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Review of the Hoka Cavu

Posted by Damian McKeever on

    The first pair of Hoka's I got was the Hoka Bondi at the Running Show in Texas in 2014. I didn't really like them at the time and so decided not to stock them in our stores. They've come a long way in a short enough space of time. I tried the Hoka Cavu.   The Hoka One One Cavu is very cushioned and feels great on the road in it's first run out of the box. Hoka's are generally quiet light, they look bulky but when you pick them up off the shelf one of the first...

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Altra Escalante Review.

Posted by Damian McKeever on

This is the second shoe from Altra that I've tried. The first one been the Paradaigm which was a much heavier shoe. The escalante is another zero drop shoe but isn't as big or bulky as the Paradaigm.   It's essentially in that performance trainer category so goes up against the like of the Saucony Kinvara Asics DS trainer and Brooks launch. It comes in very light and like with all Altra's has the same wide toe box which suits me. I like having a bit of space for my toes to breath. The cushioning is surprising for such a...

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How many Gels do I need to take for a Marathon.

Posted by Damian McKeever on

Nutrition is a minefield and everyone has their own opinion on it. Who is qualified to talk about it? I'd suggest people who have spend 4+ years of their life studying it are best placed to give you advice on it. However here is what we see happening regularly in store and this is the advice that we tend to give customers. I am open to corrections and would like to point out that I am not a sports nutritionist or Dietician or anything closely related to that. This is just what we see regularly with our customers coming in...

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Fitting on Asics shoes.

Posted by Damian McKeever on

We've been getting asked this a lot since the new shoes dropped from Asics in December and January of 2016/17. The new Nimbus 19 and Kayano 24 Cumulus 19 2000 version 5 and DS Trainer 22. In 2016 there was some complaints about people poking their toes through the top of some of the previous models so Asics addressed the issue by making the upper stronger and redesigning the toe box as a result though the shoe fits smaller.   We've been doing a bit of research in the shop's at the moment and the trend seems to be something...

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How Often should I replace my running shoes?

Posted by oonagh Morrissey on

This is a question we get asked more often in the shop than anything else. There is no simple answer. As a general guideline you should look to replace your shoes between 500-800 K. However there are a few things that might change that slightly. 1) How you run. So if someone is new to running and has a very heavy foot strike they are going to wear down the shoes an awful lot quicker than someone who is gliding across the surface. Usually the first thing that goes in the shoe is the cushioning. When you're running it's three...

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