Saucony Kinvara 4

The new Saucony Kinvara 4 has arrived!

Available in two colours each for the men’s and women’s models.

Upgrades for the Kinvara 4 include a redesigned FlexFilm upper for improved comfort and fit, and a switch to PowerGrid from the original ProGrid cushioning.

two models on the left for the ladies, two on the right for the guys
two models on the left for the ladies, two on the right for the guys

The women’s Kinvara 4 is available in women’s US 6.0 – 9.0.

The men’s Kinvara 4 is available in US 7.0 – 13.0.  The Kinvara 4 retails for $159 and is available in store now!

Closed This Sunday, 18 Aug 2013

Just a reminder that we’ll be closed this Sunday, 18 Aug 2013.

Sorry for the inconvenience caused!  To make up for being closed, any online orders made this weekend will come with FREE local delivery.  Just send your order and particulars to [email protected]

Hopefully you see this before Sunday!
Hopefully you see this before Sunday!

 

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Saucony Fall-Winter 2013 (Part 1)

We’ve got some new shoes to get the week started!  Part 1 of our Saucony Fall-Winter 2013 shoes were just delivered today.

The ladies get first dibs
The ladies get first dibs

The women will get to run in the eagerly anticipated Kinvara 4 before the guys will this time.  The Kinvara has been one of those rare shoes were each update actually makes the shoe better.  This time the Kinvara 4 boasts an upgrade to Powergrid cushioning (it used to use ProGrid) as well as a redesigned Flexfilm upper for better fit and comfort.  Retails for $159.

Everyone will see you running in these
Everyone will see you running in these
Big fan of this colourway
Big fan of this colourway

We missed out on these last season so we’re glad to have the Fastwitch 6 in store this time round.  The Fastwitch 6 has a very lightweight and breathable FlexFilm upper.  Coupled with drainage ports and a bit of support in the midsole, you’ve got a great lightweight option for triathlon and just about any other run up to the longer distances.  Retails for $139.

Get ready for speed
Get ready for speed

The Grid Type A5 racer is in the house!  With this really attractive colourway, the A5 scores lots of points in the looks as well as the comfort & performance categories.  The FlexFilm upper securely locks down your foot and the SSL EVA midsole provides a surprising amount of cushioning in such a lightweight package.  Start preparing for your next PB.  Retails for $149.

 

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DIY Tips to Improve Your Enviro Bike Box

We’ve recently started retailing the Enviro Bike Box here at The Runner’s Gait.  It’s affordability and light weight have made it a very popular choice for travelling cyclists and triathletes.

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To get even more mileage out of your bike box, we have some helpful DIY tips for you!  (Click the image below to view full size)

Easy as 1-2-3
Easy as 1-2-3

The Enviro Bike Box retails for $199.

 

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Get Ready for Trails!

Happy day after National Day!

A quick trail running related update today. With a couple of big trail races around the corner, we’ve got a few new products that you might want to take with you on the road.

Compressport continues to innovate their trail running range and the latest additions are the Trail Running ForQuad and the Trail Running UW (underwear).

They come as a pair in either black or white, not one each as pictured.
They come as a pair in either black or white, not one each as pictured.
Available in Black, White or Red
Available in Black, White or Red

From Ultimate Direction, we’ve got the Anton Krupicka signature series Race Vest. Weighing in at a feathery 6 ounces, the AK Race Vest is the world’s lightest hydration pack. With all the features you need and none you don’t, the AK Race Vest offers twin bottle pockets, a main compartment for gear or a reservoir, and several smaller pockets easily accessed on the go. The Power Net Mesh holds small items securely while expanding out to a full 4 liter capacity.

Water bladder not included
Water bladder not included

Compressport R2 review by RunSociety

You can check out the Compressport R2 review done by J-ing on Runsociety here –> http://www.runsociety.com/2013/08/07/becoming-an-effective-athlete-with-compressport-calf-sleeves/

5 Minute Review – adidas adizero Hagio 2

Alistair Brownlee wore the adidas adizero Hagio 2 on his way to winning the Olympic Triathlon gold last year in London.  He ran 29min07sec for the 10km (after swimming 1.5km and riding 40km).  While I’m sure most of that was due to A.Brownlee being ridiculously quick, the Hagio 2 has got to be a fast pair of shoes to keep up with him.

I think this is colourway is called InfraRed
I think this is colourway is called InfraRed

The Hagio was brought in as a replacement for the adizero Pro 4 and the Hagio 2 continues where it left off.  Using the same midsole as the Pro 4, the full forefoot adiprene+ gives the Hagio 2 great response and cushioning.

170g for a US8
170g for a US8

The Hagio 2 has a Sprint Web upper that is seamless and extremely comfortable.  This is the same upper that is found on on the adidas spikes.  The Coolever mesh upper is very breathable and this is is quite possibly even more comfortable when worn without socks.  I have very delicate feet and usually blister at the smallest thing, but I experienced no hint of irritation at all so far.

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I did feel a bit of heel slippage when I tried these on the treadmill.  The heel cup is cut fairly low so runners that are used to more built up shoes might find this freedom around the ankle to be a bit unsettling initially.  However, after a quick re-lacing of the Hagio 2 to make use of the last eyelet, everything seems A-okay.  The Hagio 2 also has a 6mm heel drop.

Ever present Torsion in the outsole
Ever present Torsion in the outsole

A improvement that many runners will appreciate will be the full forefoot Quickstrike that not only increases the shoe’s flexibility and feel, it is also supposed to significantly improve it’s durability.  The Hagio 2 offers very good traction over all surfaces and the ever-present Torsion system ensures that as little energy is wasted after toe off.

Overall, I think the Hagio 2 is a nice option if you’re looking for a racing flat with a nice amount of cushioning.  This is unlikely to be your go-to shoe for every day training, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much cushioning you feel when you’re running in the Hagio 2 so a tempo run in them is definitely on the cards.  It is not as harsh some other racing flats are, but they are responsive and will do great for anything from your 2.4km IPPT to a half marathon.  There will be some of you that will fancy this for the full marathon as well.  With a couple of local races coming up, triathletes looking for a sockless option for race days will also want to remember the Hagio 2.

The adidas adizero Hagio 2 retails for $169 and is available now at The Runner’s Gait.