Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Nike Zoom Pegasus 37 Multi Tester Review with 13 Comparisons

Article by Jeff Beck, Peter Stuart, Michael Ellenberger, Don Reichelt and Sam Winebaum


Nike Zoom Pegasus 37 ($120)

Stats

Official: men’s 9.6 oz /  272g US9,  women’s 8.28 oz / 235g US8

  Samples: 9.73 oz / 276g men’s US9 10.5 oz / 296g men’s US10.5

                    12.5 11.32 oz / 321g men’s US 12.5

Stack Height: 18mm (forefoot) 28mm (heel), 10mm drop

Available Now. $120


Introduction

The 37th edition of the Pegasus sees the most significant changes in years with a new React foam midsole and a front only 10mm thick Zoom Air bag, the prior edition having a full length 4mm thick Zoom Air unit.


The articulated Zoom Air unit is tuned based on gender preferences with 20 psi for the men's and 15 psi for the women as testing showed women preferred a slightly softer, more flexible front cushion.


Overall, the Pegasus gains 2mm of stack height with its weight going from 8.9 oz / 252g  to 9.73 oz / 276g for a men's US9 (confirmed by size 9 sample). Available now, including in wide.

Jeff: Camry. Big Mac. Pegasus. Some items are so ubiquitous you don’t need to be a family sedan, fast food burger, or running shoe enthusiast to know what we’re talking about. And the 37 iteration of the Pegasus may be the best - it certainly is the most dramatic overhaul we’ve seen in the line for years. Does dramatic overhaul mean good? In this case, for me, it certainly does.


Michael: It’s Pegasus season! There are two reviews I’ll most frequently be referencing here, the predecessors to the new Zoom Pegasus (and of course, I’ll be comparing them to the P37, in the relevant sections): the Zoom Pegasus 36, and the Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2. If you combined these two shoes, you wouldn’t quite get the P37 - you need to find that React foam from somewhere - but there is a lot of shared DNA. And guess what? I really liked both the P36 and the Turbo 2. And guess what? The Pegasus 37 is great - but not quite more than the sum of its parts. 


Of course, please make sure to read our Comparisons section, where we have a ton of comparisons to the leading trainers out there today!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Brooks Running Ghost 13 First Run Video Review, Details, and Comparison to Levitate 4

Article by Sam Winebaum

Brooks Ghost 13 ($130)

I take a first run in the Brooks Ghost 13 in Park City, Utah and share my initial video review below. Weighing about the same as the Ghost 12 at 9.9 oz / 280 g US men's 9, the 13 now has a full length (instead of just a heel insert) lateral side DNA Loft foam that is softer than the co molded (not glued in) BioMoGo DNA foam on the medial side, a lighter engineered mesh upper, and slight changes to the forefoot outsole design all of which I conclude so far have very positive changes to the ride and fit. 
I compare to the Levitate 4 in the video. Releases September including in a Gore-Tex Invisible Fit version. $130. full multi tester review of men, women's and GTX versions of the Ghost 13 soon.

WATCH THE VIDEO REVIEW INCLUDING COMPARISONS TO LEVITATE 4 (11:21)
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Monday, May 18, 2020

New Balance FuelCell 890 v8 Multi Tester Review

Article by Peter Stuart, Jamie Hershfang, Mac Jeffries, Renee Krusemark, and Sam Winebaum


New Balance 890v8 ($120)

Stats

Estimated Weight:: 8.25 oz / 238g US M9,   

  Samples: 8.0 oz / 227g US M8.5, 12.9 oz / 366g  US M14E

Stack Height: 25mm heel, 19mm forefoot, 6mm drop

$120. Available now including Running Warehouse US here 


Introduction

The 890 changes quite radically, yet again, getting a full Fuel Cell midsole replacing the prior RevLite. It gains about 1.4 oz / 39 g coming in at approximately 8.25 oz / 233g US men’s 9 with a 25mm heel /19 mm forefoot, 6mm drop. The upper changes from engineered knit to engineered mesh. The outsole is a combination of Ground Contact RevLite and rubber. It remains a more stable up tempo option as its predecessors were.



Pros:

Peter/Sam/Mac: fits well and secure

Peter/Jamie/Sam: fast and firm

Jamie/Sam: wide platform gives stability without rigidity

Jamie/Mac: gusseted tongue provides a very comfy fit

Sam: Firm, stable, fast ride that is also strangely not as punishing as I expected.

Sam: Great aesthetics, 

Sam/Jamie/Mac/Renee: very secure upper with a rounded decently roomy toe box, disappears on the foot 

Mac: Extra lateral midsole material great for those who land on the outside of the foot


Cons:

Peter: Not my favorite NB, not my favorite use of Fuel Cell 

Peter/Jamie: Neither here nor there. Stranded between the 1400 and others.

Peter: a little too firm 

Jamie/Sam: a little too firm for a daily trainer

Sam/Jamie: ride is a little too “serious” lacking fun 

Mac: Not as bouncy as the Rebel

Mac: Disappointed to see the weight gain

Sam: Soft forefoot rubber, wearing fast, deadens (while softening shock) final toe off, lacks some snap

Sam: Not as versatile as I would like, best run fast.

Renee: Narrow in lateral midfoot area

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Odlo Summer 2020 Run Collection Review: Highly Effective Technologies, Thoughtful Design and Great Style

Article by Dominique Winebaum, Adam Glueck, and Sam Winebaum

Odlo Sportswear

Introduction

Dominique: “Born in Norway and engineered in Switzerland” ODLO has been around since 1946, yet this is my first introduction to the brand as I am testing a running outfit from their summer collection. Created by Odd Roar Lofterod, ODLO is known as the innovator of performance sports underwear and three-layer principles. ODLO first made its marks on the Norwegian Nordic ski scene, and over the past seven decades, has expanded its line of products into several sport categories: Sports Underwear & Baselayer; Running & Trail; Hiking & Trekking; Cycling & MTB; Fitness & Yoga; Ski & Snowboard, and Nordic Ski where among others it outfits MTB Scott Sram, Biathlon  Switzerland/Norway/France, French Ski Federation, and trail running TSL France.


ODLO has been at the forefront of innovation in producing performance sportswear as reflected in their line of apparel, which is engineered with a blend of high end technology, functionality, attractive designs, and top quality. Pricing mirrors the long lasting-quality of the ODLO brand and the Norwegian-Swiss platform for manufacturing engineered high performance apparel. Oldo is also a leader in the Fair Wear Foundation an independent, transparent initiative which seeks to improve labor conditions in the textile industry.

The Spring-Summer 2020 Collection features apparel engineered with new technologies aimed at keeping your cool, dry, comfortable, and odor free. Some of the apparel with their respective technologies in the 2020 Collection are reviewed here -- Women: Dominique and Men: Sam and Adam.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Totobobo Mask Video Review and Details

Article by Sam Winebaum

Totobobo Mask

In the video below I demonstrate and describe the Singapore made Totobobo mask (also available in pink) with its replaceable filters (94 and high surface Pro sport 99) finding it extremely comfortable for daily use and suitable for running if masks are required. It is cleanable and is customizable for a good fit.


Features list HERE

Instructions for fitting and use HERE


WATCH MY VIDEO REVIEW WITH MASK DETAILS


Monday, May 11, 2020

Polar Grit X Video Review: 24 Hours on the Wrist, Performance & New Features Tested and Reviewed

Article by Sam Winebaum

Polar Grit X ($430)
After almost 3 weeks of testing and learning I review the Grit during a full day of running, activity, and sleep in the mountains around Park City, Utah,
I focus on its Nightly Recharge, the new Hill Spitter, and turn by turn routing (even on trails) enabled by partner Komoot. 

Friday, May 08, 2020

Hoka One One Clifton Edge Initial Review and Shoe Details: Radically Broad and Light. Fun to Run!

Article by Sam Winebaum


Hoka One One Clifton Edge ($160)


The Clifton Edge has a new broad midsole geometry reminding in less extreme form of the radical trailTenNine (RTR Review). It has an aggressive Early Stage Meta-Rocker, some welcome flex (for a Hoka) and a rear outrigger for stability, cushion and propulsion off the heel. 


The Edge is strikingly broad on the ground compared to "normal" shoes, and even other Hoka models. yet is very light. The men's size US8.5 sample weighs 241g / 8.5 oz so a US9 should weigh about 8.68 oz / 246 g as per the spec. The Clifton 6 in US 8.5 weighed 0.1 oz more on a narrower underfoot platform. The video review below compares the Edge's underfoot width to various other shoes.

New Balance FuelCell 890v8 Initial Review, Shoe Details, and Comparisons

New Balance FuelCell 890v8 ($120)


Introduction

The 890 changes quite radically, yet again, getting a full Fuel Cell midsole replacing the prior RevLite. It gains 1.5 oz / 42 g coming in at 8.4 oz / 238g for its 25mm heel /19 mm forefoot, 6mm drop. The upper changes from engineered knit to engineered mesh.The outsole is a combination of Ground Contact RevLite and rubber. $120. Available now.


Update:
Full Multi Tester Review
here


Watch Our First Run Review with Shoe Details and Comparisons (8:21)

Full Multi Tester Review soon!

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Monday, May 04, 2020

Saucony Endorphin Pro Multi Tester Review Updated: Contender!

Article by Derek Li, Jacob Brady, Ryan Eiler, Sally Reiley, Michael Ellenberger, Peter Stuart, Jeff Beck and Sam Winebaum

Saucony Endorphin Pro ($200)
Editor's Note: The review is updated with Derek Li's input

Stats
 Samples:    7.5 oz / 221 g US9, 8.8oz/249g (US 12), 8.35 oz / 237 g (US Men’s 10.5)
                     6.7 oz / 190 g W8 (US), US9.5 7.76oz / 220g
Stack Height: 35.5mm heel / 27.5mm forefoot (8 mm drop)
May 2020.  $200. Pre-Order from Saucony here
Pre-Order Women's from Saucony Here

Introduction

Derek: The Endorphin Pro sits at the top of this trio of Endorphin shoes, and was seen on  the feet of the top American pros like Jared Ward, Molly Seidel, and Parker Stinson at the recent Olympic Trials Marathon in Atlanta. Like all the cool kids these days, it sports a curved carbon plate, and a PEBA-based foam, coined PWRUN+ PB. Spoiler alert: of all the contenders to challenge Nike’s dominance of the marathon racer market, Saucony comes closest!

Ryan:  This is the crown jewel of Saucony’s latest Endorphin line of shoes -- their fastest, most efficient distance shoe to date.  Releasing a shoe of this caliber, at this point in time, was a monumental task for Saucony. Nike has been eating everyone’s lunch with their Vaporfly/Alphafly, and other big running names find themselves with no choice but to try and parry Nike’s move.  


With expectations so high, there is ample room to fail and perhaps sacrifice some brand credibility as a ‘serious’ running shoe company.  The biggest question surrounding this shoe is: will it feel like a panicked Nike knockoff/replica of the Vaporfly, or will it be a respectable contender, highly engineered by Saucony’s best brains?  Saucony tells a thickly woven story of how this shoe came to be; claiming that their elite athletes have been testing prototypes since at least late-2018. Many in the running world, myself included, are eager to find out if this shoe can bridge the chasm up to Nike’s record-setting offering.

Conceptually, this is very similar to what Nike has done -- sandwich a stiff, lightweight plate between a huge slab of high energy PEBA foam midsole (called PWRUN PB), and witness some remarkable results.  But while theory and practice are the same in theory, they aren’t always in practice. Full disclosure: I’m hoping that Nike has a new competitor here.

Saturday, May 02, 2020

Nike Zoom Pegasus 37 Initial Video Review and Shoe Details

Article by Sam Winebaum

Nike Zoom Pegasus 37 ($120)

Update: Read our full multi tester review HERE

The 37th edition of the Pegasus sees the most significant changes in years with a new React foam lmidsole and a front only 10mm thick Zoom Air bag, the prior edition having a full length 4mm thick Zoom Air unit

The articulated Zoom Air unit is tuned based on gender preferences with 20 psi for the men's and 15 psi for the women as testing showed women preferred a slightly softer more flexible front cushion.
Overall the Pegasus gains 2mm of stack height with its weight going from 8.9 oz / 252g to 9.73 oz / 276g for a men's US9 (confirmed by size 9 sample). Available now including in wide.

I detail the shoe's features and share my first run impressions review in the video below (8:00)

Video correction: Joan Benoit Samuelson wore a pair of Pegasus in the 2008 Olympic Trials not the 1984 Trials as in video

Michael Ellenberger's First Impressions: Last year, I likened the Nike Zoom Pegasus 36 (RTR Review) not quite to gold, but to "old reliable iron." It was an immensely solid shoe, with a Cushlon ST midsole and full-length Zoom unit, paired with a conservative but well-done upper - and I loved it. The Zoom Pegasus 37 may prove to have the same effect - I need more miles to say that - but I can already tell you that it'll get there by an entirely different approach. 

Nike has reworked the entire midsole here, with React foam replacing the Cushlon ST and the famous Air Zoom units being moved to the midsole only and top-loaded closer to the footbed. Speaking of those Air Zoom units - you may notice those (I certainly have, on my first couple runs), and it remains to be seen whether that's alleviated with a break-in. Even so, the entire cushioning scheme is also markedly bouncier - my first run in these was an unplanned workout, in large part just due to how fun the shoe feels underfoot. That was on the treadmill, and I've only done a shakeout (dog included, watch left behind!) outdoors to get a sense of the outsole, but considering the Pegasus 36 was one of the most durable offerings of 2019, I'm unconcerned. And that upper! Nike has made it lighter, translucent, and more in-line with the Turbo. 

My first test was in a slightly-too-long size 9, but I still felt sufficiently held in place by the upper, excepting maybe the top-end of my workout (around marathon pace) and strides. I don't think many runners will find something to complain about there. It is heavier than the Peg 36, but ultimately I think the 37 shares more DNA with its Turbo cousin than its mother. We'll have to see - I'll try and put at least 50 miles on these before I reach a conclusion - but I can definitively say that what I loved about the 36 last year is no longer here... and yet that may still be a good thing!

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