Posts Tagged ‘Minimal’

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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Stinson Tarmac Stinson Evo

The Brand

As the minimal shoe has evolved over the past few years, we’re starting to see new development in areas other than the extreme minimal world that Vibram Five Fingers live in.  Hoka One One is a company that took cushioning to a whole new level while still offering a minimal difference between the thickness in the heel and in the toe.  This means that you still have a natural gait being promoted in shoes that have a 32mm cushion under the heel.

Because of the thickness in the midsole, Hoka can use a softer EVA than what most companies use for a softer ride.  With the amount of cushioning under foot you also can go over just about any terrain and not deal with the usual fear of rock bruising or foot strain.  Hoka One One shoes have found that they are able to reduce the striking force with each stride which in turn reduced the chances for injury and recovery time.

The Shoes

What you see above are two different shoes, first is the Stinson Tarmac.  This is a road shoe with 32mm of cushion under the heel and 26mm of cushion under the metatarsal.  This leaves only a 6mm drop that is significantly lower than that of most traditional running shoes.  When you try the shoe on you can immediately feel the amount of cushioning with each step.  The laces are in a kind of speed lace design that allow you to secure the excess under an elastic band.  This makes taking the shoes on and off a ‘cinch’.

Next up is the Stinson Evo.  This is built on the Stinson platform, which means the same midsole, with a more trail oriented outsole and upper.  The outsole features direction spacific lugs that allow for traction across various terrain.  With the amount of cushion under the foot, you don’t have a rock plate in the shoe, but with 26mm to absorb each hit, a rock plate is pretty much a moot point.

We’ve got both of the Stinson models in the store and ready for you to come try on!  We’d love for you to stop by and try them on!


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Alright folks, you asked and we listened.  Inov-8 has been introduced to our shoe lineup and is now available both at Good Sports as well as on our website.  We’ve received many requests looking for a great minimal shoe that actually has some cross training capabilities rather than one of the usual running variety that you see on the market.  Inov-8 does not disappoint with their f-lite 195, 220, and 230.

The f-lite is offered in three different weights (thus the numbers, their weight in grams) with differing heel drops.  This shoe truly belongs in the cross trainer category with increased lateral stability from a regular running shoe.  Even though the f-lite series is not strictly a running shoe, you’ll find that they transition very well into running. This is great for people who are looking for a workout shoe that performs well for both lifting as well as cardio activity.

We couldn’t leave the f-lite series to fend for itself on the wall, so we’ve also brought in three others from the Inov-8 line.  First up is the Road-X 233.  A true minimal running shoe with amazing performance. Second up is the Bare-Grip 220. A minimal trail shoe with some very aggressive tread for increased grip.  Last but not least is Inov-8’s ROCLite 312 GTX. This is now our lightest weight waterproof trail runner.  This piece is ideal for people in damper climates looking to keep their feet dry and comfortable.

Now that we’ve brought them in, come by and try them on!

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Asics has evolved their line of cushioned minimal shoes with their 33 line.  Today’s feature, the Excel33 is their premium running shoe from the new line.  Weighing in at 9.9 oz, the shoe stays out of the double digits.  You’ll still find this running shoe very cushioned, with Asics’ signiture gel in both the forefoot as well as under the heel.  You’ll also find many things familiar to Asics fans out there.  Things like their Impact Guidance System, Personalized Heel Fit, and Guidance Line will be familiar to many who have run in the brand before.  What’s new is the way they’ve cut down weight in order to provide runners with a shoe that promotes natural gait, yet still allows for some cushioning in the mid sole.  We’re stocked up on both men’s and women’s shoes out of Asics’ 33 line, so come in to Good Sports and try them out.

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