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Upcoming Shoe Reviews

We have a lot of shoes in the pipeline. Here’s a quick look at our men’s and women’s shoe reviews coming up.

Puma FAAS 500v4

Initial impression: One of our favorite Puma shoes strips the gimmicks and keeps the shoe clean and simple.

What Puma is saying: The latest evolution of the Faas 500 is equipped with an improved upper fit and fresh tooling. It’s designed for the serious runner looking for a minimal, lightweight training shoe. An upgrade to FaasFoam+ midsole material combines with a full EverTrack+ outsole for a superior cushioned ride. The upper combines the new EVERFIT 2.0 system with Weave Mesh technology, setting a new precedent with the Faas philosophy of lightweight support. Finally, the 4mm HTD encourages a more natural and efficient transitional ride.

Altra Instinct 3.0 and Intuition 3.0

Initial impression: Better looking and better feel. If you like the One² and want a more durable version this is it.

What Altra is saying: The Instinct and the Intuition started it all and is back with a new look, softer upper and more responsive ride! The Instinct 3.0 retains its lightweight, flexible design and innovative technology that put Altra on the map. The FootShape™ toe box allows your foot to relax and spread out naturally and keeps the big toe straight for more power. FootPod™ outsole technology maps the bones and tendons of your foot for natural flexibility and more responsiveness. A top layer of our A-Bound™ energy return compound puts a spring into each step.

Under Armour Speedform Gemini

Initial impression: Wow, Under Armour has done it. This is a superb trainer that can pile the miles.

What Under Armour is saying: The Gemini – New Charged Cushioning innovation delivers game-changing impact protection & energy return.

Asics Gel-Kayano 21

Initial impression: Clunky and heavy, but super cushioning. Classic trainer.

What Asics is saying: The GEL-Kayano 21 is updated with nothing but the best in ASICS technical innovation, featuring the next generation of FluidRide™ and a ComforDry X-40 sockliner for the lightest and most luxuriously stable ride yet. Mild to moderate overpronators will enjoy a more comfortably secure upper, uniquely designed with a new heel construction that complements the premium FluidFit® upper and Heel Clutching System™. Weight: 10.9 oz. Heel Height: 22mm. Forefoot Height: 12mm.

Salming Distance A2

Initial impression: light weight trainer dialing in the essentials and scraping everything else. This shoe will be geared towards the runner that doesn’t mind the feel of the road. Think sports car versus touring car.

What Salming is saying: Light weight. High Mileage. Built to Last. The RunLite midsole and 3-layer upper construction deliver a comfortable cushioned ride, while the Torsion Efficiency Unit provides ultra responsiveness and support where you need it.

Salming Race

Initial impression: Tried these on ran up and down the block, came inside and signed up for a 5k.

What Salming is saying: Built to race. Showcase the fastest version of yourself on race day. The quick and responsive Carbon Torsion Efficiency Unit, combined with a Runlite midsole and seamless upper maximizes efficiency and performance.

New Balance 890v5

Initial impression: Loved the v4 and it looks like they tuned the v5 to reflect some of the feedback from runners. This should be a good update. Even if the 890v5 runs a 1/2 size small. New Balance doesn’t have a description up yet. I am sure they will have something up by the time we post the review.

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante

Initial impression: TOTALLY geeked up on this shoe. Light. Bitchin’ style. Sweet cushion.

What New Balance is saying: Fit to be fast, Fresh Foam Zante features a supportive sock-like design and a plush Fresh Foam midsole. The bootie construction and no sew overlays keep your foot snug, while the foam helps deliver a smooth ride.


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  1. Derek says:

    Nice line up looking forward to the full reviews

  2. Bryan says:

    Really hope that the Instinct 3.0 is a lot less brick-like than its predecessors. It sure looks good, at least.

    1. Not brick like at all.

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