aerobics) as compared to running. 🙂

 Gear : Halo Headphones ”Wear the Music”

 

the new Halo Headphones range includes three sets of stylish speakers in bold colours, each complemented with a classic black headband. The new range makes a dashing distinction between categories such as: Sport in fiery red, Travel in timeless navy and of course the Original in classic black.

Equipped with a one metre cable and 36mm high fidelity stereo speakers that produce superior sound quality, the new Halo Headphones speakers have a “Y” shaped strain relief to separate cords, making them more durable and longer lasting.


Speakers are inserted into the opening at the back of the one size fits all, interchangeable headband and unlike other headphones, are nonintrusive and not fixed in place – speakers can be adjusted and aligned directly over ears for a more personalised fit.


Each specific category of Halo Headphones comes with a headband made from a customised technical fabric that is designed especially for each designated end user or activity.

The new Halo Headphones retails at $69 each and will be available at all Running Lab outlets from February 2011

Cheers! (:

The NIKE Lunar Eclipse+ shoe review

nike lunar eclipse shoe review

To be honest, when i first heard that Nike was launching another pair of LUNAR-esque shoe, i was like, OKAYYY… What Lunar is it gonna be this time round? This was wayy back in Oct-Nov 2010. So when word and info from my “spies” ;P got around telling me that its gonna be the LUNAR ECLIPSE, i IMMEDIATELY went to YouTube to search for the shoe’s specs. I must say that i was curious to know about a shoe that could “think on its own” as claimed in the videos. Pretty exciting much.

Fast forward to January 2011, i got myself a chance to try on the LUNAR ECLIPSE (sadly for 2 weeks only, boohoo). I was so enthusiastic about it that i wore it immediately in the Nike Boutique @ Wisma. Just wanted to get a feel of it. Anyways, first things first, here are some of the low downs on the specs or unique points of the shoes:

1) It got the “BEST DEBUT in December 2010’s issue in Runners’ World Mag. – Particularly its because of the HEEL CLIP at the back of the shoe that’s kinda grips the back of your heel thus giving it an excellent fit while walking/running. What is interesting about the heel is that it acts as a “auto-balancer/stabilizer” too.

Verdict: I must say i was pretty impressed that the HEEL CLIP did made the your feet feel fitted in the shoe nicely. Very different feeling than that of other running shoes where the “fitting feeling” comes primarily just from the sides of the shoe ONLY. With a relatively good amount of cushioning in the sole, and running in the Eclipse is a pleasant experience.

The Heel Clip also acts a stabilizer/balancer to those you are moderate over pronators (that is the foot strides inwards to meet the ground). It is connected underneath the sole of the shoe and acts as a lever. For example, if you were to press more on the inside, the outer side will counter and makes your heel balanced back into position. Thus minimizing the pronation.

Furthermore, the NIKE swoosh emblazoning the heel clip is reflective and looks really neat. Unlike the usual Nike shoes with the Nike logo in the middle of the shoe, this logo is at the hell area (as pictured above). Neat stuff and looks really stylish, to me at least.

😦 However, for me, the first time i took it out for a walk (from the Nike boutique), i could feel a “creaking” spongey springey feel at the back. Rather irritating at first but it slowly went away. Seriously, i have no idea why that feeling came about. :S Technical/mechanical fault maybe? I dont know.

2) The Bottemless carrier – With more runners looking into forefoot running, Nike has somehow (in a less scientific term) cut out a portion of the fore foot sole for its runners to have more “feel”.

Verdict: To me, i dont really feel it as much as i would with my Vibram. A rather ingenious idea i would say but personally, not much effect on the way i ran.

3) The Fly-wire technology Its nothing new to Nike Lunar’s range of design. Created to obtain a light-weight yet strong and flexible piece of material to hold the upper portion of the feet in place, it is often found on Nike’s sports shoes.

Example of The Fly-wire (on the Nike Mercurial Vapor)

Verdict: Personally, i feel its a superb fit, not too tight not too loose and gave awesome support for the top portion. And with the shoe being kinda light and not too bulky, running with the Eclipse does not seem to drag you down. I like non-bulky or heavy shoes as running long distance in them can be a chore and may affect performance. Thus i love this feature the most.

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All in all, the Nike Lunar Eclipse has indeed a nice fit to it (thanks to the HEEL CLIP technology on top of its fly-wire mesh). With a shoe that is light-weighted and snugs your feet like a glove, its ideal for running, jogging and everyday use. 🙂 Great support at the back of the heel, really. However, like i mentioned earlier, the downside of it is the squeaky feel when i first started using it. 😦

But with a wide range of designs and colour combination to choose from, Nike gives runners the option to choose not only a shoe that is suitable for them but also one that screams a runner’s personality. I particularly like the Dark Grey-Yellow combi as it can suit my everyday casual wear. Anyways, I cant really describe all the colour combi here can i? Check out the stores for more designs.

AND with its retail price of $239 for a pair of Eclipse, i must say that its fairly on the expensive side for a student like me. :S But if you’re looking for a shoe with a nice snug fit, you COULD try this shoe at the Nike stores first and get a feel of the “cupping” feeling at the back of your heel like i mentioned. Walk around with it to get a feel of it i’d say.

Remember, you shouldn’t rush into buying a sports/running shoe. Its gotta give you the right fit. Take your time, but dont take too long. If not by the time you have decided to get one, the race that you signed up for is already over. 😛

Final say: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 out of 5

Till the next sports stuffs review and what not, Guten Tag! And to all my CHINESE FRIENDS AND READERS –

Happy LUNAR New Year! ;P

Review brought to you by Why We Run Network.

Ain’t your ordinary Twilight Saga.

I recently got hold of the Nike Lunar Eclipse shoe. And with the shoe being the latest line of Nike “Lunar” Shoes (remember the Lunar Glide+, Lunar Glide+ 2, Lunar Trainer, Lunar Elite etc) i wouldnt be surprised if they come out with a shoe named Lunar Tunes. 😛 Hahaha! Looney Tunes? Got it?

Daym! Where’s your sense of humour?

Okay never mind. Anyways, due to hectic school, work and training schedule, my post for Lunar Eclipse wont be coming out very soon. Maybe in a week or two. So before you decide on getting which model of the Nike Lunar range of shoes for your runs, stay tuned to find out more about the Eclipse. Afterall, awesome reviews like these comes…well, once in a blue moon. 😉

 

Till next time, Guten Tag and happy running y’all!