NEUTRAL

Hoka OneOne Huaka

The Hoka OneOne Huaka has been described as a maximalist racing flat. Extremely lightweight and a fast ride that still provides a high level of cushioning. At 2mm, the Huaka has the lowest heel-toe offset of any Hoka model, and a rockered profile that allows for a natural, efficient and very smooth ride. The result is the most agile and quickest shoe Hoka has offered to date. The Huaka features the plush state-of-the-art RMAT midsole for exceptional durability and an Ultra-Lightweight No Sew SpeedFrame upper for lightweight protection and comfort. The Huaka is right at home with a variety of running efforts, from long training runs, to tempo and fartlek workouts, to racing from 10K to a marathon or even longer.

 

Mizuno Wave Rider 18

The latest version of the Wave Rider does not disappoint. The parallel Wave in the heel and lightweight U4ic midsole result in the super cushioned and responsive ride you've come to expect from the previous Wave Rider generations. Mizuno has tweeked the lasting and refined the toe-spring in order to deliver a smoother and more effortless toe-off. The outsole has also been slightly re-worked to add durability. Bottom line: The updated Wave Rider 18 offers a very nice blend of lightweight cushion and a smooth ride.

 

 

STABILITY

Asics Gel-Kayano 21

Asics has outdone itself with top-of-the-line updates to both the upper and midsole. In keeping with tradition, the new Gel-Kayano 21 is ideal for a moderate over-pronator who needs a combination of unsurpassed cushioning and stability. The Forefoot and Rearfoot GEL Cushioning System is strategically placed at high impact areas for maximum shock absorption. The FluidRide midsole provides the ultimate combination of bounce back and cushioning properties with reduced weight and exceptional durability. The Kayano also features FluidFit upper technology, FluidFit combines multi-directional stretch mesh with stretch reinforcements that adapt to the athlete's foot. The result is a truly customized glove-like fit. An Exoskeletal heel counter also provides improved support and fit. Another nice touch is the Ortholite X-40 Sockliner. This premium sockliner features higher rebound properties while providing excellent moisture management, high-level breathability, and anticrobial properties. The result is a stability trainer with unsurpassed comfort, fit, and ride.

 

Nike Air Zoom Structure 18

The Nike Structure 18 offers up a balance of superior stability and shock absorption. Featuring a seamless Engineered Mesh upper with Asymetrical Dynamic Flywire that wraps around the midfoot, the shoe provides a pinch-free ride and promotes natural movement of the foot. The mid-sole unit features a triple-density Dynamic Support system, specifically designed to slow down the rate of pronation. Last but not least, the bottom loaded Nike Zoom Air cushioning and decoupled crash pad combine to offer runners a smooth and responsive ride.

 

 

Asics GT-1000

The third version of the GT-1000 elevates the series to a new echelon of technical performance, now designed with Impact Guidance System which employs linked componentry to enhance the foot's natural gait from heel strike to toe-off. The bouncy SpEVA Midsole has been reengineered to be more protective and cushioned, while the Rearfoot and Forefoot GEL Cushioning inserts attenuate shock during impact and toe-off phases, and allows movement in multiple planes as the foot transitions through the gait cycle. For stability the DuoMax Support System and Guidance Trusstic provide excellent support for mild to moderate overpronators.

 

 

MIDFOOT

Nike Free

New this year to the Nike Free collection is their first-ever outsole with a hexagonal flex-groove pattern, delivering multi-directional flexibility and helping enable the runner’s foot to move more freely in all directions. The more anatomically-shaped outsole is designed to roll as the athlete’s foot hits the ground. This body-led approach to designing footwear focuses on mimicking the shape of the foot and aims to allow the foot and body to move more naturally. An ultra-light Flyknit upper provides a supportive, contoured fit in the Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit and Free 4.0 Flyknit. Securing the foot over the low profile sole, the upper complements the flexibility of the Nike Free platform, allowing the foot to move more freely in all directions.nce.

Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit

Offers the most flexibility and a four-millimeter heel-to-forefoot offset.

 

 

Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit

Provides flexibility with more cushioning at a six-millimeter offset.

 

 

Nike Free 5.0

With an eight-millimeter offset the Nike Free 5.0 is a happy medium between natural flexibility and a traditional running shoe.

 

Saucony Kinvara 5

Like last year’s shoe, the Kinvara 5 features a 4mm heel-to-toe offset that positions the runner’s foot in a way that creates a greater range of motion than traditional running shoes, allowing for a more powerful running stride. The upper’s FlexFilm material is a lightweight, flexible film that is welded on to the breathable mesh upper, and results in a lighter, more flexible, and more durable upper. Saucony has also added iBR+ carbon rubber pods to the shoe’s outsole for a smoother transition and enhanced abrasion resistance.

 

 

TRAIL

Mizuno Wave Kazan

The Wave Kazan is an all-terrain trail shoe that lets you glide smoothly over any type of surface. A Concave Wave cradles the heel against excessive movement, while a midfoot “X” groove allows the heel and forefoot to move independently and adapt to uneven terrain. The ultra-aggressive x-studded outsole's 360º multi-directional traction pattern provides optimal grip and traction while still allowing for optimal flexibility where needed. Additionally, the Wave Kazan is light enough for a fast day on the trails, yet rugged and protected enough for an epic, 100 mile ultra.