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What’s the Best Running Shoe Under $100?

April 24th, 2013

This is a question we get a lot at the ‘house. We certainly don’t blame you for wanting to look out for your wallet when you’re shopping for new shoes, especially if you’re racking up 70+ mile weeks and needing a new pair every couple of months. Fortunately, there are many solid running shoe options under $100, and the best one for you will depend on what you’re looking for.

Light, Flexible Running Shoes under $100


Asics Gel Lyte33 2 ($90 MSRP)

The Asics Gel Lyte33 2 was the surprise of the year for us so far. It feels completely different than it’s predecessor (in a good way), and offers a soft yet bouncy feel with a quality ride. We credit the combination SpEVA/Solyte midsole, which gives a particularly nice feel for mid/forefoot strikers where the shoe provides full-thickness SpEVA foam.

New Balance 730 v2 ($75 MSRP)

Flexible might be the first word that comes to mind when you think of the New Balance 730 v2. This shoe has many of the points we loved about the original, including a low offset, responsive ride, and upper that runs on the generous side. We also think it’s one of the best looking New Balance shoes for 2013.

Nike Free 4.0 ($95 MSRP)

If you want to get the Nike Free experience on your feet for under a hundo’, then reach for the Nike Free 4.0. This Free model doesn’t get as much attention as the Free 5.0 (nee Free Run) or the minimal Free 3.0 v5, but it still offers all the classic features of a Free running shoe: extreme flexibility, good cushioning, and a breathable, sock-like upper.

Zero-Drop Running Shoes under $100


Saucony Virrata ($90 MSRP)

In spite of its modest price tag, the Saucony Virrata has the power to amaze. It has a performance fit and a sweet spot just behind the ball of the foot – but it seems to feel good no matter how your foot lands. Unlike most zero-drop designs, this shoe has quite a bit of padding underfoot.

Altra Samson/Delilah ($95 MSRP)

Wide-footed “barefoot” runners of the world, rejoice! The Altra Samson (and the Women’s model, the Altra Delilah) has a rectangular toe box that comfortably accommodates wider feet without rubbing or causing blisters. It also has a removable sockliner so you can get extremely close to the ground.

Merrell Vapor Glove ($80 MSRP)

The Merrell Vapor Glove is a great shoe for barefoot runners who want a stowable shoe to take with them in case they hit a rough patch of ground and want a little extra protection. Read more…

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Montrail FluidFlex Sneak Peek

July 17th, 2012

Montrail FluidFlex Men's Running Shoe

Wouldn’t it be nice to tie on a trail shoe that gives you a connected feel for the ground but also offers a good amount of protection from trail hazards and a bit of cushioning to keep you comfortable mile after mile? That’s the exact design spec for the new Montrail FluidFlex.

A key feature of this new shoe is the FluidFoam midsole, with just a 4mm offset. This one-piece midsole is designed to provide a wide range of flexibility and a close-to-the-ground feel to encourage natural foot movement.

The FluidFlex is part of a new Fluid line from Montrail that also includes the FluidFeel (a hybrid shoe primarily focused on road duty) and the FluidBalance (a posted road/trail shoe that slots into the lineup roughly where the discontinued Fairhaven left off). Running Warehouse plans to carry all three shoes in Men’s and Women’s models.

What to Watch For

  • 4mm Offset: With midsole heights of 11mm in the forefoot and 15mm in the heel, the FluidFlex keeps you low to the ground.
  • Flexible Platform: Full-length compression-molded foam is engineered with flex grooves to encourage natural foot motion.
  • Minimal Overlays: The clean upper design uses very few overlays to save weight and minimize seams.
  • Generous Grip: A micro-lugged Gryptonite outsole provides lightweight traction.

Launch Date
January 2013

MSRP
$90.00

Men’s Color
Grey/Green/Red FluidFlex

Women’s Color
Grey/Light Blue FluidFlex

Montrail FluidFlex Women's Running Shoe

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