ASICS GEL-KAYANO™ 25 helps runners go the distance

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[22nd May – Kobe, Japan] On June 1st, ASICS launches the 25th iteration of its flagship stability shoe, the GEL-KAYANO™, which has set the benchmark for long-distance running performance since 1993.

Through ASICS’ unique approach to human-centric design, research in technological innovation, and dedication to excellence, every iteration of the GEL-KAYANO™ series has improved on the previous version, offering runners increased protection and performance every time. The series has broken boundaries in product innovation and has enabled runners to perform at their best—revolutionising the performance running category. The GEL-KAYANO™ 25 is no exception, offering yet again, brand-new technology from ASICS’ Institute of Sport Science (ISS), which debuts in this shoe.

Kenichi Harano, Executive Officer and Senior General Manager at ISS says: “The GEL-KAYANO™ series was designed to make long-distance running accessible for runners. For 25 years, we’ve kept this goal in mind as we continued to make GEL-KAYANO™ series lighter and more responsive, without ever compromising on stability.”

GEL-KAYANO™ 25

GEL-KAYANO™ 25 features the new FlyteFoam™ Lyte and FlyteFoam™ Propel Technologies, working in parallel to deliver superior protection and enhanced stability no matter the distance.

NEW AND IMPROVED FEATURES

FlyteFoam™ Lyte is the next generation of ASICS lightweight and responsive cushioning technology [1] . The midsole formula features a reinforced, sustainable nanofiber compound which increases the foam’s durability and provides more stability for runners.

FlyteFoam™ Propel is ASICS’ newest patented [2] foam formulation designed to provide enhanced responsiveness in toe-off. Used in parallel tandem with the strategically-placed ASICS GEL™ technology, the GEL-KAYANO™ 25 works with the runner’s foot to provide superior shock absorption.

All-new Two-Layer Jacquard Mesh Upper offers a breathable, premium fit that improves flexibility and decreases irritation-causing wrinkles while maintaining lightweight—which means the runners will look as good as they feel.

ASICS’ approach to human-centric product development is something ASICS’ founder, Mr. Kihachiro Onitsuka pioneered, in 1949. This year is an important moment for ASICS as on May 29th ASICS’ will be celebrating Mr. Onitsuka’s centennial birthday, showing people how he shaped the brand ASICS is today and how he has influenced the path for the brands future.

Paul Miles, Chief Marketing Officer, ASICS Corporation says: “GEL-KAYANO™ 25 is a product that we know our founder would have been proud of and it’s just the beginning of what we have coming over the next few years in the performance running category.”

The GEL-KAYANO™ 25 will be available globally on June 1st, 2018 at ASICS retail and online stores for $160 USD.

ASICS celebrates the 20th iteration of the GEL-NIMBUS™ series, its best long distance running shoe

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To celebrate nearly twenty years of the GEL-NIMBUS series, ASICS is launching a new edition of its most popular long-distance shoe [i] , the GEL-NIMBUS 20. The lightest model in GEL-NIMBUS history, the GEL-NIMBUS 20 is made for the runner in everyone—whether it’s your first mile or your hundredth.

Like the GEL technology in the shoe, running is evolving—breaking the mold of what people consider a runner to be. The new GEL-NIMBUS 20 shoe is designed with cushioning and light weight comfort aimed to give runners their best performance from start to finish.

GEL-NIMBUS 20

Today, GEL-NIMBUS is the leading cushioning model mainly for neutral runners and underpronators, packed with a range of ASICS performance technology.

The combination of its patented FlyteFoam [ii] midsole inserts with GEL Technology gives the GEL-NIMBUS 20 superior cushioning, shock absorption and a lightweight feel with every step.

Built for runners of every stride, the GEL-NIMBUS 20 features new Gradient Jacquard Mesh structure, designed with strategic 3D printed overlays that seamlessly wrap and support the foot throughout your run. The new feature on the upper also gives feet a great fit and breathability for runners of every stride.

Gerard Klein, Senior General Manager, Global Performance Running Footwear, ASICS Corporation says, “The GEL-NIMBUS is a shoe with nearly 20 years of history. And there’s a very good reason for this—since its debut in 1999, the GEL-NIMBUS has managed to deliver against runners’ highest expectations and help them achieve their personal bests. The GEL-NIMBUS has always been designed to offer runners superior cushioning without excess weight. In fact, Nimbus means “cloud” in Latin. Our goal with the GEL-NIMBUS is literally to make runners feel so light and comfortable, it’s almost like they’re running on a cloud. Every year ASICS raises its aspirations even higher, and we will continue to innovate and develop the GEL-NIMBUS series.”

GEL-NIMBUS 20 retails for $160 USD and will be available December 1st at ASICS and specialty run stores as well as online at asics.com.

Features of the GEL-NIMBUS 20 include:

· I.G.S (Impact Guidance System)

· FlyteFoam Midsole –bottom layer

· SpEVA Midsole –top layer

· Plus 3 and Gender Specific Cushioning (for Women’s model)

· GUIDANCE LINE

· TRUSSTIC System

· Visible Rearfoot and Forefoot GEL

· SpEVA Lasting

· FluidFit Upper with Gradient Jacquard Mesh

· Outsole Forefoot: AHAR Sponge, Rear foot: AHAR PLUS Rubber

· X-40 Ortholite Sockliner

· External Counter

· 3M Reflectivity

Brooks Running Company Brings Innovation to Runners by Unveiling the Most Personalized Running Footwear Partners with HP and Superfeet to Reinvent Performance Running Using FitStation powered by HP

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Brooks Running Company announced it is partnering with HP Inc. and Superfeet to deliver the most personalized running footwear. Leveraging FitStation powered by HP and Brooks Run Signature, Brooks will introduce the first performance running shoe created based on an individual’s unique biomechanics which will be available via special order through select retail partners beginning June 2018.

With a singular focus on running, Brooks has a deep understanding of runners’ unique biomechanics and is committed to providing personalized experiences that enhance the run for every individual. Based on years of research, the company developed its Run Signature philosophy rooted in the belief that the best way to enhance comfort and improve performance is not to fix a runner’s “flaws” but to instead create running footwear that works with the runner’s natural motion path of his or her body. Through its partnership with HP and Superfeet, Brooks takes Run Signature to the next level and delivers the most personalized running footwear.

“Brooks is committed to providing the fit, feel and ride each runner wants. The ability to give an individual a personalized shoe based on his or her unique biomechanics is a game changer. It is a compelling offering for the runner who is interested in tip-of-the-spear technology and a totally tuned experience,” said Brooks CEO Jim Weber. “As part of our focus on reinventing performance running, we will continue to push the envelope to bring runners innovations that help them uniquely tailor their run.”

FitStation powered by HP is pioneering hardware and software that combines 3D foot scanning with dynamic gait analysis and foot pressure measurements. Fully aligned with principles from Brooks Run Signature, FitStation offers customers in-depth analysis including key motion zones to identify the unique motion path of the runner’s body and information about the desired running experience. FitStation creates a one-of-a-kind holistic digital profile of an individual that combines personalized fit, biomechanics and experience.

“FitStation by HP is changing what personalization means—from the in-store experience to the final product. In collaboration with Brooks and Superfeet, we are delivering truly made-to-measure footwear with a lot size of one,” said Ed Ponomarev, general manager of FitStation and business development HP Inc. “Digitalization of biometric data opens an opportunity to ultimate individualization with the speed and cost efficiency of mass production. HP brings deep experience in computing, scanning and technology integration at scale to deliver a revolutionary digital manufacturing platform, creating individualized products that are available to anyone—from casual runners to elite athletes.”

The FitStation analysis translates into specific requirements for each shoe, and is then produced by Superfeet on a state-of-the-art DESMA polyurethane injection-molding machine. The system uses the 3D foot scans to determine the proper lasts which the shoes are built around, ensuring each shoe is tailored to the specific shape of the runner’s foot. Then, using a combination of variable PU injection with direct attach capabilities, the foot pressure measurements, movement analysis of the runner’s joints, and their personal experience preferences are combined to create personalized midsole requirements with multiple tuned zones—all ensuring the runner stays in their preferred motion path and receives the running experience they desire. All personalized footwear will be manufactured in the U.S. at Superfeet’s world headquarters in Ferndale, Wash.

“Having the leader in running footwear leverage FitStation and our U.S. manufacturing facilities to create the most individualized running shoe on the market is momentous,” said John Rauvola, president and CEO of Superfeet. “Not only will it change what people expect from their running experience, it is also an important step in making a positive difference in people’s lives by delivering the best underfoot support possible. This is the beginning of the individualized fit revolution.”

Brooks will demonstrate the industry-leading personalization experience Nov. 28-30 at The Running Event in Austin, Texas, where the company will create personalized Brooks Levitate RS shoes for select attendees. The new footwear will roll out to runners in June 2018 via special order through select retail partners. A list of participating retailers can be found at www.superfeet.com/fitstation.

About Brooks Running Company
Brooks Running Company sells its performance footwear, apparel, sports bras and accessories in more than 50 countries worldwide. Brooks’ purpose is to inspire everyone to run and be active by creating innovative gear designed to keep runners running longer, farther and faster. This purpose is supported by Brooks’ Run Happy philosophy, a quest to celebrate and champion the sport of running and all runners everywhere. Founded 1914, Brooks is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and is headquartered in Seattle. Visit www.brooksrunning.com for more information or follow us on Twitter (@brooksrunning) and Facebook (www.Facebook.com/brooksrunning).

About Superfeet Inc.
For more than 40 years, Pacific Northwest-based Superfeet has been creating innovative products featuring the highly-regarded Superfeet® shape, helping millions of people worldwide experience unparalleled comfort, pain relief and performance. Best known for their wide variety of over-the-counter insoles, the company now offers a full line of comfort-focused footwear built from the insole out. Today, through the latest advancements in 3D-printing technology and manufacturing, Superfeet is taking insoles and footwear from mass-produced products to individualized, made-for-you solutions. A 100% employee-owned company, Superfeet gives 1% of sales and countless volunteer hours to help others shape a strong foundation for a healthy future. For more, visit superfeet.com.

Brooks Levitate with DNA AMP Delivers Infinite Energy

New DNA AMP Midsole Technology Provides the Most Energy Return of Leading Performance Running
September 20, 2017 12:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time
SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Based on seven years of Run Signature research, Brooks Running is launching the all new Levitate with DNA AMP—a shoe engineered to provide the most energy return of leading performance running shoes. The springy and responsive Brooks Levitate is available for pre-order beginning today at http://www.brooksrunning.com/en_us/brooks-levitate-running-shoes.html and will be available worldwide Sept. 30.

“We’re pushing the limits of energy return with the new Brooks Levitate and are excited to unveil a shoe that has been engineered from the ground up to provide runners with an infinitely energetic experience,” said Carson Caprara, director of global product line management, Brooks Running. “The Brooks Levitate features our revolutionary new DNA AMP midsole technology that releases energy straight back to the runner, making the experience so fun they might feel like running forever.”

The Brooks Levitate is the first shoe to feature the company’s exclusive DNA AMP midsole. Created in partnership with BASF, DNA AMP is a brand new polyurethane (PU)-based cushioning system strategically engineered to provide unparalleled energy return. The foundation of DNA AMP is a PU foam that naturally expands, returning energy as force is applied. To deliver an amplified experience, Brooks encased the foam in a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) skin that resists horizontal expansion to deliver energy directly back to the runner. The result is an engineered compound that provides exceptional energy return as well as an eye-catching chrome-like finish that feels as great underfoot as it looks.

To add to the energizing experience of the shoe, the Brooks Levitate features an integrated Fit Knit upper that comfortably accommodates a runner’s foot as it moves and expands. Brooks Fit Knit utilizes a circular knit process to create a precisely engineered upper that provides breathability where desired and structure where needed. A flexible, arrow-point pattern on the outsole of the shoe helps runners move quickly from heel to toe, without losing energy.

The Brooks Levitate with DNA AMP will be available for $150 in two colors for women and two colors for men. Additional details about the shoe can be found HERE.

About Brooks Running Company
Brooks Running Company sells its performance footwear, apparel, sports bras and accessories in more than 50 countries worldwide. Brooks’ purpose is to inspire everyone to run and be active by creating innovative gear designed to keep runners running longer, farther and faster. This purpose is supported by Brooks’ Run Happy philosophy, a quest to celebrate and champion the sport of running and all runners everywhere. Founded 1914, Brooks is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and is headquartered in Seattle. Visit www.brooksrunning.com for more information or follow us on Twitter (@brooksrunning) and Facebook (www.Facebook.com/brooksrunning).

‘Minimal’ shoes may reduce running injuries

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Runners who wear trainers with no cushioning and land on the ball of their foot rather than the heel put significantly less demand on their bodies, new research suggests.

Researchers compared how quickly the force acts when runners’ feet hit the ground — known as the loading rate — which has been shown to influence running injury risk.

The study of 29 runners found significantly lower loading rates for those who wore so-called minimal trainers and landed on the ball of their foot, compared to people in normal running shoes, regardless of whether the latter landed on the heel or ball of the foot.

Lead author Dr Hannah Rice, of the University of Exeter, said: “So many people use running as a means of reducing the risk of chronic diseases, but about three quarters of runners typically get injured in a year.

“Footwear is easily modifiable but many runners are misguided when it comes to buying new trainers. “This research shows that running in minimal shoes and landing on the balls of your feet reduces loading rates and may therefore reduce the risk of injury.”

Running continues to grow in popularity, and research aimed at reducing the high incidence of running-related injuries has been ongoing for decades — but injury rates have not fallen.

Modern-day runners in cushioned footwear tend to land on their heel — known as a “rearfoot strike” — while those who run in the natural barefoot state are more likely to land on the ball of their foot – a “forefoot strike”.

Rearfoot strike runners experience an abrupt vertical impact force each time the foot lands on the ground. This impact force is often missing when running with a forefoot strike, but previous research has shown that forward/backwards and sideways forces can be higher with a forefoot strike, meaning the total force is similar.

Total force seems to be similar between foot strikes if wearing modern, cushioned trainers.

Dr Rice said: “This seems to suggest that, for runners in traditional, cushioned running shoes, foot strike pattern may not matter for injury risk.

“However, we suspected that the same may not be true of runners who regularly use minimal shoes, which don’t have the cushioning provided by traditional running shoes.

“Our research tells us that becoming accustomed to running with a forefoot strike in shoes that lack cushioning promotes a landing with the lowest loading rates, and this may be beneficial in reducing the risk of injury”

Any transition to new footwear or to a different foot strike pattern should be undertaken gradually, and with guidance.

New study by running experts: Don’t change your stride

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USA Track and Field consultant Iain Hunter and U.S. Olympian Jared Ward have a message for runners: Don’t mess with your stride.

A new study by the duo of BYU professors finds the stride length people naturally choose is the best for them, whether they are experienced or inexperienced runners. That means whatever shape you are in — marathon warrior or weekend jogger — stick with what you’re doing.

“Don’t worry about changing your stride length,” said Hunter, a professor of exercise science at BYU. “You should just leave it alone or you’re going to use more energy in the end.”

The study, published in the International Journal of Exercise Science, measured the energy use of 33 runners while carrying out various strides during a 20-minute run. Of those runners, 19 were experienced runners (meaning they averaged at least 20 miles a week) while 14 were inexperienced runners (people who have never run more than 5 miles in a week).

During their runs participants used five different stride lengths: their natural stride, and then strides of plus and minus 8 and 16 percent of their normal stride. Subjects maintained the adjusted strides thanks to the assistance of a computer-based metronome, which beeped each time their foot should’ve hit the treadmill. Meanwhile, researchers measured the energy output of the runners with masks that recorded the amount of oxygen used.

The results found both the experienced and the inexperienced runners were most efficient when they were using their preferred stride. Thus, athletes and coaches don’t need to alter a runner’s stride length when economy is the main concern.

“Just let it happen; it doesn’t need to be coached,” Hunter said. “Your body is your best coach for stride length.”

Hunter and Ward would know — both are experienced runners and both have trained and researched high-level distance runners for years. Ward, of course, finished 6th in the marathon at the 2016 Olympics and recently finished in the top 10 of the 2017 Boston Marathon.

Ward, an adjunct faculty in the BYU statistics department, said the takeaway is similar to that of elite runners: Be very careful if you’re trying to alter your stride if efficiency is your main concern.

“Many people are advocating for various ‘optimal’ running forms, but this study shows even novice runners shouldn’t try to run any different than their body naturally does,” he said. “Enjoy running and worry less about what things look like.”

Hunter’s expertise has led him to carry out biomechanical analyses for USA Track and Field for the past 14 years. He is headed to London this August with Team USA for the World Championships, where he will help film and analyze U.S. athletes during competitions.

Kelly Lee, a BYU undergraduate, and James Tracy, a former BYU steeplechase athlete and a current grad student, were also coauthors on the paper.

Saucony® Launches the Saucony Stride Lab™ App

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WALTHAM, MA (November 3, 2016) – “To keep runners running, it’s not enough to get them in the right shoe; we need to help them build better running bodies,” says Spencer White, head of the Saucony Human Performance & Innovation Lab, the brand’s state-of-the-art running research center focused on empowering runners through performance innovation. Today, the Saucony Lab figuratively opened its doors to runners everywhere with the launch of the Saucony Stride Lab app, the first interactive tool that puts the power of a cutting-edge biomechanics lab in the palm of every runner’s hand.

The Saucony Stride Lab app, developed in partnership with Jay Dicharry, MPT, SCS, author of Anatomy for Runners, empowers the individual runner to build a better running body right from their personal mobile device. The Stride Lab’s innovative interface first guides the individual runner through a multi-step personal evaluation that includes their stance, mobility, stability and stride−all from their iPhone. The Stride Lab then instantly interprets the data, prioritizes the results and delivers to the runner a customized and ever-evolving plan of running-specific exercises and dynamic drills to optimize their running experience. The Saucony Stride Lab app is now available as a free download at iTunes.

“With the launch of the Stride Lab app we’re throwing open the doors of the Saucony Human Performance & Innovation Lab, sharing decades of expertise and research in stride analysis and biomechanics to help runners perform and feel better,” said White. “That information, in combination with Jay Dicharry’s world-renowned expertise in biomechanical analysis and sports athletic performance, has allowed us to create a personal running lab experience, customized for each individual runner and accessible from their mobile device at their convenience.”

“Working with tens of thousands of runners, from the novice to the Olympic level, has shown us that people are different, that they can and should run in a manner that complements their body structure,” said Dicharry. “It’s critical that runners first assess their stance, mobility, stability and stride to determine the best way for them to run. The Saucony Stride Lab app allows runners do just that, and then determines a running-specific plan of BodyWork exercises and running drills that they can follow to maximize their running performance. While other apps track the quantity of your run, the Stride Lab app will improve the quality of your run.”

The Saucony Stride Lab app will be launched to the running community at the Saucony booth at the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon Health and Wellness Expo taking place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City from Thursday, November 3rd through Saturday, November 5th.

How Does The Saucony Stride Lab App Work?

  1. Get Evaluated: From your iPhone, the Stride Lab app will guide you through a 7-point assessment where we can benchmark your body and identify limiters that stand in the way of your running goals.
  2. Get Your Plan: Receive a customized plan of running-specific exercises and drills that address your unique issues to improve your running experience for the long term. The Stride Lab app will give you up to five BodyWork exercises at a time to perform three-times a week. You can go through them all at once or fit them in at your convenience.
  3. Get Running: Check in with the Stride Lab app before every run for a series of dynamic running drills to incorporate into your daily run.
  4. Get Points: Just like a personal coach, the Stride Lab app keeps track of all the great work you’re doing. See your BodyWorks score rise as you complete your tasks.
  5. Get Progress: Every few weeks the Stride Lab app will ask you to re-evaluate yourself to see how you’re improving and whether you are ready to focus on the next challenge.

New Altra EGO™ Midsole Material Creates the Holy Grail of Running Shoe Cushioning — Fast and Springy, Yet Comfortable and Soft

SALT LAKE CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Altra Footwear announces Altra EGO™, an innovative new midsole cushioning. See all of Altra’s new footwear and apparel products at Booth #36179 at Outdoor Retailer Specialty Market, August 3-6, 2016 in Salt Lake City.

Altra EGO™ new midsole cushioning material

Altra’s simple but breakthrough FootShape™ toe box and cushioned ZeroDrop™ platform changed running shoes for the better. The young brand wanted an equally game-changing cushioning for trail and road running shoes with outstanding rebound, light weight and superior comfort.

Altra EGO™ is their answer, a proprietary blend of cushioning compounds, with a name inspired by the dual nature of the new cushioning.

“We’re excited about what we’ve achieved with the Altra EGO cushioning,” said Golden Harper, founder of Altra Footwear. “Traditionally, running shoes that felt ‘soft’ could also feel like they robbed energy, a bit like slo-mo or running in mud. On the other hand, shoes marketed as performance or responsive are firm and less comfortable.

“Our goal with Altra EGO™ cushioning is to offer the holy grail of running shoe cushioning — fast and springy, yet comfortable and soft.”

Harper believes this cushioning is perfect for elite runners because the shoe “runs fast and feels responsive,” yet ideal for recreational runners because it feels distinctively soft and comfortable underfoot.

Unlike traditional EVA midsoles, Altra EGO performs better and more consistently in extreme temperatures. In tests against traditional running shoe foams, Altra EGO has high long-term durability to maintain excellent cushioning and energy return properties throughout the life of the shoe.

On shoes, the new midsoles are highlighted with a distinctive design inspired by the inherently strong, light, yet resilient design of a spider web.

Altra Escalante™ with Altra EGO

Introducing Altra Escalante™ with Altra EGO, featuring energetic rebound in a moderately cushioned package that’s noticeably thinner than conventionally cushioned shoes. The richly colored engineered-knit upper provides a sleek aesthetic and a sock-like fit.

The spectacular natural environment of Utah, Altra’s home state, inspired the shoe’s name. The Escalante River winds through sinuous sandstone gorges and creates the undulating patterns emulated in the shoe’s knit upper. This river and the rugged canyons which drain into it form a key section of Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, providing nearly two million acres of scenic roads and trails for running, hiking and backpacking.

Like all Altra shoes, the Escalante features the FootShape™ toe box, cushioned ZeroDrop™ sole and truly female specific fit, with a new name, Fit4Her™.

Stack height: 25 mm, built on Altra’s PFS performance last

Weight: 8.2 ounces/232g (men’s sample size 9), 6.5 ounces/182g (women’s sample size 7)

Colors:

  • Men’s: Gray, Blue, Red
  • Women’s: Magenta, Blue, Gray

MSRP: $130, available now.

Altra King MT™ with Altra EGO

Introducing the Altra King MT, made for runners whose idea of fun involves mud, wet grass, and burly mountain climbs. This shoe includes significant 5.5 mm outsole lugs designed for lateral braking, medial gripping and maximum traction in wet and slippery conditions.

Topping that traction is the Altra EGO mid-sole, a new compound with high rebound at a low weight. A flexible StoneGuard™ rock plate adds extra underfoot protection. The King MT has the most supportive upper of any Altra with TPU overlays on durable polyester ripstop fabric. New is the FootLock™ feature, a midfoot strap to lock the foot in the shoe on steep ascents and descents.

The King MT is named for Utah’s highest peak, continuing Altra’s tradition of naming its trail shoes after iconic mountains in its home state.

Like all Altra shoes, the King MT features Altra’s award-winning FootShape toe box and cushioned ZeroDrop platform. These features combined with the aggressive TrailClaw™ metatarsal lugs, Vibram MegaGrip™ outsole and low 19 mm stack height make this shoe ideal for obstacle course racing and the growing sport of mountain running, or Fell running, as it’s known in Europe.

Stack height: 19 mm

Weight: 9.5 ounces (men’s sample size 9), 7.8 ounces (women’s sample size 7)

  • Men’s: Black/red, Grey, Royal blue
  • Women’s: Black, Magenta, Teal

MSRP: $140, available now.

About Altra

Altra Footwear has shoes for road, trail, track, treadmill and every day, as well as a full line of running apparel. Altra is now the third largest trail shoe brand sold in run specialty with three of the top seven trail-running shoes, according to data from NPD: Altra Lone Peak, Superior and Olympus.

Altra’s running shoe innovations are born from long hard runs in the Wasatch Mountains, just minutes from Altra’s Utah headquarters. Founder Golden Harper, a former All-American runner who loves to run to the top of difficult mountain summits, invented a cushioned ZeroDrop shoe and a foot-shaped toe box, features that are now found on every Altra shoe. Co-founder and Global VP of Sales Brian Beckstead completes at least one ultramarathon each year, including Eco-Trail Norway in 2016, Ultra Trail Mont Blanc and the Wasatch 100 in 2015 and Ultra Trail Mt Fuji in 2014.

ASICS Launches DynaFlyte – The Key To Fast Running

IRVING, Calif., June 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — ASICS launches the new DynaFlyte model, its lightest-ever cushioning shoe for runners who want speed. Delivering both lightweight and cushioning, the DynaFlyte model unlocks runners’ speed so they can run fast at any distance. Featuring a full-length FlyteFoam midsole, DynaFlyte is the first product that allows everyday runners to experience ASICS latest patented midsole technology in its purest form.

ASICS held a global launch event for the DynaFlyte model in New York City on June 14, featuring ASICS elite athletes Candace Hill and Ryan Hall, media, influencers and scientists from ASICS Institute of Sports Science (ISS).
The DynaFlyte model unlocks the potential to run fast by delivering superior cushioning in a lightweight shoe. With less shoe weight to swing forward, runners experience less energy loss, more efficient running and unlock the potential for speed at any distance.

Maintaining effective cushioning while simultaneously reducing a shoe’s weight is a key challenge in running footwear development. Featuring category-bending innovations, it has defied the inverse correlation between lightweight and cushioning, allowing runners to improve their speed at any distance. Having broken the 10.5 oz barrier, DynaFlyte weighs 9.3 oz for men and 7.8 oz for women.

Discover Pure FlyteFoam Technology
At the core of the DynaFlyte model is FlyteFoam, ASICS patented lightweight and responsive cushioning technology ? first trialed in MetaRun in November 2015. DynaFlyte marks the first use of FlyteFoam in its purest form, through a full-length midsole engineered to deliver lightweight and highly-functional cushioning.

FlyteFoam is the result of about three years of development and over 300 prototypes tested at ASICS Institute of Sport Science. Built with reinforced fibers that work to maintain cushioning, it is approximately 55 percent lighter than the industry standard and is ASICS lightest midsole. Equipped with a full-length FlyteFoam midsole, DynaFlyte meets the highest level of cushioning standards among ASICS running footwear.

The ISS Promise
The DynaFlyte model was designed and developed at the ISS, ASICS research & development center in Kobe, Japan. ISS, the beating heart of ASICS, is where countless pieces of data from amateur and professional runners over the past 30 years are curated and analyzed to inform product development. ISS has put ASICS at the forefront of research in running. Their rigorous approach to product development has led to the discovery of the breakthrough technology, FlyteFoam.

DynaFlyte embodies ISS human-centric science approach to product development and commitment to continuous improvement, bringing new possibilities to runners looking for performance and speed at any distance.

With DynaFlyte, runners can fully experience FlyteFoam technology at its purest. We are excited to launch DynaFlyte, and see how FlyteFoam will be able to help runners unlock their speed, said Dr. Tsuyoshi Nishiwaki, Executive Officer, Senior General Manager, ASICS Institute of Sport Science.

DynaFlyte in Action
ASICS sponsored a global launch event in New York City on June 14th, showcasing the DynaFlyte model, its key product release of the year and its featured technology, FlyteFoam. During the launch ASICS introduced an interactive installation, the DynaFlyte Deck, a specialized running track. The event was designed to bring to life the shoe’s full experience and consumer benefits.

Developed in cooperation with ISS, it is programmed with colored lighting and sounds that offer runners on the track different drills to experience and feel the DynaFlyte models core benefits ? lightweight, cushioning, and the potential for speed.

Media and influencer attendees were able to test-run the product on ASICS’ custom-made DynaFlyte Deck.

ASICS elite athletes Ryan Hall and Candace Hill, as well as scientists from ISS, also participated in the global launch event.

ASICS newest and youngest track and field athlete, Candace Hill, spoke about her partnership with ASICS:

One of the reasons why I choose partnering with ASICS is because they get what it means to be fast and being the fastest is the main focus for me on the track and in my training said Hill. This new shoe by ASICS can unlock that potential for everyone while still feeling light and comfortable.

The DynaFlyte model will be available for men and women at ASICS online stores and select running outlets worldwide starting July 2016.

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HOKA ONE ONE® Challenger ATR Is The Trail Shoe Of The Year

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HOKA ONE ONE Challenger ATR 2015 Competitor Magazine Trail Shoe of the Year (PRNewsFoto/HOKA ONE ONE)

RICHMOND, Calif., March 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Last year, running shoes from HOKA ONE ONE® (a division of Deckers Brands), (NYSE: DECK), collected over a dozen different editorial awards. The brand is kicking off 2015 on the right foot with another top prize: the Competitor Magazine Trail Shoe of the Year award for the Challenger ATR. Launching this month, the Challenger ATR is built for runners seeking excellent traction and increased support combined in a lightweight, yet durable, all-terrain shoe.

According to Competitor’s review, the Challenger ATR has, “all of the things you want in an off-road running shoe with enough trail-specific features to keep your feet protected. The Challenger ATR is amazingly light, quite nimble and very stable for such a well-cushioned trail shoe.”

The Challenger ATR features the lightweight, smooth-riding characteristics of the award-winning Clifton shoe and supplements them with increased support in the upper, a slightly stiffer midsole and a more aggressive outsole. Independent rubber pods with 4mm lugs provide for adaptive, all-terrain traction on a variety of surfaces. The Challenger ATR weighs just 8.6 ounces in a men’s size nine and retails for $130.

“At HOKA we are passionate about every detail that goes into making our unique products,” says HOKA President Jim Van Dine. “With the Clifton as a blueprint, we added just the right amount of support and protection to make the Challenger ATR one of the lightest and fastest trail shoes on the market. It is an honor to have our work recognized by the Competitor team.”

The Challenger ATR is available online, at select REI stores and specialty running retailers nationwide.

About HOKA ONE ONE®

HOKA ONE ONE® is the fastest growing, premium running shoe brand in the world. Two life-long runners launched HOKA ONE ONE® in 2009, after years spent handcrafting and shaping lightweight shoes with extra-thick midsoles. Initially embraced by ultrarunners because of their enhanced cushioning and inherent stability, the brand now offers shoes for all types of athletes who enjoy the unique experience the shoes provide.