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Finding the correct running shoe is more than how pretty the colors are. That is actually the very last thing that should matter.  When you are ready to get properly fitted for a running shoe, come to Good Sports. We will take care of you. There are a few things that you need to be aware of when choosing the correct running shoe.

1.Map your foot

Here at Good Sports Outfitters we have an Aetrex foot scanner that will read the pressure points of your foot. From there we can tell you the shape of your foot. How high your arches are, how wide your foot is, exact heel-to-toe length, etc.  Once we know the shape of your foot, we can more accurately place you into the right shoe.


2. Get the correct type of shoe

Everyone’s foot is different. This also implies that everyone’s foot strike is different as well. The motion in which your ankle rolls with every step is a fingerprint that is unique to you. There are three types of shoes that will correctly align your entire body. If you would like a detailed explanation of how pronation works, this video below explains it very well.

Pronated Supinated diagramoffeet

3. Find the right fit.

All different brands of shoes have different fits of shoes. They have rectangular, triangular, narrow, wide, high arches, medium arches, low arches. If you have higher arches, Brooks shoes are a good option to begin with. If you have medium to low arches we would start you off trying on some Asics. If you foot is a more rectangular shape we would start you out in a Saucony shoe. Each brand has its own personality. The point is to find a shoe that matches your foot shape, your foot’s personality.

4. Get the right size.

While this may seem like an overly obvious statement, we know from experience that too people are wearing the same sized dress shoe as their athletic shoe. Athletic shoes run smaller than dress shoes. You should not be wearing the same sized running shoe as you do when wearing a tuxedo shoe. You need to make up for the size discrepancy by going a half or full size larger than your dress shoe size (Typically).

The only way to truly know is to put the shoe on in the store. Of course! The best way to do this is to come into the store and we will properly fit YOU for the correct running shoe!


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This Top Ten List of mine is half wish list, half currently owned but 100 percent awesome-ness. Out of all the cool stuff we have in our store at Good Sports Outfitters, I have managed to narrow it down to only ten items. That is a feat.

 Ben’s Top Ten List.

1. Helinox Big Agnes Chair

This collapsible chair is a very lightweight, and very easy to set up. It is a bucket seat camping chair that will sink you into “comfort zone”. I have a blog that I wrote about this chair already so I will not bore you. If you want more on the Helinox, go here.  I simply love this chair.


2. Arc’teryx Alpha SV Jacket

Not only does it look good, the Alpha SV Jacket is THE highest in performance gear. It is like buying a Yeti. A large cost upfront, but a product that will outlast the competition and out perform.


3. Nixon Big Player Black

First Impressions: This watch isn’t my style. I don’t really like watches that don’t have exact times on them. They are too modern. They are too artsy. They just aren’t practical. Once I put this watch on my wrist, all of those first impressions went through the window, to the wall and I can’t stop thinking about this watch. All of Nixon’s watches are landing more in time pieces and less watch functional practicality. These watches are the pieces you wear to look good in and it is easy to do so in the Big Player.


4. Eagle Nest Outfitters Hammocks Sunshine

I have two ENO Hammocks. One in the car for… well, who knows what, and the second in the backyard for everyday usage. I typically use it most when I take the dogs outside. They run and bring me the stick/ball/toys as I lay relaxing occasionally throwing for their entertainment.  There is absolutely no reason for me to have another Hammock other that the fact that I don’t have the Sunshine color. It’s my favorite new color that we have gotten in the store. Couldn’t hurt to have another one of my favorite things right?


5. La Sportiva Helios

The Helios is my current trail shoe. I have read and received plenty of great reviews form Ultra marathoners and other hardcore runners that come through the store about how the Helios is their favorite trail running shoe. I am a pretty low mileage runner (10- 20 miles per week). All I know is that I have found a trail shoe that is very responsive to the loose gravel and rocks here in south/central Texas hills. My low mileage may not have as much pull as an ultra runner, but I do know I am very happy with this shoe and would recommend it to any of my friends.


6. Burton Beercuda

So I play disc golf. It is somewhat mandatory to bring a beverage to play. Really that goes for any golfing sport. The Beercuda is a bandolier cooler for beers/sodas/sparkling water/whateverbeverageyouwishtokeepcold. Some of the staff already has the beercuda and they use them for the slopes in winter. I am taking their advice and stocking up on one or two. Only 20 bucks too!


7. Black Diamond Magnetron

So I’m honestly also not an avid climber. I DO boulder and climb when I get the chance but it isn’t exactly my THING. I simply enjoy it, I’m not all geared out with harnesses and rope bags. What I do like is the high quality outdoor equipment Black Diamond creates.  Their latest little toy is a carabiner with magnets to create easy one handed use of a two-point locking carabiner.  A video that will demonstrate the awesome-ness is here.


8. Swany Legend Mitt

I didn’t know how awesome this glove is until recently. I was just opening pockets looking through the gloves we have and then realized the hand-warmer pocket is actually meant for your hand to slip through.. Woah. Wait. Now I can get access to the little things while still wearing my large cozy mittens. Sweet! I am also a mitten snowboarder. You won’t catch me wearing gloves. I just don’t think they are warm (plus they are more snowboarder that regular gloves).


9. GoPro Hero 3 Black

I have previously had the Hero 2 (until the mountain ate it. Pro Tip: Don’t trust sticky mounts in very cold weather) and I currently have the Hero 3. The biggest upgrade from the Hero 2 to the Hero 3 is Wi-fi capabilities. I use this camera as a part of documenting all the fun I have, where ever that may be. In the mountains, the beach, the lake, playin’ with the dogs. Anywhere. I take this camera with me and I don’t have to worry about most issues that come along with a regular point-and-shoot. The waterproof housing allows me to be carefree in any situation. I don’t have to show people the fun things I do, I simply show them.


10. Benchmade AFO 9051BLK

This Knife is sick. Simply said. I use my pocket knife as a tool everyday and this Benchmade is the highest quality of American made knives. Easy one handed operation. The AFO II is an sweet knife. I have always been a serrated blade kind of person, but I am beginning to lean towards straight blade because it is much easier to sharpen it yourself.  Benchmade has always been on my wish list and hopefully Santa will make his way form the Benchmade factory and grab one for me this year. The AFO II is my favorite from Benchmade because well designed mechanics. They stand behind their product. You can send it in any time and they will restore it to factory sharp, as long as you pay the shipping. I respect a company that is publicly proud and prideful of their work.


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The Helios Trail shoe by La Sportiva contends as one of the best pure trail shoes for your outdoor running adventures. This trail shoe is constructed for the serious trail runner. If trails run through your veins, you need to seriously consider test driving the Helios by La Sportiva.

The Helios is a low profile dynamic trail shoe that will get you from the trail head to the top of your next adventure. The sole is constructed with a dynamic wave pattern allowing for ultimate traction in which it responds best in loose gravel and sticky muddy conditions. It’s light weight coming in a 8.5 ounces (Men’s size 9). This shoe also falls into a minimal shoe because of its Heel-to-toe drop of only 4mm.

Check out Good Sports Outfitters and test drive your new favorite trail shoes!

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The Minimalist movement has guzzled the running community. Now Saucony introduces their lightest and most minimal shoe ever, the Saucony Hattori. If you want to be a minimalist runner slip your feet into a pair and witness the marvel, this shoe is literally an extension to your foot.

The Hattori is a zero drop shoe leaving you with a one to one ratio between your heel and your toes. This method allows you to efficiently place your feet according to how your body wants them to fall. The heel and forefoot height of the Hattori, rest at approximately 13 mm. The Toe box is wider than that of the Kinvara which allows your feet to react in a natural manner. Stretching and grabbing on to the shoe in order for you to push off as you would if you were barefoot. There is no insole; however Saucony has designed the inner with a highly breathable Sock liner which allows you to run without socks. A Synthetic Exoskeleton surrounds your foot keeping the upper snug to your foot throughout your workout. Soft Suede Overlays has been intertwined with the Exoskeleton to give you an adder comfort as well as a lightweight structure. Beneath these two components is an Ultra- light Mesh wraps around your foot providing breathability. As we rise back to the top of the shoe you will notice two Velcro straps. One is designed to hug your Achilles just enough to reduce slippage and the other is replacing the tedious laces by securing your foot with one single, sturdy strap across the instep. Now for the dirt. The outsole is constructed of XT-900 rubber; this is a carbon rubber that provides durability in the heel and medial forefoot. There is an EVA midsole to absorb a fair amount of the shock. XT Pods have been intricately placed amongst the shoe for the striking areas. These Pods have been placed in the areas where a forefoot runner should strike and push off; these Pods provide a sufficient rebound while still enhancing your most natural gait. This 4.5 ounce apparatus’ goal was to change and elevate the way barefoot runners’ look, feel, and think as they endure every run on every terrain. I believe this innovation has achieved Saucony’s mission , the “holy grail” of minimal running, The Saucony Hattori.


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As many of you runners know, the barefoot minimalist movement is becoming more and more popular everyday. So the question remains, what should you be running in? As the popularity grows, so do the options of “barefoot” footwear.

So… here’s a little story I have to tell about a sweet little company you know so well. A little Beastie Boys for ya.

Merrell’s True Glove and Trail Glove weigh in at 6.2 ounces and has a 4mm EVA midsole. Merrell’s Omni-Fit lacing, fused rubber toe bumper and flexible foot plate not only offer great fit but protection from stone bruising or the nasties in the urban jungle.

Techy specs aside, there are some things I have learned about “barefoot” running. It hurts! So here’s my testimony. I’ve got a pair of Five Fingers and decided to try these bad boys out ’cause I don’t want to have to go through the separation anxiety of spreading my toes open just to put on some shoes. The True Glove and Trail Glove is utilizes EXACTLY the same technology (or lack there of) as Five Fingers, meaning an even platform and minimal footbed forces a forefoot running style ’cause heel striking is painful in these.

A few things I’ve learned from “barefoot” running:

  • Stretch thoroughly, especially your calves.
  • Start extremely slow, ¼ mile – ½ mile to start.
  • Cool down; make sure to stretch again and even go for a short walk to relax the underutilized muscles.

Happy running, be careful and have fun.


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