At a Glance
- 8.5 oz. (Men’s size 9.0), 7.7 oz. (Women’s size 8.0)
- 10mm heel-to-toe drop: 26mm heel, 16mm forefoot
- Fast & responsive underfoot feel at fast paces
- Exceptional energy return creates a smooth feel at any pace
- Adequate cushioning for efficient runners to use as a daily trainer
The adidas Boston 5 blends lightweight performance with springy cushioning to create a versatile shoe, fast enough for up-tempo workouts while having sufficient cushioning for daily training.
At a Glance
- 10.2 oz (Men’s size 9.0), 9.2 oz (Women’s size 8.0)
- 25mm heel, 25mm forefoot
- Promotes midfoot and forefoot strike due to zero mm heel-to-toe offset
- Soft, maximum cushioned A-bound midsole keeps your legs feeling less fatigued on longer distance workouts
- Ample room for toe splay is created through an extra wide toe box shape
The Altra Paradigm is best for runners who want to maximize shock absorption but prefer a shoe that makes it easy to focus on an efficient stride over long distances or recovery runs.
Men's & Women's Clifton models
At a Glance:
- 7.8 oz (Men’s size 9), 6.8 oz (Women’s size 8 )
- 6mm Heel to Toe Offset
- 29 mm heel, 23 mm forefoot
- With a soft and quick feel, the Clifton delivers maximum cushioning with HIP CMEVA Midsole.
- At faster speeds, transition to the forefoot feels effortless due to the Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry
- With a full Ground Contact design, a stable ride is achieved without feeling overly bulky
- The SpeedFrame upper design offers a snug fit during runs no matter what pace you run
Verdict: The HOKA Clifton is in a class of it’s own. This ultra-lightweight shoe partners well with efficient runners looking for a suitable tempo shoe while the large midsole shape and high ride height provide a soft forgiving experience on the roads at any pace.
At a Glance
- 4mm offset (26mm heel, 22mm forefoot)
- Weight: 9.2 ounces (men’s size 9); 8.2 ounces (womens size 8 )
- RMAT midsole for smooth shock absorption
- High abrasion rubber zones for sticky grip
- Lightweight SpeedFrame upper maintains breathability and prevents debris from entering
A soft, low offset road trainer, the HOKA ONE ONE Huaka provides maximal cushioning for plenty of shock absorption along with a performance-oriented feel when paces pick up.
At a Glance:
- 4mm offset (24mm heel, 20mm forefoot)
- 10.5 ounces in weight (men’s size 9)
- Fresh Foam midsole technology that delivers plush cushioning
- Multi-directional lugs that offer traction for climbing and descending
- No-sew synthetic mesh upper and gusseted tongue designed to keep out debris
A low offset, highly cushioned trail shoe that meets the demands of daily trail runners as well as fans of the New Balance 980 road version.
With the seventh edition of the Ride model, Saucony continues its tradition of providing a highly cushioned neutral shoe with an elemental feel. While trends over previous years have been focused on minimalism, Saucony has instead catered to many runners still looking for additional cushioning. Across the brand, Saucony has committed to lowering weight, lowering offsets, and creating a platform that sits closer to the ground, yet still providing more cushioning than a bare to the bone minimal or barefoot engineered shoe. The Ride has become a staple trainer for the neutral runner looking for a soft underfoot feel.
- 8mm offset (28mm heel, 20mm forefoot)
- 9.3 ounces in weight
- Removal of medial shank creates a more flexible feel and reduces weight.
- Addition of plush rubber pods provides a soft feel.
- 20% greater ground contact due to redesigned outsole
- Additional vertical flex grooves in forefoot make toe-off smoother
The Pegasus series has become a favorite of many runners over the years and the legacy continues with the recent release of the Zoom Pegasus 31. (Check out RW’s first look at the Pegasus 31 from May here.) The Pegasus is traditionally known to be a neutral daily trainer suitable for long distances, but in an effort to make the shoe better, the 31st edition gets revamped with a faster road feel. To help fine-tune this “fast feel,” the Nike development team received technical suggestions from the 5000m and 10000m Olympic Gold Medalist Mo Farah resulting in a firmer ride built for performance.
Nike lowered the heel drop to 10mm, 2mm lower than its predecessor, to engineer the quicker design. The lowered drop, while not massive, can be a factor in promoting more of a mid-to-forefoot strike while running. Another significant update is seen in the addition of a slightly elevated forefoot, resulting in a smoother and quicker transition of the foot during forward propulsion. Through research, analysis, and feedback from wear testers, who logged over 16000 miles, the new quick and responsive Zoom Pegasus 31 was born.
The Garmin Forerunner 15 takes a step forward in the Entry Level GPS watch department. Utilizing the simplicity of the FR10 and the daily activity tracking features of the Garmin Vívofit, the Forerunner 15 is the perfect hybrid for the runner on a budget.
The Forerunner 15 receives a major upgrade in technology over its predecessor, the FR10, and is the perfect middle ground for someone who isn’t ready make the jump to the advanced FR220 model. While the Forerunner 15 uses the same outer shell as the FR10 (both small and large options), the technology features are far greater. One new improvement is the introduction heart rate monitor capability. This addition allows you to further enhance your training experience by signaling when to push yourself a little harder and when to hold yourself back. By applying heart rate features along with Virtual Pacer™, the user has all the necessary data to optimize performance.
Color options available from Garmin. Photo: Garmin