Friday, February 14, 2020

New Balance Fresh Foam 880v10 Initial Run Impressions, Shoe Details and Comparisons

Article by Sam Winebaum, Editor

New Balance Fresh Foam 880v10 ($130)


I take a first run on the cold and sunny New Hampshire Seacoast in the New Balance Fresh Foam 880v10 and share my initial impressions and shoe details. 

The 880v10 is a more traditional 10mm drop, non rockered, quite flexible, and high cushioned daily trainer, completely reworked and reimagined with state of the art materials (Fresh Foam X, Hypoknit upper, and outsole). 10.25 oz /290 g (US 9). Available now ($130) only at speciality run retail stores and NB.com.

Watch Sam's First Run Impressions, Shoe Details, and Comparisons Video ( 8:33)

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Daehlie Winter Run Jacket Review: Award Winning, Super Light and Practical with a Touch of Space Grade Insulation

Article by Sam Winebaum

Daehlie Winter Run Jacket ($150)



Introduction

I run in all kinds of winter weather from damp New England cold to Utah drier conditions. As a nordic skier for many years, and I will be brutally frank, run apparel companies lag nordic ski wear apparel companies in features and functionality for winter conditions and always have.

I have been a big fan of Norway based Daehile Sportswear having tested their AirNet merino wool base layers, wool training pants and run tights. This year I found their Training Wool T-Shirt ideal for just about any conditions from moderate heat to use as a base layer in winter (under the Winter Run) and when conditions required a long sleeve their Training Wool Half Zip merino layer as soft and comfortable as any I have tried. In fact every run in the jacket has had a Dahlie base layer of some kind

Daehlie was founded by Bjorn Daehlie and the attention to the highest performance shows in the founder and everything they make.

From Wikipedia: I
n the years from 1992 to 1999, Dæhlie won the Nordic World Cup six times, finishing second in 1994 and 1998.[1] Dæhlie won a total of 29 medals in the Olympics and World Championships in the period between 1991 and 1999, making Dæhlie the most successful male cross-country skier in history.
During his career, Dæhlie measured a VO2 max of 96 ml/kg/min.[2] Dæhlie's result was achieved out of season, and physiologist Erlend Hem who was responsible for the testing stated that he would not discount the possibility of the skier passing 100 ml/kg/min at his absolute peak.
It was with great interest that Daehlie recently offered me their Winter Run Jacket.  Note the emphasis on Run...  It won the prize at the 2019 ISPO Sports Show in the Health and Fitness Running Apparel category

This super breathable jacket features two chest panels of Primaloft Gold with Cross Core technology insulation. Cross Core is a blend of Primaloft fibers and aerogel fibers which is a silica based insulation originally developed by NASA that is 95% air and the lightest solid material ever developed by man. It is highly insulating in very thin layers, wind resistant while also breathable and hydrophobic. The result is said here, when blended with Primaloft, to provide 52% more warmth for the same weight, be highly packable, soft, water resistant and an in a bonus made of 35% recycled content. 

So how does this super light insulation perform in a run jacket?


Pros: 

A thin light layer of Primaloft Cross Core with aerogel just where you need it over the core, the rest of the jacked being highly breathable material with strategic laser cut holes
Fitted but roomy enough for adequate layers
Subtle reflective hits on upper and lower chest, arms, and back
A stout zipper with an easy to find pull
Cons
Zipper is a bit hard to engage on initial zip up
Single rear pocket is good for gloves and hat but bounces to much for a phone (which will easily fit)
Mesh cuff is very stout and not particularly stretchy so it not easy to take jacket on or off and especially so over a watch.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

New Balance FuelCell TC Multi Tester Review: Deluxe, Soft and Bouncy, Fast Carbon Plated Trainer Racer

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


New Balance FuelCell TC ($200)
Stats
Estimated Weight:: men's 9.15 oz / 259 g(US9)   women's 7.8 oz / 221 g(US8)
Samples: men’s: US8.5: 8.89 oz / 252 g (248g left, 255 g right), US 12 10.8oz / 308g
   women’s: US8: 7.8 oz/ 221 g
Stack Height: 30mm heel / 20 mm forefoot
Offset: 10mm
Available 2/14/2020. $200


Introduction
Jacob: The running shoe industry has seen dramatic innovation in recent years. The distance racing flat has been largely replaced by the modern racer: a high-stack shoe with a light, soft, and bouncy midsole, as well as a plate (usually carbon) to reduce vibration and direct energy. Nike defined this category with the release of the ZoomX Vaporfly 4% and the ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% is currently leading it. The NEXT% and similar variants, such as the 4%, have caused records to fall, including the men’s and women’s marathon world records (Eluid Kipchoge, 2018 Berlin Marathon; Brigid Kosgei, 2019 Chicago Marathon). There are dozens of other striking statistics with the majority of the fastest marathon times ever run in a Vaporfly variant.


Understandably, other shoe companies are following the trend, producing both trainers and racers with carbon or nylon plates and thick slabs of foam. These include the Nike Zoom Fly (heavier, training-oriented version of the 4%/NEXT%), Hoka Carbon X and Carbon Rocket, the upcoming Saucony Endorphin Pro, Skechers Speed Elite and Brooks Hyperion Elite. New Balance dipped their toes into the plate + super foam realm in 2019 with the plated FuelCell 5280 mile-racer and the FuelCell Rebel, a multi-purpose tempo and racing shoe, but neither were intended to capture the dramatically cushioned feel or effortless cruising ride of the NEXT%, 4%, or even Zoom Fly.


The FuelCell TC is New Balance’s first attempt at the max-cushion plated racer/trainer. It boasts a huge stack of very soft and bouncy FuelCell foam as well as a full-length carbon plate. Can it compete with the NEXT% and the others? Is it even meant to? Let’s find out.


Peter: It’s carbon plated soft foam season!! Yay. NB jumps into the fray and releases this beautiful, sleek looking carbon-plated beauty built on a bed of Fuel Cell foam. So where does it fit in to the new crop of racers? Let’s see!


Derek: Some of my NB sponsored friends have been spotted in the prototype since November so I was definitely excited to try this shoe. It’s always hard to predict how a shoe will feel based on pictures, but I’ve had some good luck with NB’s recent offerings so I was optimistic that this shoe would impress. The amazing thing about an Olympic year are  all the new racers coming to market so really we are spoilt for choice now. 
Sam: New Balance’s marketing says the TC is bulit to maximize your mileage and be a “training companion” with the outsole intended to ensure that “your experience stays the same from “long run to race day”. With a weight slightly over 9 oz./ 255 grams,  it seems on the surface that the TC is slotted to be more trainer than racer, yet here we have a carbon plate which generally, no matter the cushion, tends to focus the ride and use on racing in feel.  
So what is the TC? The combination of plate and soft to the touch FuelCell foam was intriguing. My instinct was that it was a stabilized and more dynamic FuelCell Propel: a soft bouncy shoe that I had trouble directing but found great for easier runs.  The weight told me that it was more trainer than pure racer.

See Reviewer Bios here
Pros
Jacob/Derek : Comfortable and accommodating upper
Jacob/Sally/Sam/Jeff: “Effortless” feel encourages speed
Jacob/Sally/Sam/Jeff: Very fun to run in
Jacob/Sam/Derek/Jeff/Sally: Soft and bouncy ride with high energy return well directed by a carbon plate
Sally/Sam: super comfortable TTS fit, good heel hold, generous toe box 
Peter: looks great, bouncy midsole, fun.


Cons
Jacob/Derek/Jeff/Sam: Weight prevents it from contending with true racing shoes
Jacob/Sally: Loose forefoot fit
Sally: top edge of tongue digs in initially, resolved after break in period
Peter: Tongue creeps into shoe, foot is not as locked down as I’d like in a racer
Jeff: Heel protrudes too high, causing some irritation
Sam: While not noticed on the run, I wish it was lighter. 
Sam: On the heavy side for its lofty price.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Salomon Sense Pro 4 Multi Tester Review: A Totally Rebuilt, Highly Refined & Complete Package for Fast Trail Running

Article by John Tribbia, Jeff Valliere, and Sam Winebaum


Salomon Sense 4 /Pro  ($140)

Official Weight: 215 g | 7.6 oz. (Size US 7W), 255 g | 9.0 oz (Size US 9M)
Estimated Weight: men’s US 9: 9.35 oz / 265 g  
Samples: 9.75 oz/278 g men’s US 10, 9.1 oz / 258g men’s US 8.5
Stack Height: 25mm / 21mm (4mm drop)
Available: February 2020. See below for shopping options.
MSRP:  $140


Introduction
Jeff V:  The Salomon Sense Pro 4 has been completely rebuilt from the ground up, with an improved outsole, Optivibe midsole and retooled upper.  I liked the Sense Pro 1 and 2, with the tread more appropriate for moderate trail use and they felt a bit thin underfoot for rocky technical terrain. The Sense Pro 3 looked to be a bit more worthy of technical trails, with deeper more aggressive tread, but I found the shoe to be exceptionally tippy on technical technical terrain, where I often rolled my ankle (which I pretty much never do).


Sam: I agree with Jeff the Sense Pro 3 left much to be desired. Firm and harsh and not particularly stable despite its speed focus, it was not a fun shoe as the Sense Ride 2 was despite that shoe’s lean towards road trail hybrid. With the Sense Pro 4 and new Sense Ride 3 (RTR Review) getting top to bottom new designs, the Sense Pro 4 now slots where the Sense Ride 2 sat but with more of a pure trail focus from upper support, all new vibration attenuation, more rock protection and more aggressive  traction. The Sense Ride 3 moves to all around heavy duty trail purposes (gaining considerable weight in the process) while sharing Optivibe and getting a heavier duty upper, more protection and stability than Sense Ride 2, Sense Pro 3 or even Sense Pro 4


John T: Not to sound like a broken record, but I can’t help but to reiterate that the Pro 4 leaves the Pro 3 in the dust by leveraging the aggressive tread and providing a shoe that is laterally stable, protective on technical terrain, and provides a versatile all-mountain shoe that is praiseworthy on buffed or rocky trails, and excels in off-trail and rock scrambling.

Pros:
Jeff V:  Response, secure yet accommodating fit, underfoot protection, traction, dampening, stability, agility
John T: traction, toe and forefoot protection, breathability (awesome for summer running & racing), stability, lightweight
Sam: A complete package for fast trail running: outstanding upper, vibration dampening stable and protective ride, agility decent flexibility, all terrain traction.


Cons:
Jeff V:  I would be hard pressed to come up with one.  Perhaps the lace garage could be a bit easier to use.
John T: breathability (definitely not a winter or snow running shoe despite traction features, so cold!)
Sam: No obvious shortcomings here for intended purposes.

Sunday, February 09, 2020

Brooks Hyperion Elite Initial Run Impressions, Shoe Details, and Comparisons

Article by Sam Winebaum

Brooks Hyperion Elite ($250)



Stats
Weight: men's US9 6.8 oz / 193 g
Offset: 8mm
Releases February 27, 2020. $250,

The Hyperion Elite is Brooks' top new road racer. Light, stable, carbon plated It has a simple, effective, and roomy while well held  engineered stretch woven mesh upper. It features a DNA Zero midsole whose base material is EVA likely processed using a supercritical gas method,

I took them for a first run on the cold New Hampshire Seacoast and share the shoe details, first run impressions and comparisons to Next%, Skechers Speed Elite, and upcoming non plated Hyperion Tempo which is 0.5 oz heavier and considerably less expensive at $150 in the video below.
Please Watch the Video (12:12)


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Friday, February 07, 2020

Mizuno Wave Inspire 16: 125 Mile Review

Article by John Tribbia


Mizuno Wave Inspire 16 ($135)
Introduction

John: I have a long history with Mizuno, dating back to the early models of the Wave Alchemy. What I have always loved about Mizuno shoes is the firm, yet responsive ride, even in those older “motion control” models. Based on my research about the Inspire, the 16 has the same underfoot cushioning as previous models and continues to offer plenty of stability for moderate over pronators. New to this model is an improved midfoot lockdown, which to me seems like it is most evident in the heel security, and some weight savings mostly through a more efficiently designed upper. When I put these on out of the box, I noticed the firm footbed and soft engineered mesh upper. The shoe feels responsive and relatively light despite a thick and built up midsole/heel cushion.

From Mizuno: The Wave Inspire 16 gives you an unbelievably quick and stable ride. Impact-absorbing midsole and SmoothRide Support Wave technology bring an ideal balance of cushion and lightness to every step, along with a smooth transition. An all-new upper features engineered mesh for a soft, breathable fit, with internal toe cap for a sleeker look-and-feel. Take your daily runs to the next level with the ultimate in performance and comfort.

MSRP:  $135
Weight: 10.1 oz (Size US 9M)
Stack Height: 32mm / 20mm (12mm drop)
Available: Now


Pros: Bouncy, flat laces, comfortable upper, smooth and stable ride, well structured heel security
Cons: even with engineered mesh upper I envision durability issues with the upper.

Thursday, February 06, 2020

Skechers Performance Go Run Speed Elite Hyper 1st Run Impressions, Shoe Details, and Comparisons

Article by Sam Winebaum

Skechers Performance Go Run Speed Elite Hyper ($190)

Stats
Weight: 5.8 oz /164 g men's US 9 (verified with size 9 sample
23mm heel / 19 mm forefoot,  4mm drop
Available Feb. 2020. $190.

Long awaited the Speed Elite is well cushioned with Skechers' Hyper Burst midsole foam, has a forefoot winglets H shaped propulsion and stability plate and is shod with Goodyear rubber. The upper is a semi-translucent mono mesh upper for maximum breathability and low moisture absorption.  I was sent a half size up from my normal 8.5, as whole sizes only for now,  and with thicker socks was secure but would go true to size in a next pair.

My first 5.3 mile run was along the New Hampshire Seacoast in rain, cold weather, and strong winds at about 8:04 pace in a moderate effort. I particularly noted a faster than normal cadence for this pace at 179 per minute which I attribute to the plate action and also felt (to be verified) that my ground contact time was shorter than normal, again I think due to the plate.
Full multi tester review soon!

Watch My First Run Impressions, Shoe Details, and Comparisons (9:13)

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