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The Performance Review of Saucony Endorphin Pro +

Today we want to share some performance reviews of Saucony Endorphin Pro + with you.

  1. The inspiration of Endorphin Pro + comes from the spiked shoes. The vamp of Endorphin Pro + don’t have any supporting structure design.
  2. Comparing with Endorphin Pro, the improvement of Endorphin Pro + is the lightweight, which is due to the vamp.
  3. Due to the thinner single layer suede leather material, the size US9 Endorphin Pro + is 197g. It’s 16g lighter than Saucony Endorphin Pro 2.
  4. The thinner vamp has better air permeability, but it also means that the supporting performance and fitness of Endorphin Pro + is worse.
  5. As is sacrifices the supporting performance of vamp, Endorphin Pro + has higher request for the runners.
  6. The supporting performance is weaker. The supporting performance of Endorphin Pro + mainly comes from the built-in shoe-pad.
  7. Comparing with Endorphin Pro, Endorphin Pro + don’t have any changes on the insole and outsole. It also uses PWRRUN PB foam with full-length spade shape carbon plate. It is covered with wearproof rubber on the position of outsole where is easy to wear and tear. But Endorphin Pro +still have the same problem as Endorphin Pro, the skid resistance on wet road is not good.
  8. The colorway of Endorphin Pro +is white & silver. The appearance looks nice.
  9. So are Endorphin Pro +suitable for what kind of runners? Maybe it’s suitable for the top-level runners. As for most of runners, the performance of Endorphin Pro is good enough. It doesn’t need to sacrifice the supporting performance and fitness for lightweight.
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BROOKS CASCADIA 16 Performance Review

CASCADIA is BROOKS’ famous cross-country running shoes. BROOKS started to cooperate with Scott Jurek from 2005. BROOKS’s great exercising technology cooperating with professional runners’ experience open the history of CASCADIA cross-country running shoes. The Brooks CASCADIA 16 has been released. It uses the brand-new insole technology and outsole structure.


DNA LOFT V2 is lighter and softer:
The biggest change of CASCADIA 16 is the insole technology. The previous CASCADIA series shoes use BioMoGo DNA dynamic cushion technology insole as core. And CASCADIA16 change to DNA LOFT V2 technology insole which is softer and lighter. Comparing with CASCADIA 15, CASCADIA 16 is 5% softer and 20% lighter. The characteristics of CASCADIA 16:
1.The shoe tongue connected with the left and right shoe holes to avoid the sandstone to go inside.
2.The bottom of vamp has TPU to prevent the mud.
3.It has the installation to store the shoelaces.
4.DNA LOFT V2 technology insole
5.TrailTrack rubber outsole
6.The drop height of forefoot sole and rear sole is about 8mm.
7.The width of men’s shoe tree is 2E, and women’s shoe tree is 1D.
8.The unit weight of men’s size US9 is about 298g, and women’s size US6.5 is about 255g.

CASCADIA 16 GTX reinforcement with GORE-TEX waterproof technology:
The same as other Brooks running shoes, CASCADIA 16 also released the GORE-TEX waterproof technology version. If you also run on raining day, you can choose the GTX version. The appearance of CASCADIA 16 and CASCADIA 16 GTX is almost the same. When purchasing, you can see if the front end of the shoelaces ring has GRO-TEX tag.

The CASCADIA 16 GTX uses GORE TEX®Invisible Fit technology. It put the waterproof and windproof ventilated thin film in the shoes, which can isolate the water outside.
Characteristics of CASCADIA 16 GTX:
1.GTX version has waterproof effect.
2.The shoe tongue design can prevent the sands going inside the shoes.
3.It has TPU retaining wall under the vamp.
4.It has the installation for collecting the shoelaces.
5.The insole uses DNA LOFT v2 technology.
6.It uses TrailTack guiding rubber outsole.
7.The drop height is about 8mm.
8.The unit weight of men’s size US9 is about 326g, and the unit weight of women’s size US6.5 is about 289g.

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Deconstructed AIR JORDAN 36

The vamp of AIR JORDAN XXXVI uses Leno-weave material which can reduce the weight but not sacrifice the strength of vamp. It uses full-length Zoom Stroble air cushion with fan shaped ZOOM Air cushion on forefoot sole. The user can feel the feedback and resilience from the insole directly. Let’s have a clear look at its actual configuration.

AIR JORDAN 36 PF

Splitting the left shoe from middle part

AIR JORDAN 36 A-A section

Separating the vamp and insole of right shoe

The unit weight of EUR42.5 vamp is about 106.6g.

The independent shoe-tongue has a lot of ventilated holes which can reduce the weight and improve the air permeability.

Leno-weave is a kind of knitted way of vamp material. It not only can reduce the weight, but also maintain the strength and tenacity of vamp. The knitted way is to intertwine two pieces of warps (longitudinal yarn) and a piece of weft yarn (lateral yarn).

The stiff shoe-pad has punching design to reduce the weight.

The unit weight of EUR42.5 shoe-pad is about 26.5g.

The insole fabric is the isolating layer of air cushion.

Under the isolating layer is the ZOOM STROBLE air cushion.

The isolating layer and Zoom Stroble air cushion is stitched with upper.

The front side of Zoom Stroble air cushion has many grooves to increase the exercising flexibility.

The weight of EUR42.5 Zoom Stroble air cushion is about 30.6g.

The length of EUR42.5 Zoom Stroble air cushion is about 275mm.

The width of EUR42.5 forefoot sole’s Zoom Stroble air cushion is about 87.28mm.

The thickness of EUR42.5 forefoot sole’s Zoom Stroble air cushion is about 7.74mm.

The thickness of EUR42.5 rear sole’s Zoom Stroble air cushion is about 7.48mm.

Taking away the ZOOM STROBEL air cushion, forefoot sole’s fan-shaped Zoom air cushion and arch TPU stabilizing plate

The weight of EUR42.5 forefoot sole’s fan-shaped ZOOM air cushion is about 7.2g.

The length of EUR42.5 forefoot sole’s fan-shaped ZOOM air cushion is about 51.21mm.

The width of EUR42.5 forefoot sole’s fan-shaped ZOOM air cushion is about 78.06mm.

The thickness of EUR42.5 forefoot sole’s fan-shaped ZOOM air cushion is about 7.67mm.

The X shaped TPU stabilizing plate of arch position

The weight of EUR42.5 arch X shaped TPU stabilizing plate is about 9.5g.

The length of EUR42.5 arch X shaped TPU stabilizing plate is about 86.45mm.

The width of EUR42.5 front end arch X shaped TPU stabilizing plate is about 61.20mm.

The width of EUR42.5 rear end arch X shaped TPU stabilizing plate is about 47.14mm.

The thickness of EUR42.5 arch X shaped TPU stabilizing plate is about 1.95mm.

The width of EUR42.5 upturning TPU retainer plate on arch position is about 75.23mm.

The TPU insole retainer plate uses separating design of insole and outsole. It guarantees the stability, and reduce the weight.

The weight of EUR42.5 TPU insole retainer plate is about 7.4g.

The thickness of EUR42.5 TPU insole retainer plate is about 2.11mm.

It adds a piece of TPU stabilizing plate near to the outsole to connect the insole of forefoot and shoe heel. It improves the stability.

The weight of EUR42.5 orange TPU stabilizing plate is about 7.4g.

The length of EUR42.5 orange TPU stabilizing plate is about 92.33mm.

The width of EUR42.5 orange TPU stabilizing plate front end is about 76.66mm.

The width of EUR42.5 orange TPU stabilizing plate rear end is about 67.52mm.

The thickness of EUR42.5 orange TPU stabilizing plate is about 1.85mm.

The 3 pieces of different shaped TPU stabilizing plat cooperate with the rubber outsole to improve the rigidity of insole.

The opening position of rear sole is covered with transparent TPU. The size US8-US10 uses the parts in same size.

The weight of EUR42.5 transparent TPU is about 2.2g.

The length of EUR42.5 transparent TPU is about 43.95mm.


The width of EUR42.5 transparent TPU is about 43.79mm.

The thickness of EUR42.5 transparent TPU is about 1.22mm.

The XDR rubber uses upturning design on emphasis stressing position to improve the stability.

The thickness of EUR42.5 forefoot sole’s XDR rubber is about 3.47mm.

The thickness of EUR42.5 rear sole’s XDR rubber is about 3.1mm.

The thickness of forefoot sole (insole + outsole) is about 19.40mm.

The thickness of rear sole (insole+outsole) is about 25.82mm.

The unit weight of EUR42.5 is about 355g.

AIR JORDAN XXXVI deconstructed parts

Deconstructed Report

Vamp:The upper vamp uses Leno-wave material to reduce the weight. It’s light and has good air permeability. The ankle position uses leather material to improve the stability. The half bottom of vamp is actually constituted by upturning insole. It uses foam material of insole to make the vamp.

Insole: It uses double-deck Zoom Air cushion. The thickness of forefoot sole is 15.15mm (7.48+7.67). The thickness of shoe heel is about 22.08mm. The drop height is about 6.55mm. AJ36 is a pair of representative defender’s shoes. The arch position don’t have foaming insole, it reduces the weight. And it uses 3pcs TPU stabilizing plate in different shapes to replace. It guarantees the rigidity of insole.

Overall: Air Jordan 36 pursues extreme lightweight. The unit weight of EUR42.5 AJ36 is about 355g.

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Unboxing & Closed Look: CONVERSE BB JET

Recently, the Converse brand released the brand-new basketball shoes CONVERSE BB JET which is designed for explosive speed.

CONVERSE BB JET

The front side of black shoebox is printed with Converse logo.

The side shoe tag

The vamp is made of dense hot-melting material to improve the protection.

The vamp uses 7 couples of shoelace holes which use different shape on different stressing positions.

The 4-7 couples shoelace holes not only have round holes, but also haev complex fiber ropes. The 4-6 couples are rubber and plastic material. And the 7 couple is metal material. You can adjust them by your foot type.

The outboard forefoot vamp uses double-deck thermo-compression technology, which can guarantee the lateral support and improve the overall stability.

The shoe heel has white Converse logo.

The material of shoe upper is corduroy, and it uses thermo-compression technology on the commissure of shoe heel to improve the durability.

The inner side uses stiff knitted vamp to improve the supporting performance. It also has red three-dimensional embossing Converse logo.

The shoe heel uses double-deck shoe collar design. The inner layer of shoe collar is filled with foam to fit the ankle.

The second foaming insole uses upturning and lengthen design on the shoe heel to improve the stability.

The big area of transparent rubber outsole touch more area of ground.

The forefoot sole uses multiple pattern to improve the traction performance.

The arch part has SPEED PLATE nylon fiberglass stabilizing plate.

The ortholite shoe-pad is printed with the technologies SPEED PLATE and ZOOM AIR that CONVERSE BB JET uses.

The length of EUR42.5 shoe-pad is about 277mm.

The width of EUR42.5 forefoot shoe-pad is about 97.16mm.

The thickness of EUR42.5 shoe-pad is about 4.54mm.

It uses EVA material insole fabric.

The unit weight of EUR42.5 CONVERSE BB JET is about 398.1g.

CONVERSE BB JET will release more colorways for your choice. And different colorway will uses different material on the vamp.

The black and gray colorway vamp use a kind of stiff knitted material.

The red and white colorway vamp uses dense soft mesh fabric, the inner side uses stiff fabric, and the shoe heel uses corduroy.

The black and gray model use black and white rubber outsole.

The red and white model use transparent rubber outsole.

Overall:

CONVERSE BB JET uses low type design. It has the sense of speed. It uses ZOOM air cushion with speed plate nylon fiberglass stabilizing plate.  The outsole pattern offers excellent traction performance.

The length of Converse shoes are longer than normal size. The shoelace holes are useful. You can adjust it by your own request. The stability and supporting performance are good. The drop height of forefoot sole and rear sole is not big. You can feel the feedback of forefoot Zoom air cushion easily. The SPEED PLATE nylon fiberglass stabilizing plate improve the rigidity of insole.

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Under Armour Flow Velociti SE Performance Review

UA keep developing the vamp, insole and outsole these years. The UA Flow Velociti SE change to use knitted vamp, and the insole and outsole is UA Flow technology which is the same as Flow Velociti Wind. The fitness, air permeability and flexibility are excellent.

The main colorway is white. The instep position uses blue lines and different knitted way. The lateral integrated insole uses orange to mark the UA FLOW technology. The outsole is white. The integral color looks concise and cool. It’s suitable for wearing in Summer.

The unit weight of US8 UA Flow Velociti SE is about 230g. It’s very light.

Vamp:

UA Flow Velociti SE uses socks type knitted vamp, and it uses different flat knitting structure on the instep. It uses different density for heat dissipation. Both sides of midsole has TPU yarn to reinforce the strength. The integral knitted design increase the air permeability, strength and fitness. It’s comfortable.

Insole:

The UA FLOW foam technology make the integrated type insole and outsole. The shoes fit the feet very well. Although the sole is thick, but it’s similar to the feeling of bared feet.

Outsole & other details:

It cancels the rubber outsole and uses integrated type UA FLOW outsole.Except keeping the good abrasive resistance, it also increases the anti-skid resistance and resilience. When exercising, the fitness and anti-skid resistance are excellent. Although it’s light, but it also uses UA Record Sensor chip technology. It can help you to record and analyse the exercising data.

Overall:

UA FLOW Velociti SE improves the air permeability, fitness and anti-skid resistance. The socks type knitted vamp will fit your feet better, and improve the fitness and air permeability. The integrated type UA FLOW insole and outsole can improve the flexibility and anti-skid resistance. The UA Flow Velociti SE technology will help you to improve the exercising skill.

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S-Lab Ultra Performance Review

The S-Lab Ultra, as the name suggests, is a pair of long-distance running shoes, and again, Francois D ‘Haene is involved in the design , development and testing of the new shoes after designing the s-Lab Sense Ultra. Then what surprises will it bring us this time? Let’s have a check.

In the UTMB race in 2017, Francois D ‘Haene wore the shoes in the first half of  the match and finally won the first prize with an all-time record. And since he is very good at long-distance running, he won the MIUT and UTMB, taking the UTWT championship with 2000 points. Since then, his race shoes have been customized by Salomon. Besides, his running style is similar to that of most ordinary runners; hence, it is acknowledged that this running shoe is more suitable for most runners than other technical shoes of the S-Lab series.

The S-Lab Ultra is officially positioned as a comfortable shock-absorbing long-distance running shoe. And here are details about the shoes. It weighs 300g which is not so light, but not so heavy, neither. To ensure a comfortable wearing experience, the cushioning has been injected with some excellent technology. The fore part of the cushion is a foam intercalated technology called Energysave to ensure a lasting cushioning effect while the full-foot Energycell+ ensures smooth movement. But the shoe endears itself to me in that it fits my feet nicely and wraps excellently well. And the SkinGuard can protect my ankle as well as offer stability. Above all, because of its nature as a pair of running shoes, it must be capable of dealing with all kinds of roads. And I should say that it did satisfy me in this respect. Just take a look at the outsole and you’ll find out that it is the pattern of the sole that helps greatly.

Here are the four editions of S-Lab shoes. They are S-Lab Ultra、S-Lab Sense Ultra、S-Lab Wings 8、 S-Lab Wings from left to right.

As a fan of long-distance running, I have tried many running shoes before and it is not until recent years that I decided to pick the S – Lab series. And finally my choice turned out to be quite right. I have participated in several races in recent years and the S – Lab shoes have accompanied me along the way and helped me finish the races smoothly. On top of that, I can see great upgrade in every edition of S-Lab products, which is rather surprising.

The breathable mesh cloth on the vamp adopts the Sensifit technology as well. With sufficient wrapping and larger TPU and the new Side Wing designed to enhance the vamp support, the shoe’s performance has been greatly improved. But there is one problem: I am a wide footer, so I feel a bit shackled underfoot. With respect to this point,maybe I still need some time to get used to it.

It is worth mentioning that the material of the top line has been upgraded to a softer artificial suede, which makes it more comfortable to wear and reduces the friction of the heel during long races.

So as to get a comprehensive knowledge of the shoe, I did a lot of test running. On rugged roads, the shoe was flexible enough for me and provided me with sufficient cushioning and feedback. The sturdy TPU covering toe and upper provided protection while the midsole TPU offered shock relief and made me change directions smoothly. I have also tried to exercise outdoors on a drizzly day and the truth was it still gripped nicely, which did surprise me.

Overall:

In short, this S-Lab Ultra is a nice running shoe. On the strength of my experiences, it is cost-effective and deserves your trying.

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A-FlashFoam 2.0 Performance Review

In 2017, Anta released its own A-Flashfoam midsole material, which was then applied in several of its running shoes. Among them, two  pair of running shoes debuted in the 2017 Kunming and Chongqing Marathon respectively, which were immediately sold out.

So since I am crazy about this kind of sport, I am also full of expectations for A-Flashfoam. Therefore, let’s get acquainted with today’s protagonist — A-Flashfoam 2.0.

Leaving the shoe’s performance aside, its appearance alone is appealing enough for me. The colorway I pick up here is the “midnight blue” which looks more “mature” and “calmer”. There are also other colorways available which are black, cold grey, ivory white and fluorescent dark red.

The vamp is made of ultra-light and elastic fabric. And it is made of double-layer fabric though, there is a large number of air holes designed on it, which makes it more than suitable for running in summer days. In terms of the toe, the popular anti-collision design is adopted there.

You can see from the image that the shoe tongue and the shoe collar is an integral whole. The material used is elastic as well as  extensile so as to increase the wrapping.

The midsole is the a-Flashfoam, the core cushion technology of this brand, which is a mixed material of EVA and TPU. There are also altogether seven gradually enlarged oval hollow designs adopted from the toe to the heel, which reduces the weight of the shoe.

The outsole material used is the lightweight and wear-resisting rubber which the same as that of the first edition. The oval hollow design and scale texture in the outsole can improve the grip of the shoe in the process of running and more importantly, reduce energy loss.

The insole is the 5mm soft EVA with an arch design which can fit runners’ feet nicely.

The initial feeling it gave me was that the shoe is very light. The data given by officials indicates a single shoe weighs only 240 grams while my ultra boost is 285 grams.

Since this is a shoe designed for long distance running,  it is especially important that the shoe has nice cushioning performance. So first of all, I simply tested the performance of a-flashfoam midsole performance by squeezing it with my hand. When I pressed the shoe with moderate strength, it turned out that there was an obvious compression and then immediate feedback. And in order to further confirm that, I carried out a 10 km run. During the whole  process, the midsole was continuously giving me sufficient feedback that I did not feel fatigued after the running. That is to say the shoe is rather reliable in this respect.

The size of the shoe is quite right. With a pair of socks  of moderate thickness, the feet will be firmly locked inside the shoes. So the wrapping is also very nice.

I am used to running at around 7 pm when there are gentle breeds.  And every time I finished running, my feet were still quite dry and I felt rather comfortable, which should be credited to the dense air holes on the vamp.

To be honest, I had thought the outsole would be a fatal drawback of the shoe since it was very thin. But it turned out that I was incredibly wrong. After this period of testing, running over 50 km and daily  wearing, I found, in fact, that the outsole is quite wearable and a short period of intensity training will  do little damage to the sole.

Overall:

In short, the shoe is cost-effective. And since the summer days are here with us, are you in want of such a pair of excellent shoes? If so, you might as well have a try.

 

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Close look and opening: LeBron 7

The newest edition of the LeBron, LBJ 17 is now available and there are several colorways available as well. So knowing that there must have been lots of people waiting for more details about this LeBron7, I bring this article to share with you and hope you can find something helpful.

The shoe box is the same as it was back then. But the ZOOM was changed to full-foot Max for the first time.

Many people will ask why the shoes are related with “red” in its name when there is no any “red” element in the shoes. In fact, it is because there is a pair of red laces given along with the shoes and this is also the colorway that James once wore.

The details of  this LeBron 7 and the first-year version are almost exactly the same. With the familiar as well as classic black and white and the lake green and red embellished, the shoe looks quite elegant.

Take a look at the detail of the swoosh on the side.

And then at the heel part is the classic King James logo.

The return of the Air Max in the LeBron 17 will be a homage to the LeBron 7 which is the first LeBron shoe to be installed with the Air Max.

Whether the shoe is worth trying? If you attach great importance to a shoe’s appearance, then this LeBron 7 is a nice choice and I think it looks especially nice with the red laces. But it is not that reliable on court. It wears a bit hard underfoot and even for relatively heavier players, the shoe is not springy enough. Besides, the wrapping is far from enough and its grip is just of moderate level. The cushion is good though, it is, as mentioned earlier, not soft and bouncy. As the first full-Max LeBron shoe, it is bestowed with more meaning instead of performance.

In 2009, when the Air Max LeBron 7 was released, it can apparently concluded from the name that the shoes’ cushion setup changed significantly: the Air Zoom cushion was abandoned in favor of the full-foot Air Max.

Though the Air Max is less flexible than the ZOOM cushion, the shoes are favored by many heavier players.

Overall

To sum up, this retro LeBron 7  would be more suitable for daily outing. But for actual combat, its performance is a bit below par. But anyway, as I mentioned earlier, if you are much more into its appearance, you might as well take a shot.