The Salomon S-Lab Sense is a new light-weight trail racing shoe that is set to launch in May. It was developed specifically for ultra running superstar Killian Jornet, and was worn during his major wins in 2011 including the Western States 100. Even though I’m a Saucony guy (and much more of a road guy than a trail guy), this shoe is extremely intriguing to me for a few reasons:
- It is a 6.5-ounce trail shoe, but it looks much, much more substantial than any other sub 7-ounce trail shoe I’ve ever seen before. For example, it weights less than the Merrell Trail Glove which basically looks like a slipper compared to the Sense.
- The reviews are almost universally glowing (Example1, Example2), and make it seem like this is some type of alien technology super-shoe.
- The MSRP is $200!!!! I don’t care how good it is, are people other than elite racers actually going to drop $200 for a trail shoe?
Anybody else out there intrigued by the Salomon S-Lab Sense?
Saucony Kinvara 3 – I’m totally getting geeked up about the upcoming Kinvara 3 from Saucony. My initial nervousness about the changes has now turned into…CAN’T WAIT TO TAKE THESE FOR A SPIN. While the official drop is in May, they are supposed to begin showing up at specialty retailers on April 26th.
Love this teaser for the upcoming @Saucony Kinvara 3 which will land in May. Nervously looking forward to trying out the update. As I’ve said before, the Kinvara has become my go-to shoe for most everything, so I really hope they don’t mess up a great thing.
Introducing NIKE FLYKNIT Technology (YouTube) – What a cool video for the upcoming Nike Flyknit running shoe line.
Even though I’m pretty much a Saucony guy all the way, I’ll have to admit the upcoming Nike Flyknit line looks extremely intriguing. Having a material that will provide a “sock-like” fit without the need for overlays sounds pretty cool. Remains to be seen how this will effect things like durability, breathability, etc. The weight of the trainer version is going to be extremely close to the Saucony Kinvara at 7.7 oz for a men’s size 9. The racer version will be over 2 oz less at 5.6 oz. This shoe was worn by several individuals competing in the US Olympic Marathon trials in January. Might be a possible alternative to the Kinvara for me if Saucony ever ruins the design.
What do you think?
In 3 weeks I’m running the Rock N’ Roll New Orleans Marathon. Olivia and I will be traveling to NOLA with approximately 20 members of our running group and the group will be sporting matching shirts for the race. The guys will be sporting gold colored Asics shirts with purple screen printing (Mardi Gras colors):
While this is cool, all of my current race shoes are solid red with black trim, which will clash horribly. No way I’m running in anything but a Saucony Kinvara, but unfortunately the Kinvara doesn’t come in any color right now that fits in with NOLA colors.
With that in mind, these are the options that I have:
Option A: Yellow / Black / Orange
Pros – The yellow is almost the same as the Asics shirt, and overall this is a very cool looking shoe.
Cons – While orange is a complimentary color to purple, it’s not exactly a NOLA or Mardi Gras color.
Option B: Black / Citron
Pros – The is my favorite Kinvara color combination that I don’t already own.
Cons – While green is one of the primary Mardi Gras colors, “Citron” doesn’t exactly qualify as Mardis Gras Green.
Option C: Black / Grey
Pros – Would pretty much go with anything but Navy Blue
Cons – Fairly boring
Option D: White / Black / Grey
Pros – Would pretty much go with anything but Navy Blue
Cons – Very boring
Well…would love your opinion. What do you think?
Saucony Kinvara 3 Sneak Peek
RunningWarehouse.com has posted a fairly detailed preview of the upcoming Saucony Kinvara 3 on their running blog. I expected more details to finally start coming out after the bi-annual Outdoor Retailer show last weekend.
As I’ve said before, I have been concerned about the changes since the Kinvara 2 is pretty close to perfect shoe for me. However, after reading this and other reviews, my concern is slowly turning into excitement. I also LOVE the colors that are going to be available in this revision. Quite outside the box for Saucony. What do you think?
Saucony Kinvara TR
I finally found a picture of the upcoming Saucony Kinvara TR (Trail), which had its coming out party at last weekend’s bi-annual Outdoor Retailer show and is supposed to drop in the middle of the year. I have been using the Saucony Peregrine as my trail shoe since last spring, but am excited about the possibility of an even lighter-weight trail shoe made on the same Kinvara last. According to a blog post from someone at the event, the Kinvara TR weights 8.5 oz, which is almost 1.5 oz less than the Peregrine. (also…the same blog post has additional details on the upcoming Kinvara 3)
Update Was forwarded some additional information from a fellow runner in Nashville. A friend of his at the Outdoor Retail show was able to try on a pair of the Kinvara TR. His exact quote was… “Just tried on a pair….if you like the Kinvara….sweeeeeeet!”
Check out the sick new colors which will be available in the upcoming Saucony Kinvara 3s!! I’m nervous about the changes they are making to the shoe, but the styles are awesome. Picture was tweeted out earlier today by @clindyrun – Saucony CMO
Update: Looks like these babies are going to hit in July 2012 – at the same time as the Kinvara TR.
Update 2: There will be six colors total for each gender (picture looks like eight, but this comes directly from Saucony). Four colors will be released on May 1, 2012. The other two will be released on July 1, 2012.
I think I may have found my new racing flat for track workouts and shorter distance races. About a year and a half ago I started using the Saucony Kinvara for track days because I wanted a lighter weight shoe than my Nike Vomero trainers. Now that the Kinvara has become my primary training shoe, and now that I’m also running 4 to 5 miles every week in Saucony Hattoris, I’ve been seriously thinking about moving to a lighter weight racing flat for track workouts.
I had previously looked at the Saucony Grid Type A4, but just found out today that the Grid Type A5 is coming out in February, and the weight has been reduced from 6.3 to 5.6 oz! That is only 1.2 oz heavier than my Hattoris.
Add to this the fact that Saucony tends to fit me extremely well, and that these babies look really SWEET, and I think I might just have to add the A5 to my arsenal. What do you think?
Yesterday, Competitor.com posted preview pictures of the Saucony Kinvara 3 which is set to launch sometime in 2012. Over the past 2 years, the Saucony Kinvara has become my go-to shoe for races of all distances, speedwork, tempo runs, and some normal training runs. I was very pleased that there was very little change between the Kinvara 1 and Kinvara 2, and that nothing was altered in the sole or midsole.
Well, it looks like that is not going to be the case with the Kinvara 3. From the pictures below It appears the support structure of the upper has been extensively modified:
It is also obvious that the sole design has been altered, especially in the heel and midfoot areas. It is interesting that the rubber is now only on the outside of the heel, with EVA foam everywhere else. Looks like the forefoot is relatively similar to the previous models.
Here’s hoping that these changes are an actual improvement, and do not negatively affect the fit, weight, or ride of the earlier models.
What do you think of the new design?
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