Combine Speed, Comfort and Stability with the Adidas Adistar Adapt

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The best trail shoes have it all – comfort for a fun run, stability to plow through tough terrain, and flexibility to handle all types of conditions. The Adidas AdiStar Adapt, recently named the Editor’s Choice trail shoe for by Runner’s World Magazine, combines all three. This relatively light, low-to-the-ground trail shoe weighs in at 13.9 oz for men and 10.9 oz for women. An improvement upon the Adistar Trail, this shoe is a good match for lightweight runners aiming for speed.

Like most Adidas shoes, the Aidstar Adapt includes adiPRENE® + to protect the forefoot against rough conditions. Additionally, it contains the Adidas Ground Control System™, allowing the heel to move independently of the shoe and adapt to the ground. A mesh layer on the top of the shoe helps provide breathability for a more comfortable run. Though they retail at $110, I have seen them for as little as $79.99 on websites such as Amazon.com, which compares favorably with the Nike Air Cesium. For more information, check out the Adidas website.

January 23, 2006 | by Admin

Asics Gel Foundation VI: Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

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Want a motion-control running shoe, but don’t want to lose the cushioning of a stability running sneaker? Try the Asics Gel Foundation. The Foundation, currently Asics’s sixth edition, is one of the company’s many motion control shoes. Built for the mild to severe over-pronator, it features a stability technology (in the form of a DuoMax medial post in this case) to ensure a controlled gait from heel to toe. Unlike many other motion-control shoes, the Asics Gel Foundation has a cushioning mechanism that ensures comfort throughout your stride.

The Foundation’s cushioning system stands out from other motion-control shoes through a variety of features. Like many Asics running shoes, the Foundation features a GEL® Cushioning System and a SpEVA® midsole to ensure a comfortable fit. The shoe also has a Personalized Heel Fit (PHF) memory foam that conforms to the runner’s foot over the course of its use.

The Foundation is geared to both male and female runners, and weighs in at a relatively light 12.4 and 10.1 ounces, respectively. Suggested retail prices run at about $90, but vary depending on location. For more information, take a look at our Asics reviews.

January 20, 2006 | by Admin

Brooks Shoe Advisor Makes Picking Shoes Easy

Brooks Shoe Advisor Makes Picking Shoes Easy

Anyone who know a lot about running shoes has heard the name Brooks. Brooks Running offers a variety of shoes geared toward both runners and walkers, for trails and on the road.

I recently rediscovered Brooks when I found out I was an over-pronator. Taking the advice of a fellow runner, I decided to research different brands of running shoes online to see what the right shoe was for me.

Brooks’s website features a shoe advisor that helped me pick out the perfect (Brooks Branded) running shoe. I checked off the boxes: female, for road running, severe over-pronator, flat foot, medium weight. Brooks offered me two shoes: The Brooks Ariel and the Brooks Addiction 6. Since I had already received two recommendations for the Addiction 6, Brooks simply reconfirmed my decision.

To find out which running shoe is best for you, visit our Brooks running shoes review category.

January 17, 2006 | by Admin

The Mechanics Behind Motion Control Shoes

Know you need a motion control running shoe, but don’t quite understand the mechanics? Runningunlimited.com offers an easy-to-understand explanation:

“Motion Control shoes are designed for the severe over-pronator. A severe over-pronator has a foot whose arch is too flexible and collapses excessively. This causes the foot to roll inward at an extreme angle and puts strain on the shins, knees, and lower back. Motion Control shoes are straight lasted and have a very broad base for support. Motion Control shoes will also have either a dual density midsole or a rollbar, or both, for added pronation control.”

Here’s another test of a good motion control shoe: Twist it. It should be rigid through the arch, so that when you run on it, it doesn’t allow you to twist your foot, curbing over-pronation.

January 15, 2006 | by Admin

Prone to Over-Pronate? Try a Motion Control Shoe

If you overpronate, like many runners out there, you know what a (literal) pain it can be. Overpronation, for those of you not familiar with the term, is an inward rolling of the foot during a running stride. While all runners pronate to a certain extent, some of us (usually with flat feet) turn our foot TOO far inward when we push off. This can lead to a number of injuries, including shin splints, IT band syndrome, and heel spurs.

One way to counter over-pronation is by purchasing motion control running shoes. Motion control shoes, or durability shoes, do precisely what they say – they support the flat arches that most over-pronators possess, helping them to have a more controlled gait. One example is one of the best running shoes on the market, the Brooks Beast motion control shoe. For more info on motion control running sneakers, please see our motion control page.

January 13, 2006 | by Admin

If the Running Shoe Fits, Test It: Tips for Picking the Best Sneaker for You

Though it’s common knowledge that sneakers should be lightweight and comfortable, finding the right running shoe for your foot is actually quite a complex process. Here are a few basic tips to get you started:

1. Make sure that your running shoe has a little “breathing room” in the front: While everyone knows the “thumb rule” for buying shoes, few people realize that many runners go up a half-size when purchasing new running shoes. I do this because it puts less pressure on my toes, making for much more comfortable long runs.

2. Find out what kind of mobility you need in a shoe: The way your foot hits the ground when you run impacts your entire lower body. Runners’ feet hit move in many different ways, and finding shoes that help you move with the smoothest gait possible will give you a better stride and decrease the likelihood of injury. One way to determine the correct type of shoe is by the structure of your arches.

3. Figure out which surfaces you will be running on most: Depending on where you plan to run (roads, trails, etc.) determines what type of traction you need on your shoes.

When buying a running shoe, go in with these three thoughts on your mind and you’ll be off to a head start!

January 11, 2006 | by Admin

Brooks Beast: Setting the Pace for Motion Control

If you’re a guy looking for motion control in a running shoe, try the Brooks Beast . These are regarded by many as the best running shoe in the market. Brooks, a brand well-known for its durability shoes, has released a new version of the Beast for the past several years.

The Beast is known by many as the best motion control running sneaker on the market. Geared specifically toward over-pronators, people with low arches, and runners who need orthotics the Beast is equipped with e-1™ and e-2™ compounds to increase durability and absorb impact shock. This allows the shoe to have superior cushioning while still offering a great deal of support. The top of the shoe also offers the classic Brooks breathable mesh, allowing airflow through the foot while on long runs.

The Beast, like many motion control shoes, is relatively weighty for a running shoe. It comes in at 14.5 oz in the men’s version. It can cost anywhere between $90-$110, depending on the store or website. Also check out our review of the Brooks Ariel running shoe.

January 9, 2006 | by Admin

Brooks Ariel: Keeping up with the Beast

Ladies, if you’re in awe/envy of the Brooks Beast, fear not: there is a running shoe out there for you. In addition to the Beast, Brooks features the Ariel for women. In addition to a color job, the shoes are cut a little lighter and weigh in at 12.3 oz vs. 14.5 for the Beast.

Like the Brooks Beast running shoe, Ariel is known by many as the best women’s motion control shoe on the market. Again, it’s geared to runners that over-pronate, have low or flat arches, and those who sometimes use orthotics. The Ariel uses most of the same technology as the beast, including Substance 257, a compound that claims to “offer unsurpassed cushioning and durability.” Both shoes also offer diagonal rollbars on the bottom of the shoe to reduce excess pronation, and heel stabilizers to increase motion control. It can cost anywhere between $90-$110, depending on the store or website. For more information, visit the Brooks Website.

January 7, 2006 | by Admin

Nike Air Cesium: A Lighter Running Shoe for Over-Pronators

While many motion-control shoes are relatively heavy, companies are now making innovations to these running shoes to make them lighter. One such shoe is the Nike Air Cesium.

Air Cesium, which was featured in November 2005’s Runner’s World Magazine as a hot new product, is classified as a stability shoe with motion control capabilities. The shoe features a crash pad on the lateral (outside) portion of the foot, helping soften the blow with each step and making it harder to over-pronate. Geared toward mid- to heavy-weight runners (runners that are more likely to over-pronate) the Air Cesium claims to “offer similar benefits of a custom orthotic,” according to Nike officials, while weighing in at a waif-like 10 ounces.

The Air Cesium is available on a number of European web sites and will be officially unveiled by Nike in January of 2006.

January 5, 2006 | by Admin

Arches Tell All: Ten Seconds to a Quick Gait Analysis

Wondering if you’re an overpronator, supinator, or a stable runner? One indicator of your running stride may be your natural arch. Not sure what your arch looks like? One commonly used test is the paper-towel test. Simply wet the bottom of your foot and step on a paper towel for a few seconds. Then take a look at the results.

If you have a high arch: Less of your foot may be hitting the ground with each step. You are likely to supinate, which can cause injury to the ankles. The solution? A semi-curved, cushioned shoe that encourages flexibility.

If you have a normal arch: Lucky you. You are likely making a normal stride. The best sneakers for you are stability shoes that have moderate control features.

If you have a flat arch: There is a good chance you overpronate, which can cause a number of injuries in the knee area. Most likely you will need a running shoe with motion control and high stability, so that the foot stays in place with each step.

The paper-towel test is a good first step to analyzing your gait, but is not 100% correct. The best solution is to talk to a biomechanics expert or go to a running store to get a better idea of your running style.

January 3, 2006 | by Admin

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