An Olympic year always brings big breakthroughs in sport gear–and 2020 will be no different. The new year will see innovative products launching, companies pushing the boundaries and runners moving faster than ever.
The Running Event (TRE) took place over the past two days in Austin, TX. This event showcases everything up-and-coming in running products, and draws a huge number of brands to educate runners about their latest. Canadian Running had several team members on the floor and here’s what they think the most exciting shoes of 2020 will be.
New Balance FuelCull Prism
New Balance FuelCell Prism
New Balance Fresh Foam 1080
New Balance Fresh Foam 860
New Balance Fresh Foam 860
The latest from New Balance appears to include updates from their 2019 release, the Rebel, in their 2020 Prism. The shape of the two shoes are similar, which was something that consumers loved about the 2019 Rebel. The shoe’s sole stuck out a little wide on the lateral side of the runner’s foot, mimicking how runners move through their stride. The Prism looks a little more built up than the Rebel but maintains its shape and its FuelCell foam.
Saucony Kinvara 11
Saucony Ride 13
Saucony Endorphin Pro
Saucony Endorphin Speed
Saucony’s new Kinvara is their lightest, fastest version yet. Using Saucony’s PWRRUN (the foam that’s replacing EVERUN) this shoe is designed to race.
The Endorphin line is the company’s second big development. The new line includes the Pro, Speed and Shift–a line up of shoes for every kind of run. The carbon-plated Pro uses SpeedRoll Geometry to deliver a pop at toe-off to help the runner feel fast. The shoe’s midsole is made of the ultralight PWRRUN PB cushioning that’s 40 per cent lighter than Saucony’s PWRRUN+ (which is used in the Triumph). The S-shaped carbon-plate runs the full length of the shoe. The plate is designed to give a springboard effect at take off.
In 2020 Under Armour has updated most of it’s lineup including the Infinite, Sonic and Phantom lines. Small updates and new colour ways are expected from this already exceptional lineup. However, we were lucky enough to get a sneak peak of a new shoe launch coming this February. We are very excited to show you this shoe in the new year–it’s something special.
Brooks Hyperion Tempo
Brooks Hyperion Tempo black
The Hyperion Tempo is the newest racing flat from Brooks. The Hyperion is extremely light and truly built for speed, weighing only 181g for a men’s shoe.
361 has big plans in 2020 with the addition of QU!CKFOAM to most of their 2020 lineup. With the addition of QU!CKFOAM you will immediately notice a softer and faster feel than previous 361 models.
The Ultrafly 3 features Topo’s Zipfoam midsole which provides more resilience and compression resistance than traditional EVA. A firmer foam under the arch, combined with an external heel counter work together to provide light, dynamic guidance through the runner’s stride. A new engineered mesh upper has a comfort enhancing seamless design.
Enda are a low drop and lightweight running shoes made in Kenya. The Lapatet is their daily trainer designed for the bulk of your weekly milage that’s launching in January 2020. With plenty of cushion, a 6mm drop, and a soft but fitted upper, it’s a great pick for easy or long runs.
Salomon Predict 2 ($200 CAD)
Predict Soc ($170 CAD)
Cross /Pro 3D Fit Gore-Tex ($240 CAD)
Supercross Blast GTX ($160)
Wildcross GTX ($190 CAD)
In the Predict 2, runners will enjoy a smooth ride thanks to INFINIRIDE midsole and outsole–Salomon’s newest development. The new midsole and outsole reduce stress on your joints by following the natural motion of a runner’s foot.