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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

Salomon Speedcross 4

87

2016

Salomon Speedcross 4

Fans of the toothy, aggressive Salomon Speedcross will be relieved that the new Speedcross 4 receives only minor updates to the terrific previous version.

Pearl Izumi Trail N2v3

87

2016

Pearl Izumi Trail N2v3

The Pearl Izumi Trail N2v3 is a neutral, versatile trail shoe that fills in the gap in the E:Motion trail line between the maximalist N3 and the stripped down N1v2. 

On Running Cloudventure Midtop

90

2016

On Running Cloudventure Midtop

The new Cloudventure Midtop from Switzerland’s On Running is a high-quality trail runner that uses the company’s proprietary CloudTec sole pods for comfort and responsiveness.

Inov-8 X-Claw 275

90

2016

Inov-8 X-Claw 275

The Inov-8 X-Claw 275 combines substantial tread with protective uppers for an off-road shoe that’s responsive, flexible, and comfortable.

Pearl Izumi Trail N3

91

2016

Pearl Izumi Trail N3

The Pearl Izumi Trail N3 is a beefy new addition to the company’s off-road E:Motion line-up that runs smoothly and is lightweight for a maximalist trail shoe.

Altra Lone Peak 3.0 Neoshell Mid

87

2016

Altra Lone Peak 3.0 Neoshell Mid

The new Altra Lone Peak 3.0 Neoshell Mid shares a sole with the terrific new Lone Peak 3.0, but adds a layer of waterproofing and an ankle-wrapping, mid-height upper. It’s a shoe that does double-duty as a trail runner and lightweight hiker.

Altra Lone Peak 3.0

88

2016

Altra Lone Peak 3.0

The revamped Altra Lone Peak 3.0 retains what trail runners love about the model but adds positive structural and visual updates.

Adidas Terrex X-King

82

2016

Adidas Terrex X-King

The new Terrex X-King from Adidas is essentially a gnarly mountain bike tire strapped around a removable midsole. It’s an innovative, unique approach to trail running shoes.

Salewa Ultra Train

90

2016

Salewa Ultra Train

Salewa’s new Ultra Train is the company’s first foray into traditional trail running shoes.  It’s a versatile off-road model that draws on the European trekking giant’s long history of high-quality mountain gear. 

Patagonia Men’s Houdini Jacket

89

2016

Patagonia Men’s Houdini Jacket

The Men’s Houdini Jacket from Patagonia is a versatile and extremely light weight jacket offering light protection from the elements and unparalleled comfort in it’s category.

Salomon Fast-Wing Hoodie

88

2016

Salomon Fast-Wing Hoodie

The Salomon Fast-Wing Hoodie is the lightest and most breathable running jacket in our testing line-up, but could not keep the weather out.

Outdoor Research Tantrum Jacket

87

2016

Outdoor Research Tantrum Jacket

The Tantrum Jacket from Outdoor Research brings a breathable running shell and clever packing options together in one sleek package.

Lululemon Surge Jacket

87

2016

Lululemon Surge Jacket

Expert styling, functionality, and water repellency make Lululemon’s Surge Jacket a great choice for any wet weather yogi.

Mountain Hardwear Ghost Lite Jacket

86

2016

Mountain Hardwear Ghost Lite Jacket

The Ghost Lite from Mountain Hardwear features highly weather-resistant fabric, is highly compressible, and fits to suit many outdoor activities.

Saucony Exo Jacket

85

2016

Saucony Exo Jacket

Saucony’s Exo Jacket bridges the gap between a minimalist layer and waterproof workhorse.

361 Degrees Chaser

82

2016

361 Degrees Chaser

The 361 Degrees Chaser is a low-profile, neutral lightweight trainer or race shoe from a new company on the US running scene with extensive industry pedigree. 

Altra Torin 2.5

83

2016

Altra Torin 2.5

The Altra Torin 2.5 is a minor update to Altra’s lightweight, zero-drop, cushioned high mileage neutral trainer, with a modified mesh upper and a slightly more flexible midsole construction. 

Adidas Adizero Boston 6

90

2016

Adidas Adizero Boston 6

The Adizero Boston 6 is the next generation of Adidas’s popular lightweight trainer, featuring a more minimal and breathable upper, with a full Boost foam midsole for improved responsiveness and resilience.

Brooks Hyperion

89

2016

Brooks Hyperion

The Brooks Hyperion is the fastest and lightest road running shoe in the Brooks lineup, with ride technologies in the midsole and outsole designed to maximize speed. 

Mizuno Wave Sayonara 4

81

2016

Mizuno Wave Sayonara 4

The Wave Sayonara 4 is an update to Mizuno’s lightweight neutral high mileage trainer, with a modified forefoot fit, softer heel collar, and improved rearfoot ventilation than its predecessor. 

New Balance Vazee Pace 2

89

2016

New Balance Vazee Pace 2

The New Balance Vazee Pace 2 is the second generation of New Balance’s lightweight speed trainer, with an updated outsole and flex groove structure, and a new lighter mesh upper. 

Nike Lunarepic Flyknit

87

2016

Nike Lunarepic Flyknit

The Nike Lunarepic Flyknit is a new lightweight, max cushioned shoe that is chock full of innovation that provides an impressively sharp ride. 

Nike Free RN Flyknit

86

2016

Nike Free RN Flyknit

The Nike Free RN Flyknit is the latest iteration of Nike’s Free line that replaces the 4.0 Flyknit. It is a lightweight neutral trainer with a stretchy minimalist upper, and a highly flexible 8mm drop platform, and Nike’s new dynamic midsole foam technology for soft cushioning.

Saucony Zealot ISO 2

86

2016

Saucony Zealot ISO 2

The Zealot ISO 2 is an update to Saucony’s lightweight cushioned 4mm-drop neutral trainer, with an updated sleeve and the addition of a full-length layer under the sockliner for improved comfort and response.

Topo Athletic Ultrafly

77

2016

Topo Athletic Ultrafly

The Topo Athletic Ultrafly is a cushioned, lightly supportive road trainer with a highly breathable upper, a triple-density EVA midsole designed for mild pronation control, and an aggressive outsole to handle off-road excursions.

Baby Trend Manta Snap Gear

70

2016

Baby Trend Manta Snap Gear

The Baby Trend Manta SnapGear is a folding jogging stroller with a detachable bassinet for small passengers.

Burley Solstice

88

2016

Burley Solstice

The Burley Solstice is a tough jogging stroller that’s at home on pavement and trail. 

BOB Revolution Pro 2016

87

2016

BOB Revolution Pro 2016

The BOB Revolution Pro is a bombproof jogging stroller for pavement and trails.

Chicco Tre

70

2016

Chicco Tre

The Chicco Tre is a jogging stroller with a unique handbrake system.

Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight

78

2016

Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight

The Joovy Zoom360 Ultralight is a mid-range jogging stroller for urban use.

Thule Glide

78

2016

Thule Glide

The Thule Glide is a sleek, fixed-wheel jogging stroller for serious road running.

ASICS GEL-Kayano 23

86

2016

ASICS GEL-Kayano 23

The Asics GEL-Kayano 23 is the premium stability trainer on the market.

ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 CM

69

2016

ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 CM

The ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 CM is a neutral cushioned trainer that boasts more Gel Cushioning than any other Asics shoes.

Brooks Ghost 9

92

2016

Brooks Ghost 9

The Brooks Ghost 9 is a classic neutral comfort trainer built to withstand serious mileage.

Brooks Glycerin 14

88

2016

Brooks Glycerin 14

The Brooks Glycerin 14 is a silky-smooth and cushioned everyday neutral trainer.

Adidas Supernova Sequence 9

86

2016

Adidas Supernova Sequence 9

The Adidas Supernova Sequence 9 features the famous energy returning boost foam in a responsive stability trainer.

Hoka One One Clifton 3

84

2016

Hoka One One Clifton 3

The Hoka One One Clifton 3 is an ultra-plush maximum cushioned trainer.

New Balance 1260v6

73

2016

New Balance 1260v6

The New Balance 1260v6 is a durable, class-leading stability shoe built with exceptional overpronation control.

Nike Air Zoom Odyssey 2

76

2016

Nike Air Zoom Odyssey 2

The Nike Air Zoom Odyssey 2 is an everyday stability trainer offering excellent motion control.

Nike LunarGlide 8

85

2016

Nike LunarGlide 8

The Nike LunarGlide 8 is a silky-smooth cushioned stability shoe.

Saucony Ride 9

90

2016

Saucony Ride 9

The Saucony Ride 9 offers maximum cushioning and class leading lightweight construction in a neutral trainer.

Under Armor Bandit 2

80

2016

Under Armor Bandit 2

Getting a complete makeover,the Under Armor Charged Bandit 2 is an everyday shoe offering mild overpronation support.

Skechers GoTrail Ultra 3

84

2016

Skechers GoTrail Ultra 3

The Skechers GoTrail Ultra3 is a maximalist off-road shoe that is a ground-up revamp of last year’s GoRun Ultra 2.

Scott Kinabalu Enduro

69

2016

Scott Kinabalu Enduro

The new Scott Kinabalu Enduro is an all-around trail runner with an aggressive, durable Vibram outsole.

Montrail Trans Alps

86

2016

Montrail Trans Alps

The new Montrail Trans Alps is a burly mountain running shoe for the most challenging terrain.

Montrail Caldorado

91

2016

Montrail Caldorado

The Montrail Caldorado is an all-around off-road shoe that is responsive and versatile on the trail.

La Sportiva Akasha

90

2016

La Sportiva Akasha

The La Sportiva Akasha is a brand new off-road model that balances technical trail performance with comfort.

New Balance Leadville v3

92

2016

New Balance Leadville v3

The New Balance Leadville v3 is an update to the 1210v2 with only minor revisions to what was already a terrific ultra-marathon shoe.

Asics Gel-FujiEndurance

84

2016

Asics Gel-FujiEndurance

The Asics Gel-FujiEndurance is a trail/road hybrid built with a new PlasmaGuard waterproofing treatment.

Saucony Peregrine 6

88

2016

Saucony Peregrine 6

The Saucony Peregrine 6 is a mid-weight, highly capable general purpose trail shoe.

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