Recently I tried Avanza Skin. What caught my eyes is skincare made for athletes. Their products are designed to meet athletes’ specific needs, including sweat, acne, chafing, hair damage, and even hardened skin. It can be hard to find a skincare-related product designed to combat our specific needs as an athlete.
Avanza Skin was started as nonprofessional athletes that needed real dermatological solutions. This isn’t limited to running and biking, swimming, or any athletes. They were looking to find solutions for athletes that didn’t exist on the market.
I was excited to try the New Balance Fuelcell Elite 2 (also known as the NB Fuelcell Elite v2). The original Fuelcell Elite was ok but not great. It was heavier than many other carbon-plated models and not as responsive. I was hoping New Balance stepped up their game with the update, and thankfully they did. The newest version comes with a more stable ride, breathable knit upper, but it’s still one of the heavier options with less Traction.
The Asics Cumulus 23 is one of the longer-lasting shoes in the running industry. It’s a great option if you prefer a lighter version of the Nimbus or a more versatile shoe. This year it’s more flexible as well as softer. For a while, it felt like the Cumulus was getting too firm!
You’ve been warned: The Mizuno Wave Rider 25 has undergone significant changes since the previous version. Is it bad? No.
Is it different? Yes.
Are these the updates that usually cause Mizuno fans to panic? Yes. The Mizuno Wave Rider 25 is updated with the softer full-length Erezy Foam midsole. Plus, it’s more flexible. Personally, I think it’s felt great.
I’ve been waiting for the Hoka Bondi X for what feels like whenever. When I first found out Hoka was making a carbon plated Bondi, I was like…why? What is the point? But after thinking about it, it makes sense. The Bondi is one of the stiffest and most rigid shoes out there. But some people need or want more rigidness than even the regular Bondi.
The carbon plate in the Hoka Bondi X provides that. I think we will see a wide variety of people liking this shoe. We will see people who obviously want to run fast with a carbon plate but also people who want “the stiffest shoe out there” because they are on their feet for so long.
In case it wasn’t obvious, Hoka is also keeping the regular Bondi 7. So now people will have the option of the Hoka Bondi X or the Hoka Bondi 7.