If one considers GYAKUSOU a club — the GYAKUSOU International Running Association (GIRA) — its constituents are those who value running for its intangible benefit: finding elusive peace. For fall 2019, Jun Takahashi gave this value a physical incarnation by pulling graphic inspiration for the latest GYAKUSOU collection from the bold rebel spirit of the 1970s running revolution. This was the decade that running emerged as a pursuit disconnected from competition, and the enduring energy of the time has become a rallying point for successive generations of runners.
While Takahashi typically tackles urban running, this GYAKUSOU output considers the trail. At center is the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Trail, a crossover trainer that offers easy transition from trail to road. Surrounding the shoe is a six-piece apparel assortment that includes a rain top with zip-off hood, long-sleeve top, two short-sleeve tops, shorts and a multi-functional pant. As expected, Takahashi employs cutting-edge performance fabrics for each piece, and adds to articulated storage solutions.
The duality of the Peg Trail shoe is captured by its two color schemes: one a classic red, white and blue expression and the other in Takahashi's now familiar mix of earthy tones. Additionally, Takahashi has placed a rose on the Peg Trail — the flower's beautiful petals and sharp thorns emblematic of the designer's balance/chaos ethos. Running, naturally, brings Takahashi balance, and in its freedom, he's able to dream up new ideas. The intent with GIRA is that it provides fuel for others to do the same.
Fast Facts on the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Trail:
1. The shapes and placements of the upper components have been informed by heat-mapping research.
2. The shoe has overlays placed in areas where trail runners need support and reinforcement, and also leaves as open as possible areas of the foot that show a higher temperature.
3. The lacing system, made with a strong, lightweight cable, is asymmetric to be more inline with the actual anatomy of the foot’s toe bones.
4. The upper’s mesh is treated with a water-repellent coating, and is made from material that allows a quick-dry and water drainage.