Tonight we had the opportunity to go to our local running store’s (Run Away Shoes) VIP night. It was a fun little event where we got to preview and pre-order some of the new items that will be released this coming year. There were shoes, lots of shoes! As a runner I have become a bit of a shoe freak, so it was like heaven! There were also some socks, and new energy gel that I hadn’t heard of before as well as some food and drinks. Lets get into the highlights of what we saw!
Huma Chia Energy Gel
There was a representative there from Huma Energy Gels. This was a brand that I had not heard of before. In talking with the rep I found out how the Huma gels compare to say a GU gel like I use now. First calories are exactly the same. The nutrition information is pretty much exactly the same. And that is where the differences end. The first ingredients of the Huma gels are fruit puree (in the fruit flavors at least).
While we were there, I tried a few of the flavors. The mango, strawberry, blueberry, and apple cinnamon were amazing! I really enjoyed the flavor of these gels. They also had a much lighter consistency than a GU. This does make them come in a bit of a bigger package, but they also taste and feel more like you are eating regular food. Do they work as good or better than a GU, I don’t know. They do cost a little bit more than a GU, but they are something I would like to try.
Saucony had quite a few new shoes coming out this year that were there. The most interesting to me is their new trail shoe, the Nomad TR (pictured above). I did a bit of reading on these after and it seems the shoe is based on the Kinvara line. Holding the shoe they seemed very light and flexible. I like the tread pattern and outsole material. Saucony of course has the Peregrine line of trail shoes, but those have a much more aggressive tread pattern. The reason I like these is that the less aggressive tread pattern lends itself to more of an on-road, off-road situation. Trails around here much more groomed and packed, and generally you have to either run on the road to get to them, or in between them. This is what the representative told us they were designed for and it sure seems like they will be great. I liked them so much that I actually I pre-ordered them (they are to be released around 6/1/2015) in the orange/red color above. I have been looking for a pair of trail shoes with these feature for a while, so I hope they live up to my hopes!
Of other note from Saucony is the new Ride 8, and the new Triumph ISO. Both shoes will probably end up in my closet when they are released. The Ride 8 is not changed too much other than some of the upper was redesigned a bit, but it looks to be pretty similar to the Ride 7. The Triumph ISO is the new version of the Triumph and I have read a lot of good reviews on it. Looks to be a great max cushioned (for Saucony anyway).
Nike had the new Zoom Pegasus 32 on display. I have been running in the Pegasus 30’s since last June. I really enjoy this model in general. I actually had one pair of 30’s for a while and then ended up buying a second pair of 30’s that were on clearance when the 31 came out. I am sure that a pair of 32’s (or maybe 31’s if they get cheap) will end up in my closet as well. It is just a really nice shoe.
Of other note, while I have been looking for new trail shoes over the past couple of months, I came across the Nike WIldhorse 2 this morning. I was checking out a review of them on the Ginger Runner Youtube page and while he liked them, he had a few issues. On of the more ironic ones (to me anyway) was that he wished the Wildhorse had a rock plate in it for protection on rockier trails, and to separate it from the Terra Kiger 2 (they are almost the same shoe). Well tonight I got a chance to check out the new Wildhorse 3 and what did they add? A rock plate! And why? To separate it from the Terra Kiger 3! I just thought it was funny (and there were other things that the Ginger Runner didn’t like) that Nike changed for version 3. It was like they watched his video and said, “Ok, here is what we need to do…”
Hoka One One
One of the most interesting things I saw was the new Hoka One One hiking boots/shoes. Now I own a pair of the Hoka One One Cliftons and they had the new Clifton 2 there (really just padded the tongue, which was needed), but these hiking boots are what I wanted to see.
Like most Hoka shoes, when you look at them, you think they should weigh about 8 pounds! The boots, make you think they should weigh 10 pounds! They are beefy! But, then you pick them up. It is AMAZING just how light they are for how much boot is there. I really liked how they looked and the weight was amazing. Very light for how big they are. Also , waterproof and there are high, mid and low versions of the boots. I really liked the high version. The only downfall, is they will be about $240. Now this really isn’t bad for Hoka One One as some models of their shoes are close to $200 and there is a lot more shoe here. Other hiking boots of similar quality are in the same price range, so I don’t think it is out of line price wise, it is just that after I buy all the other shoes I liked, I won’t have much money left to get these as well!
There was Nuun, TomTom, 2XU, Adidas, Asics, Fitsok, NEw Balance, Brooks and Mizuno there as well. Not too much to report from these vendors. They all had new shoes or items and while we looked at them, there wasn’t much else that I was interested in purchasing and the one pair of Saucony is the only item I bought.
We got a coupe of swag items and some snacks. Overall it was pretty fun and I would check it out for sure next time!