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Mizuno Wave Creation 13 Review

The Mizuno Wave Creation 13 is a premium neutral shoe that incorporates all of the top end technologies that Mizuno has to offer. Building on the success of its predecessor as a trainer that offers plush cushioning, responsive motion and a snug supportive fit, the Mizuno Wave creation is making real waves amongst the running community and is picking up some great reviews for its sheer comfort and performance for those runners with a tendency to heel strike. Stick around for this Wave Creation 13 review as we delve into the world of running shoe mechanics and take a look at some of the features that make it such a popular model.

Midsole

The first thing that you notice when you first set eyes on the Creation is the distinctive wave pattern that runs along the length of the shoe. This plastic insert is the foundation that the trainer is built around and provides the secret to its fluid performance.

As in nature, impact is dispersed through the surrounding environment through transverse and lateral shock waves. Mizuno decided to build on this idea and created something that they like to call “Wave Technology.” This cleverly designed plastic insert called a Wave Plate, acts as a kind of suspension and gradually brings you foot under control as you heel strike. Instead of absorbing the shock that results from heel striking, the Wave Plate uses some of this every to propel you forward in one smooth, fluid motion, ensuring a seamless and fast ride.

Outsole

Sticking with the theme of speed, the outsole of the shoe features two couplings called Flex Controllers. Instead of following natural running philosophy and making the shoe uncontrolled as possible, Mizuno have taken the Wave concept to a new level and made sure that none of speed that the shoe can generate is lost at any point in the gait cycle. The Flex controllers add an extra snap to your gait as you move to toe-off and ensure that as much energy as possible is translated into forward motion

Decoupling the midsole and the outsole on the heel and mid-foot area of the trainer has meant a weight saving that means this shoe is kept in line with the competition. If weight saving is your end goal then this probably isn’t the shoe for you but if you are after something that gives you a plush, cushioned and supported neutral ride then this should be high on your list.

Upper

Comfort is something that is important to ever runner and Mizuno have made some key additions to the Wave Creation 13 to ensure that they are highly suited to those with a tendency to heel strike. A complete redesign of the heel collar and Achilles bracket gives added support but with more freedom for heel flex. Lightweight and breathable mesh is a must in any trainer and the Creation has it in abundance, ensuring that your foot is kept climate controlled without sacrificing on fit.

No Mizuno Wave Creation 13 review would be complete without some serious opinion and so here as some passing thoughts from my brief encounter with the shoe. Mizuno have made some welcome improvements to their Creation line in the form of some weight savings as well as a redesign of the wave technology and heel support. If you have a tendency to heel strike then these trainers should be high on your shopping list as the wave technology acts to control your gait and protect you from impact whilst offering a very smooth transition from heel to toe. If you prefer something more natural then these are not the shoes for you as although some weight savings have been made with the 13, this is not a model that caters for those after a lightweight and flexible construct or a minimalist sole. This is a model that easily competes with Asics’ Nimbus 14 model, but whereas Asics have focused on cushioning, Mizuno have focused on speed and control as a way of minimizing your risk of injury and maintaining a smooth ride through the gait cycle.

More information is available on the Up and Running Website

 

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Adidas Supernova Glide 4

For women feeling inspired by the success of Jess Ennis at the London Olympics and craving her effortless ability to look stylish whilst doing sport, the Adidas Supernova Glide 4 trainers are perfect. Fitness fanatics and serious runners would probably look for a more technical running shoe; a track runner would still want spikes and a triathlete would still prefer natural runners. This model is for the everyday woman: running round the park, running for the bus in the morning, going to the gym, walking the dog or training for a charity run; this trainer is an all-rounder.

The well padded interior makes it comfortable from first wear and the stylish exterior is a bonus. The air cushion on the back heel is good for heel-heavy runners and gives you the feeling of extra momentum. This also ensures more comfort and absorbs impact well when running on concrete. They are light and the sole is flexible making me far more agile than clompy trainers I’ve had in the past.

They are reliable in the rain, the sole keeps its grip really well. I’ve also previously had problems running in the heat, however the mesh on top of the toes keeps your feet ventilated and comfortable in the hottest conditions. The soft and responsive sole make these trainers a good choice whether running 5k or training for a marathon. They are durable and stand the test of time; this is my 3rd pair of this range of shoe and I’m in no hurry to change my allegiance. I’ve got well over 1000 mile per pair.

The wide choice of colours is great, making them as fashionable as a pair of trainers could ever hope to be. Even Kate Middleton wears them! Her red pair make a refreshing change from the monotony of white and black trainers on the market. However, I chose the white pair because I know that some expensive gyms request white trainers (something to take note of if you’re going to the gym in Sweden!). At school it was essential to have non-mark soles for P.E. so as not to ruin the sports hall floor.

The 3 stripes synonymous with the brand are metallic on my pair and give the trainers an flashy, innovative look. My boyfriend has the Supernova Glide in orange and even though I couldn’t tell him to buy a different pair (I know how hard it is to come across really reliable trainers), at least I could buy a different colour.

The Adidas Supernova Glide 4 is available at Sportsshoes

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Adidas and the Front Line to Start Line Campaign

Adidas have launched a limited edition t-shirt in support of the Paralympic charity ‘Front Line to Start Line’

The Front Line to Start Line campaign was launched in the lead up to the London 2012 Paralympics by the British Paralympic Association and the military charity Help For Heroes

The campaign sets out areas of collaboration between the two charities and is focused on supporting service personnel in their desire to represent their country in a Paralympic sport through the Ministry of Defence’s program called ‘Battle Back.’ Battle Back is a scheme where both active personnel and veterans are encouraged to take up competitive sport as part of their rehabilitation.

Adidas are supporting the Front line to Start Line campaign with the launch of a limited edition t-shirt worn by ambassadors such as David Beckham, Tom Daley, Jessica Ennis, Phillips Idowu and Pete Reed as well as Paralympians Jon-Allan Butterworth, Netra Rana and Derek Derenalagi. The shirts cost only £20 from the Adidas online store and £5 from every sale goes towards the Front Line to Start Line Campaign.

Shirts are only available for 7 weeks starting on the 15th August and are selling out fast. For your chance to support a great cause and own a unique piece of Paralympic memorabilia check out the Adidas online shop.

For more information see the Adidas website or check out the youtube channel.

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Asics Nimbus 14 Review

Available at Chain Reaction Cycles

The Asics Nimbus 14 is the latest model in one of the worlds most popular running shoe lines. This Asics Nimbus 14 review is going to take a quick look at what new features this trainer has to offer as well as explaining why we think this is the best choice for a cushioned running trainer for anyone who would consider themselves a “plodder”

The Nimbus 14 has a few important new technologies that have completely transformed the way that it handles out on the road or trail. To start with, it has an outsole made from a more durable and grippy compound that provides traction in all but the worst of conditions. If you aren’t sure what kind of surface you are going to be training on then stick with the footware that you know can cope in any condition.

Second but by no means any less important is the weight saving that Asics have managed to achieve with this new model. A lower mid section as well as a new style heel cup has meant that the company has managed to not only save another 1/4 oz in weight but also they have created a more flexible shoe. This new found flexibility is also a direct result of the new de-coupled sole that makes up the inner of the trainer – adding flexible yet supportive structure to the shoe.

Cushioning is the name of the game when it comes to the Nimbus 14 and no review would be complete unless we talked a little about the main reason why this model is so popular with runners and triathletes the world over. Gel cushioning has been added to the heel and mid sections of the footwear in ample quantities and if they managed to fit any more in there then it would be like running on a bouncy castle! This gel cushioning is why we think that the Asics Nimbus 14 is a great shoe for heavier runners who tend to heel strike as the extra cushioning combined with the Guidance line technology (featuring in most high end Asics trainers) means that you are better protected from the impact that running cased every time your foot hits the road or trail.

One last addition to this new model is the new style heel cup. This is an important addition as it changes the entire fit of the model. This was a risky strategy as the Nimbus line is known for its sock like fit and is why many runners have chosen this trainer year after year. However the risk seems to have paid off as the mouldable heel cup and ankle support give the shoe a personalised fit and feel which improves comfort and keeps this trainer glued to your foot throughout your entire run.

Available at Chain Reaction Cycles

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