Weight: Men’s 8.5 oz | Women’s 6.4 oz
The latest addition to ECCO’s Biom line is the Evo Racer, which has an anatomical design, intended to shape to the wearer’s foot. Instead of EVA foam, the most common material used in the outsole of running shoes, the Biom EVO Racer uses a durable polyurethane. This material allows for a more responsive performance without sacrificing cushioning. While it weighs in about the same as other lightweight trainers, it still allows for a wider range of runners than a typical minimal shoe.
Weight: Men’s 11.5 oz | Women’s 9.4 oz
Longtime fans of Asics’ Nimbus will not be disappointed with this year’s model, which only incorporates minor changes to the features that runners have come to love. With a more flexible forefoot, this edition is more responsive than previous versions without sacrificing all of the cushioning and support that has made it a favorite among runners looking for a plush, highly cushioned option.
Weight: Men’s 9 oz | Women’s 7.8 oz
After a reboot to the 870v2, New Balance continued to tweak the line with the 870v3, making it flexible enough for neutral runners, in addition to appealing to moderate overpronators with reinforcements throughout the sole for added support. Reviewers found the 870v3 to be extremely versatile, working well for day to day training and for racing.
Weight: Men’s 11.8 oz | Women’s 9.6 oz
The Glycerin 11 saw some significant changes sole unit, which were meant to allow maximum ground contact and a smoother heel to toe transition. To accomplish this, Brooks removed the plastic shank in the middle of the shoe, but longtime fans should not be concerned about a completely different experience. The Glycerin 11 offers ample support, along with plenty of cushioning throughout the heel and forefoot, but with a smoother ride than its predecessors.
Weight: Men’s 7.9 oz | Women’s 6.7 oz
The Wave Sayonara marks a redesign of Mizuno’s performance training offerings, replacing the Wave Precision and Wave Elixer. Featuring a flexible forefoot and lower heel to toe offset, the Wave Sayonara has a smooth ride with a snug, secure fit. It also offers full ground contact for just a touch of stability. The Sayonara was found to be a great everyday trainer or a racer, especially for runners looking for a lightweight running experience and strong performance.
Weight: Men’s 11.3 oz | Women’s 9.5 oz
After a successful launch of the XR Crossmax, Salomon has continued to build on an already strong shoe that performs well on trails and more technical courses. Like its predecessor, the XR Crossmax 2 features a smooth ride while still protecting runners from the elements. In addition, the women’s model offers slight adjustments to make it more anatomically appropriate and a durable midsole for extra support and structure.
Weight: Men’s 9 oz | Women’s 7 oz
Meant to ease the transition for newcomers to Newton’s line, the Energy NR is a lightweight trainer that features Newton’s signature lug design. The lugs, known as Action/Reaction design, are significantly smaller in the Energy NR than in Newton’s other offerings, making for a smooth, lightweight ride.
Weight: Men’s 7.5 oz | Women’s 5.8 oz
The GORun speed was designed for elite American marathoner, Meb Keflezighi as a racing flat appropriate for marathons. New to Sketchers’ growing list of offerings, the GORun speed has a 4mm-drop platform and allows for a minimal experience while still providing some cushioning. Reviews noted that it is more cushioned than a typical 5k racing flat, but it still performs well as a more minimal daily trainer or a racing flat for middle to long-distances.
Weight: Men’s 11.8 oz | Women’s 9.6 oz
Following up on the launch of the Energy Boost this winter, the Adistar Boost offers heel-strikers a more lightweight and responsive option. Using a new approach to traditional EVA-based foam, Adidas has created a versatile shoe that serves as a great all-around trainer. Performing well on different types of surfaces—from roads to dirt and gravel trails—it provides a great new option for stability runners.
Weight: Men’s 10.1 oz | Women’s 8.1 oz
Nike’s LunarGlide 5 features a touch of stability and plush cushioning in a lighter and smoother package, providing a more neutral experience. Runners looking for a stability shoe that can perform well in all conditions and stand the test of time would find a great match in the LunarGlide 5.
Weight: Men’s 7.2 oz | Women’s 5.8 oz
A relative newcomer to the field, Skora’s Phase is the newest offering from the company, and builds on their 2012 offerings, the Base and the Form. Though still designed for performance and minimalism, the Phase is has a more conservative design than its predecessors, the Base and the Form.
Weight: Men’s 6 oz | Women’s 4 oz
The Puma Faas 100 R blends the thin, flexible sole of a traditional racer with just a touch of cushioning to absorb the pressure of push off, great for the 5k and 10k range. Paired with a thin, breathable upper, the Faas 100 R has all of the features runners may be looking for in a racer. In addition, the slightly softer sole could make it an option of half marathons, or even weekly training for some runners.
Weight: Men’s 7.5 oz | Women’s 6.6 oz
Overpronators looking for a lightweight racing shoe will find the Fastwitch 6 to be a great update. With a new upper and a roomy toe box, the Fastwitch 6 is a responsive, lightweight shoe and a solid update to a longtime favorite. While more appropriate for shorter runs, the Fastwitch 6 has a definite place in the market for runners looking for a firmer sole.