Weekly Retro 10:12.11

October 12th, 2011 in Articles by 2 Comments

As a kid, I couldn’t wait for the Eastbay catalog to hit my parents’ mailbox. Sure, we had no shortage of mall stores in my town, and I bought a lot stuff at them, but they mostly catered to basketball and other sports and didn’t have much in the way of running gear. Eastbay always had shoes you couldn’t find in the malls and more color selections as well — essential to maintaining running geek status.

Eastbay is still alive and kicking, although I suspect now they do most of their business via their Web site, so I checked it out to see what they had. They still rock it pretty solid with running gear. Here is a list of products I bought or plan to buy now that the fall running season is in full swing:

Nike Zoom Waffle XC VIII – Similar to old times, when I’d lose hours flipping through the catalog, I wasted waaayyy too much time checking out the cross-country spikes on the Eastbay Web site. I’m entering at least one (if not several) cross-country races this fall, and I needed a pair. I settled on the Nike Zoom Waffle XC VIII (pictured) because they were on sale; however, there’s no shortage of styles, including the newer Nike Zoom Waffle XC 9.

Adidas TECHFIT Powerweb Short – I actually bought a pair of Zoot medical-grade compression shorts from my local Fleet Feet store, not the Adidas listed here, because I was in a bind and couldn’t wait for shipping. I suffered a Grade-I hamstring pull in warmups before an interval workout last week, and the trainer suggested compression shorts would stabilize the hamstring and let me get back to running faster… so I stopped into Fleet Feet right away. The Zoots feel pretty good — need to test them a little more rigorously (and will update with a comment below later) — but my guess is that I overpaid ($90) and would have received just as much value from these Adidas at $45 (pictured). If compression shorts really work for me as I recover from the pull, I’ll buy more at the lower price point.

Garmin Forerunner 310 XT With Heart Rate Monitor – As we’ll discuss in the upcoming Faster Than Forty book later this year, Mark Gomes and I have overhauled our training technique to focus on heart rate/lactic threshold and periodization training. It is absolutely essential you have a good heart rate monitor to do this. We use versions of the Garmin Forerunner (pictured) and love it — for all the reasons cited in the product description after the link.

Nike Dri Fit L/S Poly Top – Another addition to my gear closet that I’ve used a couple of times and believe I’ll be using a lot more of is my long-sleeve Dri Fit top (pictured). It hasn’t been very cold here in Chicago yet, but on a couple of sub-50 degree days, this top and a tee-shirt kept me very warm, almost too warm. I expect this to be very useful later this fall. Be careful with size on this item — my large was a little too roomy (but fine with a tee-shirt underneath).

Nike MayFly – Due to injuries and some general time off, it has been well over two years since I toed the line for a road race; thus, I’ll be looking to upgrade my racing flats from the ancient Bowerman series green-trimmed flats (pictured). I’m leaning toward the Nike MayFlys but I’m interested in the Nike Lunaracer + as well. I’ve heard mixed reviews about the Luna series; if anyone has opinions (pro or con) please drop me a line in the comments section. Also, if anyone knows the model name of these Bowerman Series flats, drop me a line as well — they’re so beat up I can’t read the model name inside the tongue.

That pretty much sums up my trip down memory lane with Eastbay. It had been some time since I shopped with them, and I’m psyched to see they still have an amazing selection of gear and some great prices.

Rick Miller is the co-founder of Faster Than Forty. You can read more about him (not that you’d want to) here.

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I love my lunaracers. They’re super lightweight with a snug fit. Even with the snug fit, I haven’t had a problem with my feet burning while running since I’ve started using them and there isn’t that heaviness feeling. I used to not wear socks while running because my feet burned after a few miles. The soles are well-cushioned and I’ve had decreased foot pain. It seems to have supported my high arch well. Plus, I think the pink ones are cute. My friends and I butt heads all the time, they are not a big fan of Nike in general. They say that it feels like running barefoot.

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I have a high arch and use Nikes most of the time. That’s great feedback!

Rick Miller


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