Have you been to the newly-opened SPECIALIZED ELITE Store in MOA?

If you haven’t heard yet, yes Specialized is BACK!

After a nine-month absence in the market, the premier bicycle brand is back with a new concept store in SM by the Bay! Labelled as the “Specialized Elite Store”, the shop is definitely a cyclist’s haven!

Read on the below presser and see what I am talking about. Cheers!

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SPECIALIZED ELITE STORE OPENS IN SM BY THE BAY

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Specialized Philippines, in partnership with Gruppo Innovare Corporation, the authorized and appointed distributor of Specialized Bicycle Components in the Philippines, officially opened the newest Specialized Elite Store on Wednesday, October 17 at the SM by the Bay, Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

Present during the event were the Gruppo Innovare team headed by its Managing Director, Mr. JL Gavino and Sales Director, Mr. Ritchie Santayana, Mr. Gino Abano, Commercial Director of Specialized SESA was also there to grace the event.

“We are proud to be opening the first Specialized Elite Store here at the SM by the Bay, a perfect location as it is a biker’s haven especially in the morning. As Specialized has striven to make the best bikes for riders since 1974, the Philippine riding community can expect the best one-stop bike shop experience the moment they walk in our store.”, said Mr. Santayana.

During the opening, Mr. Abano presented highlights of various Specialized bike products such as the Venge, the fastest road bike, and the Tarmac, the lightest race bike ever made by the brand.

For those who love off-road riding, the store also has the Stumpjumper, the brand’s most versatile trail bike, and the Turbo Levo and Kenevo, a pair of e-mountain bikes built to give riders the power to ride more trails.

The highlight of the day was the special preview of the all-new 2019 Shiv Disc. Guests were given a sneak peek on an actual setup of this limited-edition triathlon specific bike, which promises unprecedented aero design, storage for fuel and hydration to last the whole race, and the most flexible fit. It is the most complete triathlon bike ever made.

“We are very fortunate to be able to present to everyone here today an actual set-up of the all-new 2019 Shiv Disc. This complete tri bike will be available globally as a limited edition product and reservations can be placed until October 31, 2018.”, shared Mr. Abano.

The Specialized Elite Store offers worry-free purchases, and a complete “Specialized experience” through the store’s full scope of services: providing expert advice in choosing the best bike, experiencing the bikes first-hand through their bike test program, bike servicing by trained staff, and the Retül Match and Vantage system, the most technically advanced bike fitting and product matching technology available in the market.

The Specialized Elite Store in SM by the Bay is the first of three Specialized concept stores to open, with Pasig and Maginhawa St. in Quezon City completing the new stores for 2018. All three are known to be bike-friendly areas in the metropolis, and more stores are promised to come throughout the country over the next few years.

For further information, about Specialized in the Philippines, visit https://www.specialized.com/ph/en or like and follow Specialized Philippines on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/specialized.ph/.

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Aftershokz Headphones now in the PH

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Digital Walker, the country’s largest retailer of premium gadgets and accessories, has finally brought here in the Philippines the Aftershokz brand of headphones. The product was formally launched with a fun run at the BGC last August 30.

AfterShokz is touted to be the safest headphones for outdoor fitness. It is wireless and open-ear, placed on your cheekbones, just in front of your ears. This leaves your ear canals open, allowing you to remain alert and aware of ambient sounds while you enjoy your music. 

This is made possible by what they call the bone conduction technology which transmits audio waves to the inner ears through the skull, bypassing the eardrums completely.

Its headphones promise to deliver the ultimate level of comfort and situational awareness, without compromising on premium sound, making it perfect for runners, cyclists, hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts. 

Moreso, its Bluetooth® connectivity gives you the ability to be free of wires and make and receive phone calls. 

Who says music and outdoor sports can’t come together? Check out these two products from this line and see which appeals to you. 

Aftershokz Trekz Titanium (Php5,690)

Won the CES Innovations Award and Red Dot Award for its outstanding design and engineering. The backbone of the industrial design is a premium titanium frame, an element chosen not only for its strength and durability but also for its infinite flexibility.

AfterShokz Trekz Air (Php8,590)

The next generation in bone conduction technology and the brand’s lightest headphones, which delivers comfort and sound quality at the same time. Inspired by the demands of elite and aspiring athletes, the Trekz Air is 20% lighter than Trekz Titanium, weighing just 1.06oz.

Both headphones feature:

 

  • OpenFit™ – Promising uncompromised situational awareness and extended comfort in a revolutionary open ear design. That means you can tune in to your music or a call without tuning out the world around you—vital for staying safe and alert as you move through the day. Its full titanium wraparound design provides infinite flexibility, a secure fit, and the ultimate level of comfort that can withstand the most rigorous of activities.
  • PremiumPitch+™ Sound – Bone conduction audio has earned its bad reputation due to a blend of natural sound leakage and weak bass. PremiumPitch+™ technology optimizes the sound and includes additional features like LeakSlayer™ technology, which ensures music is directed exactly where it should be.
  • Titanium Frame: The backbone of the industrial design is a premium titanium frame, an element chosen not only for its strength and durability, but also for its infinite flexibility, which will deliver maximum comfort, portability, and the very best sound.
  • Sweat Resistant: Built to power through daily sweat sessions and wicked weather. IP55 rated to repel sweat, moisture and dust.
  • Six Hours of Music and Calls: A single charge will reliably deliver six hours of music play and talk time. You can charge fully in 1.5 hours, but a quick 15-minute charge provides enough boost to get you through a long workout or marathon call.
  • Noise Canceling Mics: Precisely placed dual noise-cancelling microphones exclude surrounding noise, effectively enhancing speech.
  • Voice Prompts: Audrey Says™ seamlessly guide you through power, pair, play and talk, and everything in between.

Baseus invites you to #GoWireless with its latest product line

Premium digital accessories brand, Baseus, recently launched its newest addition to its growing family, the #GoWireless line of wireless chargers. The products were unveiled to media, bloggers and influencers at the launch held in Makati a few weeks ago, and I am happy to share with you the official release/product brief of each of the four products.

Read on! Baseus’ #GoWireless products are all available at Baseus stores in Bonifacio High Street, Trinoma, SM Southmall, SM Fairview, and UP Town Center; and OMG stores in Robinsons Ermita, Ayala Malls Feliz, Festive Walk Mall Iloilo, and SM Cagayan De Oro. For more information, go to http://www.baseus.com/.

#GoWireless with Baseus
Introducing the latest in wireless charging that enhances user experience

Derived from the term “Based on Users,” Baseus products are made with the needs of its users in mind. This August 29 at Le Petit Souffle, Century City Mall, get ready to go wireless with the launch of the newest addition to the Baseus family: the #GoWireless line.

Enjoy the advantages of fast charging for your mobile devices without the hassle of untangling cables and looking for a plug outlet. Here are four products from the line:

Baseus 1+1 Wireless Charger Backpack Power Bank 5000mAh (Php2,490) has the unique design of a wireless charger power bank with magnetic PU case that is shockproof and anti-scratch, ideal for daily use with your iPhone X. The magnetic case tightly secures your charger to your phone, which adds more that 150% extra power! Both battery pack and case can be charged wirelessly. Designed with a four LED lights to indicate the power level and charging status, and a foldable kickback stand so you can watch videos hands-free. Attach your iPhone lightning headphones to enjoy music or make a call; or use your lightning cable (not included) to sync data, while you charge.

Baseus Bracket Wireless Powerbank 8000mAh (Php1,590) is a small and lightweight wireless charging pad and power bank in one. Sleek and fashionable, it features a stylish full-screen digital display. It supports 5W wireless charging and has a USB dual output so you can charge three devices at once—the one on the charging pad and two attached via USB cable. There is also a convenient pullout stand to hold your phone upright.

Baseus Wireless Charger Gravity Car Mount (Php1,490) allows you to charge conveniently as it rests on the mount attached to the dashboard air vent. The mount’s built-in intelligent clip automatically adjusts to the phone’s required current, with a charger output of 5V/2A, 9V/1.7A. Compatible with most Qi-enabled wireless charging phones 4.0-6.5 inches wide, its gravity feature allows you to lock and remove your phone with a one hand motion and can hold your phone securely so you can use it for navigation while you drive. 

Baseus Simple Wireless Charger (Php1,190) does away with the need to plug a cord into an outlet. Simply place devices on this charger plate to charge them wirelessly. With its ultra-thin, compact, and lightweight design, it features transparent tempered glass surface, high-technology chips, and visible circuits for a more secure and visible charging process. It has DC 5V and 9V input voltage, make the charging pad more universal. Once the battery is fully charged, the device will automatically sleep, preventing overcharging. Its upgraded temperature control keeps the temperature low while charging, while its internal magnetic isolation sheet helps to ensure that there is no harm to human health. This wireless charger is directly compatible with built-in wireless charging receiver smartphones.

Happy 20th Anniversary MIZUNO WAVE RIDER!

Mizuno has done it again – prove that it is always true to its “Never Settle” manifesto, that is! For 20 years, it has been said that the company has worked tirelessly to develop the Wave Rider model – incorporating both big and small improvements in material, design and technology, to make it one of the best running shoes in the market and to become the runner’s choice that it is today.

I am just so glad to have been able to experience this continuous history and legacy by being a proud owner of different versions of a Mizuno Wave Rider pair!

thank you so much Mizuno for my very own pair, I love it!

thank you so much Mizuno for my very own pair, I love it!

Now for its 20th anniversary, let us look back to the evolution of the Wave Rider and check to see its latest version, the model that packs a punch. I have been gifted by Mizuno with a pair and I am honestly delighted to be able to try it on for some mileage!

Read on and know more about Mizuno’s Wave Rider!

THE EVOLUTION OF THE WAVE RIDER

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Mizuno, true to its ‘never settle’ manifesto, has worked tirelessly for the past 20 years to develop the Wave Rider 20 into the runner’s choice that it is today. In celebration of the culmination of improvements, some big and some small, in material, design and technology, Mizuno’s restless pursuit of perfection is obvious. There remains some semblance from the original design but ultimately the Wave Rider has improved year on year and continues to impress even the purest of runners.

THE ROAD TO PERFECTION

Part of the research and developmental process for the Wave Rider was critically listening to feedback. The most significant example is a consumer study known as Kansei Engineering, which is a Japanese product philosophy that simulates the buying
experience for runners. The ultimate result of this was finding out exactly what athletes were looking for when purchasing their next running shoe. The ability to embrace innovation and also adapt to feedback is what has made Mizuno’s Wave Rider 20 the
success that it is today.

MIZUNO WAVE RIDER 20

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LIGHTWEIGHT PROGRESSION
You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. When originally conceived, the Wave Rider was but a shadow of today’s contemporary industry leading shoe. Weighing in at 365g, it paved the way for its descendants to adhere to the Wave Rider’s principle development strategy of “just what you need and nothing more.” The very first Wave Rider struggled to gain a following, but it was exactly this that lead Mizuno to make the changes that have sculpted the latest incredibly successful model. Through intensive developments and improvements year on year, the Wave Rider 20 weighs just 290g, and is a far cry from the original.

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A prime example of Mizuno’s quest for cutting edge is its innovative design. The Wave Rider 6 enhanced its series when the plastic Wave design was replaced by a softer composite resulting in a smoother heel strike. Not satisfied with just improving the design of the shoe, part of the Wave Rider 12 was made from Castor Oil which significantly reduced Mizuno’s carbon footprint helping benefit the planet. Today, the Wave Rider 20’s Parallel Wave offers the perfect amount of cushion and energy dispersion,
allowing the foot to move in its natural motion. Perfect for neutral-foot types who don’t need as much support, the wave plate disperses the impact forces evenly throughout the midsole and keeps the foot centered on the shoe’s platform.

NEW FEATURES
The Mizuno Wave Rider 20 features the new Cloud Wave, U4ic and U4icX, and an engineered mesh to better its predecessors.

Cloud Wave
The new cloud wave plate shape incorporates the same Mizuno Wave Plate technology with a different concave and convex shape, offering a more cloud like run that provides a softer landing and the smoothest possible transition through toe-off,

U4ic and U4icX
The Wave Rider 20 utilizes the 2 types of U4ic cushion, more responsive and lighter material with the U4ic mid-sole for a smooth ride and a softer U4icX at the heel area to absorb impact.

Triple Zone engineered mesh
The Wave Rider 20 maintains Mizuno’s classic fit while also featuring a breakthrough in Triple Zone engineered mesh that provides breathability, movement and hold throughout the run.

MY IMPRESSION

Unboxing my pair (compliments from Mizuno) and having a first try, here are my impressions: 

  • similar to most of the Mizuno pairs I have, the Wave Rider 20 has a light feel
  • it is comfortable maybe owing to the fact that it uses the 2 types of U4ic cushion
  • it is breathable
  • it still has that spacious toe box that I like in Mizuno shoes
  • I love the design, especially how even the “20” on the heel will reflect at night 
  • it is stable (thanks to the Mizuno Wave Plate technology)

To find out more about the Mizuno Wave Rider 20, visit any of the Mizuno stores in thePhilippines, or visit the Mizuno Philippines Website.(mizuno.ph) Be updated on the Mizuno activities in the Philippines by following the Mizuno Running Facebook page and the MizunoPh Instagram account.

Mizuno’s Newest Wave Sayonara 4 NOW OUT!

Mizuno’s newest version of their Wave Sayonara shoe line, the WAVE SAYONARA 4, is now available in the market and here is the official word from Mizuno about this shoe model, read on!

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MIZUNO WAVE SAYONARA 4

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Mizuno’s dedication to provide innovative products is the soul of the company’s motto to Never Settle. The latest in Mizuno performance shoes now has its best upgrade. Mizuno has blurred the lines between race day and everyday training in this performance, neutral shoe. With a sleek fit and low-profile midsole, this lightweight,responsive shoe is perfect to go fast.

The Wave Sayonara 4 is best for the competitive runner who wants a lightweight shoe that can bring their performance to the next level of running experience. The dynamic feel and updated cushioning will make you want to run fast and run endlessly.

The U4ic midsole and blown rubber in the forefoot makes a lightweight structure that is combined with Mizuno Dynamotion Fit technology that provides a unique running experience.

The new version features a 10mm drop from heel to toe is expected to be lighter than it looks, while X10 rubber on the outsole also provides for longer lasting traction. The upper design features a functional aesthetic when it comes to the secure fit of the shoe with the 3D printed lines on the lateral an medial side of the shoes, combined with the stitched in logo, and a toe guard to avoid water from accumulating in the forefoot area.

If you are looking for a pair of racing shoes that will get you through training and race day, then the Wave Sayonara 4 is the perfect partner to lace-up with and take you through further distances. Marathon’s will become your new best friend.

The Wave Sayonara 4 is Eduardo Vertek Buenavista’s choice of footwear in preparation for the Milo Marathon Finals on December 4, 2016. Defining the shoe as a racing and training shoe, Vertek is positive about his performance in the upcoming marathon and looks forward to the consistent cushioning and durability of his own Mizuno shoes. View Vertek’s video in this address to know more about Mizuno and Vertek. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nnowZDPmlI

Just released: The Mizuno Wave Creation 18

Now on its 100th year as a company, it seems like Mizuno is bent on making its presence felt in the running community through a series of valuable contributions. After releasing the latest versions of the Wave Rider (19) and Wave Inspire (12), they have recently released a new version in their Wave Creation line, the Wave Creation 18.

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These new releases only validates the fact that Mizuno’s notable contribution to the running community has always been the development of high-quality products that function well with exactly what serious runner needs. 

From the recently-held short test run with Team Mizuno wherein we were given our own pair of the Wave Creation 18, here are my initial take aways:

  • Unboxing the shoes, I shall give credit to Mizuno for consistently coming up with exciting color combinations. Mine was in bold colors of diva pink, black and yellow. I am not much into pink and would have preferred the other color way of capri, diva pink and blue but the pair I got elicited glances everytime I wear it and will definitely be a favorite for women runners who are on a lookout for eye candy colors on a shoe.
  • At first fit, I felt outright comfortable with the pair. It has a mesh upper that is breathable. It was occasionally drizzling when we had a test run and my feet did not get wet. Hopefully this will still ring true for running in the rain.
  • The shoe, maybe because it is designed for large runners, is not as narrow as the other Mizuno shoe line. From the toe box, the midsection and up to the heel counter, the shoe is a bit wide for me who has narrow feet. But not to worry as all I had to do is make sure that I pull the shoe laces tight enough for a comfortable and snug feel. For those who have narrow feet like me, I suggest that you try one in your actual feet size as this might provide the perfect fit for you.
  • The cushioning is firm and can be felt especially on the heel area.

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Overall we had a nice short test run, enough for us to get an initial feel of the shoe. It is a shoe that will work for me on short runs and I look forward to being able to try it on long runs and on different surfaces like on wet roads, on the track and on light trails as the Wave Creation 18 is said to be designed to be enjoyed while running anywhere. 

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The Mizuno Wave Creation 18 is now available in Mizuno Stores in the Philippines.

*Thank you to the people of Mizuno Philippines for inviting me to the Wave Creation 18 test run and for providing me with a complimentary pair.

 

The adidas Women Fit Squad and the new PureBOOST X for Women’s colorways

Last month, right after getting back from a week-long out of town work, I gave in to an adidas Women FitSquad session invite – that was after battling with my psyche which was telling me to “no! stay home, rest and catch some sleep!”.

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It was a brilliant decision after all because the event, which was held at the Kerry Sports in Shangri-La BGC, so far was the most fun I had doing fitness activities with a lot of women! We did HIIT, Modified Calisthenics and my favorite that night – the AcroYoga. It was an evening filled with positive energy that was meant to boost our power, mobility, and speed! Cheers to adidas and the adidas girls who led the workout sessions – Kayleen Ortiz, Marj Marcelo, and Lexi Gangayco.

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adidas women fitsquad radiates positive energy at Kerry Sports

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that’s me and Redg (onereyna.wordpress.com) trying out AcroYoga! It was fun and I loved doing it!

The adidas Women FitSquad session was made more fun with exciting challenges which rewarded achievers with cool adidas products as prizes and best of all, we got to participate in the session with a new pair of the adidas PureBOOST X for Women in its new colorway a surprise treat from adidas! As the new pair is my second PureBOOST X, I can really say that FitHappiness = having two pairs of your favorite shoe, both in eye candy colors!

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adidas PureBOOST X is form meets function and it has always been a winner for me!

PureBOOST X is the unique running shoe created solely for women, by women. Based on years of testing and research with women around the world, adidas created a sleek, form fitting running shoe built to meet the relentless energy of their active lifestyle. While most running shoes are adaptations of male shoes PureBOOST X was designed with only the female athlete in mind, resulting in a high performance meets high fashion running shoe for women.

This new Ray Red colorway of the PureBOOST X colourway is now available in stores and will be featured on the feet of some of the world’s greatest athletes this season.

This new Ray Red colorway of the PureBOOST X colourway is now available in stores and will be featured on the feet of some of the world’s greatest athletes this season.

PureBOOST X’s distinctive floating arch and adjustable lacing system hug the contours of the female foot to deliver a personalised, supportive fit and completely fresh look and feel. An adaptive stretch mesh upper wraps and flatters the foot while providing ventilation to keep runs cool and comfortable. PureBOOST X also features a full length BOOST midsole, made of thousands of tiny capsules, designed to unleash energy with every stride. A Stretch Web outsole allows for flex at any point enabling the foot to maintain its natural motion during a run.

From lacing up through cooling down or making a statement with style, PureBOOST X feels exhilarating and looks amazing the moment you put it on.

From lacing up through cooling down or making a statement with style, PureBOOST X feels exhilarating and looks amazing the moment you put it on.

The August session of the adidas Women Fit Squad has passed but whenever I and my friends who were there meet-up, we still can’t get over recalling the fun and exhilarating moments of that night at Kerry Sports. It was truly one fit girl bonding session that has boosted our fit squad goals!

my awesome FitSquad loot!

my awesome FitSquad loot!

Thank you very much adidas Philippines! Looking forward to the next sesh this month!

*The adidas PureBOOST X is now availablein several new colorways including the newly released Ray Red colorway. Get a pair in stores or online at http://shop.adidas.com.ph/running/pure-boost-x.html for P5,795.