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At the Gear Institute, we believe you deserve better running gear reviews. We believe in credible, thorough, expert gear testing designed to give you results you can trust. Our team is made up of serious, experienced runners who know running gear technology and trends inside and out. We test running shoes, apparel, accessories and technology against similar products using the same objective criteria so you compare how they will perform on the road or trail. And we never give any brands favorable treatment—not advertisers, not our personal favorites, not the brands with the flashiest marketing. New to our running gear tests? Start with our running shoe reviews

Asics Gel-FujiRado Review

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2017

Asics Gel-FujiRado Review

The brand-new Asics Gel-FujiRado is a visually striking shoe with distinctive features like a mid-height flexible bootie and micro-adjustable BOA retention system instead of laces.

Altra Timp Review

82

2017

Altra Timp Review

The Timp is a new, versatile model from Altra that fills the gap between the moderately cushioned Lone Peak 3.5 and the maximalist Olympus 2.5.

La Sportiva Akyra Review

85

2017

La Sportiva Akyra Review

The La Sportiva Akyra is a burly, aggressive all-mountain shoe that’s not designed for easy cruising or tame groomed trails.

Hoka One One Stinson ATR 4 Review

86

2017

Hoka One One Stinson ATR 4 Review

Hoka One One’s radical oversized midsole design is the standout feature of the Stinson ATR 4, and it’s a solid choice for rolling through ultramarathons and other long days on the trail where comfort and cushioning are paramount.

Altra Lone Peak 3.5 Mesh Mid Review

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2017

Altra Lone Peak 3.5 Mesh Mid Review

The Lone Peak 3.5 Mesh Mid brings Altra’s proven zero-drop platform and wide toe box to a hybrid trail runner that doubles as a lightweight, warm weather hiking shoe.

New Balance 910v4 Review

88

2017

New Balance 910v4 Review

The New Balance 910v4 is a versatile, comfortable trail shoe that can handle a variety of terrain, but fails to excel at any particular purpose.

The North Face Ultra Vertical Review

90

2017

The North Face Ultra Vertical Review

The North Face Ultra Vertical is a agile, responsive trail runner that balances comfort, responsiveness and weight (as long as you can get the fit right).

Hoka One One Speedgoat 2 Review

92

2017

Hoka One One Speedgoat 2 Review

The revamped Speedgoat 2 from Hoka One One retains the versatility and lively feel of the original while substantially improving on the fit and traction.

Lululemon Enlite Bra Review

90

2017

Lululemon Enlite Bra Review

Lululemon’s Enlite Bra maintains the natural shape of the chest and provides good support during high-impact activity.

Handful Y Back Bra Review

88

2017

Handful Y Back Bra Review

With no hardware and an extra smooth fabric, the Handful Y Back Bra is more about style and comfort for low and moderate-impact actives. 

Salomon Medium Impact Bra Review

85

2017

Salomon Medium Impact Bra Review

The Salomon Medium Impact Bra is a classic racer-back sports bra cut that is seamless, lightweight and breathable.

Saucony Impulse Bra Top Review

89

2017

Saucony Impulse Bra Top Review

The Saucony Impulse Bra Top is made with stretchy and sweat-wicking material that provides good compression for C/D cups.

Oiselle Gifted Verrazano Bra Review

83

2017

Oiselle Gifted Verrazano Bra Review

The Gifted Verrazano Bra from Oiselle has extensive chest coverage and can accommodate a range of upper torso shapes. Support for C/D cups works for moderate-impact activities or short bouts of running. 

New Balance Fresh Foam Gobi

81

2017

New Balance Fresh Foam Gobi

The New Balance Fresh Foam Gobi is a smooth and comfortable lightweight trail runner that excels on groomed surfaces and dirt roads. 

Montrail Rogue FKT

77

2017

Montrail Rogue FKT

The Montrail Rogue FKT is a mid-weight trail shoe that provides solid all-around performance on a variety of surfaces. 

Inov8 Trail Talon 250

82

2017

Inov8 Trail Talon 250

The Inov8 Trail Talon 250 is a lightweight, low-profile trail runner that excels on technical terrain.

Brooks Pure Grit 5

85

2017

Brooks Pure Grit 5

The Brooks Pure Grit 5 is a mid-weight, low-profile, general purpose trail runner with a natural ride and outstanding comfort and flexibility. 

Brooks Mazama

79

2017

Brooks Mazama

The Brooks Mazama is a mid-weight, low-profile, racing machine with unparalleled responsiveness. 

Saucony Peregrine 7

88

2017

Saucony Peregrine 7

The Saucony Peregrine 7 is an outstanding general purpose trail running shoe that will appeal to a wide range of runners.

New Balance Vazee Summit 2

89

2017

New Balance Vazee Summit 2

The New Balance Vazee Summit 2 is a lightweight and responsive trail runner with excellent traction, speed, and versatility.

Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3

82

2017

Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3

The Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3 is a highly cushioned trail shoe with a smooth ride and surprising responsiveness.

Altra Superior 3

80

2017

Altra Superior 3

The Altra Superior 3 is a lightweight zero-drop trail runner with excellent handling and comfort.

Scarpa Spin

74

2017

Scarpa Spin

The Scarpa Spin is a nimble but stiff general purpose shoe with great traction and handling.

Arc’teryx Norvan

64

2017

Arc’teryx Norvan

The Arc’teryx Norvan is a heavy-duty but cumbersome trail running shoe built for rugged terrain.

Nike Zoom Vomero 12

92

2017

Nike Zoom Vomero 12

The Nike Zoom Vomero 12 is a responsive everyday trainer offering a cushioned ride designed for the neutral runner.

Adidas Supernova

91

2017

Adidas Supernova

The Adidas Supernova is a highly responsive neutral trainer featuring Adidas’ famous energy returning Boost midsole.

Brooks Ravenna 8

88

2017

Brooks Ravenna 8

The Brooks Ravenna 8 is a daily trainer offering mild support for over pronators without sacrificing performance.

Saucony Triumph ISO 3

86

2017

Saucony Triumph ISO 3

The Saucony Triumph ISO3 is a premium neutral trainer that provides an incredibly soft and very cushioned ride.

Saucony Guide 10

82

2017

Saucony Guide 10

The Saucony Guide 10 is a lightweight stability trainer offering excellent performance without sacrificing support.

Hoka One One Bondi 5

81

2017

Hoka One One Bondi 5

The Hoka One One Bondi 5 is a maximum cushioning neutral shoe providing more pavement pounding protection than any other shoe tested.

New Balance 860v7

80

2017

New Balance 860v7

The New Balance 860v7 is an everyday stability trainer designed for the runner who needs overpronation protection.

Mizuno Wave Horizon

79

2017

Mizuno Wave Horizon

The Mizuno Wave Horizon is a new addition to the Mizuno lineup featuring excellent support for over pronation while maintaining a cushioned ride.

Altra Paradigm 2.0

74

2017

Altra Paradigm 2.0

The Altra Paradigm 2.0 offers runners more room throughout the toe box than any other neutral running shoe on the market.

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v3

91

2017

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v3

The New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v3 is a lightweight neutral low-profile trainer with moderate heel-toe drop and excellent midsole energy return.

Saucony Kinvara 8

87

2017

Saucony Kinvara 8

The Saucony Kinvara 8 is a lightweight neutral trainer with moderate heel-toe offset and comfortable cushioning.

Nike Free RN Distance 2

87

2017

Nike Free RN Distance 2

The Nike Free RN Distance 2 is a lightweight cushioned neutral trainer with a low profile, moderate heel-toe drop, and strong cushioning.

Brooks Launch 4

87

2017

Brooks Launch 4

Brooks’s Launch 4 features a lightweight upper mesh, redesigned midsole construction, and increased blown rubber coverage on the outsole. 

On Cloudflow

84

2017

On Cloudflow

The On Cloudflow is an ultralight shoe with plush cushioning and a smooth ride built for going fast. 

Hoka One One Arahi

82

2017

Hoka One One Arahi

The Hoka One One Arahi maintains Hoka’s traditional high platform and moderate heel-toe drop, and comes in as a relative heavyweight in the Hoka lineup, but it’s quite lightweight in comparison to traditional support models.

Mizuno Wave Rider 20

79

2017

Mizuno Wave Rider 20

The Mizuno Wave Rider 20 is a durable and relatively lightweight shoe that can easily stand up to high mileage training.

Altra Instinct 4

78

2017

Altra Instinct 4

The Altra Instinct 4 high mileage trainer has moderately firm midsole responsiveness, a comfortable and breathable upper, and supportive padding in the forefoot.

Under Armour Speedform Velociti

74

2017

Under Armour Speedform Velociti

The Under Armour Speedform Velociti is a new lightweight neutral speed trainer with a low platform and 8mm drop. 

Skechers GOrun 5

72

2017

Skechers GOrun 5

The GOrun 5 is the fifth generation of Skechers’ GOrun series designed for lightweight speed, with low stack heights and a relatively flat platform to promote midfoot striking.

361 Onyx

70

2017

361 Onyx

The Onyx is a new lightweight neutral trainer from 361 Degrees featuring a thin lightweight bonded mesh upper and excellent underfoot cushioning and responsiveness. 

Nike Pro Hyper Classic Padded Sports Bra

94

2016

Nike Pro Hyper Classic Padded Sports Bra

The Nike Pro Hyper Classic Padded Sports Bra is a highly functional and sporty running bra.

Oiselle Hi Line Bra

92

2016

Oiselle Hi Line Bra

The Oiselle Hi Line Bra has a feminine style and cut that still has plenty of support and compression for a running bra.   

Handful Y Back Handful Bra

90

2016

Handful Y Back Handful Bra

The Handful Y Back Handful Bra is a soft and comfortable light support bra best for low impact sports. 

Tasc Endurance Bra

88

2016

Tasc Endurance Bra

The Tasc Endurance bra is a low impact sports bra that is made from a proprietary blend of organic and renewable materials.

Lululemon Energy Bra

88

2016

Lululemon Energy Bra

The Lululemon Energy Bra is a medium compression running bra that is ideal for easy running and low impact sports. 

Scarpa Proton

83

2016

Scarpa Proton

The Scarpa Proton is a versatile, all-around trail runner that lacks distinctive features to set it apart in a crowded field. 

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