adidas Pulseboost HD - A new Boost for Urban Runners

Sport360 staff 11:51 01/07/2019
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Introducing Boost HD: a new innovation in Boost technology. adidas has engineered Boost HD for more stability with the same unrivalled energy return and comfort. It’s a new expression of the best.

Sitting lower to the ground, Pulseboost HD is ready for the unexpected. A sudden stop, juke or quick change in direction on a busy city street is not a problem with a completely new package of performance benefits for runners.

Boost HD is engineered for more stability with the same best-in-class comfort and energy return—a new expression of the best.

Continental Adaptive Traxion is a new Continental Rubber outsole developed by artificial intelligence, giving maximum grip to quickly change direction on any surface, dry or wet.

Adapt Knit is a new flexible upper that stretches where you need it.

Stephan Schneider, Sr. Product Manager, adidas Running, said: “Running in a city is unlike running anywhere else. Traffic, lights and crowds make for a unique experience—high challenges that come with high reward. We wanted to create something that was born from urban runners. Their infrastructure. Their inspirations. Their energy.

“To create Pulseboost HD, we started by breaking down the elements of running in a city, namely position of the foot. For example, runners are more on their forefoot than midfoot. We then used computational design and, most importantly, insight from key urban runners to create Pulseboost HD. This isn’t a product made by adidas, it is a shoe created by urban running culture.”

To highlight the design and collaboration story, the shoe features the GPS coordinates for New York, Paris and Berlin, where runners from each city helped develop Pulseboost HD.

In partnership with Spotify, adidas put a QR code on the tongue that links directly to a custom playlist based on where you are in the world, ensuring every runner is ready to move. Scan the code with a mobile device to launch Spotify and unlock an exclusive playlist.

The limited-edition monochrome colorway is now available in the GCC at adidas.com for Dh649, followed by the worldwide release of the additional colorways on June 27th.

GET READY FOR MORE BOOST: The release of Boost HD is just the beginning. adidas is gearing up to celebrate the legacy of its culturally iconic footwear innovation. Come July, the world will be invited to fall in love all over again with the feeling that with Boost on your feet, you can take on anything.

Sign up for more information at adidas.com/feeltheboost. Follow the conversation on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and using #PulseBoostHD and @adidasrunning.

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Fitness First introduces XFit concept to Dubai

David Cooper - Writer 11:03 25/06/2019
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The new XFit concept offers variety, fun, and results.

A dynamic XFit 3-in-1 studio has opened in Dubai bringing together three concepts including lifting, boxing and high intensity conditioning.

With HIIT classes now seemingly based in most gyms, and focused studios popping up across the city it can be hard to stand out from the crowd in the fight for members.

In an age where boredom can hit hard, each tries to offer their own blend of result-based training with a variety to keep both body and mind stimulated.

The XFit concept, brought to you by Fitness First in Town Centre, incorporates three studios in one place; known as ‘The Box’, each studio covers three zones: LIFT, BOX and HIIT, all of which guarantee a unique variety of fun, high intensity and dynamic workouts, designed to achieve maximum results in a short space of time.

XFit members can choose from over 10 specialist classes including X60, BOXX, Smash and Lift, that are proven to improve your cardio and overall agility to ensure you get fit, fast and lean. Each class is designed to create physical change, improve movement skills and build confidence and offers a unique approach to working out.

Throughout group classes one-on-one coaching is offered to help improve performance and understanding of individual physical abilities.

At the new XFit studio members also have the added benefit of managing their own programmes during the week to help improve their strength and areas of development.

Located in Town Centre, the new XFit studio caters to everyone from beginners to seasoned athletes and fitness fanatics whilst providing a supportive community environment.

With limited spaces in classes, there can be a race to ensure you are booked in – but with classes offered at various times of the day, XFit members can sweat it out before or after work, during lunch or even over the weekend; either way, there is a slot guaranteed to fit around any busy schedule.

For more information see https://uae.fitnessfirstme.com/train-with-us/xfit

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Review: The Bang & Olufsen E6 Motion earphones

Dan Owen 10:58 19/06/2019
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When you think Bang & Olufsen, you think of beautiful design and spectacular sound quality.

While this may be true of speakers and traditional headphones, there is always a question mark over when these principles can truly carry over to a product that has to face the rigours of a more active user.

The runner, gym-goer and even walker have high demands these days. Comfort and quality of sound will always be high on the list, but more than ever the look of what they are wearing has to be on point.

With the E6 Motion earphone, Bang & Olufsen promise all this and a little bit more. They guarantee ‘consistent high sound performance in challenging environments’ with that signature style that gives a look that rivals just fail to offer.

Within the features, they boast materials that a made to last, authentic Bang & Olufsen sound, easy to manage controls, and five hours of playtime – with easy recharging on the go.

So how does this all stack up?

The look….

In the world of active earphones, there a few that can stack up. A sleek white exterior is embellished with classy control panels that exude style. The earphone, on first inspection, looks a little chunky compared to others, but again are beautifully styled. Whether being used in the gym, out running or more casual use, this is an earphone which is going to stand out.

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The feel….

When you put the E6 Motion in your ear, you realise that initial bulky conception gives way to a sumptuous fit. Recognising that not all ears come in the same shapes and sizes, the E6 comes with an excellent array of additional ear fins for the preferred fit. Oddly, my best fit was with two different fins but that highlights the benefits of flexibility when it comes to getting the right feel.

Under pressure….

Manufacturers should all be able to deliver a good fit on a static person – but when movement is thrown in, that’s when we generally start to encounter problems. Putting them through their paces, I went through a variety of weightlifting exercises, and a range of cardio – from running and cycling to ski-erg and rower. Lots of movement, lots of opportunity for the annoyance of an ill fit. Initially there was some movement in the left ear, but with a fin replaced this was quickly abated. I did think there was going to be an issue with the placement of the left hand side control panel possibly leading to a pulling feeling, but the security of the fit meant this was unfounded.

The sound….

There is a fine balance when using earphones between a level of volume that allows you to cut out distraction, and one that can potentially open you up to ear damage. The litmus test for me in this situation is how easily you can drown out background noise – especially the often dreadful tones of the gym’s playlist. This is when the E6 comes into its own. Even at relatively low volume, the noise cancelling is incredible, placing you inside a bubble filled with supreme sound quality. Even when listening to a podcast, my preferred listening during longer forms of cardio, the result is the same – a crystal-clear delivery of sound with zero background interference. Beautiful.

As for the battery life, it’s difficult to measure minute-by-minute but it felt as though there was even a little more than the billed five-hours of playtime. The innovative charging pack that simply clips on to the unit makes topping up quick and easy.

The Bang & Olufsen E6 Motion is available now, priced AED1300.

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