Sunday, 28 May 2017

Saucony Ride 10, the every day running shoe

When Saucony unveiled the 10th generation of Ride defined the Saucony Ride as a “story rooted in a rigorous dedication to innovation and endless refinement”.  A decade later, the spirit of Ride 10 is focused on “redefining  the dynamic connection between the runner and the road”. The 10th rendition of the brand’s neutral-cushioned icon, available now at Simply Sports shops, is once again engineered to reveal “a new interpretation of what is perhaps the perfect Ride”.
“The new Ride 10 is all about one thing: the runner,” said Doug Smiley, business unit manager for Saucony footwear. “In comparison to the last 9 models, we could’ve made this latest rendition either good, better or best. Instead, we aimed at perfection. In listening to runners every day, they continue to tell us that light is right and fit is fluid. The new Ride combines the runner-inspired innovations of a high-performance trainer with the highly responsive ride of a track-honed racing shoe. We know that every run will feel like a ‘perfect 10’ in the new Ride.”

The 10th generation of Saucony Ride in grey and black.

Shoe Category: Neutral
Cushion: Moderate
Surface: Road, Track
Offset: 8 mm
Weight: 9.5 oz. / 269 g. (Men)
            8.4 oz / 238 g. (Women)

- Engineered mesh upper for a dynamic, lightweight fit.
- Woven heel piece provides structure and support for a lockdown fit.
- Everun Topsole construction for enhanced energy return and continuous cushioning throughout the run.
- TRI-FLEX outsole design provides greater ground contact and optimal flexibility.

Cushioning and Responsiveness Redefined
The new Ride 10 features a reengineered outsole and midfoot configuration: The TRI-FLEX outsole has been reconfigured for the optimal blend of flexibility and protection. Not only did the designers remove the
SRC (Super Rebound Compound) landing zone, allowing for a smoother transition, they upgraded the midsole compound from SSL (Saucony Super Lite) EVA to PowerFoam. PowerFoam is an injected molded compound that is lighter and 50% more responsive than the SSL EVA, resulting in an extremely responsive feel. Additionally, the Ride 10 features Saucony’s EVERUN Topsole construction for enhanced energy return and continuous cushioning throughout the run.

Ride Dynamics: Adaptive and Fluid
The Ride 10 features a brand new engineered mesh upper that not only provides enhanced breathability, but is stronger and more flexible than standard mesh. Engineered mesh, both strong and flexible, helps to support the foot yet provide an incredibly dynamic, adaptive and fluid fit that moves with the runner’s every step. A woven wrap adds additional structure and support around the heel area.

The shoe’s 8mm heel-to-toe offset positions the foot during impact in a way that creates a greater range of motion for the Gastrocnemius-Soleus-Achilles tendon system, allowing for a more powerful running stride.

Runner's World: "The Ride 10 has a great combination of cushioning, flexibility, and is still light weight,” Bill Harris, a fast masters runner from Allentown, Pennsylvania. 

Road Trail Run: "The Ride 10 is a great choice for the runner who wants one shoe for many types of workouts from long easy miles to tempo and even longer races. I am predicting the Ride 10 will be one of the most popular trainers of 2017". Score: 9.85 out of 10.

Impact Magazine: "A great every day running shoe that will get you the mileage you're looking for on the roads"

Run and Become: Pro: Excellent cushioning, flexible, responsive.
                           Cons: Not great for speed work as the cushioning is soft.


The Ride 10 is available at Reigate, Oxted, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells shops in Lilac for women and Slime Green for men.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Don't celebrate before you win!

Slovenian cyclist Luka Pibernik has been one of the sports man of the week and probably his mistake will be on the top of the year. Poor Luka! When he raises his arms and crosses the finish line because he thinks he had just won the stage five of the Giro d'Italia. Unfortunately, there were another six kilometres of the course to go. Finally, Fernando Gaviria won this stage, but the real hero for everybody was The Bahrain Merida rider, at least on Facebook coments and Tweets.


But he has not been the only professional sportsman that had made monumental mistakes arriving the finish line throughout sports history. Here are another funny errors made, specially it happens in Athletic, when you feel winner too early. 

By just 9/100ths of a second

Runner Ben Payne dominated the Peachtree 10km race in Atlanta on USAS'S Independence Day and only a few metres before the line started to celebrate the victory. This error allowed British Olympian Scott Overall arrive in first position by just 9/100ths of a second.


"It was a learning experience"

I saw the crowd, and it was very loud. I just wanted to celebrate winning in front of our crowd. I was excited about it. But the race wasn’t over. … It wasn’t very smart. But it was a learning experience”, said runner Tanguy Pepiot after Meron Simon won in the last metres of a race at the Pepsi Team Invitational in Eugene (Oregon). Don't miss out his face in the below video.


Nearly wastes over 70 miles of had work

What a fright Ironman competitor Jérémy Jurkiewicz had when he was nearly lost the Ironman 70.3 Brazil in the last second! At the end of the line, the frenchman looked behind him and had to stop Igor Amorelli of Brazil to keep his deserved victory.

Don't forget the power of a backspin football! 

Goalkeeper Loris Angeli forgot the power of the backspin in football and now his performance is considered one of the the worst goalkeeper fails of all time. It happened in the seventh division of Italian football in a play-off match between Dro and Termeno to decide who would be promoted to  Eccellenza. Football player Palma threw the ball against the cross bar and Angeli started to celebrate the fail of his rival, but the football was in the air still. This video has been watched about 3 millions on YouTube:


The unluckiest goalkeeper in the world

Moroccan keeper Khaled Askri is nicknamed “the unluckiest goalkeeper in the world”. Why? Another premature celebration.


When a match is decided in 0,6 seconds

This type of situations happens in basketball as well. The summer of 2010. Croatian Club Cibona Zagreb vs Serbia's KK Partizan. The match was decided in 0,6 seconds. See the Coach's face.


An useless sprint of 80 metres

It is the U20 Vodaphone Junior Warriors against the U20 South Sydney side in Australia. Glen “The Flying Fish” collects the rugby ball and races away. It can be the scoring of his sports career. He is unstoppable. A perfect sprint of 80 metres to the glory, but he forgets to drop the rugby ball.    


Unfortunately for them, they are more popular for these particular mistakes than their sporting career. But they have given us hilarious moments and a life lesson: Don't celebrate a win until you cross the finish line. Ever.

Do you remember another premature celebrations in the sports world?

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

How to clean your running shoes

Never, ever put your running shoes in the washing machine. It is one of the main conclusions from some of the best brands in the running shoes market.

We know that sometimes is frustrating when you have just bought a pair of trainers, which especially happens with off road shoes, and after the first few miles they look like they have been to hell and back because of dirtOur customers often ask us what they can do to keep the shoes looking nice so we have compiled some tips from leading brands, including Asics, Adidas, Nike and Salomon, to advise what is the best way to clean, maintain and extend the life of the most important weapon for a runner.

Image of a race on soft muds.

After each use of the product it is recommended that you remove all dirt and mud from the shoes using a soft, wet brush and clean water. Don't put your shoes in the washing machine. This can discolour or damage the fabric.

Shoe fresh products.
Asics advises to wash the sockliner or insole separately if you are able to remove them. This will help make the inside of your shoe fresher and reduce shoe odor. Air dry completely before putting the insoles back in the shoes. If you see that your insole is useless, do not hesitate to change them. It is an easy and not expensive option. Anyway, Salomon recommends always wearing socks in order to keep the lining durable and odour free.

Should we use any product to clean the trainers? The answer is depends on the brand. Salomon says just water, while Asics prefers to recommend the use of a little warm water and a gentle, anti-grease soap while Adidas suggests adding eco-friendly laundry detergent to a little warm water. Nike reminds us to remove any excess detergent.

All the brands advise that shoes should be dried at room temperature “without the aid of an external heat source including the sun”. If you place them near a radiator, the direct heat could alter the shape of the shoe. Adidas suggests that you could add paper towels or newspaper on the inside to soak up the liquid. Normally, a shoe takes about twelve hours to dry out.

Do not forget the laces! In this case, you can use the washing machine or directly replace them when they are damaged.

Adidas finishes by suggesting that after your run you make sure to remove any stains as soon as possible. “When leaving them for too long they will start to permeate into the fabric of your shoe, which can be damaging in the long-term”.

Just one more thing to say: Have fun with your “new” running trainers