Innovations in Running Gear
RaceME spoke with John Rogers, owner of Fleet Feet Sports Maine Running in Portland Maine, and Erin Flatley, Social Media Marketing Manager and Run Club Coach, about the trends we can expect to see in running gear this year.
What new shoe trends are you seeing for 2017?
JOHN: I believe shoe companies will build upon similar advances from 2016 in continuing with “Geometric” Designs, that use similar midsole materials and seamless upper designs. I see the future of shoe innovations will be aided by the latest technology in gait analysis and 3D imaging and scanning. These advanced imaging tools give more accurate details for measuring gait characteristics from “heel strike” to “toe off” with significant information in real time.
ERIN: I see designs trending toward how a shoe fits the foot as a whole rather than focusing on just stability.
Recovery seems to be the hot topic these days, what equipment is trending for pre- and post-run stretching and massage tools?
JOHN: There is a greater emphasis on injury prevention and recovery than ever before. Brands such as Addaday, Moji, Pro-Tec and Trigger Point are scientifically designing sticks, foam rollers, bodywork balls, and flexible massage devices, which incorporate varied surface textures, materials and shapes to release muscle and tendon adhesions, and realign joints.
Many of these products are self massage tools and mimic the techniques used by physical therapists to speed recovery, break down muscle and tendon scarring and help runners relieve IT band syndrome, plantar fasciitis, hamstring strains, shin splints, low back tightness and glute pain. These advances are truly helping runners recover at greater speed, prevent injury, and run pain-free.
What is new in the tech world?
ERIN: Listen up runners!! Aftershokz Head phones are a game changer that enhances the runner’s music experience while adding the safety of hearing whats going on around you as well. The technology behind this revolutionary device is called “bone conduction.” Aftershokz Trekz Titanium have been a extremely popular item in which their Portland store has sold out 4 times since Christmas!
— Fleet Feet Sports Maine Running has locations at 309 Marginal Way in Portland, and 89 Main Street in Brunswick.