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REVIEW: Reebok Floatride Run

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Disclaimer: The Reebok Floatride was provided to me by Reebok Singapore for the purposes of a review.
Reebok isn't a brand one would associate with running shoes these days. That hasn't always been the case, but in the last couple of years, their focus seemed to be more on cross-fit and obstacle racing. That focus seems to have shifted this year with a host of new running shoes that have caused quite a stir among running circles. Earlier this year, Reebok gave us a taster of things to come when they released the Reebok Harmony Road, sporting their first foray into a TPU-based midsole - KooshRide (which seems to behave similarly to Adidas's Boost foam). And now, representing Reebok's first foray into the increasing popular knitted-upper retail space, we have the Reebok Floatride Run.
Let's start with the basic specs.
Heel stack: 26mm Forefoot stack: 18mm Drop: 8mm Weight: 9.17oz (260g) (US9.5) Note: advertised weight is 8.2oz (233g) for US9

One of the first things I…

First Impressions: ASICS Gel Quantum 360 Knit

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Over the past 2 weeks I've had the opportunity to try out the new ASICS Gel Quantum 360 Knit. This is arguably ASICS's first formal foray into the now fairly crowded knit-upper marketspace. First introduced by Nike in 2012 in the Flyknit racer, the knitted upper is now being used in various forms in the following brands in no particular order: Adidas, Altra, Hoka, Brooks, Reebok, Skechers, Under Armour, and now of course ASICS as well. The Gel Quantum 360 itself is not a new shoe, and came out (IIRC) around the end of 2015, utilizing a thin midsole of Solyte sitting on a large and heavily segmented wedge of Gel. 
So what's new about this version? Of course that would be the knit upper. I must confess I never tried the original Gel Quantum 360, so i can't really provide any sort of comparison of the knit upper to its predecessor.


What ASICS says:
"With 360 degrees of GEL-Cushioning, the GEL-QUANTUM 360 KNIT is the ideal running shoe to meet the active urbanite’s de…

Trying out the new ASICS Foot ID

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On 7th April 2017, I got the opportunity to try out the latest version of the ASICS Foot ID at their new concept store at Plaza Singapura. 





The last time i tried out the Foot ID was way back in 2012 at the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore race expo, and so i was keen to see what had changed.
The analysis came in two parts.
The first part was a static test where you put each foot into a camera box (fitted with 8, yes EIGHT!) different cameras. (That's the little box-like contraption on the right in the photo) These cameras took still shots of your foot from all angles and rendered a 3D reconstruction of your foot and ankle. This was really cool and you could see the subtle curves of the skin in the reconstructed images. The computer program was then able to use the image to make various measurements about the shape and width/length of different parts of your foot. The end result is a printout of different numbers which will hopefully serve to guide you better in deciding what…

REVIEW: ASICS Noosa FF

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On 3 March 2017, I was at the ASICS Singapore flagship store at Suntec City for a presentation by national 1500m runner Raviin Kumar (@runlikerav) on the latest Flytefoam series shoes to drop this season.
They were namely: ASICS DynaFlyte (released last year already, but seeing an upper colour update this season), the ASICS Noosa FF, and the ASICS DS Trainer 22. I got to test out each of the shoes on their in-store treadmill. I passed on the Dynaflyte, as I already had it in my arsenal, and honestly find the upper a little too warm for Singapore weather. It was down to the DS Trainer, or the Noosa FF.
The DS Trainer 22 dropped a ton of weight due in no small part to the replacement of Solyte with FlyteFoam in the midsole. It went from 9.1oz for a US9 to 7.8oz from DST 21 to DST 22. That’s a whole category jump right there. It basically jumped into the same class at the New Balance 1500v3, only it is now lighter. I generally prefer neutral shoes as they tend to be more flexible, and …

New ASICS FlyteFoam shoes

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ASICS has recently launched 3 new models sporting its FlyteFoam midsole technology, namely the ASICS DS Trainer 22 (replacing DS Trainer 21), ASICS Noosa FF (replacing the Noosa Tri), and the Dynaflyte which was already released last year but sees a colour update this year. 
In case you have not been up to speed on ASICS's progress with FlyteFoam, this material first debuted in the exclusive and very pricey MetaRun, which I reviewed earlier in Dec 2015. The technology made a big splash in the daily trainer category with the Dynaflyte last year, and continues to build on that with its incorporation into the DS Trainer and Noosa Tri lines. 
On a personal note, ASICS have fitted me with the Noosa FF and initial run feedback is very good. This maybe my favourite ASICS trainer to date. It's not the lightest of the new FlyteFoam shoes; that honour goes to the new DS Trainer 22, as it used the lighter FlyteFoam midsole to drop a full ounce from version 21 and making it a serious threat…

REVIEW: Skechers GoMeb Razor

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There are a few shoes on my wish list to try in 2017, including the Saucony Freedom ISO, Hoka One One Hupana, Nike Zoom Elite 9, and the Salming EnRoute, but none of them are as light as the new Skechers Razor. Having previously reviewed the Skechers GoRun 5 for RoadTrailRun.com here, I was looking forward to seeing how the Razor would stack up.

I’ve put in many more runs in the Skechers GoRun 5 since my initial review, and the one small beef I have with the shoe is that the balls of my feet tend to get a little bit sore past the 90-minute mark with this shoe. It could well be that the foam just softens up a bit too much in the warm Singapore weather, and I was hoping the Razor would be firm enough without being too jarring for me to use as a suitable long run trainer. My long runs tend not to be overly fast, but my long run shoes need to be able to adapt to variations in pace because some of these runs can be rolling and the downhill sections could be done at close to 6:00/mile pace…