Summer Rubbers

Warning: Old news to the sneaker heads and shoe geeks.

Every runner by now would’ve followed the recent development surrounding THAT shoe. News outlets hoping to channel traffic to their sites then chipped in with their opinion pieces and predictions (more often than not bearing clickbait titles) about impending bans on the Nike Next% and next-gen AlphaFly. Only a handful (this article is one of the few) really offer any intelligent discussion or putting the whole subject.

On Jan 31, World Athletics finally released a statement concerning the allowable parameters for competition shoes. Plenty of interesting points in there.

With the April 30th deadline approaching, shoe companies are rushing their prototypes into production. Good for us! If you’ve missed out on the shoe announcements, here’s a recap of what were announced (and seen) over the past few days, starting with the Big Daddy of them all.

What’s new: Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT%.
RRP: Rumoured to be similar in price tag to the current Vaporfly series, limited release Feb 29 to coincide with the US Olympic Marathon Trials.
New Tech: Atomknit, upgraded stack height.
Carry-over Tech: Carbon plate, ZoomX midsole, Zoom Air (pod-shaped)
Comments: To be released alongside track spikes and the Air Zoom Tempo Next%, a new performance trainer (thought to be Turbo 2 replacement). I hope the Next% will not be discontinued because I think they’re already rad enough for me 😀
Nike Media Release
Reviews: None available, yet.


What’s new: Speed Elite Hyper
RRP: US160, available Feb 17
New Tech: Carbon plate in a winglet configuration, Goodyear rubber outsole
Carry-over Tech: Hyper Burst midsole, M-Strike Geometry, mono-mesh upper.
Comments: Reviewed to be the most similar in feel to the Vaporfly.
Skechers Media Release
Reviews: RoadTrailRun | Doctors of Running

What’s new: 3 shoes -> Endorphin Pro, Endorphin Speed, and Endorphin Shift
RRP: US250, USD200, USD180 respectively. No release dates announced.
New Tech: Carbon plate (for Pro), TPU plate (for Speed), PWRRUN PB (for Pro) midsole, SpeedRoll Geometry
Carry-over Tech: PWRRUN (for Shift)
Comments: Released as a trio for racing, speed work and training respectively, the 3 shoes are accorded fresh and light pastel colorways. Couldn’t locate Saucony’s Media Release, so here’s one covered by Canadian Running Magazine
Reviews: None available, yet.

What’s new: 2 shoes -> Hyperion Elite and Hyperion Tempo
RRP: USD250 (Elite) and USD150 (Tempo), selected release Feb 27 and Jun 1 respectively.
New Tech: Carbon Plate, DNA Zero midsole (for Elite), DNA Flash (for Tempo)
Carry-over Tech: Brooks’ underwhelming look.
Comments: Boring utilitarian look. Believe In The Run guys weren’t impressed with the harsh ride. Brooks’ reported lifespan of only 100 miles!
Brooks Teaser | Forbes Coverage
Reviews: Believe In The Run (Hyperion Elite | Hyperion Tempo | RoadTrailRun (Hyperion Elite | Hyperion Tempo)

New Balance
What’s new: FuelCell TC
New Tech: Carbon Plate
Carry-over Tech: FuelCell nitrogen infused midsole seen in the Propel and Rebel.
Comments: Plenty of design cues carried over from the Rebel but without the lateral flange. Unable to find any news from NB so here’s some coverage by RunnersWorld.


What’s new: AdiZero Pro
RRP: Euro 180 (approx USD196), selected release Apr 1, worldwide May 15.
New Tech: Carbitex Carbon Plate
Carry-over Tech: Continental rubber outsole, Boost heel midsole, Lightstrike forefoot midsole.
Comments: Lightstrike isn’t new. It’s featured in the current AdiZero RC2 flat. They look pretty good, although I doubt they’ll be as featherweight as the Nike due to the continued use of Boost midsole.
Adidas Media Release
Reviews: None available, yet.

Spyshots on social media have emerged showing the rumoured Hoka Carbon Rocket X (Hoka already have the Carbon X and Carbon Rocket), Mizuno and Asics.

Brooks Returns as Official Apparel for Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2018

SCKLM2018 Pacers to be outfitted by Brooks gear while more than 38,000 runners will receive Brooks SCKLM2018 Running Tees

KUALA LUMPUR, 28 Feb 2018: Official Apparel Sponsor Brooks returns to the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2018 (SCKLM2018) for the event’s 10th Anniversary, providing more than 38,000 registered runners with Running Tees and outfitting SCKLM2018 Official Pacers with a complete set of running gear.

SCKLM Pacers with Tiew Cheng Tai, Managing Director, Paragon Vest (far left)), Gloria Ng and Victor Tiew

The Standard Chartered KL Marathon (SCKLM) 2018 Pacers will be clad in highly visible bright yellow tops. Out of a total of 29 Official Pacers, 18 were on hand to receive their Pacer kits at a handover ceremony at the flagship Brooks outlet at MyTown in Cheras.

Pacers received their exclusively designed Brooks singlets with Equilibrium Technology, along with a pair of running shorts and shoes. There will be 23 Pacers assisting runners in the Full Marathon category and for the first time, there will also be another 6 Pacers for the Half Marathon category.

Pacing is a crucial element if you want to complete a marathon in your expected time and Pacers play an important role in helping to ensure runners keep to the required pace. New runners especially, find it difficult keeping pace due to inexperience and fatigue, and this is where expert Pacers can provide the right encouragement and motivation to get runners back on track to finish the race in the required time.

“We have been fortunate that our Pacers are usually returning ones,” said Gloria Ng, Director of Dirigo Events, the owner and organiser of the race. “They are all exemplary runners who have a great attitude to running and sacrifice their own race to assist others in reaching their timing goals. We started our Pacing programme for SCKLM2010 and we have 

Pacers who have been with us since then, so we are very grateful for their continued support” she added.

Malcalm Chew and Kelvin Ng are two such runners who have been Pacers for SCKLM since 2010. “From the first time I became a Pacer for SCKLM, I received encouraging feedback from my friends and social media followers. SCKLM was also one of the better organised running events and kept getting bigger and better so it has been an easy decision to come back every year, except for 2014 when I decided to be a runner instead,” said Malcalm.

Kelvin on the other hand, has never missed SCKLM since its inception, and is now part of an exclusive group of runners called the SCKLM Juggernauts, those who’ve participated in every SCKLM since 2009. SCKLM’s 10th Anniversary this year has special significance for him as it will also be his 10th. “I have been running for a while now and feel that I have gained a fair amount of knowledge and experience over the years and I’ve always wanted to share and make my own contribution to the development of running in Malaysia. That’s why I’ve been coming back to SCKLM as a Pacer every year,” said Kelvin.

First-time Half Marathon pacer Munitaran Sundram decided to take the plunge after being a serious competitive runner for more than three decades. “I have a strong passion for new adventures and feel that the time is right to embark on a new one. I want to do my part in giving back to the running community and being a Pacer at SCKLM is a great way to motivate and encourage runners to achieve their personal running goals,” said Munintaran.

“This is a special year for SCKLM as it celebrates its 10th Anniversary so we’re very happy to partner yet again with the Standard Chartered KL Marathon, the premier running event in the country,” said Victor Tiew, Brand Manager, Paragon Vest (Brooks). “We are committed to providing the best possible running experience for SCKLM participants through our innovative apparel and running shoes like the Adrenaline GTS 18 and the new Levitate range with its energised cushioning, quick transitions and intuitive fit. We wish all SCKLM Pacers and participants the best of luck on Race Day,” he added.

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About the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2018
Back for the 10th year, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon takes place on Sunday, 8 April 2018. The marathon, owned and organised by Dirigo Events, will see participation from close to 36,000 runners, ranging from elite athletes to first-time distance runners. A truly international event, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon boasts participants from all over Malaysia and over 70 countries. The Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2018 remains Malaysia’s premier running event with top runners competing for a total of USD 125,000 in prize money.

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About Dirigo Events
The Standard Chartered KL Marathon is owned by Dirigo Events Sdn. Bhd, an award-winning event management company founded in 2011 by Rainer Biemans and Gloria Ng. The event not only draws a large number of Malaysian runners, but attracts runners from more than 70 countries around the world. Rainer Biemans and Gloria Ng have a combined experience of over 48 years in executing and creating world-class and impactful events for international clients around the world such as Europe, Brunei, India and Singapore.

Apart from owning the Standard Chartered KL Marathon, Dirigo also organises the Bursa Bull Charge and provides operational services for other mass participation events.

For more information on Dirigo Events, please contact +603 7887 1717 or email

About Brooks Malaysia
Brooks’ purpose is to inspire everyone to run and be active by creating innovative gear designed to keep runners running longer, farther and faster. This purpose is supported by Brooks’ Run Happy philosophy, a quest to celebrate and champion the sport of running and all runners everywhere. At Brooks Malaysia, we provide a range of in-store services to advise runners and recommend the best running gear to suit their individual running experience. Brooks stores in Malaysia are located in The Curve, Sunway Pyramid, Great Eastern Mall, IOI Putrajaya City Mall, 3 Two Square and My Town in the Klang Valley, and Queensbay Mall Penang and Batu Pahat Mall Johor.

About Paragon Vest
Paragon Vest is a distributor for a range of international sports brands, including Brooks, Kronos, Atlanta, Aetrex, Bodyglide and Polygel, for the Malaysian and Singaporean markets. For 25 years, the company has strived to provide the best possible products and services to fulfil the needs of the sports industry in Malaysia and Singapore.