Saturday, 18 November 2017

INSTAssel: Band rehearsal

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Band rehearsal today. Some beautiful 25 Kilometers around Tyresta nationalpark. [Flick: Alan Scott]

Friday, 17 November 2017

INSTAssel: chasin’

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"Life is like a track and everybody racing. You about to get caught by the same shit you chasin’" Masta Ace - Every Other Day

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

shoeporn: Nike - Zoom Fly

Nike's spectacular "Breaking2" event in early May 2017 around the Formula 1 racetrack Autodromo Nazionale Monza was the prominent and highly stagged kick-off for a new distinctive style of running shoes. After several years of development with their leading athletes, Nike used the paced PR-marathon stunt to launch their Zoom Fly and Zoom Fly 4% models to the hyped-up public. Along the way the aim was to run 42,195 kilometer under the magic 2 hour mark. I had the chance to give the "cheapest" and heaviest version of the product line a go - The Nike Zoom Fly.
While the 4% model was used by most of the elusive 30 pacemakers throughout the event in Monza, Italy, the actual shoe that was worn by the main runners Eliud Kipchoge, Zersenay Tadese and Lelisa Desisa is a special version made for each indiviual foot. Until today this Zoom Fly Elite version is not available to the public but can be seen on several top road runners that are sponsored by the Oregon brand. 
Love it or hate it. The Swoosh is huge and grabs the attention. A signature style of the whole product line. You better judge yourself. I certainly like the unique and fresh approach.
The backside of the shoe has the classic design that is popular amongst many of Nikes racing shoes. Albeit the sole.  It is aerodynamically shaped to gain further advantage for each runners stride. Wired.com analyzed the recent NYC Marathon and found out that this shoe could be actually considered doping. You might check yourself - ARTICLE
This version of the Zoom Fly comes in four different colourways. I opted for the classic and simple Black, Anthracite and White. Some new color themes already got released and saw a wicked all-white version as well as a homage to the Chicago Marathon with a stylish Taupe Grey-style Zoom Fly. Knowing Nike, this won't be last special release. 
So what is the difference to the "bigger brother", the 4% version? It is the midsole, and that is the new kid on the block where Nike tries to set the standard. The shoe has a carbon infused nylon plate. This plate however is a little bit heavier then the one Nike uses in the 4% version. Nike claims that the pricier shoe is stiffer and lighter. While i can judge the lightness i don't feel that the Zoom Fly lacks stiffness.
The upper is feels great and has a comfortable and simple layout that i enjoyed a lot. The thin layer is engineered around a Flyknit like mesh material that helps to keep weight down. No overlays are used - i like!
Front End - Certainly the shoe is fun. I enjoyed the top speed range on the track and tempo runs and i also used it while running easy. The stiffness of the forefoot is there and makes this shoe a bit special until you get used to it. Once you "feel" the shoe you start to enjoy it and you can feel the spring-off that the sole delivers. 
Im a fan of thin tongues. The Zoom Fly does therefore know how to please me. 
Another shot that highlights the high, yes very high, back of the sole.

It is obvious that the new style of performance running shoe is an answer towards the cushioning trend that Hoka One One started a while ago. Nike intruded more cushioning and responded to the demand of their runners to have a more comfortable racing flat. The 10mm drop that the shoe offers is something that has only been witnessed with Hoka so far. 
Strategically placed rubber pads and a full forefeet piece of rubber are the characteristic of the Zoom Fly. This shoe clearly is made for road running. The sole has the traction you want and supports a fast stride.
After several miles in this new-style running shoe im pretty much sold. While Hoka introduced me to the cushion based side of running flats, the Zoom Fly takes it to another level. I enjoyed this shoe during a wide set of workouts and it is fun. The sensation is certainly unique but after you get used to it you will use it. After this test im looking forward top what is coming next and im eager to get my hands on the Elite version of that shoe. It seems that Nike managed to release yet another memorable shoe after years of unspectacular releases. 

Friday, 10 November 2017

INSTAssel: Fuel Cell

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With new additions to the shoe shelve like this, it is even harder to endure the off-season.


Wednesday, 25 October 2017

shoehorn: Nike - Flyknit Trainer

A reinstalled classic - Nike's Flyknit Trainer. This time in a new fresh colourway called Bright Citron. 
Beaverton-based Running powerhouse Nike Inc. seems to have a weird policy when it comes to successful models. After a huge success with the introcudtion back in 2012, Nike stopped the Flyknit Trainer. Now the popular running shoe is back. Finally. 
The Flyknit Trainer features a beautiful light and minimal construction with a mix of the distinctive and comfortable Flyknit, Flywire, and great efficient foam cushioning. 
The single layer upper creates a great and easy fit. The shoe feels pretty light  and by now the Flyknit upper is a material thats proven and widely liked amongst runners. While the upper might feel strechty it does a great job to keep the foot steady while running. 
While the Flyknit Trainer is a performance based running shoe i dig the design and the overall appearance of this shoe. 
A beautiful yet comfortable feature is the "sock-like" entrance. It adds to the overall feeling of the shoe and provides a great sensation that creates a comfortable fit. 
The Frontend of a great training buddy. 
From the inside - The Flyknit Trainer knows how to combine cushion with a responsive and fast feeling. 
5 years after it's initial launch the shoe is still up to date and popular amongst a wide array of runners. 
The backside
Rumor has it that there are more Flyknit Trainer colourways approaching in the near future.
 This model was the one that started the succesful Flyknit technology for Nike. It has been around the market for five years and got introduced to several other models with huge success. The knit fabric made from recycled plastic revolutionized athletic footwear in terms of weight and breathability.
No news when it comes to the design of the outsole. The waffleskin rubber outsole is a proven one and the diamond pattern create a great grip on the road and during dry trail runs.

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Monday, 23 October 2017

Grindin'

I'm on the grind
Still got my money on my mind
And I, feel like I'm walking on the line
And it, seems like I'm running out of time
That's why I'm always on the grind
Yeah, I'm on the grind
Still got my money on my mind
And I, feel like I'm walking on the line
When it, seems like I'm running out of time
That's when I'm going on the grind
Masta Ace - Da Grind