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Put A Literal Spring In Your Step With The Enko Shoes

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Most running shoes feature a design that incorporates a rubbery, somewhat bouncy sole. The idea is to return some of your own kinetic energy back into your step, and help you propel yourself forward. Except rubber soles aren’t quite as efficient at maintaining and transferring this momentum as actual metal springs. And that’s exactly what we find in the Enko Running Shoe. Each pair is outfitted with a special hinged sole, and an actual metal shock absorber whose spring rate is matched to the wearer’s weight. The spring will compress when your heel touches the ground, and release the stored energy as you roll your foot forward and carry on with your stride. There is even a “Run – Walk” toggle switch that changes the absorption dynamics depending on the activity you’re doing.

It’s an intriguing design, but considering they’re in the crowdfunding phase of the project, there aren’t a ton of real-world reviews to speak about the shoes’ comfort, arguably the most important aspect of the product. Still, if you’re interested, you’ll have to pledge $290 on Indiegogo to get your pair delivered in August. And that’s the Early Bird pricing; after 100 of these are sold, it moves up to $390, so act fast.

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[ Product Page ] AND [ IndieGogo ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Stridalizer Brings Smarts To Your Runnings Shoes

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There are those that run to catch buses, and those that take buses to go running somewhere. You see, jogging is a freedom and an exhilaration few get to experience, yet as much as they can love something they can also love it wrong. Runners can develop bad habits, or even never learn the good ones in the first place. Smart insoles Stridalizer hopes to give you the sensor data you’re missing to analyze your stride and develop a more efficient method of locomotion. Yes, there is such a thing as proper running form, although many do prefer to run comfortably regardless of any technical shortcomings. For those that care, here’s how the Stridalizer works.

Once inside your kicks, the soles measure foot pressure across a variety of sensors, developing a moving image of your stride.

We have designed our solution to continue to monitor your run, and interrupt you only when it needs to “alert” you with some important information or quick guidance. For example, if you start persistently overpronating, or if your footstrike pattern changes, you will get a visual as well as an audio alert – this way you can keep your eyes on the trail and still get the information or advice that’s relevant for you – WHEN it becomes relevant!

If you are trying to buildup your pace or find the optimal rhythm for your next marathon, Stridalyzer helps you monitor and track the three fundamental performance parameters: Stride Rate, Stride Length and the most elusive – Ground Contact Time. Using our patent-pending technology, we can measure ground contact time extremely accurately!

The information is nicely presented in an app, which is free with the $75 pledge to own a pair.

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Salomon’s Running Gloves Make The Act Of Holding Water In Your Hands Obsolete

We’re not runners here at OhGizmo HQ, so we can’t begin relate to the things that are a big deal to those who are. We suppose that holding a water bottle in your hands for a few hours, or having it on a belt of some kind, bumping against you, can get pretty annoying. So Salomon has gone ahead and created the Sense Hydro S-Lab Set, which is a special wrist strap designed to hold a 250ml soft-sided folding bottle without requiring you to actually close your fingers around it. Yeah, maybe that could give you an edge, what do we know? The folding design of the bottle means no sloshing of liquid as you deplete it, and the $40 Solomon is asking for will get you two of these, so you can have one on each hand.

They should be available in the next few months.

[ Manufacturer Website ] VIA [ Gizmag ]