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Hotcore Wingman Tarp Review (Video)

GOT Gear reporter Brad Jennings heads out into the backcountry to test out Hotcore's Wingman Tarp. This is a lightweight waterproof tarp suitable for camping, hiking, paddling and general outdoor use.
 

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New Balance Debuts First 3D Printed Running Shoes

State-of-the-art material and technology creates the perfect midsole for performance running.

We’ve got compression gear that can help us recover faster; fitness trackers that count our every step, monitor our heart rate and track how well we sleep; and smart apparel tell that us how hard we’re working out. And now, thanks to New Balance, we’ve got a state-of-the-art, totally customized 3D printed running shoe to add to our arsenal of fitness tech.   The New Balance 3D printed running shoe—the first running shoe out of the gate so far to feature 3D printed material technology—features a 3D printed midsole that was designed to achieve an optimal balance of flexibility, strength, weight and durability.   Although the New Balance 3D printed running shoe doesn’t look any more high tech than what’s already out there on the market today, it’s truly what’s on the inside that counts: The shoes feature a midsole made from a material called DuraForm® Flex TPU, an elastomeric powder that is converted one layer at a time into solid cross-sections using a laser. The result is a midsole with the perfect combination of midsole strength and elasticity, ideal for performance running shoes.   According to New Balance, the shape and form of the midsoles are created from underfoot pressure data from heel strikers, with more cushioning elements in areas of higher average pressure. This same “data-to-design” concept was also used to create the company’s popular Fresh Foam running shoe collection, which debuted in 2013.   Even though this is the first time this type of run-enhancing technology will be available on the market for the general public, New Balance has been testing versions of custom 3D printed running shoes with professional track athletes since 2013. If it’s good enough for the pros, I can imagine it would certainly improve the running experience for the everyday runner.    If you’re interested in grabbing a pair of these high-tech, limited edition running shoes for yourself, New Balance plans to launch them in Boston in April 2016, and then in select New Balance retail locations around the world.   For more details about the shoes and the technology used to create them, visit newbalance.com.