Summer Gear 2006 Expert Reviews



Summer Gear 2006 Expert Reviews


 

Saucony® Grid Trigon 4: Guide
Compared to the previous model (Grid Trigon 3 Guide), the changes in this version are minimal. But the biggest and most important change is that the forefoot has been opened up to fit wider feet better. From a ride standpoint, it's tough to find the differences between the 3 and 4. The same soft feel within a solid base combine to give you a smooth and stable ride. If you were in the 3, buy the 4. If you are looking for a good shoe to rotate into your mix, give this a try, you'll like what you feel.
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Saucony® Grid Trigon 4: Ride
The Neutral category is full of really good running shoes and the Trigon 4 Ride fits right in. This shoe has built a loyal following and now that the narrowness in the toe-box has been corrected, it should attract more converts. I generally judge a shoe by how "quiet" it runs and how my feet feel during and after a run. This shoe does run quiet which simply means it's soft and smooth. As for how my feet felt...even after 15 miles, I didn't notice the shoe and that's a good sign. I can't say that about too many shoes.
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Nike® Air Pegasus 2006
The Pegasus is like the weather in Texas: if you don't like it, just wait. The '05 Pegasus was too firm overall and the fit for both men (too narrow) & women (too short) was sub-par. But the Pegasus '06 goes back to its roots and you're going to love it again. It's a neutral, built to last shoe with just one frill: an AirRide liner that rests between the midsole and your foot to give you a soft yet secure feel. The upper is more open to fit more men's feet and women should be able to buy your pre '05 Pegasus size. We're thrilled with the '06 Pegasus.
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New Balance® 1222
In a long line of highly successful premium footwear comes the New Balance 1222, the first update to this shoe in almost three years. It's got the durability you expect and the immediate "this shoe is different" comfort. Although New Balance is known as the brand with the best fit, the biggest improvement in this shoe is the fit. Your feet just feel more "welcome" in this shoe instead of feeling uninvited. Also, better materials were used in this update so it's very stable and well-cushioned. Your ride will be softer but still control your feet where you need it. The combination of a great new fit and some modifications to technology lets this shoe live up to its price.
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adidas® Response Tank Top
This new tank is not only functional but completely fashionable! With adidas' dynamic Formotion technology, this sporty tank supports you and your muscles without restricting your freedom of movement. Designed with your ultimate comfort in mind, you'll also love the mesh back panel and the inner shelf bra.
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adidas® Competition Skort
Combining the best of both a skirt and a short, this awesome skort is perfect for running, a gym workout or just for play!  Using adidas' Formotion®, the skort supports your muscular system but doesn't constrict your movement. The inner fitness short stays close to the body and is discreetly hidden under the side split skirt.
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ASICS® R/F Distance Run Shirt
A warm day begs you to get out and run and now you'll be happy to oblige in this cool, comfortable run shirt from ASICS. Made with CoolMax®, the shirt is soft, breathable and wicks moisture like crazy. Your miles will fly by while you run in this ultra cool shirt.
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ASICS® Performance 2-N-1 Short
Get compression and a relaxed comfortable fit with this high performance 2-in-1 short. The Microfiber top layer adds no extra weight to the short, while the seamless compression of the second layer allows total comfort and support. Don't worry about moisture or chafing with these. Keep your keys or some cash in the side seam pockets or the hidden zip pocket.
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Garmin® Forerunner 205
Every once in a while a product comes along that sets the bar higher for all those trying to compete with it. With the new Garmin 205/305 GPS units, that bar is very high. First is the start up instructions that come in the box. My 7-year-old son got my Garmin 305 set up. It's almost as simple as "strap it on and go." To dial the monitor in for your age, weight etc. is simple on the monitor but even easier if you do it on your computer using the piece-of-cake-to-use software that comes in the box. The next piece that makes this Garmin product very cool is the display. The numbers are big and readable and all the info you could possibly want is right there on the screen. Once done with your run, plug the monitor into your computer (plug in provided) and see your results in seconds. You see your pace and, with the 305, your heart rate in graph form compared to your distance. Above that graph will be your run course mapped out. One click and all of your statistics are in spreadsheet form if you'd rather see the numbers. Two of the knocks on previous Garmin units were that they were big on your wrist and that they lost satellites in dense trees and tall buildings. They've addressed the size a bit but it's still not watch size. At the same time though, it's all you need to carry (with the 305 there is a Heart Rate chest strap). With other speed and distance monitors there are multiple pieces. Although the 205 and 305 occasionally lose contact with the satellite, it's much better than it was. I think if you want to know everything about your run, the 205, or better yet the 305, is where you should put your money. You will not be disappointed.
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