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By Kevin Fonger


The summer heat is on its way out, and fall weather is knocking on the door. So we thought this would be a great time to introduce you to the new fall running shoe lineup. Fall running brings to mind cooler weather, marathon season, and hundreds of local 5 and 10ks. And since running companies constantly change shoe materials and design to provide you with the latest and greatest technologies, our Fall Shoe Guide will keep you in the loop.


BROOKS GHOST 3


» Neutral » Weight: Men’s 11.1 oz. / Women’s 9.3 oz.


» brooksrunning.ca » Price: $150


A little lighter than most neutral running shoes, the Brooks Ghost 3 is still a little heavier (with more cushion and mild stability) than most lightweight trainers. Brooks has been introducing its BioMoGo throughout its line. Now it’s the Ghost’s turn. With Brooks BioMoGo, you don’t sacrifice performance. But you do help to reduce the size of our landfills over time since the midsole will breakdown much faster than normal running shoes. Some of our testers found this shoe to be a little heavy for faster training runs, but many thought the shoe was just right. The Ghost 3 has an airy, breathable mesh upper to keep your feet from overheating. The Brooks DRB® Accel in the midfoot provides torsional rigidity in the midfoot, enhancing support while allowing the heel and forefoot to act independently. To keep your strike points comfortable, the Ghost 3 comes with Brooks HydroFlow® in the heel and forefoot — allowing impact absorption to spread more evenly. Overall, the Brooks Ghost 3 was the favorite among testers. We highly suggest you take a serious look at these the next time you purchase a pair of running shoes.


SAUCONY KINVARA


» Neutral Performance » Weight: Men’s 8.0 oz. / Women’s 7.0 oz.


» saucony.com » Price: usd $90


Running in the Saucony Kinvara is like running on puffy clouds. Many companies find it difficult to balance cushioning and weight in racing and lightweight trainers, but Saucony has found the right balance and then some. To reduce weight, the Kinvara has strategically placed EVA padding in the heel cup, allowing for just enough support and cushioning to keep your foot in the shoe while blazing the streets. The upper is comprised of mesh and a fine-weave plastic outer to give the shoe a little structure without letting rocks in. This also keeps the shoe super light on your feet. If you’re in the market for a lightweight flat or trainer, we highly recommend you add this shoe to your must-checkout list.


ASICS NIMBUS 12


» Neutral » Weight: Men’s 11.0 oz. / Women’s 10 oz.


» asics.com » Price: $189.99


For all the die-hard Asics Nimbus fans: Rest easy. Asics has only made a few changes to the newly updated Nimbus 12. As the go-to cushion neutral shoe for many, Asics has to be careful not to make too many drastic changes. They’ve trimmed down the EVA in the heel area, reducing a small portion of the cushioning. However, the added gel makes up for the EVA. By streamlining the heel, the Nimbus 12 is a little lighter than previous versions. This was fairly noticeable in comparison to older versions. A small change to the lacing allows the shoe to hug the foot a little better for a snug fit. Thanks, Asics, for keeping us Nimbus fans happy.


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FALL 2010 SHOE GUIDE


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