Saucony ProGrid Mirage

Building on the success of the ProGrid Kinvara, the new Saucony ProGrid Mirage is the supportive cousin. Build with a minimal heel to forefoot height ratio, it is fantastic supportive performance shoes providing runners with a more flexible and light weight platform shoes for fast running or racing. (Updated Model : Saucony ProGrid Mirage 2)

MSRP : US$100
Weight : 9.4 oz / 286 gm
Predecessor : Nil
Product Cycle : RY.2010.DY.2011.Dec.
Features : Upper : Open Mesh, Hydrator Collar, EVA Sockliner, HRC Strobel Board : Midsole : EVA+ Midsole, ProGrid® Lite Heel, Supportive Arc : Outsole : XT-900™, Blown Rubber

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PS: The perfect light trainer for a slight overpronator with great responsiveness

2011NewModelHistory : ProGrid Mirage Series : Mirage('11)
ZebarPlusGlossry2011SauconyProGridMirageGlossaryBlown Rubber : Is lightweight and flexible. It provides added cushioning while maintaining durability and a smooth ride.

EVA Plus, Midsole : A full length composite foam designed for lightweight and durability.

EVA Sockliner : Antimicrobial and breathable while providing superior cushioning and ride.

Hydrator Collar Lining : Gives next to skin comfort and maxizes wicking and the Comfortride sockliner is antimicrobial and breathable.

HRC Strobel Board : High Rebound Compound : Place under the foot to increases cushioning and step-in comfort.

Open Mesh : A breathable lightweight open weave mesh which allows the foot to move un-restricted.

ProGrid® Lite, Heel : Provides excellent heel cushioning without added weight : ProGrid : A patented combination of rubber and polymer for the ultimate in luxury cushioning and velvet smooth heel-toe transition. Saucony has uniquely designed ProGrid technology to work in harmony with other componentry to not only cushion the foot, but also to provide stability according to the specific purpose of the shoe and the athlete.

Supportive Arc : A thermoplastic unit placed at the medial mid area engineered to provide support for slight over-pronation.

XT-900 : Carbon rubber provides durability in the heel and medial forefoot.
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Vibram Five Fingers Bikila LS

The Bikila LS, (Abebe Bikila who in 1960 rejected a fresh pair of Adidas shoes and ran bare foot just like he trained) offers a closed speed lace system to accommodate runner with a wider foot or higher instep for a much perfect fit and customization. To certificate the Bikila LS to be a more road worthy shoe, the Bikila LS has a stitch-free, seamless footbed to reduce friction and a redesigned resistant PU toe protection with a breathable Coconut Active Carbon,
designed to propel you forward.

MSRP : US$100
Weight : 6.0 oz / 170 gm
Predecessor : Nil
Product Cycle : RY.2011.DY.20XX.
Features : Style : BareFoot Experience : Upper : Coconut Active Carbon, Speed Lacing System, Abrasion Resistant PU Toe Protection : Midsole : 3mm Polyurethane w Dri-Lex Sockliner : Outsole : 4mm Anatomical TC-1 Rubber Sole

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M : A strength building tool or near barefoot running experience.

History : Five Fingers Bikila LS Series : Bikila LS('11)

ZebraPlusGlossaryVibram5FBikilaLS.G4mm Anatomical TC-1 Rubber Sole : 4mm Vibram performance rubber feature anatomically contoured traction pods outsole design that offers more plating protection that follow the contours of your feet and toes to distributes forefoot impact without compromising important ground feedback essential to a proper forefoot strike running form.

Coconut Active Carbon Fiber : Abrasion-resistant upper for great comfort and natural breathability.

Dri-Lex : Provide permanent antimicrobial and anti-odor benefits to Footwear.

Speed Lacing System : Speedy lacing system and locking buckle allows for a comfortable custom fit with just one easy pull.

Polyurethane w Dri-lex® Insole : A polyurethane footbed to provide plating protection and reduced packing over a sustained peroid of time, coverde with moisture-wicking material, Dri-lex®, for great comfort and cushioning underfoot, especially under the ball of the foot.

TPU Toe Cap : Thermoplastic Urethane Toe bumpers supply enhanced protection.

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Pearl Izumi Streak 2

Speed off in the total overhauled Pearl iZumi Streak 2 for fast and furious experience. The Streak 2 now come in a lower profile midsole with Energy Foam in the forefoot for a much better shock absorption and energy return and it is light enough for a 5K, but cushioned enough for a marathon.

MSRP : US$110
Weight : 7.6 oz / 215 gm
Predecessor : Streak
Product Cycle : RY.2011.DY.20XX.
Features : Upper : Seamless Upper, Ortholite Sockliner : Midsole : EVA Midsole, Drainage System, TPU Bridge : Outsole : Hybrid Sole

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PN : Recommended for runners looking for an ideal light weight training or race day performance shoe.
2008PearliZumiStreakDiscontinuedHistory : Streak Series : Streak 2('11), Streak ('08)

ZebarPlusGlossry2011PearliZumiStreak2GlossaryDrainage Holes, Midsole : Allows water and sweat to escape easily.

Energy Foam,Forefoot : Cushions the foot upon impact and then returns energy back to the runner for plush all day cushioning.

EVA Midsole : An industry standard thermoplastic designed to provide durable cushioning.

Hybrid Outsole : A combination of blown rubber and outsole-grade EVA for great cushioning, flexibility and weight savings

Seamless Upper : Seam-free interior upper, designed to reduce irritation with unparalleled fit.

TPU Bridge : Located at the bottom of the midfoot and is a thermoplastic unit intended to maintain forefoot and rearfoot torsional integrity.

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Pearl Izumi Syncro Float 4

A long proven neutral running shoe from Pearl iZumi Syncro Float series has just got better, in its latest incarnation, Pearl iZumi Syncro Float 4. To improved midfoot support, the Syncro Folat 4 has slight redesigned to its seamless while maintaining all proven features, yet again it has proven itself to be another great update on a smooth, well cushioned and responsive shoe for the efficient runner.

MSRP : US$110
Weight : 12.4 oz / 351 gm
Predecessor : Syncro Float 3
Product Cycle : RY.2011.DY.20XX.
Features : Upper : Seamless Upper, Welded Overlays, Ortholite Sockliner : Midsole : SkyDex® Midsole, SkyDex® Cash Pad, Syncro Stability Frame HL : Outsole : Carbon Rubber, Blown Rubber

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N : Recommended for the neutral to mild-overpronator who requires enhanced cushioning and extended durability.


2009PerlIzumiSyncroFloat3DistcontinuedHistory : Syncro Float Series : Float 4('11), Float 3('09), Float 2~1

ZebarPlusGlossry2011PerlIzumiSyncroFloat4GlossaryBlown Rubber : A general term used to describe a highly cushioned yet less durable form of rubber.

Carbon Rubber, Heel : An extremely durable outsole which consist of synthetic rubber with carbon.

Ortholite sockliner : Under foot insert for amazing step-in comfort and long-lasting cushioning every time.

Seamless Upper : Seam-free interior upper, designed to reduce irritation with unparalleled fit.

SkyDex® Midsole : Cushioning. Protection. Comfort : The Skydex gives your foot a serious cushion on heel strike, every time, for long mileage. Integrated with the SyncroFrame Guidance System, it greatly increases shock absorption using a material that is unmatched in impact protection performance.

SkyDex® Crash Pad, Heel : Composed of thermoplastic polyurethane molded into a twin hemispherical pattern engineered to absorb shock from heelstrike.

Syncro Stability Frame Half-length : A low profile thermoplastic device intended to reduce mild-pronation which is located from the heel to midfoot.

Welded Overlays : Welded to shoe's upp in specifically location for a more secure fit.

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New Balance 940

The New Balance 940 replaced the old 850 series and it will continued to provide a supportive platform for runners with low to flat arches. With N-ergy cushioning with a highly effective supportive system, Stabilicore, the 940 will surpassed any other top end supportive shoe in terms of supportive elements and comfort for a high mileage daily trainer.

MSRP : US$120
Weight : 12.8 oz / 362 gm
Predecessor : 850
Product Cycle : RY.2011.DY.20XX.
Features : Style : Gender Specific, SL-1 : Upper : Open Mesh w Synthetic Olverlays, Ortholite Insert, Full-Length Abzorb® Strobel Board : Midsole : ActEva® Lite Midsole, Stability Web®, Forefoot n Heel N-ergy®, Stabilicore® : Outsole : Blown Rubber, Ndurance®

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S : Recommended slight-severe over-pronating runners who seek a durable and plush support shoes.

2009NewBalance850DiscontinuedHistory : 940 Series : 940('11) : 850 Series : 850('09), 859('08), 858('07)

ZebarPlusGlossry2011NewBalance940GlossaryAbzorb® Strobel Board : Placed inside the shoe, under the insert, whcih runs full length of shoe to maximize shock absorption and comfort : Abzorb® : For pure cushioning in the heel and forefoot, Abzorb® is the solution. By absorbing shock and displacing energy, Abzorb® softens the impact, foot-strike after foot-strike.

ActEva® Lite : A much lightweight configuration of ActEva : ActEva : Greater consistency in cell size/lower density of cellular foam structure increases resistance to compression set.

Blown Rubber, Forefoot : Forefoot outsole for lightweight cushioning.

N-ergy®, Forefoot n Heel : Provides enhanced supportive cushioning that is resistant to compression set in the heel.

N-durance®, Heel : Provides long-wearing durability.

Ortholite® Insert : Delivers long term comfort, breathability, and anti-microbial function to fight odor.

SL-1, Shoe Last : A type of shoe last which has a typical forefoot and toe box design for normal to low arch foot types.

Stability Web® : Delivers midfoot support and reduces the weight of the shoe.

Stabilicore® : Made from an injection molded thermoplastic that offers a great deal of precision, consistency, and exceptional pronation control. Unlike foam posting systems, it provides a continuous range of stiffness for a smooth transition from heel strike to toe-off. Stabilicore will replaced TS2 Medial Posting technology.

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Nike Zoom Structure Triax 14

Using the same proven design last, the Nike Zoom Structure Triax will surely continue to be a successful support daily trainer. Most noticeable changes are on the shoe upper, namely; Bootie construction, redesign eyelets and a more supportive flywire construction, overall a more secure, comfortable and lighter upper design while maintaining the midsole/outsole configuration. (Updated Model : Nike Zoom Structure 15)

MSRP : US$100
Weight : 11.3 oz / 320 gm
Predecessor : Structure Triax 13
Product Cycle : RY.2010.DY.2011.Sept.
Features : Style : Gender Specific, Nike + : Upper : Open Mesh, Flywire™, Notched Inner Sleeve, Dual-Layer Ortholite Sockliner : Midsole : Phylon™, Forefoot n Heel Zoom® Air, Crash Pad, Segmented Medial Post, Arch Bridge, Cuboid Pod : Outsole : BRS 1000™, Waffle™ Fill, Duralon™ Blown Rubber

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S: Recommended for the runner that looks for a shoe to control his overpronation and seeks high end comfort and cushioning.


2010NikeZoomStructureTriax13DiscontinuedHistory : Zoom Structure Triax Series : Triax 14('11), Triax 13('10), Triax 12('09), Triax 11('08), Triax 10~1

ZebarPlusGlossry2011NikeZoomStructureTriax14GlossaryArch Bridge : A gender-specific midfoot component helps smooth the transition through propulsion.

BRS 1000™ : A highly durable carbon rubber we invented for use in outsoles. BRS stands for Blue Ribbon Sports, which was our name before we came up with Nike. The tie-in? Both BRS and Nike last ... and last...

Cuboid Pod : An extra foam pod placed in the lateral side of the sole units, helps guiding the foot during the gait.

Dual-layer Ortholite Sockliner : Insert with Fitsole geometry sits underfoot and provides additional cushioning and comfort : Fitsole : Engineered for under foot cushioning and molds to the shape of the foot for greater fit.

Duralon : Delivers additional cushioning to the forefoot, which then enables a smooth toe-off. It is very soft, so it might not be as durable as other out-sole materials depending on the surface on which the shoes are worn. It is typically found in the forefoot area of a running shoe, so the durability doesn't affect the overall life of the shoe itself.

Flywire : Is a thread, composed of Vectran, and developed by Nike, used in the upper of a shoe. The goal of Flywire is to minimize weight and maximize support.

Nike + : A pocket under the sockliner for secure placement of Nike+ sensor. Connected to iPod nano, information on time, distance, calories burned and pace is stored on iPod and displayed on the screen; real-time audible feedback also is provided through headphones.

Notched Inner Sleeve : Placed in the midfoot and forefoot is for improved comfort and fit.

Phylon : Originally used in dolls, it is a heated and compressed EVA foam cushioning compound that is light, resilient and capable of giving a soft, smooth ride. As a bonus, it is non-yellowing and impervious to attack from water and microbials.

Segmented Medial Post : Located in the midfoot area of the medial side, made of a denser two-piece foam unit to reduces excess pronation.

TPU : Thermoplastic Urethane : It can be fine-tuned for optimal stiffness and is used to make stabilizing plates.

Waffle Fill™ : Rubber compound outsole for enhanced traction.

Zoom Air®, Forefoot n Heel : Cushioning system : Two layers of nylon fabric, joined by densely packed fibers, are sealed inside polyurethane. The unit is inflated; pushing apart the fabric and creating tension on the fibers. What does that mean? I don't know, but the result is a low-to-the-ground, hyper-responsive speed cushioning you can feel. And it does it in less space than other Air-Sole units.

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