Achilles Heel: Running Shoes, Clothes & Sports Kit

Images have been released of the new Nike Running UK British Athletics kit. What do you think?

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  2. 8 Apr 2014 11:11:32
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We're excited to say that we'll be stocking Newline running apparel.

Newline Running Apparel

Newline is a stylish range of per­for­mance running gear from Denmark founded in 1981 with a simple mantra: to give runners the best experience possible. Now in stock at achilles heel (instore & online).

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  2. 8 Apr 2014 10:44:39
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The emotion, the elation. The grit and the glory

Very appropriate for this time of year.

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  2. 4 Apr 2014 16:58:04
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The revolutionary Brooks Transcend has landed in-store. Commence float experience! The new Transcend is the latest addition to the impressive Brooks award winning footwear range. This latest creation from the Seattle based running boffins packs a ton of cushioning giving it a very effortless and smooth ride. Currently this is an in-store release only, pop in and try them on.

A bit from Brooks

“During the development of PureProject and our efforts to define the Feel experience, we realized there are a number of runners who crave the opposite end of the spectrum, which we call Float,” said Jon Teipen, Brooks Footwear Product Line Manager. “Transcend is the first shoe that addresses this, driven by new technology that delivers a smooth ride with support that kicks in only when you need it, acting as a safety net that helps your body stay in a balanced position throughout the run.”

The Transcend is jam packed with technology, its plush, smooth, effortless and tuned to you!

Transcend Tech 101

Guide Rails deliver on demand support.
Revolutionises traditional stability by allowing your hips, knees, and joints to move within their unique motion path while you run, without a traditional post.

Rounded Heel aligns your stride.
Encourages a more natural and easy foot strike.

Plush Upper conforms to your foot.
No sew tunnels integrate laces into upper for a wrapped fit that’s customised to different foot shapes.

Super DNA delivers adaptable cushioning.
Provides 25% more cushioning than BioMoGo DNA and smartly adapts to your every stride.

Ideal Pressure Zones distribute pressure evenly.
Transforms your foots comfort by distributing pressure evenly in the heel, mid foot, and forefoot.

Brooks Transcend press release

Brooks Transcend tech sheet

The Brooks Transcend is only available to purchase in-store. You can view the men's and women's Transcend online now.

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  2. 14 Mar 2014 11:14:19
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Author, biologist and lifelong runner Bernd Heinrich sharing a bit of his philosophy on life and running. Wonderful.

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  2. 4 Mar 2014 11:50:42
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Boo-runs regrettably due to circumstances beyond our control Tuesday 18th February will be the last hurrah for the Nike Run Club at achilles heel. Those present for last Tuesday’s session or those Facebook Nike Run Club groupies will already be aware what’s going down!

To all that have attended we send you big Valentines achilles heel love! Every one of our members have helped make it a brilliant and inspiring group to be a part of. A massive thank you to each and every one of you, stay focussed and keep running!

To help you stay on it, head along and capture the pure achilles heel run club experience. Our Monday and Wednesday groups, coached by Stefan will continue to run as normal so no excuses. Double up even!

Rally up folks, let's make the 18th a run to remember.

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  2. 14 Feb 2014 10:47:00
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Launching today, the new men's and women's Nike Flyknit Lunar 2. Watch this space.

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  2. 6 Feb 2014 08:46:33
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"Finding Strong" is a short documentary from Saucony which shows the power of running and the impacts it can have on communities worldwide. Covering multiple continents, the 22-minute documentary explores fascinating runners, including elite National Guardsmen in Japan, a youth running community in Brazil, goat-herding girls in Djibouti and physically challenged athletes in New York City.

We're looking forward to this one, release date is looking like late March.

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  2. 30 Jan 2014 09:56:24
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  4. running
  5. film

Those crazy Nike innovation cats have been at it again. Initiated by feedback from runners craving a shoe with a sock like feel that old ‘Just Do It’ fire was lit and the boffins at Nike Towers got on it.

The Flyknit upper was born.

Knit Won

It did however take a four-year Nike mission with “teams of programmers, engineers and designers all working toward creating the technology needed to make a featherweight, form-fitting and virtually seamless knitted upper”. I have been undertaking a similar four-year knitting mission and have created a virtually non-existent jumper.

The woolly upper has since been used on a number of different Nike models including the Nike Free Flyknit+ which advanced the sock like concept further, coupling the knitted upper with the flexibility of the Nike Free 5.0+ mid and outsole.

The stunning Nike Flyknit Racer in the SP14 colour way of, as Nike put it Sail (white to you and I), Volt and Black has just dropped with us. I was Slipper with excitement when they arrived (this is my new word for red, if Nike can do it).

So what better time than now for me to pull together some waffle on this speedy woven stunner.

Nike Flyknit Racer

nike flyknit racer

Fleet Footsies

As a result of the knitted upper the Nike Flyknit Racer is incredibly lightweight, the upper and tongue weigh just 34 grams.  Totalling only 160g (men’s size 9) per shoe no January detox is required for this lean machine. 

In comparison the structured and cushioned mileage shoes of the Nike Zoom Structure+ 17 and the Nike Air Pegasus+ 30 weigh in at 312g and 306g respectively (both men’s size 9).

In the interests of apples with apples the Nike Lunaracer+ 3 weighs in at 179g and the Nike LunarSpider LT+ 3 at 220g. My coffee cup weighs 288g.  I felt that I had mistakenly strapped two of these Kidston beasts on my feet this morning such was my performance at my scheduled speed session.

Get on my Good Foot

Technology and weight aside the Nike Flyknit Racer is a joy both to the eye and on the foot. The inclusion of dynamic Flywire wraps the foot as naturally and comfortably as, well a foot in a sock. Brief delivered Nike.

nike flyknit racer

One top tip with any of the Flyknit upper family would be to tie them marginally tighter than you think necessary as they will loosen on the foot slightly when you get on the move.  No circulation stopping tightness just make them a splash more secure.

Racing shoes are built for speed, and this one is most definitely turbo charged. Leash it up and go for speed sessions, short races or anything longer if you happen to be fast enough to get away with it. 

The Nike Flyknit Racer is a key member of my running shoe brigade alongside my mileage staple of the Nike Structure+ 17, but my legs did let out a little squeal of pre-emptive pain when I considered wearing them on a long run. 

Make sure to catch these stunners before they Sail away.

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  2. 16 Jan 2014 14:52:43
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Check out this exclusive inside look into one of the best running groups on the planet, the Nike Oregon Project. The full series can be watched over on Flotrack.

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  2. 9 Jan 2014 15:25:23
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