Friday, July 28, 2017

Outdoor Retailer- Best of 2018 Running Video Previews: Our Picks from Salomon, Brooks, Saucony, Altra, Columbia Montrail, La Sportiva, adidas Outdoors & Skechers Performance

We scoured the huge Outdoor Retailer Show for running introductions . We will have our customary previews for each brand with detailed information and photos of multiple shoes for each brand shortly. As we visited with each company we picked, with their approval, one or 2 key products and asked each company to present in a minute or two the features and benefits.

We saw significant reductions in weight in the stability road shoe class at Brooks, Skechers Performance, and Saucony due to new lighter yet supportive uppers and new midsole materials.

Salomon Running
Update: read our full article about Running Avenue, the tech, video and all 3 models
All new Running Avenue Sonic road line led by the 8.6 oz/244 gram Sonic RA

Update: Read our full Salomon trail preview article here. Includes info on S/Lab Sense Ultra 2 and Speed 2 as well XA Elevate

XA Elevate trail shoe 
A very sharp looking update to a core trail runner.

Brooks Running 
Update: Read our full Spring 2018 Brooks previews article here:  Transcend 5, Adrenaline GTS 18, Launch 5, Ravenna 9, Caldera 2, Mazama 2

The top selling Adrenaline GTS 18 road shoe gets much lighter

Liberty ISO full Everun light stability cousin of the Freedom ISO
Update: See our full Spring 2018 Saucony preview article here featuring Liberty ISO, Triumph and Hurricane ISO 4, Kinvara 9, Peregrine 8, and Denim Collection

Best New Running Shoe of Outdoor Retailer Summer 2018!
Altra Running
Duo max cushion 31 mm zero drop super light 7.9 oz/ 224 road shoe with a whisper thin draining breathable mesh upper.
Update: See our full Spring 2018 preview here with new Duo, Vanish-R 3.9 oz road racer, Solstice entry level shoe & Everyday Collection 

Columbia Montrail
Outdry Extreme Featherweight Jacket
Lighter than 2017 edition, a super versatile waterproof breathable run jacket

Unika premium all trails shoes with a PU midsole
Update: See our full Spring 2018 La Sportiva preview here premium long hauler Unika, Lycan mid distance sub 10 oz shoe, and very light VK racer.

Skechers Performance
Best Update
GOrun Forza 3 light stability road shoe drops 1.4 oz/40 g to 9.2 oz due to new triple density FlightGEN midsole

adidas Outdoor
Innovative Designs Award-Focus on Reducing Environmental Impact
Parley CC Voyager travel and water shoe with Stealth rubber, lower earth impact (no dyes) all white Terrex 2  Boa Boa trail runner and Agravic Speed. Paint your canvas with trail dirt!

The Playlist with all 9 Outdoor Retailer Intro videos is here. Please subscribe to your YouTube chanel
Full previews for all the brands above shortly. 

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Unknown said...

Thanks so much. Salomon looks interesting. Can’t wait to see Hoka’s Arahi update.

Anonymous said...

$190 for the La Sportiva. Yikes. Didn't expect them to jump to Solomon prices.

Sam Winebaum said...

It's a premium European made shoe, yes kind of like S-Lab. La Sportiva also has a new reasonably priced trail runner I will cover in my full preview article in the next few days.
Sam, Editor

Anonymous said...

Right. I love La Sportivas and I've been wearing them as my main shoes for several years. Seems like for awhile they upped their prices $10 for each year of new models. This is just an unexpected jump.

Anonymous said...

What is a good road to light trail shoe - has some traction in wet weather
Will run mainly on road and light trail

I currently wear Saucony Ride and Triumph I am neutral runner but want a shoe for wet roads and a little off road -
Thank you

Sam Winebaum said...

Hi Anonymous,
Not quite the cushion of the Ride or Triumph but the New Balance Gobi is an excellent door to moderate trail shoe. I also really like the Salomon Sonic Pro and Sonic with Vibe if you can find them. A bit slappy but very good traction and responsive without much vibration shock. Another superb alternative the Altra Torin 2.5. Very supportive trail worthy upper. Haven't run the Torin 3 but should be similar but maybe a touch less supportive upper. Reviews of all of these and many others can be found at our index page here
Sam. Editor
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