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By Sundesh Mahes
JOHANNESBURG – Welcome to SPORTS DRIPS for this week. We’ll take a close look at a few new sneaker releases in South Africa this week and give you some great product insights.
Nike has the new Nike Air Pegasus 38, Adidas just released their Olympic style running shoe collection and we have an Under Armor that has big plans ahead.
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38 has subtle updates to fit the midfoot and brings the Zoom Air unit back to the forefoot of the Pegasus 37 for the right touch of elasticity underfoot. In short: these are the dependable and reliable parts you expect from the Pegasus range, with improvements that help you go further and train harder than you thought.
What’s New: The Pegasus 38 is built on a new shape to provide more space in the toe area, runners may notice it looks like pre-Pegasus 36 models. A new individual strap system in the midfoot Allows each runner to lace up to a personalized fit. The soft and breathable sandwich mesh material provides comfort and performance for all runners, from the most elite to beginners. The tongue is a separate piece with additional foam.
What’s familiar: The fitted midsole mirrors that of the Air Zoom Pegasus 37. Full-length Nike React foam provides cushioned responsiveness and a smooth transition. Zoom Air unit in the forefoot helps provide responsive energy return. A FlyEase version of the Pegasus 38 features a zip entry with no-tie lacing that secures the fit with one hand. On the Nike By You Builder, you can design your own Pegasus 38, adjusting arch height, traction material, laces, and entry methods with a traditional or FlyEase option.
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Adidas: Coming from the same family as the adizero adios and adizero adios Pro 2, adizero Boston, Prime X and Avanti track spike is the latest version of adidas’ elite racing offering. The adizero story began in Berlin on September 28, 2008, with Haile Gebrselassie. He introduced the adizero adios 1 to the world by smashing his own marathon world record to become the first person to cross the 2:04 mark. The decade that followed that day belonged to adizero, the franchise that accompanied athletes on their journey as four other world records were broken, with continued dominance over the period.
Adidas unveils the latest evolution of adizero shoes designed for road and track speed. Led by the next iteration of adidas’ record-breaking elite performance shoe, the ADIZERO ADIOS PRO 2, and featuring the all-new ADIZERO BOSTON 10, ADIZERO PRIME X and AVANTI Track Spike, the running shoes will be worn by select few. fastest this season. The ADIZERO ADIOS PRO took the road racing world by storm last year when world records were broken. In the first season of the shoes, Kenyan Peres Jepchirchir twice broke the only world record in the women’s half marathon, while Kibiwott Kandie set the fastest time ever, taking 29 seconds more than the previous record he held.
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Building on the heritage and evolution of adizero design, the collection includes the ADIZERO BOSTON 10. Providing runners with the best of the ADIZERO ADIOS PRO 2 race day setup in a versatile everyday running shoe. . Featuring the same LIGHTSTRIKE PRO combined with durable LIGHTSTRIKE EVA midsole foam, ENERGYRODS, flexible upper construction and CONTINENTAL ™ rubber outsole, to support daily long distance workouts with a lightweight, durable ride.
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Continuing the collection, the ADIZERO PRIME X was created as a revolutionary conceptual long-distance running shoe. Designed without limitations to amplify the key features of the ADIZERO ADIOS PRO 2 and explore and push the boundaries of technology. Sharing the same LIGHTSTRIKE PRO midsole and ENERGYROD technology, reinforcing blades, which stand out, have been added in a 50mm heel.
Under Armor: Has new runners that caught my eye – the men’s UA HOVR ™ Phantom 2 SPC PNR running shoes have a cool new colourway and the women’s UA HOVR ™ Apex 2 Speckle training shoes are just a eye-catcher- look. Visit their site for more information.
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