Notes from Day 2 of Outdoor Retailer Show
Group run went by, I felt compelled to join them for a quick mile or so.)
The theory behind Mountain Athletics is that athletes need to train for their event, whether they run ultras, climb rocks or ski. The workouts are CrossFit-like, and are intended to strengthen and increase an athlete’s durability. The North Face introduced a line of clothing and a shoe called the Kilowatt meant to support athletes doing these sorts of workouts (but not a shoe meant to be run in). It’s an interesting foray from the outdoor brand.
On the show floor, Asics showed off updates to well-known shoes and introduced a new Gel Electro 33 ($110, Jan. 1 release date, shown below), a sister shoe to the Gel-Lyte 33 and Gel-Excel 33. The Electro is built on the same 33 platform, offering a natural feel that mimics the movement of the foot, but with some stability built in. Asics—at an end-of-day fashion show for media types—also debuted a new trail running apparel line with revamped GEL-Fuji Racer 3 and Fuji Trainer 2.