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Today, (Nike’s line of performance, lifestyle and optical eyewear) releases behind-the-scenes manufacturing video of the groundbreaking 2016 Running Collection of sunglasses.
For the past decade and through six updates, the Type A has epitomized Saucony racing. This version, while not entirely new, is a numerical reset. The upper sticks with yet another closed mesh, though it has a breathable, cross-hatched pattern that’s pretty supportive on its own.
The Zoom Streak LT 3 is the latest iteration of an iconic Nike racing shoe. The fit and feel are spike-like, in keeping with the shoe’s speedy reputation, and it’s now nearly an ounce lighter in a men’s size 11. The upper is a minimesh with no-sew overlays and a glove-like fit.
Sprinter Trayvon Bromell’s shoe uses the same plate as the new SD 200, validating its performance oriented design. The upper is a thin minimesh supported by no-sew overlays on the medial side as well as the heel, ankle collar, and eyestay. Only the tongue and heel are anchored by stitching.
The 2 QW-K is Brooks’ high-end spike for sprinters, and this is its first update. The synthetic leather upper has a bit of stretch to help with the fit, while holding the foot securely over the plate. There’s no midsole to the shoe (except the thin innersole), in keeping with its purpose: the shortest running events.
ASICS is thoroughly invested in competitive running, and the CosmoRacer LD is its latest entry for the track. The upper is a closed mesh that’s supported by thin, no-sew overlays in the heel and midfoot, and thin linings shape the toe. The midsole is a molded layer of EVA that’s got a good bounce, making it effective for longer races.
The adidas’ new DistanceStar provides performance on a budget, and it’s surprisingly well done for the price. The upper is a breathable mesh, both light and sturdy. It offers adequate drainage for the steeplechase, with an interior that’s well finished enough to be comfortable during the longer track races.
The Hurricane has undergone more change in two generations than it has in most of the previous 16 combined. It starts with an update to the ISO fit saddle (aptly named ISO 2). Minimesh and fused overlays complete the forefoot, and an external thermoplastic heel counter secures the foot over the sole. But it’s in the midsole where the magic begins.
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