Textile Insight

November / December 2017

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30 • Textile Insight ~ November/December 2017 textileinsight.com FOOTWEAR No Matter What the Race-cation has in Store, There's a Perfect Shoe. By Jennifer Ernst Beaudry PACKING IS TRICKY; PACKING FOR A DESTINATION RUN OR A RUNNING vacation is next-level difficult. Picking the right shoe for your event is obviously critical: Does it support your stride? Does it offer the protection and traction you need for the event? Will it keep you fast while it keeps you comfortable? Are you running a 5K? An ultra? Rugged trails? Obstacle course? City Streets? But race-day performance isn't the only issue when you're away from home. If you're going to have to carry your shoes as you walk (or even as you race), how heavy are they? If you're limited to a carryon, can your shoes pull double-duty for the rest of your trip? If you need to warm-up, cross-train or even do another event (it could happen!) on your trip, will your shoes keep up? There are as many different needs as there are races. But luckily, running brands have it covered, with shoes that work for all stripes of competition and nail all the other travel requirements, too. All you need to do is choose your path. O When it's Your First Race — or First Race in a While Meeting friends for a fun run someplace new? Brooks has you covered with the new Bedlam shoe, the second style to use its bouncy DNA Amp cushioning developed in partnership with chemical firm BASF. Like neutral sister shoe the Levitate, which hit the market this fall, the Bedlam is meant to give runners a springy, energizing underfoot experience that keeps you motivated to add that extra lap or go just that little bit harder, but in a support package. The $150 Bedlam imports the brand's Guide Rail technology to keep the foot stable while eliminating the posting that can break up the stride. A socklike collar and upgraded circular knit upper keep the foot locked in, with a suede heel tab for comfort. (The eye-catching digi print on the FitKnit upper is an added bonus: After your run, the Bedlam will look great on a recovery stroll around town.) O Choose Your Own Adventure

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