A few weeks ago I had applied to this team (along with a few others) just to see what would come of it. Well, I was accepted into their program for 2008. There are some great benefits - aside of a bunch of freebies and the discounts.
I do hope to get access to their new line of shoes so that I've got something before the end of February - I definitely want to be training a little bit in my racing flats well before Oceanside 70.3 on March 29. I've also applied to a similar Polar program for 2008 as well - my wife is desperate to see me in something other than a blue/red plastic Polar 520 HRM (which was eventually replaced by the S625x).
Speaking of training, here's what I've been running in happily for about 18 months - the Brooks Addiction 7 (you can find them at sportsbasement for $80 + the USAT discount of 10-15% when you show your USAT card) . I had developed stress fractures in my shins from running too hard/fast in the wrong shoe (Nike Air Max). Brooks shoes are ugly, but maybe a better term would be plain (save for the T5). They are however, a great shoe for a bigger runner who needs stability - which I confused with cushion when I was running in Nike. Nike Shox seem like they'd be great but since you don't land on your heel, I don't understand the point of all the cushioning in the rear of the shoe.
The Brooks T5 (left) is what I raced in this season - but for my weight (175) it wasn't enough support - I blistered every time I wore them. They're like running barefoot and they feel great - I just wouldn't use them again for anything longer than a 5k at my weight. I'm going to move into the Racer ST 3 instead - it's slightly heavier at 8.7oz vs 5.9oz - but then again, the difference is 0.2% of my bodyweight. Regardless of the looks, I'd really recommend Brooks as a solid shoe for guys over 170lbs. I also am pretty diligent about running in new shoes every 300 miles or 3 months.