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PUMA IGNITE Ultimate PWRCOOL Review

Last weekend was pretty fun and of course humid here in this part of the world, pretty fun because I get to take out the PUMA IGNITE Ultimate on a test run and having a go at their PWRCOOL technology. If this shoes interest you in anyway, do read on my first impression and my 2cents worth

As you know Singapore or rather this part of Asia is facing terrific heat wave from 31degrees onward and that is the norm throughout which translate to about 88F and I am talking about the night, and it gets worst in the afternoon, and what better to do to beat the heat than go out for a run.

Heading out the door with this flashy shoe sure got me some attention, I got the Green Gecko with Black  and you can check out the unboxing video.

Overall Shoe Construction

This neutral runner has a raised midsole height and a drop of about 12mm heel to toe, As claimed by PUMA this shoe offers ultimate cushioning and responsiveness. Adding more of their unique PU foam formula underneath the foot will provide ultimate rebound and maximum comfort.

Once I have this baby on my feet you can definitely feel the plushness from the heel cup to your arch and they kid you not about the ultimate cushioning, in fact this shoe will be a hit with people who are heel striker.

Check out the large amount of PU foam surrounding the heel area, this basically helps minimize the impact no matter where you land.

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I have to warn you guys that this shoe does not fit to size so before purchasing size down by a half size if your buying it online, but you can always test it out at the store for a better feel.

PUMA breathable mesh upper and thermo-regulation technology in the tongue didn’t really hit it off with me or maybe Singapore weather was just too warm. If you see the picture below on the side of the shoe, that was the amount of air ventilation that I am getting.

IGNITE ULTIMATE (uppermesh)

As  you can see even the sockliner had plenty of holes to keep the body at optimal temperatures in warm conditions but like I said PWRCool wasn’t really working here or maybe was there a switch to turn it on?

IGNITE ULTIMATE (Sole)

Running in this shoe didn’t feel if I was constricted around the arch area or anywhere even, maybe cause of the size issue and the arch of my feet felt like it had all the room in the world while running, one thing for sure that got me excited was the Chevron flex groove that really gave me the energy rebound when I ran in heel strike mode.

I like how they still maintain the EverTrack rubber for durability in high-wear areas of outsole and my 1st edition IGNITE still holding strong, EverTrack outsole can take on the roughest of surfaces along with Forefoot flex grooves that ensures maximum flexibility. So in short I do hope PUMA puts this system in all their shoes.

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Isaac’s 2cents Worth

So is this shoe for me? well It is not cause my sweet spot for running shoe is always been 4mm to 0mm, this shoe has a 12mm heel to toe drop, and I find that the PWRCool tech simply isn’t cutting it for me as well.

So who is this shoe made for then? This shoe will go well with people of heftier weight as it will cushion,minimize and save their knees from impact pain. Ultimate IGNITE will be loved by those who desire for maximum cushioning or simply like their shoes comfy and with lots or rebound.

As I have mentioned in my Youtube unboxing, I do want to compare this with the Ultraboost to see who has better comfort, at the moment cause I have only worn the Ignite, my vote goes to PUMA.

I understand IGNITE Ultimate PWRCool is costlier than the previous version, but if you have the cash to splash, then get this for its maximum plushness otherwise the older edition of IGNITE will appeal to the masses.

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Also to give a shout-out to all those PUMA Night run participants, I can’t wait to be running in the new route that PUMA have planned for us. See you guys there and if you have not signed up for the run. You can do so by clicking here.


LANEIGE HOMME : Men Do Get it

Just another few days to Christmas and then its Happy New Year, I want to thank everyone whom have been following and reading my reviews and post on life rambling for all this years, also I want to take this opportunity to say MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR to all you readers out there. As for me, I am ending my new year by keeping much to myself and staying low. I have not posted or done much video as much as I would like to end the year with but I do want to kick it up a notch for the coming 2016

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I would like to thank LANEIGE Singapore for sending me the following products (hope they think I was good looking and not looking at my post and thinking YIKES this guy’s oily face sure need our product) I sure hope its the former. Thank you for the early Christmas surprise.

As you know they have  recently release their latest HOMME range which is a fuss-free skincare regime,it is a two-step skincare to help busy people or who travels often by not having to bring so many products on hand and I have to say the Oil Control Cleanser and Oil Control Water Lotion is amazing. Now I can’t wait to try all their other products. Do read on to see what my thoughts are on the two following product

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The box has a nice metallic color and it sure does have a masculine feel to it, just holding on to it makes me feel MANLY! never though the Korean to be innovative as well, If you look at the packaging there is a perforated line on the side and it actually opens up from there and instructions in Korean and English are well placed for your reading pleasure.

First off let me talk about the oil control cleanser, it is actually a scrubbing cleanser which is made to clarifies the skin surface by removing excessive sebum and dead skin, I am pairing this with my Clarisonic Mia2 which give it a double boosting action

Firstly when you squeeze out the cleanser you will see blue bits which is the beads of the cleanser and it acts as a scrub, you can instantly feel the minty smell it gives off once you splash it on your face, but it was the “AFTER” effect that I love most. It made my skin felt tight, fresh and had a new bounce to it, or maybe it is the jojoba oil moisturizer ingredient that is in this cleanser

Isaac’s 2 cents worth and Product Rating ( 4.75 out of 5 cleanser ) This is worth purchasing

Since this is a two step product which comes together in a pair, I have the liberty to try it both at once, when I opened this water lotion, there was a separation of lotion and water therefore the instruction clearly states SHAKE IT WELL.

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I am comparing this to the current product that I use which is the SKII men’s facial essence which is pretty similar in consistency, just that the other one has Pitera and also am using it cause my whole family is using that brand.

I will try my best to describe the fragrance of this product to you, it has this really luxurious silky smell to it, think of you in a luxurious soapy spa with freshness of the morning grass, well anyway it sure smells DARN GOOD.

All you need to do for this product is after the cleanser you splash a good amount maybe the size of 50cents worth and dab it all over your pretty face. LANEIGE claims this product contains the “Golden Ratio” of one part lotion to 11 parts toner.

The whole idea of this lotion is to control your facial oil and mine sure has it’s own oil collection station on every side of my face after lunch or so, using this product really helped me tone down my shine and darn that smell is so good. I would just buy it and pour all over my body just for that smell. Just want to say that this product works like it said it would.

Isaac 2cent’s Product rating ( 4 out of 5 oil cleaner) I would have given it higher if it was not for the price

LANEIGE Oil Contol cCeanser sells for SGD $28 and Oil Control Lotion sells for SGD $48

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Brands I have used: SKII, KIEHLS, LABS, L’Oreal, Shiseido


Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 : Nimble Meet Stable

A couple of years ago, Mizuno made the decision to pare down their line of running shoes, that resulted in several shoes being streamlined into a new offering. The Mizuno Paradox 2 was born from the Mizuno Wave Nirvana (Premium Stability) and Wave Alchemy (Motion Control) was one of the new offerings targeted at over pronators.

The Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 is a lightweight running shoe with a wide toe box that offers both structure and cushion while providing a light, sleek ride with maximum stability. One of the features of the Wave Paradox 2 is the additional millimetre of blown rubber on a refined outsole. This provides runners with an improved underfoot feel and increased durability without sacrificing flexibility.

Key Features:

  • A PU printed design wraps around the heel and midfoot for a lightweight yet structural upper
  • This shoe features a Double Fan Wave in the heel for maximum support and an Articulated Wave in the forefoot for maximum cushioning and minimal forefoot rigidity
  • An additional millimetre of blown rubber on a redefined outsole means a better underfoot feel and increased durability, without sacrificing flexibility
  • Go to shoe for over pronators and runners with flat feet

The Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 is available at all Mizuno boutiques and selected World of Sports stores. The Wave Paradox 2 retails for $229.


TRISWIM Product Tried, Tested and Reviewed

Before I start with my product review I need to know if this is a suitable post for you.

  1. Do you loves the sun sea and sand?
  2. Do you Swim Bike and Run?
  3. Do you love getting pampered with good products?
  4. Do you think you will go out on a date with Isaac?

If you answer YES to all four, keep on reading as this post will benefit you most (ok I don’t think no 4 will benefit you as an athlete, will but thanks for giving me a chance)

Singapore tropical climate has always been hot and humid weather mixed with a little haze for some variety, athletes and people participating in triathlon clearly needs a good product that will help keep their body smelling good after training and I have the product for them. This is not a paid post so what if I tell you that one company have specifically created this product with us Athletes in mind.

Introducing SBR Triswim products and POUT have brought this excellent product into Singapore, I have read reviews and always contemplated to import this products in wondering if they work or not but with so many review online I should have done it sooner but lucky me I received an email saying that POUT is giving me a set to try it out, check out my unboxing video.

Here are my verdict and review on the Triswim products in the following order that I use.

Shampoo

I will wash my hair first after all my swims as not to leave chlorine or any salt water on my hair for too long, for fear that it will dry out my hair and having adverse effect it it’s so (Think balding).

I recently in Maldives and I was spending hours in the water while diving and swimming, so the first thing I got back was to splash this on my hair and I would leave it on my hair before I wash it off and then use the body wash. With such description on their website, I am totally sold.

  • TRISWIM Swimmers’ Shampoo is specifically formulated to eliminate Chlorine, Bromine, salt water and chemical odor by sequestering, attacking and rinsing the chemicals out of the hair and down the drain.
  • Moisturizes with Aloe Vera, Vitamin A & Pro Vitamin B5.
  • TRISWIM Swimmers’ Shampoo effectively removes the straw-like feeling and greenish tint in hair.
  • Formulated for swimmers or active individuals who are exposed to harsh drying elements such as Chlorine, Bromine, Salt and Sun

Body Wash

This is by far my favorite and If they sell them in 1 liter tub I will definitely buy it, cause the smell it left my skin feels so fresh, it does work extra well than any other regular product but the smell of this product got me feeling like I can take on the world.

The salt and sand clearly had no chance and even the smell of salt water or any muck that was in the water definitely washed off with this leaving you only smelling like fresh Japanese Yuzu scent, Yuzu is soft of like a lemon.

Conditioner

After washing off the body wash, I would smear my head with loads of conditioner, but with this product you do not need to really squeeze a ton as this consistency is thicker than the regular one you will have. This is highly moisturizing after your wash but you will feel this effect after a few wash, I read that it also improve dry and damage hair, can’t confirm as I have short and none damage hair (Blame it on vanity)

Lotion

I usually do not moisture my skin unless it’s really expose dry air or prolonged chlorine exposure, but since this came in the package I tried it out and I have to say it did help me sooth my dry itchy, sunburned skin  while I was in Maldives. I felt the consistency of this product rather thick and need a good rubbing, It felt like thick goo (think Gu Gel) at first but it easily spreads over the skin without having to rub it. Again I have to say the scent is not over powering and it will just leave you feeling relax after your day.

Isaac’s 2cents Worth

With products smelling as fresh as TriSwim why would anyone not be buying and using this wonderful product

Well, lets see, Triswim’s Bodywash was my favorite, washing off all the saltwater and chlorine effectively, the Shampoo was great coupled with the conditioner and it will leave your hair feeling soft and smelling great (wait a minute, Isaac has short hair so how come he is able to say that? well not only did I use the product, I asked the girl to test it out as well, She has long hair and she loves it as well)

If you are traveling around the world racing your events, I suggest getting the sachet which POUT carries them for only $1.50 click here

but if you have already tried it and loving it like me, you can stock up on Triswim as they are having a value bundle sale price over at POUT, Do check it out if you are interested. What’s not to like with ingredient and product totally made in the USA and not tested on Animals


PUMA Night Run Singapore Post Race Review

PUMA Night Run Singapore 2015 have concluded and what night it was, the haze stayed for the night and everything was just beautiful, the sky was clear and a crisp of clear breeze just keeps blowing gently on the runners at the Marina Barrage venue, not here to talk about the weather but that’s about it anyway

Most of you want to know how did PUMA did for the 2nd year running the event in Singapore as PUMA Night run events are BIG in TAIWAN and KOREA, especially Taiwan (think loads of … wait .. sea of people. Pic below was from PUMA Taiwan 2014)

PUMA Night Run Taipei 2014: Celebrating Taiwan's Modern Night Cats

The Course

The interesting course brought us around the scenic view of Marina Bay which highlights beautiful CBD skyline along the course, the course pic below was pretty good with little or no bottleneck except for the one after 6km but that is to be expected because of construction works as well as its a Park Connector. Other than that you can literally blast your way through the course.

PUMA Night Run Singapore 2015Just so you know I had to run a steady pace and not blow my main even which is happening next week in Osaka, so all I could do is just hold my pace at 6min through out and be discipline about it. My polar timing came in at 1hour exactly and it recorded an average pace of 6min/km (how’s that for discipline) it’s a training just when I needed it, my only concern is how my average HR stayed at 171 which is not my usual of 160bpm through out 20km courses (Blame it on the haze)

Polar

There was three water point serving out just water and not energy drink, which is sufficient for a 10k event. The volunteers at all the water point must have been trained at Ironman event because they were passing the drinks while running with the runners.

I have to say this is the first time I ever seen a Pin for Medal, Think “Medal Of Honor” really cute and innovative guys.

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The Atmosphere

Once runners arrive on the start point, you will be greeted with all the booth lighted up just like would at some out door concert event, maybe even better cause of the purple and green laser light dancing all around,

the atmosphere was electric and you can bet people are queuing up at photobooth, HIC drink booth and even the delicious DoSiRak. There was DJ and celebrity all around the PUMA event for your to gawk, as in Taiwan there are many pretty girls and hot hunks to eye candy similiar to Korea (let me cover it live next year for both city and I will let you know)

The Winners

Defending his title, Thomas Kiprotich topped the Men’s Open category with an impressive time of 33 minutes 57 seconds. Kennedy Kyule Matolo came in just seconds behind with a respectable 34 minutes and 12 seconds followed by Suresh Tilija in third place, with a time of 36 minutes 30 seconds). Finishing above the rest in the Women’s Open Catergory was Cheryl Chan, who crossed the finishing line with a time of 44 minutes, with Anna Helowicz Hebrich coming in second at 44 minutes and 49 seconds and Marsh Rebek Ah Karen Patrica in third position with a time of 46 minutes 16 seconds.

Overall Experience

Totally loving it, would not miss events like this because it’s one of those events where you don’t need to wake up early in the AM, the place was electrifying filled with runners pumped up for the event, Imagine the runners even did a pre-warm up sponsored by True Fitness. Baggage handling had no problems and you could just drop and pick it up without a hitch. Bet my last dollar you will see me running for 2016. In the meanwhile train smart and run hard.


Adidas Ultra Boost MissyBlurKit Review

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While Adidas apparels is a norm in the wardobe, I reckon the last time I wore any Adidas shoes were probably some casual trainers 10 years ago. So its definitely refreshing to see (and wear) the Adidas Ultra BOOST.

It sounds like rocket scientist to me but the Adidas Ultra BOOST is developed using ARAMIS’ 3D shape and surface measurement to provide a fully adaptable running experience for runners. Its priced at RM650 which puts it in the premium category. With that pricing, its definitely no surprise that the ARAMIS system is also used by top engineering institutions like NASA, Boeing and BMW to measure crash tests, vibration analysis and durability studies.

At first glance, I must say this fella is one of the better looking running shoes I now own. While my initial response was to prefer the Flash Pink (pinkish purple) or Urban Sky (orange), I am now actually a happy camper in the Core Black (black) since its pretty easy to match any of my running clothes.
The colour and design is also a plus point as I can easily wear it as part of work gear so that I can grab my after work run with minimum baggage (Yes I wear trainers to work especially on days that I intend to pack in an evening run the moment I clocked out of my office).
#ultraboost, #boostyourrun, #adidasmy, running, I Am A Girl, Adidas, Ultra BOOST, running shoesVanity reasons aside, after taking the Adidas Ultra BOOST through 84km over 2 days during my KL-Maran Walk (jog) and 74km running in it,
I will say that it does live up to its name and purported features:
• 20% more boost
The shoe claims that it has 20% more boost than the Energy Boost model. While I have not worn the Energy Boost before, my first few steps in the Ultra BOOST gave me the “boink boink boink” feel in every step. I felt like I was walking on “air”. I have a certain bounce while wearing this shoes. Its always like having springs in my steps.

And on the first day of my KL-Maran Walk, while I did develop major blisters (something totally new to me since I can run full marathons without any issue), the cushioning was a life savior and comforting having had to endure the discomfort (and pain on the last day) for every step. So while it hurt, I had no qualms taking anther step forward.

This cushioning too came in handy to give me the much needed support when I ran Men’s Health Women’s Health Night Run (MHWH) fresh from a sprained ankle. The impact were considerably lessened compared to my regular trainers.
• Adaptive Comfort
A runner’s foot can remarkably expand up to 10 mm or more in width while running. Granted that my feet is small and narrow, I actually remember seeing my feet balloon after my LSD or FMs. The Ultra BOOST’s Primeknit mesh knit is what makes the shoe look really stylish.
#ultraboost, #boostyourrun, #adidasmy, running, I Am A Girl, Adidas, Ultra BOOST, running shoesHowever the real feature of this good looking material is its adaptive stretch capabilities. On all 3 occasions of 50km, 34km and 21km distances under the hot sun and temperatures of 33-38ºC, the feet would have swelled. These Primeknit expanded accordingly allowing the feet comfortable room. yet it was not overly loose or tight. It felt just right.
Even during the days when both feet were bandaged because of the blisters and sprain, the Primeknit expanded accordingly to offer the right fit. Interestingly, the shoe resumed its original size and it was evident because in the absence of bandages with regular socks, the Adidas Ultra BOOST felt just as good and snug.
The Primeknit coupled with the Adidas Logo overlays to hold the feet snugly within the shoe. In fact, I will say that these were comfortable support for the sprained foot.
A feature that I noted was that this Primeknit is actually a very well ventilated mesh. The feet felt cool despite me donning it under the sun at 38ºC. However, this material also meant that when it rained or drizzled at least 10 minutes, the feet got wet quite easily. Not quite my choice shoes to bring out for a run during rainy weather.
Having said that its not an ideal shoe for raining weather, it did dry up within 24 hours when I left it standing on the top of my shoe shelf. Of course I removed the insole to speed things up but sans fan or direct sunlight, I am impressed with how fast it dries up!
• Stretch Web Outsole 
This outsole runs through the entire full length of the shoe. Combined with Adidas’s long running Torsion system that allows the forefoot and rearfoot to move independently for increased stability, these shoes adapts to one’s foot strike and movement. What you get is a smooth and coordinated ride in each step.
The stability of the Ultra BOOST was evident especially when dealing with the different terrains that I went through. From smoothly paved highways to trunk roads with yellow mud, it generally made it easy to balance with every step even when stepping down from the road onto the shoulder of the road that was slanted and uneven (in some stretches mud). Having said that, I will reiterate that the Ultra BOOST is strictly a road shoe not a trail shoe.
#ultraboost, #boostyourrun, #adidasmy, running, I Am A Girl, Adidas, Ultra BOOST, running shoesThe Ultra BOOST took me through different road and shoulder of the road surfaces comfortably
It always rains when I am in my Adidas Ultra BOOST and I noted that the stretch web outsole had a pretty good grip in both drizzle or even heavy downpour. Needless to say, its excellent grip on dry surfaces!
After a total of 158km, I must say that there is no signs of wearing out despite being warned by a few friends that their other Boost models never survived more than 500km. That being said, it must be noted that I am also lightweight (44kg) so perhaps that also extends the lifespan on my shoes in general. Will definitely share what happens when my Ultra BOOST hits 300km and 500km.

#ultraboost, #boostyourrun, #adidasmy, running, I Am A Girl, Adidas, Ultra BOOST, running shoes• Lightweight Midsole
The BOOST midsole is made from lightweight TPU pellets. While it says lightweight, at UK size 5 and 240g, these are not the lightest shoes in my running wardrobe compared to my regular Saucony or Newton that weigh 20-40g lighter. The jut out of the midsole is a tad disturbing for me visually. It does make the shoe look much bigger than it actually is. In a way, I actually feel like I am wearing clown shoes in this.
Perhaps something can be done about the jutting out part though I will have to say that these are shaped in such a way that it allows the shoes to glide or slide smoothly with each step. So its really looks versus functionality…I will have to say I prefer functionality better.
#ultraboost, #boostyourrun, #adidasmy, running, I Am A Girl, Adidas, Ultra BOOST, running shoesIts been a short 8 weeks with the Adidas Ultra BOOST but I will say that its indeed been a good pair of running shoes. While I love the balance, support, ventilation, comfort and looks of it, I just wished that it was a tad more affordable. RM650 is a bit on the high side for a pair of running shoes. In fact its 30% more than my other rides. Perhaps if it could be slightly lighter, then I believe that this will be the pair of shoes that I might just run faster and further!
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New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Review

This shoe was voted Competitor Magazine as the “2015 Shoe of the Year,” and while it doesn’t release until March 19 in the US of A,  unless you are in Singapore for a holiday you can pick up a pair at any New Balance establishment and Concept store, check out my video and read on for first impression of this new Fresh Foam series to see what all the buzz is about.

Before the shoe came out I have heard much buzz about this Zante, but I went like what a name for a shoe, Zante? well just so you know, it is named after the popular Greek island in the Ionia Sea known for turquiose waters and sandy beaches so as the NB people wants you to feel “It is paradise for your feet”

Before we get to how the shoe runs do check out the shoe porn and specs of the Zante

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Being plush is the current trend with all company (Adidas Boost, Puma Ignite)  making their runners super plush with new materials making it feel as if you are running on air, with the Zante it has a 6mm drop but there are variances created during the development and manufacturing process but I am sure it will only differ slightly.

If you have already tired the first generation of Fresh Foam 980 you will know how many people loved the plush feeling of running in them no matter what feet strike you are, the Zante however is more recommended for the mid-foot strike as NB still made it overly aggressive on the rolling of the toe off, that means you will feel the definitely feel the ground as you push off if you are a heavy weighted runner.

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The construction of the shoe have differ slightly from the 980 and it is now even softer to the touch, it has a new molded sockliner with a no-sew material which makes people like me who run sock-less very happy.

Take note that this shoe have zero to no arch support and after running in them after 10km or more I can feel my foot running really flat and battered. This shoe is so lightweight that it weighs in at only 212.6 grams (7.5 oz), it will definitely not weigh you down on the long run.

The New Balance team designed the Zante with speed in mind and in order to satisfy the need for speed, the NB design team studied the foot strikes and impact tendencies of those running at a faster pace to find out what makes them unique. As a result, the Fresh Foam Zante was born, while I was running around Tokyo the rolling of the shoe was good but for those who prefer a stiffer sole you may want to skip this shoe for races but more for training.

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The soles of the shoe have definitely improved and If you were to try to glide this shoe along the floor, you will find it pretty hard to do so. the grip on this shoe has been cranked up a notch, but this will not apply to tarmac but on floor tiles and pot hole covers where it is slippery when wet.

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I am not sure why the Zante has a different sole design on the heel side (see pic) which effect only on the outer right and left side, judging from the looks of it, this shoe seems to be design for people with under pronation in mind, this is one reason I will not know, but if you are under pronating this shoe is made for you then. Just take a look at your shoe wear pattern to see if you are.

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The shoe runs lower than it’s brother the Fresh Foam 980 (which is good) but the heel cup feels overly lose and you get the feeling of the shoe slipping off under when you run.

Fresh Foam Zante has a new bootie-like design that wraps the foot like a second skin thus making it feel like an extension of your foot, the tight midfoot wrap pretty much holds the foot snugly in place but in times I felt it was too snug.

If you are looking to buy online the Zante feels half size smaller as even with socks the shoe feels really snug.

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Isaac’s 2 Cents Worth

Currently with this new edition of Zante, I am pretty certain that more people will jump on the Fresh Foam wagon,  Zante will do the same if not create more buzz cause of its light weight feature and sock like feel. This should would definitely double up as a walking shoe if you are traveling, the softness will ensure you feel comfortable and look stylish as well.

This beauty will make a perfect long distance running shoe. as the Zante takes all the best bits of the Fresh Foam 980 shoe and adds a bit more variety and design, It has a superior level of comfort when compared to the 1080v4.

Competitor Magazine voted the Fresh Foam Zante the “2015 Shoe of the Year,” and while it doesn’t release until March 19 (USA Market), you can click here and pre-order to ensure you’re one of the first to see what all the buzz is about!

 

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Mizuno Wave Rider 18 (Rainbow Warrior)

This month’s shoe review will be a guest post by ZJ aka Joe and he will be giving his first impression and running experience with the Limited Edition Mizuno Wave Rider 18 (Osaka Edition), so read on for his personal views on the following

First and foremost I would like to thank Isaac for this opportunity for providing me with this Wave Rider 18 for the review as because the new Wave Rider 18 made its debut recently at the first Singapore Mizuno Concept Store  and I must say this pair of shoes is quite unlike the rest. First of all, look at all the colours that it has to offer. I really like what Mizuno did with this pair of shoes, I think it’s a very bold move, and honestly how many pairs of rainbow coloured shoes have you seen on the streets.

After putting in a few runs into the shoe I felt that the Wave Rider 18 has a very comfortable shoe upper which does not constrict the movement of the feet,  The AIRmesh provides breathability to keep the foot cool and the OrthoLite Sockliner provides a moisture absorbent environment that caters to people like Isaac976 who hates socks so that is a plus for people who run sockless

The Midsole of the Wave Rider 18is made up of Mizuno Iconic U4ic pronounce as Euphoric, the shoe itself is very lightweight and it provides optimal shock absorption, durability as well as a resilient ride. The Mizuno Wave running from heel to midfoot creates an impressive springy and well cushioned ride.

The Blown Rubber in the forefoot increases cushioning   and made the shoe very responsive. Like the Wave Rider 17 the X10 provide enhanced traction. The most noticeable change since the 17 was the sole being a broader base which actually enhances the running experiences and keeping the runner well balance in their running gait.

Upon putting on this pair of shoes I felt that it is slightly heavier than the NB Fresh Foam 980 which I loved. Unlike the NB Fresh Foam which had an upper to midsole that was virtually flimsy and does not hold,as for the AIRmesh  was well made and you can actually feel it clinging onto the top of your feet. Despite that, the toe box still provides sufficient space for toe play making it very roomy and comfortable shoe.

Though the sole of the Wave Rider 18 is slightly harder than the NB Fresh Foam 980, it feels more responsive than the Fresh Foam. Having run in the Wave Rider 18, all I can say is this pair of shoes is perfect for the heel strikers. The groove of the shoes keeps your legs momentum going when it lands on the ground. It’s like the Wave Rider 18 itself is encouraging you to keep on running.

 Mizuno Wave Rider 18

ZJ’s 2cents Worth of the Mizuno Wave Rider 18:

Pros

  1. The shoe easily caters for all the different types of Running Styles
  2. Responsiveness of the shoe when toe off feels instant
  3. I am using this shoe for Basketball for its wide base sole which I love

Cons

  1. Hardness of the sole can be quite taxing your feet when doing long distance running.
  2. Shoe can be slightly lighter
  3. Design didn’t vary much from its predecessor