Every runner knows how important it is to invest in the best shoe to suit their needs. And with sports brands constantly manufacturing and inventing new technology for footwear, we find it can be overwhelming when you are shopping for a new pair. Therefore, we have put this article together to discuss five most recent running footwear launches by major brands in the market. We are also going to take a look at how effective they are along with their RRP, the shoes we are exploring today are listed below:
- Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35
- Adidas Ultraboost 19
- Under Armour HOVR Infinite
- New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Pursuit
- Asics Roadhawk FF 2
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35
The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 trainers are available to order direct from the nike.com store and retail for £104.95. These running shoes come in a range of colours and widths for both men and women. With its eye-catching colouring and style, these shoes are designed to benefit all types of runners from the novices to the athletes.
Ensuring that your feet remain comfortable throughout your run, these trainers contain breathable mesh inserts on the upper part of the foot. They also have an out-turned collar to improve the comfort around your Achilles. Along with this, there is also cushioning on the sole of the shoe which stretches the entire length of the foot bed. In previous models of this shoe, the Air Zoom cushioning has never been used across the whole foot bed. But the benefit of this new approach to cushioning allows you to achieve a more natural stride when running.
Adidas Ultraboost 19
The Adidas Ultraboost 19 currently retails for £159.95 and can be purchased online from Adidas in a range of colours for men and women. This trainer contains a variety of attributes which help contribute to a comfortable and high performance run. These technologies used are Adidas Primeknit 360, responsive cushioning, 3D heel frame and Torsion Spring.
Adidas’ Primeknit fabric has been used to make the upper of the shoe, this material ensures that your foot is well supported and ventilated for enhanced movement and comfort. The sole of the shoe has been created using their Boost cushioning which responds magnificently to the energy you put into your run and reflects it, creating a shoe which will keep up with you and offer support throughout your run.
The heel of the trainer has been fitted with a Fitcounter moulded heel. This 3D heel frame gives the runner a natural fit and improves the movement of the Achilles while jogging. And finally, the midsole of the shoe contains a Torsion Spring. This attribute gives you support when starting off your run whether it is a casual jog or a race from the toe-offs.
Under Armour HOVR Infinite
The Under Amour HOVR Infinite is available in a range of neutral colours on the UA website and retails for £120 for both men’s and womens sizes. Like the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35, these trainers are aimed at a range of runners from fully fledged athletes to casual runners. But it’s the technology included in these shoes which sets them apart from the rest.
These trainers contain UA Record Sensor technology which helps you monitor your running progress over time. It tracks, analyses and saves every running metric so that it can tell you exactly what you need to adjust in your technique to improve. This tech is what gains the attention of the shoe from high level athletes as it can coach you through your training as well as enhancing your performance and comfort.
Within this shoe you can also find the Under Armour HOVR tech which gives the runner a feeling of zero gravity while running, this means that you are able to reserve energy during your jog to help keep you going, therefore taking the pressure off your feet. Combined with this, Under Armour has also used compression mesh energy web which works with the HOVR technology to return the energy you put in back to you.
And finally, this shoe contains a variety of additional features such as meshed upper for a lightweight feel and breathable fabric. Internal heel counter for enhanced support by keeping your foot locked into place and a die cut full-length EVA sockliner which moulds to the foot to prevent slipping in the shoe.
New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Pursuit
The New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Pursuit running shoe can be ordered from their online store for £120 in both men’s and women’s sizes spanning a range of colours. This running shoe is designed for optimum comfort while running thanks to its variety of cushioning properties.
Fresh Foam has been used on the midsole of the trainer to provide the runner with a soft and responsive shoe. The midsole also contain laser-cut panels to increase the lightweight feeling of the trainer without compromising on the cushioning aspects. And finally, Hypoknit technology has been used for the upper of the shoe to give a soft stretch and support for your whole foot.
Asics Roadhawk FF 2
You can purchase the Asics Roadhawk FF 2 online on their website for £105 in ladies and men’s sizes. This trainer contains a range of technology to provide you with a comfortable and satisfying run. These shoes have been created using seamless construction to reduce friction and irritation on your feet. You can also find that Asics has included their Impact Guide System technology to improve your stride whether you are jogging outdoors or on the treadmill.
Improving the durability of these trainers, Asics have manufactured these shoes using AHAR+ outsoles with a SpEVAFoam 45 sole for a long lasting cushioned feel. And finally, the FlyteFoam technology used in the sole helps to assist your movement while reducing the impact of running on your feet.
Which Are Your Favourite Shoes?
In this article we have explored a range of latest running shoe releases from the likes of Nike, Under Armour, New Balance and Asics. Which of these do you like the look of most or are intrigued the most about their technology? Let us know over on our social media channels which of these trainers you would be interested in purchasing. Maybe you already own a pair? We’d love to know your feedback!
Don’t forget that you can also update your jogging wardrobe by browsing through our range of running clothing and accessories over at Sports Fitness.
This article was written exclusively for Sports Fitness by Loren Astbury