The 2013 Running Event just ended December 6. It has been an enjoyable but tiring three days at the annual Running Event (TRE) in Austin, Texas!
For my full daily coverage of TRE 2013, please see all the articles in the archive below:
TRE 2013 Newcomers
Besides the major brands, there were three NEW shoe companies that deserves a mention here.
Athletic Propulsion Labs (APL)
From Athletic Propulsion Labs basketball roots, the brothers Ryan and Adam Goldston, Load ’N Launch technology is a sophisticated feat of engineering located in the forefoot of the shoe just in front of the flex zone and the ball of the foot. The device features compression properties designed to provide an instant rebound effect that is transferred up through the foot to enhance vertical leap and propulsion. These shoes performed so well that they were banned from the NBA in 2010. But their remaining nine months of inventory was sold out in 3 days.
Now they are bringing that technology to running shoes. The Wind Chill is the first shoe in APL running line. Also coming soon is Joy Ride, built on APL’s Propelium platform, which features a proprietary blend of rubber and EVA. The company will also introduce a running shoe with a knit upper that looked to me a lot like the Nike Flyknit uppers.
Be Real Shoes
Be Real Shoes were conceived by Jason Applegate's own experience with the minimalist running movement. While he quickly fell in love with the more natural style of running and its health benefits, he found himself dissatisfied with the stylistic options, frustrated by fit, and longing for an even more minimalist construction.
Be Real shoes are designed to work seamlessly in every running environment. For the price of one shoe, you get a perfect trail shoe, crossfit shoe, and water shoe. The shoes are made in the USA utilizing eco friendly manufacturing techniques enabling the rubber soles to be 100% recyclable.
TESH Sports focus is on performance sports footwear and apparel. TESH is launching zero drop athletic shoes designed by former baseball pro Samuel Taylor and built around the brand’s Kinetic Haptic System - consists of the shoe (Twitch 1.0) and a removable five-toe bootie (5T Sleeve); one shoe for your entire workout. The bootie has a compression fit-sleeve with a 4-mm-thick neoprene insole, and the shoe breathes and wicks moisture. You can wear the Twitch 1.0 across your dynamic workout or wear the 5T Sleeve alone for controlled training. The Twitch is built on an anatomically correct last with a spacious toe box for natural toe spread. thus giving better balance and a more powerful push-off. With an impressive corporate sports backing and funding, TESH is ready to turn some heads in 2014!
Another newcomer (non-shoe vendor) to watch in the running and fitness category is True Form Runner treadmill, one of the innovative products from Samsara Fitness. True Form Runner is a motor-less treadmill (virtually maintenance free) that can cue proper running form and simulating road running. Get instant feedback on your running form and efficiency in just a few strides!
Here are our top product picks for TRE 2013 from the running footwear, running apparel, and running accessories category.
Top TRE 2013 Running Footwear Picks
Winner - Topo Athletic Speed Trainer (ST)
Topo Athletic Speed Trainer (ST) is lightweight, versatile and featuring a breathable mesh upper and ethylene vinyl acetate antimicrobial footbed. For those that prefer a more traditional look and feel, the ST incorporate the trademark features of the original line that make Topo Athletic’s shoes unique including the “Y” shape fit which follows the natural shape of the foot and a neutral zero drop.
Runner Up - Altra Instinct Everyday
Altra Zero Drop first casual shoe, the Instinct Everyday (Intuition Everyday for women) where you can mix business and pleasure with a comfortable yet professional version of the Instinct. Using the original Instinct's midsole and outsole, the Instinct Everyday dresses up the fit and feel you love by enjoying the foot-shaped zero drop shoe around the office or town.
Top TRE 2013 Running Apparel Picks
Winner - Smartwool PhD Run Divide Jacket
Keep the cold out and the run going with the Smartwool PhD Run Divide jacket. Windproof panels and draft flaps make you comfortable where it counts most. Made with 39% Merino Wool, 45% Nylon, and 16% Elastane, the Run Divide jacket is semi-form fitting with a windproof front and arm panels for increased protection. There is a center front zipper with a full draft flap and chin guard and secured zip chest pocket with media cord routing.
Runner Up - Perform Cruize Jacket
Utilizing 2XU’s 5:10 XSTRETCH membrane to release vapor while continuing to protect against the elements, this casual sports jacket will keep the wearer dry, comfortable and extra warm thanks to a 5:10 XSTRETCH FLEECE inner chest lining and protective hood. Complete with front pockets and contrast trims, this stylish piece is perfect for casual occasions or transition between workouts. With a brand new $75M investment from LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA, expect a lot of innovative and cool products in the near future from 2XU!
Top TRE 2013 Running Accessories Picks
Winner - Garmin Forerunner 620
Your next personal running coach could be the Garmin Forerunner 620. You no longer need to pay for a lab test to accurately obtain your VO2 Max. You no longer need time lapse night photography and lights to analyze your vertical bounce. You no longer need to go to an expensive lab to measure your ground contact time. Finally, you no longer need to manually count your cadence. Investing in a Garmin Forerunner 620 is a no-brainer as it is like a mobile running lab on your wrist.
Runner Up - Magellan GPS ECHO
For those who carry a smartphone while running and not looking for a standalone GPS running watch like the Garmin Forerunner series, the ECHO from Magellan GPS with its open platform is the ultimate choice. As a smart running watch, the Magellan Echo is used for viewing and controlling fitness apps while your phone is tucked away - a customizable remote control. ECHO uses Bluetooth Smart to connect your smartphone and watch, putting the power of a smartphone on your wrist. At a glance, you can see distance, pace, heart rate, ground contact time, cadence, etc. from fitness apps and gadgets in real time. The power of the open platform can make or break the ECHO's popularity - for example, innovative biomechanics apps and sensors from Pegasus Sports Performance pack powerful features to the ECHO as demonstrated at the Magellan GPS booth.