Thursday, November 3, 2011

TECNICA SPRING 2012 Performance Footwear

Inferno X-Lite-ultra light semi-oversized Trail Runner $110-
 Outdoor Retailer, SLC

words/images Judith Ecochard

Tecnica performance footwear is forty years young-still providing outdoor footwear  "with Italian style."

For Spring 2012---the brand continues to build on its Tecnica TRS energy and cushioning system-aimed at providing efficient, stabile and protective transfers of energy and propulsion (" ...better absorption {20% heel strike}, rolling transition {mid foot 60% contact area}, more propulsion {25% contact area}...").

Spider X-Lite $120 (front) Spider X-Lite $120  (back)
 Tecnica-unlike a lot of other performance brands with trail runners that we write about-(Vivobarefoot and Merrell)-believes in a heel first strike---hence the rocker shape of the outsoles.

Ultra-light is the operative word...

Sprint worthy trail runners -part of the "SUPERVELOCE" group (pictured above) -are built for speed-with precision sock like construction inside for  great fit. and a "Stabheel"---composite external heel wings that provide lateral stability by locking heel in place. Very handy on uneven surfaces.

Also new---are a hybrid trail runner/hiker (360*OUTDOOR)---with all day comfort, durable uppers of suede, TRS X-Lite/Technigrip premium rubber composite material outsoles, anatomic Ortholite® footbeds- and precision lacing.
Dragon X-Lite women's $115

Dragon X-Lite men's-$115

Dragon X-Lite women's-in brown

Dark Olive/Orange Dragon X-Lite-men's

The lightness of being extends into the new TREKKERS-the Trek Pro GTX® ---designed for multi-day, heavy load adventures--- in Nubuck with comfy/supportive Flex Frame uppers, Stab Heel technology, grippy Vibram outsoles and waterproof Gore-Tex® lining

Trek Pro GTX®-$175

Inferno Trail Runners $140

Diablo Max $130 oversized trail runner-better surface contact

Diablo Max $130 oversized trail runner 

Diablo Max -women's $130-with Gore-Tex® liningrugged TRS Max Tecnigrip lightweight outsole, precision lacing

nice looking too....Inferno Max $140