Nike or ASICS? How to choose the perfect runners

Trying to choose a pair of runners can easily make you sweat as much as running itself. It’s tough and often confusing with all the terminology that come with many technically-designed runners.

Two of the biggest brands setting the trend in creating the most up-to-date and technically advanced runners are Nike and ASICS. Although the two brands share similar core properties like focusing on flexibility, support and fit, there’s a distinctive difference.

To make an overall comparison between these two brands, think of Apple and Microsoft. Where many people relate Apple with eye-catching and simplicity of its product design, it’s practicality and engineering that they identify more with Microsoft products. Nike and ASICS also bear similar differences when it comes to their product range.

To make your decision a little easier, you need to begin by understanding the two brand’s purpose for their most popular and sought after runners.

 

Kayano 22's

One of the most recognisable models for Nike runners is probably their Free range with Flyknit upper technology, which is all about providing a flexible, natural fit, that is featherweight and virtually seamless – all in one layer. Providing a snug, sock-like fit, they allow you to move naturally while delivering ultimate comfort without added weight. If you’re a no-fuss, just-run type of person that wants total comfort throughout your run, then just do it with the Nike Free range to give you a good start to your morning jogs. The unconventional and flexible properties of its design will keep things simple and light.

 

Kayano 22's

On the other hand, if you’re a serious runner who wants more than “just another pair” of runners, ASICS might get you performing more in regards to enhanced stability and greater flexibility to deliver better running efficiency. The GEL-Kayano 22 is one of the most popular high-tech runners for those who are serious about sweating it out on the track, field or court. Engineered to provide the ultimate underfoot support as well as built-in GEL units for added cushioning and shock absorption, the GEL-Kayano 22 raises the bar, showcasing ASICS’ latest running footwear technology. If you consider the technicalities of a good running shoe, the GEL-Kayano 22 is a better choice for performance, pronation and efficiency.

Whatever makes you get up and running, start by asking yourself the purpose of your run – whether it’s a lifestyle or achieving a goal, it’ll lead you to your perfect running shoe, no sweat.

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Asics Runners

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5 Runners For Your Winter Workout

It’s official. Winter is coming, and while we know you’d rather be training for a Netflix marathon than an actual marathon, that’s no reason to kick your regular workout routine to the curb. If you’re lacking in fitness inspo for the off season, fear not – our top 5 running shoes are equipped with all the firepower you need to brave the chilly conditions and get ahead of the pack.

ASICS GEL-Kayano 22

Year after year, the GEL-Kayano continues to push the boundaries of running technology, and the 22 does not disappoint. Kitted out with ASICS’ signature GEL cushioning system, this COTD hot seller delivers in spades when it comes to comfort, fit and support.

 

Kayano 22's


Nike Air Zoom Odyssey

Ever wanted to know what morphing into a human blur would be like? Behold, the Nike Air Zoom Odyssey! These bad boys feature a cloud-like foam midsole, lightweight but responsive cushioning, and breathable mesh construction for next level speed and stability. Your competition will be biting the dust so hard, they’ll wonder why they even bothered in the first place.

 

Nike Air Zoom Odyssey


Adidas Galaxy 2

Bring your ‘A’ game (yeah, we went there) the next time you hit the track in this slick style from Adidas. With ADIPRENE+ technology for incredible underfoot feel and impact protection, our epic range of colourways will have you lusting after a different pair for every day of the week.

 

Adidas Galaxy 2


Reebok Z Dual Rush

Staying quick and cool on your feet is easier said than done, especially when you’re simultaneously sweating in places you never thought possible AND trying to dredge up what little oxygen you have left in the tank. The Reebok Z Dual Rush is all about leaving the bulk behind, with a low-profile silhouette for 360° breathability and excellent traction.

 

Reebok Z Dual Rush


Saucony Triumph ISO

Strap yourself in for a ride you’ll never want to get off with this award-winning neutral trainer. PowerGrid tech ensures super plush comfort, while the stretch mesh sleeve gives you a custom sock-like feel while you’re racking up the kms.

 

Saucony Triumph ISO

 

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Running Essentials: What to Wear for Workouts in Winter

The colder months are the hardest months of the year to stay motivated when it comes to working out. If you’re a gym junkie who lives for treadmills and weights machines then winter won’t bother your workout so much. But if you love to get revved up by hitting up walking trails and running tracks to get your blood pumping, then the winter months can be a little off putting. But we’ve got the guide to get you through!

It’s important to keep active in winter. Not only does it keep your fitness levels up in the cooler months, but getting outside for workouts is great for a healthy mind and extra energy boost.

We all know that the best way to encourage a good workout regime is by grabbing the right tools so we’ve got these tips for you on what you’ll need for your outdoor workouts in the winter months:

Layering is key

The stand out rule for keeping warm during workouts in winter is that layering is essential! When you begin your run you’ll start off extremely cold and will need a warm jumper or top layer to keep your body temperature up. A windbreaker is perfect as a top layer in the colder months. But as your workout progresses and your body temperature increases, you can slowly take off a few layers to feel more comfortable. Choose a vest as an extra layering option in winter to keep your core warm and your arms free.

New Balance Men's Momentum LS Tee - Cobalt Blue
New Balance Men’s Momentum LS Tee – Cobalt Blue
New Balance Men's Sequence Pant - Black
New Balance Men’s Sequence Pant – Black

 

 

Look for wind breaking and waterproof materials

Try to avoid wearing cotton clothing in winter as it tends to absorb moisture and isn’t great for providing insulation when the weather drops. Instead look for clothes with Gore-tex or Dry Fit fabric or other waterproof materials such as nylon or specific types of polyester to ensure you stay dry and warm during your workout.

Some New Balance items feature a LIGHTNING DRY® technology which uses special polyester yarns to wick away moisture which is great for workouts in winter.

Remember: It’s also important to protect your exposed skin by applying moisturizers and sunscreens to protect from the elements of wind and sun.

New Balance Women's Heathered Long Sleeve Top - Ruby
New Balance Women’s Heathered Long Sleeve Top – Ruby
New Balance Women's Sequence Pant - Black
New Balance Women’s Sequence Pant – Black

 

The right footwear

As the weather drops, wind, rain and ice can appear on the roads and tracks where you may be running so finding the right footwear for these conditions is essential. Look for shoes with lots of tread on the sole of the shoe as this will help to grip the road in wet conditions.

Winter workout temperature guide

The weather around Australia in winter varies from state to state from an average of 20°C up in Brisbane to an average of 10°C in Tasmania and can even drop to the negatives in Canberra and up in the mountains. Wherever your workout, our guide below is a great basis for how to layer up for a cold weather workout.

Running Essentials: What to Wear for Workouts in Winter
Running Essentials: What to Wear for Workouts in Winter

 

Looking to up your fitness levels? Read up on How to Pick A Fitness Tracker To Suit Your Workout Style for some advice on which tracking device will help you reach your workout goals.

Grab some essential running layers for your workout wardrobe, a new pair of workout shoes with good grip for wet conditions and you’ll have no more excuses!

Happy winter workout!