NEUTRAL

 

Asics Gel-Nimbus 16

Asics GEL-Nimbus 16: The ultimate in comfort and protection. The new FluidRide midsole is the latest evolution in ASICS midsole technology, and it provides the ultimate combination of 20% more bounce back with a 15% weight reduction. The updated Guidance Trusstic System integrates Guidance Line (Vertical flex groove decoupling) construction for a silky smooth step transition while providing midfoot structural integrity. The Exoskeletal heel counter provides improved support and heel fit. And ASICS' new FluidFit upper technology combines multi-directional stretch mesh with stretch reinforcements that adapt to the runner's foot, creating a truly customized glove-like fit.

 

Brooks Ghost 7

The new Brooks Ghost 7 is a nice blend of balance, cushion, and lightweight materials. Brooks has maintained the horseshoe-shaped segmented crash pad, full ground contact, and omega grooves in the forefoot for the super-smooth heel-to-toe transition runners love. BioMoGo DNA replaces the "drop in" DNA of Ghosts' past. The BioMoGo DNA midsole offers adaptive cushioning while staying more flexible and comes in at a little lighter weight. The re-tooled upper offers "no-sew" welded overlays with fewer potential irritating stitches, for a comfortable fit.

 

 

Altra Paradigm

The Paradigm is a neutral training shoe that offers moderate stability and an impressive 34mm stack height at an incredibly light weight. eva-Bound cushioning wraps up around the foot more on the medial side and acts as a guide rail to help prevent your foot from collapsing inward when it fatigues. The foot-shaped toe box and max-cushioned Zero Drop platform combine to place your foot in a natural position to promote proper, low-impact technique across long distances. A flexible outsole maps the bones and tendons of your foot to let your foot flex where it needs to, and features a unique outsole groove designed to naturally slow the rate of any excess pronation.

 

Hoka One One Bondi 3

The Bondi 3 features an oversized HOKA ONE ONE CMEVA midsole providing an unmatched combination of high performance cushioning and lower heel drop offset for an inherently stable ride. The result is a relaxed and longer run; minus all the pounding and fatigue. An early stage Meta-Rocker helps increase the economy of running performance and enables an accurate foot roll through the gait cycle. A layered and highly breathable upper construction provides a secure fit. This is an ideal shoe for runners looking for an ULTRA lightweight, stable, and performance cushion running shoe.

 

Brooks Glycerin 12

The Glycerin 12 is a significant upgrade from the Glycerin 11 and offers a plush, cushioned fit for neutral runners. The 12th iteration sheds the DNA drop-ins (the company’s signature gel cushioning units) in favor of a “Super DNA” compound which provides 20% more adaptable cushioning. Underfoot, the shoe has been divvied up into three “Ideal Pressure Zones”—the outsole of the heel, midfoot, and forefoot which disperse pressure over a wider surface area. The upper's 3D Fit Print overlay hugs the foot and helps create a custom fit.

 

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

The Wave Rider 17 got a whole lot lighter in weight! Brand new to the Rider 17 is the innovative U4ic (pronounced "euphoric") midsole; it's 30% lighter than the Rider 16 while delivering resilient cushioning. The carbon rubber outsole has been replaced by a much lighter and softer blown rubber forefoot material. Again, reducing weight without sacrificing cushioning. The Lateral Forefoot Sculpting and deep flex grooves provide for a smooth touchdown and transition and the upper utilizes even more soft and supple materials.

 

STABILITY

 

Asics Gel-DS Trainer 19

The new Gel-DS Trainer 19 continues to provide the perfect balance of speed and moderate stability for neutral to mild overpronators. Dynamic DuoMax Support System provides stability while the Propulsion Trusstic creates a springy toe-off. Like it's predecessor, the DS Trainer 19 still provides a nicely cushioned and lightweight ride - thanks to the Solyte midsole material and silicone gel inserts strategically placed at high impact areas of the heel and forefoot. The new lightweight and more breathable upper uses seamless materials to reduce the potential for irritation and friction caused by traditional stitches and seams.

 

Brooks Ravenna 5

Riding the fine line between Neutral and Stability, the Brooks Ravenna 5 gives just the right blend of cushion and support. The new BioMogo DNA cushioning material is now infused throughout the entire midsole for a consistent feel from heel to toe-off. With the new Crash Pad delivering full ground contact, the transition is smoother than ever. Additionally, the adjustable saddle wrapping from the heel & midfoot work to provide a secure fit. The new Ravenna 5 is the ideal trainer for the mild pronator, combining a modicum of stability and a cushioned ride.

 

 

 

MOTION CONTROL

 

 

Mizuno Wave Paradox

Embrace the Paradox of lightweight/support. The name says it all; it’s surprisingly lightweight and yet also amazingly stable. Mizuno has combined their Motion Control technologies with their lightweight construction methods to create a shoe for excessive overpronation without the extra weight. A Smoothride engineered midsole with Double Fan Wave Technology provides a stable ride from landing to toe-off. The U4ic midsole delivers lightweight, resilient cushioning. And the Dynamotion Fit upper delivers snug, conforming support where needed. A new 3D print execution delivers a true paradox - the pattern appears to have curves, yet the graphic is made entirely of straight lines. When you add up all of these features, you’ll be running with a shoe that gives you an efficient and responsive ride with every stride.

 

 

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.