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      ASICS GEL-Kayano 24, Better than Ever

      ASICS GEL-Kayano 24, Better than Ever

      This year, ASICS introduces their brand new GEL-Kayano 24 to take over for their previous installment. Over the years this shoe has gained a reputation of being a cushioned and responsive workhorse.

      The GEL-Kayano 24 is designed with comfort and versatile stability in mind as it can be worn by neutral runners and moderate overpronators, too. This time around, ASICS has changed the upper in a way that feels more forgiving and therefore, more comfortable.

      This shoe offers overpronators stability and comfort to improve running efficiency and decrease the risk of injury over varying distances. And as mentioned, while it's perfect for the overpronator whose predisposed to an inward rolling motion as the foot progress toward toe-off, it will also work for neutral runners.

      Our in-house product expert, Cathy, said that "after having the chance to try these premium running shoes, I found that this iteration is probably my favorite. This is simply based on the improved fit of the shoe."

      As an American Podiatric Medical Association doctor approved shoe, the Kayano 24 as compared to the Kayano 23, has new jacquard mesh, meta-heel clutch design to hold the heel in place, and a lower collar (so no friction occurs on the back/sides of the ankles).

      "I’ve always loved the ultra-cushy feel of the Kayano and I felt that it performed so well for me in it’s excellent, shock-absorbing ability. The only complaint that I had about previous models were the narrow and constrictive feels I got around my forefoot from the upper. But the new jacquard mesh material and its construction in the GEL-Kayano 24 provides a more accommodating fit," Cathy comments.

      The 24s incorporate ASICS' Impact Guidance System, FlyteFoam, FluidRide, FluidFit, Heel Clutching System, Dynamic DuoMax, Guidance Line, Guidance Trusstic System, SpEVA 45 and Plus 3 (only in women's version) Midsole technologies.

      The Plus 3 midsole tech is ASICS women-specific cushioning, 13mm drop for women, compared to a 10mm drop for men.

      "For lovers of this stability staple by ASICS, you’ll get all that soft and pillowy good stuff you’ve gotten before, but if your piggies need room, this shoe has that, too! With the plethora of new colors, you’ll be sure to find one (or more) that you just can’t live without." To watch an overview with an ASICS representative, watch the video below.

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      Hoka One One Gaviota Review: Enhance Your Long Runs

      Hoka One One Gaviota Review: Enhance Your Long Runs

      At this point, I have run almost 100 miles in the Hoka One One Gaviota, Hoka’s replacement of the Constant 2, and my feet and legs have never been happier. I ran a few hundred miles in both the Constant and the Constant 2, so I was a bit worried when I heard Hoka had discontinued it and had a replacement in the works called the “Gaviota.” But since Hoka One One constantly improves their products, my nerves settled.

      The Gaviota features Hoka One One’s new J-Frame technology to help slow the rate of pronation for people who need stability in their running shoes, without being intrusive to their gait; needless to say, I was very intrigued.

      Feel:

      As soon as the Gaviota was released, I laced up a pair and have been running happy miles ever since. One of the big changes from the Constant, and the first thing I noticed was that the Constant’s burrito style tongue had vanished. The Gaviota replaced it with a gusseted tongue with ‘Arch-Wings’ on both sides that still comfortably hug my feet and allow for an amazing fit that doesn’t slip.Stepping down into the plush cushioning with Hoka’s signature Active Foot Frame and RMAT rubber, there was no doubt that I was wearing Hoka’s. Just standing and walking around in them, my feet felt supported and comfortable and I couldn’t wait to go for a run.

      Experience:

      Out on my first run, I immediately noticed and fell in love with the Late-Stage Meta-Rocker technology. Every stride felt so incredibly smooth from heel to toe. I am a natural mid-heel striker, and cognizant as not to overstride, and felt like I could just glide along the ground with these on my feet.I moderately overpronate and tend to overpronate more at the end of my run when I am tired and fatigued, so the support from the new J-Frame was perfect for me. I think it would work well for a wide variety of runners who experience that same exhaustive haul at the end. I am typically more biomechanically efficient at the beginning of my run, and I felt no hindrance from Hoka’s J-Frame during the start. It was right there to support me as muscle fatigue set in and my form broke down a little, and the wider platform helped provide a touch of inherent stability throughout the run as well without intruding into my gait.

      Comparison:

      After having so many great runs in the Gaviota, I wanted to try Hoka’s other new support shoe, the .The Arahi also features the new J-Frame technology found in the Gaviota but is lighter weight with no RMAT rubber. This construction allows for a more responsive feel and features an Early-Stage Meta-Rocker design.

      I received a pair, laced them up and could immediately feel the difference in the Meta-Rocker designs. With the lower weight and more responsive midsole, I knew the Arahi was going to be my go-to-shoe for tempo runs and speedwork. The support is the same as the Gaviota, being there when you need it and not intrusive when you don’t, but the big difference, in my opinion, is the Early-Stage Meta-Rocker. It really helps propel me forward and just makes me want to go fast. It definitely has a place in my running shoe arsenal, but my new favorite shoe for cruising through long runs hands (well, feet) down.

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      Hoka One One Arahi: Stability Shoe for Mild to Moderate Overpronators

      Hoka One One Arahi: Stability Shoe for Mild to Moderate Overpronators

      Overpronators rejoice! Hoka One One (pronounced "Oh-nay, oh-nay") has developed a stability shoe for mild to moderate overpronators: the Arahi.

      The Māori people are the indigenous Polynesian settlers of New Zealand, and the word "arahi" derives from their dictionary. It means: to lead, escort, conduct, or drive. Its second meaning is: to herald - used of particular stars which, when they appear in the night sky, signal the beginning of particular lunar months.

      Either way, "arahi" is a powerful verb, and the shoe is nothing short of powerful itself. This Hoka One One shoe derives power from its oversized midsole, meta-rocker geometry, active foot frame, J-frame technology, slightly denser EVA, and OrthoLite liners.

      What does all that mean?

      MARSHMALLOW: SUPER THICK, LIGHT, AND WIDE MIDSOLE

      This unique maximum cushioning and minimal weight provides stability, excellent shock absorption, and supreme comfort.

      The Hoka One One meta-rocker geometry (the rocking chair) is unique to the Hoka One One brand, so the Arahi is no different. With the meta-rocker tech and sculpted outsole, you get a gentle roll from heel to toe (or ball of foot) with every stride. The meta-rocker midsole propels you forward, while encouraging your natural running gait.
      With the Hoka One One active foot frame, your foot sits deep in the midsole rather than on top of it. This means inherent stability for all types of runners, without the constraints or weight of extra support material. This integrated stability is adaptable to a wide range of feet and running styles.
      Also, the introduces Hoka's new J-Frame technology built into the midsole, which wraps around the heel and extends through the medial side. The J-Frame is constructed from EVA at a firmer density than the surrounding EVA foam, meaning the stability is offered in a lightweight, nimble package that doesn’t skimp on cushioning. If you love Hoka but need just a touch more stability and support, look no further than the Arahi.While the minimalist trend was in full frenzy, Hoka runners were winning mountain trail races and ultramarathons in their crazy-looking shoes. The smirks at midsoles twice the thickness of other running shoes soon turned to "ahas" as runners tried Hoka One One and felt the difference. Light and surefooted during a race, with more cushioning at the end, Hoka makes runners feel like they’re gliding over the ground. And Hoka's partnership with OrthoLite brings superior comfort and performance to all of their styles of shoes.And coming from Deckers Hoka One One Brand Representative Katy Sputo, "You can [also] absolutely walk in the Arahi (and any of our shoes). Our shoes are built for running but work excellent for walking. Running shoes often times are more comfortable than specific walking shoes so many prefer to walk in a running shoe."Explore Arahi in or styles.

      Asics GT-2000 Running Shoe Review

      Asics GT-2000 Running Shoe Review

      ASICS Loyalists: Some of you may have pondered what happened to the 2100 series. Fear not; your go-to shoe now goes by a different name: ASICS overhauled one of the most popular shoes in the market to redefine stability as we know it. Such modifications may cause some uneasiness among the 2100 series aficionados, but, in this case, we at Holabird Sports think change is good.

       

      GT-2170 vs. GT-2000: What has changed? If you're looking for a soft, cushioned ride, look no further. ASICS has truly outdone themselves in producing a plush, gel feel in the GT-2000. With larger gel units in the forefoot and heel, this model will leave you feeling oh-so-comfortable for the duration of your run or workout. ASICS has added a second layer of SoLyte foam to the top of the midsole, providing better cushioning and shock absorption just beneath the sock liner. Keeping both genders in mind, the GT-2000 has implemented a softer layer for women and a firmer one for men. With ASICS' patented Personalized Heel Fit (PHF), two layers of memory foam in the heel will mold to your fit, creating a superior fit that lasts.

      But is it still just as supportive? Will you be able to safely transition from other stability shoes to the? Yes and yes. ASICS has replaced the old Duomax medial posting with the new and improved Dynamic Duomax, allowing for a smoother control of overpronation. Compared to the GT-2170, the medial support is less aggressive in the GT-2000 without compromising support and functionality. Additionally, the Guidance Line in the outsole encourages a firm foot strike and a steady toe-off.

      Increased cushioning and new a medial post must mean a heavier shoe, right? Not at all. In fact, the GT-2000 is even lighter than its predecessor. I weighed the women's model in at 9.3 ounces, .6 ounces lighter than the GT-2170. The men's version slimmed down to 11.3 ounces, shaving .2 ounces from the previous model. With thinner overlays in the forefoot, the GT-2000 is not only lighter, but also more flexible.

       

      My thoughts: Shin splints begone! When I first stepped foot in the shoe, I noticed how plush it really is. Consider it a featherbed for your foot. Already appreciated for a soft, gel-cushioned experience, ASICS has proven that stability shoes can have same soft ride as many neutral shoes. I loved the improvements to the medial posting. The Dynamic Duomax is gentler than the old Duomax, but is still equally supportive. I didn't notice any distinct rigidity beneath the arch and heel, but still felt the necessary correction we would expect from a stability model. For stability shoe gurus, it may have seemed strange that the GT-2000 did not have a painted posting. Resembling more of a neutral shoe in fashion, ASICS has done away with the classic grey-on-white look in the midsole. I noticed a slightly narrower toe box, but my feet still had plenty of room to breathe. The arch ramp didn't seem quite as prominent as it did in the GT-2170, but still felt comfortably supportive.

       

      The Bottom Line: The GT-2000 is the perfect shoe from a workout on the elliptical trainer to a 20-mile long run. ASICS has produced a great blend of cushioning and functionality in this model, and it is built to last.

        • Category: Stability
        • Recommended for: Mild to Moderate Overpronators
        • Heel Height: 21mm
        • Forefoot Height: 11mm

      My Foot Goes Numb When I Run. Why?

      My Foot Goes Numb When I Run. Why?

      Q: My foot is going numb whenever I run. Why is this happening? It’s scaring me!

      A: First, you should really ask your doctor or podiatrist. Anytime something like this happens you should have it checked out. That said, you should also check your shoes. Are they too tight? What about your laces? Try loosening your laces or undoing the top hole. If it’s not your shoes then check your socks. What kind of socks are you wearing? Are they too tight? Are you sensing a theme? Make sure nothing that you’re wearing is too tight or cutting off circulation, which can cause numbness. You may want to try a pair of shoes one size bigger.

      Many people wear running shoes that are a full size larger than their other shoes. Another idea is to try a shoe with a wider toe. Other people with this issue swear by New Balance running shoes as many of these have a wider width or wider toebox. If possible, try and remember what happens right before your foot goes numb: Does a part of your foot hurt? Do you have tingling and pain in the ball of your foot? How do your toes feel? Numbness can be a nerve issue. It could be Morton’s Neuroma, an enlarged nerve that usually occurs in between the third and fourth toes. No one is certain about the causes although flat feet, high heels and a tight toebox have all been considered to be culprits. Morton’s Neuroma can cause numbness, tingling and pain in the ball of your foot.

      Another issue could be plantar fasciitis. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Plantar fasciitis involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, which runs across the bottom of your foot — connecting your heel bone to your toes.” Plantar Fasciitis is more common in runners than non-runners. If you think that you might have either of these problems, you should go to the podiatrist. But, let’s go back to your shoes. Are your shoes in good shape? You should replace them every few months (depending how often you run) or 400 miles (on average). Are they feeling any different? Does the heel squish up easily? If so, it may be time to invest in a new pair. If you do need a new pair then it is vital that you get the right one for your foot. The wrong shoe, or the wrong fit, can cause numbness.

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