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 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.