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Category Archives: Road-Running Shoes

What the Heck Is a Gravel Running Shoe and Do I Need a Pair?

Reebok Floatride Energy 4 Adventure Review Weight: 8.1 ounces (women’s) / 9.6 ounces (men’s) Stack Height: 26.5-millimeter heel / 17.5-millimeter forefoot / 9-millimeter drop In the cycling world, no one would mistake a mountain bike for a road racer, but, to the untrained eye, it’s hard to tell the difference between a road bike and a […]

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Topo Athletic’s Most Cushioned Road Running Shoe Is Its Best Yet

Topo Athletic Specter Review ($150) Weight: 6.9 ounces (women’s) / 8.1 ounces (men’s) Stack Height: 35-millimeter heel / 30-millimeter forefoot / 5-millimeter drop Topo Athletic’s first high-stack, cushioned performance shoe lands in a crowded category of lightweight, bouncy trainers and racers. But the Specter manages to stand out due to its generous forefoot fit, balanced […]

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Road Running Shoes for Every Workout

New Balance Fresh Foam X 860v12 ($135) (Photo: Courtesy New Balance) Best Support With a traditional medial post—a dense section of foam in the midsole—you’d expect the 860v12 to perform like a garden-variety stability shoe. But a layer of New Balance’s energetic foam compound sits directly underfoot, providing pep. A roomy toe box and narrow […]

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Untangling Running’s Shoe Cushioning Paradox

Over the past four years, a new breed of heavily cushioned running shoes modeled on Nike’s Vaporfly line have rewritten the road-running record books. Soft-bottomed shoes, it turns out, can be exceptionally fast. But the hot new debate about the Vaporfly’s performance advantages has managed to push aside an older conundrum that should be of […]

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A Zero-Drop Super Shoe? Meet Altra’s Vanish Carbon.

More than two years after nearly every other brand entered the super-shoe fray, Altra has arrived on the scene with its unique entry into the modern marathon-racing genre. After ten runs in the Vanish Carbon, my initial assessment is that this light, peppy, comfortable, well-balanced, and smooth-riding shoe was worth the wait. First, some background. […]

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