The summer may be approaching, but for a runner the summer often is all about training for a fall race. So even though our thoughts are all about upcoming shorts and tank top weather, preparing for the fall is important. And its more fun to think about fall when you have fun gear and shoes to look forward to! ASICS recently invited me to check out their fall collection and I could not be more excited for the fall–its my favorite time of year! Race excitement is in the air (especially here in NYC!) and ASICS has just made it even better with what they have in store for the fall (and some of these shoes launch in the summer so you can wear them sooner than the fall!)
This fall, ASICS is really embracing patterns, reflectivity, and including details that are sure to make you fall in love. All of the gear is thoughtful for the runner, including gear with mesh pockets where they’re needed, storage pockets for your gels/keys/credit card, seamless construction of some pants, and water resistant pockets. Another fun feature in some of the clothing is glow-in-the-dark–they used a specific type of photoluminescence that is put into the yarn to emit light when charged by sun or UV light to be seen in the dark. This, in addition to reflective gear, will help keep you safe on the road especially during those early morning or evening runs.
Check out the sports bras in the lower right corner of the above photo–even the bras are adorable. If I create some abs by the time this bra is released I would wear it to work out–c’mon abs!
ASICS also has created clothing and shoes for training, crossfit, and indoor gym workouts. They aren’t just for runners anymore! Features include ASX Lux, seamless fabrics, and breathable materials. And their training gear is flattering and cute to flatter as you lift more weights than the men at the gym 🙂
Photo source: http://marathonomy.blogspot.com/
Photo source: http://marathonomy.blogspot.com/
ASICS has also created their very first down jacket for the winter weather, and not only is it warm but super stylish too! Can’t wait for that jacket to hit the shelves so I can scoop one up.
Here are some other new and exciting things for the upcoming collection:
–FlyteFoam technology: midsole is about 55% lighter than the industry standard foam used in other shoes. Its built-in reinforcement fibers return to their original shape, providing maximum cushioning at every step. You can find this in the Gel Kayano 23, and in future styles too.
–360° Protection / Lite-Show: 360 degrees of reflective protection so that you are covered from head to toe. Lite-show gear contain reflective materials throughout the entire product, with stylish features designed to enhance visibility during low light hours and to keep you warm during cold weather days.
Super fun patterns in the Lite-Show collection
And of course there are updates to what ASICS is best known for: shoes! One of my favorite updates is with the GEL-Quantum 360 2, which will available in chameleon color shifting mesh for a color-shifting style. Basically, your shoes change color depending on the angle you are looking at them at. It’s honestly amazing and I couldn’t stop moving them around to see all the colors!
GEL-Quantum 360 2
Updates are also coming to the GEL-Kayano 23, which features the Dynamic DuoMax Support System which holds your heel better and provides superior toe spring. It will also feature Convergence GEL Technology and FlyteFoam Technology. The GEL-Cumulus 18 will also feature Convergence GEL Technology!
One of my favorite shoes, the fuzeX will also be getting a sister. The fuzeX TR is ASICS’ new training shoe inspired by the fuzeX, with 360 degree of support and a secure fit but room in the toe box like the current fuxeX. It also has fuzeGEL and Solyte midsole materials.
ASICS is also releasing some rockin’ awesome patterns for their popular shoes–I MUST have these!
One of the most exciting collection of shoes at the preview event was the 2016 NYC Marathon shoe! This is ASICS’ last year sponsoring the event which makes this shoe extra special. The design is inspired by passport stamps and it is stylish and unique–I love them so much and can’t wait to pick up my pair at the NYC Marathon Expo this November! It will be available in the GEL Kayano, GEL Nimbus, and fuzeX styles.
And lastly, ASICS has also created new accessories with fun patterns to match their other styles–hats, arm warmers, headbands, hair ties, gym bags, and socks that correspond with each shoe. Yes, you can by the Gel Kayano sock to wear with your Gel Kayano shoe! I especially love the arm warmers. I’ve fallen in love with them recently and have been looking for more fun patterns–ASICS has given me just what I need with these babies!
The fall collection is fun, thoughtful, and encompasses so many needs of the runner. I can’t wait to try out the fun patterns in the clothing AND in the shoes, as well as some great updates for your favorite running shoes! Keep an eye out for these items, some of which will be released starting this summer. Happy running 🙂