Monday, March 14, 2016
With the turning of the seasons comes quite a few great new shoe updates and brand new releases for the road and the trail. Here is a taste of what we are excited to show you this spring!
- Salomon Sense Pro 2 – For the past couple years the lightweight nature of the original Sense Pro has appealed to roadrunners and trail runners alike. Its versatile treads and firm feel allow for this shoe to perform well in a variety of conditions while feeling fast. In this second edition, Salomon made the fit a touch more generous through the forefoot allowing for a wider variety of feet to fit comfortably. The outsole was also adjusted to be more effective on trails with slightly larger lugs underfoot. This is still a great road-to-trail shoe for all kinds of runners.
- Salomon Sonic Aero – Salomon realized that many of their trail runner loyalists were also venturing into the road running scene so they created a shoe that would allow you to glide over the roads as well. The Sonic Aero is lightweight and on the firmer side, but certainly can take the longer miles. The outsole also would allow for some very light trail use as well. Not to mention it also has that classic, nearly iconic Salomon fit!
- Hoka One One Challenger ATR 2 – An award-winning first generation of the Challenger ATR has been tweaked only slightly to bring in a new performance trail shoe. The tongue was padded and the upper reinforced to provide a more locked-in fit on the varying terrain. The underfoot is still that smooth, protective, cushy feel we have come to expect from Hoka.
- Montrail Calderado – This brand new shoe by Montrail is going to be a very functional shoe through the spring a summer. The outsoles will excel on anything from hard packed dirt trails to some of the more soggy conditions of the spring. The cushioning is constructed in such a way that it feels stiff and supportive while not being overly rigid. Some have labeled this as a neutral version of the Mountain Masochist.
- Topo MT-2 – Topo is starting to get more attention in the trail scene and we couldn’t ignore the advancements they are making. The MT-2 is built with lightweight and efficient materials that don’t compromise protection. This low-drop trail shoe is going to give you a lot of ground feel and an anatomical-shaped toe box that is certain to improve natural stability.
- New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo – This brand new daily trainer in essence replaces the 870 in the light stability category. This is the first time New Balance is using their Fresh Foam midsole material to create a stability shoe, building up the arch area with more densely packed foam. To help you stay more efficient, the heel-toe offset was also lowered to 4mm from the traditional 8- or 10-mm that New Balance has been sticking with. Though a little lower in the heel, the Vongo is not short on cushioning or lacking structuring. Definitely one to try for that slight overpronator looking for a smooth ride.
- New Balance 880v6 – New Balance was too excited to wait until summer to release this new version of their classic trainer, so we get it a few months early! The upper was developed with the help of data from runners to create a strategic, engineered mesh. This lightweight, stitch-free construction will better hold the foot comfortably in place for maximum performance. The 880 was totally overhauled and given a more balanced midsole providing lasting comfort mile after mile.