Monday, June 29, 2015

Runtastic Orbit Fitness & Sleep Tracker Review

I have seen activity trackers all over the place.  There are numerous companies that offer various brands fitness trackers starting as low as $50 on Groupon.  Many of these trackers also let you know how well you sleep, which is a cool idea.  I received the Runtastic Orbit.  It is a fitness and sleep tracker that connects to your smartphone as well as the Runtastic’s website.

First of all, I have been using the Runtastic running app on my phone for years now.  I find that it is very accurate and I actually preferred it to Map My Run in several categories.  The only thing that I don’t like about the Runtastic app was that if you use the voice training, it speaks too slowly, but you can probably adjust that (I just couldn’t figure out how to yet).  It measures all of the normal measurables like pace, distance, time, and even your heart rate if you have a bluetooth heart rate strap (which you can get for around $69 on the Runtastic website).  I found that this is almost as accurate as my $400 Garmin Forerunner 620.  The Runtasic app was only off by about 2 seconds per mile.  That isn’t bad for free.

The Orbit comes with two silicone bands (one black and one blue) and a black belt clip.  It also has the actual device itself that easily slips into the bands.  You can buy other colored bans as well.  There is a ½ inch by ½ inch screen that shows the time of day, steps that you have taken, minutes you have been active, calories that you have burned by walking, and distance that you have covered.  When I got the Orbit, I downloaded the “Runtasitc Me” app from the Google Play store for free.  It not only lets you see these measurable, but you can set alarms, a notification to let you know if you have been sitting too long and how much battery life is left.

I have to say that I loved to see how many steps I took and tried to always do more than my goal of 10,000 steps per day.  The sleep function is cool too.  You hold down the button when you lay down to sleep.  Then you do the same thing when you wake up.  It will tell you your sleep efficiency, how many hours of you were awake, had light sleep, or deep sleep.  It is cool, although I fell asleep several times before turning in on sleep mode.

The alarm feature is awesome. The Orbit will vibrate to wake you up according to the time you set on your smart phone.  You can set multiple alarms too.   No more waking up your spouse when you get up early for a long weekend run.  When you run and are using the Runtastic Run app, it will show the measurables that you select to be seen on the Orbit.  I found that it didn’t always show the right distance, but the app still recorded it right.  

Pros:
Very comfortable
Syncs with your phone easily
Syncs with Runtastic’s apps easily
Inexpensive compared to many of the other fitness trackers out there
The alarm feature is awesome!!!

Cons:
My phone would show the actual mileage, pace, etc. but when I looked at the Orbit, it wasn’t always correct.

I have not tried other fitness trackers, but I really like the Orbit.  It keeps me thinking about my steps per day and I really like knowing how well I am sleeping (although with 2 toddlers that still wake up at night, I am not sleeping as long as I would like).  This is a great product and is one of the least expensive at around $99 on the Runtastic site.  You can find it cheaper elsewhere though.  I would recommend this fitness tracker and I love the Runtastic Run app.  Pick yours up today.

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Note:  I received this product in exchange for a review.  The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it.  I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Zeal Optics Range Review


Zeal Optics was started in 1997 in Moab, Utah.  They moved their business to Boulder, Colorado shortly thereafter, which is where they still reside.  They believe in being stewards of the environment.  Their frames and lenses are made from plant based materials and their prescription lens lab produces zero waste, either recycling or repurposing the leftover materials.  In fact, they are the only company in the world that uses 100% plant based materials to make their sunglasses, which is pretty cool.

The frames are made from the oil of the castor bean instead of from crude oil like most companies use to make their frames and lenses.  The Castor plant is the perfect resource because it is an efficient, fast-growing perennial that is not only drought-tolerant, but can thrive in less than ideal conditions.  Zeal Optics calls this the Z Resin Process. 

The lenses are made using what Zeal Optics calls the E-llume process.  It uses a plant based bonding agent instead of petroleum-based materials.  They can produce great clarity using this process while still being eco conscious.  They can do all of this and still provide complete protection from UVA, UVB, UVC, and HEV light.  The polarized lenses cut 99% of the glare and use the best polarizing film on the market from Japan.  Their sunglasses not only meet, but exceed the tough ANSI Impact Resistance Standards.

The Range comes with mirrored lenses that look great.  The lenses have a hydrophobic lens coating that repels water, oil and dust and an oleophobic lens coating to reduce fingerprints.  The nose bridge and arms are injected with what Zeal Optics calls Pro Flex, which provides a soft comfortable hold.  These are made for people with average sized faces.  I love the way that they fit and look. 

Zeal Optics offers a 30 day money back warranty as long as the sunglasses are in resellable shape when they receive them.  That is the only thing that surprised me.  These are such great sunglasses and all of the other sunglasses companies that that provided sunglasses to test give at least a lifetime warranty against manufacture defects.  I also did notice that when I was driving and the sun was shining on the tail light of the car in front of me, there were three halos that appeared.  It seemed like the sun had to be in a specific position because I didn’t notice this other than a few times.  Not a big issue for me.

Pros:
Very light weight material
Great fit, doesn’t bounce around while running
Great peripheral coverage
Mirrored lenses look great
Made from plant based materials, better for the environment

Cons:
The warranty is not as good as other sunglass companies
On very rare occasion, I noticed red halos when looking at a cars tail light.

The Range is a great pair of sunglasses.  I not only use these for running, but they have become my everyday sunglasses as well.  That is saying a lot because there were several amazing sunglasses that I tested.  While they were the most expensive sunglasses I tested (at $139.00) they are well worth the price.

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Note:  I received this product in exchange for a review.  The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it.  I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Tifosi Seek FC Review

I have known about Tifosi for years.  They sell them at Performance Bicycle and I have tried on a few pairs, but never pulled the trigger.  Tifosi is the Italian word for “super-fan” or an avid sports enthusiast.  Tifosi designs, tests, and completely tortures their products to make sure that their products perform flawlessly under the most extreme conditions.  That is probably why they are the #1 selling brand of sunglasses in specialty cycling and running stores.  Tifosi strives to provide sports optics products that fit well, look great, and offer a high level of value to their customers. 

Tifosi sent me the Seek FC, which is a single lens sunglass that comes with their Fototec (photocromatic) lenses. Photochromatic lenses change the tinting in response to changing light conditions.  In bright sunlight, the lenses get darker and in lighter conditions, the lenses lighten.  It takes about 10 seconds for the sunglasses to fully transition, but I never even notice the change.  The Seek FC that I tested came with the Smoke Fototec lens, which let 47.4%-15.2% of the light through.  They are perfect for running around dawn or dusk, which is when I do my long runs.  I was able to leave the house when it was sunny and get back when it was fairly dark and never had to take the sunglasses off.  They might not be quite dark enough for the brightest of conditions. 

The frames are made with TR90, which is an extremely durable nylon resin that prevents breaking and stretching.  The ear pads are adjustable and so are the nose pads.  The sunglasses in general are extremely light weight and do not bounce when you run.  They are made to fit people with small to large sized faces.  The one thing I didn’t like was that I could not put the sunglasses on top of my head without feeling like they would fall off.

The Seek FC comes with both a hard case as well as a soft microfiber bag.  All Tifosi products come with a lifetime warranty against manufacture defects. 

Pros:
Very light weight material
The Fototec lenses are great for running in variable lighting conditions
Great fit, doesn’t bounce around
Great price $69.95 on Amazon
Lifetime Warranty

Cons:
I wish they would stay on top of my head

These are some awesome shades and the price is excellent.  I read reviews that some people have had issues with these glasses breaking at the nose bridge when they were cleaning them.  I have not had any issues and when I talked to Tifosi, they said that they have addressed that issue.  If they break, you can send them back for a replacement as well.  I would recommend getting these sunglasses, especially if you tend to run in the morning or evening when lighting might change throughout your run.

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Note:  I received this product in exchange for a review.  The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it.  I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

XX2i Optics France 2 Review



XX2i Optics is committed to producing the best possible eyewear for outdoor enthusiasts and stand behind each product they produce with integrity and pride.  They want to insure that you are completely satisfied, no matter what.   XX2i Optics sunglasses are not available in stores from what I could find, but they offer the best warranty that I have seen, anywhere.  You can try them for 365 days and if you don’t like them, you can return them and get your money back.  Also, they have a “no questions asked” lifetime warranty, even if you scratch or break the glasses.

I was given the France 2 sunglasses, which were the cheapest glasses that I tested, but I couldn’t tell that when I put them on.  I got the single lens kit, which costs $59.99, but you could choose to purchase the France 2 with two additional sets of lenses for $99.99.  They showed up with a hard case, soft microfiber bag, additional (a set of blue and set of red) nose and temple pads, a mini screwdriver to change them, and a sunglass cord.  The hard case had spots for the sunglasses and separate spots for the lenses as well.  Not bad for the price. 

XX2i Optics calls their lenses 4k ultra high definition, a marketing term that refers to Advanced Chromatic Filtering, High Scratch Resistance, Impact Resilience, and Lifetime Warranty.  The lenses were great; clear and did not distort anything.  You can get polarized lenses as well.

Pros:
Very light weight material
Best Value (Starting at $59.99)
Great fit, doesn’t move around or bounce while running
Unbeatable warranty

Cons:
Not available in stores

From the moment I put them on, they just felt right.  The France 2 sunglasses were awarded the Killer Value Award from Outside Magazine, which could be because these awesome sunglasses only cost $59.99, but are worth so much more.  I really like these sunglasses and would definitely purchase these if anything ever happened to the ones I have, although with the best warranty in the business (I don’t know how it could get any better) I wouldn’t have to.

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Note:  I received this product in exchange for a review.  The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it.  I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Optic Nerve Omnium PM and Vahstro Review

Optic Nerve is based out of Wheat Ridge, Colorado, right outside of Denver.  They have been around for 25 years and are a smaller company that produces pro quality sunglasses that are tested not only by top athletes, but the average weekend warrior too.  They believe it is better to provide good service and top quality shades for a fair price instead of spending money on expensive endorsement.  I was given two sunglasses to test.  The Vahstro, which has interchangeable lenses, and the Omnium PM, which does not come with interchangeable lenses, but does come with photocromatic lenses.

The OmnuimPM has a photocromatic lens that adjust the tint according to various light conditions.  It comes with a hydrophobic lens coating that repels water, oil and dust.  The lens is called Rose to Smoke, meaning that it has a reddish tint which provides accurate colors, contrast and definition.  They darken in brighter conditions and the transition only takes 7-11 seconds, which happens without you even noticing. 

These are extremely light weight, weighing in at just over an ounce.    They come with dual injected an adjustable nose bridge and temples to keep the Omnium PM in place.  These didn’t move or bounce around and were so comfortable that I didn’t even realize I was wearing them after a while.  They are made for people with slightly narrow faces.  The one complaint that I had is that it just didn’t work with the shape of my face, it rode too high.  It is nothing against the sunglasses, they just didn’t fit my funky shaped head very well (this is a common thing for me).

Optic Nerve offers a lifetime warranty against manufacture defects.  The Omnium PM was picked as the 2012 Runner’s World Gear of the Year and is an excellent pair of sunglasses, if they fit you.  They are a great value too at $89.00. 

Pros:
Very light weight
Can use in variable light conditions
Great fit, doesn’t bounce or move around
Lifetime warranty against manufactures defects.
Great value ($89.99)

Cons:
Just not right for my face (but it will probably work for most people)

The Vahstro (pronounced Va-Strow) is a great all-purpose sunglass kit.  It comes with four lenses, polarized smoke, copper, orange, and clear.  The clear lens lets 100% of the light through and is for extreme low light situations.  The orange lens lets 64% of the light through and is good for variable light conditions.  The copper lens lets 27% of the light through and is for general or variable light conditions.  The polarized smoke lens let 15% of the light through.  This is the lens I used most of the time and provides accurate color and definition in sunny conditions. 

The Vahstro also comes with the hydrophobic lens coating and the frame is made from TR90, which is an extremely durable nylon resin that prevents breaking and stretching.  This is the first of OpticNerve’s sunglasses to offer their “sideswipe” technology, which makes it simple to change the lenses.  These are the easiest sunglasses to swap lenses and I have tried quite a few in my days. 

The Vahstro has triple injected rubber at the temple tips and nose bridge, which does a great job of keeping them in place and deters bouncing while running.  They are made for people with average sized faces and I feel that they were a great fit for me. 

The only thing that I didn’t like is that the sunglasses come with a hard case and a bag with separators for the lenses.  While this works, you have two separate things to carry and I think that it would be better if there was a spot in the case for the lenses to be held along with the sunglasses.  Not a big deal, but it would be nice.

Pros:
Very light weight
Can use in variable light conditions
Great fit, doesn’t bounce or move around
Lifetime warranty against manufactures defects.
Great Value ($109.00)

Cons:
I wish the hard case had separate spots for the lenses. 

As with all Optic Nerve sunglasses, you get a lifetime warranty against manufacture defects.  These are great sunglasses that you can use in all different light conditions.  They were very easy to swap out the lenses and I would recommend these if you are looking for a great pair of sunglasses with a lot of features. 

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Note:  I received this product in exchange for a review.  The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it.  I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.

Monday, June 22, 2015

5 Great Sunglasses for Runners


Over the next 4 days, I will feature 5 great sunglasses for runners.  They encompass different features that make them great.  This is just an overview of the full product reviews that I will post in the coming days. Depending on the shape of your face, different sunglasses will work better for you.  I am reviewing theses sunglasses based on features, price, materials and warranty.

The Omnuim PM has a photocromatic lens that adjust the tint according to various light conditions.  It comes with a hydrophobic lens coating that repels water, oil and dust.  The Omnium PM was picked as the 2012 Runner’s World Gear of the Year.  These are made for people who have slightly narrow faces.  Optic Nerve offers a lifetime warranty against manufacture defects.

The Vahstro comes with four lenses that are easily changeable using Optic Nerve’s new “sideswipe” technology.  The color of the included lenses are polarized smoke, copper, orange, and clear.  The Vahstro also comes with the hydrophobic lens coating and its frame is made from TR90, which is an extremely durable nylon resin that prevents breaking and stretching.  The Vahstro is made for people with average sized faces.  Optic Nerve offers a lifetime warranty against manufacture defects.

The France 2 from XX2i Optics are the cheapest sunglasses that I tested, but I couldn’t tell that when I put them on.  They come with adjustable temples and nose pads.  You can change the lenses, although you would have to buy additional lenses as it only comes with one set of lenses for this price.  These were picked as Outside Magazines Killer Value Award and are made for people with narrow to average sized faces.  It comes with an amazing warranty.  You can try them for 365 days and if you don’t like them, you can return and get your money back.  Also, they have a “no questions asked” lifetime warranty, even if you scratch or break the glasses.

The Range was the most expensive sunglasses that I tested.  They are worth the price though.  The lenses come with hydrophobic and oleophobic (which reduces fingerprints) lens coatings.  Both the lenses and frames are made out a plant based material, which is better for the environment without sacrificing quality.  The Range can be made with your prescription, if needed, as well.  They come with a polarized lens and have a mirrored coating, which looks really cool.  These are made for people with average sized faces.  Zeal offers a 30 day money back warranty as long as the sunglasses are in resellable shape when they receive them.

The Seek FC comes with Fototec (photocromatic) lenses at $69.95 or with a non Fototec lens for as low as $39.95.  These are light weight sunglasses that won’t bounce around while you are running. The Fototec lenses are great, especially if you run around dawn or dusk.  The lenses also have a hydrophobic coating.  Other features of the Seek FC include adjustable ear and nose pads, frames that are made with TR90 for durability, and they come with a hard case and microfiber bag.  The lenses are made with shatterproof polycarbonate and are scratch resistant as well.  These are made for people with small to large sized faces.  All Tifosi products come with a lifetime warranty against manufacture defects.

Protecting your eyes is vital and wearing a decent pair of sunglasses can take some stress off of your eyes.  Cheaper sunglasses that you buy for $10 at your local Walmart are better than nothing, but your eyes will have to work harder to see.  I didn’t really understand this until I tried on some of these sunglasses.  I have been using a pair of old Oakley sunglasses for years and the difference was huge.  Check out my full reviews of these sunglasses throughout the week.

Note:  I received this product in exchange for a review.  The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it.  I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Altra The One 2.5 Review



I started running in Altra shoes about a year ago.  My first pair were the Instinct 2’s.  I instantly fell in love with them.  The wide toe box, zero drop design, light weight, and plenty of cushioning kept the Instinct 2 as one of my favorite shoes for quite a while.  I have also tested the Altra Paradigm, Instinct 3, and now I am reviewing The One 2.5’s. 

The One 2.5’s are a light weight shoe that was made for speed.  The funny thing is that they have enough cushion for your longer runs as well.  It seems like Altra is on the right track.  Each of their shoes is improving upon the previous model, which isn’t always the case with other companies. 

Get ready for this.  They weigh in at 5.2 ounces…  That is insane, especially considering that there is actually some cushioning there.  Altra was able to cut some weight by only having a harder rubber material in certain areas on the bottom of the shoe (outsole).  While I was concerned with this at first, my worries were quickly squashed.  I have run over 30 miles in these shoes so far and the exposed Dual Layer EVA midsole still looks as good as the first time I put them on (besides being dirty). 

The midsole is made up of the Dual Layer EVA with an A-Bound top layer.  A-Bound is a responsive cushioning that protects your feet as your foot impacts the ground and then rebounds to add spring to each step.  It’s always nice to have a little bit of a boost, especially when you are tired.

Pros:
Very comfortable
Zero heel drop
Wide toe box.
Very light 5.2 ounces
Plenty of cushion
Great price ($100 at Altra.com)

Cons:
With the exposed midsole, The One 2.5 might not last quite as long as other shoes.

I am once again impressed with another great Altra shoe.  The One 2.5 is going with me to my next half marathon to hopefully bring home a new PR.  I love these shoes!!!  While I am used to the zero drop, it might take other people a few weeks to get used to them.  I also wanted to share with you that Altra just announced that they will be releasing a line of running apparel in 2016.  I hope you are excited as I am. 

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Note:  I received this product in exchange for a review.  The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it.  I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

5 Great Jogging Strollers

There is nothing worse than a terrible jogging stroller. Who wants to try to keep their stroller from veering off onto the road every second of a run? While jogging strollers aren’t always cheap, if you are willing to spend some money, there are some great joggers to choose from. 

Bob Revolution SE - $279.99 at Amazon.com
When most people think of jogging strollers, they think of Bob strollers. The Revolution SE has a swivel front wheel, light weight frame, ultra-padded reclining seat, and a suspension system. It has an easy two-step folding process for fast storage and is very durable. The one thing about Bob strollers is that any accessories will cost you extra. This includes a bar to attach your infant seat, a cup holder, or a snack tray for your little one. Overall the Revolution SE definitely lives up to the Bob standard and would be a great pick. (1)

Urbini Avi - $129.00 available at Walmart
This is the cheapest of the jogging strollers I researched. Urbini’s surprisingly comes with suspension which is typically reserved for higher priced joggers. It also offers a swivel front wheel, multiple-position handle, a single touch brake, and a one-touch quick fold feature. Urbini says this is their high performance, all-terrain jogger. It might be cheap, but you will get a lot for your money. (2)

Eddie Bauer Endurance - $170.98 available at Target retail stores
This is another jogging stroller that will cost you less but has many of the features of higher priced joggers. The Endurance comes with a swivel front wheel, parent tray to hold your stuff, and can accept several brands of car seats without additional hardware. This might not have some of the features of the other models, but is costs significantly less, which could be great for people on a budget. (3)





Chicco Activ3 - $299.00 www.chiccoshop.com
This jogging stroller is packed with great features. Most functions can be accessed from the handle. You can control the front wheel’s swivel lock, brake lock, adjust the height/angle of the handle, and can fold the stroller all from the handle bar. With large wheels and the ability to attach your Chicco infant seats without additional hardware, this is a great product at a great price. (4)

Phil&Teds Sub 4 - $899 www.philandteds.com
If you are looking for the Ferrari of joggers, this is it. The Sub 4 is built for speed with its light weight frame and streamlined design. The front wheel does not swivel, so keep that in mind if that is a deal breaker. The manufactures website boasts that Sub 4 is the world’s fastest jogging stroller. The frame geometry allows for unparalleled stride length, one-hand operation, and it allows for optimal posture. (5)

Having kids is wonderful. With great jogging strollers like these, there is no reason why you can’t take them with you on your runs. Grab a new jogging stroller and enjoy your run. Please share your favorite jogging stroller with us. 

This is one of my old RunHaven Articles.
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References:
1) http://www.bobgear.com/strollers/revolution-se
2) http://urbinibaby.com/product/avi/
3) http://eddiebauer.djgusa.com/en/djgusa/endurance-jogger---bolt-cv150cfn
4) http://www.chiccousa.com/activ3/
5) http://www.philandteds.com

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Ultimate Direction Access 20 Plus Hydration Belt Review

When it’s hot out, staying hydrated us vital.  I have tried hydration backpacks and belts, handheld bottles, and even tried just figuring out where drinking fountains were on my runs.  I reviewed the Ultimate Direction SJ Ultra2.00 Hydration Vest a few months ago (click here for the review).  I also got to try out the Ultimate DirectionAccess 20 Hydration Belt. 

The Access20 Hydration Belt comes with a semi-flexible angled bottle holder that holds a 20 ounce bottle, a 4 ounce gel flask, and two zippered pockets.  It is light weight and has a buckle to easily put the belt on and take it off. 

The 20 ounce bottle comes with Ultimate Direction’s “Kicker Valve” system.  The valve can be easily closed to prevent leakage.  It also comes with a hard plastic loop that makes it easy to grab the bottle out of the holder on your belt. The bottle holder is angled and has an elastic loop that you can put over the bottle to prevent it from accidentally falling out mid run.

The gel flask is a great idea, especially if you have thought of buying your gel in bulk.  Hammer is one of the better known companies that sells bulk gel.  The flask goes in a holster that is easy to use.  I typically just use individual gel packs so I took the gel holster off, but this would be an option for those people who buy their gel in bulk.

The two zippered pockets are great.  The back pocket is large and angled.  I typically put my keys and gel packs in this pocket.  It is located right next to the bottle holder.  There are elastic cables on the outside of this pocket as well to put your jacket off if you get too warm.  The other pocket can be moved around.  I typically keep my Samsung Galaxy S5 (which is a fairly big phone) in this second pocket.  Both pockets have fabric separators to keep your stuff organized.

Pros:
Very light weight material
Tons of storage
Great fit, doesn’t move around

Cons:
I wish it had bib loops to put your race bibs on.

My biggest concern was that I have used hydration belts from other companies that didn’t stay in place very long.  A few miles into my runs, the belts would start to ride up.  I didn’t have that issue with the Access 20 Hydration Belt.  This is my go-to hydration option for all runs under 10 miles.  Great job Ultimate Direction!  You can pick up your own Access20 Hydration Belt for $61.95 at the Ultimate Direction website or at Amazon for slightly less.



Note:  I received this product in exchange for a review.  The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it.  I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Road Runner Sports Review



I recently was on vacation and decided to stop by the RoadRunner Sports store in Tualatin, Oregon.  I have been buying my running gear from Road Runner for a few years now.  They have some of the best prices on running gear, especially when the gear is on sale. 

Road Runner Sports lets you try your shoes for 60 days risk free automatically.  You can join the Road Runner Sports VIP Family and get some great perks.  You can now try out your shoes risk free for 90 days.  You will also get free shipping, 10% off everything, and the promise that they will ship your gear within 2 hours of placing your order (if made during normal business hours).  They also have special discounts on gear for VIP members and this all only costs $1.99 for the first year and $26.99 every year after that.  Not paying shipping will cover that cost in no time.  They also have a low price guarantee and will match any competitor’s price.
 
My wife was in need of some new running shoes, so I talked her into stopping into the Road Runner Sports to see what they had.  The store was large, clean, and well laid out.  We were greeted immediately and when we went back to the shoe section, I saw that there were three treadmills set up for a fit analysis, so we signed my wife up (which was free).  They call it the shoe dog, the process that will fetch the right shoes for you.

The fit process began by answering a few questions about what type of running you do, if you have any areas of pain, and what your goals are (i.e. tackling your first half marathon, trying to lose some weight).  Then you stand on a gel pad that maps your foot, letting them know what type of arches you have.  After that you run on a treadmill for a video analysis to look at your running gait (the way you run).  While you are on the treadmill they are heating up a pair of custom insoles that they will custom fit to your foot. 

The custom insoles cost $71.99 if you are a VIP member, but you do not have to purchase them and you can return them if you do purchase them but don’t like them.  The thing I like about these insoles is that they are molded to your foot.  You could spend $45 on a pair of Superfeet (which are great), but they are not made specifically for your foot like the custom insoles from Road Runner Sports.

They took a few frames from the video to show that my wife does not overpronate and should be in a neutral shoe.  This is very interesting, considering that my wife has been running in a stability shoe after the people at Fleet Feet told her that she overpronates.  Fleet Feet just had her walk down an aisle and back.  I feel the fitting at Road Runner was much more through and I would strongly recommend that you get fitted at your local Road Runner Sports store.  I am not putting down Fleet Feet and I strongly recommend getting fitted at a local running store if there is not a Road RunnerSports near you.  Getting in the right pair of shoes can be one of the easiest ways to reduce the risk of getting injured while running.

They brought out 8 different pairs of shoes and let my wife try them on.  She settled on a pair of New Balance shoes.  The overall experience was excellent and I was more impressed by being at the store than I was by their website.  Road Runner Sports is awesome!  I talked to the people at Road Runner Sports and they are going to provide one of my readers with a free pair of shoes (up to $140 MSRP).  Look for details to follow.
 


Note:  The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it