2 Runners, 5 Shoes

 
TWO RUNNERS: SARAH & CLAUDIA

 
Looking for a little motivation to get you out on the road? How about a new pair of running shoes! We asked Nike, Asics, Newton, Hoka, and Brooks to send us their top picks for a lightweight neutral trainer. Since different runners like different shoes, I invited Sarah Toland, co-author of Lindsay Vonn’s recently published book, Strong Is The New Beautiful, and a 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier in the 5K and 10K, to road test these running shoes with me. She’s a tall and lanky gazelle of a runner, while I’m shorter and more compact in my running style  — what Sarah describes as “a recreational marathoner with zeal”. My goal is simply to get from point A to point B. Hers is to do it fast! Here are two different runners thoughts on five of the newest top trainers:

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NIKE LUNARGLIDE 8 $120

Nike says: The LunarGlide 8 offers breathable support and exceptionally soft cushioning to help you glide through your longest runs. Engineered mesh provides comfortable breathability while Flywire technology adapts to your foot for a secure fit. The soft, contoured Lunarlon midsole has precision-lasered cuts on the sides that collapse during footstrike to help you reach a smoother stride. A dynamic support platform adds comfortable, lightweight stability without weighing you down.

Sarah says: I loved how the Lunarglide fit my narrow foot and offered a great combination of a firm feel and well-cushioned ride. I wish it was a bit more springy and responsive, otherwise it might be my favorite out of all those we tested.  Read More

 

Time For A SUPgrade

 

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If you’ve been Stand Up Paddleboarding for a while now — preferring the serene waters of a bay or lake over ocean waves, but still riding a traditional surfboard shaped SUP — it might be time to graduate to a race or touring board. With a nose shaped more like a kayak, called a “displacement hull”, these sleek and streamlined boards are designed to go fast and straight, cutting though choppy waters and gliding with ease.

Touring boards are generally more stable and are wider than race boards, designed for recreational paddlers, while race boards tend to be narrower, designed for more advanced and competitive paddlers. Touring boards come in a variety of different lengths, depending on personal preference, while race boards are either 12’6 or 14 ft. As we kick off the second half of the summer, here are 6 of our favorite race and touring boards ready to take your paddling to the next level.

RACE SUPS: STAND UP PADDLEBOARDS BUILT FOR SPEED

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FROM LEFT: STARBOARD ALL STAR $3499. Combining stability with speed, the All Star is the most popular and versatile race board in the Starboard lineup. Ideal for both beginner and elite level riders, the concave bottom shape provides speed on flatwater, and though narrow at 23″, stability and control from the side planes and sharp rail edge. With a noticeable flex, energy is generated from the body moving up and down during paddle strokes. As with most race boards, it is available in a 12’6 and 14 ft. length.

SIC MAUI 12’6 TWC $1699. If you want a fast all around fitness/race board that has a bit more width for added stability, this is your board. Stability is the key to SIC boards winning pedigree and design philosophy that you are fastest when standing on your board as opposed to lying in the water next to it. The wave piercing bow and dual zone rocker offer low drag in calm waters with the stability needed in choppier conditions. Sharp rails at the tail shear water to maximize speed.

NAISH GLIDE 12’6” X30 GS $1999. The Glide 12’6″ X30 GS is the ideal choice for riders of any level who want increased stability for touring, enjoying downwind ocean runs, recreational racing, and fitness training. It features a penetrating V nose and a flat rocker for phenomenal gliding performance on flat water, with ample thickness and width for stability and planing in the ocean.
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Tri It Out

 

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Mid-way through the summer and the triathlon season is in full swing. Swim, bike, run… if you’re a gear head, this is the sport for you! We asked Lucy Danziger, Founder and CEO of Hintd (the website that lets you create your ultimate wish list that anyone can shop), an Ironman triathlete herself, for some of her favorite training and competition essentials. From Ironman to Olympic to sprint distance races, whether you’re an old pro or newbie to the sport, here are a few hot picks to get a little edge on the competition this summer! 

TOP ROW: SPECIALIZED ALIAS SPORT $2500. Combining performance with versatility, the Specialized Alias Sport is perfect for riders looking to get into triathlons who still want the design of a traditional road bike. The full-carbon frame combines tri-specific geometry with aerodynamic tube shaping, a zero-offset seatpost, and clip-on aerobars — eliminating the need for a both a race and training bike. The Alias Sport is made for triathletes who want one bike for every ride. GARMIN 920XT GPS WATCH $450. Offering a plethora of tri-sport tracking and data, along with everyday fitness monitoring, the Garmin 920XT is your ultimate swim, bike, and run companion. With a vivid color screen that boldly displays training metrics, this GPS watch is made for elite and amateur athletes alike. Wear it all day to monitor your steps, activity, and calories, and stay in touch with email, text and other smart notifications the watch displays.

ROW 2: GIRO SYNTHE MIPS HELMET $269.95. With the Synthe MIPS Helmet, Giro introduces the industry-leading Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS) safety technology into its top-end helmet. Combining the best of aerodynamics and ventilation, this lightweight helmet slices through the air, keeping riders cool and comfortable with giant vents and Aero Mesh Panels — all in a stylish package. UNDER ARMOUR MID-CROSSBACK BRA $34.99. With a tight compression fit; smooth double-layer HeatGear® fabric; and signature Moisture Transport System, this sportbra will keep you cool, comfortable and supported throughout your training run and rides. Crossover straps with keyhole detail offer a bit of extra style too. ROKA MAVERICK X TRIATHLON WETSUIT $900. Though pricey, the new Maverick X from Roka is revolutionary in its design. By inverting the existing paradigm and starting with the arms up, this wetsuit is designed for total mobility throughout the stroke. Says Lucy Danziger, “It’s so thin and yet buoyant — like a skin more than a wetsuit. The sleeves don’t constrict at all so you feel fast and high in the water without the usual tight wetsuit feeling.” Says Roka, “It is the freest, fastest wetsuit ever built.”
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The Pro Shop

 
JOHN MCENROE, TOMMY ROBREDO, JIM COURIER AND FEW OTHER PRO RACQUET STASHES AT RPNY

 
As the players take the court at the Wimbledon Championships now underway, it’s hard to miss the massive tennis bags slung over their shoulders, packed with the multiple racquets they will use throughout the match. Individually wrapped in clear plastic bags, you might notice an RPNY logo printed on the side. Each racquet is exactly the same, with absolutely no variation, and likely has been customized to precise specifications by a man named Roman Prokes.

Tucked away on the second floor of a nondescript building on East 51st street in Manhattan is RPNY – the secret weapon of the pros and any other tennis player who wants to feel like one. Owned and run by Roman Prokes, 55 years old and originally from the Czech Republic, RPNY has been open since 2002. Prokes has been customizing and stringing tennis racquets since 1991 for such players as John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki, Tommy Robredo and Andre Agassi, just to name a few, and these same services are available to anyone who wants the perfect racquet to better their game.
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Rayblockers

 

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For cycling, running, hiking or any outdoor sport, this season’s sport shades have all the coverage, protection, and of course the style, to block those rays on bright sunny days and enhance vision on those overcast as well. With a wide field of view, eye shield design, and a variety of lens configurations, these are 6 of our favorite sporty sunblockers perfect for all your outdoor endeavors. 

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POC CRAVE $245. Two of the hottest new sunshields both come from Poc Sports, the CRAVE and the ASPIRE. Shown here is Crave, a slightly smaller but still oversized sport sheild. Available in array of frame and interchangeable lens colors, both are designed for multiple athletic pursuits, with super mod style for all day cool. Lightweight, flexible, and durable, they feature Carl Zeiss lenses, with an open frame construction for ventilation. Hydrophilic rubber stays grippy when wet, and the lens is ripel treated to help keep fog and grime from blocking your view.

UVEX SPORTSTYLE 810 $79.95. Designed primarily for cycling, the Sportstyle 810 features the new Uvex curve 10 lens technology, offering a superior panoramic field of vision for all your favorite outdoor sports. With full 1cm more curvature, compared to standard flat lenses, the design offers greater coverage and protection. Ventilation openings at the edge of the lenses, combined with the highest possible coating standard ensure a fog free, crystal view.

RAPHA PRO TEAM FLYWEIGHT GLASES $220. With a Carl Zeiss lens and high-strength polymer frame, Rapha delivers their new cycling sunshield with uncompromising performance. The UV400-protective Neutral Grey/Bronze Mirror comes standard, with four other detachable lens colors available, for optical clarity in a wide range of conditions. The extremely lightweight, aerodynamic construction guarantees maximum comfort on long rides.

NIKE VAPORWING ELITE $386. The new Nike Vaporwing Elite R Sunglasses boast superior coverage with a one-piece Zeiss Optics lens that wraps around the face for exceptional clarity with an uninterrupted scope of  view. Lightweight and aerodynamic, Nike Flying Lens technology is designed for airflow with ventilation to reduce fogging. Rubber channels on temples wick sweat and improve grip on those warm weather runs.
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This Is An E-Bike?

 

THE ARCHONT ELECTRO BY ONO BIKES

A few months back we ran a feature called “The E-Bike Got Cool”. Well, it just got even cooler, and going green has never looked so good. The Archont Electro by Ono Bikes is an outrageously stylish reinterpretation of the electric bicycle, completely redefining the category.

Ono Bikes is a custom e-bike and handcrafted bicycle manufacturer, seeking to change the way society portrays urban personal electric transportation. The Archont Electro is a three meter long, “Easy Rider” inspired bicycle. Its minimal long sweeping curves and sharp dips gracefully outline a chopper shape. The wheels, designed with an overabundance of spokes, enhance its elegant design. Add to that a classic Brooks saddle.

With all this beauty comes a powerful machine as well. In place of and designed like a fuel tank is a carbon fiber case which holds the bike’s 72v battery. The motor is mounted at the rear wheel, and rated at a colossal 7Kw, powering the bike up to 50mph.

Adding beauty, speed and sustainability together, the Archont Electro is sure to get your motor running!

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The Rising Stars of the WTA

 
CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: KAROLINA PLISKOVA; ANA KONJUH; ZARINA DIYAS; NICOLE GIBBS

 

PHOTOGRAPHS BY MICHAEL WILLIAMS

The US Open is in full swing, the last major tournament of the 2015 tennis season. While all eyes are on Serena Williams as she tries to complete the Grand Slam (victories in the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, US Open), standing in her way are the “Rising Stars” of the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association). These are the young up and coming players — the future stars of women’s tennis — ready to take on Serena and everybody else.

We had the chance to meet and photograph four of these “Rising Stars” last week at the Connecticut Open: Nicole Gibbs, Ana Konjuh, Karolina Pliskova, and Zarina Diyas. Ever wonder what a professional tennis player eats before a match? How she gets pumped up to play? Who she’d love to see in the stands? What songs motivate her? What she does when she’s not playing tennis? We played 15 Questions with each player, and found out some fun facts!
 

KAROLINA PLISKOVA

CZECH REPUBLIC ~ WORLD RANKING #7
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1. What is your favorite tournament and why? My favourite tournament is Melbourne. I always love to come back there. I love the city and have great memories there.  2. What is your most memorable win and why? Well, I have few of them and every single one is special, but it is always the final of the tournament where I won in my four titles. The special one was probably winning the title at home. 3. What is your favorite thing about playing at the US Open? It’s just the great atmosphere here. A lot of fans coming to cheer and also the city. It’s just great to be here. 4. What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not playing tennis? I love shopping, obviously, like every girl… haha. I also like food, so some good dinners in cities, or watching movies on my computer. 5. How do you get pumped up for a match? I’m always doing my warm up before matches and listening to music. And my coach is also motivating me. 6. How do you relax after a match? I always have some stretching or massage. Then going back to the hotel and rest, and good dinner later. 7. What other sports do you play? I don’t play any other sport, but because of my height I would probably choose basketball. 8. Favorite kind of music? 5 songs on your iPod now? It depends on the mood that day, but my favorite 5 song are: Phototograph by Ed Sheeran,  My Kind of Love by Emeli Sande, Phenomenal by Eminem, Dear Future Husband by Meaghan Trainor, Fast Car by Tracy Chapman.
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Cargo Bike

 
MADSEN KG271 BUCKET CARGO BIKE
LOAD IT UP: 40 GALLON CARGO PASSENGER BUCKET CAN SEAT FOUR

 
With cycling having grown in such popularity as a way to commute and get around in everyday life, cargo bikes are now gaining traction as an eco-friendly way for people to transport more than just themselves. As popular alternatives to cars, cargo bikes are popping up in cities and suburbs, transporting groceries, delivering packages and even taking the kids to school. And while once boxy eyesores, cargo bikes have taken on the same sophisticated design aesthetic as other popular bicycles.

Cargo bikes have been quite popular in Europe for many years. Dutch tradesmen first used cargo bikes in the 19th century to deliver their goods before cars were invented. The traditional style of cargo bike, the bakfietsen (which is Dutch for “box bike”), is a normal two-tire bike with a cargo box mounted in front of the handlebars. Another common style, called a longtail, has a longer frame and an extended box over the back wheel.

There are many added features that modern cargo bikes offer. The Xtracycle EdgeRunner, for example, a popular brand in the US, can carry up to 250 lbs, has all weather brakes, boasts a selection of four different colors, and comes in two sizes. Bullitt makes a cargo bike built for speed and Yuba offers an electric cargo bike, the Spicy Curry.
 

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CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: XTRACYCLE EDGERUNNER; VIRTUE GONDOLIER; BULLITT; KIBISI BIOMEGA PEK BEJING; BABBOE CITY; YUBA SPICY CURRY

 
Businesses worldwide are using cargo bikes not only to increase their eco-friendliness, but to also cut costs and utilize a new form of advertising. At select Ikea stores in the Netherlands, Denmark, and Sweden, customers can rent a cargo bike to take their purchases home. In Copenhagen, the mail is delivered by cargo bike. The Whole Foods on Third & 3rd in Brooklyn partnered with People’s Cargo to create a custom solar-powered bike that includes a cooler for delivering groceries. United Parcel Service (UPS) has experimented with bike delivery in Rhode Island and Oregon. Cargo bikes are even being used in Sao Paulo, Brazil as “pop-up public squares”. If you don’t own a cargo bike, you can even rent one from online sites such as Spinlister.

If you’ve adopted cycling as your preferred mode of transportation, the cargo bike is the next step in the evolution of your pedal power.

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